network
month 00 2011
Name
Microsoft Corporation
our mission
“The Partners in Learning Network is a global online
resource and community for educators and school
leaders d...
our focus
access

support

connect

to resources for immediate
use in the classroom

acquisition of ICT teaching
and learn...
partners in learning
network objectives
resources

support

Enable educators to find resources that
can be immediately use...
driving principles

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our activation
How does the Partners in Learning Network
turn the vision into reality?
bringing the vision
to reality
Tell the story through the
voice of our audience

Integrate the user into an application
ba...
new experience
highlights

OptimizedApply Microsoft technologies
How toDynamic personal profile
Recognition, reward, crowd...
the home page
INSPIRE AND ENGAGE

member voice

translate

landing page is designed to provide context to
the Partners in ...
access to resources
educators want most

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learning activities
SHOWCASE INNOVATION AND AMPLIFY THE
WORK OF DEPTH TEACHERS

activities

tagging

Learning Activities c...
Community Discussions
Building Communities of Practice with a
Global Audience

discussions

content uploads

collaboration...
17
profiles
CONSOLIDATED VIEW DETAILING ALL MEMBER
ACTIVITY ON THE NETWORK

all about you
A member’s profile includes all the...
19
appendix
FUTURE FUNCTIONALITY

20
This carousel contains hero
images that can promote
local offers, content, events,
and partners.

The creation of ‘custom’...
It is possible to
conditionally show teachers
specific PD whose profile
affiliate them with a state
or country school.

A ...
Badges would be
associated by the
number of e-learning
courses which are
completed

Example of Units
available under a
cou...
1:1
Create Group &
Invite Others to
Join
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•
•
•

Upload and
Delete Content in
a List

Groups can be set as private or pub...
consistent ui experience
DELIVERING A SEEMLESS EXPERIENCE
ACROSS MULIPTLE SCREENS

scalable

aligned

The use of the Metro...
hot topics
PLATFORM FOR EDUCATORS TO SOUND OFF
AROUND EDUCATION THEMES

awareness

discussion

Awareness vehicle designed ...
Community
BUILDING COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE WITH
A GLOBAL AUDIENCE

mosaic

filter

The community mosaic is a fun and
uniqu...
PiLN Win 8 Dashboard
Audience:
• Teachers (EN)
• School leaders (EN)
Windows BG value exchange:
• Watch and learn
• Downlo...
Win 8 app
content uploads
Dashboard
Feature

View

Create

Delete

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Profile

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PILN Win 8 Dashboard
Weeks:



Estimate: $75-85K
Risks to Costing:
• Authentication is unexplored
territory
• Win 8/I...
British Council Win 8
App
Weeks: 

