Introducing… MEE

25 Mar

What happens when 13 educators get to work directly with Microsoft? I’m finding out…

On Thursday and Friday of last week I attended a Microsoft Partners in Learning (PiL) event with 12 other educators from around the UK as we all began our journey, representing our school, aiming (Jemma will tell me off again for not saying “achieving”) to progress to become Microsoft expert educators (MEE). Read “Geek to M.E.E.K” by @Charbackhurst to find out more…

The purpose of the group is to share and develop the educational potential of Windows 8 and Office 365 through our day to day practice. I was initially cynical as I have spent the last three years bypassing Microsoft in favour of Google, wikispaces and other free technology that have enhanced the learning experience for my classes. The change comes as I move to a new school later this year which has a partnership with Microsoft. Havant Academy is a school, unsurprisingly in… Havant, just outside Portsmouth. Having recently completed a rebuild the school has some exceptional facilities including up to date technology that supports a device per student. My work with Microsoft should help the school get the full potential from these devices for learning in and out of lessons.

My cynicism has changed into intrigue and determination.
I was intrigued to discover that Office 365 can offer a coordinated and secure way to continue the pedagogical technology integration I already utilise. Most importantly Office 365 is free to educators!

I am determined to work with the Microsoft in Education team to make sure Windows 8 offers a full range of apps that benefit educators and students in and out of the classroom.

If like me you try to use a range of technology to enhance the learning in your classroom you may have been reticent to continually ask your students to obtain a new login for edmodo, google, wikispaces, edublogs, wordpress and many others.

Can Office 365 and Windows 8 provide me with the same learning opportunities with a single secure login giving the same opportunities for all the students whether they are taught by me or any other teacher?

Previously I have used google forms embedded into wikispaces to collect information from students about my teaching.
Office 365 contains excel surveys which can be shared with students easily. If you are interested in seeing how then here is a great blog post on excel surveys to help you get started.

Follow my journey to make Microsoft work for me and my new school in improving learning opportunities.

You’ll hear from MEE soon…

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2 Responses to “Introducing… MEE”

  1. jemmairwin March 27, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    Great start to achieving super MEE status. Can’t wait to see what your going to do in your new school Mr Rouse. From your fellow ChicMEEk.

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