Category Archives: technology

No classrooms. No teachers. No blackboards. No exams.

To celebrate five years of Daily Edventures, we’re sharing some of our favorite posts. This Daily Edventure was originally published on January 10, 2012.

 

At first glance it’s pretty obvious: Colegio Fontán is different. No classrooms.
No teachers. No blackboards. No exams. Technology supports everything they do.

“Everyone knows the ‘what’ to do in education. We’ve built the ‘how’ instead,” says Julio Fontán, school President.

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Fontán’s parents – both educators – brought their unique brand of education to Colombia from Spain 54 years ago.… Visit the author's original post

EdTech 2020 Agenda – London Tech Week

On Tuesday 13th June at London Tech Week we will be presenting ‘Edtech 2020’ – half a day in which we will seek to debate and showcase the key trends, strategies and technologies that are going to be driving change in the classroom over the next 3 years. Joining the Microsoft product experts on the speaker schedule are a number of industry leaders, and the live demos from schools, colleges and universities will provide an opportunity to see first-hand how these technologies are being used in practice.… Visit the author's original post

“When I started to realize that I didn’t have to teach alone, and that there were many mentors and resources to turn to, my teaching was transformed.” – Meenoo Rami

Meenoo Rami
Manager, Minecraft Education at Microsoft
Seattle, Washington, USA
@meenoorami

Meenoo Rami has taken a diverse path as an educator – both in the traditional sense, and also in the world of technology. Rami is a national board certified teacher who taught students English for ten years at Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy. She is the author of Thrive, and currently works as manager for Minecraft Education at Microsoft, where she helps educators, districts, and organizations reimagine game-based learning for classroom practice.… Visit the author's original post

De Pedagogics is now Microsoft in Education Global Training Partner

Very happy and proud to share that De Pedagogics is now Microsoft in Education Global Training Partner.

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You can connect with us to book training sessions here
https://www.microsoft.com/en-in/education/training-and-events/trainers/default.aspx

Thank you all for placing your trust in us. We hope to continue nurturing education and bringing you the best experiences.

We are all set to spread our wings!


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BETT 2017 Guest Post: Acer – “Exploration through technology is a right, not a privilege”

The next post in our Microsoft Partner guest blog series for BETT 2017 comes from Acer. With 40 years of experience, Acer is well suited to meeting the needs of modern educational institutions, to enable teachers and students to create new ways of interacting by providing reliable and easy-to-use solutions they can trust. Find Acer at BETT 2017 on stand B109.


Exploration through technology is a right, not a privilege

What technology companies needs to do to address education needs in primary, secondary and university education

By Preben Fjeld – Acer UK Country Manager

I am sure we would all agree that the priority of education is to help students to become independent and creative thinkers by providing them with the resources they need to succeed on the journey.… Visit the author's original post

Office365 Summit @ Guangzhou, China

Insightful speaking and presenting experience at #Office365Summit held at Guangzhou, China for educators and school leaders from international schools across China, hosted by by @21CLInternational at American International School, Guangzhou, China

Held 3 sessions on:
– Personalised Learning for Diverse Learners using Learning Tools in #OneNote
– Redefine Learning with #Microsoft Classroom in Office 365
– Stay connected with #Yammer

Spoke about ‘Power Up your #PowerPoint’ during conference TeachMeet

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Microsoft School Event @ Welham Boys’ School

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Welham Boys’ School, Dehradun in partnership with De Pedagogics, would like to invite your teachers to Microsoft School Event for a walk through and hands-on experience of Microsoft enabled learning environment on January 25th, 2017.

This is a training event for the educators designed to give them an insight into the latest trends in education. The focus being, ‘Teaching with technology using Microsoft tools’ to enhance their ability to create, share, collaborate, and present information both inside and outside of the classroom using OneNote, Sway, Forms and OfficeMix.Visit the author's original post

Five years celebrating everyday heroes  

Celebrating five years of Daily Edventures 

Five years ago, we started an incredible journey to showcase the stories of education heroes from all around the globe. Over the course of this journey, we’ve featured hundreds of accounts of innovation, struggle, passion, and dedication that continue to inspire us on how educators, students, administrators and change makers are transforming education.

