New to Office 365 in June—classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams and more

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

At the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference next week, Microsoft will showcase the latest ways we’re empowering the students of today to create the world of tomorrow. This month’s Office 365 updates are another step on this journey, with the broad availability of new classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams, security enhancements and more. Read on for the details.

The new classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams are now broadly available

We’re excited to announce that the new classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams are now rolling out to Office 365 for Education customers.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft’s Docs.com service to be discontinued – what actions do you need to take?

Microsoft is retiring the Docs.com service on Friday, December 15, 2017 and we are hereby advising all users to move their existing Docs.com content to other file storage and sharing platforms as soon as possible, as Docs.com will no longer be available after this date. Microsoft is retiring the Docs.com service on Friday, December 15, 2017 and we are hereby advising all users to move their existing Docs.com content to other file storage and sharing platforms as soon as possible, as Docs.com will no longer be available after this date.… Visit the author's original post

A wrap up from EduTECH 2017 – Sydney

Empowering the students of today to create the world of tomorrow.


Thank you for attending EduTECH 2017!

At Microsoft it is our mission to empower the students of today to create the world of tomorrow.

We aim to enable the right environment for better learning with an affordable and accessible learning platform, using modern tools for classroom collaboration and experiences that spark creativity.

It was a pleasure to meet you all at EduTECH, we loved hearing about how you are using our technology in your classrooms.… Visit the author's original post

Office 365 helps Society Nine empower the fight within every woman

Lynn Le founded Society Nine to provide women with combat sports gear made specifically for them. But she was ultimately driven by a goal much greater than that—to empower the fight within every woman. Communicating that message in a way that inspired everyone from potential investors to curious customers, to her own staff, was one of the biggest challenges Le faced as the company’s visionary—and one that Office 365 continues to help her overcome today.

Lynn Le, Society Nine founder, uses a boxing bag while wearing her combat sports gear.

Using PowerPoint to help build a community

Whether it was creating pitch decks for investors, designing new product lines or building her “Brand Ambassador Bible,” Le credits the visual nature of PowerPoint for helping her articulate her message clearly.… Visit the author's original post

Mobile provider Three calls on Office 365 to support workplace digital transformation

Today’s Microsoft Office 365 post was written by Jon Kandiah, chief information officer for Three.

Profile picture of Jon Kandiah, chief information officer for mobile provider Three.

Three is one of the United Kingdom’s fastest-growing networks, covering more than 97 percent of the population. We were the first network to introduce unlimited data and offer 4G at no extra cost. But to continue delivering a high-quality, reliable mobile experience to our customers while innovating across our services, we needed to make significant changes to our business, including rebuilding our entire IT infrastructure. We kicked off a digital transformation in our workplace by choosing Microsoft Office 365.… Visit the author's original post

Education Technology – Step out of your comfort zone, by Natalie Burgess

This latest extract from Education Technology is written by Natalie Burgess, Microsoft Teacher Ambassador,  who discusses the best way to grow as a teacher by jumping in and taking the first step. Natalie’s current role is to train teachers across Scotland and the North of England to use technology in their classrooms. Natalie was previously a Primary School teacher...… Visit the author's original post

Announcing a new skills initiative between Microsoft Professional Program and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business

Today at the Microsoft Academic Conference for Higher Education, we were excited to announce that Microsoft and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business have collaborated on a new dual certificate program in cloud-based analytics for Kelley School students.  This unique program is designed to provide graduates with job-ready skills needed to participate in the digital transformation occurring across industries and companies worldwide. (Above: Keith Boyd, Director of Business Programs, Microsoft Learning & Readiness, left, with Eric Kinser, Senior lecturer at the IU Kelley School of Business, right.)

The Kelley School of Business has created a year-long, 12-credit-hour certificate program in cloud-based data analytics that uses Microsoft Professional Program’s curriculum for data science, currently available on edX.… Visit the author's original post

Struggling 1st grade readers improve with the help of OneNote Learning Tools

I teach first grade. But even if I taught 6th grade or high school, if a child struggles with comprehension and fluency, chances are that the student cannot recognize basic sight words. Just think about this for a moment. If a child cannot read the high frequency words (for example, Fry words or Dolch words), how can he or she remember what the sentence is saying while they struggle through each and every word in that sentence? After seeing OneNote Learning Tools at the US Forum in Denver, CO, I began dreaming of using Immersive Reader to help my struggling students with reading.… Visit the author's original post

T21C – a conference to equip teachers to drive student learning in the 21st Century

T21C is an upcoming educational conference being held at Hillcrest Christian College on the Gold Coast on the 13 July 2017.

