Category Archives: Education Highlights

Reimagining Chemistry with Minecraft: Education Edition

With the recent introduction of the Chemistry Update for Minecraft: Education Edition, there has been no better time to expose your Chemistry students to a new dimension of learning. Discover the building blocks of matter, combine elements into useful compounds and Minecraft items, and conduct amazing experiments with new lessons and a downloadable worlds from the Minecraft: Education Edition Community.

With a global focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in schools, the Minecraft Education Team have been inspired to integrate Chemistry features and functions into Minecraft: Education Edition.… Visit the author's original post

This maths teacher’s mistakes help high-achieving students to learn

The Microsoft Innovation Educator (MIE) Expert program connects high-potential teachers across Australia – and from around the world – to share their vision and expertise in applying technology to the classroom. We caught up with Jarrad Strain, Maths Teacher at Perth Modern School, to hear about how digital technology has helped extend his gifted and talented pupils–and prepare them for a high-performing future in STEM.

Jarrad, how have you used technology to engage your students in the maths curriculum?

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Has this educator discovered the secret to getting girls excited about STEM?

The Microsoft Innovation Educator (MIE) Expert program connects high-potential teachers across Australia – and from around the world – to share their vision and expertise in applying technology to the classroom. In this MIE Expert profile, we talk to Tobias Hogg of Kardinia International College about encouraging female students to pursue their interests in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) through a host of less-than-conventional ways.

Tell us a bit about your role, and where technology fits into your approach to teaching.

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Episode 1: IT IQ Series – Every class should teach collaboration. Here’s how.

Summary: Collaborative skills play a vital role in students’ prospects. Educators can use digital platforms to develop those skills no matter what subject they’re teaching.

Do our classrooms encourage collaboration? They certainly ought to: research suggests that highly-skilled jobs in Australia require higher degrees of collaboration than ever before, particularly as the workforce becomes increasingly digitised. On average, professionals with higher collaborative tendencies are worth around $2000 more per year to businesses than those who struggle to work with others–yet around 45% of employers can’t find people with sufficient communication skills to fit their needs.… Visit the author's original post

My advice for other teachers: “Learn to play, and play to learn”

The Microsoft Innovation Educator (MIE) Expert program connects high-potential teachers across Australia – and from around the world – to share their vision and expertise in applying technology to the classroom. We sat down with Marianne Grasso, Assistant Principal of Bonnyrigg Public School, to find out how she’s driven digital learning and IT adoption in one of Sydney’s lower socioeconomic areas.

Marianne, you initially encountered Microsoft OneNote a couple of years ago. What potential did you see in it at the time?

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Ramón Rodríguez Galán: Upskilling Spain’s teachers with technology

Standing on the sidelines of a junior basketball game, a sudden realization hit Ramón Rodríguez Galán – like a ton of bricks. While most people cannot pinpoint the exact moment they decide their future career, Ramón, a math, technology and Spanish language teacher at Maristas Mediterránea in Seville, remembers as … Read more »

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Coding with Cumberland High School!

Coding with Cumberland High School!

This is a guest blog from Martin Andrews from Cumberland High School who has been using Microbits with his students to code on the Microsoft platform.

Microsoft’s Academic Programmes Manager, Dan Bowen visited the school on Tuesday and inspired me to try some coding with my students.

The Year 11 Music class were met with a worksheet and a MicroBit. The worksheet contained some simple code that represented a bar of music. Students had to analyse the music and the code and then work together ‘unlock’ the mysteries of the code that represents music.… Visit the author's original post

Coding with Cumberland High School!

Coding with Cumberland High School!

This is a guest blog from Martin Andrews from Cumberland High School who has been using Microbits with his students to code on the Microsoft platform.

Microsoft’s Academic Programmes Manager, Dan Bowen visited the school on Tuesday and inspired me to try some coding with my students.

The Year 11 Music class were met with a worksheet and a MicroBit. The worksheet contained some simple code that represented a bar of music. Students had to analyse the music and the code and then work together ‘unlock’ the mysteries of the code that represents music.… Visit the author's original post

Coding with Cumberland High School!

Coding with Cumberland High School!

This is a guest blog from Martin Andrews from Cumberland High School who has been using Microbits with his students to code on the Microsoft platform.

