Category Archives: MEC

30th March – TeachMeet at Microsoft Showcase School in Wiltshire – REGISTER NOW!

hardenhuish_schoolTeachers in and around Chippenham, Wiltshire, are encouraged to attend an afternoon TeachMeet next week, at nearby Microsoft Showcase School Hardenhuish School. Free to attend, the event runs from 4pm-6pm on Thursday 30th March, and is a fantastic opportunity to learn from and be inspired by other teachers in your local area.

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If you’re unfamiliar the concept and traditional format of a TeachMeet, it is very straightforward! Teachers will sign up to deliver short presentations (roughly 3-6 minutes long), that shares a project, a resource or tool that they have used to good effect in their own teaching or administration, that would be useful for other teachers.… Visit the author's original post

Day Two @ BETT 2017 – What you may have missed

Phew…! Still with us?! Another action-packed day at BETT 2017 draws to a close, and as attendees and exhibitors start to make their ways home, there is much to reflect on and ponder.

Yesterday our BETT 2017 Day One recap looked at some of the talks and sessions happening further afield across the BETT exhibition floor, so for this evening’s edition we’ll focus on some of the Learn Live Theatre sessions being delivered by educators and school leaders on the Microsoft stand and some of the activity from the Microsoft Partner Campus.

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MEC Monday: Three Nations Skype-a-thon challenge

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For this week’s MEC Monday blog post, we are of course going to take another look at the global #Skypeathon that starts tomorrow, and see some of the different ways you can get involved!

Last year students and educators all over the world travelled millions of virtual miles together, as they connected via Skype to other classrooms, and more about their languages, cultures, weather, geography, and so much more. There is still time for your school to join in this fantastic event, and some extra special unique elements for UK participants to explore…

Microsoft Educator Community UK: Three Nations Skype-a-thon challenge

Teachers in Wales, Scotland and England: Take part in our challenge with your school and classroom to be part of an unforgettable journey!

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#MIEExpert-led Webinars – December 2016 Schedule

With festive-themed adverts from high street shops and household name brands appearing across television, radio, billboards, social media, and every other conceivable medium, there’s no denying that it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… But there’s still plenty of teaching and learning to be done before everyone takes a well-earned break over the holidays!

As well as the obvious treats of the season, December brings with it more MIEExpert webinars!

So regardless of whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, all are welcome and encouraged to register for any and all of the sessions below.… Visit the author's original post

MEC Monday: Technology Guest Speakers for Hour of Code

Last week for our MEC Monday blog post we looked ahead to the upcoming #Skypeathon (November 29th & 30th – mark your calendars!) by exploring the Skype in the Classroom Personal Development Webinar, hosted by Skype Master Teacher and MIE Expert Jed Dearybury. The webinar took place last week, but the recording is now available on the same page within the Microsoft Educator Community.

This week, we’re once again going to preview and upcoming global event by looking at some of the supporting materials that can be found on the MEC, and showing you how to get involved.

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MEC Monday: Skype in the Classroom Professional Development Webinar

This month sees the return of the global #Skypeathon, taking place between on November 29th and 30th, connecting classrooms and students from all over the world as together they travel millions of virtual miles to take part in Skype Lessons, Mystery Skype, Virtual Field Trips, and to hear from guest speakers.

But before then, teachers yet to use Skype in the Classroom have a great opportunity to familiarise themselves with this hugely popular learning tool through a Professional Development Webinar, which is our focus for this week’s MEC Monday blog post.… Visit the author's original post

MEC Monday: Curated STEM Resources

Over the last few weeks we’ve been taking a look each Monday at a different course, resource or activity from the Microsoft Educator Community. There is something for everyone on the MEC, no matter what subject or age group you teach, with courses and activities varying in duration, so regardless of how much time you have to commit, you’ll find something to do to further your own CPD or to engage your students.

So far we have covered:

This week we’re turning our focus to a collection of materials with in the MEC, all related to STEM.… Visit the author's original post

MEC Monday: Mission 8848 – take your class to Mount Everest

For this week’s ‘MEC Monday’ blog post we’re highlighting some of the learning activities from the Microsoft Educator Community that schools can take part in next year around an expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest.


Mission 8848 to Everest – Mark Wood

Mark WoodIn 2013 explorer Mark Wood attempted a 72 day expedition to ascend Mount Everest. The remarkable part of this journey was that he connected to over 10,000 school children worldwide using mobile technology from the extremes of the mountain and in real time, making Everest one of the most incredible and inspiring classrooms in the world.

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MEC Monday: 21st Century Learning Design

Regular readers of the Microsoft Education UK Schools Blog will have noticed that we’ve recently started a ‘MEC Monday’ blogs series that each week takes a closer look at one of the CPD courses, resources, lesson plans, activities or tutorials that can be found on the Microsoft Educator Community.

