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Public teachers to receive a lesson from Microsoft

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The state government has teamed up with Microsoft Australia to deliver a program enhancing the education of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in 10 South Australian public primary schools.

Microsoft will deliver the Digital Transformation Project to 20 teachers and work with them to develop ways in which schools can make the most of their software in order to improve studying STEM subjects.

Participating teachers will learn how to build a technology rich curriculum with the assistance of Office 365, which will help build future skills in students through 21st Century Learning.

As a result, the participants will be certified by Microsoft as a ‘Microsoft Innovative Educator -Trainer’ equipping them with the skills to provide further training within their school and among their partnership.

Participating schools:

Brompton Primary School
Burton Primary School
Flinders Park Primary School
Forbes Primary School
Grange Primary School
Hillcrest Primary School
Kadina Memorial School
Naracoorte Primary School
Parafield Gardens R-7
Wandana Primary School

Background

STEM Works primary schools were selected for this pilot project by expressions of interest and geographical distribution.

Last year the state government announced a $250million STEM Works investment to deliver STEM facilities in 139 public schools across South Australia as part of the commitment to STEM learning in SA schools.

Training will be executed across the year and finished in September 2017. Expansion of the training will depend on the success of the pilot and feedback from participating teachers and schools.

Quotes attributable to Executive Director Learning Improvement, Susan Cameron

We have been provided an exciting opportunity to collaborate with Microsoft to deliver a program that builds on our efforts to ensure we continue to upskill our teachers through quality training that meets the needs of contemporary learning.

This partnership also aligns with our commitment to increase the number of students who choose to participate in STEM and will influence their decision to continue these subjects in high school.

Teachers who participate in the training will not only be able to use this new knowledge to educate their students, but they will also be able to share among other teachers within their school and partnership.

Quotes attributable to Microsoft State Director South Australia, Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk

Microsoft works to ensure that technology creates more opportunity for everyone in our community.

In partnership with DECD’s STEM Works initiative, we are working together to give teachers increased confidence and skills in teaching STEM concepts, and developing innovative ways of engaging their students for better learning outcomes.

This is a critical step to inspire and equip our young people with the imagination and capabilities to create a new future for South Australia.