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Virtual University Webinars available to any educator registered on the Microsoft Educator Network.

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Virtual University Webinars give educators access to thought leaders, education consultants and executives who have unique insights into real-world examples of how schools are transforming education and the results it creates in student learning.

Microsoft in Education and ISTE are proud to sponsor this complimentary webinar series to help bring some of the most exciting innovations in education led by our global experts to you.

All webinars are offered at two times. You must register six hours before the morning session on the day of the webinar. If you would like to attend the live online webinar, please verify the date, time and time zone shown, match your local time.

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Past webinars

The Latest in Flipped Learning

Recorded 6/10/2014 at 6:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr

This session will focus on new trends and developments in flipped learning. Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams co-founders of Flipped Learning will present their thinking.

Presented by:

Jon Bergmann

Aaron Sams

 
 

Connected Learning, Connected World - Mobile Learning

Recorded 5/14/2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr

Learning with tablets and other mobile devices is dramatically changing how children learn. Learning is more self-directed, there is an increase in exploration, and collaboration. The focus is on the 21st century higher level skills and thinking that students will need in the work force.

 
 

How to use tablets in your classroom?

Recorded 5/7/2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr

There are so many ways tablets can help you in your classroom. We will present practice tips and trick that highlight tablets and their uses in the classroom.

Presented by:

Vicki Davis

Westwood Schools

 
 

The Best Windows 8 Apps

Recorded 2/13/2014 at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr

Finding Windows 8 apps is not difficult. Finding Windows 8 education apps is slightly more challenging. Finding good Windows 8 apps that students and teachers love that is another matter. Come and join our experts to find out which apps are the best for your classroom and why. This webinar will discuss: • Why apps work in the classroom • What kids get out of it • How should you find and integrate apps in your class • The best Windows 8 apps

Presented by:

Ovi Barceló

Colegio Bilingüe Julio Verne

IT Coordinator of Julio Verne Bilingual School and primary teacher. I'm involved in the PIL Network for 4 years. I have deployed different virtual learning environments in my school (Moodle, live@edu, Office365). Passionate about technology and education. Founder of Innteach

The Best Windows 8 Apps

Recorded 2/11/2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr

Finding Windows 8 apps is not difficult. Finding Windows 8 education apps is slightly more challenging. Finding good Windows 8 apps that students and teachers love that is another matter. Come and join our experts to find out which apps are the best for your classroom and why. This webinar will discuss: • Why apps work in the classroom • What kids get out of it • How should you find and integrate apps in your class • The best Windows 8 apps

Presented by:

Ovi Barceló

Colegio Bilingüe Julio Verne

IT Coordinator of Julio Verne Bilingual School and primary teacher. I'm involved in the PIL Network for 4 years. I have deployed different virtual learning environments in my school (Moodle, live@edu, Office365). Passionate about technology and education. Founder of Innteach

Luis Fernandes

1 Agrupamento de Escolas de Freixo

Luis Fernandes has a degree in Portuguese Teaching & a Master Degree of Education in Curriculum Development,as well as an Innovative School Leader training course. Luis started teaching in 1991 & since 1997 has been Freixo School Cluster Principal. He has since led several projects using ICT in schools. Technology and education is his passion.

 

Promoting 21st Century Skills

Recorded 1/14/2014 at 7:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr

Technology and the skills needed to survive in the workforce continue to evolve at an ever increasing pace. Students today require skill sets that are dramatically different from what was needed to secure jobs 10 or 20 years ago. In this session we will focus on the following: • What are the key skills needed in the workforce? • How has it evolved in the past 10 years? • Why a capacity to learn is more important than knowing • How modern social learning leads to shared positive interdependence where knowledge is co-constructed around objects of inquiry. • How modern inquiry-based learning follows a non-linear path when solving complex problems.

Presented by:

Richard Olsen

Richard Olsen is the Assistant Director of ideasLAB, an education research and development incubator in Melbourne, Australia. In his role at the lab, Richard identifies new technologies and their transformative possibilities for schools and for learning.