There are many different ways for educators to undertake their own CPD on the MEC, depending on how much time they have available, what skills they already have, and what technologies they are already familiar with.… Visit the author's original post

MEC Monday: Teaching with Technology 2016

Following on from last week’s look at some of the top tips and classroom hacks shared by educators from all over the world during September’s #HackTheClassroom live online event, we have another ‘MEC Monday’ post to bring you, which shines the spotlight on another course, resource or aspect of the Microsoft Educator Community.

This week, we’re going to take a look at one of the teacher CPD courses that can be found within the Courses and Resources section of the MEC.

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MEC Monday: Class Hacks from #HackTheClassroom

We’re back with another ‘MEC Monday’ blog post, bringing you some highlights from wide array of courses, activities, materials and lesson plans that can be found on the Microsoft Educator Community.

Last week we took a look at the training course ‘Introduction to Microsoft Classroom’, which comprises three interactive tutorials, followed by a quiz to assess understanding of the material, as well as earn participants points towards their MEC badges.

Today we’re going to look at some of the everyday hacks that educators from all over the world shared during the recent #HackTheClassroom event, which can be found within the Courses and Resources section on the Microsoft Educator Community:

Class Hacks from #HackTheClassroom

On September 24, thousands of educators around the world joined for two hours of hacking, innovation, and inspiration.Visit the author's original post

MEC Monday: Introduction to Microsoft Classroom

Every Monday we’ll take a look at an example of the content that can be found on the Microsoft Educator Community. Anyone familiar with the MEC will be aware of the broad range of lesson plans, quick tip videos, teacher CPD courses and discussion topics available, so this series of blogs will should offer something for everyone, regardless of how prominent a role technology plays in your classroom, and indeed how much time you are able to spend on development.… 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

Skype in the Classroom – September Picks from the Microsoft Educator Community

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As schools up and down the land are heading back for the start of the academic year, teachers and students of all ages will be settling into their routines and rolling their sleeves up for another term of work. And as it’s a new month, we are also able to share some more of the top picks for the Skype in the Classroom sessions available through the Microsoft Educator Community.

With content coming from some of our very own UK MIEEs (Paul Watkins and Iro Stefopoulou), there’s plenty to be found in this month’s Sway:

  • If you are looking for ways to use Skype in the Classroom in your class, read our Teacher’s Guide and find how to integrate it in your curriculum.
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Guest post from Teacher Ambassador Natalie Burgess – Back to School with Microsoft

With the following post we’d like to formally welcome one of our new Teacher Ambassadors to the Microsoft UK Education team! Many of you will have come across Natalie Burgess before, as she has been as #MIEExpert for a number of years, and ran sessions in the Showcase Classroom section of our stand at BETT 2016.

Ahead of the new academic year, Natalie has written a short blog post offering some ideas for how teachers can use technology to get to know their new students – and help the students get to know each other.Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Educator Community – Skype Lesson Highlights: August 2016

It may be the summer holidays, but that doesn’t mean that teachers are resting on their laurels. Of course, a well-earned rest is necessary for all, but the mind will want to remain active, and educators up and down the land will no doubt be giving some thought to the next academic year.

The Microsoft Educator Community is host to a broad range of resources, lesson plans, activities and teacher CPD courses, freely available to educators all over the world. Much of the content is created by members of the #MIEExpert community, with many of them running Skype in the Classroom sessions that connect with educators from every corner of the globe.

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Become a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert – applications now open!

Applications are now open for teachers wishing to join the Microsoft Innovative Educator programme. Details for applying can be found below, but before we get to that we’d like to share some of the things us here in the Microsoft UK Education team have been up to this year with the members of our local MIE community.


What’s it like being a MIE-Expert?

At the heart of everything we do here is the mission to empower every student on the planet to expect more, to do more, and to be more.… Visit the author's original post

Celebrate #WorldTurtleDay with your class using the Microsoft Educator Community

Today is #WorldTurtleDay, and to help you mark the occasion there are some fantastic resources and activities to be found within the Microsoft Educator Community.

Studying wildlife and the natural world is a great way for young children to be introduced to and gain an understanding of a number of different topic areas, from the biological study of the animals themselves, to sustainability and conservation, geography and environmental issues, weather and climate, different cultures around the world, and many more themes and disciplines in between.… Visit the author's original post

Video tutorial – Getting started on the Microsoft Educator Community

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The Microsoft Educator Community (or MEC, as we call it!) is a new community site that combines the 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.

Once you’re registered on the site (it’s free!) you can gain access to all of these resources which are continually being added to, and also start earning badges and tracking your own teacher CPD progress.

