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Educators inspired by latest technology as CONEL hosts Microsoft roadshow

Educators inspired by latest technology as CONEL hosts Microsoft roadshow

Educators had a chance to find out ways to use the latest Microsoft technology in the classroom at the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London (CONEL).

The College was chosen by the IT giant as the location for one of more than 100 free Microsoft UK Education Roadshows taking place across the UK in 2017 and 2018.

Representatives from around 15 colleges attended the event, led by Microsoft Engagement Manager Clare Riley, which focused on how Windows 10 and Office 365 can help transform learning.

Among the institutions attending were City and Islington College and Westminster Kingsway College, which CONEL has recently partnered under the Capital City College Group (CCCG).

The event also included a roundtable discussion led by e-learning consultant Julian Bream.

The event was held in the College's Microsoft Showcase Classroom, which is part of the College's IT Academy in partnership with IT services and consultancy firm risual, and features Surface Pro laptop computers and a Surface Hub display screen.

The IT Academy was launched in November 2016 and also includes an apprenticeship scheme and workshops with industry experts.

Around 50 staff at CONEL have been trained as Microsoft Certified Educators (MCE) to support teaching and learning and other roles in the College with more to follow.

In September this year Microsoft attended the College to showcase its new IT products and services to students.

Torcato Coutinho, Head of Teaching and Learning, said: 'We were delighted to host the Microsoft Education Roadshow, which was an excellent opportunity to hear from industry experts and share experiences of using IT with other education professionals.

'At CONEL we're proud to have Microsoft as an education partner to ensure we remain at the cutting edge of IT technology, and are committed to investing significantly in this area to ensure our students are equipped with very latest digital skills.'

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