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
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
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.
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.… Visit the author's original post