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Join the Microsoft in Education and Naace Webinar

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If you are looking to develop your teaching and learning through great training resources and opportunities to share best practice, then look no further. On Thursday 5th May, Mike Tholfsen, OneNote Programme Manager, and Stuart Ball, Partners in Learning lead at Microsoft UK, will be delivering a webinar to update you with exciting news and updates from Microsoft in Education and guide you through how to kick start your training and CPD.

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Stay up-to-date with Microsoft in Education

Keeping up with Microsoft in Education can be tricky. Every month we have experiences and events, device updates, Office 365 development, a wealth of new resources and so much more.

Being an educator means you have infinite demands and limited time, so we at Microsoft have tried to make it as easy as possible for you by producing a monthly e-newsletter. This newsletter will contains the latest and greatest of what we’re doing in education, to make it as simple as possible for you to make the most of what we have to offer.

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Gerald Haigh – The impact of the Microsoft Educator Community on whole-school CPD

This week we have been looking at the Microsoft Education Community through the eyes of individual teachers, but for this final day of #MECweek, we are going to assess the broader impact that can be felt across schools as a whole when the educators within an institution embark upon a course of teacher CPD.

We sent Gerald Haigh to speak to some of the head teachers at schools where the MEC is being enthusiastically embraced by the staff, and below are his findings and thoughts on the wider impact of teacher CPD through the Microsoft Educator Community.Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Educator Community – ‘Earn Badges’ – with #MIEExperts Sarah Clark and Paul Dredge

All this week we have been going into more depth on each of the areas of the Microsoft Educator Community, and exploring the ways that people can take value from the wealth of free teacher CPD resources and peer interactions that can be found through the site that is being colloquially known as the ‘MEC’.

 If you missed our previous post about how to join the MEC, you can find it here:

How to start your CPD with the Microsoft Educator Community

With six main areas of the site for teachers to immerse themselves in, we’re going to look at each of them through the eyes of an educator, and hear from them how they have used materials, courses, tutorials or the network of other members of the MEC to further their own personal development and put the new skills or approaches into practice in the classroom.

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Microsoft Educator Community – ‘Share your Expertise’ – with #MIEExpert Stewart Davies

All this week we’ll be going into more depth on each of the areas of the Microsoft Educator Community, and exploring the ways that people can take value from the wealth of free teacher CPD resources and peer interactions that can be found through the site that is being colloquially known as the ‘MEC’.

If you missed our previous post about how to join the MEC, you can find it here:

How to start your CPD with the Microsoft Educator Community

With six main areas of the site for teachers to immerse themselves in, we’re going to look at each of them through the eyes of an educator, and hear from them how they have used materials, courses, tutorials or the network of other members of the MEC to further their own personal development and put the new skills or approaches into practice in the classroom.

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Microsoft Educator Community – ‘Connect with Others’ – with #MIEExpert Henry Penfold

All this week we’ll be going into more depth on each of the areas of the Microsoft Educator Community, and exploring the ways that people can take value from the wealth of free teacher CPD resources and peer interactions that can be found through the site that is being colloquially known as the ‘MEC’.

 If you missed our previous post about how to join the MEC, you can find it here:

How to start your CPD with the Microsoft Educator Community

 With six main areas of the site for teachers to immerse themselves in, we’re going to look at each of them through the eyes of an educator, and hear from them how they have used materials, courses, tutorials or the network of other members of the MEC to further their own personal development and put the new skills or approaches into practice in the classroom.

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Microsoft Educator Community – ‘Get Trained’ – with #MIEExpert Martine Mannion

All this week we’ll be going into more depth on each of the areas of the Microsoft Educator Community, and exploring the ways that people can take value from the wealth of free teacher CPD resources and peer interactions that can be found through the site that is being colloquially known as the ‘MEC’.

If you missed our previous post about how to join the MEC, you can find it here:
How to start your CPD with the Microsoft Educator Community

With six main areas of the site for teachers to immerse themselves in, we’re going to look at each of them through the eyes of an educator, and hear from them how they have used materials, courses, tutorials or the network of other members of the MEC to further their own personal development and put the new skills or approaches into practice in the classroom.Visit the author's original post

Tweet your Badges during #MECweek to win a Windows tablet

Start your free teacher CPD on the Microsoft Educator Community to be in with a chance of winning a tablet device during #MECweek!

The Microsoft Educator Community (or MEC, as you may see it referred to) is a new community site that combines the 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

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

Experience Windows 10, devices, Surface Book and teacher resources on the Stone 25th Anniversary Tour

This year Stone are celebrating their 25th birthday, and so like a rolling Stone they’re taking to the road in a tech-packed 13.5m articulated lorry across the UK to celebrate.

Spanning 25 venues across 8 weeks from the 29th of March until the 19th of May, the tour aims to bring you a vision of the future of technology, excite you with some of the latest innovative tech and inspire you with the art of the possible.… Visit the author's original post