Microsoft and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) have joined together to provide school planning and professional development resources to educators and school leaders worldwide.
As part of this new multi-project initiative, ISTE and Microsoft will bring together resources from the education and technology fields to inspire educators to design and develop schools where technology is embedded into the culture and environment.
“This new collaboration between ISTE and Microsoft springs from our shared, genuine commitment to have a real impact on learners around the globe,” said Brian Lewis, ISTE CEO. “It will leverage our respective strengths and allow our substantive work on student empowerment, digital citizenship, education leadership and professional learning to be multiplied.”
To provide a ‘blueprint for school transformation’, Microsoft at ISTE will align their respective professional development pathways supporting leadership, policy and modern pedagogy. The organisations have already started to map the ISTE Essential Conditions and Microsoft Transformation Framework to provide a common language and direction for future shared work.
Microsoft has also developed new courses to support this framework in collaboration with ITSE, global university innovation and education experts, and edX, the nonprofit online learning portal founded by US universities Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The courses cover change leadership, design thinking, gameful learning, deep learning, and ambitious teaching and learning. The first course will start in December 2016, while additional courses will begin by March 2017.
In addition, Microsoft and ISTE will partner with schools around the world to further develop new Microsoft Showcase Schools, a global community of more than 600 schools engaged in digital transformation to improve learning and teaching. This community of schools will incorporate the ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age and use the organisations’ resources, including the ISTE Lead & Transform Diagnostic Tool and Microsoft’s Self Reflection Tool.
“Microsoft’s focus on supporting education transformation has great synergy with the work of ISTE,” said Anthony Salcito, vice president of Worldwide Education at Microsoft. “We are proud of the collaboration announced today and the opportunity we have together to empower students, educators and school leaders globally to achieve more.”
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