Mark Sparvell: The Innovation Hunter at Pulteney Grammar School!

by Mark Sparvell
School Leader Program Director, Microsoft

Hello fellow education adventurers!

Continuing my journey across Australia towards Asia and on to Europe and capturing the voices, images and insights from some of our amazing Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators and the leaders in the inspiring Showcase Schools. If you haven’t been following my journey on twitter, might like to add @sparvell to your follows.

Country Roads take me to INNOVATION

Date: December 2014

Location: Pulteney Grammar School , Adelaide, South Australia

Distance from home:  Adelaide to Seattle is 8338.9 miles

“Sometimes you need to clear some space to allow room for innovation

Troy Thomson is currently one of the Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators but is certainly not new to Microsoft in Education!… Visit the author's original post

Troy Thomson: Wanting to be a Highly Accomplished Teacher? Change Learning Through 21CLD

by Troy Thomson
Expert Educator Columnist, Australia

Which one are you – the sage on the stage or the guide on the side. In fact, why can’t you be both? I would contend that a highly accomplished teacher would be – they just know when to switch between the two. Furthermore, I would go as far as to say that the highly accomplished teacher should be explicitly directing ‘whole class’ learning for no more than 20% of the time. The remaining time, students should be engaged in inquiry, project based or discovery learning.… Visit the author's original post

Troy Thomson: Surface Pro 3- A Foundation for Innovative Teaching and Learning

by Troy Thomson
Expert Educator Columnist, Australia

Now four months in, and the Surface Pro3 is over the initial hurdles that any new device suffers from. It has been very well received by independent reviewers and the general public alike who have purchased the device in any of its available configurations. But can it make an impact in educational circles?

Whilst the previous versions of the Surface made their ways into schools, there was very little momentum built and some of this was to do with device design, some to do with marketing and some to do with school leaders not understanding how this device indeed was different.… Visit the author's original post

Wanting to be a highly accomplished teacher? – change learning through 21CLD.

Which one are you – the sage on the stage or the guide on the side. In fact, why can’t you be both? I would contend that a highly accomplished teacher would be – they just know when to switch between the two. Furthermore, I would go as far as to say that the highly accomplished teacher should be explicitly directing ‘whole class’ learning for no more than 20% of the time. The remaining time, students should be engaged in inquiry, project based or discovery learning.Visit the author's original post

Surface Pro 3 – a foundation for innovative teaching and learning.

Now two months in, and the Surface Pro3 is over the initial hurdles that any new device suffers from. It has been very well received by independent reviewers and the general public alike who have purchased the device in any of its available configurations. But can it make an impact in educational circles?

Whilst the previous versions of the Surface made their ways into schools, there was very little momentum built and some of this was to do with device design, some to do with marketing and some to do with school leaders not understanding how this device indeed was different.
Visit the author's original post