Category Archives: Innovation in the Classroom

Integrating technology in class for great results: 6 tips from an expert

Technology opens plentiful possibilities for students, but for teachers it can present a unique challenge. New tools should not only engage students and fit seamlessly into lessons, but also add value without taking away from the many “musts” on every teacher’s list.

Eileen Heller, Instructional Technology Trainer and Elementary Innovation Facilitator for Omaha Public Schools (OPS), is responsible for instructional technology training at 21 of Omaha’s 63 elementary schools. As a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE), she sees both challenges and opportunities in bringing technology into the classroom.… 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

A behind-the-scenes story from an educator at Microsoft’s May event

You may have read the reactions in the press, watched the event livestream, or heard from others about the announcements made at Microsoft’s “Learn What’s Next” event, held on May 2nd, 2017, at Center415 in Manhattan. But this is a view from behind the scenes. It’s an account of what I saw in the collaboration across teams and departments, the collective direction, and the attention to detail at the event that spoke loudly to me about the importance and direction of education for Microsoft, as an organization.… Visit the author's original post

TweetMeet on Minecraft: Education Edition – Join us with #MSFTEduChat on May 16

Still reeling from the excitement around the #MicrosoftEDU announcements in New York? We’re here to help you keep the momentum going with our #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet all about Minecraft: Education Edition. On May 16th, during both our 10:00am PDT and 4:00pm PDT sessions, we’ll be discussing game-based learning, the Code Builder news and much more.

If you want to break blocks, write code and explore the world, this is the TweetMeet for you. Whether you’re a seasoned Minecraft player or here to see what all the buzz is about, we’ll be ready to answer your questions, take your suggestions and connect you with others.… Visit the author's original post

A blog leads to big change for students and innovative educator Ross McGill

Ross McGill, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, started blogging about his experiences as a teacher back in 2008. Fast-forward to today and you’ll see his blog, Teacher Toolkit, has been voted the #1 education blog in the U.K. and ranks as one of the world’s top-50 Ed Tech Brands in Education. He and his writers use the platform to inform and train people around the world, helping them improve the school system today and place technology at the forefront of learning.… Visit the author's original post

Where to start and what to know about Microsoft Education’s new experiences

A great classroom comes to life wherever students and educators meet. In working with our vibrant Microsoft Educator Community over the years, we’ve learned to reshape our ideas of what that great classroom looks like, how it works and even where it is. The world is changing right before us and, together, we have to recognize it as a pressing societal challenge – and our largest opportunity to prepare students for the future.

We shared our vision for inclusive, immersive learning at a Microsoft Education event in New York City today, where we announced new, affordable devices and a Windows 10 experience inspired by students and teachers – we call it Windows 10 S.… Visit the author's original post

How to bring the world to your students and support sustainable development

The United Nations is dedicated to promoting cooperation and collaboration at local and global levels, which means it’s fundamentally aligned with what we hope to achieve in modern education. Established in 1945, the UN has dedicated efforts to maintaining world peace, promoting human rights, and protecting the spaces of our world, including our environment.

In 2015, the UN set an agenda in support of sustainable development by the year 2030. Seventeen goals – the Sustainable Development Goals – offer the direction for positive change for people and planet.… Visit the author's original post

An inspired partnership: WE and Microsoft join forces to bring WE Day to more students and schools

Microsoft is proud to partner with WE, an organization that brings people together and gives them the tools to change the world. Microsoft shares that vision and, through its technology, is helping WE accelerate their impact.

I had the privilege of attending WE Day recently in Vancouver, Canada and meeting with co-founder of WE, Craig Kielburger.

As I met with Craig, I learned a great deal more about WE and we discussed some of the ways Microsoft is working with them to expand the WE mission to reach more students and empower youth as a force for inclusion.… Visit the author's original post

For the good of her students, this traditionalist teacher meets the digital age head-on

You’d never know it by seeing how effortlessly she projects polynomials from a tablet to the monitor at the front of her classroom, but Summer Winrotte began teaching as an avowed traditionalist. “I can remember my first year of teaching, saying that I would never be paperless,” she says. As a math teacher, her college course work had to be done with longhand computations, not even a calculator. Summer didn’t see the value of using technology in the classroom.

Today she works to create a more equitable learning environment through paperless technologies by serving as Tecumseh Junior High School’s digital instructional coach.… Visit the author's original post

TweetMeet on devices for student success: Join us for a #MSFTEduChat on April 18

Are you an educator who wants to share your knowledge, or learn more about how you can save time and go paperless in your classroom?

If so, join us for our #MSFTEduChat on Tuesday, April 18th at both 10:00am and 4:00pm PT. In this TweetMeet we’ll be discussing devices for student success and how educators are getting the most out of the resources they have.

Preparing students to triumph in a digital age is no small task, so we’d love to hear how you’re building these skills with your class.… Visit the author's original post

Nominate yourself today: 2017-18 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert recruitment open now until July 15

We are thrilled to announce that the 2017-2018 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) recruitment period is now open!  We are currently seeking educators from around the world to join our next class of MIEEs. The self-nomination period opens April 15 and closes July 15. All self-nominations must be received during this period.

How to nominate yourself

MIE Expert BadgeThe MIE Expert Program is an exclusive program created to recognize global educator visionaries who are using technology to pave the way for their peers in the effective use of technology, for better learning and student outcomes.… Visit the author's original post

An educator’s playful plan to bring true technology integration to the classroom

Jason Holt teaches students how to build games. As an instructional technology specialist, his game design course is a playful piece in a serious plan to connect students – along with his fellow teachers and administrators – to what technology can truly bring to the classroom. And based on the results he’s seeing, this Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert is well on his way to making a difference.

Jason teaches Game Programming and Design, a junior and senior-level computer science course at Newman International Academy in Arlington, Texas (a Microsoft School).… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Innovative Educator Joe Fatheree looks to the future with his students in mind

When we envision the future of education, it’s hard to see us getting there without educators like Joe Fatheree leading the way. A Top 10 Finalist for the Global Teacher Prize and certified Microsoft Innovative Educator, Joe is one of the few who works with policy makers and education influencers around the world and communicates firsthand how the changes they all make affect students in classrooms, each and every day.

“When I work with people at Microsoft, I know directly how what they do is impacting students’ learning not only in my classroom, but in Africa and India and all over the world,” Joe says.… Visit the author's original post