EduTECH 2017 is just around the corner!

EduTECH International Congress and Expo 2017 is now just around the corner!

There’s going to be so much happening at the biggest education event in Asia Pacific and the Southern Hemisphere. FutureSchools Expo was an inspiring event and we expect EduTECH to be even bigger and better!

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Everything you need to know to plan your visit:

Make sure you follow us on Twitter to stay up to date with everything happening on the day, whether you’re there on the day or following all the action online.… Visit the author's original post

Learn what’s next with Microsoft Education at ISTE 2017

Microsoft Education at ISTE 2017 | June 25-28, 2017 | San Antonio, TX

 

On May 2nd, the team at Microsoft Education shared its vision for helping empower students of today to create the world of tomorrow. We plan on bringing all that excitement to the ISTE Conference and Expo this year, spread across 140 teacher talks and through a new hands-on interactive experience room at the event. We’ll also have sessions to include those who can’t attend (#notatISTE), along with new developments from Hack the Classroom and the ever-growing worlds of Minecraft: Education Edition.… Visit the author's original post

How to make toast using OneNote

Today’s post was written by Cathy Quigan, Digital Learning Technology teacher at Sacred Heart Girls’ College.

I teach Digital Technologies from Year 8 to Year 13 at a girls’ high school with 700 students. As part of the curriculum, I teach everything from basic document formatting and spreadsheets to programming, web and game design. I try to give the students a broad base of skills, so each year focuses on a different project of the student’s choice. At the beginning of the year we discuss issues that are relevant to them—such as how the work that they do is recognized by the school—and we come up with ways we can address these issues using IT skills.… Visit the author's original post

4 hacks for Word 2016 to save you time authoring documents

If there’s one thing we Microsoft engineers have learned in our dialogue with teachers, it’s that each and every one cares deeply about the success and well-being of their students. Helping give educators back a few precious minutes of their day, spent in one of the most demanding, time consuming, and hectic professions in the world, is the least we can do.

We have four easy tips – or hacks, if you prefer – for Microsoft Word below, and we believe they’ll save you minutes every day during your lesson planning, classroom organization, grading, assignment creation and more. … Visit the author's original post

Office 365 May news—exciting new value coming with the new Surface Pro

Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.

Earlier today, Microsoft announced the availability of Surface Studio, Laptop and Hololens in China along with the new Surface Pro and Surface Pen coming next month. At our event in Shanghai, Panos Panay showcased new inking capabilities in Office apps that are coming first to Windows and brought to life on Surface. These advances make your digital pen faster, more fluid and more personalized, helping you express yourself with rich, creative content.… Visit the author's original post

“Technology is a tool for teaching, not a substitution for the teachers.” – Artur Rudnicki, Poland

Artur Rudnicki Teacher
V-CE Head Master
Radom Technical School
Radom, Poland

Most of the educators we speak with here at Daily Edventures have a “moment” that sticks out as a defining time in their career. For Artur Rudnicki – an IT teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and MIE Master Trainer – it was when the teenagers at his school let him know the technology at their homes was better than what they used at school.

“I made a decision that in our school, it would be really modern,” shares Rudnicki.… Visit the author's original post

Extra Credits: Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition is now available

Extra Credits rounds up the latest stories on innovative educational endeavors coming from other parts of Microsoft and the world. This entry highlights the release of Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition, a new feature that allows educators and students to write code to explore, create and play in the full 3D Minecraft world.

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Today, we are excited to share that the Minecraft: Education Edition Code Builder update is now available in the Microsoft Store for Education. This includes updates to the game itself, the new Code Builder extension, and updates to Classroom Mode for Minecraft!

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Creating inclusive classrooms with the help of OneNote

Originally posted on the Microsoft Education blog on 17th May by Jameson Lee, Assistive Technology Coordinator of Special Education.

At the start of the school year, our special education team established the goal to deepen the purposeful use of technology to support struggling students, especially for those with special education needs and disabilities. This goal was based on the belief that all students should have an opportunity to be a part of an inclusive learning environment, where diversity is embraced, celebrated and valued by all members of the school community.… Visit the author's original post

10 tips to make your classroom more accessible

Today, Microsoft joins in marking the sixth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), a day dedicated to raising awareness around accessibility in the digital world. In honor of this day and to help create more inclusive school and classroom environments, the Microsoft Education Team would like to encourage all educators to explore a new Microsoft Educator Community training course, brought to you by Microsoft Innovative Educators who work in Special Education.

There are lots of technologies and resources available to help you make learning environments more inclusive and accessible.… Visit the author's original post

Note-taking made easier for everyone—redesigning OneNote

Today, we are excited to announce that we updated the design of OneNote for Windows 10, Mac, iOS, Android and on the web. These design features, rolling out over the coming weeks, include three key areas of focus:

  • Enhancing usability for those who use assistive technologies.
  • Simplifying navigation controls.
  • Creating consistency across devices.

