Category Archives: Microsoft Educator Community

With the Summer term in full swing, schools across Scotland, England and Wales are getting excited about their own Famous Five adventures!

To mark the 75th Anniversary of Enid Blyton's 'The Famous Five' we invited all schools to take part in our exciting competition as a Literacy Project for their class or an after-school club project, in collaboration with Hachette Children’s Books. We have had so many schools across the country taking part in creating their own exclusive Famous Five Adventures and have loved seeing your enthusiasm for writing on Twitter!… Visit the author's original post

Getting Started with Microsoft Teams – Guides for IT Admins, Teachers and School Leaders

With Office 365 for Education, now with Microsoft Teams, you can now redefine what a classroom means for your teachers and students by bringing in resources from around the world, providing them anytime, anywhere access to learning and giving them the skills they will need for their future. We're pleased to share three Getting Started guides for Microsoft Teams, created specifically for educators, IT admins, or school leaders.… Visit the author's original post

Hack The Classroom contest: Hacking Lessons with Sway

Sway logoHave your creative use of Sway featured on Sway.com!

During our September 24th Hack the Classroom event, we showcased Sway as a fun and easy tool for sharing content. To carry the momentum forward, we are running a competition to see who can develop the best lesson that includes the use of Sway as a creative method for delivering content to students. The winners will be announced live on June 27 during our live Hack the Classroom online event.

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The winners  of the competition will:

  • Be featured on the Microsoft Educator Community
  • Have their Sway featured on the “My Sways” page on Sway.com

 How to participate

  • Create and publish your lesson plan on the Microsoft Educator Community
  • Be sure to embed your Sway (or Sways if you have more than one) using the section titled “Upload Sway and Embed”
  • Add details and supporting resources to your lesson so that any teacher could pick your lesson up and teach it in their own class.
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Nominate yourself today: 2017-18 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert recruitment open now until July 15

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We are thrilled to announce that the 2017-2018 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) recruitment period is now open!  We are currently seeking educators from around the world to join our next class of MIEEs. The self-nomination period opens April 15 and closes July 15. All self-nominations must be received during this period.

How to nominate yourself

ms-badge-3The MIE Expert Program is an exclusive program created to recognize global educator visionaries who are using technology to pave the way for their peers in the effective use of technology, for better learning and student outcomes.… Visit the author's original post

Nominate yourself today: 2017-18 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert recruitment open now until July 15

We are thrilled to announce that the 2017-2018 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) recruitment period is now open!  We are currently seeking educators from around the world to join our next class of MIEEs. The self-nomination period opens April 15 and closes July 15. All self-nominations must be received during this period.

How to nominate yourself

MIE Expert BadgeThe MIE Expert Program is an exclusive program created to recognize global educator visionaries who are using technology to pave the way for their peers in the effective use of technology, for better learning and student outcomes.… Visit the author's original post

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

Celebrate World Book Day with a live author visit via Skype!

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We all know the importance of literacy skills, but how can you really bring this to life for students? Why not invite an author, illustrator, or writer live into your classroom via Skype and let the magic begin?

Join the fun and celebrate the World Book Day with live connections through the Microsoft Educator Community of which Skype in the Classroom is a part of. There are over 200 authors waiting to hear from you! All Skype activities are FREE and an opportunity to break down the walls of your classrooms and inspire the next generation, no matter where you are in the world.… Visit the author's original post

Showcase Classroom FAQs – A quick solution to enhancing collaborative working

showcase-classroom-cropped-logoWe have seen thousands of educators, colleges and universities come through the Showcase Classroom, each at a different stage in their journey of digital transformation, and in every session we are asked a range of questions about our technology and how it can make a real impact in the classroom. These questions and discussions will form the basis of our Showcase Classroom blog series, where we will be sharing the insights, experiences, tips & tricks and more, from those who pass through the Showcase Classroom.Visit the author's original post

Computer Science in the Classroom – Get Coding with BBC micro:bit through Twilight Sessions

The following post is written by Microsoft Teacher Ambassador Natalie Burgess. If you’d like to join a BBC micro:bit Twilight Session near Renfrewshire, please follow the registration link at the bottom of this post.


Tuesday 7th February marked the beginning of three Twilight Sessions for teachers across Renfrewshire and Central Scotland to gain confidence and skills when teaching Code in the classroom, using the BBC micro:bit. This event was put together in collaboration between Microsoft, West College Scotland, Paisley YMCA and Renfrewshire Council.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft in Education: Upcoming Webinars and On-Demand Content

This year, Microsoft in Education are laying on a variety of different webinars of a diverse series of topics, all hosted by teachers and experts from all over the UK. They are all free to join, so register for as many as you’d like, and learn new tricks and trips to apply in your classroom! Don’t worry if you can’t make the live session at the time, as all of our webinars are being recorded, and will be  available on demand afterwards.Visit the author's original post

Showcase Classroom FAQs – Demonstrating learning through Sway

showcase-classroom-cropped-logoWe have seen thousands of educators, colleges and universities come through the Showcase Classroom, each at a different stage in their journey of digital transformation, and in every session we are asked a range of questions about our technology and how it can make a real impact in the classroom. These questions and discussions will form the basis of our Showcase Classroom blog series, where we will be sharing the insights, experiences, tips & tricks and more, from those who pass through the Showcase Classroom.Visit the author's original post

Complete an Hour of Code as part of Computer Science Education Week

Next week sees the return of Computer Science Education Week, and with it the opportunity to join tens of millions of other students in over 180 countries, in participating in the Hour of Code!


Promoting STEM in the classroom

Digital skills are set to add £3bn to the economy in the next five years, and it is important that the next generation doesn’t miss out on the potential the digital world offers and the ability for them to succeed in it.

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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

Less than two weeks until to #HackTheClassroom – register your place

Register for #HackTheClassroom: 4pm-6pm September 24th

 


 

In less than two weeks thousands of members of the global educator community will be coming together once again for our #HackTheClassroom online event. As well as having the opportunity to hear and share ideas, virtual attendees will get to take part in a number of activities and sessions during the two hours.

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Many members of the #MIEExpert programme and members of the Microsoft team will shape the agenda, as well as thought leaders from the industry.

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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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Microsoft Showcase School Ysgol Bae Baglan to open doors to 1,500 students

The subject of a recent BBC feature, Ysgol Bae Baglan in Port Talbot is a brand new Microsoft Showcase School, and a shining example of how technology can be used to empower educators and transform learning outcomes for students.

Watch the BBC report here: £40m Ysgol Bae Baglan ‘superschool’ in Port Talbot to open

Replacing a total of four schools in the area (three secondary and one primary), the new site at Ysgol Bae Baglan is one of only seven schools in Wales that will offer education to pupils from the ages of three to 16, and will open its doors to 1,500 pupils and 200 staff.… Visit the author's original post

Join #HackTheClassroom to receive 500 points towards your Microsoft Educator Community profile!

As we continue to count down the days to #HackTheClassroom (less that four weeks to go, now!), we can once again hear from Teacher Ambassador Natalie Burgess, who recently caught up with one of our MIEEs about their experience of the live event in January. It’s also worth mentioning at this point that after you have participated in the online event you will receive 500 points towards your Microsoft Educator Community profile and a cool Hack The Classroom badge!


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The first ever #HackTheClassroom digital event took place on January 30, 2016, as tens of thousands of educators from all over the world were inspired to do amazing things in their classrooms!… Visit the author's original post

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