Category Archives: Education Leaders

Integrating technology in class for great results: 6 tips from an expert

Technology opens plentiful possibilities for students, but for teachers it can present a unique challenge. New tools should not only engage students and fit seamlessly into lessons, but also add value without taking away from the many “musts” on every teacher’s list.

Eileen Heller, Instructional Technology Trainer and Elementary Innovation Facilitator for Omaha Public Schools (OPS), is responsible for instructional technology training at 21 of Omaha’s 63 elementary schools. As a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE), she sees both challenges and opportunities in bringing technology into the classroom.… Visit the author's original post

A spirited teacher reshapes the computer science classroom for 21st-century makers

Doug Bergman believes computer science is changing. In his view, it’s no longer reserved just for students who want to work in technology. Doug knows a basic understanding of computer science will enable his students to solve tomorrow’s problems in just about any career they choose.

That’s why, as the computer science instructor at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina, Doug invites tiny drones, talking robots, augmented reality and other pieces of the future right into the classroom, encouraging his students to become skilled, 21st-century creators.… Visit the author's original post

A behind-the-scenes story from an educator at Microsoft’s May event

You may have read the reactions in the press, watched the event livestream, or heard from others about the announcements made at Microsoft’s “Learn What’s Next” event, held on May 2nd, 2017, at Center415 in Manhattan. But this is a view from behind the scenes. It’s an account of what I saw in the collaboration across teams and departments, the collective direction, and the attention to detail at the event that spoke loudly to me about the importance and direction of education for Microsoft, as an organization.… Visit the author's original post

TweetMeet on Minecraft: Education Edition – Join us with #MSFTEduChat on May 16

Still reeling from the excitement around the #MicrosoftEDU announcements in New York? We’re here to help you keep the momentum going with our #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet all about Minecraft: Education Edition. On May 16th, during both our 10:00am PDT and 4:00pm PDT sessions, we’ll be discussing game-based learning, the Code Builder news and much more.

If you want to break blocks, write code and explore the world, this is the TweetMeet for you. Whether you’re a seasoned Minecraft player or here to see what all the buzz is about, we’ll be ready to answer your questions, take your suggestions and connect you with others.… Visit the author's original post

A blog leads to big change for students and innovative educator Ross McGill

Ross McGill, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, started blogging about his experiences as a teacher back in 2008. Fast-forward to today and you’ll see his blog, Teacher Toolkit, has been voted the #1 education blog in the U.K. and ranks as one of the world’s top-50 Ed Tech Brands in Education. He and his writers use the platform to inform and train people around the world, helping them improve the school system today and place technology at the forefront of learning.… Visit the author's original post

How to bring the world to your students and support sustainable development

The United Nations is dedicated to promoting cooperation and collaboration at local and global levels, which means it’s fundamentally aligned with what we hope to achieve in modern education. Established in 1945, the UN has dedicated efforts to maintaining world peace, promoting human rights, and protecting the spaces of our world, including our environment.

In 2015, the UN set an agenda in support of sustainable development by the year 2030. Seventeen goals – the Sustainable Development Goals – offer the direction for positive change for people and planet.… Visit the author's original post

An inspired partnership: WE and Microsoft join forces to bring WE Day to more students and schools

Microsoft is proud to partner with WE, an organization that brings people together and gives them the tools to change the world. Microsoft shares that vision and, through its technology, is helping WE accelerate their impact.

I had the privilege of attending WE Day recently in Vancouver, Canada and meeting with co-founder of WE, Craig Kielburger.

As I met with Craig, I learned a great deal more about WE and we discussed some of the ways Microsoft is working with them to expand the WE mission to reach more students and empower youth as a force for inclusion.… Visit the author's original post

For the good of her students, this traditionalist teacher meets the digital age head-on

You’d never know it by seeing how effortlessly she projects polynomials from a tablet to the monitor at the front of her classroom, but Summer Winrotte began teaching as an avowed traditionalist. “I can remember my first year of teaching, saying that I would never be paperless,” she says. As a math teacher, her college course work had to be done with longhand computations, not even a calculator. Summer didn’t see the value of using technology in the classroom.

