Have you ever wondered what Champagne and Chocolate have in common? I'll give you a hit … PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT!  In today's episode of the MIE Spotlight Series, we take a look at how one school district is bringing some innovative ideas into the professional learning space with the help of Office 365, OneNote and SWAY.

Welcome to the Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Spotlight Series Podcast. In this episode, Jeff sits down with Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and MIE Trainer Alex Handy to discuss how he has turned professional development into a very successful and enjoyable experience for his teachers and his school district.

About Alex Handy

Alex Handy is a husband, father of 3 boys and tries to be the best enabler he can be. He is endless inquisitive to the point of distraction and has worked for the last 15 years trying to use technology to ensure teachers can be as productive as possible. Currently, he is an Assistant Headteacher at a large comprehensive high school in the UK. He leads on Employability and Enrichment and is currently working on a project with students using an online platform to make positive career choices when moving through school (www.unifrog.org). This summer he became an MIE Expert and has just become an MIE trainer. He is head of Economics and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (http://www.dofe.org/), a UK-based outdoor education program, and is trialing OneNote Class Notebooks and Sway to organize lessons and provide feedback. He is also involved in supporting the schools Technology Enhanced Learning program and lead the school's learning and teaching Twitter project which can be found @caludonlandt. Alex believes in easy wins and making pedagogy fun for teachers which involves tailoring tools to teachers, competitions, and loads of support. Next month he is giving an MIE Expert talk called “champagne and chocolates, the fun way to launch Office 365”

About the MIE Spotlight Series Podcast

The MIE Spotlight Series is a cobranded educational podcast produced in collaboration between the TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network and Microsoft Education. Hosted by Jeff Bradbury, the MIE Spotlight series focuses on innovative thinking and teaching that incorporates cutting edge technology being deployed in classrooms.  For more information on the Microsoft Innovative Educator program, please visit: http://education.microsoft.com

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About Microsoft Education

Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, that develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services. Its best known software products are the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, Microsoft Office office suite, and Internet Explorer web browser. Its flagship hardware products are the Xbox game consoles and the Microsoft Surface tablet lineup. It is the world’s largest software maker measured by revenues. It is also one of the world’s most valuable companies.

About the TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network

In 2011, educator Jeff Bradbury created TeacherCast.net as a vehicle to curate resources for teachers and students to help them learn how to use educational technology in their classrooms.  What started with a simple concept eventually grew into a globally recognized educational broadcasting network and educational brand.  For more information, please visit TeacherCast.net


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