Category Archives: games based learning

Minecraft: Education Edition – UK Launch event 2016 – Register NOW!

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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.


Register now

Tuesday 22nd November 2016, 10:00 – 15:30
The Hub, Edinburgh’s Festival Centre

The Hub Castlehill
Edinburgh
EH1 2NE

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.

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Minecraft: Education Edition given November release date

Games Based Learning is a fantastic way for teachers to engage with students on their own terms, providing an incredibly versatile and flexible environment and medium that allows for new concepts to be introduced and a huge variety of subjects to be covered. Earlier this year at January’s BETT 2016 we were fortunate enough to have Stephen Reid of Immersive Minds – an education consultancy specialising in the use of technology and games-based learning – speaking on our stand all about the innovative ways he has been helping schools to use Minecraft in the classroom.Visit the author's original post

Immersive Engagement in Minecraft: Education Edition

Guest post by Simon Baddeley: Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.

For fifteen years, I have taught English in some of the most economically deprived schools and worked with some of the most disaffected learners that main stream education has to offer. Learners that face significant social, emotional, behavioural and developmental barriers to learning, with low self-esteem and even lower aspirations for their future. My absolute driving educational principle is that education is the key to unlock a world of opportunities beyond the cycle of social and economic deprivation that some of my learners are currently trapped within.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Next Level Learning workshops – November 2015

This week we’re starting to pack our bags, as the team head out to Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia for the free Microsoft Next Level Learning workshops for teachers and school IT managers. There’s a Teacher Track with themes around engaging students, gamification of learning, collaboration and learning analytics, plus a parallel IT Track that delves into the practical IT management issues associated with BYOD, cloud services and analytics. And with keynotes and workshops from Dan Haesler or Bron Stuckey, there will be plenty of opportunities to challenge your own thinking and hear how others see the future.… Visit the author's original post

FREE professional learning workshops coming to a city near you!

Be inspired by new ways of learning with the latest technologies and leave confident to try something new at your school!

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An Hour of Code in 2014 – Ideas for your classroom

Want to join in on all the Hour of Code fun? Simply follow the Hour of Code guide, and pick an activity from some of the ideas below. Enjoy!

Hour of Code is taking place right across the globe this year from 8-14 December. This global movement introduces programming and coding to students and is growing from strength to strength with over 15 million students joining in an Hour of code from schools worldwide last year.… Visit the author's original post