Microsoft’s Academic Programmes Manager, Dan Bowen visited the school on Tuesday and inspired me to try some coding with my students.

The Year 11 Music class were met with a worksheet and a MicroBit. The worksheet contained some simple code that represented a bar of music. Students had to analyse the music and the code and then work together ‘unlock’ the mysteries of the code that represents music.… Visit the author's original post

Mirela Tanc: Preparing Romania’s children for the world of tomorrow

For Mirela Tanc, a secondary school teacher at Oltea Doamna in Oradea, Romania, teaching is more than just a job – it’s a passion that has defined her entire life, over her 20-year career. “As a child, I saw how much pleasure teaching gave my parents, and I knew that’s … Read more »

The post Mirela Tanc: Preparing Romania’s children for the world of tomorrow appeared first on Microsoft News Centre Europe.… Visit the author's original post

This teacher’s getting her students to design their own games. Here’s how.

The Microsoft Innovation Educator (MIE) Expert program connects high-potential teachers across Australia – and from around the world – to share their vision and expertise in applying technology to the classroom. In the first of our MIE Expert profiles, we talk to Laura Bain of Springfield Anglican College about how she’s turned ICT into a vehicle for student creativity – and gotten parents sold on digital learning in the process.

Tell us a bit about your background, and where you feel technology can help students most.

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My advice for other teachers: “Learn to play, and play to learn”

The Microsoft Innovation Educator (MIE) Expert program connects high-potential teachers across Australia – and from around the world – to share their vision and expertise in applying technology to the classroom. We sat down with Marianne Grasso, Assistant Principal of Bonnyrigg Public School, to find out how she’s driven digital learning and IT adoption in one of Sydney’s lower socioeconomic areas.

Marianne, you initially encountered Microsoft OneNote a couple of years ago. What potential did you see in it at the time?

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Experience everything that Microsoft Education has to offer at Bett 2018

There are plenty of ways to interact and learn during your time at Bett, and the Microsoft Education Campus is divided into specific areas to help you easily find information, guidance, hands-on training, and experiences related to what matters the most to you and your institution. We are now pleased to share details of what is happening on the Microsoft Education Campus (stand E300), the different sessions and workshops available for free throughout the whole show, partner expertise and the many speakers dotted around the show.… Visit the author's original post

Next Generation Washington 2018

Last January, we published for the first time a blog that outlined the positions Microsoft would be advocating as we walked the halls of our state capitol in Olympia. As we pointed out, public interest groups had called for greater transparency by companies, and we had concluded that they made a good point. People seemed to appreciate last year’s publication, so we’re taking the same step this year.

We appreciate the hard work and personal sacrifices our state legislators make each year.… Visit the author's original post

Today in Technology: The top ten tech issues for 2018

Over the past six months we’ve written in our Today in Technology series about historical tech developments and the insights they provide for our current day. As the calendar flips to 2018, we are looking back at the top tech issues of the last year, offering our perspectives for the coming 12 months, recapping what we’ve learned, and sharing how Microsoft is helping to address these issues. The following are our top 10.

  1.   CYBERSECURITY: From WannaCry and electoral attacks to a Digital Geneva Convention
  2.   IMMIGRATION: From the travel ban to DACA to the green card backlog
  3.   TECHNOLOGY FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES: Ensuring a fair shot for everyone
  4.   DIVERSITY AND TECH: A watershed year
  5.   PRIVACY AND SURVEILLANCE: More milestones in an eventful decade
  6.   AI AND ITS ROLE IN SOCIETY: The future of technology
  7.   SUSTAINABILITY AND THE PARIS ACCORD: The U.S.
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Driven: Irish Inventors Aim to Make the Roads Safe – James McNamara, Ireland

Driven: Irish Inventors Aim to Make the Roads Safe – James McNamara, Ireland

To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on March 16, 2012.

They call it “Project Hermes” after the Greek god who protects travelers. They believe their technology will help reduce road traffic accidents, and they’re not the only ones: Team Hermes – James McNamara, Aine Conaghan, Matthew Padden and Calum Cawley – won the top prize in software development at the Global Imagine Cup in New York.… Visit the author's original post