Category Archives: innovation

BETT 2017 Guest Post: Acer – “Exploration through technology is a right, not a privilege”

The next post in our Microsoft Partner guest blog series for BETT 2017 comes from Acer. With 40 years of experience, Acer is well suited to meeting the needs of modern educational institutions, to enable teachers and students to create new ways of interacting by providing reliable and easy-to-use solutions they can trust. Find Acer at BETT 2017 on stand B109.


Exploration through technology is a right, not a privilege

What technology companies needs to do to address education needs in primary, secondary and university education

By Preben Fjeld – Acer UK Country Manager

I am sure we would all agree that the priority of education is to help students to become independent and creative thinkers by providing them with the resources they need to succeed on the journey.… Visit the author's original post

New Education Category in Visio Pro for Office 365

Years of research suggest students learn best when presented new material in diverse and interactive ways. Gone are the days of lecture-only classrooms; today, educators incorporate a variety of methods to boost learning outcomes. One of those methods, of course, is visual. We’re excited to announce new Microsoft and third-party templates for Visio Pro for Office 365 to help educators present information in highly visual and exciting ways, while helping students better engage across subjects.

New Education templates

Visio Pro for Office 365 is adding more than 20 education templates and sample diagrams that span core subjects, including algebra, trigonometry, chemistry, and physics.… Visit the author's original post

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

Connect your classroom to the world: Join Microsoft’s global education Skype-a-Thon

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

The Innovative Educator: A Microsoft in Education Magazine | Issue 2

Want to know all of the latest Microsoft in Education news? Discover educator spotlights, a guide to Office Forms, and how we’re celebrating cultural differences all in the second issue of the Innovative Educator:

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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

ISTE and Microsoft collaborate to provide new school planning and professional learning resources

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

Take your teaching and your school to the next level: Become a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert or Showcase School

Have you ever asked a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert or a Microsoft Showcase School leader what these programs have meant to them? If so, you may have heard words like transformational, inspiring, or even life-changing – all expressed with unbridled enthusiasm.

These visionary educators are not only taking their careers to the next level, they’re at the forefront of education technology innovation. And they’re making a lasting difference for their students, schools and fellow educators.

If this sounds appealing to you, we’ve got good news.… Visit the author's original post

Become an Edupreneur today

The world is changing. Fast.

Now more than ever, the education sector needs to adapt and innovate to continually ensure that we are providing the best possible education opportunities for every child, everywhere.

As education leaders, we hear a great deal about “what” needs to change in education and “why,” but we hear very little about “how” to make these changes.  

The reality is that it is often difficult to learn about how to innovate. “Innovation in education” is not a lesson to be taught in one class, or a focus for a special week.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

Minecraft: Zen and the Art of Letting Go

By Steven Isaacs, Game Design and Development, grade 8. Connect with Steven Isaacs on the Educator community.

It took me a little while to adopt Minecraft in the Classroom. It had been on my radar for some time, but I didn’t quite get the allure. However, kids were clearly so passionate about this game, that I couldn’t help but acknowledge the great value and relevance it had to them. That was enough to push me over the edge.… Visit the author's original post

Relentless use of data redefines success for Tacoma School District

What does success mean: Tacoma School District taps data to raise graduation rates

Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) is a relatively small urban school district, but they had a big problem. The district’s high schools had become known as “dropout factories,” and their graduation rates had plummeted well below the U.S. average of 81 percent.

That’s the same year Carla Santorno became TPS superintendent, and she knew something had to change.

“When I became superintendent we had a graduation rate of 55 percent, which is shameful,” Santorno says.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft introduces new program to help leaders develop transformative world-class education systems

“Education systems are not simply collections of independently effective parts and pieces. Effective systems, by definition, are collections of parts and pieces that work in harmony with one another, each one reinforcing and supporting the functioning of the other parts and pieces, and all of them together contributing in a positive way to the outcomes for which the system was designed.”
 – The National Center on Education and the Economy’s (NCEE) Center, page 4, 2016

How do education leaders reach excellence and maintain highest education standards for their students?… Visit the author's original post

YouthSpark in Schools helps educators bring tech into the classroom

The Microsoft YouthSpark program has been going strong this year, with YouthSpark in Schools events connecting 25,000 educators to date to free computer science and technology resources. Most recently, professional learning events in Denver and Washington, D.C. have provided educators with resources and ideas to help them integrate technology into their classrooms.

