Partners in Learning
Worldwide, Microsoft is devoting US$253 million to both State and Federal government initiatives. In Australia, Microsoft has committing more than $10 million in cash and resources over the next five years. This is a worldwide initiative that increases technology skills in teachers and improves educational outcomes for students.
Innovative Teachers Award
The Microsoft Innovative Teachers Award recognises outstanding educators who integrate technology into teaching. The purpose of this award is to recognise teachers who have demonstrated innovative ways to improve student learning outcomes and demonstrate how these practices has engaged and inspired students, and more importantly, for teachers to share outstanding ideas and practices with their peers. Sixteen state winners attended the Asia Pacific Innovative Teachers Conference in Seoul, Korea in November, and two national winners will attend ACEC 2006 to share their innovative classroom ideas.
The search is on again to discover Australia’s most Innovative Teachers for 2006. Visit Microsoft’s website for all the details, including terms and conditions and the inspirational work of previous winners – and don’t forget to submit your entry online by 28 July 2006. www.microsoft.com.au/innovativeteacher
State by State Grants
As part of the Partners in Learning initiative, Microsoft is supporting State and Federal governments in a number of information and communication technology (ICT) educational projects throughout Australia. Projects include providing skills training for teachers across the country, specific training for teachers of gifted and indigenous students. Resources and support to develop lesson plans to integrate technology into the curriculum, online and peer mentoring programs as well as providing access to Microsoft certification courses.
For more information about what Partners in Learning is achieving in your state, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/australia/education/pil/default.aspx
When your classroom is 1.3 million square kilometres, you're going to have to work out a different way to teach. And that's just what the Northern Territory Department of Employment, Education and Training is doing, partnering with Microsoft to bring a software package called Marvin to the outback. Marvin is helping students in indigenous communities step across the digital divide, bringing their culture and values with them.
Marvin is a software package designed for users with low literacy levels. The software was developed by Australian company Inchain using the Microsoft .NET framework. Students and teachers use Marvin to combine captured audio and images to develop stories narrated by animated characters.
For more information about MARVIN, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/australia/education/pil/pilnt.aspx