All posts tagged: showcaseschools


Mark Sparvell: School Dinners, Ancient buildings and Innovation

by Mark Sparvell Microsoft in Education Showcase Schools Program Hello fellow education adventurers! Date: January 2015 Location: Broadclyst Community Primary School Exeter, UK, EX5 3JG Distance from home: Redmond, USA to Devon, UK is 4732.589 miles Continuing my journey across the globe , capturing the voices, images and insights from some of our amazing Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators and the leaders of the inspiring Showcase Schools. If you haven’t been following my journey on twitter, might like to add @sparvell to your follows. In its latest Ofsted Report, Broadclyst Primary School was rated as grade 1 (outstanding) . With an international reputation for the use of ICT….but what is it really like? I decided to take a plane from London City Airport and taxi ride along the narrow lanes to see for myself.


Andrew Howard: Changing Student Engagement in Technology

by Andrew Howard Expert Educator Columnist, UK When preparing my talk for the Microsoft Education Leaders’ Briefing at BETT, London, I was reflecting further on the issue of student engagement. As I said in my last blog, students are, in fact, resistant to adopting technological solutions and educational experiences. Yes, they will do something with glee if it is presented via technology, but only in fact because it is a gimmick and something different. When you try to instil long term change and technology adoption in a student body, you quickly come against resistance. We call our young people digital natives and ourselves the immigrants; we have done so for so long that it has become the accepted norm. And I don’t disagree with this (although there are young educators coming into schools now who also qualify as digital natives … ). What I disagree with is that this is then the end of the discussion. They are the natives, so we don’t need to guide them or teach them how to use it. Also, …


Andrew Howard: The Problem of Being a 21st Century Principal

by Andrew Howard Expert Educator Columnist, UK When I started teaching, a quarter of a century ago, the school I started teaching in had the most modern technology out – one black & white photocopier (only used by the Senior Management) & a couple old fashioned ‘Banda’ machines ( were the height of technology… the young people had all the problems of being young, without the overlay of technology – the biggest ‘complaint’ was that the house phone cord would not stretch enough for young people to have a private conversation with friends! To get a feel for my journey into teaching, please see my interview on Anthony Salcito’s blog, Daily Edventures; I am as passionate today (if not more so) about changing young people’s lives as I was 25 years ago!

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School Snapshot: Landesschule Pforta, Germany

School: Landesschule Pforta Location: Naumburg, Germany Type of School: Government Levels of Schooling: Secondary, Boarding School, Special Gifted Students Number of Students: 300 Number of Teachers: 43 Number of Classrooms: 28 Website: MIE Experts: 1.) Thomas Dahnke, Expert Educator 2014 and MIE Expert 2015, STEM; 2.) Frank Kisser, Expert Educator 2015, English and History; 3.) Frauke Amberg, Expert Educator 2015, English, Spain and Russian How is learning supported in and out of the classroom? The learning is supported in and outside the classroom through good educational ideas, concepts and projects. Engineering and technologies allow a more or less good implementation. Projects will only be successful by the teacher and his didactic and methodological skills!

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Mark Sparvell, Innovation Hunter: Update #3 from Kadina Memorial School

Hello leaders and learners, Continuing my journey across Australia and capturing the voices, images and insights from some of our amazing Microsoft Innovative Expert Educations and the leaders in the inspiring Showcase Schools. If you haven’t been following my journey on twitter, might like to add @sparvell to your follows. Country Roads take me to INNOVATION Date: November 2014 Location: Kadina Memorial Schools, Adelaide, South Australia Distance from home:  Adelaide to Seattle is 8338.9 miles A School that honors its past and positions its future. Well, Kadina Memorial School certainly was a memorable visit for the Innovation Hunter and well worth the few hundred kilometer drive through the agricultural grain belt with only myself and the occasional kangaroo on the road.


School Snapshot: Daegu Joongang Middle School

School: Daegu Joongang Middle School Location: Daegu, Korea (Metropolitan) Type of School: Private Levels of Schooling: Secondary Number of Students: 508 Number of Teachers: 41 Number of Classrooms: 18 Website: MIE Expert: Mr. Yong Jin Lee (15 Years of Teaching, Ethics Education & Computer Training How is technology used to create conditions for 21st century learning to occur? Using Office 365, Powerpoint, Excel and Onenote in classes and the Principal will try to support excellent classes for his students. It has been a positive result using the Microsoft systems to make more effective collaboration possible among students, teachers and the school community.