Category Archives: CPD

Teaching with a new device this term? View an on-demand webinar to get the most from Windows 10 in the classroom

To help educators get to grips with new devices and get most out them in an educational setting, we have a number of on-demand webinars delivered by trained teachers, Student Ambassadors and Microsoft product experts, aimed at familiarising them with some of the latest accessibility features of Windows 10, as well as closer looks at some of the specific devices from a range OEMs and the Microsoft Surface family of devices.… Visit the author's original post

Teaching with a new device this term? View an on-demand webinar to get the most from Windows 10 in the classroom

To help educators get to grips with new devices and get most out them in an educational setting, we have a number of on-demand webinars delivered by trained teachers, Student Ambassadors and Microsoft product experts, aimed at familiarising them with some of the latest accessibility features of Windows 10, as well as closer looks at some of the specific devices from a range OEMs and the Microsoft Surface family of devices.… Visit the author's original post

Office 365 for Education Webinar Collection – Content available On-Demand

Skills in Microsoft Office are ranked in the top 5 most sought after attributes that employers look for in candidates. As we prepare today's students for working in the world of tomorrow, it is vital that they become fluent and experienced tools that are used in the modern workplace. The following webinars all focus on certain aspects of Office 365 in Education, from understanding licensing and technical deployment, engaging teaching staff, exploring features such as Learning Tools, getting the most out of applications including OneNote, and much more.… Visit the author's original post

Office 365 for Education Webinar Collection – Content available On-Demand

Skills in Microsoft Office are ranked in the top 5 most sought after attributes that employers look for in candidates. As we prepare today's students for working in the world of tomorrow, it is vital that they become fluent and experienced tools that are used in the modern workplace. The following webinars all focus on certain aspects of Office 365 in Education, from understanding licensing and technical deployment, engaging teaching staff, exploring features such as Learning Tools, getting the most out of applications including OneNote, and much more.… Visit the author's original post

Hack The Classroom is back on June 27th! Register for the live event

Hack The Classroom returns on Tuesday 27th June, and you can join the online live event! As the world changes and is moving more rapidly, it is hard to keep up with what are the most powerful ways to incorporate technology into your classroom. Hack the Classroom is an exciting, online, live event designed to show you what’s possible and ignite new ideas. This year, we’ll be live from ISTE bringing you the latest tools designed to empower your students to achieve more.… Visit the author's original post

Office in Education – Live Webinar April 4th

This year, Microsoft in Education are laying on a variety of different webinars of a diverse series of topics, all hosted by teachers and experts from all over the UK. They are all free to join, so register for as many as you’d like, and learn new tricks and trips to apply in your classroom! Don’t worry if you can’t make the live session at the time, as all of our webinars are being recorded, and will be  available on demand afterwards.Visit the author's original post

Spring/Summer Event Schedule: Microsoft in the Classroom at Microsoft Training Academies

We are pleased to confirm the dates for Microsoft in the Classroom events for this remainder of this academic year.

Hosted by Microsoft Training Academies, these free events offer an exploration into how teaching and learning can be transformed through technology and a 21st Century Curriculum. A delightful day (or half day) that will leave you Inspired to use Microsoft technology in a whole new way!

We have five Microsoft Training Academies dotted around England and Wales, each offering their own insight into how they are using Microsoft technologies are part of their overall digital strategies, and each institution has specialist knowledge and experiences in a variety of different areas.… 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

Microsoft in Education: Upcoming Webinars and On-Demand Content

This year, Microsoft in Education are laying on a variety of different webinars of a diverse series of topics, all hosted by teachers and experts from all over the UK. They are all free to join, so register for as many as you’d like, and learn new tricks and trips to apply in your classroom! Don’t worry if you can’t make the live session at the time, as all of our webinars are being recorded, and will be  available on demand afterwards.Visit the author's original post

#TheFeed – An introduction to Microsoft Training Academies, by Gerald Haigh

The following post features in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of #TheFeed, our online magazine bringing you the best stories from Microsoft Showcase Schools and #MIEExperts, thought leadership, and news from the Microsoft in Education team. This piece is written by Gerald Haigh, and looks at the recently launched Microsoft Training Academies programme.

Head over to SlideShare to browse all the latest stories from this edition of #TheFeed:


Microsoft Training Academies

by Gerald Haigh

One of the most interesting announcements at BETT 2017 will be the launch of the Microsoft Training Academies (MTA) programme.… Visit the author's original post

Showcase Classroom FAQs – Demonstrating learning through Sway

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

Imagine Academy – providing digital skills, curricula & certifications to teachers, students and staff

The following post is from Anthony Nneke, Education Business Manager at Microsoft UK. Anthony leads on the Imagine Academy on behalf of the Microsoft UK Education team.


What does Microsoft Offer In relation to Professional Development and Digital Skills for Institutions?

