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Guest post by Ian Fernée, Head of Computing Faculty / 1:1 eLearning Coordinator (Years 10 – 12) St. Patrick’s College Ballarat

I consider coding and the broader notion of computer education in schools to be a constructive means to teach the developing student a plethora of skills that are practical such as learning how to use software: advantageous for cognitive development such as knowledge construction, problem-solving, computational thinking and decision making, and beneficial for forming personal affective and dispositional attributes like self-regulation, resilience, collaboration and creativity.… Visit the author's original post

“I am focused on each student’s growth. If each student can come away with knowledge that will enhance their personal or professional life, then we have both succeeded.” – Pamela Orbison, computer science teacher, USA

Pamela Orbison

Business, Finance, IT and Computer Science Teacher; Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert

Rowan Salisbury Schools in Salisbury, North Carolina, USA
Pam Orbison (@CLMS_CTE on Twitter

How one teacher manages testing pressure

“It seems that a score on a test determines the current educational measure of success.  I have had students in my class crying because they feel so much pressure to meet a certain standard (even on pre-tests). I realized that these scores have the potential to cause students to define themselves according to their score.… Visit the author's original post

Ormiston College STEM Day

There is no doubt that PBL (Problem or Project Based Learning) and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) has captured the current zeitgeist of contemporary learning around the globe.  There are many schools in Australia that have realised that they need to do something quickly to enable their students to have the skills and dispositions to survive and thrive when they leave their stretch of education.

One school that is leading the way in Australia is Ormiston College, also a Microsoft World Showcase School.  Visit the author's original post

BETT 2017 Guest Post: Pobble – “Saving teachers time”

Continuing our series of guest partner posts for BETT 2017, we are pleased to share a piece from the team at Pobble – the platform that makes writing ridiculously exciting! Teachers use the Pobble platform to find the best teaching resources, give pupils a global audience for their work, and to assess writing. The literacy platform was started in 2013, by a group of teachers based in North Yorkshire, England. Since then, Pobble has gained the support of prominent education leaders and has received praise from bestselling authors such as Anthony Horowitz and Michael Morpurgo.Visit the author's original post

How the Modern Librarian is Guiding Research in the Online Era

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Teaching proper research methods is about so much more than enabling students to turn in the perfect paper. When done thoroughly, it imbues them with the ability to evaluate resources for credibility, avoid misleading misinformation and mount a cogent argument. Teaching students how to research is about empowering them to think critically, both in the classroom today and beyond.

“It all comes back to the purpose of school,” says Aron Early, research technology specialist at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, WA.  … Visit the author's original post

MIE Spotlight: Megan Lipinczyk on Student Empowerment and Collaboration Through OneNote

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Lipinczyk’s Leaders

 

The MIE Spotlight welcomes Megan Lipinczyk, a 5th grade educator from Tampa, Florida. Megan uses OneNote to foster both expression, collaboration, peer-to-peer, and even peer-to-adult teaching with her students.

 

Hi, everyone! I’m SO excited to be a guest for the MIE Spotlight.

Let’s start with a little background about myself: Born in Tampa, I grew up outside of Chicago and played Division 1 Women’s Softball at the University of Kentucky (go Big Blue) while earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education.… Visit the author's original post

New Education Category in Visio Pro for Office 365

Years of research suggest students learn best when presented new material in diverse and interactive ways. Gone are the days of lecture-only classrooms; today, educators incorporate a variety of methods to boost learning outcomes. One of those methods, of course, is visual. We’re excited to announce new Microsoft and third-party templates for Visio Pro for Office 365 to help educators present information in highly visual and exciting ways, while helping students better engage across subjects.

New Education templates

Visio Pro for Office 365 is adding more than 20 education templates and sample diagrams that span core subjects, including algebra, trigonometry, chemistry, and physics.… Visit the author's original post

An incredible journey: Skype-a-Thon participants travel the world for life-changing learning

When we connect classrooms, we can change the world. And thanks to last week’s Global Education Skype-a-Thon, teachers and students from over 75 countries were empowered to do just that, traveling nearly 10 million miles (for perspective, that’s enough to circle the earth 394 times!) to celebrate global learning and diversity.

