To Help Other Teachers Adopt Tech, We Capture the Journey in Our Own Classrooms

From the very first moment you step foot inside your classroom, you become a part of the “family” of educators. As you form bonds working alongside others in the family, there’s a good chance you’ll connect with someone special—someone who reflects your passion for teaching and fuels it even further. You share ideas, successes, let downs and questions.

You may have a person like this in your building or at your school, but we—Joe and Kristin Merrill—have the unique opportunity to build this relationship together, both in school and at home.… Visit the author's original post

“Through technology we are finally able to level the playing field enough so that each student can contribute and grow successfully.” – Colleen Horzelenberg, Canada

Colleen Horzelenberg
Grade 2 Teacher, Principal Intern
Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board
Hamilton, Ontario
@Chorzele 

Even as a young teacher, Colleen Horzelenberg leaned toward a student-centered approach to teaching and found great enjoyment in seeing her students have fun while learning. But only after 15 years of teaching did she finally feel validated in this approach —  mainly thanks to her colleagues and the leadership at Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board.

“Being surrounded by extraordinary educators finally allowed me to think this way,” says Horzelenberg.… Visit the author's original post

“Through technology we are finally able to level the playing field enough so that each student can contribute and grow successfully.” – Colleen Horzelenberg, Canada

“Through technology we are finally able to level the playing field enough so that each student can contribute and grow successfully.” – Colleen Horzelenberg, Canada

Colleen Horzelenberg
Grade 2 Teacher, Principal Intern
Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board
Hamilton, Ontario
@Chorzele 

Even as a young teacher, Colleen Horzelenberg leaned toward a student-centered approach to teaching and found great enjoyment in seeing her students have fun while learning. But only after 15 years of teaching did she finally feel validated in this approach —  mainly thanks to her colleagues and the leadership at Hamilton Wentworth Catholic District School Board.… Visit the author's original post

Building a sustainable future with the Exeter 2025 Minecraft Challenge

Looking for ways to engage your students or community in imagining a more sustainable future?  Here’s an idea: run a design challenge using Minecraft to spark ideas and encourage civic participation.

Students in Exeter, a vibrant city in the UK with unique Roman history, are invited to reimagine their city’s future in Minecraft for the Exeter 2025 Minecraft Challenge. This program launched in February 2019 with a series of workshops and citywide competition in which students use a downloadable Minecraft map to design a more sustainable city, addressing issues like renewable energy, public transit, traffic and bicycle infrastructure. The Exeter 2025 Minecraft Challenge is hosted by nonprofit Exeter City Futures in partnership with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Gallery and Exeter City Council.

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Empowering Changemakers Through Compassionate Decision-Making by Dr. Jane and the Jane Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots

Hello, changemakers and compassionate citizens!

Dr. Jane Goodall is one of the biggest changemakers in history, making huge discoveries about chimpanzees and dedicating her life to making things better all over the world. Despite growing threats to wildlife, people and ecosystems, she still has plenty of hope for the future. Why? Because she believes in the power of young people motivated to make a difference. That’s why she created the Roots & Shoots program of the Jane Goodall Institute!

So, what is it, and how did it start?… Visit the author's original post

“AR/VR/MR technologies help me to bring my lessons to life and the world to my classroom.” – Vineeta Garg, India

Vineeta Garg
IT Head
SRDAV Public School
Delhi, India
@vineetagarg123

 “AR/VR/MR technologies help me to bring my lessons to life and the world to my classroom.” – Vineeta Garg, India

 Vineeta Garg has been an IT leader for 25 years, and she can still get excited about new technology. This #MIEExpert, who will participate in next month’s Microsoft Education Exchange (E2) in Paris, learned about VR/MR in during Microsoft’s Hack the Classroom event, and was so impressed by the tech’s capabilities to create an immersive experience using Paint 3D, Remix 3D, and the Mixed Reality Viewer, she decided to add MR and VR to her classroom.… Visit the author's original post

“AR/VR/MR technologies help me to bring my lessons to life and the world to my classroom.” – Vineeta Garg, India

“AR/VR/MR technologies help me to bring my lessons to life and the world to my classroom.” – Vineeta Garg, India

