Did you know the current university attrition rate sees one-in-five students leave their course in the first year – resulting in $3.5 billion of lost student lifetime value across the student lifecycle? And that one-in-three university students fail to complete the course they enrolled in within six years of beginning it?
Both trends are impacting Australia’s current higher education sector, and have the potential to adversely impact our country’s future economic prosperity considering fewer skilled graduates are entering the workforce.… Visit the author's original post
Class Teacher, 21st Century Learning Lead
Marlow, United Kingdom
No matter how old you are, few things can capture attention like a game. That’s why gamification is gaining such a foothold in the world of education. For Liz Wilson, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and MIE Master Trainer, using the gamification pedagogy as well as games like Minecraft Education completely transformed her classroom.
“I absolutely love using Minecraft in the classroom,” says Wilson. “It is such a fantastic, versatile technology that can be used across the curriculum to inspire students and enhance their learning experiences.… 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
Today’s post was written by Sarah Bau, a Year 4/5 teacher for Our Lady Grace School in Australia.
I love a good checklist. There’s something very satisfying about making a list and checking off each item as I go. The humble checkbox is one of the first things that I discovered about OneNote—and it’s still one of my favorites.
When I began using the OneNote Class Notebook, I quickly realized that my students also get a lot of satisfaction out of checking off tasks as they finish them.… Visit the author's original post
School bells are ringing and OneNote capes are flapping in the summer breeze. Whether you’re counting down the days until break or still in the middle of your school year, we’ve got a new TweetMeet for you. We’ll be discussing the best of the best of Class Notebook on June 6th, during both our 10:00am PDT and 4:00pm PDT sessions. Join the conversation and share your expertise, or come to ask questions and get templates from nine of our most esteemed OneNote experts.… Visit the author's original post
On June 27th at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, we will be bringing together educators from around the world to Hack the Classroom.
This year’s Hack the Classroom event will be streaming live from the floor at ISTE, bringing thousands of educators from around the world the latest tips and tricks to empower students to create the world of tomorrow. Join us June 27th, from 5:30pm CDT to 7:30pm CDT, for an exciting, online, live event to help ignite new ideas and show you what’s possible when you bring technology into the classroom.… Visit the author's original post
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
Lectures can be challenging for students and teaching staff alike. For the students, there’s often too much information to absorb in one go, with little chance of asking questions. Lecturers are equally in the dark, unable to gauge how much their students have understood and will remember the moment they leave the building.. READ MORE… 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
In February, we announced the availability of the Microsoft Learning Tools Immersive Reader on Word Online and OneNote Online. As a result of customer demand, we are pleased to announce that Immersive Reader is now available for Outlook.com, Outlook on the web and the OneNote Windows 10 app. Immersive Reader includes a view that utilizes techniques proven to help people read more effectively, such as:
- Read Aloud—Reads text out loud with simultaneous highlighting that improves decoding, fluency and comprehension while sustaining the reader’s focus and attention.
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We all have that one special teacher who we recall had a big impact on us, someone who helped shape our future through their dedication, encouragement and most of all, confidence in us when we were faltering.
One such mentor is Alison James, Specialist Computer Studies Teacher from Toowoomba Christian College in Queensland. Founded in 1979, the school is a P-12 co-educational school with over 700 students.
Alison’s dedication, paired with her students hard work has recently seen 4 pupils from the school compete in the Queensland State Microsoft Office Specialist Championships.… Visit the author's original post
What’s new in Microsoft Education for May?
We know educators and school leaders are always looking for the latest product updates to keep productivity, teaching, and learning maximised for their students. With that feedback in mind, we recently launched a Facebook Live video series with Teacher Ambassador Megan Townes, 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
Science Teacher in Secondary School; Innovation Club and International Activities Leader
Delhi Public School Ghaziabad
Soma Singh was born into a family of educators, so you could say she was born to be a teacher.
“I have a deep interest in learning collaboratively,” says Singh. “Not only through professional development, but by being a part of the learning process with each student.”
Singh’s personal philosophy of constantly striving to explore and provide new opportunities for her students blossomed in 2014, when she became a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE).… 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 latest add-in update to OneNote Class Notebook, which expands assignment and grading support to include Blackbaud and eSchoolData.
Over a year ago, we launched the OneNote Class Notebook add-in, with assignment and grade integration, connected to a Learning Management System (LMS) and Student Information System (SIS). Teachers from all over the world have connected OneNote Class Notebooks with their systems.
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Over a year ago, we launched the OneNote Class Notebook add-in, with assignment and grade integration, connected to a Learning Management System (LMS) and Student Information System (SIS). Teachers from all over the world have connected OneNote Class Notebooks with their systems. We have heard requests for additional LMSes and SISes to be supported. The OneNote Class Notebook now integrates assignments and grades with over 40 LMSes and SISes—with more on the way.
