Category Archives: Teaching

Minecraft Education Edition used in year four class

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Teachers are choosing innovative ways to get 21st teaching into classrooms and an example of this can be found on Mrs Barkers Tea Room blog. By using Minecraft: Education Edition, students were engaged and learned problem solving skills in an interactive and imaginative platform.

Minecraft’s spatial thinking and pixel art creates an excellent opportunity for students to work on mathematics and visual arts objectives in an engaging environment.

The game engages students creative and collaborative abilities, providing a different way of developing students’ skills.

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7 great ways to hit the ground running this school year

Guest post by Helen Gooch, Microsoft Fellow and Master Trainer. Connect with Helen on the Educator Community. 

List of new students for your class. Check! 

Classroom arranged for optimal learning styles. Check! 

Bulletin boards done. Check! 

Now let’s discover seven great ways to hit the ground running this school year by getting your curriculum ready, getting to know your students, and helping your class get started with technology. 

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#MIEExpert WEBINAR: Light up your classroom with Sway

After a short break for half-term, our series of live and on-demand webinars led by teachers continues this week with a session hosted by Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Paul Dredge, as he demonstrates how Sway can enhance learning.

Register now: Light up your classroom with Sway – 8pm Wednesday November 2nd

Paul DredgeDuring the half hour session you will be given an overview of how to use the app, and a variety of other tips and tricks for using Sway in your classroom, as well as a live demonstration and tutorial.… 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

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

Personalized Learning with Digital Experiences

Schools that can promote happiness are key to ensuring better well-being, health, and achievement, as well as success in life…calling for education systems to shift away from traditional measures and to instead embrace a diversity of talents and intelligences by recognizing values, strengths, and competencies that contribute to enhancing happiness.

UNESCO, Happy Schools: A Framework for Learner Well-being, 2016

No one is average…. Today we have the ability to understand individuals and their talents on a level that was not possible before.Visit the author's original post

Thank You, Teachers!

Happy ‪Teacher Appreciation Week to some of the hardest working people we know!

Thank You, Teachers!

Throughout the world, day in and day out, educators like you dedicate their lives to transforming the lives of others. And we want to thank YOU!

Microsoft employees say a special thank you to their favorite teachers:

We know you go above and beyond every day, and we want to work just as hard for you. To help hardworking teachers save time, we offer free professional development all year long.… Visit the author's original post

Office Mix creates rich and engaging lessons

Guest post by Kristen Messer, Teacher, be.tech Career Academy

When I grew up we had four television stations and cartoons aired on Saturdays. Pong was the only video game on the market. I played outside. I loved puzzles. So going to school was exciting. After all, there wasn’t much else to compete for my attention.

Today, on-demand entertainment streams to students’ computers and phones 24/7.  In fact, The National Center for Biotechnology Information cites a decrease in attention span from 12 seconds in 2000 to just eight seconds in 2013.… Visit the author's original post

Leave Time for Serendipity

Today, my 4th grade students were supposed to analyze data from NASA's Climate Change website. I wanted them to look at real data and to have conversations about what it meant. I wanted them to draw conclusions and make predictions. That's what today's science lesson was supposed to be. It was a good plan.

Unexpectedly, about 10 minutes into my lesson, the distinctive tone of an incoming Skype call filled the room. My students know this sound pretty well by now.… Visit the author's original post

E 2 Educator Exchange empowered educators to help every student on the planet achieve more

“E 2! E22! E 2!”

The energy was palpable in the room, an unbelievable buzz in the air as the National Gallery of Hungary was filled with educators from around the world, gathered on the staircase and chanting the name of the event that has shifted their worldview in significant ways during the past three days. As the 240 MIE Experts and Fellows gathered on the staircase for a final snapshot at the Awards Gala, the energy struck everyone in the room.… Visit the author's original post

Immersive and inclusive learning experiences – inspired by teachers

At Microsoft, we’re committed to “Empowering Every Student on the Planet to Achieve More.” We’re reaching more and more students and teachers every day. According to Futuresource*, Windows continues to be the leading global platform for K-12 education. And this week we’re excited to share more around our momentum as well as a few upcoming features we hope you’ll love.

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Immersive and inclusive learning experiences – inspired by teachers

By Tony Prophet – Corporate Vice President Education Marketing

At Microsoft, we’re committed to “Empowering Every Student on the Planet to Achieve More.”

We’re reaching more and more students and teachers every day. According to Futuresource*, Windows continues to be the leading global platform for K-12 education.

And this week we’re excited to share more around our momentum as well as a few upcoming features we hope you’ll love.

OneNote – Creating and Sharing in Entirely New Ways

OneNote is reinventing the way learning gets done in classrooms around the world – empowering students and teachers to collaborate in real time – creating, editing, sharing and grading assignments.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft at CUE 2016, March 18th-20th in Palm Springs, California

Join thousands of teachers, administrators, students and parents, and other professionals for Cue 2016, the 35th Annual Conference and Exposition held at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, March 18th-20th.

