It wouldn’t be the first day of BETT without a press release or two, so let’s get the ball rolling…

Kristen Weatherby, who runs our Partners in Learning project in the UK, and is also responsible for our Teachers blog, was pretty pleased this morning to announce our competition for teachers. It’s a very simple idea for teachers – record a short video demonstrating how you use any of our products to support teaching and learning in your school, and enter to win a classroom full of netbooks.

Of course, the idea behind this is to give an incentive for more teachers to share their ideas with other teachers. Whenever you go to conferences and events, some of the best feedback of the day is reserved for sessions hosted by teachers, where they talk about what they do in their own classrooms. And hopefully this competition can stimulate more sharing, but help those people who are rarely let out of the classroom to go to training or conferences.

Here’s a bit of detail from the Press Release attached:



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Press release

Innovative Teachers’ Chance to Win 20 Windows 7 Netbooks for Their School

Microsoft competition offers teachers opportunity to highlight innovative ways of engaging students

LONDON – 13 January 2010 – Microsoft is today launching a competition for teachers to win 20 Windows 7 netbook computers for their school. The competition, which runs until March 2010, requires teachers to create inspirational ‘how-to’ videos for other teachers, showcasing how they use Microsoft technologies in the classroom.

“This is a great way of providing a platform for teachers to showcase the innovative ways in which they engage students in classrooms and to share these ideas and best practices with other teachers across the UK”, says Kristen Weatherby, Partners in Learning Manager at Microsoft. “Education is and always has been a big priority for Microsoft and we are committed to making it as easy as possible for teachers and students to embrace the incredible learning opportunities that come with advanced technology.”

The competition is run as part of the Partners in Learning Network, which is the next generation of the Innovative Teachers Network (ITN), a global network expected to serve more than 2 million teachers and school leaders this year. The network has evolved to include advances in social networking technology that will help teachers and school leaders share ideas by connecting them with one another in professional development communities. 

For the competition, Microsoft is providing teachers with free tools to help create the videos, which include free artwork and music found on the Partners in Learning Network site. Video requirements are simple:

‘How-to’ videos must focus on Microsoft technologies used in the classroom

  • Teachers must be from England, Scotland or Wales
  • It is no longer than 4 minutes
  • It is no larger than 20MB
  • It follows the easy template provided online
  • Competition entries close on 29 March 2010

All the information for the competition can be found on the Partners in Learning Network site: http://uk.partnersinlearningnetwork.com. Non-members can join the free community online and immediately benefit from communities, shared lesson plans, learning programmes, opportunities to collaborate with like-minded colleagues plus loads of resources and a number of free tools.


Inspiration for this competition came out of last year’s 2009 Summer Camp in Reading, where a group of Innovative Teachers contributed over 35 short videos – and may well be the catalyst that launched hundreds more!

 

Read more about the competition over on Kristen’s blog