Category Archives: lesson plans

Day 4 @ BETT 2017 – Hacking STEM in the Maker Space

So as the final announcements ring out over the public address system, the shutters come down at the ExCel, and the weary legs and feet of exhibitors and visitors alike carry us all home, BETT 2017 draws to a hugely successful close. We hope you’ve enjoyed coming to our stands and seeing all of our connected speakers across the show floor, but most importantly we hope that you leave BETT 2017 with some inspiration and confidence for new classroom ideas and digital transformation in your place of learning.

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Announcing the micro:bit Christmas Challenge!

As schoolchildren (and their teachers!) excitedly continue to count down the days until Christmas, festive themed activities and lesson plans are appearing in classrooms up and down the land! We’re pleased to share news of another way that you can bring a sprinkling of yuletide magic and wonder to your students, through the BBC micro:bit Christmas Challenge!

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How could the micro:bit help Santa deliver his Christmas presents this year?

2016-12-04-christmas-challengeThe Micro:bit Foundation has been contacted by Santa Claus himself.… Visit the author's original post

How the restructured Educator Community better supports educators

We’re pleased to share the news of updates to the Microsoft Educator Community, based on feedback from you – the users! The site itself has undergone a significant makeover, with a new layout and structure designed to better support educators around the world.

Packed full of fantastic teacher resources such as lesson plans, CPD course, quick tip videos, badges, discussions and the hugely popular Skype in the Classroom virtual fieldtrips, the Microsoft Educator Community is everything a teacher needs to develop, all in one place.… Visit the author's original post

How to start your CPD with the Microsoft Educator Community

If you are a frequent reader of the blog, you may have seen many of our posts recently referring to the Microsoft Educator Community. This digital community is your one-stop shop for everything you may need for teacher training and CPD, combining experience of the Microsoft Educator Network and Skype in the Classroom.  This site is a central destination where you’ll have access to over 1.5 million educators around the world, a fresh selection of professional development courses and resources, thousands of inspiring lesson plans, and access to live lessons and virtual field trips.… Visit the author's original post

Teachers Try Science

Looking to add a little excitement to your Science classes?  Searching for some lesson plan inspiration to celebrate the upcoming 20th anniversary of Science Week (November 8th to 15th)?  No problem. Apart from the brilliant Science Week website there is a veritable virtual smorgasbord of STEM resources available on the web covering all levels and offering detailed lesson plans, multi-media resources and printables; all with the aim of sparking students’ interest in STEM.


One of the better websites promoting STEM I’ve come across is Teachers Try Science. … Visit the author's original post

Teacher Marija: Mix a Tube and Sway It!

by Marija Petreska
Expert Educator Columnist, Macedonia

Another Sway feature I simply adore alongside with Swaying tweets is Swaying YouTube videos. And I devote this blog post on tips and ideas how to mix some video lessons and sway them.

1. Lip Sync

There are a few short animated fims that I’ve been dying to share and just thought of how to create lesson plans with them. I’ll start with with Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty.

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Lessons from the media: Monty the Penguin

This is a guest post from Hélène Fyffe, an undergraduate starting her final year at Edinburgh Napier University, having spent a year on placement with Microsoft UK Education as part of her course.

As stated in my post last week, I'm going to dedicate a series of blogs to illuminating ideas for class exercises for the upper end of Primary based on popular occurrences and productions in the media. In each blog I'll suggest a particular technology platform, for example an Office 365 in Education app that I think would be a fun medium to make the exercises really engaging for the students.… Visit the author's original post