Changemaker Series: To see Skype’s impact on students, a head of state visits the classroom virtually

Skype in the Classroom is changing the way today’s students access knowledge. Teachers are using it to expand their classroom walls and bring the world within reach of their students. One such teacher is Natajlia Budinski, who uses Skype in her class in Serbia almost daily.

Having seen the power of Skype connections and its impact on her students’ learning first hand, she decided to organize a unique call for them. It turned out to be an unforgettable experience.

We met with Budinski, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Skype Master Teacher, to discuss her students’ memorable moment.… Visit the author's original post

Wakelet integration with OneNote 🌊💜: from Teacher tweet to reality less than in a week

The Microsoft Education team is always listening intently to educator feedback, whether in schools, at conferences, or online.  Recently, we’ve been hearing rumblings in the education world about an amazing app called Wakelet, which allows people to quickly and easily save, organize and share content from across the web.

 

Last week, we saw a tweet from MIEExpert Becky Keene, an educator we know well.  Her tweet said how awesome it would be if a Wakelet collections could be embedded directly into a OneNote page – see the original tweet below, and read the ensuing thread here.… Visit the author's original post

“We must treat every student as a person who has innate talent.” – Jacek Mielcarek, Poland

Jacek Mielcarek
Computer Science, Programming and English Language Teacher
Primary School of Kornel Makuszynski
Radowo Małe, Poland

Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (#MIEExpert) Jacek Mielcarek knows that changing long-held attitudes about teaching can be hard, but he believes treating students differently is imperative to education today. “Nowadays, it is not enough to introduce new technology in the lesson, although it is very important,” Mielcarek says. “We must treat every student as a person who has innate talent.”

Mielcarek focuses on developing the interests and passions of his students, which is why he introduces new technologies in his English and ICT classrooms.… Visit the author's original post

“We must treat every student as a person who has innate talent.” – Jacek Mielcarek, Poland

Jacek Mielcarek
Computer Science, Programming and English Language Teacher
Primary School of Kornel Makuszynski
Radowo Małe, Poland

Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (#MIEExpert) Jacek Mielcarek knows that changing long-held attitudes about teaching can be hard, but he believes treating students differently is imperative to education today. “Nowadays, it is not enough to introduce new technology in the lesson, although it is very important,” Mielcarek says. “We must treat every student as a person who has innate talent.”

Mielcarek focuses on developing the interests and passions of his students, which is why he introduces new technologies in his English and ICT classrooms.… Visit the author's original post

What’s New in EDU—Earth Day brings updates to your ecosystem of tech tools

Happy Earth Day, educators! We’re celebrating with a suite of updates to your ecosystem of teaching tools, including a playful new set of Earth Day emoticons on Skype. OneNote, Teams, Minecraft Education Edition, Skype and Apple School Manager are all benefitting from added features and functionality this month.

Check out the full roster of updates below and be sure to visit our Earth Day 2019 resource center for ideas, activity plans and access to virtual field trips your students won’t soon forget.… Visit the author's original post

March Monthly Student Challenge – Highlights

Last month for our first Monthly Student Build Challenge, we invited your students to reimagine a space in your community, school, or home in Minecraft: Education Edition: What will the space look like 100 years in the future? What did the space look like 100 years ago? How can the space change to meet a current or future need? What necessitated the changes over time?

Thank you to everyone who participated! As promised, we’re sharing some of the amazing creations that were posted on social media below.

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University of Southern Denmark chooses Microsoft 365 Education for security

From 2014 through 2018, attackers compromised the computer systems of 320 universities worldwide and stole 30 terabytes of research data. As a highly regarded research institution, University of Southern Denmark (SDU) has valuable intellectual property to protect, making it a prime target for cybercriminals. Much of the university’s data—medical and pharmaceutical research, patients’ health records, and research on robotics and other cutting-edge technology—falls within classified categories that require protection as specified by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

To manage these very real threats, SDU revamped its infrastructure with Microsoft 365 Education, which includes built-in security for faculty, staff, data, devices and applications.… Visit the author's original post

“Every student can learn effectively and has the right to learn.” – Sophia Christina Andrioti, Greece

 

 

Sophia Christina Andrioti
Special Educator
130th Primary School
Athens, Greece
@AndriotiSophia

In today’s classrooms, diversity is the norm. MIE Expert Sophia Christina Andrioti has made empowering that diverse set of students – especially those with special needs – her focus.

