Category Archives: Leadership

#TheFeed – How good might our leadership be? By Merlin John

The following post features in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of #TheFeed, our online magazine bringing you the best stories from Microsoft Showcase Schools and #MIEExperts, thought leadership, and news from the Microsoft in Education team. This piece is written Merlin John – a widely respected journalist known for his expertise in education and ICT – and explores the vital role that leadership plays in enhancing children’s learning, and ways to transform your school to through the use of technology.

Head over to SlideShare to browse all the latest stories from this edition of #TheFeed:


#TheFeed – How good might our leadership be?

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Making technology work for every type of student – Josh Davis, USA

As an instructional technology coach, Josh Davis is not only among the first to try out new technology at his school, he also gets to experience the initial excitement from both teachers and students when they get to try something they’ve never seen before.

A 17-year veteran in his school district – 15 years as a middle school history teacher, two in his current role – he’s seen a lot of change. And school transformation is a big one.

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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

Join our next #OneNoteQ TweetMeet to Share Your “Best Of 2016 Moments”

 

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Join our next #OneNoteQ TweetMeet to Share Your “Best Of 2016 Moments”

 

During 2016, the OneNote team launched more than 36 new OneNote features that educators won’t want to miss in our blog here. And to celebrate a successful year together, we’re inviting all OneNote avengers to share #Bestof2016 OneNote experiences in our upcoming OneNoteQ TweetMeet on December, 6th at 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, PT.

In preparation for the Twitter chat, below you will find all the information and background you need to join so you can share your favorite #Bestof2016 OneNote moments in our final #OneNoteQ TweetMeet of 2016.… 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.

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Looking back to move forward: A process for whole-school transformation

The following post originally appeared on the global Microsoft in Education blog.


Today’s schools are faced with extraordinary challenges and opportunities. Chief among these opportunities is the chance to rethink and reinvent education to support our most valuable asset: our youth.

Navigating the ever-changing world of school transformation, with the goal of improvement, requires understanding what must change and perhaps even more critically, how to best implement change.

As part of Microsoft’s mission to empower every educator and every student to achieve more, we have outlined both a framework and process to effectively help school leaders create whole school transformation.… Visit the author's original post

Looking back to move forward: A process for whole-school transformation

Today’s schools are faced with extraordinary challenges and opportunities. Chief among these opportunities is the chance to rethink and reinvent education to support our most valuable asset: our youth.

Navigating the ever-changing world of school transformation, with the goal of improvement, requires understanding what must change and perhaps even more critically, how to best implement change.

As part of Microsoft’s mission to empower every educator and every student to achieve more, we have outlined both a framework and process to effectively help school leaders create whole school transformation.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft supports The Guardian’s School Leadership and Management Hub

As you may have previously seen on the blog, this year Microsoft has partnered with The Guardian to showcase the stories and success that our technology has helped to achieve in education across the UK. Back in January we highlighted the Microsoft Partner Zone, which features a range of articles from our educator community which explore how Microsoft technology has impacted the way they teach and their students learn.

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Over the past months we have seen pieces from members of the #MIEExpert community, including Tom Rees, Jonathon Bishop, Charlotte Beckhurst and Alex Eeles, as well as some great articles written by freelance journalist Gerald Haigh and an interview with educational researcher and winner of the 2013 TED Prize, Sugata Mitra.

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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

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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Join us! Computer Science Education Week Begins Today

Today, we help kick off Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code a movement led by Code.org to introduce millions of young people to the creativity of computer science. Learn more.

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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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Bett and Microsoft Join Forces to Empower Education Leaders

We’re thrilled to announce a new global collaboration with Bett that will, over the next three years, deliver inspiring content that promotes innovative, technology-led classroom practices in the UK and around the world. Educator-led sessions will showcase the ideas, practices and technologies that have demonstrated significant impact on educational outcomes, along with inspiring concepts to help develop 21st century skills and find solutions to global challenges. The first of these programs will be rolling out in Mexico City this week. Read more.… 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

Microsoft at EDUCAUSE 2015!

Join us throughout EDUCAUSE to see and experience first-hand the steps we’re taking to achieve just that and how they align to EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues, 2015. Your partnership is important to us and we want to hear from you. Plan time to connect with us at EDUCAUSE on this shared journey of improving learning and student outcomes in higher education.

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Microsoft 21st Century Professional Learning Conversation Guide

The Microsoft 21st Century Professional Learning Conversation Guide, presented as a OneNote notebook, is a professional learning process guide for school leaders, head teachers, professional learning coaches, and teachers to collaborate in redesigning and transforming learning. Learn more about the guide and how to download it.

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Microsoft Answers the ConnectED Challenge, Delivers Technology and Devices to Schools Across America

When President Obama issued his ConnectED Challenge to make sure all students have access to the technology and devices they need to succeed, Microsoft took action. Read about progress since Microsoft joined the ConnectED initiative including the over 3 million students who have received access to Office 365 in K--12 schools across the U.S.

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Potential is Endless for Students in Manteca, California

Potential is endless in Manteca, CA, where young students are delivering PowerPoint presentations, teachers are managing their classes with OneNote, and seniors are graduating with technology skills that will help them in their futures. In 2015, all 23,000 students and 1,200 teachers of MUSD were provided with Windows 8 devices running Office, OneNote, Skype, and Bing in the Classroom. Watch how this unlikely district led massive learning transformation.

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Lead your School like a Business

In an era of change and economic uncertainty, schools are taking steps to alleviate costs where possible. It helps to think of a school as a business – the end product being a productive, intelligent member of society.

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Guest blog by Carmen Fariña, New York City Schools Chancellor: Excitement about SUMMER STEM

Guest blog by Carmen Fariña, New York City Schools Chancellor, about NYC SUMMER STEM 2015, a new Citywide pilot program to deliver high-quality STEM instruction for students moving up from 2nd, 7th, and 10th grades. In New York City this summer, 1200 students will have several weeks of hands-on STEM learning this July and August.

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Educating Fearlessly: Redefining Bravery at the E2 Global Educator Exchange

This week is the E2 Global Educator Exchange, when Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts and student ambassadors from around the globe gather in one place to learn, share and collaborate. The 300 exemplary attendees who are with us in Redmond this week share a number of common qualities – perseverance, creativity and curiosity, to name a few. Read more about E2 Global Educator Exchange.

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It’s time to re-boot modern education

Guest post by Beth Watson, education director for the Asia Pacific region at Microsoft, discusses the need to re-boot modern education to ensure today's learners have a successful education that yields economic growth tomorrow.

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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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Balancing Privacy and Innovation: Protecting Students in Our Digital World

Microsoft firmly believes student data must be protected. Read how Microsoft is turning that belief into action by actively working to protect student data privacy on multiple front in this guest post by Cameron Evans, Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Education.

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Insight and Action to Improve Learning from Data

Education organizations of all kinds are struggling to do more with less. While education leaders know that their data can be used to student and school advantage, many education organizations lack the manpower, tools, and expertise to make use of the data they have. With Microsoft Power BI and Azure Machine Learning, education organizations can have powerful self-serve tools they need to view, analyze, and make predictions from data. 

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Partnerships Advance Microsoft’s Professional Development Mission

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be partnering with a number of top education resource sites and institutions to provide teachers with quality professional development resources. 

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