Category Archives: Project Spark

Teaching Coding for Beginners – Let’s get started with some Australian Curriculum examples

In Part 3, we will address examples of coding elaborations in the Australian Curriculum, to show practical examples of how teachers can address these elaborations. Click on the following links for part one and part two both also written by Matthew Jorgensen, Teacher Ambassador in the Microsoft Australia education team.


Part 3 – That’s great, but what now?

In 2015, federal and state political leaders from both sides of politics made one thing loud and clear in a show of true bi-partisan support.… Visit the author's original post

32 Engaging Ways to use Microsoft in your classroom

Looking for new ways to do new things in your classroom in 2015? Want to use some new tools to engage students, parents and peers in teaching and learning? Here’s 32 ideas just for you. We have categorised these 32 strategies into the 8...(read more)Visit the author's original post

The Top Microsoft in the Classroom blog posts of 2014

This blog has been sharing the best of Microsoft in the Classroom since late 2013. We thought you might like a recap of the most popular posts since we began. We dived into the statistics to check out what was read, shared and re-read the most. Below are our top 12 posts. Why not use your holiday time to catch up on the best of our best?

Interestingly OneNote was our big star. This was no surprise to us at the Microsoft Education Team in Australia as we all love OneNote and use it in our daily work.… Visit the author's original post

Cathy Cavanaugh: Values of Learning Programming Language in School

by Cathy Cavanaugh
Director of Teaching and Learning, Microsoft in Education

What is a human language? As a symbol system for encoding and communicating ideas, our languages are varied and dynamic, each reflective of its own cultures and ways of knowing. Thus, each language has intrinsic value to influence thought and interaction. Additionally, each language has practical value in the 21st century. Recognizing the many benefits of learning multiple languages, schools around the world require native language fluency and a minimum of competence in a second language.… Visit the author's original post

An Hour of Code in 2014 – Ideas for your classroom

Want to join in on all the Hour of Code fun? Simply follow the Hour of Code guide, and pick an activity from some of the ideas below. Enjoy!

Hour of Code is taking place right across the globe this year from 8-14 December. This global movement introduces programming and coding to students and is growing from strength to strength with over 15 million students joining in an Hour of code from schools worldwide last year.… Visit the author's original post