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

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

Future-proofing and expanding students horizons at Toowoomba Christian College

Alison-JamesWe all have that one special teacher who we recall had a big impact on us, someone who helped shape our future through their dedication, encouragement and most of all, confidence in us when we were faltering.

One such mentor is Alison James, Specialist Computer Studies Teacher from Toowoomba Christian College in Queensland.  Founded in 1979, the school is a P-12 co-educational school with over 700 students.

Alison’s dedication, paired with her students hard work has recently seen 4 pupils from the school compete in the Queensland State Microsoft Office Specialist Championships.… Visit the author's original post

Find out What’s New in Microsoft EDU for May

What’s new in Microsoft Education for May?

We know educators and school leaders are always looking for the latest product updates to keep productivity, teaching, and learning maximised for their students. With that feedback in mind, we recently launched a Facebook Live video series with Teacher Ambassador Megan Townes, 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

Are outdated computers reverting students to a prehistoric era?

Guest Post by Peter West, Director of eLearning, Saint Stephen’s College. Originally published at eSchool News.

3 reasons why there’s an increased need to get rid of keyboards and move to pen-based computers for today’s students.

If today’s educators continue to encourage the use of keyboards instead of digital ink and paper, they run the risk of being a ‘pager’ teacher in a smart phone world, holding on to a past that has outlived its usefulness and limits students’ cognitive potential…at least, that’s what human history and recent research is telling us.… Visit the author's original post

EduTECH 2017 is just around the corner!

EduTECH International Congress and Expo 2017 is now just around the corner!

There’s going to be so much happening at the biggest education event in Asia Pacific and the Southern Hemisphere. FutureSchools Expo was an inspiring event and we expect EduTECH to be even bigger and better!

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Everything you need to know to plan your visit:

Make sure you follow us on Twitter to stay up to date with everything happening on the day, whether you’re there on the day or following all the action online.… Visit the author's original post

Creating inclusive classrooms with the help of OneNote

Originally posted on the Microsoft Education blog on 17th May by Jameson Lee, Assistive Technology Coordinator of Special Education.

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.… Visit the author's original post

MIE Spotlight: Bringing Ancient History studies into the digital era

In this MIE Spotlight, we hear from Michael Cocks, Senior Ancient History Teacher at Toowoomba Grammar School

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I am in my seventh year of teacher after a career in advertising. As a specialist in my teaching area, I love passing on my passion for History to my students. I find the subject area to be one of the most important in equipping students to be critical thinkers and to become engaged future citizens of the world.

I use digital solutions to meet the needs of my students, and other students around the world.… Visit the author's original post

Getting serious about STEM?

Microsoft helps educators and students to explore, invent, prototype and solve authentic STEM problems using real-world technology.

As a technology company, Microsoft is passionate about STEM education. We’re enthusiastic to welcome the next generation of app developers, game designers, Artificial Intelligence experts and coders to the workplace. And we’re excited by what they will imagine, invent and create.

To prepare them with a future skillset and to  help educators gain the knowledge and confidence to engage them in meaningful STEM learning, we provide a suite of resources, platforms, tools and devices – all designed with modern STEM learning in mind.… Visit the author's original post

MIE Expert Spotlight: Matt Heinrich from Radford College on driving digital innovation.

In this MIE Spotlight, we hear from Matt Heinrich, Director of Digital Learning and Innovation, Radford College, Canberra.

matt_heinrich_2Teaching has always been a desirable profession, originating from fond experiences during my own education. In 2011, I began teaching in the primary years, drawn to the opportunity to engage with students across multiple subjects whilst building a strong connection throughout a year. Whilst teaching in the upper primary years, I began finding ways to use technology to empower students in more personalised, collaborative and creative learning.… Visit the author's original post

Nominate yourself today: 2017-18 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert recruitment open now until July 15

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We are thrilled to announce that the 2017-2018 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) recruitment period is now open!  We are currently seeking educators from around the world to join our next class of MIEEs. The self-nomination period opens April 15 and closes July 15. All self-nominations must be received during this period.

How to nominate yourself

ms-badge-3The MIE Expert Program is an exclusive program created to recognize global educator visionaries who are using technology to pave the way for their peers in the effective use of technology, for better learning and student outcomes.… Visit the author's original post

Keeping focused with Admin Templates in OneNote

About a year a go I began working on a OneNote system to organise myself.

I wanted a system that worked on most of my devices, which included: 

  1. Phone (iOS), 
  2. Laptop (Surface Pro and later Surface Book), 
  3. Home laptop (MacBook Pro), 
  4. Department imaged Desktops (Windows 7 and Office 2010), and 
  5. Tablet (iPad Mini). 

I wanted a system that allowed me to create to do lists, and keep up with school day-to-day activities such as my timetable, weekly events etc. 

I had used page templates, and created my own in the past, so decided that I would trial some different set ups and see which worked the best. Visit the author's original post

Data Science, IT and Cloud… certify your students

Guest post from Dan Bowen Academic Programmes Manager at Microsoft

As a technology company our products and services are evolving at an ever increasing rate. We are seeing the need for roles in analytics, data science, machine learning, cloud architects, artificial intelligence and more. So how can we keep up to date and how can we train students in these emerging technologies?


