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More than books: The Cultivate World Literacy project is empowering schools and students to reach new readers globally

The 126 million illiterate youth in the world today are looking at an almost certain life of poverty. This fact is what has driven my passion to give children books as much as I am able, and to travel to South Africa – twice so far – to make a difference.

In my month as a volunteer teacher in Africa, I saw state-of-the-art schools. I also saw schools where children shared desks with three others in overcrowded classrooms. I recorded and later played back a chant one classroom of 6th graders sang to me, “Julie, we need you!” and felt discouraged.… Visit the author's original post

Has this educator discovered the secret to getting girls excited about STEM?

The Microsoft Innovation Educator (MIE) Expert program connects high-potential teachers across Australia – and from around the world – to share their vision and expertise in applying technology to the classroom. In this MIE Expert profile, we talk to Tobias Hogg of Kardinia International College about encouraging female students to pursue their interests in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) through a host of less-than-conventional ways.

Tell us a bit about your role, and where technology fits into your approach to teaching.

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How a New Jersey middle school uses Minecraft: Education Edition to teach game design

How do you teach game design in a middle school setting? According to Steve Isaacs, who teaches at the William Annin Middle School in New Jersey, just 45 minutes west of New York City, it looks a bit like this:

Steve teaches Game Design and Development via a quest-based (or choice-based) learning environment, providing students with a variety of options as they work through activities, often set inside the worlds of Minecraft: Education Edition. Students create minigames in Minecraft, or even full story-driven games, by working with the game’s functional Redstone and command blocks, which can trigger in-world events.… Visit the author's original post

My advice for other teachers: “Learn to play, and play to learn”

The Microsoft Innovation Educator (MIE) Expert program connects high-potential teachers across Australia – and from around the world – to share their vision and expertise in applying technology to the classroom. We sat down with Marianne Grasso, Assistant Principal of Bonnyrigg Public School, to find out how she’s driven digital learning and IT adoption in one of Sydney’s lower socioeconomic areas.

Marianne, you initially encountered Microsoft OneNote a couple of years ago. What potential did you see in it at the time?

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Tacoma School district uses data to provide needs-based training and support

Tacoma Public Schools started a Microsoft Innovative Educator program last year, hoping to create an ongoing support system for technology in the classroom. In the past, instructional technology support and training would fall on the shoulders of the district Instructional Facilitators. They would provide training by posting a district-wide class at a not-so-central location, on a topic of their choosing and at a time that fit a handful of schedules. Does this sound familiar?

Tacoma is moving past the old approach to professional development, where one would shoot at the target and hope to hit a bullseye.… Visit the author's original post

Florida educator rethinks social media as skill for students

A designer, surfer, father, foodie, photographer, sketch artist, lover of technology, and just an all-around geek: Josh Murdock (@professorjosh) sees himself as many different things. However, if you ask any of his students, many of them faculty at his college and more destined to be future educators themselves, they’ll say he’s a teacher of teachers.

Finding ways to change and keep up with new teaching methods, and connecting with students through collaborative learning, is all part and parcel of Josh’s role.… Visit the author's original post

This teacher’s getting her students to design their own games. Here’s how.

The Microsoft Innovation Educator (MIE) Expert program connects high-potential teachers across Australia – and from around the world – to share their vision and expertise in applying technology to the classroom. In the first of our MIE Expert profiles, we talk to Laura Bain of Springfield Anglican College about how she’s turned ICT into a vehicle for student creativity – and gotten parents sold on digital learning in the process.

Tell us a bit about your background, and where you feel technology can help students most.

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Best of 2017: The educators who pioneered the new shape of STEM and computer science

In 2017, we met educators who are taking a 21st century plunge into new ways of teaching, creating and coding – and in case you missed it all, we’d like you to meet these stars too. Whether its forging a new path from traditional teaching to a paperless classroom, or hacking STEM in everyday classrooms, these educators took a bold step forward in preparing their students for the world of tomorrow. Take a look at the playlist below and peek into the classrooms of people like Doug Bergman, Summer Winrotte, Jason Ewert, James Burke, Jeff Gearhart and Tammy Dunbar:

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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

Integrating technology in class for great results: 6 tips from an expert

Technology opens plentiful possibilities for students, but for teachers it can present a unique challenge. New tools should not only engage students and fit seamlessly into lessons, but also add value without taking away from the many “musts” on every teacher’s list.

Eileen Heller, Instructional Technology Trainer and Elementary Innovation Facilitator for Omaha Public Schools (OPS), is responsible for instructional technology training at 21 of Omaha’s 63 elementary schools. As a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE), she sees both challenges and opportunities in bringing technology into the classroom.… Visit the author's original post

A spirited teacher reshapes the computer science classroom for 21st-century makers

Doug Bergman believes computer science is changing. In his view, it’s no longer reserved just for students who want to work in technology. Doug knows a basic understanding of computer science will enable his students to solve tomorrow’s problems in just about any career they choose.

That’s why, as the computer science instructor at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston, South Carolina, Doug invites tiny drones, talking robots, augmented reality and other pieces of the future right into the classroom, encouraging his students to become skilled, 21st-century creators.… Visit the author's original post

MIE Spotlight: Bringing Ancient History studies into the digital era

In this MIE Spotlight, we hear from Michael Cocks, Senior Ancient History Teacher at Toowoomba Grammar School

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I am in my seventh year of teacher after a career in advertising. As a specialist in my teaching area, I love passing on my passion for History to my students. I find the subject area to be one of the most important in equipping students to be critical thinkers and to become engaged future citizens of the world.