While a lot has changed in the last five years, our passion to empower every educator to do more is unwavering. The focus of Daily Edventures remains the same—celebrating the incredible work that too often goes unnoticed.… 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

Making technology work for every type of student – Josh Davis, USA

As an instructional technology coach, Josh Davis is not only among the first to try out new technology at his school, he also gets to experience the initial excitement from both teachers and students when they get to try something they’ve never seen before.

A 17-year veteran in his school district – 15 years as a middle school history teacher, two in his current role – he’s seen a lot of change. And school transformation is a big one.

His advice for a successful whole-school transformation plan?… 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

Learn to lead education transformation – Microsoft and edX

New courses from edX and Microsoft

An important part of Microsoft’s commitment to education transformation is empowering school leaders to do more, whether that’s enhancing classroom learning and outcomes for today, or getting schools ready for tomorrow’s challenges. So we’re especially excited to announce that registration is open for our latest professional courses, offered in partnership with edX.

Starting in January, these five new online courses are designed to help guide K-12 school principals and headmasters, superintendents and school leaders through the challenges – and opportunities – of education transformation.… Visit the author's original post

One Hour Could Kick Start Your Students’ Coding

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How many people write code worldwide?

During Computer Science Education Week, from Dec. 5 to 11, there will be many millions. They’ll be all ages, they’ll code in more than 45 natural languages, and they’ll do their coding from over 180 countries as they participate in the fourth annual Hour of Code.

The founders of Hour of Code, tech entrepreneurs Hadi and Ali Partovi, believed that not enough people know how to write code, that everybody should, and that everybody could, just by giving it a try for an hour.… Visit the author's original post

#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

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

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

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

Using Analytics To Profile Classes

A 12minute guided tour of the new Class Profile reports in PowerBI Over the last twelve months St Andrew’s College has invested significant resourcing into developing web based reporting tools delivered via Microsoft’s PowerBI.com interface, to be used by both … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Guest post: Gerald Haigh on saving money with technology at schools

The following is a guest post written by Gerald Haigh.


A blog from Sammamish High School, near Seattle, posted by the Microsoft OneNote Team, includes this quite dramatic line,

‘On the second day of school we distributed laptops with digital ink capacity to all of our students. Within a few weeks we cancelled all orders of paper for the copy machines.’

My first thought, perhaps yours too, was, ‘That’ll save a few bob!’ (OK, bucks, but you get the point.)

Obviously the leaders at Sammanish were not exclusively motivated by money – the title of the blog is ‘Six Months of OneNote Class Notebooks’ – and it describes a boldly innovative cultural change of classroom environment.… Visit the author's original post

Tech Advice A Click Away

This post first appeared in the September 2016 edition of the College’s Regulus Magazine Three computer whiz kids in Year 8 are acting as technology mentors for the entire Preparatory School student body, and even quite a few teachers. Caleb, Cameron and … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Managing Minecraft In A School

Note: this is quite a lengthy and, at times, technical post about configuring and deploying Minecraft in a school when choosing not to use the new Microsoft Education Edition. The following is structure of the blog if you want to … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Diversions and Distractions – Gerald Haigh’s thoughts on conversation through technology

The following post is written by Gerald Haigh, and explores the resistance to change that can be evident when there is a paradigm shift in the way we communicate with one another. Obviously this has clear parallels in the classroom, where the best method for presenting and communicating new information to and between students is hotly debated – particularly the role that technology can play. Over to Gerald…


The return to UK television of the drama/comedy ‘Cold Feet’ was preceded by the opportunity, eagerly seized in this household, to see again the original version, which ran for 32 episodes between November 1998 and March 2003.… Visit the author's original post

