Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Microsoft Supports Innovative Teachers, Students, and Schools

I’m at Microsoft’s US Partners in Learning briefing where they are outlining three key programs they have created to help educators employ technology throughout the learning process, and enable students to achieve their learning goals. The content appears valuable and membership is instant, free, and open to everyone. You can also begin networks and discussion forums for groups or topics of interest.

Innovative Teachers
The Innovative Teachers Network
is a portal that allows educators to collaborate, and share best practices around 21st century learning. The portal connects a global community of educators focused on 21st century learning and recognizes their exemplary efforts to prepare students for the future. Members gain access to:

  • Free, high quality classroom and professional learning content
  • Dialogues on best practices, innovation and pedagogy
  • Your own personal workspace to post resources, and interact with others
  • Learn about the Microsoft Peer Coaching Program

Innovative Students
Affordable, reliable software to qualifying governments purchasing Windows-based PCs for primary and secondary students' personal use at home.

Innovative Schools
Delivers expert guidance in holistic school reform, plus a roadmap for technology integration to help schools meet their education objectives.

Your Role
If you have the opportunity to explore any of these programs, please share your thoughts, ideas and comments about how this may work for you, your colleagues, and/or your school(s) and how it compares to what you are currently using.

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