Category Archives: Surface

Eltham High rethinks teaching and learning with Surface Pro and cloud – 21st Century skills

Technology has taken learning from slate to paper to screen; from pencil to pen to stylus. Consequently, each generation of students should emerge with the skills and smarts to participate fully in the workforce of the day.

Victoria’s Eltham High School is keenly aware of the need to equip today’s students with 21st century skills, and understands that digital technologies and the cloud provide the platform that allows students to connect, collaborate and create both within and out of the classroom.… Visit the author's original post

Teaching with a new device this term? View an on-demand webinar to get the most from Windows 10 in the classroom

To help educators get to grips with new devices and get most out them in an educational setting, we have a number of on-demand webinars delivered by trained teachers, Student Ambassadors and Microsoft product experts, aimed at familiarising them with some of the latest accessibility features of Windows 10, as well as closer looks at some of the specific devices from a range OEMs and the Microsoft Surface family of devices.… Visit the author's original post

Teaching with a new device this term? View an on-demand webinar to get the most from Windows 10 in the classroom

To help educators get to grips with new devices and get most out them in an educational setting, we have a number of on-demand webinars delivered by trained teachers, Student Ambassadors and Microsoft product experts, aimed at familiarising them with some of the latest accessibility features of Windows 10, as well as closer looks at some of the specific devices from a range OEMs and the Microsoft Surface family of devices.… Visit the author's original post

MIE Spotlight: Bringing Ancient History studies into the digital era

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

Surface Book pivots sage on stage model and transforms learning experience

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.

surface-roadshow_unswDr 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

For the good of her students, this traditionalist teacher meets the digital age head-on

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 – Device Review: Windows 10 Devices to suit all budgets, by Paul Dredge

march-april-cover#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

#TheFeed – Special Report: The Fosse Way Document, by Gerald Haigh

march-april-coverThis 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.

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#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

#TheFeed – Empowering Teachers with OneNote at Microsoft School Acklam Grange, by Jon Tait

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

Microsoft in Education: Upcoming Webinars and On-Demand Content

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

Discover the power of Surface Hub in Education with our free-to-attend event in London


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

mssurfacehub_edu_1049_1_rgbCombining 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

Utilising the power of OneNote and Surface to develop visual thinking skills

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

Day Two @ BETT 2017 – What you may have missed

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.

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SEND tools from Microsoft – Empowering every student on the planet to achive more

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

Taking Tournament of the Minds to a New Level of Connection


– 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

#MIEExpert-led Webinars – December 2016 Schedule

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

Limited time offer on Premium Surface EDU Bundles

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.
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Micrsoft Surface Studio and Windows 10 Creators Update announced

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.

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Paper and pencil. Evolved! – What do young learners think of digital inking?

Learn more about the latest inking capabilities within OneNote at

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

Microsoft Showcase School Ysgol Bae Baglan to open doors to 1,500 students

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

Next level Learning Perth: The Best of Microsoft in the Classroom


20160322_110922 (002)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

Spring Online CPD 2016

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

Redefining Learning Conference Oslo

December 3-4, I attended the Flagship Redefining Learning Conference co-hosted with Skjetten primary school and Nesøya school, Norway. Two inspiring days filled with inspiration from international teachers, school leaders, students, Microsoft Managements and Education Team, Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators and Finnish Ministry about technology and learning in the 21 century.
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

Next Level Learning Roadshow – Content, resources and thanks!

 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.

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Check out this Sway! ” Our journey through The Enchanted Kingdom”

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.

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The Power of Digital Pen & Surface in Schools – Inking Your Thinking Case Study

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.

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Cloudy or clear skies – education must go on

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