Skype-a-thon, November 29-30, Connecting classrooms around the world

For 48 hours, Skype-a-Thon participants experienced global learning with through a variety of activities — from talking with an expert guest speaker or taking a virtual field trip, to playing #Mystery Skype, a global guessing game that teaches kids geography, promotes cultural understanding and broadens perspectives.… Visit the author's original post

Join our next #OneNoteQ TweetMeet to Share Your “Best Of 2016 Moments”

 

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Join our next #OneNoteQ TweetMeet to Share Your “Best Of 2016 Moments”

 

During 2016, the OneNote team launched more than 36 new OneNote features that educators won’t want to miss in our blog here. And to celebrate a successful year together, we’re inviting all OneNote avengers to share #Bestof2016 OneNote experiences in our upcoming OneNoteQ TweetMeet on December, 6th at 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, PT.

In preparation for the Twitter chat, below you will find all the information and background you need to join so you can share your favorite #Bestof2016 OneNote moments in our final #OneNoteQ TweetMeet of 2016.… Visit the author's original post

OneNote’s Best of 2016: A year in review including over 36 new reasons to try OneNote

Guest post by Marjolein Hoekstra from OneNote Central @OneNoteC.

Over the past year, the OneNote Team have steadily pushed out an impressive number of new features and improvements including over 36 new features for education. This blog includes an overview of those new features with links to relevant announcements and coverage by the OneNote community.

 

OneNote for Windows 10

The changes to this OneNote app have been nothing short of impressive. Summarized, you can now:

  • Add Special Ink Effects to your pages, such as the immensely popular Rainbow Ink (Office 365 accounts only).
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7 ways to figure out this coding thing

So, you’re wanting to learn how to code but not sure where to start? Or perhaps you just want to know what the fuss around computer science is about? Or is it that you know you need to help your students figure out programming? Here are some ways to get started.

1. Hour of Code

Hour of Code is exactly what it sounds like and is a perfect “first time” introduction to what goes into coding. With a super simple block-based approach, you’ll go through a series of lessons that show you the basics of programming, all in under an hour.Visit the author's original post

Young Scottish students’ countrywide collaboration fuels learning and leadership

The following post originally appeared on the main Microsoft in Education Blog, and is all about how young learners in Scotland are being empowered to achieve more through the tools found within Office 365, and are connected through Scotland’s nationwide educational web service: Glow. You may also recognise the teacher from the story, Natalie Burgess, who this year joined us as one of our Microsoft Teacher Ambassadors.

You may have seen Natalie on our stand at BETT over the last couple of years where she delivered hands-on sessions to a packed out Showcase Classroom, or more recently as part of our series of teacher-led webinars, which are available on demand.Visit the author's original post

Young Scottish students’ countrywide collaboration fuels learning and leadership

Through Scotland’s nationwide educational web service Glow, students begin their schooling already connected. Using this portal, more than 16,000 Scottish students and their teachers can draw on resources like Office 365 Education to work together and learn from each other using Yammer and other free Office 365 tools.

When teacher Natalie Burgess began using the tools early in 2015, her Primary 3 students were only six and seven years old, but she had big plans for them. Like any seasoned educator, she started small, handing out cards with the students’ email addresses and log-in information on them.… Visit the author's original post

Finding the right devices for education

When looking for suitable and affordable devices for education, there are many factors to consider. Whether you are a post-grad researcher looking for a powerful personal laptop, a parent wishing to provide your child with a 2-in-1 device for further education, or indeed a head teacher needing to equip classes or an entire school with portable devices suitable for education, there are plenty of options to navigate.

There are also many different learning scenarios that a device may be required to support, so when choosing a device for personal use or school-wide rollout, it’s good to know what it can and can’t do, and in which scenarios it will be useful.… Visit the author's original post

Connect your classroom to the world: Join Microsoft’s global education Skype-a-Thon

Are you and your students ready to take an incredible journey? Yes? Then get ready, get set, #Skypeathon!

