On June 6th, Microsoft in partnership with the Regional Training Unit (RTU) of NI will launch the Partners in Learning School Research (PILSR) for all schools in Northern Ireland. The launch will take place on the campus of Stranmillis University College in Belfast and will have Head Teachers and ICT leads from across the Province in attendance. Currently, over 200 people have registered to attend.
The event will kick-off at 12:30. Dr Tom Hesketh, Director of the RTU will welcome the guests and Dr Kevin Marshall , Microsoft Education Lead Ireland, will give an overview of the Microsoft Partners in Learning Programme.
The main part of the programme will be presented by Dr Deirdre Butler of Langworthy Research and St Patrick’s College, Dromcondra. Deirdre will be giving an overview of the Innovative Teaching and Learning (ITL) Research which has formed the basis if the PILSR programme. There will then be an in-depth walk-through of the PILSR piece and how schools and teachers can benefit by participating in the survey. After that, she will give a brief overview of the LEAP 21 (Leading Educators Advancing Pedagogy for 21st Century Skills) workshop training programme which will be available (to a limited degree) in Northern Ireland next year.
Then Marie Lindsay, Principal, and Paul Wade, ICT Head, of St Mary’s College in Derry will discuss their experience and the benefits they’ve seen by taking the survey in their school.
I will then walk through the registration process and show how to get the schools signed up and ready to send the survey links to their staffs. I will cover what the “next steps” are after the the school have taken the survey which will include overviews of a new offering from Microsoft entitled “Teaching with Technology (TwT). This will be followed by a short explanation of how Teachers can sign up for the Partners in Network website and what the intended plans are for next year’s LEAP 21 workshops.
Dr Hesketh will close the event.