Microsoft Partners in Learning is a 10-year, $500M global initiative aimed at supporting schools and educators’ use of technology to help every student receive an excellent education and gain the skills they need in work and life. With governments, academic institutions and NGOs, Partners in Learning has invested in a comprehensive research program, the creation of vibrant community of education stakeholders, and specific Educator and Schools programs to improve teaching and learning and optimize the use of technology within pedagogy. Thus far, the program has trained more than 9 million educators and reached more than 200 million students in 114 countries.
The critical requirement is to look at the curriculum and choose the technology that will best support the learning intention. Sometimes that will involve a Photo Story, sometimes a podcast, or a video. These are powerful but peripheral tactical aids, and the reality is that they won’t be the primary focus in all subject areas. More importantly, if you don’t link these to student learning, you
How can Partners in Learning enhance your ‘Windows in the Classroom experience?
The critical requirement is to look at the curriculum and choose the technology that will best support the learning intention. Sometimes that will involve a Photo Story, sometimes a podcast, or a video. These are powerful but peripheral tactical aids, and the reality is that they won’t be the primary focus in all subject areas. More importantly, if you don’t link these to student learning, you are using technology for technology’s sake. Sometimes, schools can fall into the trap of the “wow” factor of technology, rather than what constitutes good learning for students. For example, they may focus on one or two fantastic multimedia tools as they are exciting (and they are!) – but students cannot learn everything they need to learn by creating video or music. Therefore, the challenge for a school is to make sense of all the software and hardware that’s out there, and ensure it is used as more than a basic engagement tool.
Teaching with Technology:
The ‘Teaching with Technology’ e-course is free, self-paced online professional development, where educators learn how integrating the right technology tools into the classroom can enhance the overall teaching and learning experience of the 21st century learner, regardless of the subject matter. The Teaching with Technology curriculum is competency-based and can be customized to meet your needs. There are six online learning e-courses to choose from and each unit of study stands on its own so you can focus on a specific area of interest or need. You can start with what interests you most and progress through the learning at your own pace:
Office 365 for Education:
Free to schools, Microsoft Office 365 is great for providing educators and students new ways to connect, collaborate and engage. With free email, instant messaging, group video and voice chat, and online document viewing and editing; it’s not surprising that we are quite excited to see how schools will take advantage of cloud based learning.
The Learning Suite:
The Microsoft Learning Suite is a set of innovative teacher tools and applications developed by Microsoft labs and research communities. Combined with the power of Microsoft Office and Windows, they enrich learning experiences by bringing to life a robust, creative and collaborative learning environment for students and educators. Available as a free download from the Microsoft Partners in Learning Network, Learning suite provides a number of desktop apps such as worldwide telescope, autocollage, Math 4.0, Ribbon Hero and many more. Take a look at how some of these technologies in action, and learn how these tools can help you teach 21st century skills in the classroom.
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