Category Archives: k-12

Announcing Hack the Classroom: Small Steps to Big Impact

Hack is Back. September 24, 2016 from 8:00a.m. to 10:00a.m. PST. #HacktheClassroom

The messages came pouring in through the live chat, greetings from Vietnam to Croatia, Nigeria to Canada, lighting up the morning with energy and excitement. And like that, the first Hack the Classroom digital event kicked off on January 30, 2016, as tens of thousands of educators from around the world were inspired to go forth and do amazing things in the classroom, armed with inspiring new ideas from speakers and peers.

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Get students hooked on coding this summer with YouthSpark camps

This summer, YouthSpark is offering computer science camps to help students who are interested in learning coding and game creation skills. YouthSpark Camps get kids of all ages coding, creating games and apps, and having a blast in the process.

Featured camps include:

 Kodu Makerspace Kodu Makerspace. Create rich and exciting games with Kodu Game Lab in this free, four-day camp for beginners ages 8 to 11.
 Learn to Code Flatverse Learn to Code Flatverse. Build your own Flatverse game using TouchDevelop in this free, intermediate-level camp for kids ages 12 and older.
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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

Personalized Learning with Digital Experiences

Schools that can promote happiness are key to ensuring better well-being, health, and achievement, as well as success in life…calling for education systems to shift away from traditional measures and to instead embrace a diversity of talents and intelligences by recognizing values, strengths, and competencies that contribute to enhancing happiness.

UNESCO, Happy Schools: A Framework for Learner Well-being, 2016

No one is average…. Today we have the ability to understand individuals and their talents on a level that was not possible before.Visit the author's original post

Educators worldwide are choosing Microsoft Windows 10 and Office 365

Microsoft remains clear K-12 education OS global market leader

We’re really excited to see even more students and educators around the world using and loving Windows 10 and Office 365. According to a Futuresource report, Microsoft remains the global leader in the education market, with 46 percent of the global K-12 education OS market share and six percent year-over-year growth.

It’s also clear educators across the globe are choosing Windows 10 and Office 365 faster than ever before. Even so, there are millions of Windows devices in schools that still qualify for a free* upgrade to Windows 10 from now through July 29.… Visit the author's original post

Thank You, Teachers!

Happy ‪Teacher Appreciation Week to some of the hardest working people we know!

Thank You, Teachers!

Throughout the world, day in and day out, educators like you dedicate their lives to transforming the lives of others. And we want to thank YOU!

Microsoft employees say a special thank you to their favorite teachers:

We know you go above and beyond every day, and we want to work just as hard for you. To help hardworking teachers save time, we offer free professional development all year long.… 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.

Earth day 2016

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

11 New OneNote Features Teachers Will Love

While you’ve been busy teaching and innovating, the OneNote engineering team has been hard at work bringing improvements that make teachers’ lives easier. Here are some of the many new features released in the past few months that we think you will love! You can download OneNote for free anytime.

1. Convert hand-drawn shapes into perfect-looking shapes while inking*

Math teachers rejoice! With the new Ink Shape Recognition tool announced last November for iPad, iPad Pro, and the Windows 10 app, OneNote will recognize hand-drawn shapes from squares and circles to quadrilaterals and pentagons, as well as flowcharts and Venn diagrams, and allow you to automatically convert them into better, sharper versions of themselves.… Visit the author's original post

Personalized learning: It’s not just for students anymore

When you need more in-depth training, Microsoft in Education online professional development courses and learning paths are free, easy-to-access and cover nearly every topic related to integrating technology into your teaching practice. Along the way, you can also earn badges and qualify to be a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE).

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Personalized learning: It’s not just for students anymore

Here at Microsoft, empowering every educator to do more means ensuring that teachers have the right resources, tools and support to transform their classrooms. But professional development can look very different from teacher to teacher.

Sometimes, you just need quick insights to jumpstart your classroom. For that, we offer webinars like the recent #HacktheClassroom and the upcoming March 9th Virtual E2 Conference – the first time we’ve opened this inspiring, educator-focused event to all educators.

When you need more in-depth training, Microsoft in Education online professional development courses and learning paths are free, easy-to-access and cover nearly every topic related to integrating technology into your teaching practice.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft at CUE 2016, March 18th-20th in Palm Springs, California

Join thousands of teachers, administrators, students and parents, and other professionals for Cue 2016, the 35th Annual Conference and Exposition held at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, March 18th-20th.

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Microsoft at CUE 2016, March 18th-20th in Palm Springs, California

Join thousands of teachers, administrators, students and parents, and other professionals for Cue 2016, the 35th Annual Conference and Exposition held at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, March 18th-20th.

