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The first Australian space mission, featuring Australian students

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This Friday (9th December), Cuberider will make history when the experiments of 1,000 students from 60 Australian schools will launch into space on board a Japanese H-IIB rocket from Tanegashima Space Station, on the first Australian space mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Cuberider is the first Australian organisation to win government approval to fly a mission to space, and delivers a revolutionary educational program designed to support STEM learning in secondary schools. The experiments will be run with assistance by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) and data beamed back to earth and provided to schools for analysis.… 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

Using Analytics To Profile Classes

A 12minute guided tour of the new Class Profile reports in PowerBI Over the last twelve months St Andrew’s College has invested significant resourcing into developing web based reporting tools delivered via Microsoft’s PowerBI.com interface, to be used by both … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Managing Minecraft In A School

Note: this is quite a lengthy and, at times, technical post about configuring and deploying Minecraft in a school when choosing not to use the new Microsoft Education Edition. The following is structure of the blog if you want to … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

eLearning Through The Lens Of Key Competencies

In the last week of Term 2 I had the opportunity to present at the NZ Tech Advance Education Technology Summit hosted at Massey University’s Albany Campus. Key topics and subjects discussed include: Inquiry | Creativity | Collaboration – The role of … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Guest Post: Mr Dekker’s Journey With OneNote & Minecraft

This is a repost of a blog on the official Microsoft Education blog where Mr Wilj Dekkers, a Year 6 teacher at St Andrew’s College and Microsoft Innovative Educator, recaps the journey of his classroom over the last two years with Microsoft … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

3P Learning win Microsoft Worldwide Education Partner of the Year

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It’s a pretty exciting day for the team at 3P Learning, who have just been given the award for Microsoft Worldwide Education Partner of the Year 2016! And they made Finalist in the Technology for Good category too, which is a double success. I’m particularly pleased that they’ve been recognised for the great work that they have done in supporting millions of students around the world through the World Education Games, a free competition for students from 20,000 schools around the world, where they were challenged to compete against students from 166 countries to become the world champion for literacy, maths and science.… Visit the author's original post

Hosting a TeachMeet at St Andrew’s College

This week, St Andrew’s College hosted the first TeachMeet event in Christchurch for 2016 and over 40 staff from 15 different schools attended. If you’re unsure of what a TeachMeet actually is, you can find more at the website http://www.teachmeet.co.nz  but … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Presenting At Microsoft Analyst Summit 2016

This week I’ve had the privilege of attending, as well as co-presenting, at the annual Microsoft Analyst Summit for Asia Pacific, hosted at the St Regis Hotel in Singapore.⊗ The focus of this summit was Fuelling Customer Digital Transformation Through Innovation and was an … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Office Mix creates rich and engaging lessons

Guest post by Kristen Messer, Teacher, be.tech Career Academy

When I grew up we had four television stations and cartoons aired on Saturdays. Pong was the only video game on the market. I played outside. I loved puzzles. So going to school was exciting. After all, there wasn’t much else to compete for my attention.

Today, on-demand entertainment streams to students’ computers and phones 24/7.  In fact, The National Center for Biotechnology Information cites a decrease in attention span from 12 seconds in 2000 to just eight seconds in 2013.… Visit the author's original post

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

Creating effective learning videos – lessons I’ve learnt

imageI’ve just recently finished delivering an online course for my colleagues, where I used Office Mix to create resources (Office Mix is an add-in to PowerPoint, and a set of smart web services that make it easy to create an online learning resource, mixing PowerPoint, video, audio, assessment questions and other interactive resources). And I found that creating effective learning videos is much more than just pointing a camera at me and a screen, and starting to talk. I’ve never been a teacher, however I’m often asked to talk in lecture-style settings, and I’ve learnt that doing an effective in-person presentation to a room of 100 people is a very different challenge from making online learning more effective.… Visit the author's original post

11 New OneNote Features Teachers Will Love

While you’ve been busy teaching and innovating, the OneNote engineering team has been hard at work bringing improvements that make teachers’ lives easier. Here are some of the many new features released in the past few months that we think you will love! You can download OneNote for free anytime.

