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Microsoft Partners in Learning Pre-service Teacher Programme A strategic ICT integration guide for leaders of teacher education institutions. Angela Schaerer Academic Programme Manager April 2010. Partners in Learning.

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Microsoft Partners in Learning Pre-service Teacher ProgrammeA strategic ICT integration guide for leaders of teacher education institutions

Angela Schaerer

Academic Programme Manager

April 2010

partners in learning
Partners in Learning

Global programme in 112 countries, reaching over 10 million teachers world wide

In South Africa:

  • … since 2005
  • … working in collaboration with partners and DoBE (National and Provincial) to assess needs and roll out localised programmes
  • … including access to software and tools; teacher training on ICT integration (almost 25 000 teachers trained to date); communities for best practice and sharing through the Innovative Teacher Forum and Partners in Learning Network; holistic approach to innovative schooling
  • … and now focussing on support for pre-service teacher training

Teachers are most motivated to innovate and adopt new practices when they are in pre-service / year 1 of teaching

5 years

50% leave*

3 years

25% leave*

Commitment to Teaching

Source: Ingersoll, R.M. (2001). Teacher turnover and teacher shortages. American Educational Research Journal, 38.

Kavita Mittapalli, doctoral dissertation “What Makes Public School Teachers Stay, Leave or become Non-teachers? An In-depth Understanding of their Personal Characteristics, Beliefs and Perceptions 2008, George Mason University.

* US data


The current opportunity for ICT in education lies in encouraging teachers to integrate technology directly into teaching and learning

To support learning outcomes, technology must be integrated into curriculum and pedagogy

Most educators are using technology for productivity purposes


Pre-Service Teacher Programme Elements Address Key Barriers to Adoption of ICT by Teachers

Key barriers are lack of….

Microsoft Pre-Service Programme addresses them with…

two focus areas
Two focus areas:

Pre-Service Teacher Training –


Online training

Project work

Access to tools and applications

Participation in innovative teacher communities and forums

Deans and Faculty Pre-service teachers

  • Strategic Planning Workshops & Toolkit
  • Online course modules to complement curriculum:

Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Assessment, Organisation

deans and faculty
Deans and Faculty

Provide a set of tools for the needs and situation analysis of the state of ICT use in teaching, learning and administration in pre-service teacher training institutions

By doing so, the institutions will be better positioned to develop a strategic plan (long term planning towards the organisation’s vision & mission) to build their capacity for ICT integration in education.

6 strategic dimensions:

  • Vision and Philosophy
  • Programme: Curriculum, Assessment & Practicum
  • Professional Learning of Deans and Teacher Educators
  • ICT Infrastructure, Resources and Support
  • Internal and External Communication and Partnership
  • Research & Evaluation
Pre-service teachersScenario-based content framework: Modular approach allows faculty to select, customise and use the pieces required



Case Studies



Our Environment

(in progress)



Critical Thinking


Global Health

(in progress)




Human Rights

(in progress)



Cultural Diversity

(in progress)





The Media

(in progress)



PDFs that include educator scenarios, tools, and examples

Case Studies:

1-pg PDFs that illustrate educator success stories within the classroom

Lesson Plans:

Word docs with 2 primary school lessons + 2 secondary school lessons


Incorporation of modules into pre-service teacher training

Key elements:

Full day hands on workshop for teacher students and faculty

Pre-service students and faculty learn how to incorporate 21st century skills, specifically communication, collaboration, critical thinking and technology literacy skills into high quality teaching and learning. Pre-service teachers will leave workshop with tools and skills they can use in teaching pracs.

On-line follow-up module

After the workshop, participants independently complete an interactive, on-line module reinforcing what they learned in the workshop.

Participation in communities of learning

Join an on-line community of innovative teachers eg Partners in learning Network, who share best practices and resources for using technology in the classroom to strengthen teaching and learning.

Follow-up student projects

Transfer what was learned in the workshop to R-12 setting.

online module www cpd21 com
Online module

Topic 1: Collaborative Learning

Topic 2: Collaboration and 21st Century Skills

Topic 3: Collaboration Strategies

Topic 4: Project Based Learning

Topic 5: Assessment of Collaboration and Project Based Learning

Topic 6: Collaboration Tools in the Classroom

Topic 7: Tools for Peer Collaboration

End of Module Quiz

to summarise
To summarise….

This programme is being piloted across the world and in South Africa in 2010

A day seminar will be held for Deans of Schools of Education alongside the WW Innovative Education Forum in October 2010 to introduce the Teacher Education Institution (TEI) Toolkit

From 2011, Microsoft and our partners will be supporting interested Universities/Teacher Training institutions in running workshops on:

  • using the TEI toolkit, evaluating current status and planning implementation for moving along the continuum
  • modelling use of the pre-service teacher training courseware
  • opportunity to adopt, customise and collaborate to contribute content to the pre-service TT courseware

Thank you