Category Archives: 21CLD

Minecraft, Windows and Office teacher-inspired updates


Travis Smith, Teacher Engagement Manager, Microsoft Australia

As part of Microsoft’s commitment to empowering students to achieve more, we are proud to announce three pieces of news to help teachers drive better learning outcomes in the classroom.

Firstly, there are a huge range of education-specific features coming in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, features specifically inspired by teachers and focused on students – available in the months following July 2016 and before January 2017.

As shared devices have become common place in the classroom, managing this efficiently has become a priority.… Visit the author's original post

FREE professional learning workshops coming to a city near you!

Be inspired by new ways of learning with the latest technologies and leave confident to try something new at your school!

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Why consider 21st Century Learning Design (21CLD)

Why do we need to reconsider teaching and learning using a 21st Century Learning Design or 21CLD, as it is referred to? There is no question that we are living in ever-evolving time and society. We have augmented reality with the HoloLens, Virtual Reality with the Oculus Rift and now we have Mixed Reality with Magic Leap. The Microsoft-backed HoloLens and the Google backed Magic Leap are seemingly similar, where the former seems a much more developed product, but it is hard to tell in amongst all the secrecy of it all.… Visit the author's original post

Is technology driving innovation at your school? Why?


For too long now, teachers have sat in a hyper-confused state allowing the technology add-on pervade every sense of excitement potential in classrooms today. We have sat and witnessed teachers drowning in the confusion of modern-day technology tools. In the rush to be seen to being innovative, they place the worksheets, assignments, powerpoints and dare I say it, YouTubes onto their school’s Learning Management Systems. For far too long now, we have seen the misuse of technology invade the classroom learning experience.… Visit the author's original post

Speaking frankly about education.

We sit the students down in their seats; they cannot talk.  What follows is a polite and almost choral Good Morning Mr./Mrs. Xu.  The teacher speaks for about 10 minutes (or more if it is a “boring” teacher) and then from time to time asks that question that only he/she knows the answer to.  Of course, because no-one answers, the kids don’t understand that concept.  The “obedient” students sit down at their desks (without talking) and are promptly ordered to open their textbooks to page 56 where they are to “learn” about indices, Rome, or if they are really lucky they will watch a video lecture.… Visit the author's original post

21st Century Learning – The photograph’d learning challenge

21CLD: What is it about Microsoft’s 21st Century Learning Design that makes your classroom into a classroom that you cannot photograph enough?  This post talks of one recent learning discovery and challenges other teachers to try the same.  21CLD used as a framework enabled students to collaborate, and learn difficult concept in relevant and engaging ways.


The Challenge: I was in my Year 7 Mathematics classroom.  I could not take enough photos of all that was going on quickly enough. … Visit the author's original post

Julie Hembree: Learning 21CLD Collaboration Skills Through Reading

by Julie Hembree
Expert Educator Columnist, USA

Sometimes the lessons of teamwork come from situations where you least expect it. Athletes who play team sports like football, soccer or baseball know that your team is only as strong as your weakest player. It takes a team to lose and it takes a team to win.

On the other hand, a reading incentive program isn’t usually considered as a collaborative model. Battle of the Books however, it not your typical reading program, and has everything to do with authentic teamwork skills.… Visit the author's original post

32 Engaging Ways to use Microsoft in your classroom

Looking for new ways to do new things in your classroom in 2015? Want to use some new tools to engage students, parents and peers in teaching and learning? Here’s 32 ideas just for you. We have categorised these 32 strategies into the 8...(read more)Visit the author's original post

Troy Thomson: Wanting to be a Highly Accomplished Teacher? Change Learning Through 21CLD

by Troy Thomson
Expert Educator Columnist, Australia

Which one are you – the sage on the stage or the guide on the side. In fact, why can’t you be both? I would contend that a highly accomplished teacher would be – they just know when to switch between the two. Furthermore, I would go as far as to say that the highly accomplished teacher should be explicitly directing ‘whole class’ learning for no more than 20% of the time. The remaining time, students should be engaged in inquiry, project based or discovery learning.… Visit the author's original post

Why Core Computing Skills for all is essential

Guest Post by Ross Johnson, Microsoft Expert Educator

I have been working in the IT section of my secondary school for about 12 years now. In that space of time, there have been changes in technology that have been truly revolutionary including The Internet, hardware breakthroughs, new operating systems, BYOD and The Cloud just to name a few. All of these have had a genuine profound effect on the way that education is delivered to students across the school, the region, the state, country and the globe.… Visit the author's original post

Announcing Office Sway: reimagine how your ideas come to life in your classroom

This post is reposted from the Office Blog

Today we’re introducing a brand new app to the Office portfolio. Say hello to Sway! Sway is an entirely different way to express yourself and bring your ideas to life. When your ideas are born, you want to explore, visualize and share them—quickly and easily, wherever you happen to be, and on whatever device you have. You want your ideas to be understood. Sway helps you do just that. It’s a new way for you to create a beautiful, interactive, web-based expression of your ideas, from your phone or browser.… Visit the author's original post