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#TheFeed - Issue 8 (Jan/Feb 2017)

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Issue 8 of #TheFeed, our bi-monthly view of all the news and stories across our Showcase School community and beyond. Check out the latest issue for tips, tricks and inspiration from the Microsoft education community

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#TheFeed - Issue 8 (Jan/Feb 2017)

  1. 1. JAN/FEB 2017 HOLOLENS IN EDUCATION HOW GOOD MIGHT OUR LEADERSHIP BE? MEET THE NEW SENIOR DIRECTOR OF MICROSOFT IN EDUCATION: IAN FORDHAM LAUNCH OF THE MICROSOFT TRAINING ACADEMIES
  2. 2. 2 THE EDITORS #TheFeed has always been about showcasing the great schools we work with, and in issue 8 we are doubling on this obsession. With the Christmas decorations now packed away for another year and the race to shed the festive excesses now in full force, it can only mean one thing; it’s time for the BETT edition of the #TheFeed. For the Microsoft education team, BETT is a special time of the year where we meet with our broader community and provide a stage for our Showcase Schools and MIEEs to share their stories/best practice. For this special issue, the first since our break over the summer term, we are aiming to replicate this vision in digital form. #TheFeed has always been about showcasing the great schools we work with, and in issue 8 we are doubling down on this obsession and have collated some great content for you to help ease the January Blues and see you through to BETT, itself. As a true gadget geek, myself, our ‘What’s new in Microsoft’ article opens with an update on HoloLens. I have had the privilege of trialing HoloLens on a couple of occasions and am excited about the impact that mixed and virtual reality will have on creating new learning experiences in the classroom and beyond. Check out our opening story to hear more from the HoloLens team on what’s next for this amazing device. I can’t wait to get my hands on one at home! To complement this story, Merlin John discusses the role of school leadership in ensuring the use of technology in the classroom supports teaching practice and has a positive impact on student outcomes. In typical Merlin style, this thought-provoking piece, while celebrating the use of technology in the classroom, counteracts this with the need for this to be not just for a small minority of schools to benefit from, but something the whole sector can embrace. Let us know your thoughts! Continuing with the leadership theme, Alan Crawford talks about the launch of an exciting new programme – Microsoft Training Academies – that aims to inspire and motivate schools up and down the country about what is possible with technology in the classroom. I am personally a huge fan of how our Showcase School community is helping to mentor and support neighbouring schools, and this programme formalises this approach and makes it available more broadly. The Microsoft Showcase Schools, will be on the Microsoft Partner Campus at BETT. Make sure you pop over and say hi! Lastly, no issue of #TheFeed is complete without a device review, and we don’t disappoint in this issue. Paul Dredge offers up some great insight on the fab Linx 1010. Check out his review and let us know what you think. We hope you enjoy this latest issue and look forward to seeing you at BETT 2017! MANDEEP ATWAL EDUCATION AUDIENCE MANAGER TIM BUSH EDUCATION MARKETING MANAGER
  3. 3. Deputy head innovative thinker & leader. Education author. Inspirational speaker Journalist covering learning and ICT for agent4change  @merlinjohn #MIEExpert – Head of IT Strategy Wymondham High Academy. #MIEExpert – loves coding and helping educators embed computer science in the curriculum 3 contents chat with us... TWEET US @THEFEEDUK @MICROSOFTEDUK SHARE US THEFEEDUK Founder and CEO, Professor Institute of Education, Hon Professor University of Warwick  @SoniaAFA3AS Sonia Blandford Merlin John A WELCOME HELPING HAND FROM OUR TEAM FROM SO MANY DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS. 2 EDITORS PICK 4 MEET THE NEW DIRECTOR OF MICROSOFT EDUCATION UK: IAN FORDHAM 8 THE BEST BETT YET 11 DIGITAL LITERACY IN THE 21ST CENTURY 15 HOLOLENS IN EDUCATION 18 DEVICE REVIEW: IS IT TIME TO BUY A LINX1010? 22 HOW TO BE A GOOD LEADER 26 EMPOWERING TEACHERS WITH ONENOTE - ACKLAM GRANGE SCHOOL CASE STUDY 29 MIEE REPORT: IT STARTS WITH AN IDEA 33 MICROSOFT TRAINING ACADEMIES 38 MEET THIS YEAR’S SHOWCASE SCHOOLS DESIGN AND PRODUCTION BY STUDIO CO2 INFO@STUDIOCO2.COM Kevin Sait  @kevin_sait John Tait  @TeamTait Graeme Lawrie  @SevenoaksSchool
  4. 4. IAN FORDHAM Meet the NEW Director of Microsoft Education UK:
  5. 5. 5 One of the most respected figures on the UK edtech scene, Ian Fordham, the co-founder of the Education Foundation and chief executive of Edtech UK, is leaving the twin roles he helped create to join Microsoft UK as its new director of education. Across five years, Fordham has helped put UK education technology on the global map. Julian Blake says Fordham’s success has been built on his ability to convene educators, startups and government alike. Fordham, an ex-teacher, set up the Education Foundation five years ago with Ty Goddard after the pair had worked together at the design- focused British Council for School Environments. They established the Education Foundation as a cross-party think tank dedicated to education reform, technology and innovation. In 2015, Fordham took the helm at Edtech UK to help accelerate the UK’s education technology sector and become a voice for edtech, in much the same way that Innovate Finance had done for UK fintech. A convenor and an educator who can draw on the knowledge of tech innovators, Fordham has become a highly respected figure on the UK digital scene. He has helped to bring the word ‘edtech’ itself to a common centre ground for UK educators, policymakers and startups alike. Fordham joins Microsoft UK this month, taking responsibility for all of Microsoft’s work in education in the UK, across schools, colleges, universities and other learning organisations. Goddard, currently Edtech UK’s chair, becomes chief executive of both the Education Foundation and Edtech UK. Fordham will keep a role with his former employer by sitting on Edtech UK’s advisory group. Over five years of work under the pair’s joint leadership, the Education Foundation has built a reputation of its own as a convenor and thought leader – working with policymakers, education leaders and startup businesses. MEETTHENEW DIRECTOROF MICROSOFT EDUCATIONUK BY JULIAN BLAKE DIRECTOR AND EDITOR “Fordham has become a highly respected figure on the UK digital scene.”
