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Graduation day for Microsoft/STEM Works pilot course

26 September 2017

Primary teachers and principals will gather at the Microsoft Innovation Centre in Adelaide this Tuesday for a special graduation ceremony as part of the first Digital Transformation Project.

Twenty teachers from 10 STEM Works schools took part in the pilot course to develop ways to make the most of software to improve students’ learning experiences in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).

The participating schools were:

  • Brompton Primary School
  • Burton Primary School
  • Flinders Park Primary School
  • Forbes Primary School
  • Grange Primary School
  • Hillcrest Primary School
  • Kadina Memorial School
  • Naracoorte Primary School
  • Parafield Gardens R-7
  • Wandana Primary School

Beginning in June, participants attended seven days of training over a three month period.

As a result of the growing partnership between Microsoft and the Department for Education and Child Development, the course was free to schools.

Graduates will be certified by Microsoft as a Microsoft Innovative Educator –Trainer,  equipping them with the skills to provide further training within their school and amongst their partnership.

Travis Smith, Teacher Engagement Manager for Microsoft Australia said, “We have been delighted not only by the outcomes, but also the high level of interest shown by schools wanting to participate.

“The pilot has been bolstered by a good spread of participating city and country schools. Not only have they learnt from us, we have also been able to get a good idea on their individual needs, which we’ll use to improve programs into the future.

“This has been a positive first step with DECD and Microsoft will be looking to expand on this in the coming years,” said Mr Smith.

From the success of the pilot, Microsoft has developed a free workshop for schools to allow teachers to develop the basic skills needed to access and use Office 365 for both themselves and their students.

Mr Smith said, “This is allowing extra schools to participate, as well as allowing other teachers from the original 10 in the pilot program who didn’t participate to enhance their skills.

The Collaborative Learning with Office 365 in DECD Schools seminar will be held on September 27.