Category Archives: Education Highlights

Immersive Reader is now available in Wakelet!

As we announced last month, the Immersive Reader is now available for any app or partner to easily integrate.  One of the first apps to integrate the Immersive Reader is Wakelet, which allows people to quickly and easily save, organize and share content from across the web.  Wakelet is being used across education for bookmarking, digital storytelling, portfolios, saving and sharing resources, newsletters and so much more.

 

Fresh off the Wakelet integration with OneNote, and Share to Teams, Wakelet customers can now access the Immersive Reader to make any Wakelet content more accessible.  Starting today, the Immersive Reader is rolling out to Wakelet customers worldwide.  An example of the Immersive Reader in Wakelet is below.… Visit the author's original post

“Finding real-world connections and making students solution providers always makes learning more engaging and meaningful…”

After more than 20 years as an educator, MIE Expert Preeti Singhal still finds that every day brings new insights. Her take-away? Don’t give up on any child. Instead, figure out an approach that will help that child learn and achieve their potential. “A graduating student came back and said, ‘Ma’am, I have not achieved…

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Use code to mod mobs in the Wild Minecraft Code-a-Thon

We have partnered with Tynker for this summer’s Wild Minecraft Code-a-thon, an eight-week long series of coding challenges themed around biodiversity. Anyone can signup for free. Learn about different animals and habitats, and practice computer science skills to design new mobs, build new environments, create games – all with code!

Excerpted from the Tynker blog:

The biggest event of the summer is here! Tynker and Minecraft have joined forces to bring your child an exciting, adventure-packed 8 weeks of summer with our 4th annual Code-a-Thon!

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The journey that led 16-year-old Maria to program a chatbot

Sometimes one small decision can take your life in a completely different direction – an experience that 16-year-old Maria Šimůnková is very familiar with. Last year she found herself in Athens, among a group of talented girls at a girls in STEM AI bootcamp called ‘Alice presents the future.’ The knowledge she acquired later helped […ellipsis]

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“Reflection is a must with teaching. I have to shift constantly…in my practice, pedagogy, roles, and content.”

When #MIEExpert Michelle Singh was a rookie teacher – still learning the ropes and figuring out how to balance pedagogy, content, and discipline – she quickly understood that technology would play a big role in her approach. “As a classroom teacher, I became technology savvy because my students required it. One of my students taught…

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Immersing students in Mini Melbourne

Mini Melbourne is collaborative project between the Department of Education and Training (DET) and the Metro Tunnel Project to build a virtual city of Melbourne in Minecraft: Education Edition (M:EE), and a series of accompanying Metro Tunnel Education Program resources.

The first of these is the highly immersive and authentic Archaeology Adventure, a world where students become virtual archaeologists working at the Metro Tunnel dig site in Swanston Street.

Everyone working on the project was also really excited to make Mini Melbourne available to millions of Minecraft users around the world by releasing it for Java, Bedrock and Education Edition.

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“Students may not have the opportunity to use technology at home, so as teachers, we are responsible to ensure our students are ready for the future.”

When #MIEExpert Mohd Fadzli Bin Ishak met a Microsoft Learning Specialist in Malaysia last year, he began to see a new world of possibilities for his classroom. Starting with an introduction to OneNote, Bin Ishak embarked on a professional development journey that he continues today. “I spent most of my free time browsing and taking…

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Inspiring the girls of today to become the programmers of tomorrow – how 15-year-old Lili Názer became a developer

At just 15-years-old, Lili Názer can already be described as a veteran developer, having created several smartphone applications and games. Originally wanting to be a doctor, she found her calling in programming, and is now mentoring other girls that are interested in IT, during occasions such as Microsoft’s DigiGirlz events. The purpose of the DigiGirlz initiative is to […ellipsis]

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Share to Teams

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Sharing web content with your students and colleagues in Teams just got a lot easier. Websites can now embed a ‘Share to Teams‘ button, allowing students and teachers to post a link to a channel and teachers to create a class assignment directly from that learning tool.

 

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Wakelet, Buncee, and Kahoot are just some of the places where teachers and students can collaborate to create, curate, and share. With Share to Teams, they can exchange information from their chosen resources within Teams, making for more seamless collaboration.… Visit the author's original post

Schools need more support in teaching with technology

More than 260,000 teachers and 15,000 principals in 48 countries and economies responded to the latest report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Teachers and School Leaders as Lifelong Learners based on the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), released last week in London. Microsoft was proud to partner on the launch of the global study with the OECD, Education Fast Forward, Education Policy Institute and Discovery Education.Visit the author's original post

Every PowerSchool Unified Classroom class now comes with a built-in OneNote Class Notebook

In January 2018, PowerSchool and Microsoft announced an education partnership that brings together PowerSchool’s innovative K-12 technologies with Microsoft Office 365 productivity suite, cloud infrastructure and more, to help ensure all students reach their full potential. One of the outcomes of the PowerSchool and Microsoft partnership is today’s announcement between PowerSchool Unified ClassroomTM and OneNote.

