Category Archives: Minecraft: Education Edition

Lisbon school’s Minecraft project takes learning through multiple subjects, disciplines and worlds

Minecraft in the classroom is redefining learning and building stronger relationships between teachers and their students.

My name is ​Kyriakos Koursaris​ and I am the Head of Educational Technology at ​PaRK International School​ in Lisbon, Portugal. I am also an MIE Expert and Fellow, as well as a Minecraft Global Mentor. For me, everything started three years ago.

We decided to participate in an international project promoted by the ​Asia-Europe Foundation​, called “My country, your country.” In this project, students had to recreate their country geographically through Minecraft and Kodu, thereby offering students an interactive and fun way to study the geography of the ASEM member countries.… Visit the author's original post

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

What’s New in EDU: 10 newly announced Microsoft Education experiences you don’t want to miss

We’re in the midst of exciting transformation in education. This change is critical for our schools, educators and students, as it is for our countries, industries and planet. 

Students are becoming creators, in disciplines that didn’t always seem creative. They are comfortable in blending the digital and physical worlds and they understand the importance of envisioning a future for themselves. Empowering these students to succeed should be our greatest societal challenge and opportunity.   

Teachers recognize this talent and work every day to unleash student potential. … Visit the author's original post

What’s New in EDU: 10 newly announced Microsoft Education experiences you don’t want to miss

We’re in the midst of exciting transformation in education. This change is critical for our schools, educators and students, as it is for our countries, industries and planet. 

Students are becoming creators, in disciplines that didn’t always seem creative. They are comfortable in blending the digital and physical worlds and they understand the importance of envisioning a future for themselves. Empowering these students to succeed should be our greatest societal challenge and opportunity.   

Teachers recognize this talent and work every day to unleash student potential. … Visit the author's original post

How and where to join Microsoft for BETT Jan. 24-27, 2018

Microsoft is joining with the education world’s leaders, experts and innovators as they unite at London’s ExCel venue for Bett 2018. To kick off our presence at the show, we’re releasing a special episode of What’s New in EDU, on January 22, where we’ll share our plans for new classroom technology coming to Microsoft Education this year. Stay tuned to the Education Blog for more information.

As worldwide partner to Bett, an annual event that explores how technology can empower educators and students to reach their full potential, Microsoft will be hosting a wide array of hands-on experiences on the show floor, along with talks to support educators looking for new ways to unlock limitless learning.… Visit the author's original post

Virtual tools help explore computer science and robotics in the classroom

I am sure everyone enjoyed Computer Science Education Week and its amazing focus on enabling the students of today to create the world of tomorrow. We live in an amazing time of technological progress. Every aspect of our lives is being shaped by digital transformation. However, with transformation comes disruption. There’s growing concern over job growth, economic opportunity, and the world we are building for the next generation. So, the real question is: How can technology create more opportunity not for a few, but for all?… Visit the author's original post

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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What’s New in EDU: Best of 2017 and 10 top tech guides from educators

We look back on 2017 and pour water on a computer in our December episode of What’s New in EDU, a monthly round-up of the latest efforts and products from Microsoft Education. Don’t worry, the computer’s just fine and, no, we don’t usually do that.

What we’d like to make more routine is thanking all the educators around the world who make a difference each and every day, and 2017 demonstrated your amazing contributions as clearly as ever. In a year which saw the launch of Microsoft Teams, over 250 lesson plans for Minecraft: Education Edition and new features for Learning Tools, we were humbled by the wealth of information and expertise shared with us by educators so far.… 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

Students tackle ‘rock concert’ challenge in Minecraft: Education Edition during MOS Four Nations Finals

Teachers all over the world are increasingly using Minecraft: Education Edition to challenge their students in new ways, creating projects and schemes of work that cover a huge range of classroom subjects and real-life scenarios. In June, The MOS 4N National Finalists worked as National Teams on a music-themed project to collaboratively demonstrate their digital skills using Minecraft: Education Edition and Microsoft Office in a fun and exciting way.… Visit the author's original post

Students tackle ‘rock concert’ challenge in Minecraft: Education Edition during MOS Four Nations Finals

Teachers all over the world are increasingly using Minecraft: Education Edition to challenge their students in new ways, creating projects and schemes of work that cover a huge range of classroom subjects and real-life scenarios. In June, The MOS 4N National Finalists worked as National Teams on a music-themed project to collaboratively demonstrate their digital skills using Minecraft: Education Edition and Microsoft Office in a fun and exciting way.… Visit the author's original post