Adrian Blight

Imagine Education

Adrian is the founder and Managing Director of the internationally recognized Imagine Education consultancy partnership. Adrian’s expertise is in ICT and education, pre-service teacher training and innovative curriculum design. He has extensive management experience within UK schools, and was formerly a research fellow at Bristol University.

 
 

How to Make your Students Good Digital Citizens

Recorded 12/11/2013 at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr

Net. Digital Citizenship is about what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. It covers issues ranging from online etiquette, e-safety and issues around bullying and how to good online behaviors. Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology that is very necessary for our modern day student. Teachers and educators need to integrate Digital Citizenship into their classrooms and curriculum. Come and join us for this incredible dialogue from experts around the world.

Presented by:

Michael Furdyk

TakingITGlobal

Jennifer Bevill is an Informational Technology instructor at the Louisiana State University Laboratory School. Her experience teaching at the middle and high school levels have provided her with a variety of experiences in the K-12 spectrum.

European Schoolnet

How to Make your Students Good Digital Citizens

Recorded 12/10/2013 at 7:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr

This session is brought to you by Microsoft, TakingITGlobal, Teach Anti-Bullying and the European School Net. Digital Citizenship is about what students/children/technology users should know to use technology appropriately. It covers issues ranging from online etiquette, e-safety and issues around bullying and how to good online behaviors. Digital Citizenship is more than just a teaching tool; it is a way to prepare students/technology users for a society full of technology that is very necessary for our modern day student. Teachers and educators need to integrate Digital Citizenship into their classrooms and curriculum. Come and join us for this incredible dialogue from experts around the world.

Presented by:

Michael Furdyk

TakingITGlobal

Jennifer Bevill is an Informational Technology instructor at the Louisiana State University Laboratory School. Her experience teaching at the middle and high school levels have provided her with a variety of experiences in the K-12 spectrum.

European Schoolnet

 

One to One Learning - the Next Wave

Recorded 11/9/2013 at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr

It's been a while since the very first 1-to-1 program in Australia, (1990), U.S.'s Anytime Anywhere Learning in (mid 1990's), One Laptop Per Child (mid 2000's) and many school and district initiatives. We've learned a lot, experienced success and made mistakes. This session brings together major thought leaders in 1-to-1 from the U.S., the UK and Spain to propose 1-to-1 - The Next Wave. We'll briefly describe the previous waves and why we propose it's time to reflect, rethink and refresh. Join Lord Knight, Neus Lorenzo, Leslie Wilson and Pamela Livingston at (date, time - adjusted for time zones) will share their ideas and invite your questions. If you now have or are considering 1-to-1 learning, it will be worth your time to attend.

Presented by:

Leslie Wilson

Pamela Livingston

Pamela Livingston is Senior Product Manager at Schoolwires and previously led technology at K-12 schools. The author of ISTE's book "1-to-1 Learning : Laptop Programs That Work", Pamela has written for educational publications and presented/keynoted in the U.S.and overseas. Her Web site is http://www.pamelalivingston.com

One to One Learning - the Next Wave

Recorded 11/7/2013 at 7:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr

It's been a while since the very first 1-to-1 program in Australia, (1990), U.S.'s Anytime Anywhere Learning in (mid 1990's), One Laptop Per Child (mid 2000's) and many school and district initiatives. We've learned a lot, experienced success and made mistakes. This session brings together major thought leaders in 1-to-1 from the U.S., the UK and Spain to propose 1-to-1 - The Next Wave. We'll briefly describe the previous waves and why we propose it's time to reflect, rethink and refresh. Join Lord Knight, Neus Lorenzo, Leslie Wilson and Pamela Livingston who will share their ideas and invite your questions. If you now have or are considering 1-to-1 learning, it will be worth your time to attend.

