Category Archives: education

Disruptive Technologies – What’s Now and Next for Education at EduTech Australia 2017

Just a few minutes ago, I finished speaking at the EduTech Conference in Sydney about the impact of disruptive technologies on education. Months ago, I’d agreed to talk in a phone call with a colleague, and because I was overseas travelling at the time, they had provided the conference organisers with a synopsis that was fairly brief and seemed to cover every emerging technology you could imagine:

Disruptive Technologies – What’s Now and Next for Education at EduTech Australia 2017

“With the advent of powerful cloud computing and changing environments, how will emerging and future technologies impact on school based IT, teaching, learning and even buildings and learning spaces?

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Microsoft empowers educators and students creating tomorrow’s world

Digital technologies, the cloud, intelligence and analytics, mixed reality and truly engaging learning platforms have the capacity to transform the digital experience for every teacher, student, school, college and university.

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At Microsoft we understand that one of our most important tasks is to empower students and educators with the tools, experiences and insights to create tomorrow’s world.

Technology helps democratise educational opportunity, and in tandem with dedicated administrators, committed teachers, motivated students and involved parents and communities it can spark creativity and help build a passion for lifelong learning.… Visit the author's original post

EdTech 2020 Agenda – London Tech Week

On Tuesday 13th June at London Tech Week we will be presenting ‘Edtech 2020’ – half a day in which we will seek to debate and showcase the key trends, strategies and technologies that are going to be driving change in the classroom over the next 3 years. Joining the Microsoft product experts on the speaker schedule are a number of industry leaders, and the live demos from schools, colleges and universities will provide an opportunity to see first-hand how these technologies are being used in practice.… Visit the author's original post

How Pilbara Group is helping Australian universities turn knowledge into insight

Guest blog post from Lea Patterson, President & CEO, Pilbara

Students in 2017 - 2 of these are likely to leave by 2018

In any society, the availability of high-quality, affordable education not only determines the prosperity of that country’s knowledge economy, but also its future viability as a key player in our digital world.

This is one of the key reasons why I’ve always been of the belief that everyone, regardless of geography, social or economic status, is entitled to a good education.

Bringing this vision to life is what drives the work we do at Pilbara – an Australian-based global consultancy and software company working with universities and colleges to ensure their courses and programs are sustainable and accessible to all.… Visit the author's original post

Driving decisions through data in Australia’s Higher Education sector

Students in 2017 - 2 of these are likely to leave by 2018

Did you know the current university attrition rate sees one-in-five students leave their course in the first year – resulting in $3.5 billion of lost student lifetime value across the student lifecycle? And that one-in-three university students fail to complete the course they enrolled in within six years of beginning it?

Both trends are impacting Australia’s current higher education sector, and have the potential to adversely impact our country’s future economic prosperity considering fewer skilled graduates are entering the workforce.… Visit the author's original post

Future-proofing and expanding students horizons at Toowoomba Christian College

Alison-JamesWe all have that one special teacher who we recall had a big impact on us, someone who helped shape our future through their dedication, encouragement and most of all, confidence in us when we were faltering.

One such mentor is Alison James, Specialist Computer Studies Teacher from Toowoomba Christian College in Queensland.  Founded in 1979, the school is a P-12 co-educational school with over 700 students.

Alison’s dedication, paired with her students hard work has recently seen 4 pupils from the school compete in the Queensland State Microsoft Office Specialist Championships.… Visit the author's original post

Find out What’s New in Microsoft EDU for May

What’s new in Microsoft Education for May?

We know educators and school leaders are always looking for the latest product updates to keep productivity, teaching, and learning maximised for their students. With that feedback in mind, we recently launched a Facebook Live video series with Teacher Ambassador Megan Townes, to recap key product and feature updates across all of the Microsoft Education communities and products, including Windows 10 devices, Office 365, Minecraft: Education Edition, Intune for Education, and more that our education customers can use every day.… Visit the author's original post

WEBINAR: Explore Windows 10 in Education: Innovations for deployment and use in schools

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. As part of that mission, we believe technology can be used as a tool to empower students and teachers to create the world of tomorrow.  And at the heart of this mission, is Windows 10, which provides a powerful platform for learning. To learn more about Windows 10 in Education, join Senior Product Manager Craig Ashley for a webinar that takes a detailed look at features and functionality that are great for teachers, students and IT professionals within Education… Visit the author's original post

“Our students need to find their place in this new digital environment and be ready for the new challenges.” – Stefan Malter, Germany 

Stefan Malter
University Lecturer/Chief Editor
Technical University of Dortmund/nrwision – TV learning channel
Dortmund, Germany
@StefanMalter

Before becoming a university lecturer, Stefan Malter worked as a television journalist. But he always felt the need to give something back, to offer his knowledge to those who might appreciate his experience.