Vineeta Garg
IT Head
SRDAV Public School
Delhi, India
@vineetagarg123

 “AR/VR/MR technologies help me to bring my lessons to life and the world to my classroom.” – Vineeta Garg, India

 Vineeta Garg has been an IT leader for 25 years, and she can still get excited about new technology. This #MIEExpert, who will participate in next month’s Microsoft Education Exchange (E2) in Paris, learned about VR/MR in during Microsoft’s Hack the Classroom event, and was so impressed by the tech’s capabilities to create an immersive experience using Paint 3D, Remix 3D, and the Mixed Reality Viewer, she decided to add MR and VR to her classroom.… Visit the author's original post

Happy International Day of Happiness: New Research Suggests Happy Students Achieve More

Seven years ago, the United Nations declared March 20th the International Day of Happiness to encourage countries around the globe to take concrete steps to cultivate happiness and well-being in people’s lives.

Today, I am super excited to help celebrate by releasing new global research on the topic of “Emotion and Cognition in the Age of AI.” Conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and supported by Microsoft, the research explores what educators and school systems can do to help students thrive in our rapidly changing world, and how technology can help.… Visit the author's original post

Talkin’ Chalk; Bec West transforms teacher education one video at a time

Bec West has been a teacher for 16 years, and like most of her peers is an advocate for inclusive learning, and passionate about building strong learning communities.

Unlike most of her peers Bec also has about 8,000 people from around the world who subscribe to her YouTube videos where she shares her teaching insights and experiences. While just over half of the subscribers to her Talkin’ Chalk series are Australian, around 1,000 Americans are signed up along with teachers from, quite literally, all over the world.… Visit the author's original post

Talkin’ Chalk; Bec West transforms teacher education one video at a time

Bec West has been a teacher for 16 years, and like most of her peers is an advocate for inclusive learning, and passionate about building strong learning communities.

Unlike most of her peers Bec also has about 8,000 people from around the world who subscribe to her YouTube videos where she shares her teaching insights and experiences. While just over half of the subscribers to her Talkin’ Chalk series are Australian, around 1,000 Americans are signed up along with teachers from, quite literally, all over the world.… Visit the author's original post

What’s New in EDU – Women’s History Month Special Edition

This month, as a part of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we’re bringing you a special edition of What’s New in EDU focused on celebrating the women and girls who use their passion for STEM to solve real problems and create amazing things.

To honor their achievement, and encourage other girls to follow in their path, we’ve rounded up a collection of resources aimed at helping educators create an inclusive classroom, where girls aren’t just supported but inspired to pursue STEM careers.… Visit the author's original post

“You can’t push people, but you can walk with them on the journey.” – Lynn Thomas, Canada

Lynn Thomas
Secondary English Teacher, Digital Lead Learner
Dunnville Secondary School, Granderie District School Board
Ontario, Canada
@THOMLYNN101

MIE Expert Lynn Thomas, who will be attending E2 in Paris next month, recalls a tweet with an intriguing picture. “It had four overlapping concentric circles and contained in the circles were four thoughts: what you love, what you are good at, what you can be paid for, and what the world needs,” she remembers. “Alongside these thoughts were four words: Passion, Mission, Vocation, Profession.… Visit the author's original post

E2 | Education Exchange 2019: Tune in live as we Celebrate Changemakers in Education

 

Just a few months ago, we announced our next Education Exchange (E2) event in Paris. This year’s Microsoft Education Exchange (E2) event will be held in Paris, France, from April 3 through April 4, 2019, with the support of local and international governments.

This will be our fifth annual E2 | Education Exchange. The event is all about celebrating the incredible work done by changemakers in education from around the globe. The essence of E2 is celebration, recognition, collaboration and inspiration.… Visit the author's original post

“Technology has become a part of education and it should be available to everyone.” – Chad Botha, South Africa

Chad Botha
Training Facilitator
Curro
Johannesburg, South Africa
@ChadBotha4

Access to quality education – and the technology that supports it — can be an issue for students everywhere. MIEE Chad Botha is part of the solution.

