Category Archives: 21st century learning

Olympian and engineering graduate shares the power of mentorship through Skype

Monique Sullivan is a two-time Olympian cyclist and mechanical engineering graduate student. She was an athlete mentor with Classroom Champions, which works in partnership with teachers and local education districts to connect athletes with students in grades K-8, for the school year. Following her participation in Skype in the Classroom events last year, Monique now shares her story and inspirational viewpoint with the Education Blog in this Q&A.

 

Why do you think mentoring students is important?

 

As an athlete, I learned the power of mentorship from a very young age.… Visit the author's original post

Lisbon school’s Minecraft project takes learning through multiple subjects, disciplines and worlds

Minecraft in the classroom is redefining learning and building stronger relationships between teachers and their students.

My name is ​Kyriakos Koursaris​ and I am the Head of Educational Technology at ​PaRK International School​ in Lisbon, Portugal. I am also an MIE Expert and Fellow, as well as a Minecraft Global Mentor. For me, everything started three years ago.

We decided to participate in an international project promoted by the ​Asia-Europe Foundation​, called “My country, your country.” In this project, students had to recreate their country geographically through Minecraft and Kodu, thereby offering students an interactive and fun way to study the geography of the ASEM member countries.… Visit the author's original post

Become a Microsoft Certified Educator in 3 simple steps

When teachers have the skills and confidence to engage their students and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow, they don’t just do more things – they do amazing things.

To help teachers shape the leaders of the future, Microsoft has recently revamped the Microsoft Certified Educator Exam (MCE). This certification is based on the 21CLD and Innovative Teaching & Learning Research, which provides a set of rubrics for educators to identify and implement learning opportunities for students to build 21st century skills.… Visit the author's original post

Wilburton Elementary: Staffing from scratch

Wilburton Elementary is a state-of-the-art school being built from the ground up, following the guidance of the Microsoft Education Transformation Framework, and is a collaborative effort between the Bellevue School District (BSD) and Microsoft. Follow Wilburton’s progress as it happens, from breaking ground to becoming a true 21st century learning community when it opens its doors in September 2018.

 

When Wilburton Elementary opens next fall, its more than 400 students will experience a state-of-the-art campus and an innovative curriculum designed to help them thrive.… Visit the author's original post

Know before you go: Microsoft’s education partners appearing at Bett 2018

Bett 2018 is set to be another exciting, action-packed event, filled with lessons for us all.

For a number of years, we have showcased the strong bond between Microsoft and our partners via our Microsoft Education Partner Pavilion at Bett. We are simplifying our approach this year to showcase the holistic solution that is Microsoft Education, and we are proud to incorporate some of our inspirational partners into the Microsoft Campus.

In this immersive space, you will experience how these solutions, which are integrated with our full Microsoft Education offerings, can help you improve student outcomes and enable every student to reach their full potential.… Visit the author's original post

Tacoma School district uses data to provide needs-based training and support

Tacoma Public Schools started a Microsoft Innovative Educator program last year, hoping to create an ongoing support system for technology in the classroom. In the past, instructional technology support and training would fall on the shoulders of the district Instructional Facilitators. They would provide training by posting a district-wide class at a not-so-central location, on a topic of their choosing and at a time that fit a handful of schedules. Does this sound familiar?

Tacoma is moving past the old approach to professional development, where one would shoot at the target and hope to hit a bullseye.… Visit the author's original post

Florida educator rethinks social media as skill for students

A designer, surfer, father, foodie, photographer, sketch artist, lover of technology, and just an all-around geek: Josh Murdock (@professorjosh) sees himself as many different things. However, if you ask any of his students, many of them faculty at his college and more destined to be future educators themselves, they’ll say he’s a teacher of teachers.

