Lisbon school’s Minecraft project takes learning through multiple subjects, disciplines and worlds

Minecraft in the classroom is redefining learning and building stronger relationships between teachers and their students.

My name is ​Kyriakos Koursaris​ and I am the Head of Educational Technology at ​PaRK International School​ in Lisbon, Portugal. I am also an MIE Expert and Fellow, as well as a Minecraft Global Mentor. For me, everything started three years ago.

We decided to participate in an international project promoted by the ​Asia-Europe Foundation​, called “My country, your country.” In this project, students had to recreate their country geographically through Minecraft and Kodu, thereby offering students an interactive and fun way to study the geography of the ASEM member countries.… Visit the author's original post

La descrizione mista

< ?xml version="1.0"?>

La presentazione mista di un personaggio si caratterizza per una mescolanza di varie tipologie di descrizioni.

Non prevale ad esempio l'aspetto esteriore, come accade nella descrizione fisica. Si intersecano  aspetti differenti: il carattere, la classe sociale, l'istruzione, il lavoro svolto.

I personaggi possono essere statici o dinamici. Nel primo caso rimangono sempre simili a se stessi, nel secondo possono subire trasformazioni di personalità.

 

Visit the author's original post

Become a Microsoft Certified Educator in 3 simple steps

When teachers have the skills and confidence to engage their students and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow, they don’t just do more things – they do amazing things.

To help teachers shape the leaders of the future, Microsoft has recently revamped the Microsoft Certified Educator Exam (MCE). This certification is based on the 21CLD and Innovative Teaching & Learning Research, which provides a set of rubrics for educators to identify and implement learning opportunities for students to build 21st century skills.… Visit the author's original post

Hearts on fire: How educators are using Skype to ignite idealism in their students

Our guest writer for today’s blog post is PK Dauer of the IF Hummingbird Foundation and Hearts on Fire, a program of the foundation identifying and showcasing some of the most inspirational and committed individuals working to change the world for the better. 

 

Elise Higgins-Steele, an eighth-grade English Language Arts teacher at Sterling Middle School in Quincy, Massachusetts, had become so disenchanted by the stifling requirements of the curriculum, she was considering a career change.

“We get so much pressure about testing that it limits some of the stuff kids love,” Elise says.… Visit the author's original post

“The biggest challenge is to transform the way we teach – and what we teach – to ensure student survive in the era of machines and AI.” – Oktawia Gorzeńska, Poland

Oktawia Gorzeńska
Principal, blogger, trainer
High School 17 in Gdynia and trainings4u.eu Gdynia, Poland
@eduzmieniacz

For most educators, wearing multiple hats each day is par for the course. For Oktawia Gorzeńska, the roles of principal, blogger and teacher trainer are all distinct, yet equally fulfilling.

“As a principal, I am compelled to change the work culture of my school,” says Gorzeńska. “We create a learning organization by combining academic knowledge with new methods, as well as social and 21st century skills development.… Visit the author's original post

Chalkup founder is joining Microsoft Education and bringing the best of Chalkup to Microsoft Teams

As part of our continued investment to help save teachers time, build collaborative classrooms and drive better learning outcomes for students, we are excited to announce that Chalkup’s co-founder, Justin Chando, is joining Microsoft Education!

In 2013, Justin set out to build a more compelling digital classroom experience for all students. Since then, Chalkup has delivered numerous innovations proven to increase student engagement and save teachers time. Together with Justin, we’re excited to bring the best of Chalkup to Microsoft Teams.… Visit the author's original post

How this teacher uses Sway for Science experiments.

This is a guest blog from Aaron Elias, a Science Teacher from Frankston High School who has been using Sway in his science experiment lessons.

"I saw Sway demonstrated for the first time about two years ago during a presentation on Office365. I could instantly see the benefits of it for teachers of subjects like English or Humanities. However, I teach Science. As much as I liked the look and idea of Sway, I had a tricky time determining how I was going to use it in a way that didn’t feel forced.… Visit the author's original post

More than books: The Cultivate World Literacy project is empowering schools and students to reach new readers globally

The 126 million illiterate youth in the world today are looking at an almost certain life of poverty. This fact is what has driven my passion to give children books as much as I am able, and to travel to South Africa – twice so far – to make a difference.

