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How Schools can better prepare students for the uncertain future

Microsoft in Education recently held School Leadership breakfasts in 5 capital cities, hosted by US expert and Ph.D. Dr. Gary Stager.

The theme for this event series was 'How Schools can better prepare students for the uncertain future'. Gary has spent the past 35 years helping schools around the world embrace technology as an intellectual laboratory and vehicle for self-expression. During his presentation, he raised thought-provoking questions such as:

  • Why is making and STEM-based learning so important?
  • As an educator, what's the smallest seed you can plant to help kids minds to blossom?
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Creating pathways to success through the Microsoft Imagine Academy

Guest blog post by Paw Kappel, Head of Department ICT P-12 at Bentley Park College

Bentley Park College is a P–12 State College in the southern corridor of Cairns, Queensland. The College’s socio-economic index is in the bottom quartile. In the past, the College did not have many high achieving students, few pursued a university education and many ended up unemployed. Overall QCE (Queensland Certificate of Education) attainment in 2011 was 55%, and only 25% for Indigenous students.

In 2011, our school decided to focus more resources on establishing a culture of excellence in technology and demonstrating the connection between improved student learning and our own improved practice with ICT.… Visit the author's original post

Improving university chemistry students engagement with OneNote, Cloud and digital inking.

Dr Sylvia Urban, senior lecturer at Melbourne’s RMIT University School of Science has undertaken research to quantify the effect of technology on learning outcomes in a recent study titled Pen-Enabled, Real-Time Student Engagement for Teaching in STEM Subjects.

The research explored the benefits of creating collaborative, interactive lectures using cloud-based technology (Microsoft OneDrive and OneNote) and pen-enabled devices (Surface Pro) in undergraduate / postgraduate university chemistry courses with approximately 380 students.

“Microsoft OneNote and Windows 10 digital ink have been shown to improve pass rates of Chemistry students, as well as improve performance in STEM related fields.” -Dr.

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