“When I got the chance to become a media trainer and give workshops as a second job, it felt like two worlds merging: my professional creative and productive urge on the one hand – and my purpose to teach and educate future journalists and interested citizens on the other,” Malter shares with us.… Visit the author's original post

OneNote Class Notebook updates include read-only parent or guardian access and Collaboration Space permissions

The following post originally featured on the Office Blog, and details the new updates to the OneNote Class Notebook.


Over the last year, our team has been working with and listening to educators to learn how they are using OneNote Class Notebooks. We are continuously impressed by the passion and creativity of teachers and students who are using our tools. A common theme we heard was how OneNote continues to save teachers time and enhance collaboration in the classroom.… Visit the author's original post

De Pedagogics is now Microsoft in Education Global Training Partner

Very happy and proud to share that De Pedagogics is now Microsoft in Education Global Training Partner.

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You can connect with us to book training sessions here
https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/education/training-and-events/trainers/default.aspx

Thank you all for placing your trust in us. We hope to continue nurturing education and bringing you the best experiences.

We are all set to spread our wings!


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David Atkinson’s Skype Interview. By Noah.

We have once again Skype interviewed a great author! This time, it was the poet David Atkinson, an inspiring Irish author. Through a short Skype interview, he has presented himself, his life, his art and his philosophy. Accompanied by a journalist from the “Journal Du Dimanche”, and a photographer, a lucky half of our class have experienced this delightful moment.
A few questions we asked him:
What is poetry to you?
- A poem to me is a creation, art, “the best words in the best order”.… Visit the author's original post

Cathi Unsworth’s Skype Interview with my students. By Lila.

Curled light blonde hair with a swirl of black held with red and green barrettes… an amazing author answered our questions, while France 3’s TV crew filmed our every move. Another great Skype interview, this time with the charismatic Cathi Unsworth.
"How do you come up with the titles of your novels?"
“Most of them come from songs”, she told us.
"What message do you try to convey through your stories?"
She speaks up about what the bullies make others go through, she wants to spread tolerance.… Visit the author's original post

#TheFeed – Digital Literacy in 21st Century, by Sonia Blanford

The following post features in the most recent issue of #TheFeed, our online magazine bringing you the best stories from Microsoft Showcase Schools and #MIEExperts, thought leadership, and news from the Microsoft in Education team. This piece is written Sonia Blanford – a certified Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and Founder & CEO at Achievement for All – and explores the upcoming changes in Education and the continuing effects this will have on society as a whole.

Head over to SlideShare to browse all the latest stories from this edition of #TheFeed:


#TheFeed – Digital Literacy in 21st Century, by Sonia Blanford

The wider deployment and effective use of ICT is pivotal in the changing global world of the future.… Visit the author's original post

“With OfficeMix I was able to give voice to my students.” – Emie Baylon, Philippines

Emie C. Baylon
Education Technology Coordinator, Economics and Political Science Teacher
De La Salle Santiago Zobel School
Philippines
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When Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Emie Baylon and I spoke recently at BETT Asia, she enthusiastically shared how technology has converted students who were once “bored” into engaged, life-long learners.

“With OfficeMix and with Sway, I was able to make my class into an engaging one,” says Baylon.

And while technology is one part of Baylon’s teaching toolkit, it’s not the only reason her classroom is successful.… Visit the author's original post

Getting Started with Microsoft Forms

If you haven’t’ looked at Microsoft Forms lately, you really need to check it out.  Microsoft has add a lot of new features and optimization to make forms one of the best free assessment tools a teacher can use.  Forms is super easy to get started using, especially if you have used Google Forms.  In fact, the layout makes you feel right at home if you are a Google forms user.  Now you might ask, “Why would i use Microsoft forms instead of Google forms?”  That’s actually a pretty good question. … Visit the author's original post

#TheFeed – How good might our leadership be? By Merlin John

The following post features in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of #TheFeed, our online magazine bringing you the best stories from Microsoft Showcase Schools and #MIEExperts, thought leadership, and news from the Microsoft in Education team. This piece is written Merlin John – a widely respected journalist known for his expertise in education and ICT – and explores the vital role that leadership plays in enhancing children’s learning, and ways to transform your school to through the use of technology.

Head over to SlideShare to browse all the latest stories from this edition of #TheFeed:


#TheFeed – How good might our leadership be?