Estimate: $37-40K
Risks to Costing:
• Podcasts will continue to be
stored at same l...
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  • The three main pillars of the PiL Network are: Enable educators to find resources that can be immediately used in the classroom, such as: access to software, tools, lesson plans, and other user generated contentSupport educators and school leaders in acquiring the skills needed to use ICT teaching and learning practices through a meaningful set of professional development content and curriculumProvide an opportunity to connect and collaborate with other educators, school leaders, and their classrooms in building communities of practice and create global connectionsCommunities are critical to learning – teachers must collaborate with other teachers, at their school and other schools; they must connect with parents, administrators, and students and we’ll provide the connective tissue to foster this collaboration
  • Partners in Learning drives strong affinity for Microsoft and Microsoft products as representative by some of the figures you see above.Partners in Learning also has strong recognition among educators and education leaders
  • Developing a set of core principles help prioritize the development and design efforts for how we want to determine the user experience on the network. The PiLN has a unique opportunity to amplify the Partners in Learning mission of creating affinity with educators and school leaders. In order to ensure the Network serves as the connection point for engagement, preparation, and inspiration we will focus on the following core principles:Create an experience that is frictionless and easy-to-accessDrive breadth activation through depth engagementAmplify the contributions of Master Teachers and great contentIntegrate social environments and communityIntegrate mobile & multi-screen approachesDesign for affordability, sustainability, scalability
  • Tell the story through the voice of our audienceIntegrate the user into an application based on who they are and what is relevant and personal to themHumanize PIL to evoke an emotional response by using the educator’s voice, video, or story
  • Overview of some of the new features users will see on the PiL Network.
  • The Home Page is designed to provide context by telling the Partners in Learning story through the voice of our educators. During our development efforts we really took to heart the theme of your ideas matter- that’s why you’ll see the images and stories of our educators and school leaders featured prominently on the Network. Both on the HomePage and in our About page where our goal is to amplify the great work they continue to do in their classrooms and schools.
  • This personalized hub is the area where we believe teachers will continue to come back on a regular basis to check in on: new content items, offers, or check any new notifications altering them to completing a training, or altering them to an upcoming deadline like applying for the IEF in their region. To drive ongoing member engagement, once authenticated, user’s lands on a dashboard that suggests content based on their profile
  • We optimized our early development worked around providing access to the resources educators want most. We understand one of the primary appeal’s for educators participating in a community like the PiLN is access to resources-like free tools, product tutorials, and learning activities, which can be immediately used in the classroomWith this in mind, we’ve optimized making the discovering of these resources a lot easier by consolidating over 30 different tools and tutorials which provide real classroom examples of how technology can be harnessed.Our users can not only download the tool, but through our tagging infrastructure, they can also see all of the relevant content associated with the product: such as additional resources ad tutorials around how to apply the tool within a classroom setting.
  • Inspire, Showcase Innovation and Amplify the Work of Depth TeachersLearning Activities can be uploaded by anyone, put in a queue, and are then approved for display on the Partners in Learning Network. Through the form, educators describe, tag and upload any files associated with the learning activity. Educators can ask questions, comment, download and share the activity with others. Examples include Forum VCTs, the Digital Literacy Curriculum, lesson plans, etc. Beneath the Network lies a rich meta data tagging architecture that enables the Network to surface these activities in a gallery as well as in other areas of the site. For example, in the Games Based Learning Hot Topic, we can surface a link, “See Games Based Learning Activities” and upon clicking, the member sees a list of learning activities that were tagged with “Kodu” and/or “games based learning.”
  • Inspire, Showcase Innovation and Amplify the Work of Depth TeachersLearning Activities can be uploaded by anyone, put in a queue, and are then approved for display on the Partners in Learning Network. Through the form, educators describe, tag and upload any files associated with the learning activity. Educators can ask questions, comment, download and share the activity with others. Examples include Forum VCTs, the Digital Literacy Curriculum, lesson plans, etc. Beneath the Network lies a rich meta data tagging architecture that enables the Network to surface these activities in a gallery as well as in other areas of the site. For example, in the Games Based Learning Hot Topic, we can surface a link, “See Games Based Learning Activities” and upon clicking, the member sees a list of learning activities that were tagged with “Kodu” and/or “games based learning.”
  • My Profile Captures All My StuffA member’s view of their profile includes all their activities on the Partners in Learning Network, including their training status, links to all the content and comments they’ve contributed, a record of their notifications, how many badges they’ve acquired, and the ability to adjust their settings. Public ProfileAnywhere on the Network a member can click on another members name and see their profile. The visitor to the profile can immediately gain a sense of the member’s contributions, participation level and status on the Network. In addition, they can see all content, comments and collaboration opportunities the member has posted.
