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  • Microsoft Teacher's Blog

    UK Partners in Learning Network Manager–a new team member

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    imageExactly 4 years ago this month , we published our first blog post. So on such an anniversary, it gives me great pleasure to make this announcement. It’s seems an age since the Partners in Learning UK team were a dynamic duo. Today I am pleased to announce that one of our most Innovative Teachers has joined us on a secondment as the new Partners in Learning Network Manager. I will let her introduce herself, but please join me, leave a comment and welcome Mandeep Atwal to the team.

    Hello I’m Mandeep Atwal, and I can’t believe that I am actually saying this, but I am the new Partners in Learning UK Network Manager for Microsoft Education UK. I am really excited to join Stuart to form the Partners in Learning team and work alongside with a wealth of people who are responsible for the strategic enhancement of technology in learning.

    I am a teacher by nature and have been a secondary RE teacher for six years, where I developed Young Voices’, a school based project focused on how young people could use technology to encourage open debates between pupils from different ethnic and religious backgrounds; from anywhere in the world. This project was recognized by Microsoft Partners in Learning, and awarded both the Microsoft UK and European Innovative Teacher's Award in 2009.  Young Voices then went on to achieve first place at the Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Education Forum Award in 2009 for the category ‘Community’.

    In 2010, my quest for exploring new ways to make learning fun and meaningful for students truly began when I joined TakingITGlobal as their UK Programmes Manager. In this role I was able to support educators across the world to utilize technology to create transformative international learning experiences for their students. This included co-ordinating ‘Shout’, an environmental education programme in collaboration with Microsoft and the Smithsonian and designing and delivering the accredited TIG Student Voice e-courses.

    I have been very fortunate to have travelled to different parts of the world to meet with great teachers, educators and school leaders who have all shaped and transformed learning.

    Through my new role with Partners in Learning I hope to do for you what Partners in Learning has done for me….are you ready?

    Find out more – Join for free the Partners in Learning Network today

  • Microsoft Teacher's Blog

    A great opportunity for Teachers worldwide!

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    Are you looking for great professional development, delivered online?

    Sign up for one of TakingITGlobal’s accredited e-courses that aim to empower teachers around the world to utilize technology to create innovative and transformative global learning experiences.

    TakingITGlobal (TIG) empowers educators to understand and act on the world's toughest challenges through a multilingual online learning community (at www.tigweb.org) and innovative education programs (through www.tiged.org). These education programs are framed by the three pillars of global citizenship, environmental stewardship, and student voice in education.

    Educators can choose from the following e-courses and dates to suit them:
    Project-based Learning for Global Citizenship
    • September 17 - October 22, 2012
    • October 29 - November 26, 2012

    Education for Environmental Stewardship
    • October 9 – November 9, 2012
    • November 13 - December 11, 2012

    Empowering Student Voice in Education
    • October 11 – November 8, 2012
    • November 15 – December 13, 2012

    A typical e-course will feature:

    • Weekly classes facilitated online, in real time, by an experienced global educator and recorded to ensure full flexibility and access;

    • A private virtual classroom space that allows participants to connect between classes to share ideas, collaborate, and engage in meaningful dialogue;

    • Challenging and engaging readings, assignments and projects; and

    • An approach to learning that encourages personal reflection.

    For more information about TIGed’s e-courses and to register today, visit http://www.tigurl.org/ecourses

    You can find out more about the range of programmes Microsoft Partners in Learning offers by joining for free at www.pil-network.com

  • Microsoft Teacher's Blog

    London Calling –Partners in Learning London Camp

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    Our Microsoft Partners in Learning teacher training camps continue to be a huge success. We are holding these across the UK this year and our next stop will be London. A day of simple, but effective professional development that will leave you with loads of resources, and creative ideas for the classroom, along with new friends to connect with. image

    So, if you work in anyway with Primary schools, e.g. as a teacher, advisor, assistant or NQT and want to spend time with other great innovative educators, then this is the training event for you.

    Camp London will take place at

    Microsoft Offices – Cardinal Place , Victoria London (map)

    Friday 5th Oct 9.30am – 4.30pm

    Lunch & refreshments will be provided

    This event is free to attend.

    What will I be doing at Camp?

