Connecting with teachers and students through our new ‘Meet the Microsofties’ program

In Issue #7 of our monthly e-magazine #TheFeed, we featured a post written by Eran Megiddo, corporate vice president of the Education, OneNote and Wunderlist engineering teams. This article looks at how Microsoft employees are being connected with students and teachers around the world in order to form the new ‘Meet the Microsofties’ community.

#TheFeed is an online magazine produced by Microsoft Education UK, in conjunction with teachers, students and academic institutions.
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Thought Leadership: Global change makers explore the future of education

In Issue 7 of #TheFeedUK we featured an article by Kate Robinson, Editor in Chief of HundrEd, which explored the future of education from the perspective of those change makers throughout the world. 

#TheFeed is an online magazine produced by Microsoft Education UK, in conjunction with teachers, students and academic institutions. Featuring stories, best practices and thought-leadership, #TheFeed is written by educators, for educators.

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Device Review: Acer Aspire One 11″ Cloudbook

The following post by #MIEExpert Kevin Sait was originally published in Issue 6 of #TheFeed as part of a monthly feature that explores a range of Windows 10 devices. If you’d like to know about other devices, be sure to get your free copy of #TheFeed every month.


“The screen sharpness was really pleasing; text quality was on a par with the Surface 3 and the keyboard layout was good and comfortable to type on.”

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Meet UK Snr Director of Education, Steve Beswick

The following post originally appeared in the Issue 6 of #TheFeed, and was written by Gerald Haigh, Freelance Journalist, following his interview with Steve Beswick. As discussed in the post below, Steve is well known in the Microsoft UK Education business as his position as Senior Director spans across sales, marketing, partner development and so much more. Anyone who has been to our #RedefineLearn events will likely have heard from Steve Beswick, but if not, now is your chance to get to know him…

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A Head Teacher’s Response – Find Professional Courage: The White Paper and a Profession in Crisis

The following post originally appeared in the Issue 6 of #TheFeed, and was written by Tom Rees, Head Teacher of Simon De Senlis Primary School.

Find Professional Courage; The White Paper and a Profession in Crisis?

It’s a funny old time in education at the moment; budget cuts and not enough teachers on the one hand yet higher expectations and increased accountability on the other. Every day another headline appears – either announcing the next government policy change or describing the latest union protest as they dig their heels in vehement opposition.Visit the author's original post

Join the Microsoft in Education and Naace Webinar

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If you are looking to develop your teaching and learning through great training resources and opportunities to share best practice, then look no further. On Thursday 5th May, Mike Tholfsen, OneNote Programme Manager, and Stuart Ball, Partners in Learning lead at Microsoft UK, will be delivering a webinar to update you with exciting news and updates from Microsoft in Education and guide you through how to kick start your training and CPD.

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Microsoft supports The Guardian’s School Leadership and Management Hub

As you may have previously seen on the blog, this year Microsoft has partnered with The Guardian to showcase the stories and success that our technology has helped to achieve in education across the UK. Back in January we highlighted the Microsoft Partner Zone, which features a range of articles from our educator community which explore how Microsoft technology has impacted the way they teach and their students learn.

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Over the past months we have seen pieces from members of the #MIEExpert community, including Tom Rees, Jonathon Bishop, Charlotte Beckhurst and Alex Eeles, as well as some great articles written by freelance journalist Gerald Haigh and an interview with educational researcher and winner of the 2013 TED Prize, Sugata Mitra.

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Stay up-to-date with Microsoft in Education

Keeping up with Microsoft in Education can be tricky. Every month we have experiences and events, device updates, Office 365 development, a wealth of new resources and so much more.

Being an educator means you have infinite demands and limited time, so we at Microsoft have tried to make it as easy as possible for you by producing a monthly e-newsletter. This newsletter will contains the latest and greatest of what we’re doing in education, to make it as simple as possible for you to make the most of what we have to offer.

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Microsoft Educator Community – ‘Earn Badges’ – with #MIEExperts Sarah Clark and Paul Dredge

All this week we have been going into more depth on each of the areas of the Microsoft Educator Community, and exploring the ways that people can take value from the wealth of free teacher CPD resources and peer interactions that can be found through the site that is being colloquially known as the ‘MEC’.

 If you missed our previous post about how to join the MEC, you can find it here:

How to start your CPD with the Microsoft Educator Community

With six main areas of the site for teachers to immerse themselves in, we’re going to look at each of them through the eyes of an educator, and hear from them how they have used materials, courses, tutorials or the network of other members of the MEC to further their own personal development and put the new skills or approaches into practice in the classroom.

