Educator Professional Development

Governments are seeking ways to ensure students leave school with the skills they need to be successful in higher education and in today's knowledge-based economy. Research shows that innovative teaching practices, combined with ICT access are two key factors that lead to students' acquisition of 21st century skills. But how do we scaffold professional development in a way that supports educators on that path?

Partners in Learning offers a comprehensive set of professional development assets including digital literacy, the application of technology into the teaching and learning context, research-based teacher collaboration for designing learning activities that develop 21st century skills in students and just-in-time resources to help educators be more productive. In addition, there are free measurement tools available at both the school and educator level to assess learning needs and measure impact over time.

This 3-day development workshop, hosted from 29th to 31st of January 2013 in London, UK, during the week of BETT Show, the world's largest ICT in education exhibition, brought together 37 participants, from 27 organizations and 23 different countries. The audience included a diverse group of participants ranging from senior NGO officials (World Vision, Plan International, Aga Khan Foundation), regional leaders (British Council, Creative Associates) and several commercial training organizations (from South Africa, New Zealand, Western Europe, and Egypt).

Participants walked away with an understanding how their organizations can utilize Microsoft's professional development resources, and how to create workshops, they explored the opportunities around IT Academy curriculum and certification, and found out how their trainers can become Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainers, a global network of training providers, with access to further professional development and capacity building resources.

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If you would like to explore how Microsoft and local partners can help with providing access to technology, leverage existing ICT investments more efficiently, shift from paper based to digital assessment, provide professional development and improve learning outcomes please visit or contact your local Microsoft representative for education.