“The moment that defined me as an educator is when I attended seminars about phonological awareness and teaching English to students with dyslexia to become a certified practitioner of these methods after I had finished my MA in Special Educational Needs,” Andrioti says.… Visit the author's original post

“Every student can learn effectively and has the right to learn.” – Sophia Christina Andrioti, Greece

 

 

Sophia Christina Andrioti
Special Educator
130th Primary School
Athens, Greece
@AndriotiSophia

In today’s classrooms, diversity is the norm. MIE Expert Sophia Christina Andrioti has made empowering that diverse set of students – especially those with special needs – her focus.

“The moment that defined me as an educator is when I attended seminars about phonological awareness and teaching English to students with dyslexia to become a certified practitioner of these methods after I had finished my MA in Special Educational Needs,” Andrioti says.… Visit the author's original post

In Music Classroom Without Instruments, An Ensemble of Apps Play Bandleader

At Kaenoisuksa school, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, we face the unique challenge of bringing music education to roughly 600 students who don’t have the benefit of real instruments to practice with. Adding to the complexity, our student body is a diverse mix Shan, Yunnan and Lahu students who all bring a different set of cultural values and learning techniques to the classroom every day. Our curriculum has to be nimble if it’s going to serve all of their unique needs.

As the school’s music and dramatic arts teacher, it’s my job to find educational solutions that will strike a chord with my students.… Visit the author's original post

Safeguard your students, online and on campus

When students and parents are choosing a college or university, safety and security are often key considerations. And for educators, security is one of the greatest concerns they face today.

What’s behind these concerns?

Both physical threats, including assaults and property crimes, and online cyber threats are on the rise. Institutions have become a major target for phishing attacks, ransomware, and data theft – with higher education institutions accounting for 17% of all data breaches where personal information is stolen. Only the medical sector is victimized at a higher rate1.… Visit the author's original post

How one Minecraft Mentor designed a cross-disciplinary landmark lesson

Minecraft Mentor Nelly Hamed Hadima is an Arabic teacher at Hayah International Academy in Egypt. Nelly’s students had been studying famous landmarks from around the world when she had an idea: use Minecraft: Education Edition to design the landmarks, then 3D print them in the real world.

Nelly proceeded to create a new cross-disciplinary Minecraft lesson with these five goals in mind:

  1. Combine different subjects (Arabic, math, history, and computer science).
  2. Encourage collaboration by having students work in teams.
  3. Utilize Minecraft: Education Edition to bring the landmark history to life.
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Teaching happiness around the world in the #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet on April 16

Announcing the April 16 TweetMeet on ‘Teaching Happiness and Social-Emotional Learning’

 

Every year, March 20 marks the International Day of Happiness, a campaign launched by the United Nations that is now celebrated worldwide. This program aligns with the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals that aim to end poverty, reduce inequality and protect our planet.

In support for the UN campaign and to raise awareness for the emotional well-being of students as well as teachers, we invite you to participate in the next #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet of April 16.… Visit the author's original post

“I love exploring the exciting ways that [technology] can revitalize practice and open up a world of possibilities for students.” – Laura Bain, Australia

Laura Bain
Head of Digital Learning and Innovation
The Springfield Anglican College
Queensland, Australia
@larubain

When Laura Bain was teaching in the United Kingdom, she had her first taste of classroom technology. This set her on a course of discovery — exploring the ways that technology can transform education.

“The defining moment for me came when I witnessed disengaged and low-performing students suddenly motivated and enabled to produce amazing learning outcomes with technology tools,” she shares. “I remember thinking, ‘this is what I want for my students all the time.’.… Visit the author's original post

“I love exploring the exciting ways that [technology] can revitalize practice and open up a world of possibilities for students.” – Laura Bain, Australia

Laura Bain
Head of Digital Learning and Innovation
The Springfield Anglican College
Queensland, Australia
@larubain

When Laura Bain was teaching in the United Kingdom, she had her first taste of classroom technology. This set her on a course of discovery — exploring the ways that technology can transform education.

“The defining moment for me came when I witnessed disengaged and low-performing students suddenly motivated and enabled to produce amazing learning outcomes with technology tools,” she shares. “I remember thinking, ‘this is what I want for my students all the time.’.… Visit the author's original post

Students learn with pop-culture favorites at free Microsoft store summer camps

Summer Camps don’t all have to be the same! If your child or student likes Fortnite just as much as crafts and finds an equal amount of inspiration in Hermione’s brilliant wizardry as going camping, then Microsoft Store has the camp for you. And it’s free!

