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  • Microsoft Teacher's Blog

    Looking for a GCSE Computer Science qualification?

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    imageAQA has partnered with Microsoft to support a GCSE Computer Science qualification with course content aligned to the new Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification.  MTA is a new entry-level certification at Level 2 that helps to enhance students learning and support them build towards a career in IT with industry recognised skills and qualifications.  There are also a range of Microsoft resources and tools such as the IT Academy Programme, Dreamspark, Kodu and .NET Gadgeteer.

    In addition to Microsoft resources, teachers signing up the AQA qualification will get access to:

    - a specification that focuses on programming in the real world

    - specimen papers and mark schemes

    - a scheme of work

    - CPD for all levels of experience

    - FAQs and an IT pathfinder to show you routes through our qualifications

    - your own personal subject adviser from September

    - Preparing to Teach courses and web conferences

    - updates on when new and exciting resources are released.

    You can sign up here to teach AQA’s innovative GCSE Computer Science qualification. It uses today's technology to create tomorrow's programmers, bringing programming alive by giving students the chance to design apps and software.

    For more information and support , contact ITSkillsman  , or e-mail aqa-cpd@itskillsman.co.uk

    If you are interested in a free “Taster session” on 13th September or a  subscription to a course then you can find out more information here .

  • Microsoft Teacher's Blog

    Partners in Learning Teacher receives even more recognition.

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    Many of you will know Dan Roberts from the work we have done with him and his schoo,l saltash.net community school in Cornwall. We announced in March , that Dan would be moving to pastures new. But he was back in the UK recently to collect another well deserved accolade. Dan was the first recipient of the TES ICT Visionary in Education Award .

    During the last 6 years I have had the pleasure of seeing Dan receive honours such as a National Teaching Award, UK, European and World Partners in Learning Teacher awards, a Learning without Frontiers Award and last year he was awarded a UK Partners in Learning Lifetime achievement award. But, whatever you think of awards in education, be you a supporter or sceptic, I know, despite all these accolades, Dan is most proud of the legacy he has left not only with his colleagues, and more importantly the students at saltash.net community school, but the wider community of educators across the globe he has influenced and inspired through twitter, his blog and his involvement with the Microsoft Partners in Learning Network.

    You can find Dan and more educators like him on the Microsoft Partners in Learning Network www.pil-network.com  . Join today, its free and might possibly be the best piece of CPD you ever do.

    For those that have never heard Dan speak, then check out his TEDx talk. You will see why he is a visionary. Follow him on Twitter @chickensaltash

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