With today’s OneNote Class Notebook add-in update, we are rolling out new LMS assignment and grade integration for Blackbaud onCampus and eSchoolData.… Visit the author's original post
To mark the 75th Anniversary of Enid Blyton's 'The Famous Five' we invited all schools to take part in our exciting competition as a Literacy Project for their class or an after-school club project, in collaboration with Hachette Children’s Books. We have had so many schools across the country taking part in creating their own exclusive Famous Five Adventures and have loved seeing your enthusiasm for writing on Twitter!… 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
As you look to start the new school year and investing in new devices, there are a selection of Windows 10 devices with features that range from ruggedised and spill-proof for student use to all-day battery life, all with the power, performance, and security that educators, students, and families can count on. Check out some of the great devices available in the UK.… Visit the author's original post
This latest extract from Education Technology is written by Paul Dredge, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, who explains how Power BI makes data interactive and brings your information to life. Wouldn’t it be great if you could see your data in an interactive, visual way? Well, Power BI does just that! Power BI enables you to produce reports and analyse your data in real time. It gives you the ability to input data and transform it into visual graphs and charts. Power BI connects a large range of data through easy to use dashboards, interactive reports and visualisations that bring your information to life.… 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.
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Today, we’re introducing several updates to Microsoft Forms, including improvements to the Forms portal, more languages and right-to-left reading support.
Microsoft Forms portal improvements
We are introducing significant improvements to the Forms portal page. With the new design, users will see a snapshot of each form, which includes the form title, background image and number of responses. The new search box, on the upper right corner, will help users quickly find a form either by its title or owner’s name.
Updated Forms portal page.… Visit the author's original post
These terms 'Gamification' and 'Game Based Learning' are often misunderstood and even more often used interchangeably. They are sometimes seen as modern, digital strategies that drive eLearning programs however their roots are much more embedded in everyday Teaching and Learning than you might think. In the following article, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Simon Baddeley explores gamification and game based learning through Minecraft, and shares some of his experiences.… Visit the author's original post
There’s going to be so much happening at the biggest education event in Asia Pacific and the Southern Hemisphere. FutureSchools Expo was an inspiring event and we expect EduTECH to be even bigger and better!
Everything you need to know to plan your visit:
Make sure you follow us on Twitter to stay up to date with everything happening on the day, whether you’re there on the day or following all the action online.… Visit the author's original post
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
Today’s post was written by Cathy Quigan, Digital Learning Technology teacher at Sacred Heart Girls’ College.
I teach Digital Technologies from Year 8 to Year 13 at a girls’ high school with 700 students. As part of the curriculum, I teach everything from basic document formatting and spreadsheets to programming, web and game design. I try to give the students a broad base of skills, so each year focuses on a different project of the student’s choice. At the beginning of the year we discuss issues that are relevant to them—such as how the work that they do is recognized by the school—and we come up with ways we can address these issues using IT skills.… Visit the author's original post
If there’s one thing we Microsoft engineers have learned in our dialogue with teachers, it’s that each and every one cares deeply about the success and well-being of their students. Helping give educators back a few precious minutes of their day, spent in one of the most demanding, time consuming, and hectic professions in the world, is the least we can do.
We have four easy tips – or hacks, if you prefer – for Microsoft Word below, and we believe they’ll save you minutes every day during your lesson planning, classroom organization, grading, assignment creation and more. … Visit the author's original post
Today’s post was written by Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team.
Earlier today, Microsoft announced the availability of Surface Studio, Laptop and Hololens in China along with the new Surface Pro and Surface Pen coming next month. At our event in Shanghai, Panos Panay showcased new inking capabilities in Office apps that are coming first to Windows and brought to life on Surface. These advances make your digital pen faster, more fluid and more personalized, helping you express yourself with rich, creative content.… Visit the author's original post
Artur Rudnicki Teacher
V-CE Head Master
Radom Technical School
Most of the educators we speak with here at Daily Edventures have a “moment” that sticks out as a defining time in their career. For Artur Rudnicki – an IT teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and MIE Master Trainer – it was when the teenagers at his school let him know the technology at their homes was better than what they used at school.
“I made a decision that in our school, it would be really modern,” shares Rudnicki.… 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 release of Code Builder for Minecraft: Education Edition, a new feature that allows educators and students to write code to explore, create and play in the full 3D Minecraft world.
Today, we are excited to share that the Minecraft: Education Edition Code Builder update is now available in the Microsoft Store for Education. This includes updates to the game itself, the new Code Builder extension, and updates to Classroom Mode for Minecraft!
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