Category Archives: Digital Education

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

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

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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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

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

New Learning Tools Help Educators Create More Inclusive Classrooms

A one-size-fits-all approach to education can be especially stifling for students with unique learning needs. To put it into perspective, Dyslexia is estimated to impact 1 in 5 people, 72 percent of classrooms have special education students, and 73 percent of classrooms have readers that span 4 or more grade levels.* Understanding this classroom reality is what led our teams at Microsoft to design Office 365, and its inclusive classroom technology like Learning Tools for OneNote, with accessible learning experiences in mind.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

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 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.

And we’re so excited to do it all again.… Visit the author's original post

The Innovative Educator: A Microsoft in Education Magazine | Issue 2

Want to know all of the latest Microsoft in Education news? Discover educator spotlights, a guide to Office Forms, and how we’re celebrating cultural differences all in the second issue of the Innovative Educator:

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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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Announcing the 2016 Global Enterprise Challenge winners

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every student on the planet to achieve more. That means cultivating curiosity and creativity in innovative new ways — and that’s just what the Global Enterprise Challenge is all about.

Developed by the Broadclyst Community Primary School, a UK-based Showcase School, the Global Enterprise Challenge has already inspired more than 1,000 nine- to 12-year-old entrepreneurs from 20 countries.

The mission of the Challenge? To increase students’ understanding of cultural diversity, entrepreneurial skills, economic awareness, communication and collaboration skills, problem-solving skills and creativity – all through the use of Office 365 technology.… Visit the author's original post

New immersive and inclusive learning experiences for Windows 10

Our mission in education is to empower every student on the planet to achieve more. We’re reaching more and more students and teachers every day – providing them with immersive and inclusive learning experiences.

Today, Microsoft announced the next major update to Windows and highlighted some of these new experiences for the classroom. Learn how to upgrade PCs in your school to Windows 10 for free here. In addition, we’re excited to share these new Windows 10 apps that will help make your new school year great.… Visit the author's original post

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

Coming Soon: Microsoft and edX partner to offer new professional learning courses for school leaders

As school leaders look to transform and modernize education, access to professional learning experiences is crucial. In order to support school leaders around the world, we are working closely with edX to create new professional learning courses for school leaders to support their leadership in education transformation. Starting in the fall of 2016 through spring 2017, five new online courses will be available to help guide school principals and headmasters, superintendents and school leaders enhance classroom learning and outcomes.

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School leadership matters

We know behind every flourishing school is a leadership team with clarity of vision and tools to implement, navigate change processes and monitor improvement.… Visit the author's original post

Personalized Learning with Digital Experiences

Schools that can promote happiness are key to ensuring better well-being, health, and achievement, as well as success in life…calling for education systems to shift away from traditional measures and to instead embrace a diversity of talents and intelligences by recognizing values, strengths, and competencies that contribute to enhancing happiness.

UNESCO, Happy Schools: A Framework for Learner Well-being, 2016

No one is average…. Today we have the ability to understand individuals and their talents on a level that was not possible before.Visit the author's original post

Educators worldwide are choosing Microsoft Windows 10 and Office 365

Microsoft remains clear K-12 education OS global market leader

We’re really excited to see even more students and educators around the world using and loving Windows 10 and Office 365. According to a Futuresource report, Microsoft remains the global leader in the education market, with 46 percent of the global K-12 education OS market share and six percent year-over-year growth.

It’s also clear educators across the globe are choosing Windows 10 and Office 365 faster than ever before. Even so, there are millions of Windows devices in schools that still qualify for a free* upgrade to Windows 10 from now through July 29.… Visit the author's original post

New research highlights most in-demand job skills

One of the most important and toughest roles every educator plays is preparing students for their next steps. With a mission to empower every student to achieve more, we at Microsoft are constantly evaluating what skills employers are looking for, and how those skills can be effectively delivered – with the help of technology.

A new white paper, Keys to the Future: Align Workforce Readiness Skills to Ensure Student Success helps us deliver on that mission. This research, conducted by IDC, looks at the most in-demand skills in today’s workforce, and the skills needed for tomorrow’s best jobs.… Visit the author's original post

The Office 365 Education Roadmap is now available

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When you make any investment in technology you are investing in a living thing. The pace of development of technology in today’s world is such that improvements and alterations are seemingly continuously available to software, hardware and infrastructure. And with the increasing utilization of the cloud, platforms and tools can be upgraded “on the fly” by the providers without the end users having to break stride.

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Become an Edupreneur today

The world is changing. Fast.

Now more than ever, the education sector needs to adapt and innovate to continually ensure that we are providing the best possible education opportunities for every child, everywhere.

As education leaders, we hear a great deal about “what” needs to change in education and “why,” but we hear very little about “how” to make these changes.  

The reality is that it is often difficult to learn about how to innovate. “Innovation in education” is not a lesson to be taught in one class, or a focus for a special week.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

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

Microsoft announces teacher-inspired updates for Windows, Office, ‘Minecraft’

Tony Prophet, corporate vice president, Education Marketing, Microsoft

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At Microsoft, we’re all in on education!

Our company mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. In education, it’s to empower every student. Today, we’re proud to share the latest on what’s coming for Back-to-School 2016/2017.

Introducing Microsoft Classroom and Microsoft Forms, OneNote Class Notebook now with Learning Management System (LMS) integration, new experiences for Windows 10 and the dawn of “Minecraft: Education Edition” – Get ready!… 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