Category Archives: Conferences

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

Announcing Hack the Classroom: Small Steps to Big Impact

Hack is Back. September 24, 2016 from 8:00a.m. to 10:00a.m. PST. #HacktheClassroom

The messages came pouring in through the live chat, greetings from Vietnam to Croatia, Nigeria to Canada, lighting up the morning with energy and excitement. And like that, the first Hack the Classroom digital event kicked off on January 30, 2016, as tens of thousands of educators from around the world were inspired to go forth and do amazing things in the classroom, armed with inspiring new ideas from speakers and peers.

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ISTE and Microsoft collaborate to provide new school planning and professional learning resources

At Microsoft, we are committed to supporting teachers and school leaders with the tools, training and resources they need to improve student learning outcomes and drive change.

From teacher-inspired updates in Office 365 Education, to faster and easier device set-up with Windows 10, we are dedicated to meeting the needs of educators and simplifying their digital experience. And these updates are just the beginning.

This week we’re excited to announce a new collaboration with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) to combine and expand a host of our world-class initiatives to ensure educators and school leaders around the world have access to school planning and professional development resources.… Visit the author's original post

Join Microsoft at ISTE 2016

Join Microsoft at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference & Expo taking place June 26­–29 in Denver, CO. Microsoft is a year-round Mission Sponsor of ISTE, which has been bringing educators from around the globe together for more than 30 years.

Join Microsoft at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference & Expo taking place June 26¬–29 in Denver, CO.

Microsoft, located in booth 2100, has developed a comprehensive lineup focused on peer-to-peer learning and hands-on interactions, including:

Pre-Conference (separate registration required for each)

During the Conference (find additional details online)

  • Minecraft: Education Edition Featured Sessions and Trainings
  • Microsoft Classroom in Office 365 Education Featured Sessions and Trainings
  • Over 50 Educator-led Classroom-focused, Scenario-based Demonstrations on Office 365 Education and Windows 10 Devices
  • Access to Easy-to-deploy Good/Better/Best Windows Devices for Education
  • Hands-on Makerspace Experience Featuring Computational Thinking
  • Computer Science for All: Creative Coding, Gaming and Apps, Imagine Academy
  • Power BI and Azure in K–12 Featured Sessions
  • Free Microsoft Certification Exams Offered On-site for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE)

You are encouraged to gather your peers and register for this valuable conference experience. … Visit the author's original post

YouthSpark in Schools helps educators bring tech into the classroom

The Microsoft YouthSpark program has been going strong this year, with YouthSpark in Schools events connecting 25,000 educators to date to free computer science and technology resources. Most recently, professional learning events in Denver and Washington, D.C. have provided educators with resources and ideas to help them integrate technology into their classrooms.

Highlights from events:

  • In the Denver area, we partnered with Create Something Great, a group of innovative educators out of the Douglas County School District who meet monthly to share the latest in educational technologies and classroom strategies for excellence.
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E 2 Educator Exchange empowered educators to help every student on the planet achieve more

“E 2! E22! E 2!”

The energy was palpable in the room, an unbelievable buzz in the air as the National Gallery of Hungary was filled with educators from around the world, gathered on the staircase and chanting the name of the event that has shifted their worldview in significant ways during the past three days. As the 240 MIE Experts and Fellows gathered on the staircase for a final snapshot at the Awards Gala, the energy struck everyone in the room.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft invests in new and expanded version of Minecraft for the classroom, opens public preview of Learning Tools for OneNote

In case you missed it on the One Microsoft Blog, here are some major announcements coming from Microsoft at the BETT Show! - We all walk to our own beat and there’s no exception for the way we learn – no matter our age or where we live...(read more)Visit the author's original post

Join us January 30th for Hack the Classroom, a digital event

On January 30th, Microsoft is bringing together inspiring “education hackers” to help put a spark in your classroom. Microsoft’s Hack the Classroom is a free, digital event for educators and school leaders designed to provide insights into the latest trends in education so you can make your teaching more creative and compelling.