Presented by:

Leslie Wilson

Pamela Livingston

Pamela Livingston is Senior Product Manager at Schoolwires and previously led technology at K-12 schools. The author of ISTE's book "1-to-1 Learning : Laptop Programs That Work", Pamela has written for educational publications and presented/keynoted in the U.S.and overseas. Her Web site is http://www.pamelalivingston.com

 

Understanding the Learning Strategies of the 21st Century Learner

Recorded 10/26/2013 at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr

Join this great dialogue on the 5 best strategies every 21st century learner needs to succeed in school and in the workplace. Why a capacity to learn is more important than knowing. Topics covered will be: • How to remove the roadblocks to learning • 3 Steps to understanding everything you read • Best Study Skills for 21st century learners • Technology strategies that enhance learning During the webinar, three Amazing Grades books will be given away to the first three attendees asking questions. Amazing Grades. Amazing Grades is a worldwide goodwill book with 101 authors from 13 countries around the world and includes a special bonus chapter by Nasha Fitter, Worldwide Lead of Education for Microsoft.

Presented by:

Pat Wyman

HowToLearn.com

Bonnie Terry

Bonnie Terry Learning

Understanding the Learning Strategies of the 21st Century Learner

Recorded 10/23/2013 at 7:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr

Join this great dialogue on the 5 best strategies every 21st century learner needs to succeed in school and in the workplace. Why a capacity to learn is more important than knowing. Topics covered will be: • How to remove the roadblocks to learning • 3 Steps to understanding everything you read • Best Study Skills for 21st century learners • Technology strategies that enhance learning During the webinar, three Amazing Grades books will be given away to the first three attendees asking questions. Amazing Grades is a worldwide goodwill book with 101 authors from 13 countries around the world and includes a special bonus chapter by Nasha Fitter, Worldwide Lead of Education for Microsoft.

Presented by:

Pat Wyman

HowToLearn.com

Bonnie Terry

Bonnie Terry Learning

 

Understanding the Learning Strategies of the 21st Century Learner

Recorded 6/5/2013 at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

Our use of technology in schools to date is too often predictable and simply applied in ways that aim to improve our current practice, rather than genuinely transform it. This Virtual University looks at how we use technology from the perspective of the Modern Learner, which provides a better understanding of how they learn, and most importantly the implications for teachers.

Presented by:

Richard Olsen

Richard Olsen is the Assistant Director of ideasLAB, an education research and development incubator in Melbourne, Australia. In his role at the lab, Richard identifies new technologies and their transformative possibilities for schools and for learning.

Understanding the Learning Strategies of the 21st Century Learner

Recorded 6/5/2013 at 6:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

Our use of technology in schools to date is too often predictable and simply applied in ways that aim to improve our current practice, rather than genuinely transform it. This Virtual University looks at how we use technology from the perspective of the Modern Learner, which provides a better understanding of how they learn, and most importantly the implications for teachers.

Presented by:

Richard Olsen

Richard Olsen is the Assistant Director of ideasLAB, an education research and development incubator in Melbourne, Australia. In his role at the lab, Richard identifies new technologies and their transformative possibilities for schools and for learning.

 

New Opportunities for Educators and School Leaders in Partners in Learning

Recorded 6/4/2013 at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

For educators and school leaders who are interested in becoming a Microsoft Innovative Educator - Expert or a Microsoft Mentor School, we invite you to attend an online introduction webinar. The webinar will include a program overview, member benefits, timeline and more information on how to prepare and be successful in your application to be a Mentor School or an Expert Educator.

Applications are currently open for the Microsoft Innovative Educator — Expert; and the Microsoft Mentor School Program. As a member, participants will become part of an exclusive one-year program recognizing pioneer educators and school leaders who are using technology to transform education. This elite community will connect with other school leaders and educators from around the world. Application deadline is September 30, 2013. School leaders and educators who are selected will also have the opportunity to attend the Partners in Learning Global Forum, our premier event bringing together more than 600 of the most innovative educators, school leaders, education leaders, and government officials from 80 countries.

New Opportunities for Educators and School Leaders in Partners in Learning

Recorded 6/4/2013 at 6:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

For educators and school leaders who are interested in becoming a Microsoft Innovative Educator - Expert or a Microsoft Mentor School, we invite you to attend an online introduction webinar. The webinar will include a program overview, member benefits, timeline and more information on how to prepare and be successful in your application to be a Mentor School or an Expert Educator.

