Teaching at Omnimundo, our school in Antwerp, Belgium, asks for a lot of creativity. Many of our students don’t speak our native language, and others need individual learning paths. For a teacher, adapting to this climate of continuous change is challenging. We had to establish a safe environment and create special programs for teaching our students the different languages, sciences and, of course, mathematics courses. We also tried to improve the communication skills of the students while keeping in mind the key values of our school: inspiration, participation, expertise, openness and confidence.… Visit the author's original post
On Friday afternoon, when most teachers head home for the weekend, it’s already time to plan out the next week. Having spent the previous few days supporting our students and supporting our colleagues, we take the time to support ourselves. In just a few minutes before I leave for the day, I prepare items to help me have a smooth start on Monday. I’ve been using the latest Microsoft Edge enhancements at home to accomplish that for a while, but now that I have them at school through the Windows 10 Creators Update … I’m hooked!… Visit the author's original post
Earlier this month we introduced a set of focused educational products and services, designed to empower the students of today to create the world of tomorrow. Our new Windows experience, Windows 10 S, is central to that mission and powers a range of devices for the K-12 Classroom, as well as the sleek Surface device for college students, Surface Laptop.
Our announcements were supported by our app partners, who have created great educational experiences that you can learn about and download below.… Visit the author's original post
Announcing the launch of the ‘What’s New in EDU’ monthly video series
We always hear from educators and school administrators who are looking for the latest product updates to keep productivity, teaching, and learning maximized for their students. With that feedback in mind, we are starting the “What’s New in EDU” monthly video series to recap key product and feature updates across all of the Microsoft Education communities and products, including Windows 10 devices, Office 365, Minecraft: Education Edition, Intune for Education, and more that our education customers can use every day.… Visit the author's original post
Extra Credits rounds up the latest stories on innovative educational endeavors coming from other parts of Microsoft and the world. This entry shares an ambitious plan for improving student engagement in Brevard Public Schools, a school district serving more than 73,000 students across 17 municipalities along Florida’s tech-centric “Space Coast.” The district’s vision called for a one-to-one ratio of students to Windows 10 devices, with strong support for cloud-based Microsoft solutions to boost college and career readiness.
It’s a challenge that Barrett Puschus has embraced in his role as Technology and Network Operations Coordinator at Brevard Public Schools, a school district in Brevard County, Florida.
Microsoft Education at ISTE 2017 | June 25-28, 2017 | San Antonio, TX
On May 2nd, the team at Microsoft Education shared its vision for helping empower students of today to create the world of tomorrow. We plan on bringing all that excitement to the ISTE Conference and Expo this year, spread across 140 teacher talks and through a new hands-on interactive experience room at the event. We’ll also have sessions to include those who can’t attend (#notatISTE), along with new developments from Hack the Classroom and the ever-growing worlds of Minecraft: Education Edition.… Visit the author's original post
#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
Join us to hear about the new Intune for Education, a cloud-based service that delivers easy setup and control of devices in the classroom:
Understanding that schools and partners have been looking for an easier way to setup and control devices, Microsoft is pleased to respond with Intune for Education – taking a rock-solid product built on top of commercial Intune offering and making it easier to access for schools.… Visit the author's original post
This 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.
#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
Three down, one to go… Hang in there! But what an exhibition it has been so far! It was another busy day on the Microsoft Stand and adjoining Partner Campus, with many other engaging activities dotted around the whole exhibition floor.
Earlier this morning Jonathan Bishop – head teacher of Microsoft Showcase School Broadclyst Community Primary, and founder of the Global Enterprise Challenge – delivered a Future Gazing session in the School Leaders Summit around Developing a Digital Academy.
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.
As the legs begin to show signs of fatigue, you’ve lost count of the number of coffees you’ve drunk, and the constant background noise quietens to the point where you can almost make out individual voices, there is no escaping the fact that BETT 2017 is here, it’s happening, and it’s bigger and better than ever!
It’s been a busy day on all fronts for the Microsoft team, and across all corners of the exhibition floor there has been something for everyone!… Visit the author's original post
Once again we find ourselves in BETT week, and it just wouldn’t be the same without some exciting announcements, specifically for our education customers!