  6. 6. 6 Key achievements include the foundation setting up the first edtech accelerator programme with the government’s Tech City UK, and running the UK’s first education reform summits, in partnership with the Department for Education. In 2015, on the back of that work, Fordham launched Edtech UK as a strategic body to accelerate the growth of the sector in the UK and beyond. Its education and advocacy work in the past year has helped put UK edtech on the global map, through running international trade missions, including to the White House, supporting the fastest-growing edtech startup and scale up companies like Kano, Technology Will Save Us and RefMe. In November just gone, the organisation ran its first Edtech UK global summit, at London’s City Hall, to help UK edtech businesses scale and take a bigger share of a global market set to hit $250bn in value. At that summit were two government ministers, international edtech leaders, the UK head of Google for Education, three of the UK’s highest-profile tech VCs, a whole range of startup innovators and, of course, teachers. Fordham said: “I’m extremely proud of what the Education Foundation and Edtech UK have done in the past five years to accelerate growth and innovation across the education and edtech sector. “A lot has been achieved but there’s much more to do. That’s why I’m very excited to be joining Microsoft and to be asked to lead the UK education business. Britain is a world leader in education innovation “I’m extremely proud of what the Education Foundation and Edtech UK has done in the past five years to accelerate growth and innovation across the education and edtech sector.” and I look forward to working with education institutions and leaders across the system, to empower every learner to achieve more.” Goddard said Fordham’s Microsoft appointment was “testimony to his work and passion for education and technology across the sectors.” He said he was “delighted” that Fordham would be joining Edtech UK’s advisory group “and continue his pioneering work supporting education startup businesses and entrepreneurs across Britain and beyond. “It’s been a pleasure to work with Ian over the past eight years in this and other organisations,” said Goddard. “We have achieved a lot; we both feel that our journey to positively support education in Britain has just started”.
  7. 7. 7 On a personal note, I met Ian in 2013 when he guided me through a podcast on edtech and the EF accelerator, alongside two UK rising edtech stars in Code Club’s Clare Sutcliffe and Night Zookeeper’s Josh Davidson. We’ve worked together since on events and content to help push forward UK edtech innovation. That’s something we plan to continue here at DigitalAgenda. The establishment of Edtech UK has been the logical outcome of Fordham’s passion for building an ecosystem for improving the delivery of education through technology, whether it be apps or online learning like MOOCs. He’s driven by a belief that education technology business can scale if it meets a need and has the right backing. He’s also wise enough to see that challenges remain, including building the digital skills of teachers and the wait for the first big innovation that takes UK edtech truly mainstream. Though Fordham remains an advisor, Edtech UK’s loss is Microsoft’s gain, as well as the vast numbers within its reach, and I’m looking forward to seeing what emerges from the tech giant through Ian’s work. Originally posted on Digital Agenda: Technology for Change Julian Blake Follow me  @julianblake
  8. 8. For the Microsoft education team BETT is a special time of the year where we meet with our broader community, provide a stage for our Showcase Schools and MIEEs to share their stories/best practice and connect with the many Microsoft partners exhibiting at the show. 25-28 JANUARY 2017 EXCEL LONDON
  9. 9. 9 The best BETT yet. We will be sharing a more in-depth overview of our plans for the show on the Microsoft Schools blog, but wanted to take this opportunity to give our #thefeed readers a top level overview of the core themes and focus areas for what we have planned for visitors. Building on our close relationship with the lovely team at i2i, Microsoft is once again a Worldwide BETT Partner. As part of this partnership, we will be working closely to share amazing examples of classroom best practice, celebrate educators - who are the real heroes in schools - and help inspire schools leaders to embark on their own digital transformation journey. More specifically, Microsoft will be participating in a wide range of activities, both on the show floor and across a number of featured fringe events. The core focus will be the main Microsoft booth at BETT where we will be running a packed series of educator led ‘Learn Live’ Theatre sessions that are guaranteed to provide you with something you can take back to your school and start implementing straight away, to better engage learners and empower educators. These will be complemented with hands-on sessions within our showcase classroom where you can roll your sleeves up and experience how Windows 10, OneNote and more can help improve experiences and learning outcomes in the classroom. These are always a lot of fun and places fill up quickly. Make sure you don’t miss out! Showcase Classroom Microsoft Booth Learn Live Theatre We will be running a packed series of educator led ‘Learn Live’ Theatre sessions that are guaranteed to provide you with something you can take back to your school.
