During our September 24th Hack the Classroom event, we showcased Sway as a fun and easy tool for sharing content. To carry the momentum forward, we are running a competition to see who can develop the best lesson that includes the use of Sway as a creative method for delivering content to students. The winners will be announced live on June 27 during our live Hack the Classroom online event.
Visit the Microsoft Educator Community for further information
The winners of the competition will:
- Be featured on the Microsoft Educator Community
- Have their Sway featured on the “My Sways” page on Sway.com
How to participate
- Create and publish your lesson plan on the Microsoft Educator Community
- Be sure to embed your Sway (or Sways if you have more than one) using the section titled “Upload Sway and Embed”
- Add details and supporting resources to your lesson so that any teacher could pick your lesson up and teach it in their own class.
We are pleased to share a guest post written by Livia Mihai, of CYPHER LEARNING, a Microsoft in Education partner. The article below takes an interesting look at the need to make sure that any technological interventions within education have a solid basis in pedagogy, in order to impact teaching and learning.
CYPHER LEARNING is a company that specializes in providing learning management systems for the educational and corporate market. CYPHER LEARNING products are certified Microsoft partners and provide integration with the following Microsoft services: Single sign-on with Office 365, OneDrive, and OneDrive for Business.… Visit the author's original post
Those of you who tuned in to yesterday’s #MicrosoftEDU live stream from New York or caught up later on will have learned all about the latest product, platform and partner news and announcements from Microsoft in Education. There was plenty of ground covered including the first look at Windows 10 S, an exploration of Microsoft Teams for Education, exciting developments with the Minecraft: Education Edition Code Builder, partner news on 3D and mixed reality devices and of course the unveiling of our own brand new hardware in the Surface Laptop.… Visit the author's original post
In November 2016, Microsoft and Prodigy Learning launched the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Four Nations Championship for students across England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to prove their mastery of Microsoft Office. The ultimate prize for 3 students will be the trip of a lifetime to the MOS World Championship Final in Disneyland, California to represent the UK and Ireland.
Treorchy Comprehensive School, Rhondda Cynon Taf in Wales was host to the first of the national qualifying finals days on 6th April 2017 which saw Eleri Evans, Matthew Davies and Sam Conboy being crowned the first ever Welsh National Champions.… Visit the author's original post
Developing and implementing a digital strategy
Being a Microsoft Showcase School is about more than just the use of technology. It is about thought leadership, pioneering practices, and helping others in the community to develop. We are incredibly fortunate to work with so many wonderful schools and colleges who proactively engaging the wider community through various events, opening their doors to welcome other teachers and school leaders in sharing best practices and strategies.… Visit the author's original post
The following post originally featured on the Office Blog, and details the new updates to the OneNote Class Notebook.
Over the last year, our team has been working with and listening to educators to learn how they are using OneNote Class Notebooks. We are continuously impressed by the passion and creativity of teachers and students who are using our tools. A common theme we heard was how OneNote continues to save teachers time and enhance collaboration in the classroom.… Visit the author's original post
As technology continues to develop, so must our understanding of its uses and capabilities. We rarely need every feature of an application every time we use it (and certainly not the first time), so it’s natural that there will be a learning curve associated to the adoption and effective use of new technologies. This is just as true within education, as teachers, students and support staff encounter new and evolving scenarios, which will require different working knowledge of the technology at their disposal.… Visit the author's original post
As educators continue to help young learners develop the necessary digital skills for the modern working world, more and more of the tools and practices that the students would eventually expect to utilise when they enter the workplace are featuring in the classroom. However, one major caveat applied to any introduction of technology is that it should be used to enhance the learning and pedagogy, and not become a distraction and get in the way of progress.
Microsoft Office is widely used by students, and even more deeply integrated into the daily activities of faculty and staff.… Visit the author's original post
Finding new and creative ways to engage students across different subjects and skills is a challenge faced by educators all over the world. Today we are pleased to share the announcement of a new literacy project, based on the much loved children’s book series, The Famous Five! As well as a fantastic way to stimulate creation and the development of literacy and other skills, there are some wonderful prizes to be won!
We are pleased to confirm the dates for Microsoft in the Classroom events for this remainder of this academic year.
Hosted by Microsoft Training Academies, these free events offer an exploration into how teaching and learning can be transformed through technology and a 21st Century Curriculum. A delightful day (or half day) that will leave you Inspired to use Microsoft technology in a whole new way!
We have five Microsoft Training Academies dotted around England and Wales, each offering their own insight into how they are using Microsoft technologies are part of their overall digital strategies, and each institution has specialist knowledge and experiences in a variety of different areas.… Visit the author's original post
Teachers in and around Chippenham, Wiltshire, are encouraged to attend an afternoon TeachMeet next week, at nearby Microsoft Showcase School Hardenhuish School. Free to attend, the event runs from 4pm-6pm on Thursday 30th March, and is a fantastic opportunity to learn from and be inspired by other teachers in your local area.
If you’re unfamiliar the concept and traditional format of a TeachMeet, it is very straightforward! Teachers will sign up to deliver short presentations (roughly 3-6 minutes long), that shares a project, a resource or tool that they have used to good effect in their own teaching or administration, that would be useful for other teachers.… Visit the author's original post
This latest extract from #TheFeed is written by Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (#MIEExpert) Lee Whitmarsh talks about the local community project he and his students at Alsager School, Cheshire, have been involved with that sees the use of Sway helping those affected by dementia.
