Category Archives: Cool Technology

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

MIE Spotlight: Megan Lipinczyk on Student Empowerment and Collaboration Through OneNote

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Lipinczyk’s Leaders

 

The MIE Spotlight welcomes Megan Lipinczyk, a 5th grade educator from Tampa, Florida. Megan uses OneNote to foster both expression, collaboration, peer-to-peer, and even peer-to-adult teaching with her students.

 

Hi, everyone! I’m SO excited to be a guest for the MIE Spotlight.

Let’s start with a little background about myself: Born in Tampa, I grew up outside of Chicago and played Division 1 Women’s Softball at the University of Kentucky (go Big Blue) while earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.… 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

It’s never too late to #HacktheClassroom!

Each time we bring educators around the globe together with a #HacktheClassroom digital event, the community participation gets bigger – and the inspiration gets, well, more inspiring.

On September 24th, Microsoft and our sponsoring partners (including ISTE, Edmodo, BETT, Chalk.com and Steelcase) hosted an action-packed digital event on a global scale. With nearly 15,000 registrants, the event was streamed to more than 5,500 educators watching live – including more than 1,000 at nearly 60 streaming parties. The event was also simulcast by Jeff Bradbury at TeacherCast, bringing even more educators to the virtual table to share innovative best practices.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

3 ways the restructured Educator Community better supports educators

If you’ve visited the Microsoft Educator Community lately, you may have noticed that things look a little different. We’re delighted to announce that the entire site has been restructured to better support educators around the world, and it’s all thanks to you every new button, navigation path, and design update was made not only with educators in mind, but also using the feedback received from over 300 teachers around the world.

Not only do we want to celebrate and introduce the features made possible through the input of our users, we want to thank them for their important role in helping to restructure the site.… Visit the author's original post

Guest post by Jim Pedrech: What Hack the Classroom Means to Me

Guest post by Jim Pedrech, MIE Expert, Canada, @jpedrech. Connect with Jim Pedrech on the Educator Community.
If you are a teacher, you have probably hacked something.  Don’t worry; I’m not accusing you of crashing networks or breaking through firewalls. I mean hacking as tinkering, the act of reworking a thing in a way that its creator had not foreseen. A hack is a shortcut, a repurposing, a reimagining.  Have you ever restructured an activity or a unit to meet the needs of your students?… Visit the author's original post

Announcing the new 2016-2017 Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts and Showcase Schools

by Anthony Salcito, vice president of worldwide education at Microsoft Corporation

At Microsoft, we’re passionate about our vision to empower everyone to achieve more. Every day our teams are striving to help educators expand their passion for teaching by using technology that can transform their classrooms and help their students achieve more. And, just as important, we’re committed to celebrating educators and schools that are raising the bar – day-in and day-out.

Today, we’re delighted to announce the educators, school leaders, and inspiring schools that are leading the way and transforming education — in ways both big and small — through our Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Microsoft Showcase Schools programs.… Visit the author's original post

Get students hooked on coding this summer with YouthSpark camps

This summer, YouthSpark is offering computer science camps to help students who are interested in learning coding and game creation skills. YouthSpark Camps get kids of all ages coding, creating games and apps, and having a blast in the process.

Featured camps include:

 Kodu Makerspace Kodu Makerspace. Create rich and exciting games with Kodu Game Lab in this free, four-day camp for beginners ages 8 to 11.
 Learn to Code Flatverse Learn to Code Flatverse. Build your own Flatverse game using TouchDevelop in this free, intermediate-level camp for kids ages 12 and older.
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Travel around the World this Earth Day with Skype in the Classroom

In honor of Earth Day tomorrow, April 22, take your class on a fun, free virtual field trip or a bring an expert environmental guest speaker into your classroom over Skype. With zero carbon footprint, Skype in the Classroom allows you to transport your students around the world to learn firsthand about environmental issues.

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Have a look at a few of our most exciting Earth Day adventures below:

The catastrophic decline of the African lion

Over the past 50 years Africa’s lion population has plummeted from over 200,000 individuals back in the 1960’s to 15,000 today.… Visit the author's original post

Minecraft: Zen and the Art of Letting Go

By Steven Isaacs, Game Design and Development, grade 8. Connect with Steven Isaacs on the Educator community.