  10. 10. 1010 Learn through doing - solving problems, practicing, progressing and having fun along the way. Outside of these sessions, no BETT Show would be complete without a wide selection of the latest devices and collaboration tools being available for visitors to experience that help empower students to be able to learn through doing – solving problems, practicing, progressing and having fun along the way. These include all the latest Surface and OEM devices, Surface Hub, Skype in the Classroom, Office 365, OneNote and Learning Tools. Sway, Office Mix and Microsoft in the Classroom will also be available to visitors to explore. A wide range of teacher training and CPD opportunities, centred around our Microsoft Educator Community platform will also be available for educators to learn new skills, get trained, connect with other educators and be inspired. Pop over to the Microsoft booth to learn more. Finally, we will have a wide range of activities – including a Microsoft Partner Village – for visitors to experience. More details about all of these activities will be shared in our Microsoft Schools blog. Tim Bush Follow me  @tbush Device Zone Surface Zone
  11. 11. DIGITAL LITERACY IN THE 21ST CENTURY The wider deployment and effective use of ICT is pivotal in the changing global world of the future. This is reflected in the following words of Lynton (1989) in the USA: “Education is receiving increasing pressure from changing global economic circumstances and complex social needs… simply knowing how to use tools and knowledge in a single domain is not sufficient to remain competitive as either individuals or companies. People must learn to apply tools and knowledge in new domains and different situations”. By the time the primary school children of today start work, 40% of them will be in jobs which have not yet been invented. In 2011, Wagner highlighted emerging job titles for the future- astro-teacher, astro-banker, robotician, global system architect and unmanned cargo vehicle operator- to cite but a few. Perhaps, her future is already with us; by 2016 the first unmanned taxi drove solo.
  12. 12. 12 A 22- year old starting teaching in 2010 could work until retirement in 2055. The last children/young people that he/she would encounter are likely to live to 80 or more, that is until 2135 and beyond. A teacher’s job is that of preparing the learners and citizens of the future; to get it right tomorrow, today’s job involves imagining the world that will exist at these points in time. Technology in schools is not simply about replacing tasks, it is about opening new frontiers in terms of enhanced learning, creativity and innovation. Digital awareness is as important as literacy and numeracy and at the same time enhances pupil outcomes in these and other areas of learning. Teachers need to plan carefully to support the growing autonomy ceded to children and young people through technology; this is effectively achieved by placing greater emphasis on the deployment of cognitive knowledge (understanding) and metacognitive skills (i.e. understanding through self-reflection and understanding the ‘how’ of learning). Jedeskog and Nissen (2004:37) investigated features of technology practice in Swedish schools. Their research examined the growing moves in education, from content to form and the dissolution of educational boundaries in terms of room, time and activity (i.e. learning which uses face-to-face teaching and e-learning, referred to as ‘blended learning’, thus dispensing with the need for a fixed room, time and activity). Their findings, presented in the paper- “Is doing more important than knowing?”, suggested that the shift in many Swedish classrooms to placing greater emphasis on the development of pupil autonomy carried with it an inherent danger, that pupil understanding would fail to develop. “A teacher’s job is that of preparing the learners and citizens of the future; to get it right tomorrow, today’s job involves imagining the world that will exist at these points in time.”
  13. 13. 13 In England, Becta (2003) analysed Ofsted’s findings of 2,582 schools inspected in 2000-01 and considered pupil achievement in the context of ICT use. The findings suggested, among other things that the presence of ICT resources alone was less important than the combination of good resources and effective ICT teaching. The report identified key ‘ICT enablers’ which taken together are crucial in the development of good learning opportunities in ICT: ICT resourcing, ICT leadership and ICT teaching together with, general school leadership and general teaching standards. By 2011, Ofsted found that the effectiveness of ICT was considered good or outstanding in two thirds of primary school in England; the situation in secondary schools was less promising, where limitations in teaching, resourcing and use of assessment were found to reduce the effectiveness of ICT. Since this time, Microsoft has gone some way in the UK and beyond in supporting schools to transform their technology environment and approach to digital literacy. And taking this further, Achievement for All are delighted to be working in partnership with them to develop the Microsoft Educator Community. This will provide a free digital environment to transform teacher and tutor CPD. Based on the three-fold model of developing: a digital literacy curriculum (what the school does); a digital literacy pedagogy (what the teacher does) and digital literacy ability (building digital literacy of teachers to enhance pupil outcomes), the on-line environment will include tools and resources to support schools and other educational settings in enhancing all areas of ICT. Achievement for All, established in 2011, to transform lives through improved educational opportunities and outcomes for children and young people vulnerable to underachievement, has worked with over 3000 schools and settings (children and young people aged, 2-19 years) in England and Wales, along with schools in Norway, the USA, Lithuania and Latvia. Recent data from an independent evaluation by PwC (2016) in England showed that identified pupils (those from socio-economic disadvantage, those with SEND and others vulnerable to underachievement) in Achievement for All (AfA) schools made more progress on an annual basis than similar pupils in other schools, which averages at 3 Average Point Score) (APS). Raise awareness of the Microsoft Educator Community and its potential to transform CPD opportunities for all staff Articulate a digital literacy spiral curriculum to support outcomes-centred teaching and learning for every pupil Share effective practice between schools that promotes innovation and creativity This module aims to:
  14. 14. 14 References BECTA (2003) Primary School – ICT and Standards: an analysis of national test data from Ofsted London: Becta Jedekog, G. and Nissen, J. (2004), ‘ICT in the classroom: is doing more important than knowing’ Education and Information Technologies 9:1, 37-45. Lynton, (1989), Higher Education and American Competitiveness, National Centre on Education and Economy. PwC (2016), Achieving Schools, Social Impact Assessment, Belfast: PwC Wagner, C. (2011) Emerging careers and how to create them, The Futurist, January- February. Sonia Blandford Follow me   @SoniaAFA3AS In AfA primary schools (5-11 years) pupils made 4.7 APS of progress per annum between 2011 and 2015 in reading; 4.4. APS in writing and 4.4 APS in maths (in England the expected level of progress is 3.0 APS). Results were similar for identified pupils in secondary schools (11-16 years), where pupils made 5.4 APS of progress in reading per annum between 2011 and 2015, 5.4 APS of progress in writing and 4.1 APS of progress in maths (expected progress per annum for pupils at secondary schools is 3.6 APS). By the summer, Achievement for All will publish a simple competency framework that lays out progressive criteria for personal digital literacy that will help teachers and their pupils to place digital literacy into a bigger picture, one of Achieving Employability. Over the next twelve months, Achievement for All will gather case studies, stories, top tips and advice/guidance from leading education settings with which they work, that illustrate powerful and effective approaches to developing digital literacy across a community of learners, staff pupils and families. Watch this space: www.afaeducation.org. “Through our work we arechanging perceptions, raising aspirations, and ensuring all children and young people are given the right to be the best they can be.”
