Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Microsoft
Redmond, Washington, USA
Megan Lawrence is part of a team on a mission to reduce the unemployment rate for people with disabilities. This is a monumental task, but one Lawrence will not shy away from. In the US alone, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is more than double that of people without disabilities. As Microsoft’s Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Lawrence believes one of the key paths to delivering on this mission is through accessible education technology, and an inclusive educational environment.… Visit the author's original post
Today, we are rolling out updates for the OneNote Class Notebook add-in, including new Learning Management System (LMS) and Student Information System (SIS) assignment and grade integration for Edsby. To see the full list of over 40 committed education partners, please visit our OneNote Education Partners page. This page also has helpful training videos demonstrating how the OneNote Class Notebook integrates with each of the different LMSes. Read on to learn what’s new in OneNote to help you in the classroom.… Visit the author's original post
Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.
At the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference next week, Microsoft will showcase the latest ways we’re empowering the students of today to create the world of tomorrow. This month’s Office 365 updates are another step on this journey, with the broad availability of new classroom experiences in Microsoft Teams, security enhancements and more. Read on for the details.
Empowering the students of today to create the world of tomorrow.
Thank you for attending EduTECH 2017!
At Microsoft it is our mission to empower the students of today to create the world of tomorrow.
We aim to enable the right environment for better learning with an affordable and accessible learning platform, using modern tools for classroom collaboration and experiences that spark creativity.
It was a pleasure to meet you all at EduTECH, we loved hearing about how you are using our technology in your classrooms.… Visit the author's original post
Lynn Le founded Society Nine to provide women with combat sports gear made specifically for them. But she was ultimately driven by a goal much greater than that—to empower the fight within every woman. Communicating that message in a way that inspired everyone from potential investors to curious customers, to her own staff, was one of the biggest challenges Le faced as the company’s visionary—and one that Office 365 continues to help her overcome today.
Using PowerPoint to help build a community
Whether it was creating pitch decks for investors, designing new product lines or building her “Brand Ambassador Bible,” Le credits the visual nature of PowerPoint for helping her articulate her message clearly.… Visit the author's original post
Today’s Microsoft Office 365 post was written by Jon Kandiah, chief information officer for Three.
Three is one of the United Kingdom’s fastest-growing networks, covering more than 97 percent of the population. We were the first network to introduce unlimited data and offer 4G at no extra cost. But to continue delivering a high-quality, reliable mobile experience to our customers while innovating across our services, we needed to make significant changes to our business, including rebuilding our entire IT infrastructure. We kicked off a digital transformation in our workplace by choosing Microsoft Office 365.… Visit the author's original post
Today at the Microsoft Academic Conference for Higher Education, we were excited to announce that Microsoft and Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business have collaborated on a new dual certificate program in cloud-based analytics for Kelley School students. This unique program is designed to provide graduates with job-ready skills needed to participate in the digital transformation occurring across industries and companies worldwide. (Above: Keith Boyd, Director of Business Programs, Microsoft Learning & Readiness, left, with Eric Kinser, Senior lecturer at the IU Kelley School of Business, right.)
The Kelley School of Business has created a year-long, 12-credit-hour certificate program in cloud-based data analytics that uses Microsoft Professional Program’s curriculum for data science, currently available on edX.… Visit the author's original post
I teach first grade. But even if I taught 6th grade or high school, if a child struggles with comprehension and fluency, chances are that the student cannot recognize basic sight words. Just think about this for a moment. If a child cannot read the high frequency words (for example, Fry words or Dolch words), how can he or she remember what the sentence is saying while they struggle through each and every word in that sentence? After seeing OneNote Learning Tools at the US Forum in Denver, CO, I began dreaming of using Immersive Reader to help my struggling students with reading.… Visit the author's original post
T21C is an upcoming educational conference being held at Hillcrest Christian College on the Gold Coast on the 13 July 2017.
The conference has been developed to equip teachers with the tools and techniques to drive student learning in the 21st Century. This needs to be through the lens of a new paradigm of education, one that values skills over content, entrepreneurial mindset over uniformity and provides our students with the agility to navigate through multiple careers.