Applications are currently open for the Microsoft Innovative Educator — Expert; and the Microsoft Mentor School Program. As a member, participants will become part of an exclusive one-year program recognizing pioneer educators and school leaders who are using technology to transform education. This elite community will connect with other school leaders and educators from around the world. Application deadline is September 30, 2013. School leaders and educators who are selected will also have the opportunity to attend the Partners in Learning Global Forum, our premier event bringing together more than 600 of the most innovative educators, school leaders, education leaders, and government officials from 80 countries.

 

Building Educator Capacity for 21st Century Teaching and Learning

Recorded 5/1/2013 at 6:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

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 teachers on that path of innovation to integrate ICT into their daily practice?

Presented by:

Tracy Immel

Tracy Immel has demonstrated a passion for education and the role that ICT can play to help teachers transform the teaching and learning process throughout her 20 year career. She has worked as a Director of Technology and as a technology in learning consultant.

Some facts about Tracy:

  • 20 yrs in education and technology
  • Last position Microsoft Global Director for K-12 Teacher Professional Development
  • Professional Coach with emphasis on overcoming resistance to change in educational institutions and individuals
  • Consultant to UNESCO, Educator trainer and group facilitator
  • Currently manages Partners in Learning Professional Development and Training Provider program on behalf of Microsoft

Building Educator Capacity for 21st Century Teaching and Learning

Recorded 4/30/2013 at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

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 teachers on that path of innovation to integrate ICT into their daily practice?

Presented by:

Tracy Immel

Tracy Immel has demonstrated a passion for education and the role that ICT can play to help teachers transform the teaching and learning process throughout her 20 year career. She has worked as a Director of Technology and as a technology in learning consultant.

Some facts about Tracy:

  • 20 yrs in education and technology
  • Last position Microsoft Global Director for K-12 Teacher Professional Development
  • Professional Coach with emphasis on overcoming resistance to change in educational institutions and individuals
  • Consultant to UNESCO, Educator trainer and group facilitator
  • Currently manages Partners in Learning Professional Development and Training Provider program on behalf of Microsoft

 

Teaching Skills That Matter

Recorded 4/10/2013 at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

This session looks at how schools can very simply teach non cognitive skills of self-management to students to improve academic outputs, so the students want to work to achieve rather than the teachers do the learning for them. This follows new academic research which shows that non cognitive skills drive academic performance. Chris will demonstrate some simple tools to get students to improve and also talk about how to get your school's message across more effectively.

Presented by:

Chris Gerry

Chris Gerry was a high school principal in the UK in six schools over an 18 year period. He built three schools directly which were noted for their innovative use of space and integrating technology including one to one laptop use. He currently runs The Skills Lab, an international education consultancy.

Teaching Skills That Matter

Recorded 4/10/2013 at 7:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

This session looks at how schools can very simply teach non cognitive skills of self-management to students to improve academic outputs, so the students want to work to achieve rather than the teachers do the learning for them. This follows new academic research which shows that non cognitive skills drive academic performance. Chris will demonstrate some simple tools to get students to improve and also talk about how to get your school's message across more effectively.

Presented by:

Chris Gerry

Chris Gerry was a high school principal in the UK in six schools over an 18 year period. He built three schools directly which were noted for their innovative use of space and integrating technology including one to one laptop use. He currently runs The Skills Lab, an international education consultancy.

 

Designing Schools for the Creative Age

Recorded 3/6/2013 at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

How should the design of school facilities respond to the need for a 21st century learning environment? What does the research say about the connections between cognitive learning and the built environment? How can the design of schools encourage new ways of teaching and learning and meaningfully integrate Information and Communication Technologies? How can architecture empower teachers to work collaboratively to create inter-disciplinary, project-based and experiential learning opportunities for students? This Virtual University will present background material and reference a series of specific case studies to answer the above questions.

Presented by:

Randall Fielding

Randall Fielding, AIA, is the Chairman and Founding Partner of Fielding Nair International, LLC, an award-winning school planning and design firm. Randy oversees FNI’s primary mission to improve learning by serving as a world leader in the creation of new and renovated educational campuses that are in consonance with best practice and research.