In my month as a volunteer teacher in Africa, I saw state-of-the-art schools. I also saw schools where children shared desks with three others in overcrowded classrooms. I recorded and later played back a chant one classroom of 6th graders sang to me, “Julie, we need you!” and felt discouraged.… Visit the author's original post

Has this educator discovered the secret to getting girls excited about STEM?

The Microsoft Innovation Educator (MIE) Expert program connects high-potential teachers across Australia – and from around the world – to share their vision and expertise in applying technology to the classroom. In this MIE Expert profile, we talk to Tobias Hogg of Kardinia International College about encouraging female students to pursue their interests in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) through a host of less-than-conventional ways.

Tell us a bit about your role, and where technology fits into your approach to teaching.

Visit the author's original post

Has this educator discovered the secret to getting girls excited about STEM?

The Microsoft Innovation Educator (MIE) Expert program connects high-potential teachers across Australia – and from around the world – to share their vision and expertise in applying technology to the classroom. In this MIE Expert profile, we talk to Tobias Hogg of Kardinia International College about encouraging female students to pursue their interests in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) through a host of less-than-conventional ways.

Tell us a bit about your role, and where technology fits into your approach to teaching.

Visit the author's original post

Viaggio intorno al mondo con Skype

< ?xml version="1.0"?>

Ringrazio quanti hanno partecipato al webinar che ho tenuto per Tuttoscuola il 7 febbraio.

Per chi volesse cimentarsi in una simile esperienza consiglio di seguire il mio corso gratuito presente all'interno della Microsoft Community Educator. 

E' sufficiente iscriversi, qui il link:

https://education.microsoft.com/GetTrained/skype

Trovate oltre alle indicazioni per installare l'app/il software suggerimenti e consigli pratici per progettare con i vostri alunni un'entusiasmante esperienza.

Se in particolare intendete visitare un museo, un'area protetta o altro, vi consiglio di consultare la sezione dedicata ai "viaggi virtuali" e di leggere con attenzione le schede didattiche che trovate seguendo questo link https://education.microsoft.com/skype-in-the-classroom/virtual-field-trips

Vi segnalo inoltre la mia collaborazione Skype "The desert is approaching".

Visit the author's original post

Celebrate and help cultivate world literacy with new #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet on Feb. 20

With Literacy Month firmly in mind, we are inviting educators to join us online for a new #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet to celebrate and cultivate the literacy skills of students, locally and globally. Whether it’s connecting students to real authors through Skype in the Classroom, or using technologies like Microsoft Learning Tools to improve their reading skills, there’s more than one way to support student literacy development in your community.

Anyone can join in and connect with the passionate educators (and avid readers!) in this TweetMeet, who will share their thoughts on reaching more readers and using the right tools to bring literature to life.… Visit the author's original post

Episode 1: IT IQ Series – Every class should teach collaboration. Here’s how.

Summary: Collaborative skills play a vital role in students’ prospects. Educators can use digital platforms to develop those skills no matter what subject they’re teaching.

Do our classrooms encourage collaboration? They certainly ought to: research suggests that highly-skilled jobs in Australia require higher degrees of collaboration than ever before, particularly as the workforce becomes increasingly digitised. On average, professionals with higher collaborative tendencies are worth around $2000 more per year to businesses than those who struggle to work with others–yet around 45% of employers can’t find people with sufficient communication skills to fit their needs.… Visit the author's original post

Episode 1: IT IQ Series – Every class should teach collaboration. Here’s how.

