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:
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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?
Developing and implementing a digital strategy
Being a Microsoft Showcase School is about more than just the use of technology. It is about thought leadership, pioneering practices, and helping others in the community to develop. We are incredibly fortunate to work with so many wonderful schools and colleges who proactively engaging the wider community through various events, opening their doors to welcome other teachers and school leaders in sharing best practices and strategies.… Visit the author's original post
We are pleased to confirm the dates for Microsoft in the Classroom events for this remainder of this academic year.
Hosted by Microsoft Training Academies, these free events offer an exploration into how teaching and learning can be transformed through technology and a 21st Century Curriculum. A delightful day (or half day) that will leave you Inspired to use Microsoft technology in a whole new way!
We have five Microsoft Training Academies dotted around England and Wales, each offering their own insight into how they are using Microsoft technologies are part of their overall digital strategies, and each institution has specialist knowledge and experiences in a variety of different areas.… Visit the author's original post
Teachers in and around Chippenham, Wiltshire, are encouraged to attend an afternoon TeachMeet next week, at nearby Microsoft Showcase School Hardenhuish School. Free to attend, the event runs from 4pm-6pm on Thursday 30th March, and is a fantastic opportunity to learn from and be inspired by other teachers in your local area.
If you’re unfamiliar the concept and traditional format of a TeachMeet, it is very straightforward! Teachers will sign up to deliver short presentations (roughly 3-6 minutes long), that shares a project, a resource or tool that they have used to good effect in their own teaching or administration, that would be useful for other teachers.… Visit the author's original post
Later this month, educators from all over the world will be gathering in Toronto for E2 – Microsoft’s annual Education Exchange!
As well as a chance to celebrate and recognise achievements, over the course of three days more 300 MIE Experts and MIE Fellows will be collaborating, creating and sharing their experiences on how to integrate technology and pedagogy to advance learning, achieve student outcomes, and transform education.
Join in LIVE!
Anyone familiar with the E2 Education Exchange will know that there are elements of the event that are open to all through live streams and online participation, and this year is no different!
Next week we are opening the doors of our Showcase Classroom located in the Microsoft offices in Paddington, London, for an exclusive morning of sessions designed specifically around the use of Surface Hub in education.
Register now for Surface Hub for Education – Thursday 16th February
Combining the familiarity and traditional uses of a digital whiteboard with the same full Windows experience that Surface users are accustomed to, the Surface Hub with its superior inking capabilities and range of applications is broadening the horizon of what is possible – and expected – in the classroom.… Visit the author's original post
The Microsoft Partner Campus is an outward expression of the strong practical and creative two-way bond which exists between Microsoft and their partners, who are regarded as contributors to development as well as the ‘sharp end’ deliverers of solutions.
This year 21 partners, summarised below, have stands in the Campus, and in addition, a number of partners will contribute as speakers in the Campus Theatre.… Visit the author's original post
As the Christmas TV adverts fill our screens and the festive decoration go up, it can only mean one thing: BETT 2017 is nearly upon us.
For the Microsoft education team BETT is a special time of the year where we meet with our broader community, provide a stage for our Showcase Schools and MIEEs to share their stories/best practice and connect with the many Microsoft partners exhibiting at the show.
We will be sharing a more in-depth overview of our plans for the show post-Christmas, but wanted to take this opportunity to give a top level overview of the core themes and focus areas for what we have planned for visitors.… Visit the author's original post
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
On Tuesday, Microsoft Education are heading to Liverpool to attend Innovation in Education: Enhanced learning and engagement through technology, an event designed to get exclusive insights from key policy makers on the following topics:
- Enhance – How can technology be used to enhance the learning environment and improve curriculums?
- Engage – What evidence is there that technology affects student engagement, and how can this evidence be used to create real change?
- Innovate – Why is innovative use of technology, rather than just innovations in technology, so important when it comes to equipping children with the skills for a digital world?
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
Over 4 days next February, more than 2,500 Australian Professional Developers and IT Pros converge on the Gold Coast to preview new technology, build industry skills and be inspired by innovation at Australia’s Microsoft Ignite 2017. It’s an event for the techies, and people obsessed with what they can do with technology. And it’s the chance to meet other people with a similar inquisitive nature. And at the bottom of this post, you’ll find a Microsoft Ignite 2017 promo code for education customers.… Visit the author's original post
Minecraft: Education Edition is a collaborative and versatile platform for learning. Teachers can use it across subjects to encourage 21st century skills like creativity, problem-solving and computational thinking. Get hands-on with the experts for this UK-wide launch event.
We are pleased to be inviting educators to get hands-on with the experts for this UK-wide launch event in Edinburgh on 22nd November 2016, from 10am – 3 pm.
Tuesday 22nd November 2016, 10:00 – 15:30
The Hub, Edinburgh’s Festival Centre
The Hub Castlehill
The day will be a mixture of keynote presentations and workshops, delivered and hosted by educators and games-based learning experts, who all use Minecraft to great effect in their classrooms and beyond.
The Digital Age has been in full swing for decades, but computer science education is still surprisingly absent from public schools: Less than one-quarter of U.S. high schools offer computer science instruction.