Designing Schools for the Creative Age

Recorded 3/6/2013 at 6:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

How should the design of school facilities respond to the need for a 21st century learning environment? What does the research say about the connections between cognitive learning and the built environment? How can the design of schools encourage new ways of teaching and learning and meaningfully integrate Information and Communication Technologies? How can architecture empower teachers to work collaboratively to create inter-disciplinary, project-based and experiential learning opportunities for students? This Virtual University will present background material and reference a series of specific case studies to answer the above questions.

Presented by:

Randall Fielding

Randall Fielding, AIA, is the Chairman and Founding Partner of Fielding Nair International, LLC, an award-winning school planning and design firm. Randy oversees FNI’s primary mission to improve learning by serving as a world leader in the creation of new and renovated educational campuses that are in consonance with best practice and research.

 

Exploring Technology Possibilities

Recorded 2/13/2013 at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

Have you ever wondered what new learning opportunities are offered by some of the latest technologies on the market? How can they increase the productivity in the classroom while making learning fun? What are some innovative ways you can run your back office in order to become more efficient in understanding students outcomes and what they want to learn? We will look at real world examples and explore what is out there - from gadgets to cloud computing to software to games.

Presented by:

Anthony Salcito

School of the Future

As vice president of education for Microsoft Corp.'s Worldwide Public Sector organization, Anthony Salcito works with education institutions and partners globally to embrace technology to optimize learning environments and student achievement. In this role, Salcito oversees the worldwide execution of Microsoft's vision for education and its partnership and technology outreach efforts via the Worldwide Partners in Learning, Partners for Technology Access, and Public and Private Alliances programs.

Exploring Technology Possibilities

Recorded 2/13/2013 at 6:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

Have you ever wondered what new learning opportunities are offered by some of the latest technologies on the market? How can they increase the productivity in the classroom while making learning fun? What are some innovative ways you can run your back office in order to become more efficient in understanding students outcomes and what they want to learn? We will look at real world examples and explore what is out there - from gadgets to cloud computing to software to games.

Presented by:

Anthony Salcito

School of the Future

As vice president of education for Microsoft Corp.'s Worldwide Public Sector organization, Anthony Salcito works with education institutions and partners globally to embrace technology to optimize learning environments and student achievement. In this role, Salcito oversees the worldwide execution of Microsoft's vision for education and its partnership and technology outreach efforts via the Worldwide Partners in Learning, Partners for Technology Access, and Public and Private Alliances programs.

 

Partners in Learning Global Forum Winner Projects

Recorded 1/16/2013 at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

Microsoft Partners in Learning celebrates the world's most innovative educators and school leaders for using technology in the classroom in ways that build 21st century skills at the Global Forum. The 2012 Global Forum took place in Prague, Czech Republic and brought together more than 500 of the most innovative educators from 75 countries. At the event, Partners in Learning announced the educators and learning activities that won best practices awards at the Global Forum. All of the learning activities were reviewed by an international panel of educators using a 21st century skills rubric. On this Virtual University, some of the winning educators will be presenting their projects to you.

Partners in Learning Global Forum Winner Projects

Recorded 1/16/2013 at 6:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

Microsoft Partners in Learning celebrates the world's most innovative educators and school leaders for using technology in the classroom in ways that build 21st century skills at the Global Forum. The 2012 Global Forum took place in Prague, Czech Republic and brought together more than 500 of the most innovative educators from 75 countries. At the event, Partners in Learning announced the educators and learning activities that won best practices awards at the Global Forum. All of the learning activities were reviewed by an international panel of educators using a 21st century skills rubric. On this Virtual University, some of the winning educators will be presenting their projects to you.