 

OneNote Class Notebook for every class

Starting today, any teacher setting up a class in PowerSchool Unified Classroom will automatically have a OneNote Class Notebook set up and ready to go!… Visit the author's original post

We teamed up with World Wildlife Fund for an interactive science curriculum on biodiversity

We share our planet with millions of different species. This huge variety of animals and plants, and the places they live, is called biodiversity.  The connections between these species form an intricate network that helps to protect us all. Unfortunately, in large part because of human impact, many of these species are at risk of extinction.

In partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), we bring you a new interactive curriculum launching this summer: Extinction! A Biodiversity Crisis. This content pack includes three standards-aligned lesson plans and a purpose-built Minecraft world from the creative minds of Naturebytes, a UK-based collective of technologists and conservation scientists.

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Victoria creates virtual Melbourne in Minecraft, sparks learning transformation

One of the delights of Melbourne is its warren of alleyways and arcades. Victorian educator Stephen Elford wants everyone to help build them all over again – only this time using Minecraft: Education Edition.

Elford is the Victorian Department of Education and Training’s (DET) Digital Learning Coach and has led the development of Mini Melbourne – a virtual rendition of 600,000 square metres of Melbourne, copies of which the State’s schools are downloading by the thousand for its learning potential.… Visit the author's original post

Announcing six features to enhance inclusion and collaboration in Microsoft Whiteboard for education

Student engagement is key to helping students develop and learn, while also maintaining that ever important classroom management. When used effectively, technology can enable great collaborative learning opportunities. However, we (the team behind Microsoft Whiteboard), are aware that using technology can sometimes pose challenges in classroom management. Today, we’re excited to announce six new features in Microsoft Whiteboard for Education designed to promote effective, focused collaboration for all students – and also add a little bit more fun.

 

Microsoft Whiteboard is an app that lets you and your students draw, add notes and charts, write, type, and work together on a freeform digital canvas.… Visit the author's original post

“Students have many different needs, so we need to embrace all the possibilities of teaching with technology.”

For Microsoft Fellow and Skype Master Teacher Mary Collins, prioritizing 21st century skills in the classroom meant leveraging new tools to teach them. And Skype in the Classroom proved to be the tool that brought all those skills together. “As the 21st century learning skills are such a crucial part of our students’ learning, Skype…

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Immersive Reader is coming to an app near you – now partners can use as an Azure Cognitive Service

Just a few years ago, the Immersive Reader was a bold idea in a Microsoft Hackathon focused on using the latest science and research around reading while using inclusive design principles to empower  students of all abilities.  Today, more than 16 million people every month are using it for free, improving their reading and writing comprehension and even their ability to do math problems.

 

Today, we’re thrilled to announce this powerful literacy tool will now be available as an Azure Cognitive Service, allowing third party apps and partners to add Immersive Reader right into their products, starting with the partners below.… Visit the author's original post

Inclusive Classroom round up for Microsoft Education at ISTE 2019

Microsoft Education’s mission is to empower every student on the planet to achieve more.  This mission is founded on inclusive principles and aims to enable 100% of all students. Built-in, mainstream, non-stigmatizing and free!  Coming into ISTE, Microsoft Education is releasing a wave of updates for the Inclusive Classroom.  Today’s round-up of new updates are grouped across reading, writing, math and communication.

 

To better understand the value that the Microsoft 365 inclusive technologies bring to students, educators and schools, we recently commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a Total Economic Impact™ Analysis of Microsoft Accessibility And Assistive Technologies For Education.  To learn more details, check out our recent Tech Community blog title Quantifying the value of Microsoft Accessibility and Assistive Technologies For Education.… Visit the author's original post

What’s New in EDU – ISTE Edition: Announcing new technology to empower inclusive, student-centered learning

In today’s classrooms, diversity is the new norm. By creating student-centered, inclusive learning environments, educators have the flexibility and opportunity to meet the needs of the diverse group of learners in every classroom. Technology has the power to help teachers not only navigate, but also benefit from, their students’ unique learning styles.

In this month’s What’s New in EDU, we’re excited to announce tools and resources to help teachers empower all students to find their voice, grow their confidence and build 21st century skills.… Visit the author's original post

Introducing Simpler Sign-on: a way to sign in to Office 365 with your Google account

 

A new step in bringing Microsoft tools to Google schools

 

We’re excited to announce Customer Preview of simpler sign-on from G Suite to Office 365!  Many G Suite for Education customers have told us that they’d like to use Office 365, but their students have trouble remembering two sets of passwords.  With this new solution, they won’t have to, because they can just sign in to Office 365 using their Google credentials, and work side by side in Google Classroom and their Office apps! 

 

We’re at the beginning of an exciting new journey to bring Office 365 to Google school districts.  We’re starting by rolling out support in the United States for two of our most popular Education experiences – OneNote and Immersive Reader.… Visit the author's original post

Getting Started documentation and videos for partners using Immersive Reader as a Cognitive Service

Today we launched Immersive Reader as a Cognitive Service, to enable people of all abilities with reading.  The Immersive Reader can be easily and quickly integrated into all app (Win10, iOS, Android), sites, or content providers.