1. Convert hand-drawn shapes into perfect-looking shapes while inking*

Math teachers rejoice! With the new Ink Shape Recognition tool announced last November for iPad, iPad Pro, and the Windows 10 app, OneNote will recognize hand-drawn shapes from squares and circles to quadrilaterals and pentagons, as well as flowcharts and Venn diagrams, and allow you to automatically convert them into better, sharper versions of themselves.… 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

Inspiring Student Exploration, One Sled Dog, Giraffe or Rhino at a Time

Many of today’s students are so familiar with digital screens and the ability to find whatever they’re looking for in an instant, that one might expect they’d be unimpressed by an on-screen experience at their school. But, use technology to make that experience interactive, mix in a live discussion with a real explorer and a team of sled dogs, and you’ll find you can captivate a classroom full of fifth graders in an instant.
Florida students meeting dog sleds and mushers via Skype

This weekend, you can join students from Lithia Springs Elementary School in Valrico, FL on a virtual field trip that won’t quickly be forgotten.… Visit the author's original post

Immersive and inclusive learning experiences – inspired by teachers

At Microsoft, we’re committed to “Empowering Every Student on the Planet to Achieve More.” We’re reaching more and more students and teachers every day. According to Futuresource*, Windows continues to be the leading global platform for K-12 education. And this week we’re excited to share more around our momentum as well as a few upcoming features we hope you’ll love.

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Immersive and inclusive learning experiences – inspired by teachers

By Tony Prophet – Corporate Vice President Education Marketing

At Microsoft, we’re committed to “Empowering Every Student on the Planet to Achieve More.”

We’re reaching more and more students and teachers every day. According to Futuresource*, Windows continues to be the leading global platform for K-12 education.

And this week we’re excited to share more around our momentum as well as a few upcoming features we hope you’ll love.

OneNote – Creating and Sharing in Entirely New Ways

OneNote is reinventing the way learning gets done in classrooms around the world – empowering students and teachers to collaborate in real time – creating, editing, sharing and grading assignments.… Visit the author's original post

Personalized learning: It’s not just for students anymore

When you need more in-depth training, Microsoft in Education online professional development courses and learning paths are free, easy-to-access and cover nearly every topic related to integrating technology into your teaching practice. Along the way, you can also earn badges and qualify to be a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE).

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Personalized learning: It’s not just for students anymore

Here at Microsoft, empowering every educator to do more means ensuring that teachers have the right resources, tools and support to transform their classrooms. But professional development can look very different from teacher to teacher.

Sometimes, you just need quick insights to jumpstart your classroom. For that, we offer webinars like the recent #HacktheClassroom and the upcoming March 9th Virtual E2 Conference – the first time we’ve opened this inspiring, educator-focused event to all educators.

When you need more in-depth training, Microsoft in Education online professional development courses and learning paths are free, easy-to-access and cover nearly every topic related to integrating technology into your teaching practice.… Visit the author's original post

5 ways to motivate different kinds of students with digital learning tools

Motivation is crucial to learning. Without motivation, students are prone to just memorizing information or crunching for an exam instead of immersing themselves to really learn about the topic. Ideally, with high motivation, surrounded by a culture of learning and supported by a community of experts, students can learn deeply, actively share information, and even create new knowledge. Read ideas on different ways of motivating students with digital learning tools and technologies.

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5 ways to motivate different kinds of students with digital learning tools

Motivation is crucial to learning. Without motivation, students are prone to just memorizing information or crunching for an exam instead of immersing themselves to really learn about the topic. Ideally, with high motivation, surrounded by a culture of learning and supported by a community of experts, students can learn deeply, actively share information, and even create new knowledge.

One quite detailed motivational model relevant to schools (Tapola, Veermans & Niemivirta, 2013), categorizes students into five different achievement goal orientations. Each type of goal orientation responds to different ways of motivating, which is made easier by personalized learning and tools in a digital learning environment.… Visit the author's original post

Skype inspires literacy in the month of February

Skype in the Classroom and LitWorld are celebrating literacy throughout the month of February. We invite you and your classroom to join in! Last year, through the magic of Skype, students were inspired to read more, write their own stories, and dream big to become authors. See how your students can be inspired this February in honor of World Read Aloud Day!

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Making It Easier To Read & Write with OneNote Learning Tools

Few would argue against the fact that technology should support teachers and learners in the classroom to achieve better learning outcomes and comprehension. Sadly, too often the technology is shoe-horned into learning environments simply to “tick the box” that eLearning … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Video Showcases Innovative Educators

On the 23rd November 2015 Microsoft NZ arranged for a TV crew to film and interview a number of staff and students at St Andrew’s College. The focus of the day was showcasing how the Surface Pro 3 and OneNote … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

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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Join us! Computer Science Education Week Begins Today

Today, we help kick off Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code a movement led by Code.org to introduce millions of young people to the creativity of computer science. Learn more.

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The Microsoft Certified Educator: preparing the next generation of innovative educators

Learn about the new Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) certification. The MCE is not about learning a particular technology or Microsoft skill. Rather, it’s about providing a holistic focus on technology for educators, allowing them to demonstrate their understanding and proficiency with infusing technology into the teaching and learning process. Microsoft's global partnership with UNESCO has led to design and creation of an industry-recognized technology in education certification for teachers. Learn more about the MCE and how to get started.

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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

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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