This year, Microsoft Store Summer Camps expands to seven hands-on workshops that empower students to pursue their passions with fun, pop-culture themes. Trained Microsoft Store associates will lead students through curriculum developed by education experts in their respective fields, in both real-world and magical environments like the wizarding world of Harry Potter.… Visit the author's original post

Cloud and CRM graduate with flying colours for UNSW, transforming campus experience and boosting efficiency

UNSW is a leading Australian university, one of the Group of Eight, and ranks among the top 100 universities in the world.

It has even bigger ambitions.

The UNSW 2025 strategy is focussed on establishing the University as Australia’s Global University with a stellar reputation for discovery, innovation, impact, education and thought leadership. It is investing $3 billion in the program of work to establish a level of research excellence that will place it in the top 50 global universities, while transforming its approach to teaching and learning.… Visit the author's original post

Cloud and CRM graduate with flying colours for UNSW, transforming campus experience and boosting efficiency

UNSW is a leading Australian university, one of the Group of Eight, and ranks among the top 100 universities in the world.

It has even bigger ambitions.

The UNSW 2025 strategy is focussed on establishing the University as Australia’s Global University with a stellar reputation for discovery, innovation, impact, education and thought leadership. It is investing $3 billion in the program of work to establish a level of research excellence that will place it in the top 50 global universities, while transforming its approach to teaching and learning.… Visit the author's original post

“My work really began to flourish once I had access to the internet and realized that my students could collaborate with the world.” – Margaret Simkin, Australia

Margaret Simkin
Head of Library
The Hamilton and Alexandra College
Victoria, Australia
@margaretsimkin 

An education veteran, Margaret Simkin has experienced many changes in her teaching career. She began as a Geography and History teacher many years ago, and her current work is managing the Information Services Department in an independent school. As the sole teacher-librarian, her life is busy, and as resources become more digital, so do her skills.

Simkin, a new #MIEExpert, completed a second Master of Education (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation) in 2015and attended  E2 in Paris.… Visit the author's original post

“My work really began to flourish once I had access to the internet and realized that my students could collaborate with the world.” – Margaret Simkin, Australia

Margaret Simkin
Head of Library
The Hamilton and Alexandra College
Victoria, Australia
@margaretsimkin 

An education veteran, Margaret Simkin has experienced many changes in her teaching career. She began as a Geography and History teacher many years ago, and her current work is managing the Information Services Department in an independent school. As the sole teacher-librarian, her life is busy, and as resources become more digital, so do her skills.

Simkin, a new #MIEExpert, completed a second Master of Education (Knowledge Networks and Digital Innovation) in 2015and attended  E2 in Paris.… Visit the author's original post

E2 2019 Wrap Up: From Paris with Love

For the fifth year in a row, educators from around the world came together at E2 to celebrate their shared passion for teaching. This year’s event brought more than 300 educators and education system leaders from a combined 109 countries to Paris for three days of honoring changemakers in the classroom. The essence of E2 is celebration, recognition, collaboration and inspiration.

Following events in Redmond, U.S.; Toronto; Budapest, Hungary; and Singapore, we were excited to bring the event to Paris, where the French Ministry of Education has launched several technology-based initiatives in recent years—The National Device Plan in 2015, a policy we partnered on; the Plan for Rural Digital School in 2017; and the Call for Tender in 2018, which promotes AI-based pedagogy projects for personalized learning.… Visit the author's original post

Kristine Kopelke transforms professional development with Learning Hub

Like many teachers Kristine Kopelke wears a number of hats. One of them is a very big hat indeed.

Beside teaching digital technologies at Queensland’s Meridan State College, Kopelke is the manager of the Contemporary Learning Hub based at the college. The Hub provides professional development (PD) through online and face to face workshops for educators across Australia.

Most of the 4,800 people who have used the Hub’s services to date have been from Queensland, but teachers from other states and territories also have access to its PD services.… Visit the author's original post

Kristine Kopelke transforms professional development with Learning Hub

Like many teachers Kristine Kopelke wears a number of hats. One of them is a very big hat indeed.

Beside teaching digital technologies at Queensland’s Meridan State College, Kopelke is the manager of the Contemporary Learning Hub based at the college. The Hub provides professional development (PD) through online and face to face workshops for educators across Australia.

