Category Archives: Professional Development

T21C – a conference to equip teachers to drive student learning in the 21st Century

T21C is an upcoming educational conference being held at Hillcrest Christian College on the Gold Coast on the 13 July 2017.

The conference has been developed to equip teachers with the tools and techniques to drive student learning in the 21st Century. This needs to be through the lens of a new paradigm of education, one that values skills over content, entrepreneurial mindset over uniformity and provides our students with the agility to navigate through multiple careers.

T21C will offer breakout sessions during the day covering topics on; Agile Learning spaces, Coding, STEAM, 21st Century learning frameworks, Augmented/Virtual reality, Design Thinking, Microsoft Office tools, and Project Based Learning.… Visit the author's original post

Find out What’s New in Microsoft EDU for May

What’s new in Microsoft Education for May?

We know educators and school leaders are always looking for the latest product updates to keep productivity, teaching, and learning maximised for their students. With that feedback in mind, we recently launched a Facebook Live video series with Teacher Ambassador Megan Townes, 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

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

Imagine Academy – providing digital skills, curricula & certifications to teachers, students and staff

The following post is from Anthony Nneke, Education Business Manager at Microsoft UK. Anthony leads on the Imagine Academy on behalf of the Microsoft UK Education team.


What does Microsoft Offer In relation to Professional Development and Digital Skills for Institutions?

Teacher Capacity is a crucial factor in driving success in classrooms around the world. At Microsoft, we are investing significantly in programs and offers to provide teachers with professional development. Our resources are represented through four primary programs:

Elsewhere on this blog you’ll find lots of posts about the MEC and MIE activities, but today we’re going to focus on Imagine Academy.… Visit the author's original post

Join our next #OneNoteQ TweetMeet to Share Your “Best Of 2016 Moments”

 

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Join our next #OneNoteQ TweetMeet to Share Your “Best Of 2016 Moments”

 

During 2016, the OneNote team launched more than 36 new OneNote features that educators won’t want to miss in our blog here. And to celebrate a successful year together, we’re inviting all OneNote avengers to share #Bestof2016 OneNote experiences in our upcoming OneNoteQ TweetMeet on December, 6th at 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, PT.

In preparation for the Twitter chat, below you will find all the information and background you need to join so you can share your favorite #Bestof2016 OneNote moments in our final #OneNoteQ TweetMeet of 2016.… Visit the author's original post

Teaching students to code: New resources bring creative coding and computational thinking to your classroom

Learn how to unlock your students' creative coding potential!Coding – and computational thinking in general — is one of the most in-demand skills in today’s job market, but not so long ago, learning to code was mostly out of reach for late-middle school and secondary students. Coding wasn’t taught in the typical classroom, and educators – unless they had a computer science background – weren’t equipped to teach it.

All of that changes with Microsoft’s Creative Coding with Games and Apps (CCGA) curriculum, training and resources. These new tools promote the development of computational thinking skills, and get your students excited about computer science by teaching them how to code in a real software development environment as they design, program and publish mobile apps and games.… Visit the author's original post

It’s never too late to #HacktheClassroom!

Each time we bring educators around the globe together with a #HacktheClassroom digital event, the community participation gets bigger – and the inspiration gets, well, more inspiring.

On September 24th, Microsoft and our sponsoring partners (including ISTE, Edmodo, BETT, Chalk.com and Steelcase) hosted an action-packed digital event on a global scale. With nearly 15,000 registrants, the event was streamed to more than 5,500 educators watching live – including more than 1,000 at nearly 60 streaming parties. The event was also simulcast by Jeff Bradbury at TeacherCast, bringing even more educators to the virtual table to share innovative best practices.Visit the author's original post

Create a Professional Learning Community in 3 Easy Steps with Office 365

Educators teach students every day, and just like their students, they also strive to be life-long learners.  Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) provide the support educators need to continue to grow new teaching skills with their peers. Groups of educators can work and learn together to improve student achievement through book study, action research, or learning a new best practice through PLCs.

