Category Archives: k-12

Adelaide Botanic High taps into technology to teach for tomorrow today

“Tomorrow today” is the forward-facing motto of Adelaide Botanic High School which opened its doors to the first intake of students in early 2019.

The $100 million vertical school, based in Adelaide’s city fringe, will add more students each year until 2020 when it is expected to have 1,500 pupils enrolled across years 7-12. Instead of conventional classrooms it has multipurpose and open spaces, and recently secured a major architectural award for the building which has been designed as a radically different school environment, specifically articulated to support modern learning.… Visit the author's original post

Office 365 and OneDrive deliver the digital glue for a college in transition

A perennial challenge of digital transformation programs is managing the transition period between the old and the new when rip-and-replace is simply impossible.

At St James College, a Catholic school in Bentleigh East, Victoria, which teaches over 400 boys in years 7-10, a four-year digital transformation program, which will see student iPads gradually replaced with Windows 10 devices is being significantly streamlined by Office 365 and OneDrive.

ICT manager for St James, Matthew Marcos, explains that in 2019 the incoming cohort of Year Seven boys has been equipped with HP laptops running Windows 10.… Visit the author's original post

Brisbane Catholic Education simplifies change management, boosts learning outcomes for all

Brisbane Catholic Education delivers services, programs and resources to 141 schools across South East Queensland – supporting the education of 73,000 students and the needs of 12,000 staff. Core to its success is Office 365 which has been deployed as the core learning and collaboration platform for the entire network.

Office 365 and Microsoft Teams now underpins all school and student collaboration and acts as the central learning management system.

The solution is also providing access to useful metrics that are providing insights about learning outcomes that can be shared across the diocese.… Visit the author's original post

Brisbane Catholic Education simplifies change management, boosts learning outcomes for all

Brisbane Catholic Education delivers services, programs and resources to 141 schools across South East Queensland – supporting the education of 73,000 students and the needs of 12,000 staff. Core to its success is Office 365 which has been deployed as the core learning and collaboration platform for the entire network.

Office 365 and Microsoft Teams now underpins all school and student collaboration and acts as the central learning management system.

The solution is also providing access to useful metrics that are providing insights about learning outcomes that can be shared across the diocese.… Visit the author's original post

Edumazing rolls out Minecraft EE, elevating Human Literacy at Sandringham PS

Georgina Pazzi brings a fresh lens to learning – a lens that she defines as Human Literacy.

While literacy and numeracy are important, Pazzi believes a focus just on those elements robs a child of their full potential to learn.

Instead, Human Literacy – which melds the social, the physical, the intellectual, the cultural and the emotional – brings deeper learning rewards according to Pazzi.

The founder of learning and wellbeing consulting business, Edumazing, Pazzi describes herself as a Specialist Education and Wellbeing Consultant.… Visit the author's original post

Learning demonstrations for educators from EduTECH 2019

Even if you weren’t able to make it to EduTECH 2019, we’ve got you covered with access to all of our educator learning demonstrations from the Microsoft stand, including Mixed Reality, Flipgrid, OneNote, Microsoft Teams, Minecraft: Education Edition and so much more.

Tapping into the expert knowledge not only of our Microsoft team, but also our Microsoft Innovator Educator Experts (or MIE Experts as they are known), we provided a range of on stand learning opportunities and first-hand experiences from educators who are using Microsoft technologies in their schools to improve teaching and learning outcomes.… Visit the author's original post

Victoria creates virtual Melbourne in Minecraft, sparks learning transformation

One of the delights of Melbourne is its warren of alleyways and arcades. Victorian educator Stephen Elford wants everyone to help build them all over again – only this time using Minecraft: Education Edition.

Elford is the Victorian Department of Education and Training’s (DET) Digital Learning Coach and has led the development of Mini Melbourne – a virtual rendition of 600,000 square metres of Melbourne, copies of which the State’s schools are downloading by the thousand for its learning potential.… Visit the author's original post

E2 unleashes global opportunity for five Australian educators

For the fifth year in a row, educators from around the world came together at E2 to celebrate their shared passion for teaching. This year’s event brought educators and education system leaders from around the world to Paris for three days of honouring changemakers in the classroom. The essence of E2 is celebration, recognition, collaboration and inspiration. Following events in Redmond, U.S.; Toronto; Budapest, Hungary; Singapore and Paris we are incredibly excited to bring the E2 event to Sydney in 2020.… Visit the author's original post

Wrap Up from EduTECH Australia 2019

When everybody plays, we all win

Every year, the EduTECH Australia conference brings together the best and brightest minds in education innovation to compare, share, and learn from one another and 2019 was no exception.

  • 10,000+ in-person attendees
  • 2,500 keynote attendees
  • 284 sponsors and exhibitors
  • 720 attendees at breakout seminar sessions

Here are some of our highlights from EduTECH and the Microsoft stand this year.

We delivered the opening keynote: Digital Transformation
The EduTECH conference got underway with our VP of Worldwide Education, Anthony Salcito, taking to the stage for the opening plenary address.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft’s Education Transformation Framework: A K-12 framework for holistic digital transformation

Digital transformation is an indisputable force revolutionizing our industries, reinventing our products, redefining our services, and reshaping the way we work. The impact is so dramatic that Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, has dubbed it the fourth industrial revolution1.

Our students will enter this very different world. So, how do we prepare them for this future?

Education system leaders around the globe are acting on the need to prepare students for this new world, which means changing the culture and very mission of schools.… Visit the author's original post

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.

And we’re so excited to do it all again.… Visit the author's original post

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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