Step in Microsoft Imagine Academy. Pick one of the four pathways – IT Pro, Productivity, Computer Science or Data Science.… Visit the author's original post

SAMR model unleashed on Shakespeare text

Guest post by Clint Bullock. Clint is an English teachers at Gilroy Santa Maria College in Townsville, Queensland.

We hear a lot about the SAMR model, which analyses how you actually use technology. At Gilroy Santa Maria College near Townsville, we’ve started using Office Mix, to turn PowerPoint presentations into highly interactive learning tools. Without realising it, we’ve positioned ourselves at the advanced end of that model: using Mix to ‘Modify’ how we teach, and then ‘Redefine’ what’s possible. This has transformed how I teach complex English texts.… Visit the author's original post

A wrap up from FutureSchools Conference and Expo

Last week, on the 23rd and 24th March, the Microsoft education team connected with educators, speakers and edtech innovators from all across Australia at National Future Schools. Expo and Conference.

This year the event took place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre where educators across Australia visited the Microsoft stand to get hands on with interactive demonstrations on the latest Surface fleet – Surface Hub, Surface Studio, Surface Book and Surface Pro 4.

The excitement around the Surface Studio was palpable, with MIE Expert and Director of Innovation Dean Pearman discussing how he uses Surface to transform learning at Peninsular Grammar:

As well as exploring the Surface family, teachers had the chance to discover more about Microsoft’s solutions to assist teaching in the classroom, such as OneNote learning tools, collaboration, Project Based Learning, and the ease of O365 school integration.… Visit the author's original post

Minecraft in the Science classroom (Gaming and Student Engagement)

Guest post by Megan Pusey, Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator.

If you have ever played a video game you will know how addictive and engaging they can be. Indeed, they are intentionally designed to be enjoyable to play. With 68% of Australians playing video games, it’s no surprise they are making their way into the classroom (IGEA 2016). One game in particular, Minecraft, has taken the world by storm selling over 106 million copies as of June 2016. If you haven’t seen or played it before Minecraft is a game where you can build anything you can imagine out of digital Lego.Visit the author's original post

Programmed for discovery

Guest post by Ian Fernée, Head of Computing Faculty / 1:1 eLearning Coordinator (Years 10 – 12) St. Patrick’s College Ballarat

I consider coding and the broader notion of computer education in schools to be a constructive means to teach the developing student a plethora of skills that are practical such as learning how to use software: advantageous for cognitive development such as knowledge construction, problem-solving, computational thinking and decision making, and beneficial for forming personal affective and dispositional attributes like self-regulation, resilience, collaboration and creativity.… Visit the author's original post

Computer Science and STEM critically important to Australian students future success

Post by Dan Bowen, Microsoft Australia Academic Programmes Manager (STEM Education Lead) / Minecraft: Education Edition PMM. Dan will be at FutureSchools 22-24 March running a workshop on Minecraft: Education Edition and beyond – Building skills for the future.

Computer Science and STEM are critically important to the success of the future of Australia and to every students’ ability to compete and thrive in a global market increasingly driven by technology. By the year 2022 we expect 6m new IT jobs around the world and even today we are seeing areas where gaps are starting to open such as Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence using cloud technology.… Visit the author's original post

Feedback strategy guides STEM uptake of wireless; video tools

Like many schools, All Hallows’ School in Brisbane is experimenting with stylus-enabled devices for STEM topics. What makes us different is our strategy. For the past 18 months, our technology adoption has been guided by a single, clear aim: to enhance the speed, quality and impact of teacher feedback. The results are terrific.

Step 1 for stylus: formulate your strategy

All Hallows began using tablet devices over three years ago. We saw the combination of stylus, tablet and OneNote as a great trio for taking class-work fully digital.Visit the author's original post

Minecraft Education Edition used in year four class

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Teachers are choosing innovative ways to get 21st teaching into classrooms and an example of this can be found on Mrs Barkers Tea Room blog. By using Minecraft: Education Edition, students were engaged and learned problem solving skills in an interactive and imaginative platform.

Minecraft’s spatial thinking and pixel art creates an excellent opportunity for students to work on mathematics and visual arts objectives in an engaging environment.

The game engages students creative and collaborative abilities, providing a different way of developing students’ skills.

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Utilising the power of OneNote and Surface to develop visual thinking skills

Guest post by Steve Brophy, Director of ICT & eLearning at Ivanhoe Grammar School.

In 2010, Sir Ken Robinson gave a speech titled “Changing Paradigms” at a Renaissance Society of America public event. As usual, Sir Ken was at his poetic best and his call for a redefinition of our current school model echoed throughout the world thanks to a broadcast on the TED network. As well as Sir Ken’s message, the talk was also famous for the introduction of the RSA Animate series.… Visit the author's original post

2017 Planning | Q&A Expert Tips

 

If you missed our 5-part #Back2SchoolHELP live webinar series last week, we have a full recap for you. The series aimed to help out our community of school teachers preparing for the new teaching year ahead of them. Educators joined the live Q&A sessions for expert teacher tips and tricks with the host, Megan Townes, a Microsoft NSW Teacher Ambassador.