Now, Office 365 Education provides an easy to use framework for PLCs that was built on feedback received directly from teachers.… Visit the author's original post

Guest post by Jeanne Parent: What Hack the Classroom Means to Me

Guest post by Jeanne Parent, MIE Expert, USA. Connect with Jeanne Parent on the Educator Community

I’m so proud of my father, who spent his entire working life as an inventor. When he would bring his patents home for us to see, I would ask him how he could possibly imagine his invention. His reply was to quote a proverb which states “necessity is the mother of invention”. Because he needed something, he would develop an ingenious solution. How does this relate to the Class Hack?… 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

3 ways the restructured Educator Community better supports educators

If you’ve visited the Microsoft Educator Community lately, you may have noticed that things look a little different. We’re delighted to announce that the entire site has been restructured to better support educators around the world, and it’s all thanks to you every new button, navigation path, and design update was made not only with educators in mind, but also using the feedback received from over 300 teachers around the world.

Not only do we want to celebrate and introduce the features made possible through the input of our users, we want to thank them for their important role in helping to restructure the site.… Visit the author's original post

Announcing Hack the Classroom: Small Steps to Big Impact

Hack is Back. September 24, 2016 from 8:00a.m. to 10:00a.m. PST. #HacktheClassroom

The messages came pouring in through the live chat, greetings from Vietnam to Croatia, Nigeria to Canada, lighting up the morning with energy and excitement. And like that, the first Hack the Classroom digital event kicked off on January 30, 2016, as tens of thousands of educators from around the world were inspired to go forth and do amazing things in the classroom, armed with inspiring new ideas from speakers and peers.

And we’re so excited to do it all again.… Visit the author's original post

Online Voting For Student Leaders

The aim of this blog is always to share some of the things going on with technology at St Andrew’s College and, wherever possible, provide some ideas and inspirations for other schools as well. Some of these innovations take considerable … Continue reading 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

ISTE and Microsoft collaborate to provide new school planning and professional learning resources

At Microsoft, we are committed to supporting teachers and school leaders with the tools, training and resources they need to improve student learning outcomes and drive change.

From teacher-inspired updates in Office 365 Education, to faster and easier device set-up with Windows 10, we are dedicated to meeting the needs of educators and simplifying their digital experience. And these updates are just the beginning.

This week we’re excited to announce a new collaboration with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) to combine and expand a host of our world-class initiatives to ensure educators and school leaders around the world have access to school planning and professional development resources.… Visit the author's original post

6 Exciting updates to the Microsoft Educator Community

oday, we are excited to share with you some very exciting updates to the Microsoft Educator Community. Over the past few months, we have been excited by the growth seen in the MicrosoftEducator Community and have been working ard to collect customer feedback and introduce features to meet he needs of our users. These features ensure a smoother, more intuitive user perience. Today, you’ll find a simplified sign-in process, improved navigation toolbar, and a revamped MIE Certified Badge, in addition to a number of additional features.… Visit the author's original post

Summer school for educators: Find online courses from Microsoft to advance your professional development over the summer

Summer is the perfect time for growth and learning for educators and school leaders who want to come back to school in the fall with new ideas on using the latest technology to expand the walls of the classroom.

With online and in-person professional development and training resources, Microsoft makes it easy for you to discover new approaches, try new learning activities, and explore strategies to add to your teaching toolbox with a full suite of professional development opportunities.

Here are just a few training programs that can help enrich your teaching.… Visit the author's original post

Modelling Google Earth Tours & Internet Research

I was recently invited to speak at the weekly St Andrew’s College Chapel Service. One of the features of these services is the Deputy Head Prefects walking up the centre aisle at the conclusion of the first hymn, and saying … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Hosting a TeachMeet at St Andrew’s College

This week, St Andrew’s College hosted the first TeachMeet event in Christchurch for 2016 and over 40 staff from 15 different schools attended. If you’re unsure of what a TeachMeet actually is, you can find more at the website http://www.teachmeet.co.nz  but … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Take your teaching and your school to the next level: Become a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert or Showcase School

Have you ever asked a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert or a Microsoft Showcase School leader what these programs have meant to them? If so, you may have heard words like transformational, inspiring, or even life-changing – all expressed with unbridled enthusiasm.

These visionary educators are not only taking their careers to the next level, they’re at the forefront of education technology innovation. And they’re making a lasting difference for their students, schools and fellow educators.

If this sounds appealing to you, we’ve got good news.… Visit the author's original post

Join Microsoft at ISTE 2016

Join Microsoft at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference & Expo taking place June 26­–29 in Denver, CO. Microsoft is a year-round Mission Sponsor of ISTE, which has been bringing educators from around the globe together for more than 30 years.

Join Microsoft at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference & Expo taking place June 26¬–29 in Denver, CO.