Spotlight on Wales: Cracking the Code with Minecraft, and #MIEExperts at NDLE

Microsoft is proud to be supporting the Welsh government's recently unveiled programme to boost coding and computing skills among young learners in Wales. Last week, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams announced Cracking the Code - an initiative to support the teaching of coding skills both in and outside of the classroom in local areas across Wales. As part of the initiative, Microsoft will be helping the Welsh government by launching a Minecraft Education pilot programme, to support the development of young people’s digital skills through the use of Minecraft: Education Edition Code Builder.… Visit the author's original post

Going global with learning projects and finding the right tool to help

After more than 11 years of experience, my concept of teaching has changed a lot. When I started in education, I thought teaching meant providing knowledge from textbooks to students. But thanks to working with fellow Microsoft Innovative Educators, I am energized to do more than provide knowledge. Now I want to inspire learning and future-ready skills, right here from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

A photograph of Nam Ngo Thanh, an MIE Fellow and Microsoft Teacher Ambassador in Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamDigital collaboration and co-creation is a must-have skill in today’s global economy. To this end, I participate in many projects with other educators around the globe and help develop 21st Century skills for students.… Visit the author's original post

Find out What’s New in Microsoft EDU for May

Announcing the launch of the ‘What’s New in EDU’ monthly video series

 

We always hear from educators and school administrators who are looking for the latest product updates to keep productivity, teaching, and learning maximized for their students. With that feedback in mind, we are starting the “What’s New in EDU” monthly video series to recap key product and feature updates across all of the Microsoft Education communities and products, including Windows 10 devices, Office 365, Minecraft: Education Edition, Intune for Education, and more that our education customers can use every day.… Visit the author's original post

#MIEExpert guest post – Gamification Vs Game Based Learning, by Simon Baddeley

These terms 'Gamification' and 'Game Based Learning' are often misunderstood and even more often used interchangeably.  They are sometimes seen as modern, digital strategies that drive eLearning programs however their roots are much more embedded in everyday Teaching and Learning than you might think. In the following article, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Simon Baddeley explores gamification and game based learning through Minecraft, and shares some of his experiences.… Visit the author's original post

Learn what’s next with Microsoft Education at ISTE 2017

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On May 2nd, the team at Microsoft Education shared its vision for helping empower students of today to create the world of tomorrow. We plan on bringing all that excitement to the ISTE Conference and Expo this year, spread across 140 teacher talks and through a new hands-on interactive experience room at the event. We’ll also have sessions to include those who can’t attend (#notatISTE), along with new developments from Hack the Classroom and the ever-growing worlds of Minecraft: Education Edition.… Visit the author's original post

Extra Credits: Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition is now available

Extra Credits rounds up the latest stories on innovative educational endeavors coming from other parts of Microsoft and the world. This entry highlights the release of Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition, a new feature that allows educators and students to write code to explore, create and play in the full 3D Minecraft world.

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Today, we are excited to share that the Minecraft: Education Edition Code Builder update is now available in the Microsoft Store for Education. This includes updates to the game itself, the new Code Builder extension, and updates to Classroom Mode for Minecraft!

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7 new ways to use Microsoft MakeCode for Minecraft: Education Edition

The Microsoft MakeCode platform uses a hands-on approach to computing education, bringing computer science to life for all students with fun projects, immediate results, and both block and text editors suitable for learners at various levels. Microsoft MakeCode supports physical computing devices like the micro:bit and Circuit Playground, letting students create robots, digital air guitars and magic wands.

Today the Microsoft MakeCode team is happy to announce their beta release for Minecraft: Education Edition. With the latest update, Minecraft has added a Code Connection companion app which allows teachers and students to use Microsoft MakeCode to program mini-games and mods in Minecraft.… Visit the author's original post

TweetMeet on Minecraft: Education Edition – Join us with #MSFTEduChat on May 16

Still reeling from the excitement around the #MicrosoftEDU announcements in New York? We’re here to help you keep the momentum going with our #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet all about Minecraft: Education Edition. On May 16th, during both our 10:00am PDT and 4:00pm PDT sessions, we’ll be discussing game-based learning, the Code Builder news and much more.