The conference has been developed to equip teachers with the tools and techniques to drive student learning in the 21st Century. This needs to be through the lens of a new paradigm of education, one that values skills over content, entrepreneurial mindset over uniformity and provides our students with the agility to navigate through multiple careers.

T21C will offer breakout sessions during the day covering topics on; Agile Learning spaces, Coding, STEAM, 21st Century learning frameworks, Augmented/Virtual reality, Design Thinking, Microsoft Office tools, and Project Based Learning.… Visit the author's original post

“In times of fake news, the understanding of statistics is not only a mathematical competence, it is a political one.” – Torsten Traub, Germany

 

 

Torsten Traub
Middle School Teacher, MIE Expert
Realschule Neureut
Karlsruhe, Germany
@EduBlackforest

Working as a teacher in Singapore was a career-defining experience for Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Torsten Traub.

“I learned a lot by talking and working with great educators from all over the world and from a lot of different cultural and educational backgrounds,” he explains. “I started to read teacher’s blogs, I watched great TED Talks, and I began studying again.”

Since returning to Germany, Traub has used Twitter to build – and tap into – his Personal Learning Network.… Visit the author's original post

Hack The Classroom is back on June 27th! Register for the live event

Hack The Classroom returns on Tuesday 27th June, and you can join the online live event! As the world changes and is moving more rapidly, it is hard to keep up with what are the most powerful ways to incorporate technology into your classroom. Hack the Classroom is an exciting, online, live event designed to show you what’s possible and ignite new ideas. This year, we’ll be live from ISTE bringing you the latest tools designed to empower your students to achieve more.… Visit the author's original post

New Skype Interview! Erin and Deek Rhew. Martin’s article and Erin and Deek’s feedback!

Martin, 10th grader, wants to share his views on our latest Skype interview:

On May 31, we had a Skype interview with two American authors, Erin and Deek RHEW, after having analyzed Erin’s novel’s incipit, an excerpt from “The Prophecy”. This cute couple could be described as funny, geeky, talented and beautiful, leading to one of the most enjoyable interviews of this year, even though the whole class had to overcome several technical problems!
But after a while, we managed to establish this extremely pleasant moment of learning.… Visit the author's original post

TweetMeet on Hack the Classroom: Join #MSFTEduChat on June 20th

The Hack is Back – and so are we! We’re teaming up with educators to bring a special Hack the Classroom themed #MSFTEduChat to your timelines on June 20th at 10:00 a.m. PDT and 4:00 p.m. PDT. Whether you’re a seasoned Hack the Classroom participant, attending live at ISTE or new to it all, this Tweetmeet is a great way to prepare. We’ll be discussing the best classroom hacks, swapping best practices and collaborating on new ones. Join the conversation and share your expertise, or come to ask questions and get ideas from others.… Visit the author's original post

Extra Credits: Tune in to Imagine Cup, July 27, as student developers compete for over $200,000 in prizes

Extra Credits rounds up the latest stories on innovative educational endeavors coming from other parts of Microsoft and the world. This entry highlights the upcoming Imagine Cup, in which more than 50 teams of student developers descend upon the Microsoft campus in Redmond to show their vision for the future and compete for more than $200,000 in prizes.

Excerpt:

 

Fifteen years ago, when Microsoft first launched Imagine Cup, the premise was simple: create a global innovation competition to inspire the brightest young minds in the world to bring their boldest ideas to life with technology.

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“The biggest challenge is parents believing in the school’s vision of digital transformation.” – Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon, India

Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon
Head Teacher
Kamla Nehru Public School
Punjab, India
@pkdhillon08

It’s been one year since Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon’s school decided to implement 1:1 learning, and while it’s been a huge success for the students and teachers, the road to 1:1 was anything but easy. And the main reason was the hesitancy on the part of parents.

