Category Archives: Courses

Get up to speed with the latest #MicrosoftEdu updates and resources for the new term

With the new term getting into full swing, there are plenty of resources and updates to help you get the most out of any new and existing technology in the classroom as the year continues. In case you missed it, the Back To School Live event hosted by Microsoft product experts and MIE Experts included an interactive set of online workshops, TweetMeets and tips to help you get the most out of OneNote Class Notebook with Microsoft Teams, Minecraft: Education Edition, Windows 10 S and Intune for Education.… Visit the author's original post

Showcase Classroom FAQs – A quick solution to enhancing collaborative working

showcase-classroom-cropped-logoWe have seen thousands of educators, colleges and universities come through the Showcase Classroom, each at a different stage in their journey of digital transformation, and in every session we are asked a range of questions about our technology and how it can make a real impact in the classroom. These questions and discussions will form the basis of our Showcase Classroom blog series, where we will be sharing the insights, experiences, tips & tricks and more, from those who pass through the Showcase Classroom.Visit the author's original post

Learn to lead education transformation – Microsoft and edX

New courses from edX and Microsoft

An important part of Microsoft’s commitment to education transformation is empowering school leaders to do more, whether that’s enhancing classroom learning and outcomes for today, or getting schools ready for tomorrow’s challenges. So we’re especially excited to announce that registration is open for our latest professional courses, offered in partnership with edX.

Starting in January, these five new online courses are designed to help guide K-12 school principals and headmasters, superintendents and school leaders through the challenges – and opportunities – of education transformation.… Visit the author's original post

MEC Monday: 21st Century Learning Design

Regular readers of the Microsoft Education UK Schools Blog will have noticed that we’ve recently started a ‘MEC Monday’ blogs series that each week takes a closer look at one of the CPD courses, resources, lesson plans, activities or tutorials that can be found on the Microsoft Educator Community.

There are many different ways for educators to undertake their own CPD on the MEC, depending on how much time they have available, what skills they already have, and what technologies they are already familiar with.… Visit the author's original post

MEC Monday: Teaching with Technology 2016

Following on from last week’s look at some of the top tips and classroom hacks shared by educators from all over the world during September’s #HackTheClassroom live online event, we have another ‘MEC Monday’ post to bring you, which shines the spotlight on another course, resource or aspect of the Microsoft Educator Community.

This week, we’re going to take a look at one of the teacher CPD courses that can be found within the Courses and Resources section of the MEC.

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MEC Monday: Introduction to Microsoft Classroom

Every Monday we’ll take a look at an example of the content that can be found on the Microsoft Educator Community. Anyone familiar with the MEC will be aware of the broad range of lesson plans, quick tip videos, teacher CPD courses and discussion topics available, so this series of blogs will should offer something for everyone, regardless of how prominent a role technology plays in your classroom, and indeed how much time you are able to spend on development.… Visit the author's original post

How the restructured Educator Community better supports educators

We’re pleased to share the news of updates to the Microsoft Educator Community, based on feedback from you – the users! The site itself has undergone a significant makeover, with a new layout and structure designed to better support educators around the world.

Packed full of fantastic teacher resources such as lesson plans, CPD course, quick tip videos, badges, discussions and the hugely popular Skype in the Classroom virtual fieldtrips, the Microsoft Educator Community is everything a teacher needs to develop, all in one place.… Visit the author's original post

Gerald Haigh – The impact of the Microsoft Educator Community on whole-school CPD

This week we have been looking at the Microsoft Education Community through the eyes of individual teachers, but for this final day of #MECweek, we are going to assess the broader impact that can be felt across schools as a whole when the educators within an institution embark upon a course of teacher CPD.

We sent Gerald Haigh to speak to some of the head teachers at schools where the MEC is being enthusiastically embraced by the staff, and below are his findings and thoughts on the wider impact of teacher CPD through the Microsoft Educator Community.Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Educator Community – ‘Earn Badges’ – with #MIEExperts Sarah Clark and Paul Dredge

All this week we have been going into more depth on each of the areas of the Microsoft Educator Community, and exploring the ways that people can take value from the wealth of free teacher CPD resources and peer interactions that can be found through the site that is being colloquially known as the ‘MEC’.

 If you missed our previous post about how to join the MEC, you can find it here:

How to start your CPD with the Microsoft Educator Community

With six main areas of the site for teachers to immerse themselves in, we’re going to look at each of them through the eyes of an educator, and hear from them how they have used materials, courses, tutorials or the network of other members of the MEC to further their own personal development and put the new skills or approaches into practice in the classroom.

