In an ever busy teaching environment finding the time to learn there are inventive ways to take part in CPD that works around the teacher. With reports that teachers are working 60hr weeks, being able to dip in and out of courses makes it easy to implement. The Microsoft Educator community is a perfect example of this. Create an account and have an access to a variety of resources across the Microsoft range.
Tests!!! Everyones worst nightmare. Some like the pressure of testing how much knowledge they can remember whereas some people can feel blank in a stressed situation. The test at the end of each of the courses helps cement the knowledge that has been learnt about the course. It recaps the key elements from the learning. Just like the minimum numbers of children that need to meet age related expectations, the magic percentage for each course is 80%.
Stickers are a great reward in the classroom and however old a class there it help maintain focus in a lesson. This sense of reward is also achieved when taking courses. The buzz you get from getting a badge gives you the drive to achieve as many as you can to add to your Microsoft Education medals. Twenty badges are the total number that you can achieve. As Paul 'Lanny' Watkins @Lanny_Watkins does, turn it into a competition between departments in the school
Take the time to sign up to the Microsoft Educator Community and while your wrapping the Christmas presents take part in a few steps towards your first badge. Choose the particular course that you want to learn about to achieve the badge. The #mecclub and #mieexpert will provide a great support if stuck at all.