Microsoft, located in booth 2100, has developed a comprehensive lineup focused on peer-to-peer learning and hands-on interactions, including:

Pre-Conference (separate registration required for each)

During the Conference (find additional details online)

  • Minecraft: Education Edition Featured Sessions and Trainings
  • Microsoft Classroom in Office 365 Education Featured Sessions and Trainings
  • Over 50 Educator-led Classroom-focused, Scenario-based Demonstrations on Office 365 Education and Windows 10 Devices
  • Access to Easy-to-deploy Good/Better/Best Windows Devices for Education
  • Hands-on Makerspace Experience Featuring Computational Thinking
  • Computer Science for All: Creative Coding, Gaming and Apps, Imagine Academy
  • Power BI and Azure in K–12 Featured Sessions
  • Free Microsoft Certification Exams Offered On-site for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE)

You are encouraged to gather your peers and register for this valuable conference experience. … Visit the author's original post

Presenting At Microsoft Analyst Summit 2016

This week I’ve had the privilege of attending, as well as co-presenting, at the annual Microsoft Analyst Summit for Asia Pacific, hosted at the St Regis Hotel in Singapore.⊗ The focus of this summit was Fuelling Customer Digital Transformation Through Innovation and was an … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Microsoft introduces new program to help leaders develop transformative world-class education systems

“Education systems are not simply collections of independently effective parts and pieces. Effective systems, by definition, are collections of parts and pieces that work in harmony with one another, each one reinforcing and supporting the functioning of the other parts and pieces, and all of them together contributing in a positive way to the outcomes for which the system was designed.”
 – The National Center on Education and the Economy’s (NCEE) Center, page 4, 2016

How do education leaders reach excellence and maintain highest education standards for their students?… Visit the author's original post

Guest Post: Mr Wilj Dekkers Attends Microsoft Educator Exchange

This post was written by Mr Wilj Dekkers who attended the Annual E2 Conference. He is the second St Andrew’s College teacher to be invited to this global conference, after Mr Ben Hilliam attended in 2015. Microsoft Education hold an … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Personalized learning: It’s not just for students anymore

When you need more in-depth training, Microsoft in Education online professional development courses and learning paths are free, easy-to-access and cover nearly every topic related to integrating technology into your teaching practice. Along the way, you can also earn badges and qualify to be a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE).

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Personalized learning: It’s not just for students anymore

Here at Microsoft, empowering every educator to do more means ensuring that teachers have the right resources, tools and support to transform their classrooms. But professional development can look very different from teacher to teacher.

Sometimes, you just need quick insights to jumpstart your classroom. For that, we offer webinars like the recent #HacktheClassroom and the upcoming March 9th Virtual E2 Conference – the first time we’ve opened this inspiring, educator-focused event to all educators.

When you need more in-depth training, Microsoft in Education online professional development courses and learning paths are free, easy-to-access and cover nearly every topic related to integrating technology into your teaching practice.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft at CUE 2016, March 18th-20th in Palm Springs, California

Join thousands of teachers, administrators, students and parents, and other professionals for Cue 2016, the 35th Annual Conference and Exposition held at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, March 18th-20th.

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Microsoft at CUE 2016, March 18th-20th in Palm Springs, California

Join thousands of teachers, administrators, students and parents, and other professionals for Cue 2016, the 35th Annual Conference and Exposition held at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, March 18th-20th.

Cue seeks to provide best-in-class professional development for educators, technology coordinators, TOSAs, administrators and anyone else interested in learning how technology can support student achievement. Many sessions and exhibits will be of special value to those involved in Title I, School Improvement Program, Data and Assessment, Future Ready, English Language Development (ELD), Special Needs, and GATE.… Visit the author's original post

OneNote Class Notebook now available for all educators

Guest post by Helen Gooch, Microsoft Fellow and Master Trainer, who shares her tips on using OneNote Class Notebook. OneNote Class Notebook is a digital notebook that has a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts, and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities.  If you are not yet using it in your classroom, we have great news: now all teachers can use the OneNote Class Notebook, even if you do not currently have Office 365. 

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OneNote Class Notebook now available for all educators

Guest post by Helen Gooch, Microsoft Fellow and Master Trainer. Connect with Helen Gooch on the Microsoft Educator community.

Have you heard about the OneNote Class Notebook? It’s a digital notebook that has a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts, and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities. If you are not yet using it in your classroom, we have great news: now all teachers can use the OneNote Class Notebook, even if you do not currently have Office 365.… Visit the author's original post