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Microsoft’s Docs.com service to be discontinued – what actions do you need to take?

Microsoft is retiring the Docs.com service on Friday, December 15, 2017 and we are hereby advising all users to move their existing Docs.com content to other file storage and sharing platforms as soon as possible, as Docs.com will no longer be available after this date. Microsoft is retiring the Docs.com service on Friday, December 15, 2017 and we are hereby advising all users to move their existing Docs.com content to other file storage and sharing platforms as soon as possible, as Docs.com will no longer be available after this date.… 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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Ian Fordham announced as new Director of Education for Microsoft UK

We are pleased to share the news of the appointment of our new Director of Education, Ian Fordham. The press release below originally appeared on Microsoft News Centre UK.


Microsoft hires top edtech leader Ian Fordham to lead UK education team

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Microsoft has hired one of the UK’s top education technology leaders to lead its work in the sector.

Ian Fordham, currently CEO of Edtech UK and a Mayor of London Tech Ambassador, will join the company in January as Director of Education.

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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

Coming Soon: Microsoft and edX partner to offer new professional learning courses for school leaders

As school leaders look to transform and modernize education, access to professional learning experiences is crucial. In order to support school leaders around the world, we are working closely with edX to create new professional learning courses for school leaders to support their leadership in education transformation. Starting in the fall of 2016 through spring 2017, five new online courses will be available to help guide school principals and headmasters, superintendents and school leaders enhance classroom learning and outcomes.

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School leadership matters

We know behind every flourishing school is a leadership team with clarity of vision and tools to implement, navigate change processes and monitor improvement.… Visit the author's original post

New research highlights most in-demand job skills

One of the most important and toughest roles every educator plays is preparing students for their next steps. With a mission to empower every student to achieve more, we at Microsoft are constantly evaluating what skills employers are looking for, and how those skills can be effectively delivered – with the help of technology.

A new white paper, Keys to the Future: Align Workforce Readiness Skills to Ensure Student Success helps us deliver on that mission. This research, conducted by IDC, looks at the most in-demand skills in today’s workforce, and the skills needed for tomorrow’s best jobs.… Visit the author's original post

Stay up-to-date with Microsoft in Education

Keeping up with Microsoft in Education can be tricky. Every month we have experiences and events, device updates, Office 365 development, a wealth of new resources and so much more.

Being an educator means you have infinite demands and limited time, so we at Microsoft have tried to make it as easy as possible for you by producing a monthly e-newsletter. This newsletter will contains the latest and greatest of what we’re doing in education, to make it as simple as possible for you to make the most of what we have to offer.

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Immersive and inclusive learning experiences – inspired by teachers

At Microsoft, we’re committed to “Empowering Every Student on the Planet to Achieve More.” We’re reaching more and more students and teachers every day. According to Futuresource*, Windows continues to be the leading global platform for K-12 education. And this week we’re excited to share more around our momentum as well as a few upcoming features we hope you’ll love.

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Immersive and inclusive learning experiences – inspired by teachers

By Tony Prophet – Corporate Vice President Education Marketing

At Microsoft, we’re committed to “Empowering Every Student on the Planet to Achieve More.”

We’re reaching more and more students and teachers every day. According to Futuresource*, Windows continues to be the leading global platform for K-12 education.

And this week we’re excited to share more around our momentum as well as a few upcoming features we hope you’ll love.

OneNote – Creating and Sharing in Entirely New Ways

OneNote is reinventing the way learning gets done in classrooms around the world – empowering students and teachers to collaborate in real time – creating, editing, sharing and grading assignments.… Visit the author's original post

Empowering students around the world to achieve more

At Microsoft, we are humbled to see more and more students and teachers around the world using Microsoft products including Windows 10, Office, OneNote, Skype, and more to achieve academic success and prepare for their futures. According to Futuresource...(read more)Visit the author's original post

Empowering students around the world to achieve more

At Microsoft, we are humbled to see more and more students and teachers around the world using Microsoft products including Windows 10, Office, OneNote, Skype, and more to achieve academic success and prepare for their futures.

According to Futuresource*, Windows continues to be the leading global platform for K-12 education, with twice as many Windows devices shipped in 2015 as our closest competitor.