At Microsoft, we believe the most powerful way to learn is from each other, and when we connect classrooms, we can change the world. That’s why we’re empowering students and educators around the globe to do just that. On November 29th and 30th, Microsoft is hosting is a Global Education Skype-a-Thon. Over 48 hours, participants will contribute to help reach a goal of travelling three million virtual miles.… Visit the author's original post

Accommodations verses modifications in an inclusive classroom

Guest post by Robin Lowell. Robin Lowell is a Microsoft Innovative Education Expert, and a special education, science, and mathematics teacher, as well as teacher of blind and visually impaired students. She partnered with the Microsoft in Education team to deliver this accessibility training for members of the Microsoft Educator Community.

As a special education teacher, I am constantly trying to create an environment for my students with learning differences that is personalized, differentiated and yet as close to their peers’ experience as possible.… Visit the author's original post

New Learning Tools Help Educators Create More Inclusive Classrooms

A one-size-fits-all approach to education can be especially stifling for students with unique learning needs. To put it into perspective, Dyslexia is estimated to impact 1 in 5 people, 72 percent of classrooms have special education students, and 73 percent of classrooms have readers that span 4 or more grade levels.* Understanding this classroom reality is what led our teams at Microsoft to design Office 365, and its inclusive classroom technology like Learning Tools for OneNote, with accessible learning experiences in mind.Visit the author's original post

Teaching students to code: New resources bring creative coding and computational thinking to your classroom

Learn how to unlock your students' creative coding potential!Coding – and computational thinking in general — is one of the most in-demand skills in today’s job market, but not so long ago, learning to code was mostly out of reach for late-middle school and secondary students. Coding wasn’t taught in the typical classroom, and educators – unless they had a computer science background – weren’t equipped to teach it.

All of that changes with Microsoft’s Creative Coding with Games and Apps (CCGA) curriculum, training and resources. These new tools promote the development of computational thinking skills, and get your students excited about computer science by teaching them how to code in a real software development environment as they design, program and publish mobile apps and games.… Visit the author's original post

#MIEExpert Webinar: Using OneNote Learning Tools to support children with additional learning requirements

Following on from last week’s webinar about teaching Modern Foreign Languages with Office 365, (hosted by Teacher Ambassador Natalie Burgess), we are pleased to share further details of the next webinar in the series, which is taking place tomorrow:

Using OneNote Learning Tools to support children with additional learning requirements

Click here to register – Wednesday 5th October, 16:00-16:30

In any given class of students, there may well be some learners with individual difficulties. They may be physical impairments related to vision, problems with hearing, or other mental struggles that make it harder for them to understand and engage with different communication mediums or particular aspects of day to day classroom activities.… Visit the author's original post

It’s never too late to #HacktheClassroom!

Each time we bring educators around the globe together with a #HacktheClassroom digital event, the community participation gets bigger – and the inspiration gets, well, more inspiring.

On September 24th, Microsoft and our sponsoring partners (including ISTE, Edmodo, BETT, Chalk.com and Steelcase) hosted an action-packed digital event on a global scale. With nearly 15,000 registrants, the event was streamed to more than 5,500 educators watching live – including more than 1,000 at nearly 60 streaming parties. The event was also simulcast by Jeff Bradbury at TeacherCast, bringing even more educators to the virtual table to share innovative best practices.Visit the author's original post

Create a Professional Learning Community in 3 Easy Steps with Office 365

Educators teach students every day, and just like their students, they also strive to be life-long learners.  Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) provide the support educators need to continue to grow new teaching skills with their peers. Groups of educators can work and learn together to improve student achievement through book study, action research, or learning a new best practice through PLCs.

Now, Office 365 Education provides an easy to use framework for PLCs that was built on feedback received directly from teachers.… Visit the author's original post

Guest post by Aaron Maurer: What Does Hack the Classroom Means to Me?

Guest post by Aaron Maurer, MIE Expert, USA.  Connect with Aaron Maurer on Twitter at @coffeechugbooksAaron Maurer, MIE in the USA

So many times in our lives as an educator, we wish we had that chance for a new perspective, a new voice, and just something different. It is easy to get stuck in that routine where you ask the same people knowing you will get the expected response and answer to keep trudging through the same pathway.

