Category Archives: TouchDevelop

John Paul College – Equipping technology confidence for the future

John Paul College in Queensland prides itself on delivering enhanced learning experiences for students and equipping them for the future.

The college has junior to senior levels of education, including Prep to year 12 levels with more than 2000 devices connected to the college network.

Currently the college uses these Microsoft products:

Windows 10 Education Edition

To fulfil its long-term STEM and digital transformation strategy, John Paul College extended its one-to-one program by rolling-out Windows 10 Education Edition across 1,600 student devices, giving teachers and students access to the latest education-ready Windows Store resources.Visit the author's original post

Touch Develop and the Digital Technologies Curriculum

Guest post by Trent Ray, Microsoft Teacher Ambassador and Expert Educator

Learning to code with Touch Develop is a great way to introduce students to skills in the Digital Technologies Curriculum, including computational thinking and computer programming. Accessing the Touch Develop Web App makes it easy for students to create touch apps and games in minutes and gives them the opportunity to learn these valuable industry skills. It also allows teachers who are designing the learning to share App links, capture thinking and monitor student progress.… Visit the author's original post

Guest Post: TouchDevelop at Brookfield School with #MIEExpert David Renton

The following is a guest post written by John Pritchett, Head of Computer Science at Brookfield School, Chesterfield, and reflects on their recent coding workshop with #MIEExpert David Renton, during which the students experienced TouchDevelop and the BBC micro:bit.

You can now purchase the BBC micro:bit through the Microsoft store.


Recently a group of Year 10 Computer Science students and I attended the Game Britannia event at Sheffield Hallam University.  My students and I attended a workshop run by David Renton demonstrating TouchDevelop and Spriter. … Visit the author's original post

Microsoft partners with West Wakefield Health & Wellbeing to help primary schools develop apps

Project based learning not only helps students to see the practical examples of the subject matter they are learning, but also aids the development and strengthening of skills that will help young minds to problem solve and innovate, rather than simply regurgitate key facts and syllabus content. It is this approach to education that will help prepare students for employment and creative endeavours in future life – not just prepare them to pass exams.

Microsoft is proud to be part of a fantastic project that is underway in the North of England that sees collaboration between different parts of Microsoft, a local health organisation and a number of different schools in the area.… Visit the author's original post

Give students a head start in computer science studies and careers

Interest in computer science amongst incoming college freshmen is surging to record levels. That’s promising news given the widely-reported shortfall of code-literate graduates to fill computing jobs, with an projected one million more jobs than qualified graduates by 2020. Now academic institutions face a time-sensitive resource gap: responding to student demand for computer science curriculum in a race to produce enough skilled workers to fill the demand for future jobs.

Bring Computer Science to your Classroom

To help meet demand at your school, Microsoft IT Academy has expanded its Computer Science curriculum with engaging and flexible learning tools that guide any student from foundational computer science concepts to advanced programming.… Visit the author's original post

A Classroom Reports in from Hour of Code

Welcome to Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code! This week millions of students around the world will learn the basics of computer science using fun, easy-to-follow programming tools, such as our own TouchDevelop Jet Pack Jumper Hour of Code Tutorial.

Over the last few days we have shared reviews of the Hour of Code experience from two Washington State classrooms--Kalama Middle/High School and Bellevue High School.

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Today we're honored to share perspectives on Hour of Code from Matthew Amaral, English/Puente Teacher and AVID Coordinator, and his students at Mt.Visit the author's original post

Don’t Miss this Chance "Dec. 8-14, 2014": Let your Students CODE for an Hour!


We embrace the use of tablets trend this year in our school. Without any training, teachers were asked to start using them in their classes. It is not just keeping the e-content of a variety of subjects on these tablets and browsing them when needed. We eagerly want to create an interactive environment where students can think critically and creatively, collaborate, and construct new knowledge together. 

I strongly agree that teachers need some professional development chances in this area, so they can integrate this new technology into their curricula effectively.
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“Coding in your MOS class?” Yes!

Last year Microsoft Learning Experience’s Academic Team visited Helen Andrews, Microsoft Office Specialist teacher, and her class at Bellevue High School in Washington State. On that day, we asked which Microsoft IT Academy resources proved to be helpful and which resources we needed to improve. We also asked the MOS students, comprised of boys and girls in grades 9-12, whether or not they had experience with computer programming, and whether or not they would be interested in taking a programming class.Visit the author's original post

A Classroom Reviews Hour of Code with TouchDevelop

Millions of students will participate in Hour of Code the week of December 8, but we're already hearing from classrooms getting an early start. This week, 6th- and 9th-grade students at Kalama Middle/High School in Washington State experienced an Hour of Code firsthand using TouchDevelop. As you prepare your own Hour of Code event using our three simple steps, let the perspectives from students and Business & Technology Instructor Katherine Schmit inspire and guide your classroom’s experience! 

Students’ Perspectives

“My Hour of Code experience was pleasant and easy to learn.… Visit the author's original post

An Hour of Code, A Lifetime of Learning

Next week, millions of students around the world will take a “behind-the-screens” peek at the programming languages that power the devices in their lives—from laptops and tablets to smartphones and game systems—and experience firsthand the limitless opportunities that computer science provides. Microsoft is proud to partner with for this year’s Hour of Code, the global challenge to teach 100 million people to learn to code.

Get Your Start with an Hour of Code

We've made it simple to host your Hour of Code with TouchDevelop, a free coding tool designed for students with no prior computer science knowledge or skills.

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Bringing Hour of Code to Your Classroom

As a child of the 80s, the computers I grew up with were designed as much for programmers as for users. Computer magazines typically included pages of printed code for applications that you could type in and run on your own machine, and the comparatively primitive nature of those early home machines made for a great environment to learn how to code and debug simple applications.

Fast forward to today, when millions of students use computers as a daily part of their learning experience and yet have little understanding of what goes on under the covers.… Visit the author's original post

Discover What Can Happen in an Hour of Code, December 8-14

In a world powered by technological innovation, one would think that today’s student is inundated with curriculum that opens doors to computer science—one of the fastest-growing job sectors. The reality is that most K-12 students are not exposed to computer science unless they demonstrate a special interest in computers. 

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Using the U.S. as an example, 90% of primary and secondary schools don’t offer computer science classes. 25 states don't allow students to count computer science courses toward high school graduation.… Visit the author's original post