Online Voting For Student Leaders

The aim of this blog is always to share some of the things going on with technology at St Andrew’s College and, wherever possible, provide some ideas and inspirations for other schools as well. Some of these innovations take considerable … Continue reading 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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eLearning Through The Lens Of Key Competencies

In the last week of Term 2 I had the opportunity to present at the NZ Tech Advance Education Technology Summit hosted at Massey University’s Albany Campus. Key topics and subjects discussed include: Inquiry | Creativity | Collaboration – The role of … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Get students hooked on coding this summer with YouthSpark camps

This summer, YouthSpark is offering computer science camps to help students who are interested in learning coding and game creation skills. YouthSpark Camps get kids of all ages coding, creating games and apps, and having a blast in the process.

Featured camps include:

 Kodu Makerspace Kodu Makerspace. Create rich and exciting games with Kodu Game Lab in this free, four-day camp for beginners ages 8 to 11.
 Learn to Code Flatverse Learn to Code Flatverse. Build your own Flatverse game using TouchDevelop in this free, intermediate-level camp for kids ages 12 and older.
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Summer Pathshala 2016 Recordings

Thank you to 250 educators who joined the Summer Pathshala sessions #YOUKEEPMEGOING

here are the recordings of all the 4 sessions for everyone to view:

Virtual Classroom: This webinar provides ways to use Skype in variety of ways to enhance your teaching and learning experience.

Presenters: Meenakshi Uberoi & Jyoti Chaba

Recording Link: http://bit.ly/1RXTUaL

Class notebook: This webinar presents how to create Innovative lesson plans using OneNote

Presenters: Meenakshi Uberoi & Jyoti Chaba

Recording Link: http://bit.ly/1ZFYuQQ

Link to assignment: http://bit.ly/1PRx5eB

Remixed Stories: This webinar teaches you how to create interactive Presentation/ Story using Sway and Office Mix

Presenters: Meenakshi Uberoi & Jyoti Chaba

Recording Link: https://youtu.be/q63Xg9iJRD4

Gamelab: This webinar helps you learn how to use Kodu to create excitement in the classrooms

Presenters: Meenakshi Uberoi & Jyoti Chaba

Recording Link: https://youtu.be/AP-RZiKUhbg

Happy learning to you!… 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

Summer Pathshala Session 1 & 2

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For those who missed, here are the recordings of the first two sessions. Follow the 4-step process:

VIEW this: Session 1 – Virtual Classroom http://bit.ly/1RXTUaL
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VIEW this: Session 2 – Digital Notebook http://bit.ly/1ZFYuQQ
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Do the Assignment: make a lesson plan in ‪#‎OneNote‬ for a ‪#‎Skype‬ in the Classroom session. Link to assignment: http://bit.ly/1PRx5eB
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Next, submit, send us a message with a link to your assignment on‪#‎Yammer‬ Microsoft Innovative Educator community using‪#‎classroomdiversity‬, so that we can track you.
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Summer Pathshala 2016

SUMMER PATHSHALA

Request you to please register for Summer Pathshala using this link:
Link: https://www.microsoft.com/…/SummerPaa…/registration.aspx 

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 Prior to joining this session request you to please create an outlook account, in case you don’t have a Hotmail or outlook account already, using this link:http://www.outlook.com/ . Please reach out to us in case there are any questions around this. Also, please use the outlook Id to create a profile on our educator community, using this link: http://www.education.microsoft.com/ in case you are not there already.

Sharing with you details of all the four sessions with you with the links to join the sessions:

VIRTUAL CLASSROOM

CLASS NOTEBOOK

Session 1:

TOPIC:     Skype: opening windows to the world

DATE:      ‪08/06/2016

TIME:  ‪    4:00 pm – 5:00 pm IST

PRESENTER:  Meenakshi Uberoi, Founding    Director De Pedagogics & Jyoti Chaba, Co-Founder, De Pedagogics

Webinar Details: This workshop provides ways to use Skype in variety of ways to enhance your teaching and learning experience.

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