“Education from a global perspective is developing at a rapid rate, and it’s very exciting to be a part of it,” Botha says. “Unfortunately, there are still a huge number of children in underprivileged countries that don’t have access to quality education, especially with the use of technology to promote digital literacy.… Visit the author's original post

“Technology has become a part of education and it should be available to everyone.” – Chad Botha, South Africa

“Technology has become a part of education and it should be available to everyone.” – Chad Botha, South Africa

Chad Botha
Training Facilitator
Curro
Johannesburg, South Africa
@ChadBotha4

 Access to quality education – and the technology that supports it — can be an issue for students everywhere. MIEE Chad Botha is part of the solution.

“Education from a global perspective is developing at a rapid rate, and it’s very exciting to be a part of it,” Botha says.… Visit the author's original post

“Technology has become a part of education and it should be available to everyone.” – Chad Botha, South Africa

Chad Botha
Training Facilitator
Curro
Johannesburg, South Africa
@ChadBotha4

 Access to quality education – and the technology that supports it — can be an issue for students everywhere. MIEE Chad Botha is part of the solution.

“Education from a global perspective is developing at a rapid rate, and it’s very exciting to be a part of it,” Botha says. “Unfortunately, there are still a huge number of children in underprivileged countries that don’t have access to quality education, especially with the use of technology to promote digital literacy.… Visit the author's original post

Empower learners to #MakeWhatsNext with #STEM

To inspire and empower learners around the world–especially young women–to pursue a career in one of the many fascinating STEM fields, we invite you to participate in the next #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet that will take place on Tuesday, March 19th, at 10:00 a.m. PDT (check your time zone here). (Sounds great, but what’s a TweetMeet?)

In this global and multilingual Twitter event, we’ll discuss the impact and benefits of STEM education as well as share activities and best practices to keep all learners excited to MakeWhatsNext.… Visit the author's original post

Adventures With Microsoft AutoPilot On Education Shared Devices (Part 2)

Last week I posted Part 1 of this blog series, exploring how schools can automate the configuration and deployment of their shared devices using Microsoft AutoPilot and Intune. Again, if AutoPilot is new to you, then I encourage you to watch this very short video explaining how it works:

Autopilot for Edu

Overview:

As this blog post will be a little longer (and more technical) I’m going to give you a break down of what is to come so you can skip to the important sections relevant to you:

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Pioneering the next generation of genomics research—in the cloud

Australian National University (ANU) is the top-ranked university in Australia, and the 24th best university in the world.[1] Researchers at ANU contribute to this prestigious ranking by advancing knowledge and conducting groundbreaking studies, including cutting-edge genomics research.

Over the past year, Dr. Sebastian Kurscheid, a research fellow in the Department of Genome Sciences, has turned to Microsoft Azure to save time managing technology so he can focus more effectively on his research. Microsoft Azure also allows Sebastian to share research results quickly and securely with fellow researchers around the world.… Visit the author's original post

Pioneering the next generation of genomics research—in the cloud

Australian National University (ANU) is the top-ranked university in Australia, and the 24th best university in the world.[1] Researchers at ANU contribute to this prestigious ranking by advancing knowledge and conducting groundbreaking studies, including cutting-edge genomics research.

Over the past year, Dr. Sebastian Kurscheid, a research fellow in the Department of Genome Sciences, has turned to Microsoft Azure to save time managing technology so he can focus more effectively on his research. Microsoft Azure also allows Sebastian to share research results quickly and securely with fellow researchers around the world.… Visit the author's original post

Using OneNote to record student data

Analyzing student data is something we teachers spend hours doing. This information allows us to adjust our programs and lesson-design accordingly and cater to the vast abilities within our classes.

Early in my career I found it difficult to organize and keep track of all the data of my students’ learning. I had tried and tested a variety of logbooks and digital platforms but nothing was able to compile data and evidence as I wanted. That was until I was introduced to OneNote.… Visit the author's original post

“A small didactic surprise, a simple learning scenario, good mood, and imagination: these are the ingredients of a good lesson.” – Vassilis Economou, Greece

Vassilis Economou
Head of the Department of Informatics and Digital Education
Doukas School
Athens, Greece
@VassilisEconomu

For 27 years, Vassilis Economou, a Daily Edventures alum and MIE Expert, has had many moments that helped define his career. One of the most memorable came at an Athens orphanage.