“Regular meetings had been held with the parents regarding digital transformation in the school,” shares Dhillon, a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert and Trainer.… Visit the author's original post

Education Technology: ‘Blended Learning, the best of both’ by Natalie Burgess

During my time in the classroom, I was so excited to get started using technology with my Primary 3 pupils. However, things in education aren't always as easy as it seems. I didn't work in a school where the children had 1:1 devices at all times, not all of my teachers were confident in technology and sometimes I just didn't know where to start. So how did I manage to create a Blended Learning Environment in my classroom with minimal tech?… Visit the author's original post

Music and data go together beautifully in my classroom

Data has a place in any classroom, even if you’re teaching music. I have been using Microsoft’s Power BI to visualize data that represents how my students hear pitch intonations, and to show them how accurately they tune their string instruments.

Although it is normally marketed as a business analytics tool, Power BI is available to educators using an Office 365 for Education license. Just like its Office 365 siblings, Power BI provides a canvas and the tools I need for me to be creative, except now I’m working with data.… Visit the author's original post

Integrating technology in class for great results: 6 tips from an expert

Technology opens plentiful possibilities for students, but for teachers it can present a unique challenge. New tools should not only engage students and fit seamlessly into lessons, but also add value without taking away from the many “musts” on every teacher’s list.

Eileen Heller, Instructional Technology Trainer and Elementary Innovation Facilitator for Omaha Public Schools (OPS), is responsible for instructional technology training at 21 of Omaha’s 63 elementary schools. As a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE), she sees both challenges and opportunities in bringing technology into the classroom.… Visit the author's original post

Office 365—the perfect solution for Imperfect Produce’s evolving needs

Over six billion pounds of produce go to waste each year, largely because grocers reject perfectly good fruits and veggies due to small cosmetic flaws. That’s why Ben Simon, Ron Clark and Ben Chesler created Imperfect Produce—a subscription-based service that delivers those “wonky-looking” goods straight to customers’ doorsteps. As Imperfect expands into multiple cities, recruiting more and more people to support their cause, Office 365 supports their growth.

Imperfect Produce brochure surrounded with fruits and vegetables.

As deliveries increase, Office 365 delivers

“We’re a mission-driven startup, so we need tools that can keep up with our fast growth and ambitious goals.… Visit the author's original post

Going global with learning projects and finding the right tool to help

After more than 11 years of experience, my concept of teaching has changed a lot. When I started in education, I thought teaching meant providing knowledge from textbooks to students. But thanks to working with fellow Microsoft Innovative Educators, I am energized to do more than provide knowledge. Now I want to inspire learning and future-ready skills, right here from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

A photograph of Nam Ngo Thanh, an MIE Fellow and Microsoft Teacher Ambassador in Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamDigital collaboration and co-creation is a must-have skill in today’s global economy. To this end, I participate in many projects with other educators around the globe and help develop 21st Century skills for students.… Visit the author's original post

Deploying Minecraft: Education Edition at Lings Primary School, Northampton

The following post looks at the story of Lings Primary School, part of the Northampton Primary Academy Trust, and the role that Minecraft: Education Edition plays within the ‘Creative-Connected’ curriculum in place at the school. In particular, we address the deployment of Minecraft: Education Edition in relation to how it integrates with the existing digital...… Visit the author's original post

Disruptive Technologies – What’s Now and Next for Education at EduTech Australia 2017

Just a few minutes ago, I finished speaking at the EduTech Conference in Sydney about the impact of disruptive technologies on education. Months ago, I’d agreed to talk in a phone call with a colleague, and because I was overseas travelling at the time, they had provided the conference organisers with a synopsis that was fairly brief and seemed to cover every emerging technology you could imagine:

Disruptive Technologies – What’s Now and Next for Education at EduTech Australia 2017

“With the advent of powerful cloud computing and changing environments, how will emerging and future technologies impact on school based IT, teaching, learning and even buildings and learning spaces?

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Microsoft empowers educators and students creating tomorrow’s world

Digital technologies, the cloud, intelligence and analytics, mixed reality and truly engaging learning platforms have the capacity to transform the digital experience for every teacher, student, school, college and university.

School students looking at Surface tablets

At Microsoft we understand that one of our most important tasks is to empower students and educators with the tools, experiences and insights to create tomorrow’s world.

