Category Archives: educators

Teaching with a new device this term? View an on-demand webinar to get the most from Windows 10 in the classroom

To help educators get to grips with new devices and get most out them in an educational setting, we have a number of on-demand webinars delivered by trained teachers, Student Ambassadors and Microsoft product experts, aimed at familiarising them with some of the latest accessibility features of Windows 10, as well as closer looks at some of the specific devices from a range OEMs and the Microsoft Surface family of devices.… Visit the author's original post

Teach and tell amazing stories with Sway

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5 ways to use Sway in the classroom

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.

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With Sway, teachers can easily combine text, images, designs, audio, video and more to create and share inspiring lessons.Visit the author's original post

OneNote’s Best of 2016: A year in review including over 36 new reasons to try OneNote

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).
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Seeing really is believing with PowerPoint Designer and Morph

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

The day Microsoft’s CEO met ordinary kids doing extraordinary things from Sydney Secondary College

Satya Nadella meets with kids from Sydney Secondary College

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

Young Scottish students’ countrywide collaboration fuels learning and leadership

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

Young Scottish students’ countrywide collaboration fuels learning and leadership

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

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

MEC Monday: 21st Century Learning Design

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

Connect your classroom to the world: Join Microsoft’s global education Skype-a-Thon

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

Accommodations verses modifications in an inclusive classroom

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

New Learning Tools Help Educators Create More Inclusive Classrooms

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

Teaching students to code: New resources bring creative coding and computational thinking to your classroom

Learn how to unlock your students' creative coding potential!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.

All of that changes with Microsoft’s Creative Coding with Games and Apps (CCGA) curriculum, training and resources. These new tools promote the development of computational thinking skills, and get your students excited about computer science by teaching them how to code in a real software development environment as they design, program and publish mobile apps and games.… Visit the author's original post

Create a Professional Learning Community in 3 Easy Steps with Office 365

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.

Now, Office 365 Education provides an easy to use framework for PLCs that was built on feedback received directly from teachers.… Visit the author's original post

Guest post by Aaron Maurer: What Does Hack the Classroom Means to Me?

Guest post by Aaron Maurer, MIE Expert, USA.  Connect with Aaron Maurer on Twitter at @coffeechugbooksAaron Maurer, MIE in the USA

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

10 great ways to rock back-to-school with Microsoft

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

Announcing Hack the Classroom: Small Steps to Big Impact

Hack is Back. September 24, 2016 from 8:00a.m. to 10:00a.m. PST. #HacktheClassroom

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.

And we’re so excited to do it all again.… Visit the author's original post

The Innovative Educator: A Microsoft in Education Magazine | Issue 2

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:

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Coming Soon: Microsoft and edX partner to offer new professional learning courses for school leaders

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.

Two school leaders taking an online learning course

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

6 Exciting updates to the Microsoft Educator Community

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 school for educators: Find online courses from Microsoft to advance your professional development over the summer

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.

Here are just a few training programs that can help enrich your teaching.… Visit the author's original post

Take your teaching and your school to the next level: Become a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert or Showcase School

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.

If this sounds appealing to you, we’ve got good news.… Visit the author's original post

Introducing the Innovative Educator: A Microsoft in Education magazine

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.  

Whether you’re an educator or school leader, we hope you will find something within the issue that will inform or inspire you, or perhaps even both.Visit the author's original post

Thank You, Teachers!

Happy ‪Teacher Appreciation Week to some of the hardest working people we know!

Thank You, Teachers!

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

Travel around the World this Earth Day with Skype in the Classroom

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.

Earth day 2016

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

Microsoft announces teacher-inspired updates for Windows, Office, ‘Minecraft’

Tony Prophet, corporate vice president, Education Marketing, Microsoft

  Two students using OneNote

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

E 2 Educator Exchange empowered educators to help every student on the planet achieve more

“E 2! E22! E 2!”

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

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

5 ways to motivate different kinds of students with digital learning tools

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.

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