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Day 4 @ BETT 2017 – Hacking STEM in the Maker Space

So as the final announcements ring out over the public address system, the shutters come down at the ExCel, and the weary legs and feet of exhibitors and visitors alike carry us all home, BETT 2017 draws to a hugely successful close. We hope you’ve enjoyed coming to our stands and seeing all of our connected speakers across the show floor, but most importantly we hope that you leave BETT 2017 with some inspiration and confidence for new classroom ideas and digital transformation in your place of learning.

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How to install Microsoft Classroom in Office 365 Education

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Microsoft Classroom is a free service for managing all classes and assignment workflows for teachers and students, which is available in Office 365 Education. In addition to the web service built into Office 365 Education, there are also iOs and Android apps for your students to get easy access from any of their devices.

 

imageLumagate, one of our Microsoft Education Partners in Norway has written a brilliant guide to deploying Microsoft Classroom (in both English and Norwegian). I know that many Australian customers will find this guide handy, as it steps through every single part of the process to install Microsoft Classroom into your Office 365 Education tenant.… Visit the author's original post

BETT 2017 Announcements: School Data Sync, Intune for Education and Windows 10 Devices

Once again we find ourselves in BETT week, and it just wouldn’t be the same without some exciting announcements, specifically for our education customers!

Earlier this week it was announced that School Data Sync (SDS), our online classroom automation solution, is moving from preview to general availability, and today we are pleased to share information about Intune for Education, as well as new lost cost Windows PCs for schools.

Please find us on Stand E310 all week at BETT 2017 to talk to us about anything in this post, or read the full announcements linked below.

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BETT 2017 Guest Post: Acer – “Exploration through technology is a right, not a privilege”

The next post in our Microsoft Partner guest blog series for BETT 2017 comes from Acer. With 40 years of experience, Acer is well suited to meeting the needs of modern educational institutions, to enable teachers and students to create new ways of interacting by providing reliable and easy-to-use solutions they can trust. Find Acer at BETT 2017 on stand B109.


Exploration through technology is a right, not a privilege

What technology companies needs to do to address education needs in primary, secondary and university education

By Preben Fjeld – Acer UK Country Manager

I am sure we would all agree that the priority of education is to help students to become independent and creative thinkers by providing them with the resources they need to succeed on the journey.… Visit the author's original post

BETT 2017 Guest Blog: NetSupport – “There’s an easier way to manage school technology”

The next post in our series of BETT 2017 partner-penned blog articles comes from NetSupport. With over 27 years’ development experience in the education sector, NetSupport demonstrates how it can provide schools with the complete solution to manage and monitor school IT easily and effectively.

Click here to Learn more about what NetSupport will be showcasing at BETT 2017, or visit them on stand D118 this week.


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Theres an easier way to manage school technology…

With the increasing amount of technology in schools today, many schools struggle to maintain and manage their IT assets, keep students focused in ICT classrooms, and safeguard students using school technology.… Visit the author's original post

BETT 2017 Guest Post: TeacherIn – “Shaking up the recruitment space to better support learners”

Continuing our series of guest posts from Microsoft Partners exhibiting at BETT 2017, we have a contribution from another partner who can be found in the Microsoft Partner Campus. TeacherIn is the app saving schools thousands on agency fees and ensuring they have the most effective supply teacher in place. The TeacherIn team will be in the Microsoft Partner Village (C300), talking to schools about how they can transform their recruitment processes, and save money.


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Agency Domination – Change is here

Shaking up the recruitment space to better support learners

The world of the supply teacher is in the main dominated and dictated by recruitment agencies.… Visit the author's original post

Office365 Summit @ Guangzhou, China

Insightful speaking and presenting experience at #Office365Summit held at Guangzhou, China for educators and school leaders from international schools across China, hosted by by @21CLInternational at American International School, Guangzhou, China

Held 3 sessions on:
– Personalised Learning for Diverse Learners using Learning Tools in #OneNote
– Redefine Learning with #Microsoft Classroom in Office 365
– Stay connected with #Yammer

Spoke about ‘Power Up your #PowerPoint’ during conference TeachMeet

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Microsoft School Event @ Welham Boys’ School

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Welham Boys’ School, Dehradun in partnership with De Pedagogics, would like to invite your teachers to Microsoft School Event for a walk through and hands-on experience of Microsoft enabled learning environment on January 25th, 2017.

This is a training event for the educators designed to give them an insight into the latest trends in education. The focus being, ‘Teaching with technology using Microsoft tools’ to enhance their ability to create, share, collaborate, and present information both inside and outside of the classroom using OneNote, Sway, Forms and OfficeMix.Visit the author's original post