Today she works to create a more equitable learning environment through paperless technologies by serving as Tecumseh Junior High School’s digital instructional coach.… Visit the author's original post

TweetMeet on devices for student success: Join us for a #MSFTEduChat on April 18

Are you an educator who wants to share your knowledge, or learn more about how you can save time and go paperless in your classroom?

If so, join us for our #MSFTEduChat on Tuesday, April 18th at both 10:00am and 4:00pm PT. In this TweetMeet we’ll be discussing devices for student success and how educators are getting the most out of the resources they have.

Preparing students to triumph in a digital age is no small task, so we’d love to hear how you’re building these skills with your class.… Visit the author's original post

Nominate yourself today: 2017-18 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert recruitment open now until July 15

We are thrilled to announce that the 2017-2018 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) recruitment period is now open!  We are currently seeking educators from around the world to join our next class of MIEEs. The self-nomination period opens April 15 and closes July 15. All self-nominations must be received during this period.

How to nominate yourself

MIE Expert BadgeThe MIE Expert Program is an exclusive program created to recognize global educator visionaries who are using technology to pave the way for their peers in the effective use of technology, for better learning and student outcomes.… Visit the author's original post

An educator’s playful plan to bring true technology integration to the classroom

Jason Holt teaches students how to build games. As an instructional technology specialist, his game design course is a playful piece in a serious plan to connect students – along with his fellow teachers and administrators – to what technology can truly bring to the classroom. And based on the results he’s seeing, this Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert is well on his way to making a difference.

Jason teaches Game Programming and Design, a junior and senior-level computer science course at Newman International Academy in Arlington, Texas (a Microsoft School).… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Innovative Educator Joe Fatheree looks to the future with his students in mind

When we envision the future of education, it’s hard to see us getting there without educators like Joe Fatheree leading the way. A Top 10 Finalist for the Global Teacher Prize and certified Microsoft Innovative Educator, Joe is one of the few who works with policy makers and education influencers around the world and communicates firsthand how the changes they all make affect students in classrooms, each and every day.

“When I work with people at Microsoft, I know directly how what they do is impacting students’ learning not only in my classroom, but in Africa and India and all over the world,” Joe says.… Visit the author's original post

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


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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

One Hour Could Kick Start Your Students’ Coding



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

Taking Tournament of the Minds to a New Level of Connection


– By Aaron Partridge, ACT Director at Tournament of Minds

The Tournament of the Minds is an Australian educational institution that has been promoting the innovative and creative engagement of young Australians for over 25 years.  Students work in teams to solve problems in one of four essential academic disciplines; Social Sciences, Science Technology, Language Literature and Engineering Mathematics.  Students from the same school form teams of 4 to seven, and work together to solve challenges that are both spontaneous and long term. … Visit the author's original post

Join our next #OneNoteQ TweetMeet to Share Your “Best Of 2016 Moments”



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

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

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

Introducing E² Online: Your ticket to attending the E² Global Educator Exchange

Get ready! Join us on March 9 th for Microsoft's E 2 - Educator Exchange . Wherever you are in the world, you're invited. For the first time, we are opening the virtual doors to this amazing event for every educator around the world, all through...(read more)Visit the author's original post

Introducing E² Online: Your ticket to attending the E² Global Educator Exchange

Get ready! Join us on March 9th for Microsoft’s E2 - Educator Exchange. Wherever you are in the world, you’re invited. For the first time, we are opening the virtual doors to this amazing event for every educator around the world, all through an online live stream.

