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
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
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
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
Combining 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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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?
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
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.
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
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.
What updates can you expect to hear about?… Visit the author's original post
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.
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.
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
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
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.
There’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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
by Lidija Kralj
Expert Educator Columnist, Croatia
Second week of using Yammer in school went surprisingly well. We had chance to see why is great to be connected through social network and how urgent information could be easily shared when you have your own online group.
Geer up with GeoGebra
As mentioned in previous post our first task was about kaleidoscope. Students weren’t able to find any real kaleidoscope at home but their parents and grandparents mentioned that toy was usual on village or church fairs when they were young.… Visit the author's original post
by Diah Fakhmawati
Expert Educator Columnist, Indonesia
Usually students’ learning language takes place at classroom or language laboratory. Have you ever imagined what they are doing when they learn language outside classroom and working with plants or tree? They are learning to write a report of some plant. The students work collaboratively with their peers and some sources (writers through books, blogs, websites, and biology teachers). They also draw their natural science or biology knowledge on language product in form of report writing.… Visit the author's original post
by Tammy Dunbar
Expert Educator Columnist, USA
Standing alone in front of the room, I could feel all those eyes looking at me. Could I hold their attention and keep them engaged? Would they take something away from my lesson? Would they be inspired to continue their learning after they left?
This was not my classroom, where facing 34 bright, shining fifth-grade faces is something I do every day. This was a large meeting room at a conference center with more than 80 educators in attendance – and, as we all know, teachers can be the most difficult audience of all.… Visit the author's original post
by Mark Sparvell
Microsoft in Education Showcase Schools Program
Hello fellow education adventurers!
Date: January 2015
Location: Broadclyst Community Primary School Exeter, UK, EX5 3JG
Distance from home: Redmond, USA to Devon, UK is 4732.589 miles
Continuing my journey across the globe , capturing the voices, images and insights from some of our amazing Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators and the leaders of the inspiring Showcase Schools. If you haven’t been following my journey on twitter, might like to add @sparvell to your follows.… Visit the author's original post