 

For partners or developers interested in getting started, we have a set of helpful resources you can use to get up and running.

 

Documentation and SDK

 

Short 15 minute getting started videos for partners and developers

  1. Part 1 – Intro to Immersive Reader and overview
  2. Part 2 – Quick start sample code walk through
  3. Part 3- Advanced sample code walk through

 

We hope you enjoy working with Cognitive Services and integrating our new Immersive Reader!

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Microsoft and Code.org announce the CS Discoveries Curriculum delivered in a OneNote Class Notebook

Code.org is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities.  Geared towards 6-10th graders, its CS Discoveries course empowers students to create apps, games, and web pages and engage with computer science as a medium for creativity, communication, problem solving, and fun. Now, with the integration of CS Discoveries and OneNote, students can reflect their own learning in a personal way and record their growth through journaling – one of six key instructional strategies used in the course – and teachers can provide feedback in multiple ways to students.… Visit the author's original post

Classroom experience updates coming to Minecraft: Education Edition for Back to School 2019!

Minecraft has proven to be an inclusive learning tool since teachers first started using the game in their classrooms, helping students develop communication and collaboration skills in a familiar, fun, digital environment. Educators say Minecraft: Education Edition empowers them to meet students where they are, and encourages learners’ confidence. “I think the greatest value that a product like Minecraft brings to any school district is that it breaks the monotony and routines that can happen in a school environment,” explains Bobby Blount, Chief Technology Officer for Cherokee Country Schools.

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Closing the distance between the International Space Station and the classroom

Celebrating eight new lesson plans from Microsoft Education in partnership with NASA

 

 

Recently, my mom gave me a box of papers from my childhood, and I discovered—preserved among the mementos, letters and drawings—a copy of Time Magazine’s “To The Moon Special Supplement” (July 18, 1969) and the front section of the New York Times from July 20, 1969. I couldn’t believe that I had forgotten these treasures.

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Highlights from the May Monthly Student Challenge: Student-Designed Space Stations

Last month for our Global Student Build Challenge, in partnership with NASA, we invited students to visit the International Space Station in Minecraft. Students were encouraged to design a new module for the Space Station and describe what hypothetical scientific experiments they would run.

Thank you to everyone who participated! As promised, we’re sharing some of the amazing creations that were posted on social media below. Check out creative students flexing their problem solving skills while investigating farming in space, how to paint without gravity, and if trampoline would work as a form of transport on the space station!

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30 summer updates for OneNote and Class Notebooks

As the school year comes to a close in many parts of the world and districts begin planning professional development, we’re excited to announce a wave of OneNote and Class Notebook improvements based on all of the feedback that we’ve been hearing 👂 as we work with amazing educators and students around the world 🌎

 

OneNote Class Notebook

We’ve heard your feedback loud and clear, and have brought more of your favorite Class Notebook features to other versions of OneNote.… Visit the author's original post

Where to find Minecraft: Education Edition at ISTE 2019

Our Minecraft team is excited for another ISTE, and the opportunity to showcase exciting new features and classroom activities for Minecraft: Education Edition! We will be running demos, workshops and challenges on June 23-26 in Philadelphia with Microsoft Education. Learn more about how Microsoft Education is showing up at ISTE in this blog and sign up for sessions using the links below.

MIE Minecraft Academy (Convention Center, Room 203)

During this one-day teacher academy on June 23, learn how to play, code and teach with Minecraft: Education Edition, and create lessons you can take back to your students.

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Next Generation Washington: 2019 legislative session recap

Earlier this year, I shared Microsoft’s 2019 Washington state legislative priorities as part of our practice to engage constructively on important regional issues. Since then, a lot has happened, and I thought it was a good time to provide an update on where we landed on the issues we feel are important for the future of the state.

Washington made some great strides this session on issues like higher education funding, affordable housing and rural broadband — but some important initiatives, including the adoption of consumer data privacy protections, did not get completed and will need to be addressed in the next session.… Visit the author's original post

“It is necessary to link learning with real-life situations in order to better prepare students for their work in the future.” – Snežana Bogavac Mihajlović, Serbia

Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Snežana Bogavac Mihajlović wasn’t always a teacher, and the real-world work experience she gained before going into education informs the way she teaches today. “I am a graduated electronics engineer, and before I became an ICT and computer science teacher, I worked in Research and Development,” Mihajlović shares. “Maybe because of…

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Microsoft Helpful Resources for Educators

Empowering every educator and student to achieve more with the best Microsoft resources, training and tips for education.

 

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“Learning technology can be converted into a tool that promotes inclusion, lifelong learning, collaboration, empathy, and community bonding.” – Dimitris Primalis, Greece

A decade ago, MIE Expert Dimitris Primalis learned a vital lesson about the power of student-centered learning. When a hearing-impaired student was lagging further and further behind her classmates, Primalis realized he had to step in. “I knew that I had to boost her confidence by giving her extra practice in a very discreet way,…

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