  15. 15. HOLOLENS IN EDUCATION
  16. 16. 16 While technological advances won’t necessarily change fact or history, some can certainly change the ways in which many of these subjects and skills are taught. For certain areas of study, the introduction of particular innovations can complement the existing pedagogy, empowering students and teachers to approach topics or exercises from different angles, opening up broader possibilities in terms of accessibility, collaboration, and understanding. At Case Western Reserve University, Microsoft HoloLens is already impacting the study of medicine. In the mixed reality world of HoloLens, classes of med students are now able to examine the human body and its multi-layered anatomical structure, seeing systems and events in action in a way that simply has not been possible before through cadavers and textbooks. Being able to visualise this information in a 3D manner that is reactive to the students was one of the key reasons behind the adoption of HoloLens into the anatomy curriculum at CWRU: HOLOLENS IN EDUCATION BY HOLOLENS TEAM DIRECTOR AND EDITOR “Anytime that you change the way you see things; it changes the way you understand them… As soon as you can change somebody’s understanding, then they can change the way they see the world.” Confidence is also a key factor in mastering any skill or discipline, and allowing the students to work practically in an environment where mistakes can be made and learned from - without literal life or death consequences - will have a profound impact on learning. In a mixed reality anatomy class, being able to quickly set up or change practical sessions, reset the environment for the next student, or even go back a step after a critical mistake, all significantly improve efficiency and collaboration, meaning more students can acquire skills through practical experience in a much shorter time. - Mark Griswold, Ph. D - Case Western Reserve University.
  17. 17. 17 To learn more about the partnership between Microsoft HoloLens and Case Western Reserve University, watch the video below at: However, it is not just Higher Education and vocational studies where HoloLens can play a meaningful role in student development. Chris Barry, Head of Digital Strategy at Harrow School, recently experienced HoloLens, and is confidently optimistic about the impact it can have at all levels of teaching and learning: “There is an immediate sense of ‘the future, now’ about the HoloLens experience, and, as an educator, I instantly felt that the device, and the way in which it offers an ‘enhanced’ view of one’s surroundings, has almost limitless potential as a teaching tool, “…It’s main benefit to teaching is not so much expanding on what we can teach but on how we can teach – that is a much more profound leap forward.” even before I could think of any specific application! I guess I felt instinctively that it’s main benefit to teaching is not so much expanding on what we can teach but on how we can teach – that is a much more profound leap forward.” Do you want to you to engage with your digital content and interact with holograms in the world around you? Are you ready to start your HoloLens journey? Take your first step into the world of mixed reality here. Hololens Team Follow me  @HoloLens
  18. 18. 1818 We’re going to take a look at one such device - the Linx 1010. Many will be familiar with its predecessor, the Linx 10, which was among the first generation of Windows 8 devices, and featured the rather interesting origami style keyboard. Due to the pricing of the Linx 10 it proved to be very popular with schools looking for low cost devices that could be purchased en masse, and still run Windows and the everyday productivity tools such as Office 365. With the Linx 1010, Linx have evolved their product and the thinking behind it. So here is my review of the Linx 1010. First impressions unpacking the device are that the packing is minimal but very colourful - you certainly know what’s in the box! Is it being eco or is Linx simply not passing on the costs of excessive packaging to the end user? Either way it’s a win for me as an IT leader working in education. The device itself feels totally different from the original Linx 10 device. It seems a lot more durable and simply well built. The new keyboard is hugely improved over the old one, and feels much more ‘part of the unit’ when compared to that of the Linx 10. Rather than relying on magnet and a bit of gravity to keep the keyboard in place, the Linx 1010 has a snug fitting hinge that locks it tight to the device, offering the teacher or student a really good feel for typing, with good spacing between the keys. Today, teachers, students and parents are blessed with a wide range of choice for portable and affordable devices that are suitable for use in education. While there may be multiple manufacturers and even more form factors to choose from, they all leverage the power of Windows 10. DEVICEREVIEWIS IT TIME TO BUY A LINX1010? It seems a lot more durable and simply well built.
  19. 19. 19 Many other tablets and devices in this price bracket suffer from a lack of auxiliary input/out options, but with the Linx 1010 you are blessed with two full size USB ports, a headphone socket, mini HDMI adapter, and USB charging port, so it really is fully stocked for any class use you may think of that requires additional devices to be connected (e.g. programming the BBC micro:bit). So in the classroom – and especially from the network managers point of view, would I domain join them? Well if you have a well sorted mandatory profile then the answer is yes, the Intel® Quad Core™ processor deals with the work at an acceptable pace, meaning that the Linx 1010 will fit it in to your existing infrastructure nicely. With lower cost devices, there is often a trade-off to be had in terms of storage in order to keep the devices themselves more affordable (especially when purchasing on a class-or school- wide scale), and the 32 GB storage capacity of the Linx 1010 is not going to compete with fully fledged laptops or PCs, when the space taken by the OS itself is taken into account. The trackpad on the keyboard is also very responsive, giving a positive and definite feel when clicking the left or right mouse buttons. The Linx 1010 simply pulls apart to become a tablet, but gives you that laptop feel for typing with. I’ve often seen situations in schools where the teachers have a tablet but don’t get on with the on screen keyboard – the Linx 1010 rectifies this at an affordable price. Moving on to the device itself, the 10” screen really does give you an entry level Windows 10 device which is truly portable, but crucially very affordable for schools. The screen colours have a good depth to them, coupled with a sharpness of display that makes using applications like Microsoft Word or PowerPoint feel like you are on a fully fledged laptop or PC. With the standard tablet range of buttons to be found down one side (power, volume), it’s a familiar and expected experience when getting the machine out of the box and starting for the first time. The Linx 1010 simply pulls apart to become a tablet, but gives you that laptop feel for typing with.