Educators are turning to Windows 10 because of familiar and more personal experience for students and educators, as well as the safety and security features Windows 10 offers.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft and Open.com helping teachers connect with Open Educational Resources

In response to teacher feedback, and in response to the #GoOpen Exchange, we’re helping teachers manage the "flood of open educational resources" through enhancements to Docs.com and by delivering a new app called the Open Educational Search app. We’re announcing today enable educators to discover content that has been organized in the US Department of Education’s Learning Registry.

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Microsoft and OpenED.com helping teachers connect with Open Educational Resources

In response to teacher feedback, and in response to the #GoOpen Exchange, we’re helping teachers manage the “flood of open educational resources” through enhancements to Docs.com and by delivering a new app called the Open Educational Search app.

Docs.com is a free online showcase where teachers can curate and share Office documents, OneNote notebooks, Office Mixes, Adobe PDFs, and Sways. With Docs.com Analytics, educators are informed when their content is being viewed and shared. The enhancements we’re announcing today enable educators to discover content that has been organized in the US Department of Education’s Learning Registry.… Visit the author's original post

Global Teacher Prize ’16 – Top10 Announcement Day

Predictibly, I didn't sleep very much last night.  With the top-10 announcement scheduled for midnight, I tried to get some sleep beforehand, but it didn't work very well. I don't sleep well when I'm excited.

Around midnight I checked the Global Teacher Prize website and saw that there was a video of Stephen Hawking announcing the top-10 finalists. I was floored. This was the first moment in a day of amazing moments in which it was hard to believe the events occurring.… Visit the author's original post

Spring Online CPD 2016

A New Year and maybe a resolution to get to grips with technology in your classroom?

To help you and your school effectively deliver Information Communications Technology (ICT)  in the classroom,   TeachNet is currently enrolling for it’s Spring Course Programme with four online courses. All our courses are designed to help both primary and second-level teachers get the most out of technology in their classrooms, including one designed to focus specifically on tablet computing and mobile learning entitled “Enhancing Literacy and Numeracy with the iPad or Tablet”.  TeachNet courses are designed “by teachers, for teachers” using the best interactive e-learning technology and provide practical ideas for using ICT creatively.… Visit the author's original post

“Someone Like Me” – Essay Winner Announced

Someone Like Me launch eventIn September we highlighted a new  Department of Justice and Equality sponsored competition aimed at promoting positive attitudes towards disability in schools and celebrating differences. On Thursday last, Minister of State for New Communities, Culture, Equality and Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin  presented 12 year old Kerry  native, Bríd Courtney with this prestigious award at a special Awards Ceremony in Farmleigh House’ Dublin.

The awards were the culmination of a new national essay competition, entitled ‘Someone Like Me”’ designed to promote and highlight positive attitudes towards disability in primary schools.… Visit the author's original post

Most in demand skills of 2015?

I remember in 2013 I wrote “What skills do I need for the future?”, about the most in-demand skills for all occupations, and in the future what employers will be looking for from today’s students. The top five skills employers were looking for in 2013 were:

  1. Oral and written communication skills
  2. Detail oriented
  3. Microsoft Office
  4. Customer service oriented
  5. Organisational skills

Do you see that? At number 3, IDC had identified Microsoft Office as the only software package that employers called out within the top 20 skills list!

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Most in demand skills of 2015?

I remember in 2013 I wrote “What skills do I need for the future?”, about the most in-demand skills for all occupations, and in the future what employers will be looking for from today’s students. The top five skills employers were looking for in 2013 were:

  1. Oral and written communication skills
  2. Detail oriented
  3. Microsoft Office
  4. Customer service oriented
  5. Organisational skills

Do you see that? At number 3, IDC had identified Microsoft Office as the only software package that employers called out within the top 20 skills list!

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Join us! Computer Science Education Week Begins Today

Today, we help kick off Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code a movement led by Code.org to introduce millions of young people to the creativity of computer science. Learn more.

