Schools identified by Microsoft to have
an investment in technology are helping teachers across the country to
action remote learning options for students now at home under lockdown.
A government programme designed to ensure
studies continue without disruption is helping teachers to conduct classes online. Out of the consortium of education facilities chosen by the government to assist in this scheme are three Microsoft Showcase Schools recognised as leaders in using innovative technology to educate.
Premier learning facilities, Microsoft Showcase schools are operated by leaders noted for having a strong vision when it comes to change. They
use cutting-edge technology to assist students to take part in their achievements and make learning more engaging. By providing a more immersive, inclusive and personalised educational experience, schools singled out by the Microsoft project aim to transform the process of learning for more successful results.
The three Microsoft Showcase schools chosen to participate in the Government consortium dubbed “Demonstrator Schools” are Lancashire’s Ribblesdale High School, Devon’s Broadclyst Community Primary School and the Danesfield School located in Buckinghamshire.
The trio of schools is now holding regular webinars delivered free, while providing coaching and guidance on how to take full advantage of Microsoft technology for productive home learning in lockdown. From the Microsoft 365 suite to the collaboration and communication platform Teams, teachers can manage virtual classes using the latest technology while keeping their students safe.
The three schools have already started in their roles as experienced users of Microsoft solutions. Broadclyst is part of The Cornerstone Academy Trust and has now shared its knowledge by hosting a webinar called “setting up a virtual school from scratch.”
Chief Executive for the trust, Jonathan Bishop, commented on the new government scheme:
“We are delighted that Broadclyst will be using its extensive knowledge and experience to help schools build their own digital strategies and select their learning platforms.”
Ribblesdale currently uses Teams as its primary method for training, recruitment, staff, meetings and teaching. Headteacher for the school, Stephen Cox, said:
“The current situation has forced all schools to be highly dependent upon remote learning, adjusting to a very new way of working.”
Danesfield became a Microsoft Showcase school in 2015 and has been using a wide range of tools from the tech-giant to enhance student learning, including One Note, Office, Teams and the educational edition of Minecraft. The school’s Headteacher, Sarah Morgan, commented:
“Technology is embedded at the core of our teaching, and we have witnessed the significant benefits it brings in helping children develop a love of learning.”
Along with schools, Microsoft is also helping the government with free access to its communication products rolled out to healthcare workers in the NHS.
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