Technology helps democratise educational opportunity, and in tandem with dedicated administrators, committed teachers, motivated students and involved parents and communities it can spark creativity and help build a passion for lifelong learning.… Visit the author's original post

EdTech 2020 Agenda – London Tech Week

On Tuesday 13th June at London Tech Week we will be presenting ‘Edtech 2020’ – half a day in which we will seek to debate and showcase the key trends, strategies and technologies that are going to be driving change in the classroom over the next 3 years. Joining the Microsoft product experts on the speaker schedule are a number of industry leaders, and the live demos from schools, colleges and universities will provide an opportunity to see first-hand how these technologies are being used in practice.… Visit the author's original post

How Pilbara Group is helping Australian universities turn knowledge into insight

Guest blog post from Lea Patterson, President & CEO, Pilbara

Students in 2017 - 2 of these are likely to leave by 2018

In any society, the availability of high-quality, affordable education not only determines the prosperity of that country’s knowledge economy, but also its future viability as a key player in our digital world.

This is one of the key reasons why I’ve always been of the belief that everyone, regardless of geography, social or economic status, is entitled to a good education.

Bringing this vision to life is what drives the work we do at Pilbara – an Australian-based global consultancy and software company working with universities and colleges to ensure their courses and programs are sustainable and accessible to all.… Visit the author's original post

Belgian school builds dynamic learning environments for first-time learners

Teaching at Omnimundo, our school in Antwerp, Belgium, asks for a lot of creativity. Many of our students don’t speak our native language, and others need individual learning paths. For a teacher, adapting to this climate of continuous change is challenging. We had to establish a safe environment and create special programs for teaching our students the different languages, sciences and, of course, mathematics courses. We also tried to improve the communication skills of the students while keeping in mind the key values of our school: inspiration, participation, expertise, openness and confidence.… Visit the author's original post

Finding a solution to pet anxiety with the help of Office 365

More than 32 million dogs in the U.S. suffer from anxiety, including Charger, ZenCrate co-founder Jon Azevedo’s dog. Initially hoping to create something that would help Charger, Azevedo and co-founder Chris Lightcap developed a product that could help millions of dogs. Office 365 played an important role in scaling their business as it grew.

ZenCrate co-founder, Jon Azevedo, with his dog Charger pausing to look at the scenery.

From pet project to production product

On a road trip during a typical Florida storm, Azevedo noticed that Charger was calm in the back seat of his car, and wanted to mimic that environment in a crate for home.… Visit the author's original post

Driving decisions through data in Australia’s Higher Education sector

Students in 2017 - 2 of these are likely to leave by 2018

Did you know the current university attrition rate sees one-in-five students leave their course in the first year – resulting in $3.5 billion of lost student lifetime value across the student lifecycle? And that one-in-three university students fail to complete the course they enrolled in within six years of beginning it?

Both trends are impacting Australia’s current higher education sector, and have the potential to adversely impact our country’s future economic prosperity considering fewer skilled graduates are entering the workforce.… Visit the author's original post

“Discovering the Microsoft Educator Community was a huge turning point for me as an educator.” – Liz Wilson, UK

Liz Wilson
Class Teacher, 21st Century Learning Lead
Danesfield School
Marlow, United Kingdom
@Primarymrsw

No matter how old you are, few things can capture attention like a game. That’s why gamification is gaining such a foothold in the world of education. For Liz Wilson, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and MIE Master Trainer, using the gamification pedagogy as well as games like Minecraft Education completely transformed her classroom.

“I absolutely love using Minecraft in the classroom,” says Wilson. “It is such a fantastic, versatile technology that can be used across the curriculum to inspire students and enhance their learning experiences.… Visit the author's original post

Plan lessons and stay organized with these 6 tricks for Microsoft Edge

On Friday afternoon, when most teachers head home for the weekend, it’s already time to plan out the next week. Having spent the previous few days supporting our students and supporting our colleagues, we take the time to support ourselves. In just a few minutes before I leave for the day, I prepare items to help me have a smooth start on Monday. I’ve been using the latest Microsoft Edge enhancements at home to accomplish that for a while, but now that I have them at school through the Windows 10 Creators Update … I’m hooked!… Visit the author's original post

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