  20. 20. 20 8/10 Packing 8/10 Keyboard Use Feel 9/10 Price 7/10 Device 6/10 Expansion 20 However, we live in the age of the Cloud and schools should be looking to make use of the opportunity it provides in terms of storage and collaboration. These machines really work best when used with Office 365, allowing your students to save to OneDrive and enjoy all the benefits of the Office 365 service. Of course you can now ‘selective sync’ your OneDrive folders to your device so you can simply take your data offline with you. If you are using the Linx 1010 with Office 365 a nice little tip is the fact Office Mobile (the Universal Windows Apps) are included. These are fully functional but lower footprint apps (the ones you can download from the store), but when you sign in with Office 365 it will connect you to your OneDrive Space. So no big deployments of desktop office which can eat up space on your device. These machines cannot be used well with OneNote, Class Notebooks, even without the presence of a stylus or Pen as seen with the Surface range of devices. Other than the lack of a stylus, the only other slight drawback is the lack of MicroSD support. On this type of device, which will always have limited storage, adding a MicroSD card offers a simple and effective was to expand the local storage at low cost. However, as I said before these low end devices are ideally paired with Office 365 and OneDrive to mitigate local capacity issues. As a good entry level Office 365 device for BYOD or a 1-2-1 rollout in a primary school, I would most definitely recommend the Linx 1010. With a SRP of around £150 including the keyboard, it’s an amazing and affordable way of getting technology in front of students at an affordable cost. HOW WOULD I RATE THIS DEVICE? 7.5/10 Overall Kevin Sait Follow me  @kevin_sait
  21. 21. Windows PC’s do more. Just like you.
  22. 22. HOW GOOD MIGHT OUR LEADERSHIP BE? BY MERLIN JOHN
  23. 23. 23 “ HOW GOOD MIGHT OUR CHILDREN REALLY BE? ” It’s a simple question, one you are likely to hear from leading UK academic Professor Stephen Heppell, a figure synonymouswithtechnologyfor learning.Less is more: its profundity lies as much in what it doesn’t ask as in what it actually does. How good might they be, if we didn’t: Narrow their horizons with prescriptive curricula? Limit their contributions with rigid, outdated assessment regimes? Hamper them from pursuing learning across subject confines, as they would in adult life? Stultify their creativity and engagement by placing them in unsuitable learning environments? Fail to exploit the power of technology to support, extend and improve learning and teaching? Education reform expert Professor Michael Fullan has brought technology into his work in recent years (see “A Rich Seam – How New Pedagogies find Deep Learning”). His view is that while technology is not one of the key levers for education reform, it can accelerate all the ones he has identified in his writings. Professor Fullan is committed to change at scale, and has already demonstrated how it can be done. So what’s the problem with education’s encounter with technology? Pundits have been fond of blaming teachers for failing to engage with technology, but here in the UK what has become clear is that technology for learning has virtually disappeared from the political agenda for schools in England. That’s not the case in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland but the acme of schools strategy for England, where all were once encouraged to become academies, is seen by many as a backwards move, the reintroduction of grammar schools. “ LESS IS MORE: ITS PROFUNDITY LIES AS MUCH IN WHAT IT DOESN’T ASK AS IN WHAT IT ACTUALLY DOES. “
  24. 24. 2424 Given that research shows that most children’s progress stalls in the move from primary to secondary (known as ‘cross phase’), the staff’s support in welcoming more than half the new intake with stimulating learning activities, was inspirational for this particular visitor. Just as it clearly was for the new students who even got a taste of the ‘flipped learning’ that Shirelandispioneering(andwithitslocal primary schools for a major national research study with the Education Endowment Foundation – see also European Schoolnet’s “Enhancing learning through the Flipped Classroom: ShirelandCollegiateAcademy”). BROADCLYST TAKES ENTERPRISE GLOBAL - AND SECONDARIES JOIN IN Then there is Broadclyst Community Primary School in Devon, another of those schools that defies the boxes that people try to place them in. Yes it’s a Microsoft showcase school (like Shireland), but schools like this are always going to achieve the best for their students with or without technology partners. Of course the partnership makes it work better. And Microsoft and Broadclyst learn from each other. Take Broadclyst’s Global Education Challenge which, in its second year, reached 700 students aged 9-12 in 200 teams across 20 countries. The 2016-17 event has been extended to involve secondary students (aged 12-15). Schools from the Dominican Republic, Spain, Jordan, the Netherlands, USA and Albania have already signed up (see “Devon primary’s global enterprise reels in secondaries”). This also has huge implications for cross-phase work as both primary and secondary will collaborate on similar enterprise projects that entail real-life tasks, international collaboration, sharing with external audiences. DRAGONS SHOW WAY TO TACKLE ‘CROSS PHASE’ AT SHIRELAND If only the former promise to trust teachers and schools had been held on to. Because there’s plenty of evidence to show that they are perfectly capable of ensuring that we discover just how good our children might be, and that successful policy works best when it comes from proven practice. A visit to Shireland Collegiate Academy this year as a dragon for the ‘Digital Dragons Den’ culmination of their annual Summer School showed duty of care taken to new levels. “ The staff’s support in welcoming more than half the new intake with stimulating learning activities, was inspirational [...] ”
  25. 25. 25 It’s a mistake to see the great learning and teaching in schools like Shireland and Broadclyst as down to the technology, although it does play an important part. At the heart of both schools lies tremendous duty of care, to do the very best for the learners to show just how good they can be. Every tool, including edtech, is enlisted for that purpose. Change is spreading. Back in 2003 US academic Professor Larry Cuban authored the iconic Oversold and Underused: Computers in the Classroom. It was a timely warning about ineffective investments in schools ICT. Now he is beginning to see benefits appear in California classrooms and is working on a new book to be published in 2017 (see “Can learning fly like a butterfly or a bullet?”). Professor Cuban, someone inured to technology proselytisers and lobbyists, has been finding successful integration of technology for learning at teacher, school and district (local authority) level. You can already see the work in progress on his blog (https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/ There is so much to celebrate in schools when it comes to their successful use of technology, but right now the UK does need a strategic political touch to ensure that this is not just something happening in a minority of schools. It’s time for the reluctant policymakers to recognise that, join in the celebrations and help embed in policy what has been proven by great schools and their teachers and learners. “How good might our children really be?” Is a really good question to work with. Merlin John Follow me  @merlinjohn ...right now the UK does need a strategic political touch to ensure that this is not just something happening in a minority of schools” “There is so much to celebrate in schools when it comes to their successful use of technology, but...
