Category Archives: Immersive Learning

One Hour Could Kick Start Your Students’ Coding

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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

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

New immersive and inclusive learning experiences for Windows 10

Our mission in education is to empower every student on the planet to achieve more. We’re reaching more and more students and teachers every day – providing them with immersive and inclusive learning experiences.

Today, Microsoft announced the next major update to Windows and highlighted some of these new experiences for the classroom. Learn how to upgrade PCs in your school to Windows 10 for free here. In addition, we’re excited to share these new Windows 10 apps that will help make your new school year great.… Visit the author's original post

Join Microsoft at ISTE 2016

Join Microsoft at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference & Expo taking place June 26­–29 in Denver, CO. Microsoft is a year-round Mission Sponsor of ISTE, which has been bringing educators from around the globe together for more than 30 years.

Join Microsoft at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference & Expo taking place June 26¬–29 in Denver, CO.

Microsoft, located in booth 2100, has developed a comprehensive lineup focused on peer-to-peer learning and hands-on interactions, including:

Pre-Conference (separate registration required for each)

During the Conference (find additional details online)

  • Minecraft: Education Edition Featured Sessions and Trainings
  • Microsoft Classroom in Office 365 Education Featured Sessions and Trainings
  • Over 50 Educator-led Classroom-focused, Scenario-based Demonstrations on Office 365 Education and Windows 10 Devices
  • Access to Easy-to-deploy Good/Better/Best Windows Devices for Education
  • Hands-on Makerspace Experience Featuring Computational Thinking
  • Computer Science for All: Creative Coding, Gaming and Apps, Imagine Academy
  • Power BI and Azure in K–12 Featured Sessions
  • Free Microsoft Certification Exams Offered On-site for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE)

You are encouraged to gather your peers and register for this valuable conference experience. … 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.

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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

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

Immersive and inclusive learning experiences – inspired by teachers

At Microsoft, we’re committed to “Empowering Every Student on the Planet to Achieve More.” We’re reaching more and more students and teachers every day. According to Futuresource*, Windows continues to be the leading global platform for K-12 education. And this week we’re excited to share more around our momentum as well as a few upcoming features we hope you’ll love.

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Immersive and inclusive learning experiences – inspired by teachers

By Tony Prophet – Corporate Vice President Education Marketing

At Microsoft, we’re committed to “Empowering Every Student on the Planet to Achieve More.”

We’re reaching more and more students and teachers every day. According to Futuresource*, Windows continues to be the leading global platform for K-12 education.

And this week we’re excited to share more around our momentum as well as a few upcoming features we hope you’ll love.

OneNote – Creating and Sharing in Entirely New Ways

OneNote is reinventing the way learning gets done in classrooms around the world – empowering students and teachers to collaborate in real time – creating, editing, sharing and grading assignments.… 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

Guest post by Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education: Learning without borders — Global Skype-a-thon builds cultural understanding and connection

Guest post by Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft Technology and new pedagogy models are changing learning in and out of the classroom. What hasn't changed, however, is the power of connection, the impact of discovery...(read more)Visit the author's original post

Computer science is finally getting some well-deserved respect

Guest post by computer science educator Doug Bergman, on how schools increasingly view computer science as a regular discipline, just like language, math, history or science. As an educator, you canbring an Hour of Code into your classroom. Read more.

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New world tech brings rich cultural traditions into Massachusetts Middle School

This weekend, you can join the class on their adventure with Born to Explore on ABC TV (check your local listings for 11/21 & 11/22), and starting today you can get a glimpse of the episode and find out how to take your own virtual field trip on our Native American Heritage page.

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Borderless and Limitless Teaching and Learning: Introducing the new Online Educator Community

We all know that learning has fundamentally changed and there are infinite ways to gather and share ideas. This change is radically shifting the ways students and educators communicate, collaborate, create and connect. At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every student on the planet to achieve more. Today, we are taking an exciting step toward fulfilling this mission by launching the new Microsoft online educator community website, a centralized resource and engagement tool for educators that makes it easy to access a global network of educators, free interactive training and best practices.… Visit the author's original post

Born to Explore and Skype in the Classroom Bring Fossils to Life for Students

On Sunday’s airing of “Born to Explore” on ABC TV (check your local listings), Tracey Wong’s 5th grade class takes on the challenge of locating show host Richard Wiese during a Mystery Skype session that leads them to an active dig with specimens dating back 65 million years. “From an explorer or naturalist’s standpoint, the whole technology revolution has been great for us,” said Wiese. “Through the magic of technology like Skype and Bing everyone can be an explorer.” Read more.… Visit the author's original post

New Teacher Academy Online Courses Now Available

Microsoft has published a set of new online courses called Microsoft Teacher Academies, which are available for free to teachers looking for training and professional development. The online courses are designed to empower educators with the ability to effectively integrate Microsoft’s tools in teaching and learning. Courses help bring 21st century technology including Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft OneNote, Skype for Business, and OneDrive into classrooms.

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4 Ways to Bring the World into Your Class with Skype in the Classroom

Skype in the Classroom is an online community that enables thousands of teachers to inspire the next generation of global citizens through transformative learning over Skype. Explore ideas to spark your next lesson with Skype.