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Microsoft Educator Community – ‘Share your Expertise’ – with #MIEExpert Stewart Davies

All this week we’ll be going into more depth on each of the areas of the Microsoft Educator Community, and exploring the ways that people can take value from the wealth of free teacher CPD resources and peer interactions that can be found through the site that is being colloquially known as the ‘MEC’.

If you missed our previous post about how to join the MEC, you can find it here:

How to start your CPD with the Microsoft Educator Community

With six main areas of the site for teachers to immerse themselves in, we’re going to look at each of them through the eyes of an educator, and hear from them how they have used materials, courses, tutorials or the network of other members of the MEC to further their own personal development and put the new skills or approaches into practice in the classroom.

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Microsoft Educator Community – ‘Connect with Others’ – with #MIEExpert Henry Penfold

All this week we’ll be going into more depth on each of the areas of the Microsoft Educator Community, and exploring the ways that people can take value from the wealth of free teacher CPD resources and peer interactions that can be found through the site that is being colloquially known as the ‘MEC’.

 If you missed our previous post about how to join the MEC, you can find it here:

How to start your CPD with the Microsoft Educator Community

 With six main areas of the site for teachers to immerse themselves in, we’re going to look at each of them through the eyes of an educator, and hear from them how they have used materials, courses, tutorials or the network of other members of the MEC to further their own personal development and put the new skills or approaches into practice in the classroom.

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Tweet your Badges during #MECweek to win a Windows tablet

Start your free teacher CPD on the Microsoft Educator Community to be in with a chance of winning a tablet device during #MECweek!

The Microsoft Educator Community (or MEC, as you may see it referred to) is a new community site that combines the experience of the Microsoft Educator Network and Skype in the Classroom. This site is a central destination where you’ll have access to over 1.5 million educators around the world, a fresh selection of professional development courses and resources, thousands of inspiring lesson plans, and access to live lessons and virtual field trips.Visit the author's original post

How to start your CPD with the Microsoft Educator Community

If you are a frequent reader of the blog, you may have seen many of our posts recently referring to the Microsoft Educator Community. This digital community is your one-stop shop for everything you may need for teacher training and CPD, combining experience of the Microsoft Educator Network and Skype in the Classroom.  This site is a central destination where you’ll have access to over 1.5 million educators around the world, a fresh selection of professional development courses and resources, thousands of inspiring lesson plans, and access to live lessons and virtual field trips.… Visit the author's original post

OneNote in Education eBook – Chapter 8: OneNote for the teacher and administrator – OneNote Staff Notebook

Over the past few weeks, we have been exploring our OneNote in Education eBook through a series of blog posts which delve into the individual chapters in more detail. The eBook was created with the help of Emma Hicks, a #MIEExpert, and explores the ways in which teaching and learning can be enhanced through the use of OneNote in the classroom.

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Children United’s Destiny Africa lights up Voice in a Million at SSE Arena Wembley

Microsoft are supporting Children United, a project founded by First News, Save The Children and Achievement for All to support the creation of the first world-wide digital community of children. Last week saw 6,500 children performing as part of the Voice in a Million annual flagship event at SSE Arena Wembley.

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Announcing Microsoft Partner Zone in conjunction with The Guardian

This year, Microsoft has partnered with The Guardian in order to help share the stories of our education community with the wider audience, expanding and strengthening the knowledge and experience within the industry. The Microsoft Partner Zone will feature a number of articles each month, giving an insight into education, how it's changing and how Microsoft specifically is redefining the way we teach and learn through our technologies

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How to Build a Presentation in Sway – Part 1 – Microsoft Sway Tutorial Videos (6/10)

Presentations are used every day to educate, enlighten and energize. Head teachers will have to present to teachers, teachers will need to present daily to their students, and those students will have to present on many occasions throughout their education and beyond. This tutorial in our Sway series will show you how Sway can be used to make great presentations, and how you can make the most of the easy to use features to make your presentation as interactive and informative.

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How to Create a Newsletter in Sway – Microsoft Sway Video Tutorials (5/10)

Over the last few weeks we have been looking at a series of video tutorials for Sway, and so far we have explored what Sway is and how it can be used to make a tutorial and share a vacation - but it doesn't stop there. Another way that this app can help you to collaborate and share at school, at home or on the go, is through creating newsletters.

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How to Make a Tutorial in Sway – Microsoft Sway Video Tutorials (3/10)

When trying to create something modern and interactive, content, structure and visuals are key to creating an impact which resonates with students. This third post in our Sway series explores how the app can provide a great platform for explaining something which may otherwise be difficult to convey, in an inspiring and engaging way.

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