Category Archives: skills

Education Technology – Painting pictures with data, by #MIEExpert Paul Dredge

This latest extract from Education Technology is written by Paul Dredge, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert,  who explains how Power BI makes data interactive and brings your information to life. Wouldn’t it be great if you could see your data in an interactive, visual way? Well, Power BI does just that! Power BI enables you to produce reports and analyse your data in real time. It gives you the ability to input data and transform it into visual graphs and charts. Power BI connects a large range of data through easy to use dashboards, interactive reports and visualisations that bring your information to life.… Visit the author's original post

Education Technology – Reviewing the success of the Microsoft Cloud

The Microsoft Cloud has revolutionised education technology. One of the most important outcomes from using The Cloud is employability. Across different sectors, there are thousands of different jobs, varying from Data Scientist to Cloud Solution Architect.  However, this is simply one of the benefits of using the Cloud...… Visit the author's original post

#TheFeed – Digital Literacy in 21st Century, by Sonia Blanford

The following post features in the most recent 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 Sonia Blanford – a certified Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and Founder & CEO at Achievement for All – and explores the upcoming changes in Education and the continuing effects this will have on society as a whole.

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#TheFeed – Digital Literacy in 21st Century, by Sonia Blanford

The wider deployment and effective use of ICT is pivotal in the changing global world of the future.… Visit the author's original post

“Coding in your MOS class?” Yes!

Last year Microsoft Learning Experience’s Academic Team visited Helen Andrews, Microsoft Office Specialist teacher, and her class at Bellevue High School in Washington State. On that day, we asked which Microsoft IT Academy resources proved to be helpful and which resources we needed to improve. We also asked the MOS students, comprised of boys and girls in grades 9-12, whether or not they had experience with computer programming, and whether or not they would be interested in taking a programming class.Visit the author's original post

An Hour of Code, A Lifetime of Learning

Next week, millions of students around the world will take a “behind-the-screens” peek at the programming languages that power the devices in their lives—from laptops and tablets to smartphones and game systems—and experience firsthand the limitless opportunities that computer science provides. Microsoft is proud to partner with Code.org for this year’s Hour of Code, the global challenge to teach 100 million people to learn to code.

Get Your Start with an Hour of Code

We've made it simple to host your Hour of Code with TouchDevelop, a free coding tool designed for students with no prior computer science knowledge or skills.

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Information gap activities: what does it take to design a successful task?

Information gap activities: what does it take to design a successful task?

What makes an  information-gap task / activity a smashing hit in class? Why do some of these activities fail miserably to engage students and are dismissed as utterly boring ?


This post focuses on what makes such a task successful in terms of motivation, interaction and language output.  You can also find two jigsaw activities involving reading and speaking.

When things go wrong....


I can still remember when doing my teaching practice sessions.
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