In this MIE Spotlight, we hear from Michael Cocks, Senior Ancient History Teacher at Toowoomba Grammar School
I am in my seventh year of teacher after a career in advertising. As a specialist in my teaching area, I love passing on my passion for History to my students. I find the subject area to be one of the most important in equipping students to be critical thinkers and to become engaged future citizens of the world.
I use digital solutions to meet the needs of my students, and other students around the world.… Visit the author's original post
Digital technology in higher education is allowing the sage on stage to pivot; transforming the model used in lecture halls since mediaeval times.
Today’s students demand a more flexible blended learning environment, with the option of mixing face-to-face and online lectures and tutorials.
Dr David Kellermann, lecturer in mechanical engineering at UNSW, is an education innovator with a deeply pragmatic streak. When the university signed up 470 students for a course he was teaching, in a lecture theatre with 320 seats, he had to quickly come up with a solution.… Visit the author's original post
You’d never know it by seeing how effortlessly she projects polynomials from a tablet to the monitor at the front of her classroom, but Summer Winrotte began teaching as an avowed traditionalist. “I can remember my first year of teaching, saying that I would never be paperless,” she says. As a math teacher, her college course work had to be done with longhand computations, not even a calculator. Summer didn’t see the value of using technology in the classroom.
Today she works to create a more equitable learning environment through paperless technologies by serving as Tecumseh Junior High School’s digital instructional coach.… Visit the author's original post
#TheFeed is back for the March/April 2017 edition, and focusses on Accessibility. In the latest issue you’ll find stories from schools specialising in SEND, studies from the British Dyslexia Association, and the latest on technologies that can aid SEND learners and those who teach them.
This article is written by Paul Dredge, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, who reviews three different devices: the Viglen Duo tab; HP X2 210; and a Surface Pro 4, discussing the respective strengths and areas of suitability of all three.… Visit the author's original post
This latest extract from #TheFeed is written by teacher Gerald Haigh, the piece focuses on a special school, with the majority of the students on the autism spectrum. The school has just updated the way technology is used in the classroom to enhance learning in ways like never before.
More information about the schools, together with details and timetables of the CPD programmes on offer, together with information on booking are available here.
#TheFeed – Special Report: The Fosse Way Document, by Gerald Haigh
Fosse Way School, a special school for 209 pupils, a majority on the autistic spectrum, in Radstock, near the City of Bath has just had a complete update of the way technology is used for learning.… Visit the author's original post
The following post features in the Jan/Feb 2017 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 by Jon Tait, Deputy Head Teacher at Microsoft School Acklam Grange, and looks at how the practice of flipped learning has been applied to leadership meetings in combination with Surface devices and OneNote to enable more productive and cost effective uses of time.… Visit the author's original post
This year, Microsoft in Education are laying on a variety of different webinars of a diverse series of topics, all hosted by teachers and experts from all over the UK. They are all free to join, so register for as many as you’d like, and learn new tricks and trips to apply in your classroom! Don’t worry if you can’t make the live session at the time, as all of our webinars are being recorded, and will be available on demand afterwards.… Visit the author's original post
Next week we are opening the doors of our Showcase Classroom located in the Microsoft offices in Paddington, London, for an exclusive morning of sessions designed specifically around the use of Surface Hub in education.
Register now for Surface Hub for Education – Thursday 16th February
Combining the familiarity and traditional uses of a digital whiteboard with the same full Windows experience that Surface users are accustomed to, the Surface Hub with its superior inking capabilities and range of applications is broadening the horizon of what is possible – and expected – in the classroom.… Visit the author's original post
Guest post by Steve Brophy, Director of ICT & eLearning at Ivanhoe Grammar School.
In 2010, Sir Ken Robinson gave a speech titled “Changing Paradigms” at a Renaissance Society of America public event. As usual, Sir Ken was at his poetic best and his call for a redefinition of our current school model echoed throughout the world thanks to a broadcast on the TED network. As well as Sir Ken’s message, the talk was also famous for the introduction of the RSA Animate series.… Visit the author's original post
Phew…! Still with us?! Another action-packed day at BETT 2017 draws to a close, and as attendees and exhibitors start to make their ways home, there is much to reflect on and ponder.
Yesterday our BETT 2017 Day One recap looked at some of the talks and sessions happening further afield across the BETT exhibition floor, so for this evening’s edition we’ll focus on some of the Learn Live Theatre sessions being delivered by educators and school leaders on the Microsoft stand and some of the activity from the Microsoft Partner Campus.
In any given class of students, there may well be some learners with individual difficulties – Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, or SEND. These difficulties can vary greatly even within a small class, and can anything related to vision, hearing, or cognitive struggles that make it harder for the students to understand and engage with different communication mediums, or any given aspect of day to day classroom activities.
As well as the obvious impact on the affected individuals, this also presents challenges for the teachers, who need to ensure that all of their students have equal opportunities to develop their learning, while keeping the pace of learning across the class at a level where students aren’t held back.… Visit the author's original post
– By Aaron Partridge, ACT Director at Tournament of Minds
The Tournament of the Minds is an Australian educational institution that has been promoting the innovative and creative engagement of young Australians for over 25 years. Students work in teams to solve problems in one of four essential academic disciplines; Social Sciences, Science Technology, Language Literature and Engineering Mathematics. Students from the same school form teams of 4 to seven, and work together to solve challenges that are both spontaneous and long term. … Visit the author's original post
With festive-themed adverts from high street shops and household name brands appearing across television, radio, billboards, social media, and every other conceivable medium, there’s no denying that it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… But there’s still plenty of teaching and learning to be done before everyone takes a well-earned break over the holidays!
As well as the obvious treats of the season, December brings with it more MIEExpert webinars!