Teacher Capacity is a crucial factor in driving success in classrooms around the world. At Microsoft, we are investing significantly in programs and offers to provide teachers with professional development. Our resources are represented through four primary programs:

Elsewhere on this blog you’ll find lots of posts about the MEC and MIE activities, but today we’re going to focus on Imagine Academy.… Visit the author's original post

MEC Monday: Curated STEM Resources

Over the last few weeks we’ve been taking a look each Monday at a different course, resource or activity from the Microsoft Educator Community. There is something for everyone on the MEC, no matter what subject or age group you teach, with courses and activities varying in duration, so regardless of how much time you have to commit, you’ll find something to do to further your own CPD or to engage your students.

So far we have covered:

This week we’re turning our focus to a collection of materials with in the MEC, all related to STEM.… 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

Skype in the Classroom – September Picks from the Microsoft Educator Community

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As schools up and down the land are heading back for the start of the academic year, teachers and students of all ages will be settling into their routines and rolling their sleeves up for another term of work. And as it’s a new month, we are also able to share some more of the top picks for the Skype in the Classroom sessions available through the Microsoft Educator Community.

With content coming from some of our very own UK MIEEs (Paul Watkins and Iro Stefopoulou), there’s plenty to be found in this month’s Sway:

  • If you are looking for ways to use Skype in the Classroom in your class, read our Teacher’s Guide and find how to integrate it in your curriculum.
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Join #HackTheClassroom to receive 500 points towards your Microsoft Educator Community profile!

As we continue to count down the days to #HackTheClassroom (less that four weeks to go, now!), we can once again hear from Teacher Ambassador Natalie Burgess, who recently caught up with one of our MIEEs about their experience of the live event in January. It’s also worth mentioning at this point that after you have participated in the online event you will receive 500 points towards your Microsoft Educator Community profile and a cool Hack The Classroom badge!


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The first ever #HackTheClassroom digital event took place on January 30, 2016, as tens of thousands of educators from all over the world were inspired to do amazing things in their classrooms!… Visit the author's original post

“Small steps to big impact” – Register now for Hack The Classroom, September 24th

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Hack The Classroom is back! On Saturday 24th September educators from all over the world will come together to share ideas, experiences, insights and conversation, as the education community as a whole looks to drive further innovation in the classroom through the use of technology.

Register now for Hack The Classroom – 24th September, 1600-1800 BST

The theme for this live event will be “small steps to big impact”, and joining host Anthony Salcito is a line-up of exciting industry speakers and trailblazing educators, featuring many hacks created by teachers from around the world.… Visit the author's original post

Join the Microsoft in Education and Naace Webinar

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If you are looking to develop your teaching and learning through great training resources and opportunities to share best practice, then look no further. On Thursday 5th May, Mike Tholfsen, OneNote Programme Manager, and Stuart Ball, Partners in Learning lead at Microsoft UK, will be delivering a webinar to update you with exciting news and updates from Microsoft in Education and guide you through how to kick start your training and CPD.

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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

How to start your CPD with the Microsoft Educator Community

If you are a frequent reader of the blog, you may have seen many of our posts recently referring to the Microsoft Educator Community. This digital community is your one-stop shop for everything you may need for teacher training and CPD, combining 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

Summer Courses 2015–Special Offer!

50% off one course when two people sign up!

To help you and your school effectively deliver Information Communications Technology (ICT)  in the classroom,  TeachNet Ireland is offering four accredited online courses this summer.  For a limited time only,  we’re offering 50% off one course when two people enrol in any of our four courses.
To avail of this offer, you can both enrol for your preferred courses and then email cpd@teachnet.ie or call 01-4806208 to get the discount.  

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2015 Online Courses

Simply click on the link to find out more and to book your place today…

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Getting Started with ICT
Getting Started – Computer Basics for Teachers
This course is for beginners, learn how to use a computer and the Internet in your classroom

ICT in the Classroom
Getting the Most from your Interactive Whiteboard
Are you using your Interactive Whiteboard to its full potential?  Easy to use ideas and examples for learning in the classroom.Visit the author's original post

Time for Reflection

It is hard to believe that the month of June is almost over – where has it gone?

After a busy school year, students are finishing the last of their state exams today and primary schools will finish in the next 10 days. Soon, everyone gets a chance to unwind and have a break.

In the field of digital learning, it has also been a busy year for the Department of Education and Skills, which is currently finalizing a new Digital Strategy for Schools.… Visit the author's original post

TeachNet Summer Courses 2015

VLE screenshotFor summer 2015, TeachNet are offering 4 EPV day approved online courses, to help you and your school achieve effective ICT integration into teaching and learning, including our latest course to focus specifically on tablet computing and mobile learning entitled “Enhancing Literacy and Numeracy with the iPad or Tablet”.

TeachNet’s online courses bring together the expertise of St. Patrick’s College and the practical approach of our course authors. All TeachNet courses are created “by teachers, for teachers” using the best interactive e-learning technology and provide practical ideas for using ICT creatively in the classroom.… Visit the author's original post