Earlier this week it was announced that School Data Sync (SDS), our online classroom automation solution, is moving from preview to general availability, and today we are pleased to share information about Intune for Education, as well as new lost cost Windows PCs for schools.
Please find us on Stand E310 all week at BETT 2017 to talk to us about anything in this post, or read the full announcements linked below.
The Microsoft Partner Campus is an outward expression of the strong practical and creative two-way bond which exists between Microsoft and their partners, who are regarded as contributors to development as well as the ‘sharp end’ deliverers of solutions.
This year 21 partners, summarised below, have stands in the Campus, and in addition, a number of partners will contribute as speakers in the Campus Theatre.… Visit the author's original post
I remember getting my first bike for Christmas in 1982. It was an amazing red bike, with cool handle-bar grips and a bright shiny logo on the frame. It took me months to learn how to ride it and Christmas seemed to last forever. Learning was hard, the bruises were many but the reward was independence. I also remember Father Christmas (my dad) spending ages setting up Scalextric so when I got up in the morning it was ready to go!… Visit the author's original post
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
By Megan Townes, Teacher Ambassador
A few weeks ago, I happened to spend a rare day working from the office rather than home, a school or café. I’m so glad I went into the office that day as I was handed a funky green and white laptop that I think could be a game changer for education. It’s called an Infinity:One and it’s made by One Education, a not-for-profit Australian company with a mission to ensure technology reaches the hands of students who could otherwise not afford it.… Visit the author's original post
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.
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
Learn more about the latest inking capabilities within OneNote at http://www.onenote.com/ink.
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
The following originally appeared on the Official Microsoft Blog last week, and provides further detail on a number of new Education features for the new school year that can be found across a variety of Microsoft technologies available to educators and students.
Back to School with Microsoft: Student focused, teacher inspired innovation with Office 365 Education
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Microsoft is “All In” for Education. Today, we’re highlighting some exciting new features of Office 365 Education for the upcoming school year – Microsoft Classroom, School Data Sync, Microsoft Forms, OneNote ink and Learning Tools.… Visit the author's original post
Technology is often hard to implement in Primary Years. The touch screen, drag and drop device wave has catered for technology integration in our young students, but they need to be able to use a more productive ecosystem of hardware, operating systems and apps as their work gets more sophisticated. There is evidence that a reliance on easy-to-use touch screen devices, as opposed to those with keyboards, can be detrimental to a child’s development.… Visit the author's original post
The summer is a fantastic time for education IT administrators to make school or college-wide updates to devices, systems and infrastructure. For those schools, colleges and universities that are yet to upgrade to Windows 10, the next few months provide an perfect opportunity to deploy and discover all of the fantastic new features in our latest operating system, in preparation for the new academic year beginning in September.
Below is a simple hands-on guide for everyone looking to upgrade their school to Windows 10, and takes you through the whole process, including:
- Assembling your upgrade toolkit
- Getting the upgrade started
- Finishing the upgrade
- Upgrade complete–what comes next?
At Build, we announced the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Today, I’m excited to share additional features for educators and students, alongside other education news from Microsoft. Today, Windows is the leading global platform for K-12 education. Our enduring goal is for Windows to be the best place to learn and the best platform for teaching.
Travis Smith, Teacher Engagement Manager, Microsoft Australia
As part of Microsoft’s commitment to empowering students to achieve more, we are proud to announce three pieces of news to help teachers drive better learning outcomes in the classroom.
Firstly, there are a huge range of education-specific features coming in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, features specifically inspired by teachers and focused on students – available in the months following July 2016 and before January 2017.
As shared devices have become common place in the classroom, managing this efficiently has become a priority.… Visit the author's original post
This year Stone are celebrating their 25th birthday, and so like a rolling Stone they’re taking to the road in a tech-packed 13.5m articulated lorry across the UK to celebrate.
Spanning 25 venues across 8 weeks from the 29th of March until the 19th of May, the tour aims to bring you a vision of the future of technology, excite you with some of the latest innovative tech and inspire you with the art of the possible.… Visit the author's original post