Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Join a free Western Cape Innovation workshop on Sat 11th or Sat 18th May

Microsoft is currently holding free workshops around the country to prepare teachers for the Microsoft Partners in Learning Innovative Educator Forum this year, and we are holding two in the Cape Town region over the next two Saturdays.  We would love you to attend one of them (the presenter at both workshops will be Fiona Beal).

Saturday 11th May 2013 – Somerset House Preparatory School,  Drama Street, Somerset West from 8:30 – 4pm
Saturday 18th May 2013 – St Cyprians School, Gorge Road, Oranjezicht, 8001 from 8:30 – 4pm

Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert programme
The format and requirements for the Microsoft Partners in Learning Forum have changed quite radically this year compared to previous years. Microsoft is introducing the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert programme recognising 250 innovative teachers from around the world (much like the Apple Distinguished Educator and the Google Certified Teacher) The Global Forum for this will take place in March 2014 (destination still to be announced), but entries still have to be in this year. There are two entry dates for this competition:

        By 3 June 2013 to win a trip to the SchoolNet Conference in Bloemfontein and be selected as a finalist at the South African Global Forum
        By 31 July 2013 for another chance to be a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert

(The reason for  the two dates  is that teachers can still apply for the Microsoft Expert Educator programme up till the closing date at the end of July but would miss being recognised at the local forum in Bloemfontein.)

Teachers are now asked to upload a Learning Activity to the Partners in Learning Network (including a two-minute video) and they need to apply to be a Microsoft Innovative Educator: Expert. This is not as daunting as it sounds! How to apply is covered in the workshop, but attention is also paid to making sound use of digital tools, using social media for professional development and looking at examples of how other teachers have used digital tools in engaging or creative ways.

Workshop sessions
The current Innovation Workshop is quite different from previous versions and feedback from sessions that have already been run has been very positive. Below are the session titles and what is covered:

Session 1: Teaching and Learning in a connected world
Using Social Media for educational purposes and your own professional development

Session 2: Learning Activities that use Digital Tools
See how other teachers have created or enhanced a lesson by incorporating free, easy-to-use tools

Session 3: Getting ideas, mastering tools, creating Learning Activities
Devise a Learning Activity that would teach a new concept to a group using a tool or technique

Session 4: 21st Century Learning Dimensions
Learn about six dimensions that 21st Century teachers should aim towards and how to include them in your learning activities

Session 5: Creating your own Learning Activity
Brainstorm ways of creating or enhancing a learning activity that you can use to develop 21st century skills

Session 6: Applying to be a Microsoft Innovative Educator: Expert
Show your passion for using technology for education and you stand a chance of winning a spot at the SchoolNet ICT in the Classroom conference to present your Learning Activity and being selected to attend the Partners in Learning Global Forum

We know that many teachers are creating creative and engaging learning activities and we would love to see these entries. It would be great if you could encourage colleagues to enter and could perhaps run a few sessions with them as part of your staff development programmes. More information about the Forum as well as the resources for the sessions can be found at the following link: 2013 South Africa and Lesotho Partners in Learning Discussion on the PiL Network at

Contact fiona(at) for further details. 

No comments:

Post a Comment