I use digital solutions to meet the needs of my students, and other students around the world.… Visit the author's original post

A behind-the-scenes story from an educator at Microsoft’s May event

You may have read the reactions in the press, watched the event livestream, or heard from others about the announcements made at Microsoft’s “Learn What’s Next” event, held on May 2nd, 2017, at Center415 in Manhattan. But this is a view from behind the scenes. It’s an account of what I saw in the collaboration across teams and departments, the collective direction, and the attention to detail at the event that spoke loudly to me about the importance and direction of education for Microsoft, as an organization.… Visit the author's original post

A blog leads to big change for students and innovative educator Ross McGill

Ross McGill, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, started blogging about his experiences as a teacher back in 2008. Fast-forward to today and you’ll see his blog, Teacher Toolkit, has been voted the #1 education blog in the U.K. and ranks as one of the world’s top-50 Ed Tech Brands in Education. He and his writers use the platform to inform and train people around the world, helping them improve the school system today and place technology at the forefront of learning.… Visit the author's original post

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

MIE Spotlight: Offering a helping hand to assist teachers with technology

Welcome to the first in our series of MIE Spotlights. In this post we feature Lynette Barker, Teacher Librarian / Learning Technology Coordinator at St Therese’s Primary School.

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For the past 2 years I have been a part of the Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) program. Thanks to the amazing learning opportunities the program has given me, and the confidence that comes with knowledge and skill growth I am extending my Hands Held Out work in 2017.

Recently I have been chatting to my principal Duilio Rufo ( a supportive and visionary leader) about formalising professional development opportunities offered at school, initially for our staff and potentially for colleagues within our area.… Visit the author's original post

For the good of her students, this traditionalist teacher meets the digital age head-on

You’d never know it by seeing how effortlessly she projects polynomials from a tablet to the monitor at the front of her classroom, but Summer Winrotte began teaching as an avowed traditionalist. “I can remember my first year of teaching, saying that I would never be paperless,” she says. As a math teacher, her college course work had to be done with longhand computations, not even a calculator. Summer didn’t see the value of using technology in the classroom.

Today she works to create a more equitable learning environment through paperless technologies by serving as Tecumseh Junior High School’s digital instructional coach.… 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

Microsoft Innovative Educator Joe Fatheree looks to the future with his students in mind

When we envision the future of education, it’s hard to see us getting there without educators like Joe Fatheree leading the way. A Top 10 Finalist for the Global Teacher Prize and certified Microsoft Innovative Educator, Joe is one of the few who works with policy makers and education influencers around the world and communicates firsthand how the changes they all make affect students in classrooms, each and every day.

“When I work with people at Microsoft, I know directly how what they do is impacting students’ learning not only in my classroom, but in Africa and India and all over the world,” Joe says.… Visit the author's original post

VIC school moves entire PD program and curriculum to OneNote Class Notebook

Moving your curriculum to OneNote Class Notebook is one thing but seeing the results in the classroom is quite another. At St Helena Secondary College in Melbourne, our ICT faculty had a strategy: instead of educating teachers in all the features of Class Notebook, we simply moved our professional development program onto it — after 12 months, the results were dramatic!

The challenge: Too much time spent creating Notebooks

Four years ago, we took a leap at St Helena and became one of the first schools in Melbourne, Victoria to transfer our entire curriculum onto OneNote.… Visit the author's original post

Redefining Learning as we know it with Microsoft Showcase Schools & MIE-Experts

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By Travis Smith, Teacher Engagement Manager, Microsoft Australia

The world in which students use technology to learn today is vastly different from the world that existed when technology was first introduced to the classroom. Technological developments have created a thriving community of passionate educators and leaders – who all are looking for new ways to redefine learning, and help their students to achieve more both inside and outside the traditional school environment.

This month, dozens of Australia and New Zealand’s most innovative schools, teachers and leaders gathered at the Brisbane Exhibition Centre for the Australia Redefining Learning Conference.… Visit the author's original post

Next level Learning Perth: The Best of Microsoft in the Classroom

 

20160322_110922 (002)Microsoft’s Next Level Learning series of education events culminated in Perth on Tuesday 22nd March.  Hosted by The Hale School, NLL Perth showcased the very best Microsoft in Education tools and strategies to promote innovative anywhere, anytime learning.

After a thought-provoking keynote presentation from Aidan McCarthy, Director of Worldwide Teaching and Learning Team, teachers took their place in the Platform for Learning sessions.  All teachers were provided with a touch-screen Surface tablet and stylus, enabling them to interact with the ultimate teaching and learning device. … Visit the author's original post

NSW Primary school uses Onenote, Mix and Sway to spur collaborative learning!

Year 5 students from Barnier Public School exceed industry test benchmarks after using new forms of teacher–teacher, teacher–student, and student–student collaboration – and a mix of old and new apps. Find out more!

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Office Lens – A scanner and image corrector for your phone

Guest post by Matthew O'Brien, secondary school educator at Brisbane Boys' College I think I may have been living under a rock, but at the E 2 conference in Seattle in May I saw the Office Lens app demonstrated by one of the presenters. Simply, this...(read more)Visit the author's original post