Summer is the perfect time for growth and learning for educators and school leaders who want to come back to school in the fall with new ideas on using the latest technology to expand the walls of the classroom.
With online and in-person professional development and training resources, Microsoft makes it easy for you to discover new approaches, try new learning activities, and explore strategies to add to your teaching toolbox with a full suite of professional development opportunities.
Here are just a few training programs that can help enrich your teaching. Take them this summer, or anytime you’re looking for additional professional development:
In-person training throughout the U.S.
- US teacher academy trainings for teachers and teacher trainers
Ready to start using and teaching Microsoft technologies in your classroom? Take a look at one of these free one- and two-day trainings in the US. Microsoft will be offering over 65 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Teacher and Trainer Academies, beginning June 1st through September 30th. Join us by registering today.
- Free educator workshops in Microsoft Stores
Looking to learn OneNote, Office 365, Windows, Skype and Office Mix? Or are you hoping to bring more personalized, innovative learning tools and methods to your students? Microsoft Stores offer free, in-store hands-on training to help you introduce the latest tools and technologies to your students and curriculum. All attendees receive a Microsoft Innovative Educator certificate of learning upon completion. Find a Microsoft Store near you here.
Online training webinars
- Step it Up with professional development Summer special, June 14th, 8-9 a.m. PST
School’s out, but if you’re looking to get a head start on the next semester, we have fun ideas on how to use technology and PD to ramp up your teaching. This EduCast spotlights the Microsoft Certified Educator exam and how it can help you and your school, as well as ways to connect and learn during the summer season to make next year your best ever!
- Master 21st Century Learning Design
Students around the world need advanced skills to succeed in this globalized, knowledge-based society. Redesign your existing lessons and learning activities to build students’ 21st century skills. This is a longer series of online courses which can fit into your summer professional development goals and help you transform your classroom.
- 30-minute webinars for teachers
From Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert trainings and Office 365 tutorials, to learning more about Minecraft, Microsoft and Simple K12 have teamed up to present a multitude of 30-minute professional learning webinars this summer. These webinars make PD easy – we call it “PD in your PJs.”
- Become an “Edupreneur” in your classroom and school
This is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between Microsoft and Education Changemakers. The online Introduction to Edupreneurship course gives teachers and school leaders tips and tricks to identify the right challenges to focus on in your school or classroom — and then offers ways you can solve them.
Computer science online and in-person training options
- Creative coding using games and apps webinars
Are you looking to start using coding, games and apps in your classroom? Look no further than CCGA Online Training on the Microsoft Educator community. Learn about the full course curriculum, lesson plans, resources, links to online training and TouchDevelop support in this CCGA OneNote Resource Notebook, this Office Mix, or the CCGA Overall Collection, which includes PowerPoints and PDFs.
- Webinars for infusing technology into your classroom
If you want to start using more technology in your teaching and curriculum, then Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) is a great place to start. MVA’s vast collection of resources can help you inspire your students with a collaborative environment, and stay current with computer science trends. There are over 45 free online courses that are geared toward teaching technology in the classroom and sparking your students’ interests.
- Learn to teach Advanced Placement computer science
Microsoft and Harvard have partnered to create a new version of the wildly-popular Computer Science CS50 course, called CS50 AP, designed specifically for secondary school educators. The CS50 AP educator workshops will cover all you need to teach advanced placement computer science principles. These workshops are offered in-person, free of cost, around the world.ci
Whether you’re starting with basic digital ICT competency courses, looking to master specific classroom resources, or ready to tackle 21st century learning design, Microsoft in Education professional development will empower you this summer to use Microsoft tools to transform your classroom into a highly successful 21st century learning space.