  26. 26. Empowering Teachers with OneNote – by Microsoft School Acklam Grange
  27. 27. 27 “This is now an expectation of all leaders prior to any meeting they attend and part of the highly professional approach towards school leadership that was recognised by Ofsetd in 2016 as outstanding.” Some meetings seem to go on for ever and then there’s even meetings about meetings! But have you ever stopped to think about the effectiveness of your meetings and if you’re getting the very best out of your staff in them? You only have to look around your next senior leadership or middle leaders meeting and count up the amount of bodies to do a rough estimate of how much money is being spent on wages for that specific meeting. Once you do the rough maths it will probably scare you to death. So if we know the importance attached to every meeting due to the financial implications, then we need to ensure that the face to face time we have in meetings is as effective as possible. One way that we have revolutionised our leadership meetings at Acklam Grange School is to take on a flipped learning approach by using OneNote. Every member of the leadership team has been supplied with a Microsoft Surface tablet for use at home and school. In OneNote we have set up staff notebooks that have an SLT Collaboration space. There is a tab created for each weekly leadership meeting and then each item on the agenda has its own page within the meeting tab. As in any well-structured and well run meeting, items are added to the agenda in advance, but in this case, leaders who have added an item must upload their presentation slides or information documents to the specific page related to that item on OneNote at least 24hrs prior to the meeting. This is where OneNote comes into its own. Leaders now have the opportunity to read the information prior to attending the meeting and have time to process it over time. CAN BE THE NEMESIS OF EVERY SCHOOL LEADERMEETINGS
  28. 28. 28 “No longer do we sit in meetings and have to listen to information for the first time and have to digest it quickly without much thought and then have to make big decisions based upon it.” Leaders are now fully in the picture when they enter the meeting, having read their pre-meeting information, meaning that face to face time can be so much more productive, based on a group of people who are extremely well informed. The secondary benefit to this flipped meeting approach is financial. As every leader in the meeting has their own Surface tablet in front of them on the boardroom table, there is absolutely no need to photocopy hundreds of sheets of paper per meeting. Think about the last big meeting you attended and the amount of paper that was given to you. If you’re anything like we used to be and you were present at a results analysis meeting or an attendance meeting then you’ll have probably left with a whole load of graphs and information. Now times this by the amount of people in the room and it soon starts to drive up the cost of that meeting. We’ve already saved thousands of pounds over the past year on printing alone! Leaders can also go back to any meeting throughout the year and quickly access the information, presentation or minutes directly from their tablet or mobile device linked to OneNote, meaning they can feel empowered with that knowledge and information wherever they are. Gone are the days at Acklam Grange of scrabbling through filing cabinets trying to locate an important document from a few months ago. With a couple of clicks you can access everything you need. Information sheets and presentations are displayed in full colour and can be zoomed in, copied and pasted or altered at a click of a button. A quote from our Headteacher Andrea Crawshaw sums this culture shift up perfectly – “As a forward thinking school, our innovative use of Microsoft OneNote has enabled us as a leadership team to role model the effective and efficient use of sustainable resources. As we enter into a time of uncertain and limited funding, it is essential that we keep pushing the boundaries, but with sustainable solutions”. Jon Tait Follow me  @TeamTait
  29. 29. MIEE Report It starts with an iDEA By Graeme Lawrie.