Summary: Collaborative skills play a vital role in students’ prospects. Educators can use digital platforms to develop those skills no matter what subject they’re teaching. Do our classrooms encourage collaboration? They certainly ought to: research suggests that highly-skilled jobs in Australia require higher degrees of collaboration than ever before, particularly as the workforce becomes increasingly...… Visit the author's original post

How a New Jersey middle school uses Minecraft: Education Edition to teach game design

How do you teach game design in a middle school setting? According to Steve Isaacs, who teaches at the William Annin Middle School in New Jersey, just 45 minutes west of New York City, it looks a bit like this:

Steve teaches Game Design and Development via a quest-based (or choice-based) learning environment, providing students with a variety of options as they work through activities, often set inside the worlds of Minecraft: Education Edition. Students create minigames in Minecraft, or even full story-driven games, by working with the game’s functional Redstone and command blocks, which can trigger in-world events.… Visit the author's original post

My advice for other teachers: “Learn to play, and play to learn”

The Microsoft Innovation Educator (MIE) Expert program connects high-potential teachers across Australia – and from around the world – to share their vision and expertise in applying technology to the classroom. We sat down with Marianne Grasso, Assistant Principal of Bonnyrigg Public School, to find out how she’s driven digital learning and IT adoption in one of Sydney’s lower socioeconomic areas.

Marianne, you initially encountered Microsoft OneNote a couple of years ago. What potential did you see in it at the time?

Visit the author's original post

Connect with NYT best-selling authors Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver, and hundreds of writers for Skype in the Classroom’s Literacy Month

Today is World Read Aloud Day, signaling the start of Skype in the Classroom’s month-long celebration of reading, writing and storytelling. We are proud to work with LitWorld and our global publishing partners, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, Arbordale, Andersen Press, Candlewick and others to offer hundreds of free virtual visits from authors to classrooms. You can look up guest author information easily for Skype in the Classroom by checking our literacy collection.

To cap our month-long celebration this year, Microsoft is teaming up with Penguin Young Readers for a free broadcast event in which classrooms and families can meet actor, producer and author Henry Winkler, as well as his co-author, Lin Oliver. … Visit the author's original post

Practice What You Preach

One of the big buzz words for education lately has been collaboration. We want students to work together. The 21STcentury worker won't be plugging along by themselves at a workstation, they will be working with a team to accomplish a goal or solve a problem. So we need to train our students to work together.
The irony is we don't practice what we preach. Teachers are very territorial when it comes to their teaching methods. “Don't come in my room, and don't copy my lesson plan.” It makes no sense.Visit the author's original post

Wilburton Elementary: Staffing from scratch

Wilburton Elementary is a state-of-the-art school being built from the ground up, following the guidance of the Microsoft Education Transformation Framework, and is a collaborative effort between the Bellevue School District (BSD) and Microsoft. Follow Wilburton’s progress as it happens, from breaking ground to becoming a true 21st century learning community when it opens its doors in September 2018.

 

When Wilburton Elementary opens next fall, its more than 400 students will experience a state-of-the-art campus and an innovative curriculum designed to help them thrive.… Visit the author's original post

Ramón Rodríguez Galán: Upskilling Spain’s teachers with technology

Standing on the sidelines of a junior basketball game, a sudden realization hit Ramón Rodríguez Galán – like a ton of bricks. While most people cannot pinpoint the exact moment they decide their future career, Ramón, a math, technology and Spanish language teacher at Maristas Mediterránea in Seville, remembers as … Read more »

The post Ramón Rodríguez Galán: Upskilling Spain’s teachers with technology appeared first on Microsoft News Centre Europe.… Visit the author's original post

Coding with Cumberland High School!

Coding with Cumberland High School!

This is a guest blog from Martin Andrews from Cumberland High School who has been using Microbits with his students to code on the Microsoft platform.

Microsoft’s Academic Programmes Manager, Dan Bowen visited the school on Tuesday and inspired me to try some coding with my students.

The Year 11 Music class were met with a worksheet and a MicroBit. The worksheet contained some simple code that represented a bar of music. Students had to analyse the music and the code and then work together ‘unlock’ the mysteries of the code that represents music.… Visit the author's original post

Coding with Cumberland High School!

Coding with Cumberland High School!

This is a guest blog from Martin Andrews from Cumberland High School who has been using Microbits with his students to code on the Microsoft platform.

Microsoft’s Academic Programmes Manager, Dan Bowen visited the school on Tuesday and inspired me to try some coding with my students.