Enhanced usability for all

As Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said, “We will focus on designing and building products that our customers love and that are accessible to everyone and built for each of us.” In this update, we focused on making OneNote more usable for those with disabilities—such as vision and mobility impairments.Visit the author's original post

“We must teach competencies rather than content. Students must learn how to solve problems and face new situations.” – María Florencia Conforti, Argentina

María Florencia Conforti
English Teacher
Belgrano Day School
Buenos Aires, Argentina
@florconforti1

Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) María Conforti may teach English literature and grammar, but she’s just as interested in helping her students learn how to think. And when she taught the novel Pax last year to her fourth grade students, she put that approach to the test.

“After reading the novel, I asked my students to make an object that might be useful for any of the characters in the story,” Conforti explains.… Visit the author's original post

OneNote helps all students succeed in inclusive learning environments

Today’s post was written by Jameson Lee, assistive technology coordinator of Special Education at the Catholic District School Board in Eastern Ontario.

At the start of the school year, our special education team established the goal to deepen the purposeful use of technology to support struggling students—especially for those with special education needs and disabilities. This goal was based on the belief that all students should have an opportunity to be part of an inclusive learning environment, where diversity is embraced, celebrated and valued by all members of the school community.… Visit the author's original post

Creating inclusive classrooms with the help of OneNote

At the start of the school year, our special education team established the goal to deepen the purposeful use of technology to support struggling students, especially for those with special education needs and disabilities. This goal was based on the belief that all students should have an opportunity to be a part of an inclusive learning environment, where diversity is embraced, celebrated and valued by all members of the school community.

To identify specific strategies and tools to improve learning for all students, we needed to prioritize students first and technology tools second.… Visit the author's original post

7 new ways to use Microsoft MakeCode for Minecraft: Education Edition

The Microsoft MakeCode platform uses a hands-on approach to computing education, bringing computer science to life for all students with fun projects, immediate results, and both block and text editors suitable for learners at various levels. Microsoft MakeCode supports physical computing devices like the micro:bit and Circuit Playground, letting students create robots, digital air guitars and magic wands.

Today the Microsoft MakeCode team is happy to announce their beta release for Minecraft: Education Edition. With the latest update, Minecraft has added a Code Connection companion app which allows teachers and students to use Microsoft MakeCode to program mini-games and mods in Minecraft.… Visit the author's original post

Education Technology – Leadership key to EdTech success, by Natalie Burgess

As a Primary 3 teacher for a number of years in Scotland and now working as one of Microsoft’s UK Teacher Ambassadors, I have seen what makes schools successful in adopting new technology in the classroom and have more of an insight into what holds them back. Where I have seen the most success in adopting technology, the main difference that stands out to me is the Senior Management Team...… Visit the author's original post

A spirited teacher reshapes the computer science classroom for 21st-century makers

Doug Bergman believes computer science is changing. In his view, it’s no longer reserved just for students who want to work in technology. Doug knows a basic understanding of computer science will enable his students to solve tomorrow’s problems in just about any career they choose.

That’s why, as the computer science instructor at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina, Doug invites tiny drones, talking robots, augmented reality and other pieces of the future right into the classroom, encouraging his students to become skilled, 21st-century creators.… Visit the author's original post

Engaging math students with the “Escape Room” challenge and OneNote

Today’s post was written by Jason Davis, 5th-grade STEM teacher at Campbell Elementary School in Atlanta, Georgia.

Since becoming a teacher five years ago, I have grown more and more excited about learning different technologies and applications to better help my students. Coming from a 14-year engineering/computer science background, I have been able to use those skills and talents to learn about different technology-based teaching tools. Microsoft Office and OneNote are just a few tools that have been helpful in guiding my students in their learning.… Visit the author's original post

Getting Started with Microsoft Teams – Guides for IT Admins, Teachers and School Leaders

With Office 365 for Education, now with Microsoft Teams, you can now redefine what a classroom means for your teachers and students by bringing in resources from around the world, providing them anytime, anywhere access to learning and giving them the skills they will need for their future. We're pleased to share three Getting Started guides for Microsoft Teams, created specifically for educators, IT admins, or school leaders.… Visit the author's original post

Il fantastico visionario

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La tipologia del fantastico visionario comprende i racconti che mettono in primo piano l'elemento spettacolare. Le apparizioni di fantasmi, la presenza di mondi incantati e gli ambienti sospesi tra sogno e realtà sono caratteristici del genere. Fra i temi trattati prevale l'alternanza tra il Bene e il Male, la ricerca degli aspetti più oscuri della mente, il terrore, ma anche il soprannaturale  con un' attenzione verso la follia, il delitto e le ossessioni individuali.

I personaggi sono spesso spiriti, ombre, creature incantate e strane.