  30. 30. 30 “We hosted 50 year 6 children for the entire day and offered them a carousel of Electronics, breadboarding and Arduino programming...” Sevenoaks School takes a proactive approach in providing ancillary and educational activities for the benefit of the community. After 9 years of offering a STEM week of activities, free of charge, with audiences of up to 15,000 local school children and adults Sevenoaks were looking to broaden their outreach efforts. Enter MIE-Expert Graeme Lawrie. Graeme Lawrie is the Director of Innovation and Outreach at Sevenoaks School and his background is in Design and Technology, specialising in computer based teaching through advanced electronics, programming, robotics and computer aided design and manufacture. Graeme is also a Microsoft Innovative Expert and Surface Expert. As Director of Outreach, in 2014/2015 when the new computing National Curriculum was launched to schools, Sevenoaks were on hand to provide resources, training and support for schools that were not as comfortable in offering new content/ resources at the pace and time scales required (a welcomed helping hand). Combined with the ‘Director of Innovation’ role, Graeme found that they could also share research of emerging technologies with schools, advising teachers on technologies and procedures and predicting the future of tech. In 2015 Graeme Lawrie was incredibly fortunate to be selected by HRH The Duke of York and was asked to take on a secondment at Buckingham Palace working on the digital initiative www.idea.org.uk, which is a national project that hosts a series of online challenges and events allowing the users to win career enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain nationally recognised awards. “Sevenoaks were on hand to provide resources, training and support for schools that were not as comfortable in offering new content/ resources at the pace and time scales required (a welcomed helping hand)”
  31. 31. 31 exploring Peru and Rome in an augmented simulator, following dinosaurs and doing treasure hunts for hidden holograms around the department. Each and every student left with 20 points towards the iDEA award scheme.’’ ‘‘These sessions are incredibly powerful for visiting schools as we have dedicated, subject specific teachers, who are happy to cover any element of the computing curriculum, alongside some of the latest technologies and equipment. To enable more schools to get involved we have produced ‘Outreach’ boxes or ‘Lessons in a box’ which we send out to interested schools on free loan. These packs contain class sets of devices like Micro:bits or Arduino and we supply them with lesson plans and links to online resources such as the Microsoft Touch develop site, or the iDEA initiative.’’ ‘‘We have plans to purchase a double decker bus in the new year, equip it with technology and create a mobile outreach resource, to enable us to offer this service to those that cannot travel to us. Looking to 2018 and beyond, the new Science and Technology Centre at Sevenoaks School will allow us to provide even more cutting-edge activities and understanding of opportunities available in the contemporary STEM workplace. Through our outreach programme we hope to inspire and engage next generations of young people from primary and secondary schools in the surrounding communities and beyond.’’ If anyone is looking for an avenue to assist with digital skills in schools, to reach the front line of education, then please do get in touch with Graeme Lawrie at Sevenoaks School. “Students were flying around the globe, exploring Peru and Rome in an augmented simulator, following dinosaurs and doing treasure hunts for hidden holograms around the departments.” ‘‘On the 12th December 2016 Sevenoaks School hosted an event for a local primary school alongside Microsoft and iDEA thanks to the amazing support of the UK education team and the Palace staff. We hosted 50 year 6 children for the entire day and offered them a carousel of Electronics, breadboarding and Arduino programming, followed by Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (Making Xmas decorations on the laser cutter) and after a full Xmas lunch we moved onto the ‘Hour of Code’ with students learning how to code ‘Minecraft’ at www.code.org and we finished the day with a session on advanced, emerging technologies. This last session was very special indeed as we were not only able to let the children have a go at virtual reality with the Vive headsets, but we had sourced 2 of the new Hololens Augmented reality devices. It was not long before students were flying around the globe, Graeme Lawrie Follow me  @SevenoaksSchool
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  33. 33. #Bett2017 MICROSOFT TRAINING ACADEMIES.
  34. 34. 34 One of the most interesting announcements at BETT 2017 will be the launch of the Microsoft Training Academies (MTA) programme. This exciting extension of Microsoft’s commitment to education works by first identifying a group of schools demonstrating excellence in teaching and learning with technology, then supporting them as they share their expertise with schools that are climbing the learning curve. Mandeep Atwal, who manages the UK Microsoft School’s programme and is responsible for the MTA initiative is hugely enthusiastic about this new venture. ‘I’m very passionate about it. I see the MTA programme as a natural extension of Microsoft’s successful global Showcase Schools initiative, which identifies those schools making the best use of Microsoft technologies for learning. After all, Showcase Schools - there are 35 in UK – already commit to sharing good practice. Becoming an MTA builds on that, and with help from Microsoft, they can now take a whole step further in the supportive role by offering these free opportunities for learning and sharing. Knowing the schools as I do I’m confident that the sessions they host will be interesting, inspirational, responsive to need and, of course, good humoured.’ And Alan Crawford, Vice Principal of Shireland Collegiate Academy, one of the five MTAs, explains, ‘This initiative demonstrates a clear path in the Microsoft ecosystem for schools that want to adopt, embed and share their use of technology. If they choose to travel it, there’s route from being a Microsoft School, to becoming a Microsoft Showcase School and then ultimately a Microsoft Training Academy.’ Alan goes on to explain the purpose of the MTA programme. ‘It will allow schools the opportunity to host, throughout the year, a whole series of events on the use of technology to support learning. Importantly, this is not all about the hardware or the software. The intention is to demonstrate what can be achieved when there’s a clear intention, top down, with everyone on board, to deliver the most appropriate use of technology for learning.’ “If the BETT Show is about one aim in particular, it’s how to use technology in the cause of better teaching and learning.”
  35. 35. 35 The five MTA schools currently offering free workshops are; 1. Treorchy Comprehensive School, in South Wales. 2. Shireland Collegiate Academy in Sandwell, West Midlands. 3. Bolsover Church of England Junior School, in Derbyshire. 4. Danesfield School in Buckinghamshire. 5. Simon de Senlis Primary School in Northampton. Two are comprehensive secondary schools, three are primaries. Each of the schools offers, in its MTA role, a choice of six free ‘Microsoft in the Classroom’ development days, consisting of interactive workshops devoted to Microsoft technologies, with particular reference to Windows 10, OneNote, Office 365 and its various and constantly evolving apps. There’ll also be opportunities to discover more about the use of Minecraft in the classroom, and a focus on STEM subjects. The interactive nature of the events will provide ample opportunity for participants to engage with host staff and peers about their own particular concerns. Each school has its particular interests and specialisms, but every one of them will be offering a broad range of experiences to appeal to any school that’s interested in gaining a deeper insight into the learning gains to be achieved with appropriate and creative use of technology. More information about the schools, together with details and timetables of the CPD programmes on offer, together with information on booking are available here.