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Microsoft Educator Community – ‘Share your Expertise’ – with #MIEExpert Stewart Davies

All this week we’ll be going into more depth on each of the areas of the Microsoft Educator Community, and exploring the ways that people can take value from the wealth of free teacher CPD resources and peer interactions that can be found through the site that is being colloquially known as the ‘MEC’.

If you missed our previous post about how to join the MEC, you can find it here:

How to start your CPD with the Microsoft Educator Community

With six main areas of the site for teachers to immerse themselves in, we’re going to look at each of them through the eyes of an educator, and hear from them how they have used materials, courses, tutorials or the network of other members of the MEC to further their own personal development and put the new skills or approaches into practice in the classroom.

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Microsoft Educator Community – ‘Connect with Others’ – with #MIEExpert Henry Penfold

All this week we’ll be going into more depth on each of the areas of the Microsoft Educator Community, and exploring the ways that people can take value from the wealth of free teacher CPD resources and peer interactions that can be found through the site that is being colloquially known as the ‘MEC’.

 If you missed our previous post about how to join the MEC, you can find it here:

How to start your CPD with the Microsoft Educator Community

 With six main areas of the site for teachers to immerse themselves in, we’re going to look at each of them through the eyes of an educator, and hear from them how they have used materials, courses, tutorials or the network of other members of the MEC to further their own personal development and put the new skills or approaches into practice in the classroom.

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Microsoft Educator Community – ‘Get Trained’ – with #MIEExpert Martine Mannion

All this week we’ll be going into more depth on each of the areas of the Microsoft Educator Community, and exploring the ways that people can take value from the wealth of free teacher CPD resources and peer interactions that can be found through the site that is being colloquially known as the ‘MEC’.

If you missed our previous post about how to join the MEC, you can find it here:
How to start your CPD with the Microsoft Educator Community

With six main areas of the site for teachers to immerse themselves in, we’re going to look at each of them through the eyes of an educator, and hear from them how they have used materials, courses, tutorials or the network of other members of the MEC to further their own personal development and put the new skills or approaches into practice in the classroom.Visit the author's original post

Tweet your Badges during #MECweek to win a Windows tablet

Start your free teacher CPD on the Microsoft Educator Community to be in with a chance of winning a tablet device during #MECweek!

The Microsoft Educator Community (or MEC, as you may see it referred to) is a new community site that combines the experience of the Microsoft Educator Network and Skype in the Classroom. This site is a central destination where you’ll have access to over 1.5 million educators around the world, a fresh selection of professional development courses and resources, thousands of inspiring lesson plans, and access to live lessons and virtual field trips.Visit the author's original post

Spring Online CPD 2016

A New Year and maybe a resolution to get to grips with technology in your classroom?

To help you and your school effectively deliver Information Communications Technology (ICT)  in the classroom,   TeachNet is currently enrolling for it’s Spring Course Programme with four online courses. All our courses are designed to help both primary and second-level teachers get the most out of technology in their classrooms, including one designed to focus specifically on tablet computing and mobile learning entitled “Enhancing Literacy and Numeracy with the iPad or Tablet”.  TeachNet courses are designed “by teachers, for teachers” using the best interactive e-learning technology and provide practical ideas for using ICT creatively.… Visit the author's original post

Online Autumn CPD

Special Offer: 50% off one course when two people sign up!…Read more 

TeachNet’s Autumn online course programme is now live with 4 online courses designed to help both primary and second-level teachers get the most out of technology in their classrooms, including our latest course to focus specifically on tablet computing and mobile learning entitled “Enhancing Literacy and Numeracy with the iPad or Tablet”.  All our courses are designed “by teachers, for teachers” using the best interactive e-learning technology and provide practical ideas for using ICT creatively.… Visit the author's original post

Online Courses Spring 2015

TeachNet is currently enrolling for it’s Spring Course Programme with four online courses. All our courses are designed to help both primary and second-level teachers get the most out of technology in their classrooms, including our latest course to focus specifically on tablet computing and mobile learning entitled “Enhancing Literacy and Numeracy with the iPad or Tablet”.  TeachNet courses are designed “by teachers, for teachers” using the best interactive e-learning technology and provide practical ideas for using ICT creatively.… Visit the author's original post

From http://dailyedventures.com

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Mark Sparvell, Showcase Schools Program Leader:

What was your personal favorite memory as a student?

