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I want to let you know about the Innovative Education Forum in Manchester on 30th November. Last year was the first chance I’d had to attend one, and I came away buzzing with new ideas.
If there’s a teacher in your school that is an advocate for ICT, then lobbying the head for them to be given the chance to attend this event. The speakers – Michael Furdyk & Sugata Mitra – are massively inspirational, and with other sessions being run by UK teachers, it will be a great opportunity for real professional development. (If you can’t get out of school, and you are local to Manchester, take a look at the Innovative Teacher Meeting on the evening before below)

The 7th Microsoft Innovative Education Forum is a one-day conference, free of charge to all teachers and educators who wish to attend and will look to address the theme of ‘Connecting Learners, Connecting Teachers.’

This forum connects Teachers with Teachers, allowing you to share expertise and learn from each other. It’ll give deep insights into how you can connect your students with technology and connect them with their learning.

This year the Forum is being held at the Hilton Deansgate Hotel in Manchester on the 30th Nov.

img6img4There’s a packed agenda with Keynote speakers at the event will be the world renowned Prof. Sugata Mitra famous for his ‘Hole in the wall’ project and Michael Furdyk, CEO of the young person’s online community  ‘Taking IT Global’.

In addition, Delegates will be able to choose from a range of practical workshops covering areas such as using free software and Web 2.0 technology, games based learning and managing innovation in schools.

Workshop 1- TakingITGlobal - Mandeep Atwal, TIGed UK

Workshop 2- Outdoor learning & technology - David Rogers, The Geography Collective

Workshop 3- From the cloud to the classroom, making innovation stick! - Guy Shearer, Head Teacher, Lodge Park Technology College

Workshop 4- Creative use of technology in the classroom - Dan Roberts, saltash.net community school

Workshop 5- Office 2010 in the Classroom – Stuart Ball – Microsoft Partners in Learning

Workshop 6- Kodu Games based learning - Nicki Maddam, Hartsdown Technology College, Margate

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An evening of TeachMeet-style fun

If you can’t get out for the 30th, then there’s an alternative social gathering. For the first time we are also holding an Innovative Teacher Meet, on the evening of 29 Nov. at 7:30pm

Join us for drinks, canapés and a series of TeachMeet style pitches from leading teachers at Hilton’s vibrant Cloud 23 bar, providing 360-degree views of Manchester.

Share with like-minded teachers in a series of 3-minute open pitches.

Also, find out who are Microsoft’s 2010 Award-Winning Innovative Educators. The awards will be presented at this event, to teachers who have submitted projects that illustrate the innovative use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. Not only will they receive award recognition, but have the chance to be invited to The European Education Forum being held in Moscow next year. These project will be on display at the event.

Don’t miss out, register today http://uk.partnersinlearningnetwork.com