If you want to break blocks, write code and explore the world, this is the TweetMeet for you. Whether you’re a seasoned Minecraft player or here to see what all the buzz is about, we’ll be ready to answer your questions, take your suggestions and connect you with others.… Visit the author's original post

Surface Laptop, Windows 10 S, Minecraft Code Builder, and all the news from yesterday’s live #MicrosoftEDU event

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Those of you who tuned in to yesterday’s #MicrosoftEDU live stream from New York or caught up later on will have learned all about the latest product, platform and partner news and announcements from Microsoft in Education. There was plenty of ground covered including the first look at Windows 10 S, an exploration of Microsoft Teams for Education, exciting developments with the Minecraft: Education Edition Code Builder, partner news on 3D and mixed reality devices and of course the unveiling of our own brand new hardware in the Surface Laptop.… Visit the author's original post

Where to start and what to know about Microsoft Education’s new experiences

A great classroom comes to life wherever students and educators meet. In working with our vibrant Microsoft Educator Community over the years, we’ve learned to reshape our ideas of what that great classroom looks like, how it works and even where it is. The world is changing right before us and, together, we have to recognize it as a pressing societal challenge – and our largest opportunity to prepare students for the future.

We shared our vision for inclusive, immersive learning at a Microsoft Education event in New York City today, where we announced new, affordable devices and a Windows 10 experience inspired by students and teachers – we call it Windows 10 S.… Visit the author's original post

BETT 2017 – The Microsoft Partner Campus

Ahead of next week’s BETT 2017 show at the ExCel, Gerald Haigh offers a rundown of who’s who in the Microsoft Partner Campus, and what you can expect to find dotted around Stand C300.


The Microsoft Partner Campus is an outward expression of the strong practical and creative two-way bond which exists between Microsoft and their partners, who are regarded as contributors to development as well as the ‘sharp end’ deliverers of solutions.

This year 21 partners, summarised below, have stands in the Campus, and in addition, a number of partners will contribute as speakers in the Campus Theatre.… Visit the author's original post

GUEST POST: ‘Using Minecraft as a tool for learning with very young children’ by Tracy Broadbent

Following last month’s UK launch event for Minecraft: Education Edition, we are pleased to share another guest post from one of the keynote speakers. Below, teacher and author Tracy Broadbent reflects on her experiences of using Minecraft with young learners, and offers some advice on how other educators can get started and bring their own curriculums to life.


 

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Using Minecraft as a tool for learning with very young children.

It can be a daunting thing, using Minecraft Education Edition in the classroom when your charges are only about 5 years old and already have a strong idea about what they should do in Minecraft.… Visit the author's original post

One Hour Could Kick Start Your Students’ Coding

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How many people write code worldwide?

During Computer Science Education Week, from Dec. 5 to 11, there will be many millions. They’ll be all ages, they’ll code in more than 45 natural languages, and they’ll do their coding from over 180 countries as they participate in the fourth annual Hour of Code.

The founders of Hour of Code, tech entrepreneurs Hadi and Ali Partovi, believed that not enough people know how to write code, that everybody should, and that everybody could, just by giving it a try for an hour.… Visit the author's original post

Minecraft: Education Edition – UK Launch event 2016 – Register NOW!

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Minecraft: Education Edition is a collaborative and versatile platform for learning. Teachers can use it across subjects to encourage 21st century skills like creativity, problem-solving and computational thinking.  Get hands-on with the experts for this UK-wide launch event.

We are pleased to be inviting educators to get hands-on with the experts for this UK-wide launch event in Edinburgh on 22nd November 2016, from 10am – 3 pm.


Register now

Tuesday 22nd November 2016, 10:00 – 15:30
The Hub, Edinburgh’s Festival Centre

The Hub Castlehill
Edinburgh
EH1 2NE

The day will be a mixture of keynote presentations and workshops, delivered and hosted by educators and games-based learning experts, who all use Minecraft to great effect in their classrooms and beyond.

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Minecraft: Education Edition given November release date

Games Based Learning is a fantastic way for teachers to engage with students on their own terms, providing an incredibly versatile and flexible environment and medium that allows for new concepts to be introduced and a huge variety of subjects to be covered. Earlier this year at January’s BETT 2016 we were fortunate enough to have Stephen Reid of Immersive Minds – an education consultancy specialising in the use of technology and games-based learning – speaking on our stand all about the innovative ways he has been helping schools to use Minecraft in the classroom.Visit the author's original post