imageMeeting teachers and working with them is major part of what we do at Microsoft Partners in Learning, I first met Jennifer at one of our Fun Free, Friday events, after I demoed our usual free stuff , she came and asked me some questions and to tell me about a great project she was doing with her students. In that conversation I set her the challenge of documenting her project as a Virtual Classroom Tour and entering our 2010 awards. Subsequently,  I heard nothing from her until, pleasingly,  I saw her completed project in my inbox at the competition deadline. That led her on a CPD journey that was so important , that she even re-arranged her honeymoon so she could attend the European Forum in Moscow

Jen from Strodes College in Egham, is the other award winning teacher that will be attending next week’s Partners in Learning Global Forum in Washington D.C.

Her  project, ‘Mobilising for London 2012’  shows the power of empowering pupils to take control of their own learning. Students took part in a real-life challenge, a real-life brief for a real-life customer. What the students  achieved shows how learners can respond to high expectations with work that can stand its own in a commercial environment.

Jen 2Jen’s Creative and Media Diploma students were given a brief by Ogilvy UK to prepare a mobile phone app that would promote one of 3 sponsors of the Olympics that will be held in London in 2012, whilst meeting the needs of the mobile phone app users wanting to make the most of their visit to the Games. Students had to show an understanding of the client’s brief and needs before investigating the information that would help them, generating, presenting and refining their own ideas. They had to consider how they would present in different contexts and supported each other in refining and improving what would be in their final presentation,.  They used a range of multimedia tools to present their pitch to the client and had some great feedback. Video clips they made were shared and celebrated at the Oscar-equivalent award ceremony held at the college.

Jen will be presenting her project along fellow UK Teacher, Gareth Ritter, with 200 hundred teachers from over 100 countries, please join me in wish her good luck in the competition. You can follow her progress and that of Gareth’s in next weeks blog posts and on the twitter hash tag #PILGF. Please feel free to leave a comment wishing her luck. She would welcome your support.