    We will give you training in using free Microsoft curriculum apps to create teaching and learning resources for the classroom. You will have time to design, create and evaluate those resources and collaborate with others. We will preview our latest free offering of ‘Office 365’, and leave you with the sound knowledge of how you can get it and other apps for FREE to use straight away in your school. You will also get the chance to speak to experts and award winning teachers about our technology and how it can enhance learning for your pupils.

    How do I apply?

    To apply for this free event simply email v-matwal@microsoft.com before the closing date September 24th. Please include details of your school, subject expertise and pupil age range and how many places you want. Places will allocated on a first come first served basis. So, it could for yourselves, you and your colleagues or if you have a training day planned , why not use this day and bring the whole staff! This is free CPD at it’s best. You will be  notified by September 25th if you have been allocated a place or places.

    I am not an ICT teacher is it worth me applying?

    Absolutely, this is event is targeted at all primary educators in and around London, who are interested in teaching and learning, and how technology can support that, rather than the technology itself. This event is for ALL subject specialists including, Special school settings. The only criteria we have is a willingness to learn!

    What will I need to bring?

    We expect you to bring some of the tools you are using already:-

    -A laptop running Windows Vista or Windows 7

    - A headset with a microphone or Headphones and a Microphone (if you have one)

    - Office 2007 or 2010 (not essential)

      We will send you a list of free tools to download and install when we confirm your attendance. 

    What next?

    You should join the for free the  Partners in Learning Network now, here you can access the the types of resources we will be creating, along with a vast array of free applications, many of which we will explore at London Camp. The site also provides you  with the tools to  share ideas about how to enhance pupil learning through the use of technology with teachers across the world.

     So don’t delay apply now, looking forward to seeing you at Camp London #mscamplondon

    Join today for free the Microsoft Partners in Learning Network, 4 million global educators can’t be wrong…

  • Microsoft Teacher's Blog

    Young Education Leaders Award

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    imageTo highlight the importance of entrepreneurship, education and technology in achieving positive social change, Microsoft and the British Council would like to recognize three outstanding Young Education Leaders from around the world who have contributed significantly to the development of globally awareness and globally competitive young people through the innovative use of technology.

    We are looking for individuals who have made an impact in solving a non-commercial problem within the education space, using Information and Communications Technology not only within their institution but also at a wider, more systemic level – either nationally or internationally.

    The three finalists will be celebrated at an Education Leaders Briefing, taking place alongside Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Global Forum in November, 2012, the Education World Forum ministers conference and linked Education Leaders Briefing, and will also be invited to participate in a study tour in the UK, organized by the British Council. We will also involve them in PR and Social outreach. In addition to that the best ten applications will be eligible to an online course on Social Entrepreneurship through Taking it Global; one of the leading organizations around social entrepreneurship and education.

    You can find out more and apply at - http://www.pil-network.com/pd/youngeducators

  • Microsoft Teacher's Blog

    Announcing the UK’s Microsoft Pathfinder Schools

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    P1020152Microsoft Partners in Learning not only works with teachers, but also has a Schools Programme that can help and support a school in achieving it’s vision towards 21st century learning. This global programme connects schools around the world to share best practice on how technology can help deliver a 21st century learning experience for their students. You can find out more about the Partners in Learning Schools Programme at www.pil-network.com

    I am pleased to announce that the two UK schools accepted on the programme for this year, as part of a global group of 60 schools are :- Willows High School in Cardiff and Havant Academy in Hampshire.

    Willows High School are the first school in Wales to be accepted in the programme, and are looking for help in engaging the number of students who opt out of school. Ian Whittaker, Deputy Headteacher, said ‘the solutions that we think we need are difficult to achieve. To be able to explore strategies from schools around the world is a unique opportunity, we are convinced will help achieve our long term goals’

    Havant Academy are in the process of a complete school redesign. Building learning spaces around the needs of learners and identifying how technology can allow them to do that. Julie Taylor, Headteacher said ‘ The opportunity to work with experts from Microsoft, not just in terms of technology, but world experts in teaching and learning, is exciting and highly motivating for staff and students alike’

    You can find out more about the range of programmes Microsoft Partners in Learning offers by joining for free at www.pil-network.com

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