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Guest post by Colby Clark, Director of Information Technology at Manteca Unified School District: Using Bing in the Classroom Lessons for Safe, Educational Lessons

Guest post by Colby Clark, Director of Information Technology at Manteca Unified School District At Manteca Unified School District, we care enormously about supporting digital literacy in the classroom, so our students learn the skills they need to...(read more)Visit the author's original post

Educators Share with Teaching and Technology Passion at the Microsoft Global Educator Exchange

Last week at the Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange event, the topics of bravery, courage and leadership in the context of education, were the themes of the event. On the final day of E2, we heard from the people at the heart of learning – educators – who shared their ideas to help students have the courage and confidence to achieve more in their lives. Read what educator and entrepreneur Angela Maiers shared and watch the highlights video.

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By the Numbers: Microsoft’s Impact on Education [INFOGRAPHIC]

The following is a re-post from the global Microsoft in Education blog:

By the Numbers: Microsoft's Impact on Education

 

From teachers and school leaders to governments and communities around the globe, a massive effort is underway to modernize and transform education. This transformation is a long journey, full of unexpected twists and turns, lessons learned and best practices. Here at Microsoft, we are partnering with schools and campuses that are working to transform and modernize teaching so that students are inspired to learn and are prepared for their next steps.… Visit the author's original post

By the Numbers: Microsoft’s Impact on Education

From teachers and school leaders to governments and communities around the globe, a massive effort is underway to modernize and transform education. This transformation is a long journey, full of unexpected twists and turns, lessons learned and best practices...(read more)Visit the author's original post

Pen? Keyboard? Voice? Touch? Computer Interfaces and their Impact on Learning

Schools typically are investing in technology to help students learn without first evaluating how different computer interfaces actually influence their learning. New research now provides insights into the types of computer interface that enhance thinking and learning, versus ones that undermine it. Read more and see the research findings.

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Guest blog post by Helen Gooch, Microsoft Fellow and Master Trainer: Skype Translator Facilitates Global Communication for Students Who Speak Different Languages

Skype Translator breaks down communication barriers by delivering voice and instant messaging translation between languages. Schools are already excited about this new app with all the possibilities it presents. Think of how education will benefit from real-time language translation with Skype Translator.

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9 Ways OneNote Makes Lesson-Planning a Breeze

OneNote, which you can download for free, is a teacher’s best friend. Read these nine ways OneNote can help make digital lesson-planning easier, faster, and more effective!

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Microsoft at ASCD Conference, March 21-23, 2015

Join Microsoft at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Annual Conference and Exhibit, March 21-23, 2015 in Houston, Texas. Mark your calendar and join for three Microsoft sessions at ASCD.

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Guest Post by Sandi Adams, Microsoft Innovative Educator: Everything You Wanted to Know about Certifying an Entire School as Microsoft Innovative Educators but were Afraid to Ask

After attended a training course sponsored by Microsoft about 21st Century Learning Design, one teacher decided to bring the training and tools back to her entire school. After getting her hands on some Microsoft tools for teachers, she had an idea of certifying the entire school and providing 20 hours of professional development centering on the Microsoft Innovative Educator concept. And that was just the beginning. Read Sandi Adams story and get inspired about what you have the power to do too.… Visit the author's original post

Guest Post by Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Education: Big Week for Education – Live from London

I always get excited when the topic of education is discussed – whether I’m having that discussion with students, teachers, or some of world’s most innovative educators and government leaders.  This week, I’m in London for the Education World Forum (EWF) and the British Education Technology & Training (BETT) Show, two of the most important education events of the year. I will be sharing information from both the EWF and BETT throughout the week, both right here and on Daily Edventures.… Visit the author's original post

Education Leaders from More than 33 Countries Gather at the 2015 Microsoft Education Leaders Briefing

On Sunday, January 18th nearly 100 top-level education leaders gathered in London, representing Argentina to Zimbabwe and 33 countries in between. They attended the Education Leaders Briefing at the Cardinal Place Immersive Classroom, Microsoft Executive Briefing Centre.  These decision makers engaged in dialog with colleagues and experts about transforming education with 1:1 and mobile learning programs.

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Guest Post by Michael Braun, Instructional Coach for Technology in Public Schools: Improving Technology Education and Literacy in Schools

Over the last 5 years, thousands of volunteers from the tech industry have brought their technical knowledge and real-world experiences directly to students in more than 130 schools across the US. Read how computer science teacher Michael Braun brought learning to life as part of the Microsoft Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) program, a non-profit being incubated as part of Microsoft YouthSpark. 

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Guest Post by Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lillian M. Lowery: Technology Gives Maryland Students an Advantage

The state of Maryland is committed to increasing access to new technology and prepare students for future careers. "Today we are taking a big step forward in the tools we offer to students statewide. No matter where students attend school or what their economic situation may be, all now have free access at school and at home to Microsoft Office 365, the latest applications for collaborating and creating. In addition, we’re also unveiling 25 new IT Academy Program for schools across the state that will bring industry recognized technology certifications and skills to the students of Maryland," shares Dr.… Visit the author's original post