To expose students in Southern California to computer science, Microsoft, in partnership with AEG Worldwide, hosted the L.A. Live DigiCamps Extravaganza on October 19 and 20. More than 200 middle school students from diverse schools and education nonprofits across Los Angeles County learned the basics of coding and participated in a hackathon to dream up new technologies.… Visit the author's original post
I know that this blog gets readers from all around the country, and the world, but I’d kick myself if I didn’t share this event, which is going to be just down the road from the centre of Sydney, in Manly
The team at Lakeba and 360dgrees are doing some really smart stuff with 360 degree video and Hololens in a range of industries, including in education (their emerging scenarios for using both in education are fascinating). And on Thursday 17th November, at 6PM, they will be hosting a free evening filled with big ideas and great applications of Microsoft HoloLens.… 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
Next month we have a number of our free Microsoft in the Classroom events being hosted by Microsoft Showcase Schools, providing teachers and school leaders the opportunity to explore with colleagues and UK experts how teaching and learning can be transformed through technology and a 21st Century Curriculum.
The event will include interactive workshops and presentations on OneNote, Windows 10 and Office 365, all within the context of the classroom. Attendees will also be joined by a special guest from Microsoft UK to talk more about the development of technology and the challenges in education at present across the world.
Each time we bring educators around the globe together with a #HacktheClassroom digital event, the community participation gets bigger – and the inspiration gets, well, more inspiring.
On September 24th, Microsoft and our sponsoring partners (including ISTE, Edmodo, BETT, Chalk.com and Steelcase) hosted an action-packed digital event on a global scale. With nearly 15,000 registrants, the event was streamed to more than 5,500 educators watching live – including more than 1,000 at nearly 60 streaming parties. The event was also simulcast by Jeff Bradbury at TeacherCast, bringing even more educators to the virtual table to share innovative best practices.… Visit the author's original post
If you’re reading this before 4pm on Saturday 24th September, there is still time to register for #HackTheClassroom!
#HackTheClassroom is very nearly upon us! We’re all looking forward to tomorrow’s live event hosted by Anthony Salcito, and featuring a fantastic line-up of guest speakers. [Anthony has written a post of his own, ahead of the event – check it out here]. As you should hopefully know by now, the theme of the day is ‘small steps to big impact’, and we already have thousands of educators from all over the world who have registered for the session, to share their own stories and learn new ideas from others.
Guest post by Aaron Maurer, MIE Expert, USA. Connect with Aaron Maurer on Twitter at @coffeechugbooks
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
We’re a little over a week away from #HackTheClassroom, an exciting online live event designed to inspire and enable you to incorporate new ideas and tools into your classroom so your students can achieve more. Thousands of educators from all over world will be coming together for two hours of inspirational professional learning, and hearing from a fantastic line-up of speakers.
And as we close in on the big day itself, we can take a closer look at some of the special guests who will be joining Anthony Salcito for the session next Saturday.… Visit the author's original post
We’re pleased to share another post written by Natalie Burgess, one of four Teacher Ambassadors to recently join our team. Many of you will be familiar with Natalie, through her fantastic work as a #MIEExpert over the years, and you may have even taken part in one of her sessions in the Showcase Classroom section of our stand at BETT 2016.
Earlier this week she was present for an event run at one of our Showcase Schools, and below she shares her thoughts.… Visit the author's original post
Hack The Classroom is back! On Saturday 24th September educators from all over the world will come together to share ideas, experiences, insights and conversation, as the education community as a whole looks to drive further innovation in the classroom through the use of technology.
The theme for this live event will be “small steps to big impact”, and joining host Anthony Salcito is a line-up of exciting industry speakers and trailblazing educators, featuring many hacks created by teachers from around the world.… 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.
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It’s only 4 weeks until the Microsoft Annual Partner Conference in the Gold Coast on the 5th to 8th September 2016. I thought I’d have a good long look at the agenda, and pull out the critical sessions that I think will be invaluable to Microsoft partners who sell into Education – both for this year’s sales, and longer term strategy. There’s nearly 100 different sessions happening during the four day conference, with specific sessions for sales or marketing professionals, directors and strategists.… Visit the author's original post
This summer, YouthSpark is offering computer science camps to help students who are interested in learning coding and game creation skills. YouthSpark Camps get kids of all ages coding, creating games and apps, and having a blast in the process.
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At Microsoft, we are committed to supporting teachers and school leaders with the tools, training and resources they need to improve student learning outcomes and drive change.
From teacher-inspired updates in Office 365 Education, to faster and easier device set-up with Windows 10, we are dedicated to meeting the needs of educators and simplifying their digital experience. And these updates are just the beginning.
This week we’re excited to announce a new collaboration with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) to combine and expand a host of our world-class initiatives to ensure educators and school leaders around the world have access to school planning and professional development resources.… Visit the author's original post
Webvine (http://www.webvine.com.au) are an Office 365, SharePoint and Dynamics CRM consultancy with large and small clients, including a number of education customers in Australia. Next week they are running a breakfast briefing on Thursday 30 June, in our offices in North Ryde, to talk about the examples of school projects they have completed in NSW.
Here’s the invitation details:
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Does your school have disparate systems and a poor ability to communicate easily with staff, students and parents?
For example schools typically struggle with:
- Paper notices – on boards, in schoolbags – everywhere
- Events – where do parents, staff and students find out what’s on and where
- Information held in systems like Moodle and Edumate are isolated
- Lack of collaboration between staff, students and parents
- Being seen as disorganised in the eyes of parents
Join Gold partner WebVine for an Education focused breakfast seminar.