In this post, we’ve compiled the most common #Back2SchoolHELP questions we received from teachers looking to set up collaborative and interactive classrooms in 2017.… Visit the author's original post

Ormiston College STEM Day

There is no doubt that PBL (Problem or Project Based Learning) and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) has captured the current zeitgeist of contemporary learning around the globe.  There are many schools in Australia that have realised that they need to do something quickly to enable their students to have the skills and dispositions to survive and thrive when they leave their stretch of education.

One school that is leading the way in Australia is Ormiston College, also a Microsoft World Showcase School.  Visit the author's original post

7 great ways to hit the ground running this school year

Guest post by Helen Gooch, Microsoft Fellow and Master Trainer. Connect with Helen on the Educator Community. 

List of new students for your class. Check! 

Classroom arranged for optimal learning styles. Check! 

Bulletin boards done. Check! 

Now let’s discover seven great ways to hit the ground running this school year by getting your curriculum ready, getting to know your students, and helping your class get started with technology. 

By putting together some tools that will help you to deliver highly effective lessons, you will be set up for the year ahead and hit the ground running.Visit the author's original post

#Back2SchoolHELP is here! Teacher Ambassador hosting Live Stream FaceBook Q&A

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Microsoft Education is here to help you with your planning needs this year. We’ve got expert teachers standing by to answer your questions or help you maximise your planning for 2017. How can we help you?

We’ll be running Live webinars on our Facebook Page next week to help you prepare for planning the next year to ensure that you hit the ground running for a successful school year.

Facebook Live Webinar Series:

  • Monday 23rd Jan 10am – Setting up for teacher life in 2017
  • Tuesday 24th Jan 4pm (K-6), 8pm (7-12) – Insider tips on integrating ICT general capabilities from the Australian curriculum
  • Wednesday 25th Jan 4pm – Tips & ticks to setting up student collaboration in your classroom
  • Friday 27th Jan 8:30am – Get students to love your lessons – making learning fun!
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Flipping the Classroom, a blended learning approach

Flipping the Classroom is part of a Blended Learning approach to delivering content to students.  The website flippedlearning.org defines Flipped Learning as:

‘a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter.’

Teachers all around the globe are leveraging the use of sophisticated, internet-powered tools to deliver flipped learning to their students.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Surface Vs Apple iPad in high school classrooms

In my role as a high school teacher, I have three devices from which to work: a laptop, an Apple iPad Air 2 and a Microsoft Surface Pro. Whilst the first two are supplied by my school, the Surface is something I have personally purchased.

Yet people wonder why I only ever use the Surface whilst the other two gather dust on my staffroom desk.

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Short answer: because the Surface does everything a laptop and iPad do, and more.

Now, such questions usually arise from students who are surprised that I don’t love iPads as much as they do.Visit the author's original post

Cultural connections using Skype at Sheldon College

Which of these scenarios would engage, entice and enthral your students?  Reading about fossils found in the Australia, or taking part in a live video call with an archaeologist on site in the Western Australian outback as they unearth a 3.5-billion-year-old fossil?  

Even ancient protozoa can tell you the answer to that question.

Students at Sheldon College using Skype in the classroom

Students at Sheldon College using Skype in the classroom.

Skype in the Classroom is a global phenomenon.  Only last year, Microsoft Vice President – Worldwide Education, Anthony Salcito hosted a Microsoft Skype-a-Thon for 48 hours straight, traversing the globe in a way that only Skype in the Classroom can manage.  Visit the author's original post

Are outdated computers reverting students to a prehistoric era?

3 reasons why there’s an increased need to get rid of keyboards and move to pen-based computers for today’s students.

If today’s educators continue to encourage the use of keyboards instead of digital ink and paper, they run the risk of being a ‘pager’ teacher in a smart phone world, holding on to a past that has outlived its usefulness and limits students’ cognitive potential…at least, that’s what human history and recent research is telling us.

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What Human History Tells Us About Keyboards

Communication in society has mirrored progress, but it has always involved a person holding a “pen”, even if that “pen” was just a pointed stick.Visit the author's original post

“Inking the thinking” collaboratively

Hawkesdale P12 College, Victoria in Australia connected with a rural school in Japan using Skype.

Hawkesdale P12 College, Victoria in Australia connected with a rural school in Japan using Skype.

In December, 2015, year 8 students from Hawkesdale P12 College, Victoria Australia connected with a rural school in Japan using Skype. Students at Hawkesdale are isolated geographically and culturally but were fortunate to be part of a research project on “Inking the Thinking” with the Victorian Department of Education  and Microsoft. This meant that each student in year 7 and 8 had a Surface Pro device with a digital pen.Visit the author's original post