 

Expanding Teaching Capacities through 21st Century Learning Design

Recorded 12/12/2012 at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

The intersection of technology, pedagogy and 21st century skills is not crossed easily or gracefully by many teachers. This session introduces a research based professional development program that provides a practical and collaborative framework for teachers to integrate technology with advanced pedagogy in ways that develop learners 21st century skills. 21 CLD emerged from the global Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL) Research project, which provides evidence that when teachers design innovative learning experiences, students can and do develop the 21st century skills they will need for life and work. Teachers and schools in over 10 countries are now using the 21 CLD approach, working together to dramatically advance teaching and learning.

Presented by:

Maria Langworthy

Maria is the founder and principal of Langworthy Research. She is a social scientist who has worked for over 15 years studying the intersection of public and private spheres, and how shifts in social and economic patterns influence cultural and organizational dynamics. She currently focuses on education policy research, globally managing the Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL) Research project that is sponsored by Microsoft's Partners in Learning. Dr. Langworthy holds a M.A. degree in International Relations and a Ph.D. in Political Sociology, both from Boston University.

Expanding Teaching Capacities through 21st Century Learning Design

Recorded 12/12/2012 at 6:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

The intersection of technology, pedagogy and 21st century skills is not crossed easily or gracefully by many teachers. This session introduces a research based professional development program that provides a practical and collaborative framework for teachers to integrate technology with advanced pedagogy in ways that develop learners 21st century skills. 21 CLD emerged from the global Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL) Research project, which provides evidence that when teachers design innovative learning experiences, students can and do develop the 21st century skills they will need for life and work. Teachers and schools in over 10 countries are now using the 21 CLD approach, working together to dramatically advance teaching and learning.

Presented by:

Maria Langworthy

Maria is the founder and principal of Langworthy Research. She is a social scientist who has worked for over 15 years studying the intersection of public and private spheres, and how shifts in social and economic patterns influence cultural and organizational dynamics. She currently focuses on education policy research, globally managing the Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL) Research project that is sponsored by Microsoft's Partners in Learning. Dr. Langworthy holds a M.A. degree in International Relations and a Ph.D. in Political Sociology, both from Boston University.

 

Communicating your vision

Recorded 10/3/2012 at 7:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

Is your vision for your school in line with your plans for the next 2 to 5 years? Are you able to lay out a plan that can be sustained over time? Has your plan been clearly communicated to those who have an investment your school and do they understand your ideas? In this Virtual University we will discuss these challenges and share with you best practices on how to effectively communicate your vision.

Presented by:

Larry Rosenstock

High Tech High

Larry Rosenstock is the founder and CEO of High Tech High, a public charter school that redefines the meaning of quality education. There are no bells, there are no security guards, but there is a methodology that includes project based learning, internships, and an education that prepares students for the workplace.

 
 

Microsoft Office 365 for Schools

Recorded 9/26/2012 at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

Microsoft Office 365 provides our schools and educators with powerful communication, collaboration, and document creation services that help them do more and ultimately improve student outcomes. This service allows our schools and educators to connect to the cloud from any device thus helping them realize the potential of anywhere learning. Through Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync educators can now access their emails, assignments, and calendars from anywhere. This week's VU will provide demonstrations and deeper explanations of the many benefits of Office 365 and how it Office 365 can reshape your classroom.

Microsoft Office 365 for Schools

Recorded 9/26/2012 at 7:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

Microsoft Office 365 provides our schools and educators with powerful communication, collaboration, and document creation services that help them do more and ultimately improve student outcomes. This service allows our schools and educators to connect to the cloud from any device thus helping them realize the potential of anywhere learning. Through Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync educators can now access their emails, assignments, and calendars from anywhere. This week's VU will provide demonstrations and deeper explanations of the many benefits of Office 365 and how it Office 365 can reshape your classroom.

 

Welcome! Microsoft Innovative Schools

Recorded 9/19/2012 at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

Virtual Universities (VU) are our key element for learning and sharing together. We run each Virtual University twice, in an endeavour to provide a convenient time for all schools across many time zones to attend; you may choose which one best suits your availability, but normally, the schools across Europe, Central and Middle East, and the United States, and South America attend the first at 6 am US Pacific time, and schools across Asia, and the Pacific attend the second at 5 pm US Pacific time.

