Here is a great post from our sister blog for UK Schools. This great new video showcasing some of the awesome new features within Windows 8.1 and the wide range of PC’s that they run on. This video is a great complement to the Windows 8.1 in Education Infographic. If you are looking for Apps to run in Windows 8.1 in the classroom. Then check out this list - http://blogs.msdn.com/b/teachers/archive/2013/07/12/windows-8-appedagogy.aspx
Download our free resources app - http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-gb/app/free-resources-from-microsoft-uk/89141b15-0ea1-4282-8b4d-6efd35a2aaee
In collaboration with Toshiba, Microsoft Innovative Educator Charlotte Beckhurst from Hartsbrook E-Act School, is holding a ‘Teaching with Windows 8’ lesson plan competition. The winning win8 lesson plan will receive a Windows 8 device kindly donated by Toshiba.
If you are interested in sharing practice and win a prize for your work, take a look at the competition details below:
* Don’t have a windows 8 device – don’t worry, contact Charlotte who might just be able to help with a loan device :-)
We have been really fortunate to have worked with some great schools who have helped us convey the Microsoft in education story. These schools have presented at many of our events, partaken in video case studies, appeared numerous times on our blogs and have had access to some top educational resources. We are always looking for new additions to join the UK Microsoft schools family and on Thursday 14th November we will be hosting an online webinar telling you just how.
Are you a school leader who is interested in helping your school convey its great teaching with technology learning story? Then we would like to invite you to the UK Microsoft Showcase school webinar. The webinar will cover a range of our educational offerings and outline key requirements needed to become an UK MS Showcase school. Naturally, we are looking for schools who are using our services and devices effectively in the classroom. However, if you are at pinnacle point deciding what route to go down then why not join the webinar to see what Microsoft education can offer your school. We have a range of free services and professional development for classroom teachers and school leaders that will help encourage 21st century learning design.
Date: Thursday 14th November 2013
Time: 4pm -5pm
How do I apply: To join this free event simply email Mandeep Atwal a-matwal@Microsoft.com or Anthony Nneke firstname.lastname@example.org before the closing date November 8th. Please include details of your school, your role, and pupil age range. We will get back to you with event details.
Join for free the Partners in Learning Network, the site provides you with the tools to share ideas about how to enhance pupil learning through the use of technology with teachers across the world.
To steal a well know UK advertising slogan, ‘If a well known beer producer made Apps, it would be OneNote’. Yes, I know I am biased, but I have been using OneNote since 2003 and now with the rise of the tablet device it is even better.
The first thing to realise about OneNote is that it comes in a number of flavours. There is the desktop version that is packaged with the Office suite. This has all the features and will run on full Windows 8 Pro devices. You should check that you have it with you current license agreement. Next is the OneNote RT version, that comes preinstalled on the Surface RT device, this almost has the full features of the desktop version , but does not have video or sound recording. Next the Windows 8 OneNote App, this is free from the Windows store for Window 8 and RT devices. Then there is the OneNote Web App accessed through Skydrive or Office 365. Next there is the Windows Phone version and before I forget, a version for iPad, iPhone and Android. You can’t say we are not inclusive at Microsoft.
Although all these different versions have differing levels of functionality, the documents created in them are all cross compatible.
So for the un-initiated, what is OneNote. Think of OneNote as a digital piece of paper onto which you can type, write, copy anything from anywhere, search, organise, record voice and video and share. The Web App version allows live collaboration.
The only thing that paper does that OneNote can’t, is Origami! But there is an app for that.
If you have Win 8 devices including Surface RT in your schools. I would suggest the first app you should install is the free OneNote app from the Windows Store. The second App should be our Free Resources App which has links to all our free resources and links to even more free great Apps.
For tutorials and examples of best practice in the classroom using OneNote, Join for free the Microsoft Partners in Learning Network at www.pil-network.com
Just a quick post to let you all know that our Queen of Kodu, Nicki Maddams got married this weekend. Please join me in congratulating her and Kevin in wishing them all the best for the future by leaving your comments here.
Don’t worry, the new Mrs Cooper will be back with more Kodu greatness after her honeymoon .
If you don’t know it already , check out Nicki’s superb blog for loads of Kodu and Computer Science resources. – http://www.interactiveclassroom.net/
You can join 1000s of other teachers like Nicki on the Microsoft Partners in Learning Network – www.pil-network.com – Join for free today
Now I am a Developer ! With my Free Resources App in the Windows Store, I thought I would share one of my other experiments in entering the world of Geekdom.
