Category Archives: Microsoft in Education

Embracing Cloud Learning at Guilsborough Academy

Office 365 provides a wealth of benefits to any school, college and university that wishes to enhance student learning experience. Guilsborough Academy has recently made the exciting switch from SharePoint on-premises to Office 365 SharePoint Online. Today, we’re looking at some of the incredible opportunities SharePoint Online has created for both staff and pupils at the school.… Visit the author's original post

Why you need to be at Bett 2018

As a global partner of Bett, the UK show is always a special occasion for all of us at Microsoft in Education. As well as being a fantastic opportunity to meet with education leaders, teachers, support staff and learners of all ages, we are fortunate to be joined each year by representatives from many of the institutions we work with, who kindly give up their time to share their stories. By engaging with the wider audience and demonstrating the ways in which they have utilised technology to improve teaching and learning outcomes, we are able to showcase in real terms the ways in which Microsoft is delivering on its promise to empower the educators and learners of today to build the world of tomorrow.… Visit the author's original post

‘Imagine If’ with EduConnect – 20th December 2017

EduConnect is a cross-company initiative comprised of a team of Microsoft UK interns from all over the business, under the tutelage of Craig Parker, the Microsoft UK Education Partner Lead. Together, they share a collective desire to empower children to get into coding and STEM. One key focus of the EduConnect team is to train other Microsoft employees so that they can run sessions in their local schools that include coding activities, micro:bit projects and STEM initiatives. The team also visit schools themselves, running activities on-site, recently marked Ada Lovelace day by putting on events and activities throughout October, engaging over 300 children.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Education Exchange comes to Singapore in 2018

For MIEExperts from all over the world, E2 is three days of recognising and celebrating the achievements of educators who combine content, pedagogy, and technology in exemplary ways to prepare students for success in the 21st Century. This event brings together the most innovative educators and leaders from around the world for the opportunity to collaborate, create, and share their experiences on how to integrate technology and pedagogy to advance learning, achieve student outcomes, and transform education...… Visit the author's original post

Office in Education – Live Webinar April 4th

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

Partner Post: ‘OneNote Learning Tools: Explained’ – by Hable

Following on from our earlier article from #TheFeed shedding light on the BDA’s study at Knowl Hill School around the impact of technology on SEND learners, we are pleased to share a post from Microsoft in Education partner Hable, which takes a closer look at some of the features of Learning Tools for OneNote.

OneNote Learning Tools : Explained

by Nic Clark, #TeamHable

With the release of the Learning Tools extension for not only Word online, but also now OneNote online, I thought it was time to explain how to find them and help you learn the basics.… Visit the author's original post

#TheFeed – MIEE Report: It starts with an iDEA, by Graeme Lawrie

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 by Graeme Lawrie, Director of Innovation and Outreach at Sevenoaks School, and explores the digital initiative iDEA, which is a national project that hosts a series of online challenges and events allowing the users to win career enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain nationally recognised awards.Visit the author's original post

Discover the power of Surface Hub in Education with our free-to-attend event in London


Next week we are opening the doors of our Showcase Classroom located in the Microsoft offices in Paddington, London, for an exclusive morning of sessions designed specifically around the use of Surface Hub in education.

Register now for Surface Hub for Education – Thursday 16th February

mssurfacehub_edu_1049_1_rgbCombining the familiarity and traditional uses of a digital whiteboard with the same full Windows experience that Surface users are accustomed to, the Surface Hub with its superior inking capabilities and range of applications is broadening the horizon of what is possible – and expected – in the classroom.… 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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Learn to lead education transformation – Microsoft and edX

New courses from edX and Microsoft

An important part of Microsoft’s commitment to education transformation is empowering school leaders to do more, whether that’s enhancing classroom learning and outcomes for today, or getting schools ready for tomorrow’s challenges. So we’re especially excited to announce that registration is open for our latest professional courses, offered in partnership with edX.

Starting in January, these five new online courses are designed to help guide K-12 school principals and headmasters, superintendents and school leaders through the challenges – and opportunities – of education transformation.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft School Data Sync (SDS) and Teacher Dashboard for Microsoft Office 365 at Ribblesdale High School

The following is a guest post written by Gerald Haigh. Here he reports on a Lancashire secondary school that is living up to its Microsoft Showcase School status by piloting, for proof of concept, Microsoft School Data Sync (SDS) and Teacher Dashboard for Microsoft Office 365.