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Microsoft at CUE 2016, March 18th-20th in Palm Springs, California

Join thousands of teachers, administrators, students and parents, and other professionals for Cue 2016, the 35th Annual Conference and Exposition held at the Palm Springs Convention Center in Palm Springs, March 18th-20th.

Cue seeks to provide best-in-class professional development for educators, technology coordinators, TOSAs, administrators and anyone else interested in learning how technology can support student achievement. Many sessions and exhibits will be of special value to those involved in Title I, School Improvement Program, Data and Assessment, Future Ready, English Language Development (ELD), Special Needs, and GATE.… Visit the author's original post

5 ways to motivate different kinds of students with digital learning tools

Motivation is crucial to learning. Without motivation, students are prone to just memorizing information or crunching for an exam instead of immersing themselves to really learn about the topic. Ideally, with high motivation, surrounded by a culture of learning and supported by a community of experts, students can learn deeply, actively share information, and even create new knowledge. Read ideas on different ways of motivating students with digital learning tools and technologies.

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5 ways to motivate different kinds of students with digital learning tools

Motivation is crucial to learning. Without motivation, students are prone to just memorizing information or crunching for an exam instead of immersing themselves to really learn about the topic. Ideally, with high motivation, surrounded by a culture of learning and supported by a community of experts, students can learn deeply, actively share information, and even create new knowledge.

One quite detailed motivational model relevant to schools (Tapola, Veermans & Niemivirta, 2013), categorizes students into five different achievement goal orientations. Each type of goal orientation responds to different ways of motivating, which is made easier by personalized learning and tools in a digital learning environment.… Visit the author's original post

Project collaboration and communication with Sway

Guest blog by Dianne P. Krause, Instructional Technology Coach at Wissahickon Middle School in Ambler, Pennsylvania who shares ways to use Sway and Office Mix to create classrooms and learning environments focused on student-centered, project-based learning that fosters collaboration and communication.

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Project collaboration and communication with Sway

Guest blog post by Dianne P. Krause, Instructional Technology Coach at Wissahickon Middle School, Ambler, Pennsylvania

As we strive to create classrooms and learning environments focused on student-centered, project-based learning that help foster collaboration and communication, teachers are always on the look-out for digital tools and resources that are efficient, effective and fun to use.

Sway is one of those tools. It not only gives teachers and students a new way to create projects and demonstrate learning, it also makes collaboration and communication a snap.… Visit the author's original post

Skype inspires literacy in the month of February

Skype in the Classroom and LitWorld are celebrating literacy throughout the month of February. We invite you and your classroom to join in! Last year, through the magic of Skype, students were inspired to read more, write their own stories, and dream big to become authors. See how your students can be inspired this February in honor of World Read Aloud Day!

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Microsoft Surface Reaches More Students, Offers Education Discount for Surface 3

Today, Microsoft Surface announced four new schools—more than 23,000 devices—bringing Windows 10 devices into their classrooms, along with a 30% discount on Surface 3 education bundles for qualifying institutions through March 31, 2016.

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Resources from Bing help educators teach kids to search safely, efficiently

Today’s educators play a critical role in helping kids learn how search engines work, and how to use them. However most teachers don’t receive much training in using search engines themselves. Research shows teachers are lacking resources for teaching search for kidsAs a result, the Bing team at Microsoft has created teaching resources for educators to empower students to be great digital citizens.

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7 Nifty Office tricks to make a teacher’s life easier

The right technology makes lesson planning and essential tasks much easier and efficient for teachers. Check out these tips on how to utilize Office templates for shortcuts that help you save time for the important things you do in the classroom and at your school!

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Top three tips for using Minecraft to spark critical thinking in your classroom

Guest post by Aaron Maurer, who is an Instructional Coach, shares how Minecraft, a game recognized by millions around the world, helps students think critically, collaborate, and communicate. Read tips on how teachers can use Minecraft in the classroom to help students build the all-important 21st century skills.

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Join a YouthSpark in Schools event near you

YouthSpark in Schools events have been connecting educators to the free computer science and technology resources available to educators and students as part of the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative. Please join us at one near you!

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Guest post by Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education: Learning without borders — Global Skype-a-thon builds cultural understanding and connection

Guest post by Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft Technology and new pedagogy models are changing learning in and out of the classroom. What hasn't changed, however, is the power of connection, the impact of discovery...(read more)Visit the author's original post

Computer science is finally getting some well-deserved respect

Guest post by computer science educator Doug Bergman, on how schools increasingly view computer science as a regular discipline, just like language, math, history or science. As an educator, you canbring an Hour of Code into your classroom. Read more.

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Join us! Computer Science Education Week Begins Today

Today, we help kick off Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code a movement led by Code.org to introduce millions of young people to the creativity of computer science. Learn more.

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New world tech brings rich cultural traditions into Massachusetts Middle School

This weekend, you can join the class on their adventure with Born to Explore on ABC TV (check your local listings for 11/21 & 11/22), and starting today you can get a glimpse of the episode and find out how to take your own virtual field trip on our Native American Heritage page.

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