Finding ways to change and keep up with new teaching methods, and connecting with students through collaborative learning, is all part and parcel of Josh’s role.… Visit the author's original post

Best of 2017: The educators who pioneered the new shape of STEM and computer science

In 2017, we met educators who are taking a 21st century plunge into new ways of teaching, creating and coding – and in case you missed it all, we’d like you to meet these stars too. Whether its forging a new path from traditional teaching to a paperless classroom, or hacking STEM in everyday classrooms, these educators took a bold step forward in preparing their students for the world of tomorrow. Take a look at the playlist below and peek into the classrooms of people like Doug Bergman, Summer Winrotte, Jason Ewert, James Burke, Jeff Gearhart and Tammy Dunbar:

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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

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

Surface Laptop, Windows 10 S, Minecraft Code Builder, and all the news from yesterday’s live #MicrosoftEDU event

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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

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

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

TweetMeet on devices for student success: Join us for a #MSFTEduChat on April 18

Are you an educator who wants to share your knowledge, or learn more about how you can save time and go paperless in your classroom?

If so, join us for our #MSFTEduChat on Tuesday, April 18th at both 10:00am and 4:00pm PT. In this TweetMeet we’ll be discussing devices for student success and how educators are getting the most out of the resources they have.

Preparing students to triumph in a digital age is no small task, so we’d love to hear how you’re building these skills with your class.… Visit the author's original post

An educator’s playful plan to bring true technology integration to the classroom

Jason Holt teaches students how to build games. As an instructional technology specialist, his game design course is a playful piece in a serious plan to connect students – along with his fellow teachers and administrators – to what technology can truly bring to the classroom. And based on the results he’s seeing, this Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert is well on his way to making a difference.

Jason teaches Game Programming and Design, a junior and senior-level computer science course at Newman International Academy in Arlington, Texas (a Microsoft School).… 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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How the Modern Librarian is Guiding Research in the Online Era

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Teaching proper research methods is about so much more than enabling students to turn in the perfect paper. When done thoroughly, it imbues them with the ability to evaluate resources for credibility, avoid misleading misinformation and mount a cogent argument. Teaching students how to research is about empowering them to think critically, both in the classroom today and beyond.

“It all comes back to the purpose of school,” says Aron Early, research technology specialist at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, WA.  … 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

New Education Category in Visio Pro for Office 365

Years of research suggest students learn best when presented new material in diverse and interactive ways. Gone are the days of lecture-only classrooms; today, educators incorporate a variety of methods to boost learning outcomes. One of those methods, of course, is visual. We’re excited to announce new Microsoft and third-party templates for Visio Pro for Office 365 to help educators present information in highly visual and exciting ways, while helping students better engage across subjects.

New Education templates

Visio Pro for Office 365 is adding more than 20 education templates and sample diagrams that span core subjects, including algebra, trigonometry, chemistry, and physics.… Visit the author's original post

HackingSTEM: Using Computational Thinking to Understand Earthquakes

Happy Computer Science Education Week!

Millions of students worldwide are in the process of discovering the possibilities of instructing machines to accomplish tasks. Whether completing the Minecraft Hour of Code tutorial, or watching a Pixar In a Box episode on Khan Academy, the spirit of discovery, experimentation and the art of Computer Science is celebrated while students build core 21st century software engineering skills.

This month, the Education Workshop has partnered with the California Academy of Sciences and KQED to combine coding with mechanical engineering and data science to empower students to use computational thinking to experience how engineers and computer scientists are working together to mitigate the impact of earthquakes.… Visit the author's original post

One Hour Could Kick Start Your Students’ Coding

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How many people write code worldwide?

During Computer Science Education Week, from Dec. 5 to 11, there will be many millions. They’ll be all ages, they’ll code in more than 45 natural languages, and they’ll do their coding from over 180 countries as they participate in the fourth annual Hour of Code.

The founders of Hour of Code, tech entrepreneurs Hadi and Ali Partovi, believed that not enough people know how to write code, that everybody should, and that everybody could, just by giving it a try for an hour.… Visit the author's original post

Join our next #OneNoteQ TweetMeet to Share Your “Best Of 2016 Moments”

 

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Join our next #OneNoteQ TweetMeet to Share Your “Best Of 2016 Moments”

 

During 2016, the OneNote team launched more than 36 new OneNote features that educators won’t want to miss in our blog here. And to celebrate a successful year together, we’re inviting all OneNote avengers to share #Bestof2016 OneNote experiences in our upcoming OneNoteQ TweetMeet on December, 6th at 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, PT.

In preparation for the Twitter chat, below you will find all the information and background you need to join so you can share your favorite #Bestof2016 OneNote moments in our final #OneNoteQ TweetMeet of 2016.… Visit the author's original post

OneNote’s Best of 2016: A year in review including over 36 new reasons to try OneNote

Guest post by Marjolein Hoekstra from OneNote Central @OneNoteC.

