We live in a highly interactive, collaborative and digital world full of colour and life. Student classrooms today need educators ready to design and present memorable, digital, multimedia-learning activities. Sway – from Microsoft and part of Office Online – is an ideal way to engage students and bring education to life in new and exciting ways.
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).
Whether you teach math, science, history or English, there’s no overlooking the impact strong visuals can have on a classroom. Captivating images, graphics and motion effects give life to the material in ways that students find more engaging, more memorable and, quite simply, more fun.
Today, two new PowerPoint tools, Designer and Morph, are making it easier than ever before for teachers and students alike to create polished slides and appealing motion effects with just a few clicks.
If you’re a PowerPoint desktop user, you’ve already got everything needed to start creating captivating presentations with Designer and Morph.… Visit the author's original post
By Pip Cleaves, head teacher, learning innovation, at Sydney Secondary College – Leichhardt Campus
Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt Campus works hard at being future focused by experimenting with new ways to learn that encourage students to dream big. So when we heard we would meet Satya Nadella at the flagship Microsoft Store in Sydney, plenty of them said they were keen to show him what they’ve achieved. We asked students to showcase their ideas so we could decide on two groups to take to the store.… Visit the author's original post
The following post originally appeared on the main Microsoft in Education Blog, and is all about how young learners in Scotland are being empowered to achieve more through the tools found within Office 365, and are connected through Scotland’s nationwide educational web service: Glow. You may also recognise the teacher from the story, Natalie Burgess, who this year joined us as one of our Microsoft Teacher Ambassadors.
You may have seen Natalie on our stand at BETT over the last couple of years where she delivered hands-on sessions to a packed out Showcase Classroom, or more recently as part of our series of teacher-led webinars, which are available on demand.… Visit the author's original post
Through Scotland’s nationwide educational web service Glow, students begin their schooling already connected. Using this portal, more than 16,000 Scottish students and their teachers can draw on resources like Office 365 Education to work together and learn from each other using Yammer and other free Office 365 tools.
When teacher Natalie Burgess began using the tools early in 2015, her Primary 3 students were only six and seven years old, but she had big plans for them. Like any seasoned educator, she started small, handing out cards with the students’ email addresses and log-in information on them.… Visit the author's original post
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.
Regular readers of the Microsoft Education UK Schools Blog will have noticed that we’ve recently started a ‘MEC Monday’ blogs series that each week takes a closer look at one of the CPD courses, resources, lesson plans, activities or tutorials that can be found on the Microsoft Educator Community.
There are many different ways for educators to undertake their own CPD on the MEC, depending on how much time they have available, what skills they already have, and what technologies they are already familiar with.… Visit the author's original post
Are you and your students ready to take an incredible journey? Yes? Then get ready, get set, #Skypeathon!
At Microsoft, we believe the most powerful way to learn is from each other, and when we connect classrooms, we can change the world. That’s why we’re empowering students and educators around the globe to do just that. On November 29th and 30th, Microsoft is hosting is a Global Education Skype-a-Thon. Over 48 hours, participants will contribute to help reach a goal of travelling three million virtual miles.… Visit the author's original post
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
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
Coding – and computational thinking in general — is one of the most in-demand skills in today’s job market, but not so long ago, learning to code was mostly out of reach for late-middle school and secondary students. Coding wasn’t taught in the typical classroom, and educators – unless they had a computer science background – weren’t equipped to teach it.
Educators teach students every day, and just like their students, they also strive to be life-long learners. Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) provide the support educators need to continue to grow new teaching skills with their peers. Groups of educators can work and learn together to improve student achievement through book study, action research, or learning a new best practice through PLCs.
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
t’s back-to-school time again in many parts of the world, and educators are busy getting organized. Below are some new and favorite technology features we offer educators to help make teaching easier and spark student learning, and many any are part of Office 365 Education, which is free for students and teachers.
We are committed to creating immersive and inclusive learning experiences that inspire lifelong learning and essential life skills like communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.… Visit the author's original post
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.
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:
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.
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
oday, we are excited to share with you some very exciting updates to the Microsoft Educator Community. Over the past few months, we have been excited by the growth seen in the MicrosoftEducator Community and have been working ard to collect customer feedback and introduce features to meet he needs of our users. These features ensure a smoother, more intuitive user perience. Today, you’ll find a simplified sign-in process, improved navigation toolbar, and a revamped MIE Certified Badge, in addition to a number of additional features.… Visit the author's original post
Summer is the perfect time for growth and learning for educators and school leaders who want to come back to school in the fall with new ideas on using the latest technology to expand the walls of the classroom.
With online and in-person professional development and training resources, Microsoft makes it easy for you to discover new approaches, try new learning activities, and explore strategies to add to your teaching toolbox with a full suite of professional development opportunities.
Have you ever asked a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert or a Microsoft Showcase School leader what these programs have meant to them? If so, you may have heard words like transformational, inspiring, or even life-changing – all expressed with unbridled enthusiasm.
These visionary educators are not only taking their careers to the next level, they’re at the forefront of education technology innovation. And they’re making a lasting difference for their students, schools and fellow educators.
Welcome to the first edition of The Innovative Educator, a digital magazine that highlights great ideas and projects created by educators and school leaders who are using technology to transform learning for students. The magazine serves as a compendium of innovative teaching ideas from all around the world that are taking place on the Microsoft Educator community, where innovative teaching practices come together to inspire others.
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to some of the hardest working people we know!
Throughout the world, day in and day out, educators like you dedicate their lives to transforming the lives of others. And we want to thank YOU!
Microsoft employees say a special thank you to their favorite teachers:
We know you go above and beyond every day, and we want to work just as hard for you. To help hardworking teachers save time, we offer free professional development all year long.… Visit the author's original post
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.
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
Tony Prophet, corporate vice president, Education Marketing, Microsoft
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
The energy was palpable in the room, an unbelievable buzz in the air as the National Gallery of Hungary was filled with educators from around the world, gathered on the staircase and chanting the name of the event that has shifted their worldview in significant ways during the past three days. As the 240 MIE Experts and Fellows gathered on the staircase for a final snapshot at the Awards Gala, the energy struck everyone in the room.… Visit the author's original post
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
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 anonline 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
Motivation is crucial to learning. Without motivation, students are prone to just memorizing information or crunching for an exam instead of immersing themselves to really learn about the topic. Ideally, with high motivation, surrounded by a culture of learning and supported by a community of experts, students can learn deeply, actively share information, and even create new knowledge. Read ideas on different ways of motivating students with digital learning tools and technologies.
Motivation is crucial to learning. Without motivation, students are prone to just memorizing information or crunching for an exam instead of immersing themselves to really learn about the topic. Ideally, with high motivation, surrounded by a culture of learning and supported by a community of experts, students can learn deeply, actively share information, and even create new knowledge.