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Microsoft at BETT 2016: Celebrate new ways of thinking, working and educating

The BETT London event, January 20-23, 2016, is always one of the year's highlights for Microsoft, because it brings us together with over 40,000 school leaders, educators and ministers of education from around the world. At BETT this year, Microsoft will be participating in a wide range of activities, all designed to deliver big change and transformation in learning. In addition, the show will feature inspiring speakers and education experts who will share their insights in keynote speeches and seminars. Join Microsoft at BETT 2016 to share and celebrate new ways of thinking, working and educating.… Visit the author's original post

Mark your Calendar FETC – January 12th-15th at Orange County Convention Center

Join Microsoft at FETC 2016. Microsoft remains committed to education and will be a Gold sponsor again at FETC in 2016. Our mission in education is to empower every educator and every student on the planet to achieve more. Read more for Microsoft teacher training and certification options during FETC.

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Join a YouthSpark in Schools event near you

YouthSpark in Schools events have been connecting educators to the free computer science and technology resources available to educators and students as part of the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative. Please join us at one near you!

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EU Code Week

We live in an increasingly digital age. To thrive and succeed, all Europeans, particularly the young, need new skills, resources and training in the area of computer science. European policymakers have an essential role to play in advancing awareness of the value of digital skills and ensuring education systems focus on developing them. But they cannot do this without experiencing the transformative power of technology for themselves.

Read how the #EUDojo event gave Members of the European Parliament the opportunity to prepare for this year's EU Code Week.… Visit the author's original post

MIE Weekend

Starting my ISTE2015 experience with my MIE Expert cohort. The day should be busy, engaging, challenging, and fun. More later.


Great words this morning from Shannon Miller. She stressed the importance of helping kids connect globally – and the power of doing that as a librarian! I had to go meet her after her presentation; she was one of my first followers on Twitter.


Okay – the Hunt was one of the most fun things I’ve done at a conference.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft at ISTE 2015

ISTE 2015 June 28- July 1, 2015 Philadelphia Convention Center 1101 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 Microsoft at ISTE 2015 Join Microsoft at ISTE 2015, the premier forum in which to learn, exchange ideas and survey the field of education...(read more)Visit the author's original post

Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange: Global Challenge Winners Celebrated for Innovation and Inspiration

Last week, days of collaboration and learning among hundreds of educators and students at the Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange event culminated with a celebration of the inspiring teachers in attendance and the announcement of the Global Educator Challenge winners. Watch the video and see the list of winners.

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Educators Share with Teaching and Technology Passion at the Microsoft Global Educator Exchange

Last week at the Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange event, the topics of bravery, courage and leadership in the context of education, were the themes of the event. On the final day of E2, we heard from the people at the heart of learning – educators – who shared their ideas to help students have the courage and confidence to achieve more in their lives. Read what educator and entrepreneur Angela Maiers shared and watch the highlights video.

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Educating Fearlessly: Redefining Bravery at the E2 Global Educator Exchange

This week is the E2 Global Educator Exchange, when Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts and student ambassadors from around the globe gather in one place to learn, share and collaborate. The 300 exemplary attendees who are with us in Redmond this week share a number of common qualities – perseverance, creativity and curiosity, to name a few. Read more about E2 Global Educator Exchange.

the E2 Global Educator Exchange

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Microsoft at ASCD Conference, March 21-23, 2015

Join Microsoft at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Annual Conference and Exhibit, March 21-23, 2015 in Houston, Texas. Mark your calendar and join for three Microsoft sessions at ASCD.

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Microsoft at NCCE 2015 – March 18-20, 2015 in Portland Oregon

With less than two weeks until NCCE 2015 in the City of Roses , we are happy to announce the many opportunities to engage with Microsoft at NCCE where Microsoft is an exclusive tier 1 sponsor this year. Please join us at NCCE 2015 held March 18-20, 2015...(read more)Visit the author's original post

Microsoft at CUE 2015 – March 19-21, 2015

Join Microsoft at the Computer-Using Educators (CUE) 2015 Annual Conference.  The CUE Conference is the largest and oldest education technology conference in California, and among the largest in the United States.  For 35 years, technology-using educators have been meeting at the CUE Conferences to advance student achievement at all levels of education and to address the use of Education Technology in instruction, administration, curriculum and management.

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Education Leaders from More than 33 Countries Gather at the 2015 Microsoft Education Leaders Briefing

On Sunday, January 18th nearly 100 top-level education leaders gathered in London, representing Argentina to Zimbabwe and 33 countries in between. They attended the Education Leaders Briefing at the Cardinal Place Immersive Classroom, Microsoft Executive Briefing Centre.  These decision makers engaged in dialog with colleagues and experts about transforming education with 1:1 and mobile learning programs.

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