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

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.

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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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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

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

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

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

TweetMeet on OneNote Class Notebook: Join #OneNoteQ on June 6

School bells are ringing and OneNote capes are flapping in the summer breeze. Whether you’re counting down the days until break or still in the middle of your school year, we’ve got a new TweetMeet for you. We’ll be discussing the best of the best of Class Notebook on June 6th, during both our 10:00am PDT and 4:00pm PDT sessions. Join the conversation and share your expertise, or come to ask questions and get templates from nine of our most esteemed OneNote experts.… Visit the author's original post

Join educators from around the world as we Hack the Classroom on June 27

On June 27th at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, we will be bringing together educators from around the world to Hack the Classroom.

This year’s Hack the Classroom event will be streaming live from the floor at ISTE, bringing thousands of educators from around the world the latest tips and tricks to empower students to create the world of tomorrow. Join us June 27th, from 5:30pm CDT to 7:30pm CDT, for an exciting, online, live event to help ignite new ideas and show you what’s possible when you bring technology into the classroom.… Visit the author's original post

Engage and inspire your students with Education Apps for Windows

Earlier this month we introduced a set of focused educational products and services, designed to empower the students of today to create the world of tomorrow.  Our new Windows experience, Windows 10 S,  is central to that mission and powers a range of devices for the K-12 Classroom, as well as the sleek Surface device for college students, Surface Laptop.

Our announcements were supported by our app partners, who have created great educational experiences that you can learn about and download below.… Visit the author's original post

Extra Credits: OneNote Class Notebook assignment and grading support comes to Blackbaud and eSchoolData

Extra Credits rounds up the latest stories on innovative educational endeavors coming from other parts of Microsoft and the world. This entry highlights the latest add-in update to OneNote Class Notebook, which expands assignment and grading support to include Blackbaud and eSchoolData.

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Over a year ago, we launched the OneNote Class Notebook add-in, with assignment and grade integration, connected to a Learning Management System (LMS) and Student Information System (SIS). Teachers from all over the world have connected OneNote Class Notebooks with their systems.

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Find out What’s New in Microsoft EDU for May

Announcing the launch of the ‘What’s New in EDU’ monthly video series

 

We always hear from educators and school administrators who are looking for the latest product updates to keep productivity, teaching, and learning maximized for their students. With that feedback in mind, we are starting the “What’s New in EDU” monthly video series to recap key product and feature updates across all of the Microsoft Education communities and products, including Windows 10 devices, Office 365, Minecraft: Education Edition, Intune for Education, and more that our education customers can use every day.… Visit the author's original post

Extra Credits: How a ‘space coast’ school district landed a plan for better student outcomes

Extra Credits rounds up the latest stories on innovative educational endeavors coming from other parts of Microsoft and the world. This entry shares an ambitious plan for improving student engagement in Brevard Public Schools, a school district serving more than 73,000 students across 17 municipalities along Florida’s tech-centric “Space Coast.” The district’s vision called for a one-to-one ratio of students to Windows 10 devices, with strong support for cloud-based Microsoft solutions to boost college and career readiness.

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It’s a challenge that Barrett Puschus has embraced in his role as Technology and Network Operations Coordinator at Brevard Public Schools, a school district in Brevard County, Florida.

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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

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

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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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

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

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

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

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

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

Where to start and what to know about Microsoft Education’s new experiences

A great classroom comes to life wherever students and educators meet. In working with our vibrant Microsoft Educator Community over the years, we’ve learned to reshape our ideas of what that great classroom looks like, how it works and even where it is. The world is changing right before us and, together, we have to recognize it as a pressing societal challenge – and our largest opportunity to prepare students for the future.

We shared our vision for inclusive, immersive learning at a Microsoft Education event in New York City today, where we announced new, affordable devices and a Windows 10 experience inspired by students and teachers – we call it Windows 10 S.… Visit the author's original post

Extra Credits: OneNote Class Notebook offers new ways to include parents in learning

Extra Credits rounds up the latest stories on innovative educational endeavors coming from other parts of Microsoft and the world. This entry from the Office Blog covers new updates to OneNote Class Notebook, which now makes it easier for teachers to bring parents into the conversation for a whole new level of parental transparency. Using Class Notebook extends the scope beyond the traditional approach of selective parent communication with examples of student work.

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To address the top requests we heard from teachers, administrators and parents/guardians, we’re pleased to announce the release of four new features in OneNote Class Notebook:

Parent or guardian access to Class Notebook (read-only links)—Teachers now can quickly and easily generate read-only links to both the Content Library and individual student notebooks.

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How to bring the world to your students and support sustainable development

The United Nations is dedicated to promoting cooperation and collaboration at local and global levels, which means it’s fundamentally aligned with what we hope to achieve in modern education. Established in 1945, the UN has dedicated efforts to maintaining world peace, promoting human rights, and protecting the spaces of our world, including our environment.

In 2015, the UN set an agenda in support of sustainable development by the year 2030. Seventeen goals – the Sustainable Development Goals – offer the direction for positive change for people and planet.… Visit the author's original post

Educators use predictive analytics to help at-risk students

Data is woven into every aspect of our lives. Though you may not be familiar with the math or algorithms that govern predictive analytics, their impact can nevertheless be seen and felt in education.

What if there were a way to harness this intelligent technology and use it in classrooms? What if data about students’ habits, patterns, and performance could be used to predict which of them are at risk of falling behind their classmates, and to empower teachers to intervene and help prevent that from happening?… Visit the author's original post