T21C will offer breakout sessions during the day covering topics on; Agile Learning spaces, Coding, STEAM, 21st Century learning frameworks, Augmented/Virtual reality, Design Thinking, Microsoft Office tools, and Project Based Learning.… Visit the author's original post
Middle School Teacher, MIE Expert
Working as a teacher in Singapore was a career-defining experience for Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Torsten Traub.
“I learned a lot by talking and working with great educators from all over the world and from a lot of different cultural and educational backgrounds,” he explains. “I started to read teacher’s blogs, I watched great TED Talks, and I began studying again.”
Since returning to Germany, Traub has used Twitter to build – and tap into – his Personal Learning Network.… Visit the author's original post
On May 31, we had a Skype interview with two American authors, Erin and Deek RHEW, after having analyzed Erin’s novel’s incipit, an excerpt from “The Prophecy”. This cute couple could be described as funny, geeky, talented and beautiful, leading to one of the most enjoyable interviews of this year, even though the whole class had to overcome several technical problems!
But after a while, we managed to establish this extremely pleasant moment of learning.… Visit the author's original post
The Hack is Back – and so are we! We’re teaming up with educators to bring a special Hack the Classroom themed #MSFTEduChat to your timelines on June 20th at 10:00 a.m. PDT and 4:00 p.m. PDT. Whether you’re a seasoned Hack the Classroom participant, attending live at ISTE or new to it all, this Tweetmeet is a great way to prepare. We’ll be discussing the best classroom hacks, swapping best practices and collaborating on new ones. Join the conversation and share your expertise, or come to ask questions and get ideas from others.… 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 highlights the upcoming Imagine Cup, in which more than 50 teams of student developers descend upon the Microsoft campus in Redmond to show their vision for the future and compete for more than $200,000 in prizes.
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Fifteen years ago, when Microsoft first launched Imagine Cup, the premise was simple: create a global innovation competition to inspire the brightest young minds in the world to bring their boldest ideas to life with technology.
Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon
Kamla Nehru Public School
It’s been one year since Paramjeet Kaur Dhillon’s school decided to implement 1:1 learning, and while it’s been a huge success for the students and teachers, the road to 1:1 was anything but easy. And the main reason was the hesitancy on the part of parents.
“Regular meetings had been held with the parents regarding digital transformation in the school,” shares Dhillon, a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert and Trainer.… Visit the author's original post
Data has a place in any classroom, even if you’re teaching music. I have been using Microsoft’s Power BI to visualize data that represents how my students hear pitch intonations, and to show them how accurately they tune their string instruments.
Although it is normally marketed as a business analytics tool, Power BI is available to educators using an Office 365 for Education license. Just like its Office 365 siblings, Power BI provides a canvas and the tools I need for me to be creative, except now I’m working with data.… Visit the author's original post
Technology opens plentiful possibilities for students, but for teachers it can present a unique challenge. New tools should not only engage students and fit seamlessly into lessons, but also add value without taking away from the many “musts” on every teacher’s list.
Eileen Heller, Instructional Technology Trainer and Elementary Innovation Facilitator for Omaha Public Schools (OPS), is responsible for instructional technology training at 21 of Omaha’s 63 elementary schools. As a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE), she sees both challenges and opportunities in bringing technology into the classroom.… Visit the author's original post
Over six billion pounds of produce go to waste each year, largely because grocers reject perfectly good fruits and veggies due to small cosmetic flaws. That’s why Ben Simon, Ron Clark and Ben Chesler created Imperfect Produce—a subscription-based service that delivers those “wonky-looking” goods straight to customers’ doorsteps. As Imperfect expands into multiple cities, recruiting more and more people to support their cause, Office 365 supports their growth.
As deliveries increase, Office 365 delivers
“We’re a mission-driven startup, so we need tools that can keep up with our fast growth and ambitious goals.… Visit the author's original post
After more than 11 years of experience, my concept of teaching has changed a lot. When I started in education, I thought teaching meant providing knowledge from textbooks to students. But thanks to working with fellow Microsoft Innovative Educators, I am energized to do more than provide knowledge. Now I want to inspire learning and future-ready skills, right here from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
Digital collaboration and co-creation is a must-have skill in today’s global economy. To this end, I participate in many projects with other educators around the globe and help develop 21st Century skills for students.… Visit the author's original post