I have a Raspberry Pi (RPi) device (it was a gift!), the £25 programmable computer. I have started trying to get my head around setting it up and learning to code on it. Whilst that’s a steep learning curve for me, I also found it a real hassle to plug in all the power, usb ports, monitor , mouse and keyboard every time I wanted to use it. I thought this would probably the same for setting RPIs up in schools. But, I read that devices such as RPi could be controlled and programmed remotely using client software. So I had this idea, could I do that from my amazing Surface RT? Turning into a Surface RPi.
Firstly, I had to find an SSH client App in the Windows Store, a simple search produced a number of apps . Next, I needed an app that allowed me to code in Python. The coding language used on RPi and is popular in Schools. Again , the Windows store came up trumps and I installed Python for Metro.
With the Apps in place I just now needed to set it all up. With help from www.adafruit.com with words I didn’t understand. I discovered the IP address my network was giving the RPi (I did have to set it all up a again to do this, but thankfully only the once). Once I had that, I powered my RPi from the USB port on my Surface RT. This meant the that RPi would connect wirelessly to my network. Remember at this point the only lead connected to th RPi is the USB power cable. Running the SSH app, I entered the IP address and Ta Dah! Connected to the RPi. I could now programme the device using the tools installed on the RPi. But, that still meant I need the RPi connected via the network.
Could create code and then ‘download’ it to the RPi when I needed to. This is where the Python app came in. Now I can write, copy and edit code whenever and wherever I need to. Then connect with the RPi later and because Win 8 allows you to run multiple apps at the same time. I could test and run the code on the RPi as well.
This screen shot proves that this works. The RPi via the SSH app is running on the Left and Python app on the right.
Why is this so useful? Well, as I see it, the beauty of the Raspberry Pi is the ability to program it to control external devices through its GPIO ports. Here I am using it with a Berryclip addon , making lights flash in sequence (BTW , built the BerryClip myself, all adding to my Geek credibility). As you can programme in Python and Scratch on any Windows device, you are are not using the real learning potential of the RPi if you are just doing this.
So why not get your GEEK on and try this with the Surface RTs you have in school or any Windows device, and begin taking full advantage of the Raspberry Pi.
I am pleased to announce our first collaboration with the Tablet Academy
They are running a training event in December in London about ‘Flipping the Classroom’. From experience I know their courses fill up pretty quickly, because they are awesome. so book your place today at www.tablet-academy.com/events/flipping
Full details are below. Hope to see you there.
PILSR provides individual schools with an online research tool to measure their own innovative teaching practices that develop the skills students need for life and work today. Based on globally-recognized research, the PILSR research tool is international in scope, enables school-specific measurement of innovative teaching, and provides a common language to drive community dialogue and systemic change – all at no cost to schools.
What are the benefits of the online research tool?
Partners in Learning School Research helps schools achieve a common understanding of innovative teaching practices, educational transformation, and how all parties can collectively move forward. PILSR is:
Credible. The research tool validates the role/importance of ICT and is based on globally-recognized research* that measures innovation in three key areas:
o Student-centered pedagogy (teaching/learning)
o Extend learning beyond the classroom
o ICT** used for teaching and learning
· Complimentary. Available at no cost to primary and secondary schools worldwide.
· Easy/Accessible. Available online and easy to administer. Set up, distribute surveys, and receive data easily and with minimal time commitment.
· Measurable. School-specific measurement and a path to innovation. Research data provides factual, school-specific information to empower leaders to make educated, data-driven decisions.
· Personalized. Provides school-specific results based on each individual school’s own environment.
How does the research tool work?
1. Schools sign up using a simple set up wizard: Sign up for PILN. Identify a research leader. Invite teachers. Invite School leaders. Takes 15-20 minutes to set up.
2. Distribute Surveys & Reminders
Easy Distribution: PILN sends emails that contains survey links, call-to-actions, and deadlines. PILN enables research leaders to see who has and has not taken the surveys and sends reminder emails to complete surveys.
Invitation to take the school survey
Monitor your school’s survey progress screen
Reminder emails are sent to participants who haven’t completed their survey
3. Use the Report
Insightful Results: Once the survey window has closed, a report is generated and available to people who participated in the survey. The report measures elements of innovative teaching practices and compares educator and school leader responses.
Below are a few examples of PILSR results.
§ Innovative Teaching Practices Index
§ Student Centered Pedagogy
§ Extending Learning Beyond the Classroom
§ ICT Used for Teaching and Learning by Educators
§ ICT Used for Teaching and Learning by Students
§ Barriers to Technology Use
§ Topics of Professional Development and Levels of Innovative Teaching Practices
§ Types of Professional Development and Levels of Innovative Teaching Practices
§ Collaboration among Educators
§ Incentives and Recognition for Innovative Teaching