Recently we hosted the very first Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator event at TVP. The event was centred on the new professional development badges Microsoft are offering teachers for their innovative use of technology in the classroom.
Meet the MIEE’s:
Highlights from the event:
Fox Covert RC Primary School
Howe Dell Primary School
Hartsbrook EACT Free School
Simon De Senlis Primary School
Harton Tech College
Blatchington Mill School
Astbury Primary School
Alec Hunter Humanities College
Saltash.NET Community College
Please look out for on going blog posts and tutorials from each Microsoft Expert Educator who will focus on how to maximise the potential of Win8 Apps in education and the benefits of the Office 365 in the classroom.
On day one teachers were awarded their first badge by completing the Windows in the Classroom seminar. Sean and I split the cohort into two teams with the aim of the winning group finding the best Win8 Apps for education. Mark Stewart was on hand to judge the winning team but found that all Win8 apps identified by our teachers had a strong place in education. Lesson plans were completed for each app and these were shared as a learning activity on the www.pil-network.com to be accessed and used by teachers all over the world. Check out the apps they found here > The afternoon saw our teachers achieve the Teaching with Technology badge. This is online learning designed to give educators a deeper understanding of how ICT integration can enhance the teaching and learning experience for learners via six online learning courses.
We struck GOLD on day two when the Office 365 education presentation was supported by one of our teacher’s Scott Weiprecht. Scott has taken to Office 365 like duck to water and consequently led the morning’s session demonstrating how he has adopted Office 365 as a teacher. More importantly Scott introduced everyone to his student led team ‘The Offperts’ who have created video tutorials on how great office 365 is for learning. Check out their videos here. Scott then made sure that everyone left with a trial version of wave 15 so they too could experiment with the benefits of the FREE platform when they returned to the classroom. James Marshall also jumped in to provide any technical support and questions the team had; making the experience further more enriching.
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Very informative, fun and eye opening day had by all.