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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.

Mark Sparvell: The Innovation Hunter at Pulteney Grammar School!

by Mark Sparvell School Leader Program Director, Microsoft Hello fellow education adventurers! Continuing my journey across Australia towards Asia and on to Europe and capturing the voices, images and insights from some of our amazing Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators 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: December 2014 Location: Pulteney Grammar School , Adelaide, South Australia Distance from home:  Adelaide to Seattle is 8338.9 miles “Sometimes you need to clear some space to allow room for innovation” Troy Thomson is currently one of the Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators but is certainly not new to Microsoft in Education! Troy was a very active participant in his previous school as part of the Microsoft Global Mentor School program and was certainly the no. 1 contributor within the YAMMER community established for this purpose. Troy took me on a tour of this beautiful gentrified, inner city private school on a slightly wet afternoon. …

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.

Mark Sparvell: The Innovation Hunter’s Journey Continues!

by Mark Sparvell Leader of Showcase Schools and School Leaders Program, Microsoft in Education 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. “Didn’t you used to be my Principal?” Date: November 2014 Location: Immanuel College, Adelaide, South Australia Distance from home: 13422 km, 8340 miles

Cathy Cavanaugh: Values of Learning Programming Language in School

by Cathy Cavanaugh Director of Teaching and Learning, Microsoft in Education What is a human language? As a symbol system for encoding and communicating ideas, our languages are varied and dynamic, each reflective of its own cultures and ways of knowing. Thus, each language has intrinsic value to influence thought and interaction. Additionally, each language has practical value in the 21st century. Recognizing the many benefits of learning multiple languages, schools around the world require native language fluency and a minimum of competence in a second language. Thus, world language standards have been developed by professional organizations to guide effective teaching and learning (http://www.actfl.org/publications/all/world-readiness-standards-learning-languages). The choice of languages offered in a school depend on a matrix of factors including locally and regionally spoken languages, availability of teachers and curriculum, and interest among students. Increasingly, world languages and other subjects learned in school are associated with preparing students for college, career, and community.

Innovation Hunter: Sparvell on Assignment in Asia

by Mark Sparvell School Leaders Program Director, Microsoft in Education Hi everyone, Mark Sparvell on assignment here in Australia. I am visiting some inspiring #ShowcaseSchools and innovative Expert Educators across 4 Australian States on my way to Singapore where I will be celebrating the Asia Pacific Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators and the Showcase School leaders just before the incredible BETT ASIA event. I’d love to share with you some of the learning insights along my road trip.