Cue seeks to provide best-in-class professional development for educators, technology coordinators, TOSAs, administrators and anyone else interested in learning how technology can support student achievement. Many sessions and exhibits will be of special value to those involved in Title I, School Improvement Program, Data and Assessment, Future Ready, English Language Development (ELD), Special Needs, and GATE.… Visit the author's original post

OneNote Class Notebook now available for all educators

Guest post by Helen Gooch, Microsoft Fellow and Master Trainer, who shares her tips on using OneNote Class Notebook. OneNote Class Notebook is a digital notebook that has a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts, and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities.  If you are not yet using it in your classroom, we have great news: now all teachers can use the OneNote Class Notebook, even if you do not currently have Office 365. 

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OneNote Class Notebook now available for all educators

Guest post by Helen Gooch, Microsoft Fellow and Master Trainer. Connect with Helen Gooch on the Microsoft Educator community.

Have you heard about the OneNote Class Notebook? It’s a digital notebook that has a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts, and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities. If you are not yet using it in your classroom, we have great news: now all teachers can use the OneNote Class Notebook, even if you do not currently have Office 365.… Visit the author's original post

Empowering students around the world to achieve more

At Microsoft, we are humbled to see more and more students and teachers around the world using Microsoft products including Windows 10, Office, OneNote, Skype, and more to achieve academic success and prepare for their futures. According to Futuresource...(read more)Visit the author's original post

Empowering students around the world to achieve more

At Microsoft, we are humbled to see more and more students and teachers around the world using Microsoft products including Windows 10, Office, OneNote, Skype, and more to achieve academic success and prepare for their futures.

According to Futuresource*, Windows continues to be the leading global platform for K-12 education, with twice as many Windows devices shipped in 2015 as our closest competitor.

Educators are turning to Windows 10 because of familiar and more personal experience for students and educators, as well as the safety and security features Windows 10 offers.… Visit the author's original post

7 Amazing hacks for teachers to use in class today

A hack can be defined as a clever solution to a tricky problem. As people who face many tricky problems on a daily basis, teachers could definitely use a few class hacks to help them save time and to be more efficient. Here are some nifty hacks from Microsoft Innovative Educators (MIE), all under one minute, with innovative ways to use existing technology.

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7 Amazing hacks for teachers to use in class today

A hack can be defined as a clever solution to a tricky problem. As people who face many tricky problems on a daily basis, teachers could definitely use a few class hacks to help them save time and to be more efficient. Here are some nifty hacks from Microsoft Innovative Educators (MIE), all under one minute, with innovative ways to use existing technology.

To hear more innovative class hacks, tune into the live stream of the E2 Educator Exchange Conference happening on March 9 at 9:00a.m.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft and Open.com helping teachers connect with Open Educational Resources

In response to teacher feedback, and in response to the #GoOpen Exchange, we’re helping teachers manage the "flood of open educational resources" through enhancements to Docs.com and by delivering a new app called the Open Educational Search app. We’re announcing today enable educators to discover content that has been organized in the US Department of Education’s Learning Registry.

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Microsoft and OpenED.com helping teachers connect with Open Educational Resources

In response to teacher feedback, and in response to the #GoOpen Exchange, we’re helping teachers manage the “flood of open educational resources” through enhancements to Docs.com and by delivering a new app called the Open Educational Search app.

Docs.com is a free online showcase where teachers can curate and share Office documents, OneNote notebooks, Office Mixes, Adobe PDFs, and Sways. With Docs.com Analytics, educators are informed when their content is being viewed and shared. The enhancements we’re announcing today enable educators to discover content that has been organized in the US Department of Education’s Learning Registry.… 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

Skype inspires literacy in the month of February

Skype in the Classroom and LitWorld are celebrating literacy throughout the month of February. We invite you and your classroom to join in! Last year, through the magic of Skype, students were inspired to read more, write their own stories, and dream big to become authors. See how your students can be inspired this February in honor of World Read Aloud Day!

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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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Big news for whole-school transformation: Announcing our 2016 education change-makers

Today, we’re thrilled to honor the teachers, school leaders and students who are transforming education -- in ways both big and small -- through our 2016 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Showcase Schools, and Student Ambassador programs. These dedicated individuals not only innovate in their own schools and classrooms, they lead by example, bringing their peers from around the globe on the same life-changing journey of transformation.

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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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Join the Global Skype-a-Thon, December 3-4, 2015

You and your students are invited to take part in an historic global event. Starting on December 3rd and going through December 4th, Microsoft's Global Skype-a-Thon will attempt to travel a million virtual miles in 48 hours! It's an ambitious goal, and one that only Skype in the Classroom (with your help!) can accomplish. Read more and register your classroom!

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Staff Collaboration and Communication with OneNote and OneDrive

As an Instructional Technology Specialist in support of a 21st-century teaching and learning, 1:1 laptop initiative, OneNote and OneDrive are a part of my daily life – both in and out of school - for Dianne Krause, at Wissahickon School District, Pennsylvania. Read how her district is using OneNote and OneDrive to drive collaboration and lesson planning.

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