Category Archives: Minecraft

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

“When I started to realize that I didn’t have to teach alone, and that there were many mentors and resources to turn to, my teaching was transformed.” – Meenoo Rami

Meenoo Rami
Manager, Minecraft Education at Microsoft
Seattle, Washington, USA
@meenoorami

Meenoo Rami has taken a diverse path as an educator – both in the traditional sense, and also in the world of technology. Rami is a national board certified teacher who taught students English for ten years at Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy. She is the author of Thrive, and currently works as manager for Minecraft Education at Microsoft, where she helps educators, districts, and organizations reimagine game-based learning for classroom practice.… Visit the author's original post

Connecting students to science and fun – Tom Gamble, USA

Tom Gamble
Middle School Math and Science Teacher
Omaha Virtual School
Omaha, Nebraska, USA
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“One of my favorite activities is having students model elements, compounds, and mixtures in Minecraft aligned with my eighth-grade standards in Physical Science. Students were excited to model their products using the components within Minecraft. They created an “arena” to put their items, used signs to describe them, and photographed them to export to their exit tickets for the day as their evidence. Whether they turned iron ore into iron, or sand into glass, they found multiple models to show their understanding.… Visit the author's original post

How to reimagine the writing process with Microsoft in Education

Successful writers are not born.  They learn by doing.  They develop, practice, reflect.  They receive feedback and grow.  It’s a process.  Teaching students the process is as important as the technical components of writing.  The process helps students learn how to grow from a good writer to a great one.

In my seventeen years, teaching the writing process has slowly evolved with the use of technology. Only now, instead of small modifications in the process, the writing process itself is being reimagined, thanks to Microsoft.… Visit the author's original post

A wrap up from FutureSchools Conference and Expo

Last week, on the 23rd and 24th March, the Microsoft education team connected with educators, speakers and edtech innovators from all across Australia at National Future Schools. Expo and Conference.

This year the event took place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre where educators across Australia visited the Microsoft stand to get hands on with interactive demonstrations on the latest Surface fleet – Surface Hub, Surface Studio, Surface Book and Surface Pro 4.

The excitement around the Surface Studio was palpable, with MIE Expert and Director of Innovation Dean Pearman discussing how he uses Surface to transform learning at Peninsular Grammar:

As well as exploring the Surface family, teachers had the chance to discover more about Microsoft’s solutions to assist teaching in the classroom, such as OneNote learning tools, collaboration, Project Based Learning, and the ease of O365 school integration.… Visit the author's original post

Minecraft in the Science classroom (Gaming and Student Engagement)

Guest post by Megan Pusey, Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator.

If you have ever played a video game you will know how addictive and engaging they can be. Indeed, they are intentionally designed to be enjoyable to play. With 68% of Australians playing video games, it’s no surprise they are making their way into the classroom (IGEA 2016). One game in particular, Minecraft, has taken the world by storm selling over 106 million copies as of June 2016. If you haven’t seen or played it before Minecraft is a game where you can build anything you can imagine out of digital Lego.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

Minecraft Education Edition used in year four class

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Teachers are choosing innovative ways to get 21st teaching into classrooms and an example of this can be found on Mrs Barkers Tea Room blog. By using Minecraft: Education Edition, students were engaged and learned problem solving skills in an interactive and imaginative platform.

Minecraft’s spatial thinking and pixel art creates an excellent opportunity for students to work on mathematics and visual arts objectives in an engaging environment.

The game engages students creative and collaborative abilities, providing a different way of developing students’ skills.

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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

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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Day One @ BETT 2017 – All you need to know

As the legs begin to show signs of fatigue, you’ve lost count of the number of coffees you’ve drunk, and the constant background noise quietens to the point where you can almost make out individual voices, there is no escaping the fact that BETT 2017 is here, it’s happening, and it’s bigger and better than ever!

It’s been a busy day on all fronts for the Microsoft team, and across all corners of the exhibition floor there has been something for everyone!… Visit the author's original post

BETT 2017 Announcements: School Data Sync, Intune for Education and Windows 10 Devices

Once again we find ourselves in BETT week, and it just wouldn’t be the same without some exciting announcements, specifically for our education customers!

Earlier this week it was announced that School Data Sync (SDS), our online classroom automation solution, is moving from preview to general availability, and today we are pleased to share information about Intune for Education, as well as new lost cost Windows PCs for schools.

Please find us on Stand E310 all week at BETT 2017 to talk to us about anything in this post, or read the full announcements linked below.

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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

‘Make’ it a good Christmas – Batteries, soldering iron and code not included

I remember getting my first bike for Christmas in 1982. It was an amazing red bike, with cool handle-bar grips and a bright shiny logo on the frame. It took me months to learn how to ride it and Christmas seemed to last forever. Learning was hard, the bruises were many but the reward was independence. I also remember Father Christmas (my dad) spending ages setting up Scalextric so when I got up in the morning it was ready to go!… 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

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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The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl – Minecraft: Education Edition at Darran Park Primary

The following is a guest post from James Protheroe, #MIEExpert and teacher at Microsoft Showcase School Darran Park Primary. Last week James was a keynote speaker at the UK launch event for Minecraft: Education Edition. In the post below, James talks about how his students have been taking part in a cross-curricular global project involving the works of beloved children’s author Roald Dahl, and the use of Minecraft.