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Education Technology – Reviewing the success of the Microsoft Cloud

The Microsoft Cloud has revolutionised education technology. One of the most important outcomes from using The Cloud is employability. Across different sectors, there are thousands of different jobs, varying from Data Scientist to Cloud Solution Architect.  However, this is simply one of the benefits of using the Cloud...… Visit the author's original post

MIE Spotlight: Bringing Ancient History studies into the digital era

In this MIE Spotlight, we hear from Michael Cocks, Senior Ancient History Teacher at Toowoomba Grammar School

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I am in my seventh year of teacher after a career in advertising. As a specialist in my teaching area, I love passing on my passion for History to my students. I find the subject area to be one of the most important in equipping students to be critical thinkers and to become engaged future citizens of the world.

I use digital solutions to meet the needs of my students, and other students around the world.… Visit the author's original post

Getting serious about STEM?

Microsoft helps educators and students to explore, invent, prototype and solve authentic STEM problems using real-world technology.

As a technology company, Microsoft is passionate about STEM education. We’re enthusiastic to welcome the next generation of app developers, game designers, Artificial Intelligence experts and coders to the workplace. And we’re excited by what they will imagine, invent and create.

To prepare them with a future skillset and to  help educators gain the knowledge and confidence to engage them in meaningful STEM learning, we provide a suite of resources, platforms, tools and devices – all designed with modern STEM learning in mind.… Visit the author's original post

A behind-the-scenes story from an educator at Microsoft’s May event

You may have read the reactions in the press, watched the event livestream, or heard from others about the announcements made at Microsoft’s “Learn What’s Next” event, held on May 2nd, 2017, at Center415 in Manhattan. But this is a view from behind the scenes. It’s an account of what I saw in the collaboration across teams and departments, the collective direction, and the attention to detail at the event that spoke loudly to me about the importance and direction of education for Microsoft, as an organization.… Visit the author's original post

WEBINAR: Explore Windows 10 in Education: Innovations for deployment and use in schools

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. As part of that mission, we believe technology can be used as a tool to empower students and teachers to create the world of tomorrow.  And at the heart of this mission, is Windows 10, which provides a powerful platform for learning. To learn more about Windows 10 in Education, join Senior Product Manager Craig Ashley for a webinar that takes a detailed look at features and functionality that are great for teachers, students and IT professionals within Education… Visit the author's original post

“There aren’t 25 equal students in my classroom, there are 25 different individuals, dreaming different dreams and hoping for different future lives.” – Susanna Jilka

Susanna Jilka
Teacher
PraxisMittelSchule PH Wien
Vienna, Austria
@woodstocksj

Connecting her students to new classrooms and experiences is a big part of Susanna Jilka’s mission.

“It’s a small world – isn’t it? Every child deserves an education!,” Jilka says. “I like to work with other students from around the world, so we do a lot of Skype calls to gain knowledge, to share our work, to collaborate and to experience that education is the window to our future.”

Jilka sees many benefits to building these connections for her class, from seeing how other students learn to improving their English skills.… Visit the author's original post

TweetMeet on Minecraft: Education Edition – Join us with #MSFTEduChat on May 16

Still reeling from the excitement around the #MicrosoftEDU announcements in New York? We’re here to help you keep the momentum going with our #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet all about Minecraft: Education Edition. On May 16th, during both our 10:00am PDT and 4:00pm PDT sessions, we’ll be discussing game-based learning, the Code Builder news and much more.

If you want to break blocks, write code and explore the world, this is the TweetMeet for you. Whether you’re a seasoned Minecraft player or here to see what all the buzz is about, we’ll be ready to answer your questions, take your suggestions and connect you with others.… Visit the author's original post

The Azure Education Series: Upcoming and On-demand Webinars

webinar-cloudThis year, Microsoft in Education are laying on a variety of different webinars of a diverse series of topics, all hosted by teachers and experts from all over the UK. They are all free to join, so register for as many as you’d like, and learn new tricks and trips to apply in your classroom! Don’t worry if you can’t make the live session at the time, as all of our webinars are being recorded, and will be  available on demand afterwards.Visit the author's original post

“We need passion and constant innovation in teaching.” – Nam Ngo Thanh, Vietnam

Nam Ngo Thanh
Grade 5th Teacher
Vietnam Australia International School
Ho Chi Minh City/ Vietnam
@mrnamvas

“I think that a successful classroom is one in which students feel at home, teachers are like parents, and friends are like brothers,” says MIEE Nam Ngo Thanh. “[In the classroom], my students are active, showing their creativity and passion. Every period, I always create the opportunity to evoke the passion of my students so that they can express their full potential as well as overcome their limitations.”

Thanh, who struggled to engage in school when he was young, is determined to help his students chart a different path toward life-long learning.… Visit the author's original post

A blog leads to big change for students and innovative educator Ross McGill

Ross McGill, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, started blogging about his experiences as a teacher back in 2008. Fast-forward to today and you’ll see his blog, Teacher Toolkit, has been voted the #1 education blog in the U.K. and ranks as one of the world’s top-50 Ed Tech Brands in Education. He and his writers use the platform to inform and train people around the world, helping them improve the school system today and place technology at the forefront of learning.… Visit the author's original post

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