To learn more about Sway itself we’d recommend viewing this on-demand webinar from #MIEExpert Paul Dredge – ‘Light up your classroom with Sway’.
We are very excited to be given the opportunity to share with Microsoft’s #Thefeed how we are developing a community dementia art Sway project. … Visit the author's original post
Following on from our earlier article from #TheFeed shedding light on the BDA’s study at Knowl Hill School around the impact of technology on SEND learners, we are pleased to share a post from Microsoft in Education partner Hable, which takes a closer look at some of the features of Learning Tools for OneNote.
OneNote Learning Tools : Explained
by Nic Clark, #TeamHable
With the release of the Learning Tools extension for not only Word online, but also now OneNote online, I thought it was time to explain how to find them and help you learn the basics.… Visit the author's original post
It may seem like a distant memory by now, but it wasn’t all that long ago that tens of thousands of educators, school leaders, students and technology innovators were all congregated underneath the roof of London’s ExCel exhibition centre for four days during BETT 2017. It was a fantastic show all round, and to follow up on our partner presence is Gerald Haigh with a retrospective look at what was happening in our Microsoft Partner Campus. Back in January, Gerald wrote a piece looking at each of the 21 exhibitors who would make up the Microsoft Partner Campus at BETT 2017.… Visit the author's original post
Later this month, educators from all over the world will be gathering in Toronto for E2 – Microsoft’s annual Education Exchange!
As well as a chance to celebrate and recognise achievements, over the course of three days more 300 MIE Experts and MIE Fellows will be collaborating, creating and sharing their experiences on how to integrate technology and pedagogy to advance learning, achieve student outcomes, and transform education.
Join in LIVE!
Anyone familiar with the E2 Education Exchange will know that there are elements of the event that are open to all through live streams and online participation, and this year is no different!
We all know the importance of literacy skills, but how can you really bring this to life for students? Why not invite an author, illustrator, or writer live into your classroom via Skype and let the magic begin?
Join the fun and celebrate the World Book Day with live connections through the Microsoft Educator Community of which Skype in the Classroom is a part of. There are over 200 authors waiting to hear from you! All Skype activities are FREE and an opportunity to break down the walls of your classrooms and inspire the next generation, no matter where you are in the world.… Visit the author's original post
We are pleased to share this story from Microsoft in Education partner Ruler, all about their work with a secondary school in Derbyshire. Last month Ruler were one of the many partners exhibiting on our Microsoft Partner Campus at Bett 2017. Ruler Connect can also automatically create Active Directory and Office 365 users, assign licences, create and manage email distribution lists down to class level and push individual timetables for staff and students into the Office 365 calendar. For more information on how you can maximise Office 365 in your school, please visit http://ruler.co.uk.… Visit the author's original post
Last month at BETT 2017 we were lucky enough to meet literally thousands of educators, school leaders, students, and those who are involved in education in countless ways. It’s such a great opportunity for us to hear about the different ways in which teachers are making the most of the available technology to connect with learners and drive their practice forwards. One such person we met is Cyprein Marie – a language teacher and developer from Bristol, who has contributed the following blog.… Visit the author's original post
The following post features in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of #TheFeed, our online magazine bringing you the best stories from Microsoft Showcase Schools and #MIEExperts, thought leadership, and news from the Microsoft in Education team. This piece is from the HoloLens team here at Microsoft, and looks at how the world of mixed reality is already impacting teaching and learning.
Head over to SlideShare to browse all the latest stories from this edition of #TheFeed.
HoloLens in Education
While technological advances won’t necessarily change fact or history, some can certainly change the ways in which many of these subjects and skills are taught.
The following post is written by Microsoft Teacher Ambassador Natalie Burgess. If you’d like to join a BBC micro:bit Twilight Session near Renfrewshire, please follow the registration link at the bottom of this post.
Tuesday 7th February marked the beginning of three Twilight Sessions for teachers across Renfrewshire and Central Scotland to gain confidence and skills when teaching Code in the classroom, using the BBC micro:bit. This event was put together in collaboration between Microsoft, West College Scotland, Paisley YMCA and Renfrewshire Council.… Visit the author's original post
The following post features in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of #TheFeed, our online magazine bringing you the best stories from Microsoft Showcase Schools and #MIEExperts, thought leadership, and news from the Microsoft in Education team. This piece is written by Gerald Haigh, and looks at the recently launched Microsoft Training Academies programme.
Head over to SlideShare to browse all the latest stories from this edition of #TheFeed:
Microsoft Training Academies
by Gerald Haigh
One of the most interesting announcements at BETT 2017 will be the launch of the Microsoft Training Academies (MTA) programme.… Visit the author's original post
Next week we are opening the doors of our Showcase Classroom located in the Microsoft offices in Paddington, London, for an exclusive morning of sessions designed specifically around the use of Surface Hub in education.
Register now for Surface Hub for Education – Thursday 16th February
Combining the familiarity and traditional uses of a digital whiteboard with the same full Windows experience that Surface users are accustomed to, the Surface Hub with its superior inking capabilities and range of applications is broadening the horizon of what is possible – and expected – in the classroom.… Visit the author's original post