Over the past year, the OneNote Team have steadily pushed out an impressive number of new features and improvements including over 36 new features for education. This blog includes an overview of those new features with links to relevant announcements and coverage by the OneNote community.

 

OneNote for Windows 10

The changes to this OneNote app have been nothing short of impressive. Summarized, you can now:

  • Add Special Ink Effects to your pages, such as the immensely popular Rainbow Ink (Office 365 accounts only).
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Seeing really is believing with PowerPoint Designer and Morph

Whether you teach math, science, history or English, there’s no overlooking the impact strong visuals can have on a classroom. Captivating images, graphics and motion effects give life to the material in ways that students find more engaging, more memorable and, quite simply, more fun.

Today, two new PowerPoint tools, Designer and Morph, are making it easier than ever before for teachers and students alike to create polished slides and appealing motion effects with just a few clicks.

If you’re a PowerPoint desktop user, you’ve already got everything needed to start creating captivating presentations with Designer and Morph.… Visit the author's original post

7 ways to figure out this coding thing

So, you’re wanting to learn how to code but not sure where to start? Or perhaps you just want to know what the fuss around computer science is about? Or is it that you know you need to help your students figure out programming? Here are some ways to get started.

1. Hour of Code

Hour of Code is exactly what it sounds like and is a perfect “first time” introduction to what goes into coding. With a super simple block-based approach, you’ll go through a series of lessons that show you the basics of programming, all in under an hour.Visit the author's original post

Transform your classroom: 4 ways technology takes teaching and learning to the next level

Did you know that there are 1.4 billion students in the world? When you consider this immense student population, and the 65.2 million educators dedicated to teaching them, technology becomes even more important.

At Microsoft, we believe that people can do remarkable things when technology is within their reach. We also know that the right technology can literally become the engine for creating, sharing, exploring, individualizing teaching, and much more. Read more about teaching and learning solutions and download the teaching and learning eBook designed specifically to help teachers and school leaders on this journey.… Visit the author's original post

Connect your classroom to the world: Join Microsoft’s global education Skype-a-Thon

Are you and your students ready to take an incredible journey? Yes? Then get ready, get set, #Skypeathon!

At Microsoft, we believe the most powerful way to learn is from each other, and when we connect classrooms, we can change the world. That’s why we’re empowering students and educators around the globe to do just that. On November 29th and 30th, Microsoft is hosting is a Global Education Skype-a-Thon. Over 48 hours, participants will contribute to help reach a goal of travelling three million virtual miles.… Visit the author's original post

Accommodations verses modifications in an inclusive classroom

Guest post by Robin Lowell. Robin Lowell is a Microsoft Innovative Education Expert, and a special education, science, and mathematics teacher, as well as teacher of blind and visually impaired students. She partnered with the Microsoft in Education team to deliver this accessibility training for members of the Microsoft Educator Community.

As a special education teacher, I am constantly trying to create an environment for my students with learning differences that is personalized, differentiated and yet as close to their peers’ experience as possible.… Visit the author's original post

Guest post by Aaron Maurer: What Does Hack the Classroom Means to Me?

Guest post by Aaron Maurer, MIE Expert, USA.  Connect with Aaron Maurer on Twitter at @coffeechugbooksAaron Maurer, MIE in the USA

So many times in our lives as an educator, we wish we had that chance for a new perspective, a new voice, and just something different. It is easy to get stuck in that routine where you ask the same people knowing you will get the expected response and answer to keep trudging through the same pathway.

What if you changed that? If you took a few hours of your time and gathered with other like-minded educators, parents, and students who want to improve?Visit the author's original post

Guest post by Jeanne Parent: What Hack the Classroom Means to Me

Guest post by Jeanne Parent, MIE Expert, USA. Connect with Jeanne Parent on the Educator Community

I’m so proud of my father, who spent his entire working life as an inventor. When he would bring his patents home for us to see, I would ask him how he could possibly imagine his invention. His reply was to quote a proverb which states “necessity is the mother of invention”. Because he needed something, he would develop an ingenious solution. How does this relate to the Class Hack?… Visit the author's original post