Presented by:

Nasha Fitter

Nasha's School

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Innovative Schools

Welcome! Microsoft Innovative Schools

Recorded 9/19/2012 at 7:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

Virtual Universities (VU) are our key element for learning and sharing together. We run each Virtual University twice, in an endeavour to provide a convenient time for all schools across many time zones to attend; you may choose which one best suits your availability, but normally, the schools across Europe, Central and Middle East, and the United States, and South America attend the first at 6 am US Pacific time, and schools across Asia, and the Pacific attend the second at 5 pm US Pacific time.

Presented by:

Nasha Fitter

Nasha's School

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Innovative Schools

 

Understanding the Learning Strategies of the 21st Century Learner

Recorded 6/20/2012 at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

Our use of technology in schools to date is too often predictable and simply applied in ways that aim to improve our current practice, rather than genuinely transform it. This Virtual University looks at how we use technology from the perspective of the Modern Learner, which provides a better understanding of how they learn, and most importantly the implications for teachers.

Presented by:

Richard Olsen

Richard Olsen is the Assistant Director of ideasLAB, an education research and development incubator in Melbourne, Australia. In his role at the lab, Richard identifies new technologies and their transformative possibilities for schools and for learning.

Understanding the Learning Strategies of the 21st Century Learner

Recorded 6/20/2012 at 7:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

Our use of technology in schools to date is too often predictable and simply applied in ways that aim to improve our current practice, rather than genuinely transform it. This Virtual University looks at how we use technology from the perspective of the Modern Learner, which provides a better understanding of how they learn, and most importantly the implications for teachers.

Presented by:

Richard Olsen

Richard Olsen is the Assistant Director of ideasLAB, an education research and development incubator in Melbourne, Australia. In his role at the lab, Richard identifies new technologies and their transformative possibilities for schools and for learning.

 

The 7 Steps to Become a 21st Century School

Recorded 1/18/2012 at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

In order for students to be prepared for college and career in the 21st century, schools and districts must adopt and implement a vision that provides the outcomes necessary for success. Ken Kay, CEO of EdLeader21 and founding President of the Partnership for 21st Century, will lead a presentation about 21st century education, building the 4C's (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity) into K-12 education, and how it relates to current education trends.

Presented by:

Maria Langworthy

Maria is the founder and principal of Langworthy Research. She is a social scientist who has worked for over 15 years studying the intersection of public and private spheres, and how shifts in social and economic patterns influence cultural and organizational dynamics. She currently focuses on education policy research, globally managing the Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL) Research project that is sponsored by Microsoft's Partners in Learning. Dr. Langworthy holds a M.A. degree in International Relations and a Ph.D. in Political Sociology, both from Boston University.

The 7 Steps to Become a 21st Century School

Recorded 1/18/2012 at 6:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

In order for students to be prepared for college and career in the 21st century, schools and districts must adopt and implement a vision that provides the outcomes necessary for success. Ken Kay, CEO of EdLeader21 and founding President of the Partnership for 21st Century, will lead a presentation about 21st century education, building the 4C's (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity) into K-12 education, and how it relates to current education trends.

 

Global Forum Winner Showcase

Recorded 12/15/2011 at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

Microsoft Partners in Learning celebrates the world's most innovative educators and school leaders for using technology in the classroom in ways that build 21st century skills at the Global Forum. The 2011 Global Forum took place in Washington, D.C., U.S.A., and brought together more than 500 of the most innovative educators from 75 countries. At the event, Partners in Learning announced the educators and learning activities that won best practices awards at the Global Forum. All of the learning activities were reviewed by an international panel of educators using a 21st century skills rubric. On this Virtual University, some of the winning educators will be presenting their projects to you.

Global Forum Winner Showcase

Recorded 12/15/2011 at 6:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

Microsoft Partners in Learning celebrates the world's most innovative educators and school leaders for using technology in the classroom in ways that build 21st century skills at the Global Forum. The 2011 Global Forum took place in Washington, D.C., U.S.A., and brought together more than 500 of the most innovative educators from 75 countries. At the event, Partners in Learning announced the educators and learning activities that won best practices awards at the Global Forum. All of the learning activities were reviewed by an international panel of educators using a 21st century skills rubric. On this Virtual University, some of the winning educators will be presenting their projects to you.