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Light Speed

Image4 Finally it’s a reality; a reality that carries a side bar of lots and lots of “No’s”! Light speed broadband with no bottlenecks, no copper cables, no long download times, no live-streaming lags and no other nationwide roll out anywhere else in Europe!
Siro is now delivering a total fibre to building solution to a select few “beta-test” homes and businesses in Dundalk and several other towns, providing them with 1 Gigabit bandwidth, that’s 1,000 Mbps, yes, no typo, 1,000 Mbps, internet access.… Visit the author's original post

The Microsoft Certified Educator: preparing the next generation of innovative educators

Learn about the new Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) certification. The MCE is not about learning a particular technology or Microsoft skill. Rather, it’s about providing a holistic focus on technology for educators, allowing them to demonstrate their understanding and proficiency with infusing technology into the teaching and learning process. Microsoft's global partnership with UNESCO has led to design and creation of an industry-recognized technology in education certification for teachers. Learn more about the MCE and how to get started.

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Big news for whole-school transformation: Announcing our 2016 education change-makers

Today, we’re thrilled to honor the teachers, school leaders and students who are transforming education -- in ways both big and small -- through our 2016 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Showcase Schools, and Student Ambassador programs. These dedicated individuals not only innovate in their own schools and classrooms, they lead by example, bringing their peers from around the globe on the same life-changing journey of transformation.

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MOOCs on the rise in Europe

Massive Open Online Courses – What Would You Like to Learn?

Back to the Future MOOCs questionThe New York Times christened 2012 the year of the MOOC and there was massive hype around the launch of services such as edX and Coursera around this time. However, as we near the end of 2015 the word MOOC is heard less often, so has it gone away? The short answer is no but the entire concept of MOOCs is evolving and major differences are appearing between the US and Europe in relation to their potential role within education.… Visit the author's original post

The first university-wide roll out of Windows 10 in the world has started, and it’s in Australia!

Consumers are often the first to start using new releases of Windows, and large organisations tend to follow more cautiously, taking the time to carefully balance the new features some users want alongside the cry from others to not change anything. But in the case of Windows 10 there are features in it that mean that users on earlier versions of Windows can move to the latest version without major retraining, and can also start to use new developments within the operating system.Visit the author's original post

Cracking the Code…Again?

Circa this time last year I blogged about Cracking the Code, a post highlighting the ever growing popularity of coding activities in Ireland and it would appear that this growth has continued in spades, the number of Coder Dojo clubs for instance this time last year was 77 that number’s now in excess of 200. However as previously mooted much of the publicity around coding tends to be focused on after school activities  however there are many schools nationwide doing pioneering work in this space also.… Visit the author's original post

Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorial Will Inspire Students to Learn Computer Science Skills

To the community of 100 million players around the world, Minecraft represents many things - creativity, strategy, collaboration and survival, just to name a few. What many may not realize is that Minecraft has the power to transform learning on a global scale.

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Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorial Will Inspire Students to Learn Computer Science Skills

Read about new resources for educators and school leaders available today. Post by Anthony Salcito, vice president, Microsoft Education.

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Bedtime Math

Bedtime Math is a Mathematics story based resource for parents and children that is aimed to foster parent/child interactions around Mathematics in the home. The resource has been developed by the Bedtime Math Foundation (a non profit making organisation funded by private donations) founded by Laura Bilodeau Overdeck. Laura aims to make Maths as playful for today’s children as it was for her when she was a child. In her own childhood, Laura’s mam had her baking while still in nappies and her dad had her using power tools measuring lengths, widths and angles in the process.… Visit the author's original post

Universal Design in Education Conference

Centre for Excellence in Universal Design logoNext week, a two day conference entitled “Education Across the Continuum: Innovating through Universal Design” takes place in Dublin Castle (Thursday 12th & Friday 13th of November).

Design is present in every aspect of our lives, from the everyday to the spectacular, from our takeaway coffee cup to the cutting edge of innovation in science, business and technology.  2015 has been designated Year of Design, so it is an opportune time for us to consider how we approach Universal Design in education, that is how we prepare our students to think outside the box and to design new things with all users in mind.… Visit the author's original post

The Digital Strategy for Schools

digital strategy screengrabThe Department of Education and Skills (DES) recently launched their Digital Strategy for Schools, 2015-2020; Enhancing Teaching, Learning and Assessment. This is the latest in a series of strategies and policy statements since December 1997 when the Department launched Schools IT2000. I have to declare up-front that I was involved the creation of both documents. So what is new, if anything, in this strategy
This strategy is based on evidence that was gathered over a period of 3 years to inform the vision and plan of action the DES will implement over the next 5 years.… Visit the author's original post