  36. 36. 36 The MTA schools themselves are looking forward to the challenge of creating productive and positive experiences for the schools which choose to come along to their sessions. It will undoubtedly be a two-way learning process. Shireland’s Alan Crawford confirms this, ‘As a teaching school we know that getting training from those that actually teach and use the technology is invaluable in that it gives real life examples of the benefits of our environment. Our Academy is excited to be opening its doors to others that want to come and see what we do but ultimately have a passion for making a difference in their own school. Change is difficult but achievable!’ You can read Alan’s full response here, in which he explains his school’s positive experience with Surface devices and Office 365, and the transformational impact of technology on teaching and learning at Shireland. At BETT 2017 Full details of the MTA and Showcase Schools programme will be available, and leadership team members from the five MTA schools will be available at various times during the Show. Interested schools will be able to sign up as Microsoft Schools and can find out about the Microsoft School/ Showcase School/MTA journey at the dedicated area in the Microsoft Partner Village. Gerald Haigh Follow me  @geraldhaigh1
  37. 37. 37 MICROSOFT TRAINING ACADEMIESSign up for our free Microsoft in the Classroom training events hosted by Microsoft Showcase Schools to explore how teaching and learning can be transformed through technology and a 21st Century Curriculum. A free and delightful day that will show you why you should LOVE Windows 10 and Office 365. Inspire you with ways to use Microsoft technologies to assist with engagement and attainment, and provide a hands-on environment in which to explore and evaluate technologies. Pick a location near you Register for a date that suits! Treorchy Comprehensive School, South Wales Shireland Collegiate Academy, West Midlands Bolsover Church of England Junior School, Chesterfield SPECIALIST: OneNote, Skype, Surface in Education Windows 10 SPECIALIST: Imagine Academy, Hwb Office 365 Windows 10 Simon de Senlis Primary School, East Midlands SPECIALIST: 21st CLD, Windows 10 Office 365 Dates: 25.01.2017 15.02.2017 SPECIALIST: Office 365, Microsoft Classroom Surface in Education, Windows 10 Minecraft Dates: 19.01.2017 02.02.2017 09.03.2017 25.05.2017 22.06.2017 Danesfield School Dates: 22.02.2017 15.03.2017 22.05.2017 21.06.2017 Dates: 25.01.2017 15.02.2017 Dates: 18.01.2017 16.03.2017 17.05.2017 21.06.2017 SPECIALIST: 21st CLD, Windows 10 Office 365 FIND OUT MORE https://doc.co/JNCZMo ➜
  38. 38. 38 Recognising Education Innovation At Microsoft, we believe that technology alone cannot develop the 21st century skills students require. Technology is an accelerator, but alone it does not enable change. We believe in the power of schools and the impact school leadership can have when they are brought together around a community of professional practice. The Microsoft Schools program is a leadership-focused initiative to highlight innovative leading and teaching across globally recognised schools. What are Showcase Schools? Showcase Schools are recognised leaders in personalised learning, amplified by 1:1 deployments effectively using Microsoft solutions (e.g. Surface, Office 365, Office Mix, OneNote, Skype), to enable anywhere, anytime education for all students. A Microsoft Showcase School works in an open-hearted and collaborative way towards improving the life chances of the students. 1 2 MEET THIS YEAR’S SHOWCASE SCHOOLS Ark Swift Primary School Central London Bolsover Church of England Junior School Dronfield Cadoxton Primary School Vale of Glamorgan Broadclyst Community Primary School Exeter Copenhagen Primary School London Danesfield Primary School Reading Darran Park Primary School Wales Dulwich College London Fosseway School Bath Hardenhuish School Chippenham Myddelton College Denbigh Oasis South Bank Academy Central London Old Buckenham High School Old Buckenham Pennthorpe Rugwick Ribblesdale High School Clitheroe Repton School Derby Sandymoor School Runcorn Sevenoaks School London Shireland Collegiate Academy Birmingham Simon De Senlis Primary School Northampton 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 20 19 18 17 16 4 20 9 17 15 19 21 2412, 1,5,8 11 10 27 6, 28 29 30 Showcase School 21 St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School Wigan St Joseph’s RC CE Primary and Nursery School Chesterfield St Mungo’s High School Falkirk Sydenham School Central London Tapton School Sheffield Treorchy Comprehensive School Wales UTC Reading Reading Wellington College Crowthorne West College Scotland Scotland Wymondham High School Norfolk Ysgol Bae Bagla Port Talbot 26 25 24 23 22 27 28 29 30 31 14 31 7, 26 3, 13 23 16 22 25 2,22
  39. 39. 39 NEVER MISS A COPY OF DOWNLOAD NOW OR SEARCH FOR THE FEED ON DOCS.COM FIND SHOWCASE SCHOOL DOCUMENTS AT DOCS.COM/MICROSOFTSCHOOLSUK#COLLECTION 1 REDEFINE LEARNING SKYPE IN THE CLASS ROOM LEARN, GROW AND PROSPER WITH POWER BI A HEAD TEACHER’S RESPONSE “WHY STEM MATTERS” WHAT’S HAPPENING AT BETT 2016 FEB 2016 PROFESSOR SUGATA MITRA “THE INTERNET SHOULD BE A SUBJECT” 1
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