The Global Edtech Academy

June 7, 2020

Free CPD For You For The Next 3 Months!

The Global EdTech Academy

I’ll always remember my birthday this year. Things were starting to get closed down everywhere and on that day, the lockdown here in the UK was announced.

Since that day, every day I’ve seen educators working as superheroes, doing their best to help, be supportive, creative, engaging in our own learning and supporting that of our students and communities and that is before we even start to think about teaching!

Remote learning has meant that we have had to as a profession upskill ourselves very quickly indeed in what is being probably one of the worst experiences for everyone in modern times.

So what are we doing about it?
I’ve been doing a number of things in my various roles supporting teachers and schools and in this post, I want to share and talk about a project I’ve engaged with that has been organised by CUE (Computer Users in Education) and Microsoft Education.

CUE And Microsoft Education have teamed up to help and formed the Global Edtech Academy or #GETA as we are calling it on social media.

400 sessions with top educators, free Professional Development through September

That’s right, up until the end of September there are just shy of 400 free, PD sessions available to all.

To explore the list of speakers and sessions, save and share these two URLs:


The Global Edtech Academy was formed by CUE and Microsoft to provide a myriad of different support and training opportunities for schools, teachers and educators the world over.

If you need Edtech inspiration, there’s a session for you. Need help with leadership, then there’s a session for you. There are so many free opportunities here to engage and get support, it is fantastic. And yes… did I mention, it’s FREE?!

The Global Edtech Academy featuring some of the world’s most popular and experienced education experts, you can access a variety of different opportunities to get support, inspiration and more, each and every day, live from your phone, tablet or PC.

Who is taking part in the Global Edtech Academy?

The list of people taking part in the Global Edtech Academy is huge, it isn’t just myself – check out some of these names!

For more information on each speaker, please visit to get their full bios.

Global EdTech Academy Full Speakers

So what is on offer?

There is a wide variety of support options available:

ICT Evangelist Global EdTech Academy

Office Hours

Here you can via the site discover Office Hours each and every day when you can simply drop in and get advice, guidance and support on all things Microsoft. With experts on hand to help you, even if they don’t know the answer, they have access to swift support mechanisms that can help get you back on track quickly (note this is for teachers not for technical support teams). Across the 14 weeks, I’ll be offering a number of Office hours too.

Using Microsoft tools to improve the quality of explanations and modelling

Using Microsoft tools to improve the impact of pupil practice

Top 5 Ways to Sustain Engagement in Learners with Edtech

Using Microsoft tools to improve assessment and feedback

Getting The Most Out Of Your Digital Strategy With Office 365

Ways To Use PowerPoint to Develop Learner Confidence and Autonomy

Top 5 Ways To Engage In Feedback With Learners

Top 5 Ways to Stay Connected with Your Learners

Using Microsoft tools to improve the quality of explanations and modelling

Using Microsoft tools to reduce workload and speed up your working day

Top Ten Productivity Tips with Office 365

These sessions are all booked in and I’ve popped the dates above for you. The best way to keep track of all of these is to either make a note of them in your calendar when you spot one you would like to attend above, or visit where you can discover not just my sessions but those from the TWENTY NINE (!!!!) other speakers involved in the project – phew!

Master Classes

And if that wasn’t enough, there’s a whole schedule of Master Classes for you to attend too – all available again via the – these aren’t recorded so if you want to attend any of them, you’ll need to get yourself along to make sure you don’t miss out.

Either which way you look at it though, it is a fantastic offer that has been pulled together by Microsoft and CUE and I am so proud to be involved with it. Thank you to Microsoft and CUE for creating this huge partnership and including me in it. I am so looking forward to learning with all of you!

Don’t worry if you cannot make the sessions too as all of the sessions are being recorded too and once completed are being shared to watch back again on YouTube here: – please note, that Master Classes and Office Hours are not being recorded.

You can learn more about EdTech here:


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