Supported by two Microsoft partner businesses, the school demonstrates that SDS makes it possible to populate classroom applications – in this case Microsoft OneNote Class Notebook, and Teacher Dashboard from Axis12 — automatically and quickly with details of pupils, classes and groups held in the school management system.… Visit the author's original post

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

“Small steps to big impact” – Register now for Hack The Classroom, September 24th


Hack The Classroom is back! On Saturday 24th September educators from all over the world will come together to share ideas, experiences, insights and conversation, as the education community as a whole looks to drive further innovation in the classroom through the use of technology.

Register now for Hack The Classroom – 24th September, 1600-1800 BST

The theme for this live event will be “small steps to big impact”, and joining host Anthony Salcito is a line-up of exciting industry speakers and trailblazing educators, featuring many hacks created by teachers from around the world.… Visit the author's original post

Back to School with Microsoft: Student focused, teacher inspired innovation with Office 365 Education

The following originally appeared on the Official Microsoft Blog last week, and provides further detail on a number of new Education features for the new school year that can be found across a variety of Microsoft technologies available to educators and students.


Back to School with Microsoft: Student focused, teacher inspired innovation with Office 365 Education

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Microsoft is “All In” for Education. Today, we’re highlighting some exciting new features of Office 365 Education for the upcoming school year – Microsoft Classroom, School Data Sync, Microsoft Forms, OneNote ink and Learning Tools.… Visit the author's original post

Meet UK Snr Director of Education, Steve Beswick

The following post originally appeared in the Issue 6 of #TheFeed, and was written by Gerald Haigh, Freelance Journalist, following his interview with Steve Beswick. As discussed in the post below, Steve is well known in the Microsoft UK Education business as his position as Senior Director spans across sales, marketing, partner development and so much more. Anyone who has been to our #RedefineLearn events will likely have heard from Steve Beswick, but if not, now is your chance to get to know him…

I hadn’t been in conversation with Steve Beswick for long before I recognised there was something in the way he spoke both about his work and Microsoft.… Visit the author's original post

Windows 10 Upgrade Guide for Schools

The summer is a fantastic time for education IT administrators to make school or college-wide updates to devices, systems and infrastructure. For those schools, colleges and universities that are yet to upgrade to Windows 10, the next few months provide an perfect opportunity to deploy and discover all of the fantastic new features in our latest operating system, in preparation for the new academic year beginning in September.

Below is a simple hands-on guide for everyone looking to upgrade their school to Windows 10, and takes you through the whole process, including:

  • Assembling your upgrade toolkit
  • Getting the upgrade started
  • Finishing the upgrade
  • Upgrade complete–what comes next?
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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

View the Office 365 Roadmap to see what’s coming up for Education

Office 365 is available to students and teachers at no cost through their academic institution. Click here to check eligibility and to download onto multiple devices.

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When you make any investment in technology you are investing in a living thing. The pace of development in today’s world is such that improvements and alterations are seemingly continuously available to software, hardware and infrastructure, and with the increasing utilisation of the cloud, platforms and tools can be upgraded ‘on the fly’ by the providers without the end users having to break stride.… Visit the author's original post

Join the Microsoft in Education and Naace Webinar

MEC Homepage

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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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.

Microsoft Partner Zone Screen Grab

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 @ BETT 2016

Now that the tinsel is packed away from Christmas and the New Year resolution diets are in full flow, it can only mean one thing: BETT 2016 is upon us!

For the Microsoft education team, the BETT Show is a special time of the year. The show offers the whole team a chance to meet with our broader community, provide a stage to our Showcase Schools and MIEEs to share their stories/best practice and connect with the many Microsoft partners exhibiting at the show.… Visit the author's original post

Applications to join the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Programme are now open!

Microsoft Expert Educator

We are recruiting! Regular readers of this blog should be familiar what teacher and school leaders that we refer to as Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts - MIEEs - and you may have seen content tagged with #MIEExpert15.

It's now your opportunity to apply to be part of this programme, and we're pleased to be able to share details of how you can get involved.

