Category Archives: Hacking Education

TweetMeet on Hack the Classroom: Join #MSFTEduChat on June 20th

The Hack is Back – and so are we! We’re teaming up with educators to bring a special Hack the Classroom themed #MSFTEduChat to your timelines on June 20th at 10:00 a.m. PDT and 4:00 p.m. PDT. Whether you’re a seasoned Hack the Classroom participant, attending live at ISTE or new to it all, this Tweetmeet is a great way to prepare. We’ll be discussing the best classroom hacks, swapping best practices and collaborating on new ones. Join the conversation and share your expertise, or come to ask questions and get ideas from others.… Visit the author's original post

Extra Credits: Tune in to Imagine Cup, July 27, as student developers compete for over $200,000 in prizes

Extra Credits rounds up the latest stories on innovative educational endeavors coming from other parts of Microsoft and the world. This entry highlights the upcoming Imagine Cup, in which more than 50 teams of student developers descend upon the Microsoft campus in Redmond to show their vision for the future and compete for more than $200,000 in prizes.

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Fifteen years ago, when Microsoft first launched Imagine Cup, the premise was simple: create a global innovation competition to inspire the brightest young minds in the world to bring their boldest ideas to life with technology.

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Plan lessons and stay organized with these 6 tricks for Microsoft Edge

On Friday afternoon, when most teachers head home for the weekend, it’s already time to plan out the next week. Having spent the previous few days supporting our students and supporting our colleagues, we take the time to support ourselves. In just a few minutes before I leave for the day, I prepare items to help me have a smooth start on Monday. I’ve been using the latest Microsoft Edge enhancements at home to accomplish that for a while, but now that I have them at school through the Windows 10 Creators Update … I’m hooked!… Visit the author's original post

Join educators from around the world as we Hack the Classroom on June 27

On June 27th at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, we will be bringing together educators from around the world to Hack the Classroom.

This year’s Hack the Classroom event will be streaming live from the floor at ISTE, bringing thousands of educators from around the world the latest tips and tricks to empower students to create the world of tomorrow. Join us June 27th, from 5:30pm CDT to 7:30pm CDT, for an exciting, online, live event to help ignite new ideas and show you what’s possible when you bring technology into the classroom.… Visit the author's original post

Learn what’s next with Microsoft Education at ISTE 2017

Microsoft Education at ISTE 2017 | June 25-28, 2017 | San Antonio, TX

 

On May 2nd, the team at Microsoft Education shared its vision for helping empower students of today to create the world of tomorrow. We plan on bringing all that excitement to the ISTE Conference and Expo this year, spread across 140 teacher talks and through a new hands-on interactive experience room at the event. We’ll also have sessions to include those who can’t attend (#notatISTE), along with new developments from Hack the Classroom and the ever-growing worlds of Minecraft: Education Edition.… Visit the author's original post

4 hacks for Word 2016 to save you time authoring documents

If there’s one thing we Microsoft engineers have learned in our dialogue with teachers, it’s that each and every one cares deeply about the success and well-being of their students. Helping give educators back a few precious minutes of their day, spent in one of the most demanding, time consuming, and hectic professions in the world, is the least we can do.

We have four easy tips – or hacks, if you prefer – for Microsoft Word below, and we believe they’ll save you minutes every day during your lesson planning, classroom organization, grading, assignment creation and more. … Visit the author's original post

A spirited teacher reshapes the computer science classroom for 21st-century makers

Doug Bergman believes computer science is changing. In his view, it’s no longer reserved just for students who want to work in technology. Doug knows a basic understanding of computer science will enable his students to solve tomorrow’s problems in just about any career they choose.

That’s why, as the computer science instructor at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina, Doug invites tiny drones, talking robots, augmented reality and other pieces of the future right into the classroom, encouraging his students to become skilled, 21st-century creators.… Visit the author's original post

Educators use predictive analytics to help at-risk students

Data is woven into every aspect of our lives. Though you may not be familiar with the math or algorithms that govern predictive analytics, their impact can nevertheless be seen and felt in education.

What if there were a way to harness this intelligent technology and use it in classrooms? What if data about students’ habits, patterns, and performance could be used to predict which of them are at risk of falling behind their classmates, and to empower teachers to intervene and help prevent that from happening?… Visit the author's original post

How teachers can check student work for plagiarism in Word with Copyleaks

Suspecting a student of plagiarism is never an ideal situation, no matter if you’re the teacher or the student. According to Plagiarism.org, one in three high school students stated they plagiarized an assignment using the internet. In another survey of 24,000 high school students, 58 percent admitted to plagiarizing, and 95 percent admitted to cheating in some form, including on tests or copying homework.

Simultaneously, one of the biggest priorities as a teacher remains saving time, while still giving 100 percent attention to the grading and reviewing process.… Visit the author's original post

5 tips for collaboration in Professional Learning Communities

Teachers are busy people. They must keep up to date with changes in their curriculum, teaching and learning styles, and continue their own learning path. Getting help from peers and leveraging each other’s best practices can be a big time saver.

That’s why educators can form Professional Learning Communities (PLC) to work together and to improve their professional skills and teaching methods. The communities encourage a culture of collaboration between their members. PLCs often extend their networks beyond their originating schools, to educators from other schools, other communities and even other countries.… Visit the author's original post

How to reimagine the writing process with Microsoft in Education

Successful writers are not born.  They learn by doing.  They develop, practice, reflect.  They receive feedback and grow.  It’s a process.  Teaching students the process is as important as the technical components of writing.  The process helps students learn how to grow from a good writer to a great one.

In my seventeen years, teaching the writing process has slowly evolved with the use of technology. Only now, instead of small modifications in the process, the writing process itself is being reimagined, thanks to Microsoft.… Visit the author's original post