E² is Microsoft in Education’s annual event recognizing and celebrating the achievements of educators who are combining content, pedagogy, and technology in exemplary ways to prepare students for success. When you join E² Online, you will be able to interact with the speakers and educators around the world, participate in E2 Educator Challenge, and leave inspired.… Visit the author's original post

Future Ready Schools: Realizing the Vision Now

This month, the Department of Education published the new U.S. National Education Technology Plan (NETP), guiding schools toward “everywhere, all-the-time learning” and providing examples of transformation, research, and new innovations. At the heart of the NETP is the goal of equity and accessibility. Microsoft’s mission aligns fully with the NETP: we work to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, and empowerment begins with inclusion. Read more.

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Microsoft at BETT 2016: Celebrate new ways of thinking, working and educating

The BETT London event, January 20-23, 2016, is always one of the year's highlights for Microsoft, because it brings us together with over 40,000 school leaders, educators and ministers of education from around the world. At BETT this year, Microsoft will be participating in a wide range of activities, all designed to deliver big change and transformation in learning. In addition, the show will feature inspiring speakers and education experts who will share their insights in keynote speeches and seminars. Join Microsoft at BETT 2016 to share and celebrate new ways of thinking, working and educating.… Visit the author's original post

Transforming education, improving lives

December 10th is the United Nations 2015 Human Rights Day and an ideal time to reflect on the UN's Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education. Microsoft in Education is committed to closing school access gaps with resources that build school, leader and teacher capacity and with programs and resources that advance student learning. One example of our commitment is our partnership with Millennium EDU. Learn 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 to introduce millions of young people to the creativity of computer science. Learn more.

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Big news for whole-school transformation: Announcing our 2016 education change-makers

Today, we’re thrilled to honor the teachers, school leaders and students who are transforming education -- in ways both big and small -- through our 2016 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Showcase Schools, and Student Ambassador programs. These dedicated individuals not only innovate in their own schools and classrooms, they lead by example, bringing their peers from around the globe on the same life-changing journey of transformation.

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Redefining Learning conferences go global, highlight local Showcase Schools

On October 9th, all the Microsoft Showcase Schools in the United Kingdom gathered for the first ever Redefining Learning Conference internationally in the Microsoft office in London. There had been two conferences held previously held in Los Angeles, California and Medina, Washington but this was an opportunity to share the new educator-led conference with to an audience outside the US. The Showcase Schools leaders and Microsoft Innovative Educators embraced it and now there is another conference coming up on December 3 and 4th in Oslo, Norway.… Visit the author's original post

Schools use real-time data to improve learning outcomes and boost graduation rates

Whether schools are using student data – and technology that captures it securely – to easily identify at-risk students, adjust learning strategies for gifted students or help staff spend less time on paperwork, all education stakeholders are reaping the benefits. Microsoft’s integrated IT solutions are helping educators transform learning with critical insights that support student relationship-building – from recruitment through retention, and from first contact to graduation and beyond.

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Bett and Microsoft Join Forces to Empower Education Leaders

We’re thrilled to announce a new global collaboration with Bett that will, over the next three years, deliver inspiring content that promotes innovative, technology-led classroom practices in the UK and around the world. Educator-led sessions will showcase the ideas, practices and technologies that have demonstrated significant impact on educational outcomes, along with inspiring concepts to help develop 21st century skills and find solutions to global challenges. The first of these programs will be rolling out in Mexico City this week. Read more.… Visit the author's original post

Moving the Future of Education Forward: Microsoft Showcase Schools and How to Apply

oD Microsoft Showcase Schools are the best of the best -- where school leaders have a strong vision for change. From that vision comes whole-school transformations, creating innovative learning environments enabled by technology, where...(read more)Visit the author's original post

Microsoft 21st Century Professional Learning Conversation Guide

The Microsoft 21st Century Professional Learning Conversation Guide, presented as a OneNote notebook, is a professional learning process guide for school leaders, head teachers, professional learning coaches, and teachers to collaborate in redesigning and transforming learning. Learn more about the guide and how to download it.

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