To refresh your memory, or if you've not heard of it before, the MIE Expert program is designed for educators who are thought leaders in innovative learning with technology and want to amplify their reach and voice to all educators.… Visit the author's original post

Tablets in action at Hardenhuish School

The following is a guest post from Gerald Haigh, looking at the way schools can learn from each other when it comes to deploying tablets. As he explores below, while the scale of a rollout may dictate the types of devices that a school opts for, when using Windows tablets the underpinning platform of Office 365 is available to all and allows for a consistent working experience to be enjoyed by all members of staff and students.


Linx 8There’s little doubt that the arrival of inexpensive Windows tablets (Dell, HP, Linx, Toshiba, for example) is giving schools – especially those needing to update or replace their existing computers - the freedom to think differently about their technology infrastructure.… Visit the author's original post

OneNote for Students – Getting the most out of OneNote [Interactive Tutorial]

Creating notes during classes, or researching a topic for a project or assignment will often involve having to gather information from a variety of sources and in a number of different formats. Thanks to OneNote, students are able to easily collate, organise, annotate, link, share and protect their work in their notebooks.

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OneNote is available at no cost to teachers and students through Office 365 Pro Plus Benefit

Part three of the ‘Student Basics’ interactive tutorial from OneNote in Education is titled ‘Getting the most out of OneNote’, and guides you through a number of the different features and functions, including:

  • Taking linked notes
  • Sharing your notes
  • Importing and exporting content

Linked notes can really help to give greater context to your shorthand notes by providing a quick and easy way to access related content without cluttering your more succinct notes.… Visit the author's original post

North Carolina Celebrates Its Student Milestone – 200,000 Microsoft Certifications

Seeing young people learning and achieving more in schools is one of the most rewarding aspects of my work. This week, some wonderful news came from the schools in North Carolina, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you.


Today, the state superintendent of North Carolina announced that North Carolina schools have achieved the significant milestone of more than 200,000 Microsoft certifications!


In the fall of 2010, Microsoft and the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction piloted the first-ever statewide Microsoft IT Academy (ITA) program in the United States. In the span of just five years, students and teachers in North Carolina have earned more than 200,000 professional certifications in Microsoft technologies.Visit the author's original post

OneNote for Students – Working faster with OneNote [Interactive Tutorial]

E2 - MD - 2 It may sound cliché, but all students are individuals. No matter what age they are, whether they are at primary schools, sixth form college or university, they will each have their own ways of note taking and studying that work for them. Being able to enjoy the flexibility of creating and organising notes, homework, assignments and other study materials in a way that suits their own learning style, while retaining the ability to collaborate with teachers and other students from the same workspace is one of the key strengths of OneNote.… Visit the author's original post

First try to capture the uncapturable


So this is the first blog post in a (certain) series of blog posts I will do after the Microsoft Educator Exchange in Redmond. I want to look into different aspects in each post and today I want to focus on the event as a whole.

It’s not a tech-Forum, it is a teach-forum!

So, of course, when you hear Microsoft everybody is thinking of technology and software, BUT this Educator Exchange was exactly about what the titles promises. An Exchange between edcuators from all around the world.… Visit the author's original post

Marija Petreska: Last Minute Microsoft Love

 by Marija Petreska
Expert Educator Columnist, Macedonia

I know it is the very last minute for Valentine’s Day classroom tips and ideas, but Friday is always reserved for me and I could not but share my love for Microsoft. Shall we start! I’ll go by favorites, so my first activity will naturally be of PowerPoint. Sorry OneNote and Office Mix you can never beat first love.

1. PowerPoint
It is more than obvious that I’ll suggest creating Valentine’s cards in PowerPoint but not so obvious what to do with them.… Visit the author's original post

Hari Krishna Arya: My Journey in Learning ICT

by Hari Krishna Arya
Expert Educator Columnist, India

“Every time you overcome a challenge, it will lift you up, build you strong and make it easier for you to overcome your next trial.” This is the beauty of challenges and I strongly believe in this. This always motivate me to do something new and unique. Here is my story of facing challenges and overcoming them.

I have been very passionate to use innovative practices in teaching and always wanted to do something new and exciting.… Visit the author's original post