  • New Dynamic Home PageThis is the beta launch of Dynamic Home Page which will eventually enable country content managers to publish localized content (list of learning activities, tutorials, discussions and blog, featured members, 3 spaces for local “ads” in the carousel) for their country. In addition, all schools with innovation journals are will be highlighted on the Home Page in random order. There are some enhancements and additional testing required before this feature is ‘hardened’ for release to the field. The intention is to have a phased roll out in H1 of FY13 with countries with the highest number of members being first in line for roll out. Training will be mandatory for countries adopting this feature.Some additional updates to the Home Page include: new Metro-style UI, featured members section, highlighting the most popular community discussions, and direct access to Anthony’s 365-day look at global heroes in education blog, Daily Edventures.
  • This is an example of the UI which is associated with our PD curriculum. Just as we have a homepage “engine” this same Under the PD tab- a teacher would see the PD content available based on ROLE= teacher STATE=X, or COUNTRY =X.
  • Create GroupsAward permissions to create a groupCreate group (title, description, image, etc.)Make public/privateTagsInvite, JoinInvite members (members & non-members of PILN)Request membership to a private groupSee who joined, see pending invites, see/approve/deny requests to joinCommunicate w/ MembersAbility to send notifications to one, many or all members of a community in accordance with the preferences set in their profileSend member notifications when there’s community activityManage MembersAbility to assign permissions to perform certain functionsAbility to see basic community report (date member joined, # members, etc.)Community BadgesLeader Badge after certain items achievedCommunity badge to promote community on webRSS feed
  • The use of the Metro design language allows us to scale a consistent UI and experience to multiple screens, including tablets and phonesThe use of Metro design language provides a UI experience which is aligned to Windows 8
  • The use of the Metro design language allows us to scale a consistent UI and experience to multiple screens, including tablets and phonesThe use of Metro design language provides a UI experience which is aligned to Windows 8
  • Help Bring Educators to the NetworkAwareness vehicle designed to cast a wide net of commonly searched terms and phrases, which are searchable by Bing and other search enginesConversation starter around twenty-first century teaching, learning and leadership practicesOrganizing point for Microsoft resources and programs (products, case studies, etc.)Platform for members to sound-off around global educational themesPull breadth visitors deeper into PIL Members can engage in discussions, download content and be exposed to Microsoft programs and products like Games Based Learning, 1:1 Computing, Student Voice and others.
  • Help Bring Educators to the NetworkAwareness vehicle designed to cast a wide net of commonly searched terms and phrases, which are searchable by Bing and other search enginesConversation starter around twenty-first century teaching, learning and leadership practicesOrganizing point for Microsoft resources and programs (products, case studies, etc.)Platform for members to sound-off around global educational themesPull breadth visitors deeper into PIL Members can engage in discussions, download content and be exposed to Microsoft programs and products like Games Based Learning, 1:1 Computing, Student Voice and others.
  • Help Bring Educators to the NetworkAwareness vehicle designed to cast a wide net of commonly searched terms and phrases, which are searchable by Bing and other search enginesConversation starter around twenty-first century teaching, learning and leadership practicesOrganizing point for Microsoft resources and programs (products, case studies, etc.)Platform for members to sound-off around global educational themesPull breadth visitors deeper into PIL Members can engage in discussions, download content and be exposed to Microsoft programs and products like Games Based Learning, 1:1 Computing, Student Voice and others.
  • The community mosaic is a fun way to browse, filter and find community members. Filtering can be done based on age level taught, subject matter, country, language and many other ways.Pre-canned filters can be offered around programs, such as: See all Microsoft Innovative Educators, Find all Pathfinder Schools, or See all Partners in Learning Forum Winners thereby validating that “people like me” are participating Partners in Learning programs and events.
  • The community mosaic is a fun way to browse, filter and find community members. Filtering can be done based on age level taught, subject matter, country, language and many other ways.Pre-canned filters can be offered around programs, such as: See all Microsoft Innovative Educators, Find all Pathfinder Schools, or See all Partners in Learning Forum Winners thereby validating that “people like me” are participating Partners in Learning programs and events.
  • Inspire, Showcase Innovation and Amplify the Work of Depth TeachersLearning Activities can be uploaded by anyone, put in a queue, and are then approved for display on the Partners in Learning Network. Through the form, educators describe, tag and upload any files associated with the learning activity. Educators can ask questions, comment, download and share the activity with others. Examples include Forum VCTs, the Digital Literacy Curriculum, lesson plans, etc. Beneath the Network lies a rich meta data tagging architecture that enables the Network to surface these activities in a gallery as well as in other areas of the site. For example, in the Games Based Learning Hot Topic, we can surface a link, “See Games Based Learning Activities” and upon clicking, the member sees a list of learning activities that were tagged with “Kodu” and/or “games based learning.”
  • Partners in learning network overview

