A school in Scotland has been chosen to join a new Microsoft education programme to create the best learning environments in the world.
Bertha Park High School, in Perth, is one of just 17 schools enclosed on the first Microsoft Flagship School list and will work with the company to use technology that will help pupils learn and develop.
Teachers will besides be bucked up to collaborate with peers in other countries, including the US, Argentina, Germany, Australia and China, to share best practice.
“It’s time to get our hands in the ground, get dirty and transform education from the ground up – whether a school is breakage ground or opening its doors for the first time,” Anthony Salcito, Vice-President of Education at Microsoft, wrote in a blog post. “The Microsoft Flagship School Program partners with like leadership from around the world crosswise a multi-year engagement to design, develop, and deliver amazing new places to learn.
“It’s not about the bells and whistles or how pretty the building is – it’s about making the best schools we can, often amid challenging budgets, geographical constraints and limited access to technology. It’s about collaborating with the gifted people on the team, establishing (and living by) a strong shared mission and showcasing the outcome-based effect that technology can have on learning, when used appropriately.”
Bertha Park High School is presently being built and is expected to open in August 2019, creating around 200 jobs. It will be the first secondary school to be constructed in Perth and Kinross since 1972.
Once open, Microsoft will use what is has learnt from its global network of Showcase Schools to help develop Bertha Park’s teaching environment in line with its Education Transformation Framework. Built on decades of research, best practice from schools crosswise the world and focused on modern teaching methods, the blueprint will help Microsoft create “spaces that are purposeful and accessible and, most significantly , safe, to shape and inspire the future leadership of the world”.
Microsoft will be partnering with architecture firm Gensler, piece of furniture maker Steelcase, Education Changemakers, education planners Fielding Nair International and consultants acquiring Smart.
“While change is constant, our goal is to ensure that the mentality, structure and heart of our Flagship Schools remain core to our values,” Salcito added. “We want to imagine what’s possible and build it, not just for one school but for others who can look to our blueprint and learn from it.
Microsoft has not yet put the Framework into action with Wilburton Elementary, in Bellevue, Washington, which opened its doors earlier this month.
Bellevue School District Superintendent Dr Ivan Duran said: “The progressive field reflects the district’s commitment to creating innovative approaches for just and comprehensive learning, enabled by Microsoft technology. Working in partnership with Microsoft Education, we’ve created a learning environment that will give students the skills and opportunities they need to be Affirmed and divine as creators of their future world.”
The 17 schools on the Microsoft Flagship School list are:
- University of Central Florida – Florida, USA
- Asten College – Cairo, Egypt
- St Catherine’s British School – Athens, Greece
- Colegio Tomas Alva Edison – Mendoza, Argentina
- Sri KDU International School – Klang, Malaysia
- Inner City North State Secondary College – Queensland, Australia
- Bertha Park High School – Perth, Scotland
- Monio High School, Tuusula – Finland
- IB field, HdWM – Mannheim, Germany
- Chicureo Pioneers’ Academy – Colina, Región Metropolitana, Chile
- Smart Learning School – Cairo, Egypt
- Baocheng thirty-ninth District Nine-years School – Baoan District, Shenzhen, China
- Whyalla Secondary School – Department for Education, South Australia
- NMS Graz – St. Leonhard – Graz, Austria
- Ministry for Education and Employment – Malta
- AQARAT – Dubai, UAE
- Renton homework – Washington, USA