Most of the 4,800 people who have used the Hub’s services to date have been from Queensland, but teachers from other states and territories also have access to its PD services.… Visit the author's original post

“I use education technology to target the same skills in a variety of ways.” – Nathalie Mathieu, France

Nathalie Mathieu
English Teacher
Lycée Saint Bénigne
Dijon, France
@MathieuNathali5

Like most educators today, Nathalie Mathieu sees a big challenge in the gap between the diverse groups of students in her classes and an education system that tends to favor standardized testing. And for this #MIEExpert who’s attending E2, creating differentiated experiences for these students hasn’t always been easy to put into practice.

That all changed for Mathieu in January 2018, when one of her colleagues introduced her to OneNote and Teams, the Microsoft Educator Community, and the potential of Twitter to connect with worldwide educators.… Visit the author's original post

‘You are the generation that will shape the future. We need more women in tech,’ says Cindy Rose, Microsoft UK CEO

“There will be some amazing things happening in the future, and your generation is the one that will help shape it.” These were Microsoft UK CEO Cindy Rose’s opening words as she addressed an auditorium of Year 8 and 9 girls at Microsoft’s DigiGirlz event on Tuesday. DigiGirlz is a Microsoft event which schools can apply to, […ellipsis]Visit the author's original post

Making an Impact for STEM Education in Europe

Europe desperately needs STEM skills. International assessments show that one in four adults in Europe lack basic skills in numeracy . By 2030, there will be 50 million open vacancies worldwide for positions requiring STEM skills. And skepticism of science, research and fact-based arguments in public discourse is on the rise. To reverse this trend, European education leaders, along with policymakers and industry partners, recently came together at the STEM Alliance High Level Event on STEM Education to explore solutions.

Opening the event, Malta’s Minister for Education Evarist Bartoli underlined the possibility of implicating STEM-based approaches in sustainability and environmental challenges, which are increasingly of interest to all young people.… Visit the author's original post

Making an Impact for STEM Education in Europe

Europe desperately needs STEM skills. International assessments show that one in four adults in Europe lack basic skills in numeracy . By 2030, there will be 50 million open vacancies worldwide for positions requiring STEM skills. And skepticism of science, research and fact-based arguments in public discourse is on the rise. To reverse this trend, European education leaders, along with policymakers and industry partners, recently came together at the STEM Alliance High Level Event on STEM Education to explore solutions.

Opening the event, Malta’s Minister for Education Evarist Bartoli underlined the possibility of implicating STEM-based approaches in sustainability and environmental challenges, which are increasingly of interest to all young people.… Visit the author's original post

Making an Impact for STEM Education in Europe

Europe desperately needs STEM skills. International assessments show that one in four adults in Europe lack basic skills in numeracy . By 2030, there will be 50 million open vacancies worldwide for positions requiring STEM skills. And skepticism of science, research and fact-based arguments in public discourse is on the rise. To reverse this trend, European education leaders, along with policymakers and industry partners, recently came together at the STEM Alliance High Level Event on STEM Education to explore solutions.

Opening the event, Malta’s Minister for Education Evarist Bartoli underlined the possibility of implicating STEM-based approaches in sustainability and environmental challenges, which are increasingly of interest to all young people.… Visit the author's original post

“As educators, it’s our job to make sure that we make ALL of [our students] feel loved, valued and appreciated.” – Natasha Rachell, USA

Natasha Rachell
Digital Learning Specialist
Atlanta Public Schools
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
@apsitnatasha 

When you ask Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Natasha Rachell what she believes is the biggest challenge facing educators today, she gets straight to the point.

“Teacher burnout leading to teacher attrition,” she says. “Teachers are leaving the profession at alarming rates, which leaves classrooms with no teachers or long-term substitutes. With this being the case, students can’t learn the content that will make them successful.”

Rachell is responding to this challenge through her project MentorMeEdu, a virtual mentoring program. … Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Education & Open Up Resources partner on English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum pilot

Today we’re announcing the pilot availability of the Open Up Resources ELA curriculum and Microsoft Education free offering. Open Up Resources is an education nonprofit that creates high-quality, standards-aligned curriculum, and provides it for free to improve education equity. This English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum was written by EL Education, and currently spans grades K–5.  Recently, EdReports.org rated this curriculum as the highest rated K–5 ELA curriculum.

Any educator can now easily sign up to use the Open Up Resources curriculum.… Visit the author's original post

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