Partners in Learning
The Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum is the culmination of a year’s worth of country and regional events honouring teachers and school leaders who are creatively and effectively using technology in their curriculum. The event provides these exceptional educators with an opportunity to compete and gain recognition at the global level and to share and collaborate on best practices, key learnings and how to implement creative ideas. Each year a number of schools and teachers enter this competition from Ireland.
In 2012 at the final in Prague, Mr David Young, a teacher at Limavady High School won first prize in the “Knowledge Building and Critical Thinking” category for his work with his Technology and Design students.
As industry experts Microsoft believes we need to do more to help educate young people – particularly young women - about the opportunities that a career in technology presents. We need to help shift perceptions and ensure that young people understand and get excited about the opportunities that this industry presents – in reality the opportunities are endless, and so invite students into its campus to learn about the variety of career possibilities that the technology sector presents.
Annually Microsoft hosts events on site where second level students are brought in to engage with Microsoft employees and the various youth initiatives to ensure they’ve a good understanding of what a career in the technology sector involves. Simultaneously Microsoft employees also visit schools to engage with students in the classroom.
The DreamSpark programme offers second and third level students access to professional level software development tools at no charge.
In Ireland Dreamspark has been available to all Higher Education Students and Secondary School students on a pilot basis since late 2008. In providing professional-level tools that will inspire students to explore the power of software and it aims to encourage them to forge the next wave of technological breakthroughs.
It provides students with the tools to amplify and expand their abilities by providing them with access to the professional tools they will be using in the computing industry.
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