Highlights from events:

  • In the Denver area, we partnered with Create Something Great, a group of innovative educators out of the Douglas County School District who meet monthly to share the latest in educational technologies and classroom strategies for excellence.
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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

NYC DOE Supports Innovative Teaching

Recently, I delivered several Redefining Learning PD sessions for NYC DOE educators. Teachers were thrilled to discover Microsoft’s OneNote and Class Notebook. Part of Office 365, Microsoft has made technology free, accessible and is helping to equalize the playing field in education. Teachers no longer need to stress over xerox copies and handouts being completed in time. Paperwork does not need to be carried home for scoring as all notebooks are stored in the cloud.  Digital notebooks are created and quickly duplicated for different subjects or classes.… 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

Microsoft Surface Reaches More Students, Offers Education Discount for Surface 3

Today, Microsoft Surface announced four new schools—more than 23,000 devices—bringing Windows 10 devices into their classrooms, along with a 30% discount on Surface 3 education bundles for qualifying institutions through March 31, 2016.

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Future Ready Schools: Realizing the Vision Now

This month, the Department of Education published the new U.S. National Education Technology Plan (NETP), guiding schools toward “everywhere, all-the-time learning” and providing examples of transformation, research, and new innovations. At the heart of the NETP is the goal of equity and accessibility. Microsoft’s mission aligns fully with the NETP: we work to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, and empowerment begins with inclusion. Read more.

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Mark your Calendar FETC – January 12th-15th at Orange County Convention Center

Join Microsoft at FETC 2016. Microsoft remains committed to education and will be a Gold sponsor again at FETC in 2016. Our mission in education is to empower every educator and every student on the planet to achieve more. Read more for Microsoft teacher training and certification options during FETC.

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The Microsoft Certified Educator: preparing the next generation of innovative educators

Learn about the new Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) certification. The MCE is not about learning a particular technology or Microsoft skill. Rather, it’s about providing a holistic focus on technology for educators, allowing them to demonstrate their understanding and proficiency with infusing technology into the teaching and learning process. Microsoft's global partnership with UNESCO has led to design and creation of an industry-recognized technology in education certification for teachers. Learn more about the MCE and how to get started.

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Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorial Will Inspire Students to Learn Computer Science Skills

To the community of 100 million players around the world, Minecraft represents many things - creativity, strategy, collaboration and survival, just to name a few. What many may not realize is that Minecraft has the power to transform learning on a global scale.

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Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorial Will Inspire Students to Learn Computer Science Skills

Read about new resources for educators and school leaders available today. Post by Anthony Salcito, vice president, Microsoft Education.

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Schools use real-time data to improve learning outcomes and boost graduation rates

Whether schools are using student data – and technology that captures it securely – to easily identify at-risk students, adjust learning strategies for gifted students or help staff spend less time on paperwork, all education stakeholders are reaping the benefits. Microsoft’s integrated IT solutions are helping educators transform learning with critical insights that support student relationship-building – from recruitment through retention, and from first contact to graduation and beyond.

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EU Code Week

We live in an increasingly digital age. To thrive and succeed, all Europeans, particularly the young, need new skills, resources and training in the area of computer science. European policymakers have an essential role to play in advancing awareness of the value of digital skills and ensuring education systems focus on developing them. But they cannot do this without experiencing the transformative power of technology for themselves.

Read how the #EUDojo event gave Members of the European Parliament the opportunity to prepare for this year's EU Code Week.… Visit the author's original post

Moving the Future of Education Forward: Microsoft Showcase Schools and How to Apply

oD Microsoft Showcase Schools are the best of the best -- where school leaders have a strong vision for change. From that vision comes whole-school transformations, creating innovative learning environments enabled by technology, where...(read more)Visit the author's original post

Tools to Unlock Learning: The OneNote for Learning Literacy Toolbar

The OneNote for Learning literacy toolbar, to be released later this year, embeds tools for developing literacy into an app designed for contextual formative learning. Developed by the OneNote team and literacy experts, the OneNote for Learning literacy toolbar provides enhanced dictation and speech recognition services. Learn more.

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2016 Microsoft Showcase Schools: The Best of the Best in Education Transformation

Today, we announce the process for the 2015-2016 Microsoft Showcase School selection, and the brand new Associate Showcase School program. From June 30th through October 30th of 2015, Microsoft Showcase Schools will be identified by the Microsoft in Education contacts in each country and region. Learn more about the Microsoft Showcase School program.

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