    1. 1. network month 00 2011 Name Microsoft Corporation
    2. 2. our mission “The Partners in Learning Network is a global online resource and community for educators and school leaders designed to encourage collaboration and the spread of ideas to improve education worldwide.”
    3. 3. our focus access support connect to resources for immediate use in the classroom acquisition of ICT teaching and learning practices opportunities to connect and collaborate globally
    4. 4. partners in learning network objectives resources support Enable educators to find resources that can be immediately used in the classroom: software, tools, lesson plans, and user generated content Acquiring the skills needed to use ICT teaching and learning practices through a meaningful set of professional development content and curriculum 4
    5. 5. driving principles 6
    6. 6. our activation How does the Partners in Learning Network turn the vision into reality?
    7. 7. bringing the vision to reality Tell the story through the voice of our audience Integrate the user into an application based on who they are and what is relevant and personal to them 8
    8. 8. new experience highlights OptimizedApply Microsoft technologies How toDynamic personal profile Recognition, reward, crowd translation Access to 40 Free Tools machine and badge system in the classroom 9
    9. 9. the home page INSPIRE AND ENGAGE member voice translate landing page is designed to provide context to the Partners in Learning story through the voice of our educators and school leaders Microsoft Translator is integrated into the site so a non-English speaking member can view the Network in one of 36 languages 10
    10. 10. access to resources educators want most 12
    11. 11. 13
    12. 12. learning activities SHOWCASE INNOVATION AND AMPLIFY THE WORK OF DEPTH TEACHERS activities tagging Learning Activities can be uploaded by anyone, put in a queue, and are then approved for display A rich meta data tagging architecture enables the Network to surface these activities in a gallery as well as in other areas of the site. 14
    13. 13. Community Discussions Building Communities of Practice with a Global Audience discussions content uploads collaboration opportunity for audience and programs. Add comments/replies to LA, Tutorials, and Free Tools. Users can upload an image, Office applications, PDFs, or video with a discussion 16
    14. 14. 17
    15. 15. profiles CONSOLIDATED VIEW DETAILING ALL MEMBER ACTIVITY ON THE NETWORK all about you A member’s profile includes all their activities on the Partners in Learning Network and the badges they’ve achieved public profile Anywhere on the Network a member can click on another members name and see their profile. 18
    16. 16. 19
    17. 17. appendix FUTURE FUNCTIONALITY 20
    18. 18. This carousel contains hero images that can promote local offers, content, events, and partners. The creation of ‘custom’ template for the landing page and build new widgets (widgets contain simple queries that return content or enable a content manager to change content) Clicking on link will resolve to a page that has a www.pil-network.com URL (unless the link is off the Partners in Learning Network).
    19. 19. It is possible to conditionally show teachers specific PD whose profile affiliate them with a state or country school. A course catalog can be displayed to each user allowing for a custom learning path to be created below. This is an example of a course curriculum offered by Microsoft called Teaching with Technology. This will serve as the template for how we show PD curriculum.
    20. 20. Badges would be associated by the number of e-learning courses which are completed Example of Units available under a course & tracking progress. Supplemental resources can be uploaded to support courses. Authenticated members can discuss the course and leave questions or comments.
    21. 21. 1:1 Create Group & Invite Others to Join • • • • Upload and Delete Content in a List Groups can be set as private or public Invitations to join groups can be sent Users can request to join private groups Content can be added and deleted Communicate with Members in Group • • Manage Members and Permissions Ability to send notification to one, many, or all members of a community Assign member permissions to perform certain functions Community Leader Badge for Moderator • Leader and community member badges
    22. 22. consistent ui experience DELIVERING A SEEMLESS EXPERIENCE ACROSS MULIPTLE SCREENS scalable aligned The use of the Metro design language allows us to scale a consistent UI experience to multiple screens, including tablets and phones The use of Metro design language provides a UI experience which is aligned to Windows 8 25
    23. 23. hot topics PLATFORM FOR EDUCATORS TO SOUND OFF AROUND EDUCATION THEMES awareness discussion Awareness vehicle designed to cast a wide net of commonly searched terms and phrases, which are searchable Conversation starter around twentyfirst century teaching, learning and leadership practices 27
    24. 24. Community BUILDING COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE WITH A GLOBAL AUDIENCE mosaic filter The community mosaic is a fun and unique way to browse, filter, and find community members. Filtering can be done based on age level taught, subject matter, country, language and many other ways. 30
    25. 25. PiLN Win 8 Dashboard Audience: • Teachers (EN) • School leaders (EN) Windows BG value exchange: • Watch and learn • Download tools to Win 8 device • Lean back interactions Benefit to Microsoft/PIL: • Win 8 launch • Depth audience repeat usage
    26. 26. Win 8 app content uploads Dashboard Feature View Create Delete        Profile    Social Feed  Free Tools Tutorials Learning Activities Discussion Notifications Download Users will be able to upload an image or file with a Comment discussion: no video, yet. Edit/              33
    27. 27. PILN Win 8 Dashboard Weeks:  Estimate: $75-85K Risks to Costing: • Authentication is unexplored territory • Win 8/IE10 browser compatibility w/PILN Dependency: • PILN API
    28. 28. British Council Win 8 App Weeks:  Estimate: $37-40K Risks to Costing: • Podcasts will continue to be stored at same location no new development/hosting for podcasts • Includes sections for • • • Series (5 screens) Blog (rss reader) Facebook & Twitter Dependency: • British Council hosting

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