 

Sustaining your Innovations

Recorded 10/19/2011 at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

After a just over a year of working together, we wanted to finish this phase of our time together with a Virtual University that reflected on what it takes to not only create a culture of innovation, as most of have successfully done, but sustain and grow as a natural function of ongoing continuous improvement. As we discussed repeatedly, an innovation culture is not about short-term projects, but rather long-term impact; it's not about change for its own sake, but change that underpins a shared vision: and it's not about technology for its own sake, but rather for what it now makes possible for learners. This Virtual University will review our key learnings for the year, with Travis Smith from Expanding Learning Horizons focusing on the most critical of those around sustain innovative classroom practice. Finally several of our schools will share their experiences in being able to sustain an innovative culture within their schools, which is greater than any one individual leader, policy or project

Presented by:

Travis Smith

Travis Smith has over 10 years classroom experience, teaching Psychology, Geography, History and English. As Director of Computing at Frankston High School, Victoria, Travis managed the very successful notebook program. In 2006, Travis was appointed Assistant Principal at Frankston High School, with overall responsibility for human resources and school-based technology. In 2009, Travis left Frankston High School to become National Manager of independent advisory company, Expanding Learning Horizons. The company works with schools across Australia to help implement 1-to-1 programs. It also develops and runs effective professional learning programs for teachers within schools. Travis has lectured at Monash University for many years in the Education Faculty and has presented at conferences worldwide on the effective use of technology in the classroom.

Sustaining your Innovations

Recorded 10/19/2011 at 7:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

After a just over a year of working together, we wanted to finish this phase of our time together with a Virtual University that reflected on what it takes to not only create a culture of innovation, as most of have successfully done, but sustain and grow as a natural function of ongoing continuous improvement. As we discussed repeatedly, an innovation culture is not about short-term projects, but rather long-term impact; it's not about change for its own sake, but change that underpins a shared vision: and it's not about technology for its own sake, but rather for what it now makes possible for learners. This Virtual University will review our key learnings for the year, with Travis Smith from Expanding Learning Horizons focusing on the most critical of those around sustain innovative classroom practice. Finally several of our schools will share their experiences in being able to sustain an innovative culture within their schools, which is greater than any one individual leader, policy or project

Presented by:

Travis Smith

Travis Smith has over 10 years classroom experience, teaching Psychology, Geography, History and English. As Director of Computing at Frankston High School, Victoria, Travis managed the very successful notebook program. In 2006, Travis was appointed Assistant Principal at Frankston High School, with overall responsibility for human resources and school-based technology. In 2009, Travis left Frankston High School to become National Manager of independent advisory company, Expanding Learning Horizons. The company works with schools across Australia to help implement 1-to-1 programs. It also develops and runs effective professional learning programs for teachers within schools. Travis has lectured at Monash University for many years in the Education Faculty and has presented at conferences worldwide on the effective use of technology in the classroom.

 

Michael Fullan: Learning is the work

Recorded 9/28/2011 at 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

We all know that integrating technology into teaching and learning is critical for successful 21st Century Learning. And it takes great leadership to make that culture change happen. For this reason we are working with Professor Michael Fullan and you are invited to attend this workshop. Participants in this workshop will learn that schools must focus on what happens between workshops'. Focus on a small number of goals, zero in on instructional capacity, develop leadership, and have schools learn from each other. Emphasis is on changing culture and whole system reform.

Michael Fullan: Learning is the work

Recorded 9/28/2011 at 7:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins

We all know that integrating technology into teaching and learning is critical for successful 21st Century Learning. And it takes great leadership to make that culture change happen. For this reason we are working with Professor Michael Fullan and you are invited to attend this workshop. Participants in this workshop will learn that schools must focus on what happens between workshops'. Focus on a small number of goals, zero in on instructional capacity, develop leadership, and have schools learn from each other. Emphasis is on changing culture and whole system reform.