Easy! I remember my Kindergarten teacher, Miss Elizabeth McQuade, took a real interest in me as a ”reader” and gave me access to her personal library of children’s books in her office. I had a chance to skip the reading schemes and tackle real books. I remember literally forcing myself to learn to read while reading the original Tarzan series. I can remember the covers even today.… Visit the author's original post

Doodling: A Teacher’s Secret Weapon for Unlocking Learning

Published first http://www.edudemic.com/doodling-a-teachers-secret-weapon/

A teaser

For educators, there are few things more frustrating than looking out into a classroom during the middle of a lecture and seeing nothing but bent heads. What are your students doing out there? Are they texting beneath the desk, despite repeated threats of phone confiscation? Are they scribbling notes to friends? Are they doodling silly animated books with teeth chasing your lecture notes off the page?

If the answer is the latter, you might not want to despair just yet.… Visit the author's original post

Part 2: Is The Pen Mightier Than The Swipe?

There is a hum of a counter argument brewing which positions the pen at the pointy end of learning encounters! And it’s not just from the old edu-romantics!…its coming from academic researchers.

Virginia Berninger, professor of educational psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle, says it’s important to help children acquire the skill of writing by hand almost as they would a second language.

“I think it is wise to continue teaching handwriting,” Berninger says. “We need to continue to help kids be ‘bilingual’ by hand.”

Berninger and her colleagues conducted a study that looked at the ability of students to complete various writing tasks — both on a computer and by hand.… Visit the author's original post

Is the Pen mightier than the Swipe? Mark Sparvell

Is the writing on the wall for the teaching of handwriting or is there something behind the silky, inky lines that may make ‘mark-making’ fundamental and not just ornamental?

In our daily lives almost all of our business and personal communication seems to have been outsourced to devices. We type or tap emails, tweets, status updates, generate speech-to-text, tell Siri what we need, Skype chat or even, shock horror, use a phone.! Our students similarly engage with their world through touch, gesture and voice.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Innovative Educator – Expert

About the Job

Become a Microsoft Innovative Educator – Expert 

We’re looking for top educators, ready to spread the word about the great things they are doing in the classroom. The Microsoft Innovative Educator – Expert Program is an exclusive program created to recognise pioneer educators who are using technology to transform education.Microsoft is seeking top innovative educators who are using Microsoft technologies to engage students and their peers in innovative ways to positively impact learning. Microsoft is particularly interested in educators who are actively mentoring others, active in social media and have a passion for  and a desire to share their experiences.

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8 Tips To Create an Effective Synchronous eLearning Strategy

Accessed: 15 Jul 2014 01:55 PM PDT from http://elearningindustry.com/

How to create a Synchronous eLearning Strategy

Synchronous learning offers many of the benefits of traditional instruction, such as immediate feedback and direct group collaboration, minus all of the drawbacks such as the cost of on-site instructors. However, to get the most out of the synchronous learning experiences, you’ll have to develop an effective synchronous learning strategy that will allow you to capitalize on the many tools, techniques, and technologies that are available today. … Visit the author's original post

Musing From edTech Conference

EduTECH on Palnet!

Key resources and videos from EduTECH 2014 have been shared in the Palnet EduTECH Community group on Palnet, a group with 235 members attending or following the conference – Australia’s biggest ICT in education conference.

Check out this page to view infographics of presentations by Sir Ken Robinson, Sugatra Mitra, and Ewan McIntosh, and find out about the top 20 practical apps for classroom teachers: https://www.palnet.edu.au/view/view.php?t=5CcSFzB7HDwiTlvRXe9M 

Another page has a twitter summary by Palnet member Rolfe Kolbe, images and videos including ‘Questions are more important than answers’, ‘An exercise in creativity’, and ‘Crtitique and feedback on Austin’s butterfly’.Visit the author's original post

School Facebook Advice

Hi Friends

A colleague asked for advice around using facebook for their school.

Please find a grab bag of resources for Facebook for schools

http://www.facebook.com/help/groups/groups-for-schools

David Harstein was a presenter at one of the webinars I run (recoring available through Palnet Event Archives). Here’s a great article he wrote

http://mashable.com/2011/04/26/facebook-for-schools/

This useful SLIDESHARE

http://www.slideshare.net/franswaa/facebook-for-schools-5-strategies-for-success


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