The Year 11 Music class were met with a worksheet and a MicroBit. The worksheet contained some simple code that represented a bar of music. Students had to analyse the music and the code and then work together ‘unlock’ the mysteries of the code that represents music.… Visit the author's original post

Coding with Cumberland High School!

Coding with Cumberland High School!

This is a guest blog from Martin Andrews from Cumberland High School who has been using Microbits with his students to code on the Microsoft platform.

Microsoft’s Academic Programmes Manager, Dan Bowen visited the school on Tuesday and inspired me to try some coding with my students.

The Year 11 Music class were met with a worksheet and a MicroBit. The worksheet contained some simple code that represented a bar of music. Students had to analyse the music and the code and then work together ‘unlock’ the mysteries of the code that represents music.… Visit the author's original post

Coding with Cumberland High School!

Coding with Cumberland High School!

This is a guest blog from Martin Andrews from Cumberland High School who has been using Microbits with his students to code on the Microsoft platform.

Microsoft’s Academic Programmes Manager, Dan Bowen visited the school on Tuesday and inspired me to try some coding with my students.

The Year 11 Music class were met with a worksheet and a MicroBit. The worksheet contained some simple code that represented a bar of music. Students had to analyse the music and the code and then work together ‘unlock’ the mysteries of the code that represents music.… Visit the author's original post

Futura #PNSD

< ?xml version="1.0"?>

Sono entusiasta di avere partecipato a Futura e di avere condiviso le mie attività quotidiane con altri docenti. Il confronto è sempre costruttivo e ho ricavato suggestioni, idee e conferme del mio lavoro.

Inutili polemiche sono quelle che continuo a leggere contro l'uso delle tecnologie in classe. Ai miei tempi, quando frequentavo il Liceo Classico, anche se ero un'alunna modello, sentivo stretta la lezione "tradizionale"... io che muovevo i primi passi con il Commodore 64 e ne vantavo i pregi alla mia insegnante di greco.

Visit the author's original post

Mirela Tanc: Preparing Romania’s children for the world of tomorrow

For Mirela Tanc, a secondary school teacher at Oltea Doamna in Oradea, Romania, teaching is more than just a job – it’s a passion that has defined her entire life, over her 20-year career. “As a child, I saw how much pleasure teaching gave my parents, and I knew that’s … Read more »

The post Mirela Tanc: Preparing Romania’s children for the world of tomorrow appeared first on Microsoft News Centre Europe.… Visit the author's original post

This teacher’s getting her students to design their own games. Here’s how.

The Microsoft Innovation Educator (MIE) Expert program connects high-potential teachers across Australia – and from around the world – to share their vision and expertise in applying technology to the classroom. In the first of our MIE Expert profiles, we talk to Laura Bain of Springfield Anglican College about how she’s turned ICT into a vehicle for student creativity – and gotten parents sold on digital learning in the process.

Tell us a bit about your background, and where you feel technology can help students most.

Visit the author's original post

Extra Credit – bonus Microsoft Education features announced at BETT 2018

More BETT Product Updates for Office 365

In the past few days, we’ve made some exciting Microsoft Education announcements for the #BETT2018 conference, including blogs from:

 

There always so many things to talk about, that we cannot always fit what we want into our bigger blogs. We have a set of new product updates below Sway, Forms, Learning Tools and OneNote, as well as more feature details for Teams.  In the spirit of “Too Much Is Never Enough!”, we want to make sure we let all educators know about our adidtional improvements.… Visit the author's original post

My advice for other teachers: “Learn to play, and play to learn”

The Microsoft Innovation Educator (MIE) Expert program connects high-potential teachers across Australia – and from around the world – to share their vision and expertise in applying technology to the classroom. We sat down with Marianne Grasso, Assistant Principal of Bonnyrigg Public School, to find out how she’s driven digital learning and IT adoption in one of Sydney’s lower socioeconomic areas.

Marianne, you initially encountered Microsoft OneNote a couple of years ago. What potential did you see in it at the time?

Visit the author's original post

Updates from Innovative Educator Experts and Education Specialists