The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl

by James Protheroe 

Pupils from all over the world have been celebrating the year of Roald Dahls 100th birthday through using Minecraft.Visit the author's original post

To Infinity and Beyond

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By Megan Townes, Teacher Ambassador

A few weeks ago, I happened to spend a rare day working from the office rather than home, a school or café. I’m so glad I went into the office that day as I was handed a funky green and white laptop that I think could be a game changer for education. It’s called an Infinity:One and it’s made by One Education, a not-for-profit Australian company with a mission to ensure technology reaches the hands of students who could otherwise not afford it.… Visit the author's original post

The day Microsoft’s CEO met ordinary kids doing extraordinary things from Sydney Secondary College

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By Pip Cleaves, head teacher, learning innovation, at Sydney Secondary College – Leichhardt Campus

Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt Campus works hard at being future focused by experimenting with new ways to learn that encourage students to dream big. So when we heard we would meet Satya Nadella at the flagship Microsoft Store in Sydney, plenty of them said they were keen to show him what they’ve achieved. We asked students to showcase their ideas so we could decide on two groups to take to the store.… 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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7 ways to figure out this coding thing

So, you’re wanting to learn how to code but not sure where to start? Or perhaps you just want to know what the fuss around computer science is about? Or is it that you know you need to help your students figure out programming? Here are some ways to get started.

1. Hour of Code

Hour of Code is exactly what it sounds like and is a perfect “first time” introduction to what goes into coding. With a super simple block-based approach, you’ll go through a series of lessons that show you the basics of programming, all in under an hour.Visit the author's original post

#MIEExpert Webinar: Teaching Citizenship and History through Minecraft

Following on from last week’s webinar on OneNote Learning Tools hosted by #MIEExpert Anna Kellner, this Thursday we are fortunate enough to have another live session run by one of our Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators:

WEBINAR: Teaching Citizenship and History through Minecraft

Click here to registerThursday 13th October, 16:30-17:00

Join Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Darren Currie to see how he has been using Minecraft to teach History and Citizenship in his classroom. The webinar will contain practical examples and instructions on how you can get started.… Visit the author's original post

Managing Minecraft In A School

Note: this is quite a lengthy and, at times, technical post about configuring and deploying Minecraft in a school when choosing not to use the new Microsoft Education Edition. The following is structure of the blog if you want to … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Teacher Ambassador Report: Coding @ CoderDojo, Paisley YMCA

Since joining the Microsoft Education UK team, our Teacher Ambassador Natalie Burgess has been one busy bee! You may have already read her introductory guide to the Microsoft Educator Community, her report from West College Scotland IT Symposium, or even seen her fantastic Tip-ster videos and Facebook Live posts on our social media channels!

Back again with another blog for us, Natalie reflects on the CoderDojo event she took part in on Monday, in her native Paisley, Scotland.

Follow Natalie on Twitter: @natalielochhead


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Earlier this week I was invited along to an awesome club in the Paisley YMCA called CoderDojo.… Visit the author's original post

‘Daily Edventures’ with Steve Isaacs – “Students need more time to learn and create”

The following post was written by Gerald Haigh, and takes inspiration from a post on Anthony Salcito’s ‘Daily Edventures’ blog. We’ve previously shared a number of posts from Daily Edventures, particularly when they feature UK educators, and members of our Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert community.


‘Daily Edventures’ is a continuously evolving blog by Microsoft Global Education Vice President Anthony Salcito. Described as his ‘365-day look at global heroes in education’, it features stories about, and interviews with, educators from around the world all of whom have in common an innovative and optimistic vision of technology as a powerful agent for change.… Visit the author's original post

Immersive Engagement in Minecraft: Education Edition

Guest post by Simon Baddeley: Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.

For fifteen years, I have taught English in some of the most economically deprived schools and worked with some of the most disaffected learners that main stream education has to offer. Learners that face significant social, emotional, behavioural and developmental barriers to learning, with low self-esteem and even lower aspirations for their future. My absolute driving educational principle is that education is the key to unlock a world of opportunities beyond the cycle of social and economic deprivation that some of my learners are currently trapped within.… Visit the author's original post

eLearning Through The Lens Of Key Competencies

In the last week of Term 2 I had the opportunity to present at the NZ Tech Advance Education Technology Summit hosted at Massey University’s Albany Campus. Key topics and subjects discussed include: Inquiry | Creativity | Collaboration – The role of … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

New immersive and inclusive learning experiences for Windows 10

Our mission in education is to empower every student on the planet to achieve more. We’re reaching more and more students and teachers every day – providing them with immersive and inclusive learning experiences.

Today, Microsoft announced the next major update to Windows and highlighted some of these new experiences for the classroom. Learn how to upgrade PCs in your school to Windows 10 for free here. In addition, we’re excited to share these new Windows 10 apps that will help make your new school year great.… Visit the author's original post

Minecraft: Education Edition Is Here!

Minecraft: Education Edition is an open world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination. Teachers the world over are embracing this medium as a way to allow their students to engage with a variety of different subject areas and topics, and recently Steven Reid, a leading figure in UK games-based-learning featured on Anthony Salcito’s ‘Daily Edventures’ blog.

Last week, the team at Minecraft announced the availability of early access for educators to Minecraft: Education Edition, and some of the key features found within this version of the application.Visit the author's original post

Guest Post: Mr Dekker’s Journey With OneNote & Minecraft

This is a repost of a blog on the official Microsoft Education blog where Mr Wilj Dekkers, a Year 6 teacher at St Andrew’s College and Microsoft Innovative Educator, recaps the journey of his classroom over the last two years with Microsoft … Continue reading Visit the author's original post