My third day in London was covered by the Microsoft School leader summit. Although I am not a school leader or a principal it was really interesting to come together with like-minded people form Europe (especially from the North). Some interesting projects by Microsoft were presented (Look out for Being a STEM school!) and especially getting to know new people that are „running the education transformation“ in school is always great: to see what educators have to share right out of their classroom and tell about their experiences is the core take-away for me.
A fellow educator from Ireland presented his approach on Microsoft Classroom and although there was nothing new to me it was good to get insights into how he set up „his world“ and he makes use of the Assignments. And once again I heard of the fantastic micro:bit project here in the UK. This is absolutely stunning! And while I am not an „code-teacher“ there are so many great take aways from this project, that will be shortly coming to Austria too, as I heard out of some conversations in the last week! So I personally think that this is a really good iniative to get Kids more into the „digital thinking process“, that is completely neglected here in Austria in the past years!
Office vs. Schools
The newly built Microsoft office was in its own way very impressive, and I often think about, why schools look so completly different to modern workplaces. I think the setting only would change a lot and solve many problems in the school context. Although I know that there has to be a big mind-shift both in students‘ and educators‘ heads.
And I am not speaking about technology. Ok, it is really cool, that you can play around with an 85 inch Surface Hub, but the essential things are more the way rooms are arranged and how spaces are used. I would love to have that much money to build a school this way.
Today I am going to attend another event held by IlonaIT in the British Museum about the Finish model of implementing ICT in schools. I hope to get some inspiration and get the chance to talk to new people!