“During my visits, I tried to show [the children] the possibilities offered by technology,” Economou shares with us. “I saw the joy of searching, discovering, and acquiring knowledge in their eyes. I am more than certain that it is worth trying to show the ‘bright’ aspect of technology, and to make devices useful in education.… Visit the author's original post

Ways to encourage girls to keep pursuing STEM this Women’s History Month

In 2018, we conducted a study in collaboration with Dr. Shalini Kesar called Closing the STEM Gap. Our findings revealed that 31 percent of girls believe that jobs requiring coding and programming are “not for them.” In high school, that number jumps up to 40 percent. And by the time they’re in college, 58 percent of girls count themselves out of these jobs.

We also discovered that girls who know a woman in a STEM profession are substantially more likely to feel empowered when they engage in STEM activities (61 percent) than those who don’t know a woman in a STEM profession (44 percent).… Visit the author's original post

Adventures With Microsoft AutoPilot On Education Shared Devices (Part 1)

In my job I chat a lot with both school leaders and IT admins about how they can simplify the management of their devices, making it faster and easier for their end users (usually students, teachers and admin staff) to get started and complete the work they need to do on a device.

Unlike many corporate environments, schools have a very high number of “shared devices” in operation, where students of different year levels require access on the same device and, in some scenarios, even teachers need to log into the same device and access different apps and security settings.… Visit the author's original post

Virtual bombs and Immersive Reader transform learning intervention

Teaching children with autism brings a unique set of challenges to the classroom – which is why Matt Harrison encourages them to first defuse a bomb.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a co-operative virtual reality computer game where the player wearing the VR headset is trapped in a (virtual) room with a bomb they must defuse. The other players have the manual that explains how to do that – but they can’t see the bomb.

To succeed, everyone has to communicate clearly and swiftly what they see, interpret what they read, ask the right questions, provide the right advice and make informed decisions about what to do next – otherwise Kaboom!… Visit the author's original post

Virtual bombs and Immersive Reader transform learning intervention

 

Teaching children with autism brings a unique set of challenges to the classroom – which is why Matt Harrison encourages them to first defuse a bomb.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a co-operative virtual reality computer game where the player wearing the VR headset is trapped in a (virtual) room with a bomb they must defuse. The other players have the manual that explains how to do that – but they can’t see the bomb.

To succeed, everyone has to communicate clearly and swiftly what they see, interpret what they read, ask the right questions, provide the right advice and make informed decisions about what to do next – otherwise Kaboom!… Visit the author's original post

Immersive Reader comes to OneNote iPhone, and Mac and iPad now support Math in Immersive Reader

In March we released a set of inclusive updates to enable students of all abilities to more easily access content.  These updates are across both OneNote and Word, and have rolled out broadly and for the most part are available today.

  • Immersive Reader for OneNote iPhone – we brought the Immersive Reader to OneNote for iPhone, making content even more accessible on the go. This is at 50% rolled out worldwide, and going to 100% next week (March 11th)iPhone.jpg
  • OneNote iPad and Mac support for math and equations – if a student has math equations on a page, when launching the Immersive Reader, the math and equations are recognized, and all immersive reader capabilities work, including Read Aloud, Line Focus, Page Theme Colors, and more.
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“I knew that I wanted to help others to learn English so that they wouldn’t feel like outsiders.” – Luis Oliveira, USA

“I knew that I wanted to help others to learn English so that they wouldn’t feel like outsiders.” – Luis Oliveira, USA

Luis M. Oliveira
Director of Unified Arts/ELL Teacher
Middletown High School
Rhode Island, USA
@loliveira55

When Luis Oliveira moved to the US as a nine-year-old child, he didn’t know any English. But two English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers he met on his first day of school not only made him feel welcome, they changed the course of his life.… Visit the author's original post

“I knew that I wanted to help others to learn English so that they wouldn’t feel like outsiders.” – Luis Oliveira, USA

 

 

Luis M. Oliveira
Director of Unified Arts/ELL Teacher
Middletown High School
Rhode Island, USA
@loliveira55

When Luis Oliveira moved to the US as a nine-year-old child, he didn’t know any English. But two English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers he met on his first day of school not only made him feel welcome, they changed the course of his life.

“I arrived in the US on a Friday and started school on a Monday,” Oliveira shares. “It was a scary time, but my teachers did everything that they could to help me to learn.… Visit the author's original post

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