So regardless of whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, all are welcome and encouraged to register for any and all of the sessions below.… Visit the author's original post
For a limited time, schools renewing their EES agreements by December 31st, 2016 receive an exclusive 20% savings on Microsoft Premium Surface Pro 4 and Premium Surface Book EDU Bundles and Complete for EDU Bundles.
Pen and paper, evolved
The included Surface Pen provides a precise, on-screen digital pen input that enhances student learning through hand- written note taking. It allows students to more accurately express their ideas and gives them the freedom to solve complex problems and equations.
Any learner, any age
Cater to any learning style or any age with one device.… Visit the author's original post
It’s been an exciting week at Microsoft, with the announcement of the Surface Studio taking the headlines at Wednesday’s Microsoft Windows 10 Event in New York. But it wasn’t just the Surface Studio that was unveiled, as a number of other announcements were made, many of which will have a great impact within education.
You can find further details of all the main announcements on this post from the Windows Blog, but to give you a broad overview, here’s what is covered in the post:
- Surface Studio turns your desk into a creative studio
- Surface Dial – a new spin on creativity
- The most powerful Surface Book yet
- The Windows 10 Creators Update
- 3D for everyone
- Office apps to support 3D models and add new inking features
- Bringing mixed reality to people everywhere
- Every gamer becomes and in-game broadcaster
- A faster way to connect and share with people who matter most
The importance of creativity within education is not to be underestimated, and providing an environment in which teachers and student can follow their instincts and easily turn their thoughts and inspiration into tangible outputs is one the key drivers of progress, certainly within the context of the impact technology can have to teaching and learning.
Learn more about the latest inking capabilities within OneNote at http://www.onenote.com/ink.
The importance of handwriting in a digital first world is not to be underestimated. As computers, tablets and mobile devices fill our worktops, tables and pockets, the natural inclination is to converse and notate using a keyboard or swiping a touchscreen display.
However, when it comes to teaching and learning the pen and paper have been critical tools since the dawn of formalised education systems. While the introduction of computers into the classroom certainly breaks down barriers in terms of access to information, sharing thoughts and ideas and collaboration between teachers and students, there is still a struggling to balance between the digital and analogue curriculum, and teaching materials.… Visit the author's original post
The subject of a recent BBC feature, Ysgol Bae Baglan in Port Talbot is a brand new Microsoft Showcase School, and a shining example of how technology can be used to empower educators and transform learning outcomes for students.
Watch the BBC report here: £40m Ysgol Bae Baglan ‘superschool’ in Port Talbot to open
Replacing a total of four schools in the area (three secondary and one primary), the new site at Ysgol Bae Baglan is one of only seven schools in Wales that will offer education to pupils from the ages of three to 16, and will open its doors to 1,500 pupils and 200 staff.… Visit the author's original post
Microsoft’s Next Level Learning series of education events culminated in Perth on Tuesday 22nd March. Hosted by The Hale School, NLL Perth showcased the very best Microsoft in Education tools and strategies to promote innovative anywhere, anytime learning.
After a thought-provoking keynote presentation from Aidan McCarthy, Director of Worldwide Teaching and Learning Team, teachers took their place in the Platform for Learning sessions. All teachers were provided with a touch-screen Surface tablet and stylus, enabling them to interact with the ultimate teaching and learning device. … Visit the author's original post
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
Microsoft Norway Education invited me to speak about the use of Surface and Pen in my design classes at Lister videregående skole. To speak public in a second language is a big challenge for me.… Visit the author's original post
Over the past three weeks, the Next Level Learning Roadshow has visited the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Parramatta & Adelaide working with teachers, IT Directors, principals, eLearning coordinators across all sectors in these areas. Find all the resources and information presented here....(read more)… Visit the author's original post
After a term looking at Africa, Year 5 soon became the experts of the school. To share our knowledge and expertise, group chose, planned, resourced and delivered workshops to the rest of the school focusing on areas such as cooking, geography of Africa, art, drama/ storytelling, learning Swahili and dancing. Teachers were then asked to book time slots over two days for their class to attend and evaluate the sessions.
In 2014 Microsoft Australia in partnership with Victoria Department of Education & Training and Victoria University undertook a research project to investigate the impact of pen devices, particularly Microsoft Surface, at different age levels across three schools. See what impact these devices had at various levels across primary and high schools....(read more)… Visit the author's original post
Over the last twelve months I have seen a lot of effort by technology companies and a lot of reference by educators about the move to the “cloud” and “cloud computing” being a game changer for the education space. I totally agree.
Becoming totally reliant the “cloud” is a really bad thing. It is important that the devices, apps and software all are able to work in their own right, whether connected or not. Technology companies and education decision makers are forgetting that education MUST go on, regardless. … Visit the author's original post
The following is a guest post from Gerald Haigh, looking at the way schools can learn from each other when it comes to deploying tablets. As he explores below, while the scale of a rollout may dictate the types of devices that a school opts for, when using Windows tablets the underpinning platform of Office 365 is available to all and allows for a consistent working experience to be enjoyed by all members of staff and students.
There’s little doubt that the arrival of inexpensive Windows tablets (Dell, HP, Linx, Toshiba, for example) is giving schools – especially those needing to update or replace their existing computers - the freedom to think differently about their technology infrastructure.… Visit the author's original post
Over the past week, the children of Year 5 have been using O365 to present research they collated through the recent survey on perceptions of Africa. http://microsoft.simondesenlisblogs.org/2015/06/26/enchanted-kingdom-africa-immersion-making-a-dent-in-the-universe-with-Microsoft/
In particular, they have focused on using PowerPoint online which, at first, I though was no different to the programme you find on your desktop. However it did not take long for the children of Einstein Class to discover the unique functions and how it could help them to complete their work more efficiently.… Visit the author's original post