What if you changed that? If you took a few hours of your time and gathered with other like-minded educators, parents, and students who want to improve?Visit the author's original post

Guest post by Jeanne Parent: What Hack the Classroom Means to Me

Guest post by Jeanne Parent, MIE Expert, USA. Connect with Jeanne Parent on the Educator Community

I’m so proud of my father, who spent his entire working life as an inventor. When he would bring his patents home for us to see, I would ask him how he could possibly imagine his invention. His reply was to quote a proverb which states “necessity is the mother of invention”. Because he needed something, he would develop an ingenious solution. How does this relate to the Class Hack?… Visit the author's original post

3 ways the restructured Educator Community better supports educators

If you’ve visited the Microsoft Educator Community lately, you may have noticed that things look a little different. We’re delighted to announce that the entire site has been restructured to better support educators around the world, and it’s all thanks to you every new button, navigation path, and design update was made not only with educators in mind, but also using the feedback received from over 300 teachers around the world.

Not only do we want to celebrate and introduce the features made possible through the input of our users, we want to thank them for their important role in helping to restructure the site.… Visit the author's original post

Guest post by Jim Pedrech: What Hack the Classroom Means to Me

Guest post by Jim Pedrech, MIE Expert, Canada, @jpedrech. Connect with Jim Pedrech on the Educator Community.
If you are a teacher, you have probably hacked something.  Don’t worry; I’m not accusing you of crashing networks or breaking through firewalls. I mean hacking as tinkering, the act of reworking a thing in a way that its creator had not foreseen. A hack is a shortcut, a repurposing, a reimagining.  Have you ever restructured an activity or a unit to meet the needs of your students?… Visit the author's original post

10 great ways to rock back-to-school with Microsoft

t’s back-to-school time again in many parts of the world, and educators are busy getting organized. Below are some new and favorite technology features we offer educators to help make teaching easier and spark student learning, and many any are part of Office 365 Education, which is free for students and teachers.

We are committed to creating immersive and inclusive learning experiences that inspire lifelong learning and essential life skills like communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.… Visit the author's original post

“Small steps to big impact” – Register now for Hack The Classroom, September 24th

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Hack The Classroom is back! On Saturday 24th September educators from all over the world will come together to share ideas, experiences, insights and conversation, as the education community as a whole looks to drive further innovation in the classroom through the use of technology.

Register now for Hack The Classroom – 24th September, 1600-1800 BST

The theme for this live event will be “small steps to big impact”, and joining host Anthony Salcito is a line-up of exciting industry speakers and trailblazing educators, featuring many hacks created by teachers from around the world.… Visit the author's original post

Announcing Hack the Classroom: Small Steps to Big Impact

Hack is Back. September 24, 2016 from 8:00a.m. to 10:00a.m. PST. #HacktheClassroom

The messages came pouring in through the live chat, greetings from Vietnam to Croatia, Nigeria to Canada, lighting up the morning with energy and excitement. And like that, the first Hack the Classroom digital event kicked off on January 30, 2016, as tens of thousands of educators from around the world were inspired to go forth and do amazing things in the classroom, armed with inspiring new ideas from speakers and peers.

And we’re so excited to do it all again.… Visit the author's original post

The Innovative Educator: A Microsoft in Education Magazine | Issue 2

Want to know all of the latest Microsoft in Education news? Discover educator spotlights, a guide to Office Forms, and how we’re celebrating cultural differences all in the second issue of the Innovative Educator:

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New immersive and inclusive learning experiences for Windows 10

Our mission in education is to empower every student on the planet to achieve more. We’re reaching more and more students and teachers every day – providing them with immersive and inclusive learning experiences.

Today, Microsoft announced the next major update to Windows and highlighted some of these new experiences for the classroom. Learn how to upgrade PCs in your school to Windows 10 for free here. In addition, we’re excited to share these new Windows 10 apps that will help make your new school year great.… Visit the author's original post