Category Archives: BBC

Complimentary BBC Earth Enchanted Kingdom DVDs for Schools

Through Microsoft in Education's partnership with BBC Earth, we are pleased to be offering complimentary copies of the Enchanted Kingdom DVD to schools looking to create their own project based learning activities inspired by the film.

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Satya Nadella visits Eastlea Community School to see how students are using the BBC micro:bit


Last week during Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's visit to the UK for Future Decoded, he paid a visit to Eastlea Community School to meet with staff and students and see how they have been inspired into coding and creativity by the BBC micro:bit.

Speaking on the day, he said:

“I hope for sure that it becomes a worldwide phenomena – where the product, but more importantly the ingenuity that I saw today in the kids that I met today, is the thing that I think will become worldwide in terms of really inspiring every kid to get out there and learn coding and to express themselves in ways that are so, so creative”

Joining Satya was the BBC's Director General, Lord Tony Hall, and as well as impressing both with their computational thinking and programming, the students at Eastlea turned their hand to broadcast journalism by creating the following video as part of the BBC News School Report:

But the fun didn't end there for the students, as later that day they travelled to Future Decoded where they took up residence of the Microsoft in Education stand to demonstrate to the other attendees how they had used TouchDevelop to program their BBC micro:bits to be able to do all sorts of innovative and wonderful things.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft in Education at Future Decoded – Expect More. Do more. BE MORE.

 Wow! What a day it was here yesterday on the Microsoft Education stand at Future Decoded! We were overwhelmed by the positivity and curiosity shown by all visitors, and it was great to hear everyone's views on how we can continue to make a positive impact within education, working with our partners and customers.

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Northampton Primary Schools Collaborating on BBC Earth Enchanted Kingdom Project Based Learning

Many of you will be familiar with the 'Enchanted Kingdom' from our blog series earlier this year that looked at the various chapters of the educational eBook based upon the BBC Earth film of the same name.

Recently, schools within the Northampton Primary Academy Trust have been working together on a series of project based learning initiatives based upon the Enchanted Kingdom eBook. The ambitious cross-academy collaboration is being driven by Tom Rees, head teacher at Simon de Senlis School, and sees students and teachers from the six schools that comprise the trust working through the tasks and lesson plans contained within the eBook via a series of project based learning activities, as well as coming up with some of their own ideas inspired by their journey through the Enchanted Kingdom.… Visit the author's original post