It took me a little while to adopt Minecraft in the Classroom. It had been on my radar for some time, but I didn’t quite get the allure. However, kids were clearly so passionate about this game, that I couldn’t help but acknowledge the great value and relevance it had to them. That was enough to push me over the edge.… Visit the author's original post

7 Amazing hacks for teachers to use in class today

A hack can be defined as a clever solution to a tricky problem. As people who face many tricky problems on a daily basis, teachers could definitely use a few class hacks to help them save time and to be more efficient. Here are some nifty hacks from Microsoft Innovative Educators (MIE), all under one minute, with innovative ways to use existing technology.

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7 Amazing hacks for teachers to use in class today

A hack can be defined as a clever solution to a tricky problem. As people who face many tricky problems on a daily basis, teachers could definitely use a few class hacks to help them save time and to be more efficient. Here are some nifty hacks from Microsoft Innovative Educators (MIE), all under one minute, with innovative ways to use existing technology.

To hear more innovative class hacks, tune into the live stream of the E2 Educator Exchange Conference happening on March 9 at 9:00a.m.… 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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Top three tips for using Minecraft to spark critical thinking in your classroom

Guest post by Aaron Maurer, who is an Instructional Coach, shares how Minecraft, a game recognized by millions around the world, helps students think critically, collaborate, and communicate. Read tips on how teachers can use Minecraft in the classroom to help students build the all-important 21st century skills.

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Computer science is finally getting some well-deserved respect

Guest post by computer science educator Doug Bergman, on how schools increasingly view computer science as a regular discipline, just like language, math, history or science. As an educator, you canbring an Hour of Code into your classroom. Read more.

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Guest blog by Helen Gooch – Microsoft Fellow and Master Trainer: Office Mix, a Must Tool for Educators

Are you new to teaching?  Is this your first or second year in the field?  There are more teachers than ever today in our classrooms who have been in education five or fewer years.  High on the list of activities you most likely are involved in as a new teacher are driving student achievement and using data to validate your classroom effectiveness.  Office Mix, simply, really should be one of the teaching tools you employ on a regular basis to achieve those goals.  Let’s think inside and outside the box for the next few minutes.… Visit the author's original post

Join the Global Skype-a-Thon, December 3-4, 2015

You and your students are invited to take part in an historic global event. Starting on December 3rd and going through December 4th, Microsoft's Global Skype-a-Thon will attempt to travel a million virtual miles in 48 hours! It's an ambitious goal, and one that only Skype in the Classroom (with your help!) can accomplish. Read more and register your classroom!

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Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorial Will Inspire Students to Learn Computer Science Skills

To the community of 100 million players around the world, Minecraft represents many things - creativity, strategy, collaboration and survival, just to name a few. What many may not realize is that Minecraft has the power to transform learning on a global scale.

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Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorial Will Inspire Students to Learn Computer Science Skills

Read about new resources for educators and school leaders available today. Post by Anthony Salcito, vice president, Microsoft Education.

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Born to Explore and Skype in the Classroom Bring Fossils to Life for Students

On Sunday’s airing of “Born to Explore” on ABC TV (check your local listings), Tracey Wong’s 5th grade class takes on the challenge of locating show host Richard Wiese during a Mystery Skype session that leads them to an active dig with specimens dating back 65 million years. “From an explorer or naturalist’s standpoint, the whole technology revolution has been great for us,” said Wiese. “Through the magic of technology like Skype and Bing everyone can be an explorer.” Read more.… Visit the author's original post

10 Ways to Win with Windows 10 in the Classroom

Here are some simple tips and tricks on how the new features in Windows 10 save time for teachers and make learning more fun for students.

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10 Ways to Win with Windows 10 in the Classroom

As teachers are returning to their classrooms, we want to help make this the best year yet! Here are some simple tips and tricks on how the new features in Windows 10 (free to upgrade) save time for teachers and make learning more fun for students. For more extensive training on using Windows 10 in the classroom, check out our Quick Tip videos.

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