Microsoft in Education Blog
Today, Microsoft Surface announced four new schools—more than 23,000 devices—bringing Windows 10 devices into their classrooms, along with a 30% discount on Surface 3 education bundles for qualifying institutions through March 31, 2016.
Teaching our students to search safely has never been more important Find resources to help your students become proficient at searching safely from Bing.
Mark your calendar for TCEA 2016 from February 1-5 at the Austin Convention Center.
This month, the Department of Education published the new U.S. National Education Technology Plan (NETP), guiding schools toward “everywhere, all-the-time learning” and providing examples of transformation, research, and new innovations. At the heart of the NETP is the goal of equity and accessibility. Microsoft’s mission aligns fully with the NETP: we work to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, and empowerment begins with inclusion. Read more.
Connect and collaborate around the world and gain easy access to lessons created by educators for educators on the Microsoft Educator community. Read 7 reasons to join now.
On January 30th, Microsoft is bringing together inspiring “education hackers” to help put a spark in your classroom. Microsoft’s Hack the Classroom is a free, digital event for educators and school leaders designed to provide insights into the latest trends in education so you can make your teaching more creative and compelling.
The BETT London event, January 20-23, 2016, is always one of the year's highlights for Microsoft, because it brings us together with over 40,000 school leaders, educators and ministers of education from around the world. At BETT this year, Microsoft will be participating in a wide range of activities, all designed to deliver big change and transformation in learning. In addition, the show will feature inspiring speakers and education experts who will share their insights in keynote speeches and seminars. Join Microsoft at BETT 2016 to share and celebrate new ways of thinking, working and educating.
Join Microsoft at FETC 2016. Microsoft remains committed to education and will be a Gold sponsor again at FETC in 2016. Our mission in education is to empower every educator and every student on the planet to achieve more. Read more for Microsoft teacher training and certification options during FETC.
Today’s educators play a critical role in helping kids learn how search engines work, and how to use them. However most teachers don’t receive much training in using search engines themselves. Research shows teachers are lacking resources for teaching search for kidsAs a result, the Bing team at Microsoft has created teaching resources for educators to empower students to be great digital citizens.
The right technology makes lesson planning and essential tasks much easier and efficient for teachers. Check out these tips on how to utilize Office templates for shortcuts that help you save time for the important things you do in the classroom and at your school!
Guest post by Aaron Maurer, who is an Instructional Coach, shares how Minecraft, a game recognized by millions around the world, helps students think critically, collaborate, and communicate. Read tips on how teachers can use Minecraft in the classroom to help students build the all-important 21st century skills.
YouthSpark in Schools events have been connecting educators to the free computer science and technology resources available to educators and students as part of the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative. Please join us at one near you!
December 10th is the United Nations 2015 Human Rights Day and an ideal time to reflect on the UN's Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education. Microsoft in Education is committed to closing school access gaps with resources that build school, leader and teacher capacity and with programs and resources that advance student learning. One example of our commitment is our partnership with Millennium EDU. Learn more.
Guest post by computer science educator Doug Bergman, on how schools increasingly view computer science as a regular discipline, just like language, math, history or science. As an educator, you canbring an Hour of Code into your classroom. Read more.
Today, we help kick off Computer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code a movement led by Code.org to introduce millions of young people to the creativity of computer science. Learn more.
Learn about the new Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) certification. The MCE is not about learning a particular technology or Microsoft skill. Rather, it’s about providing a holistic focus on technology for educators, allowing them to demonstrate their understanding and proficiency with infusing technology into the teaching and learning process. Microsoft's global partnership with UNESCO has led to design and creation of an industry-recognized technology in education certification for teachers. Learn more about the MCE and how to get started.
Today, we’re thrilled to honor the teachers, school leaders and students who are transforming education -- in ways both big and small -- through our 2016 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Showcase Schools, and Student Ambassador programs. These dedicated individuals not only innovate in their own schools and classrooms, they lead by example, bringing their peers from around the globe on the same life-changing journey of transformation.
Are you new to teaching? Is this your first or second year in the field? There are more teachers than ever today in our classrooms who have been in education five or fewer years. High on the list of activities you most likely are involved in as a new teacher are driving student achievement and using data to validate your classroom effectiveness. Office Mix, simply, really should be one of the teaching tools you employ on a regular basis to achieve those goals. Let’s think inside and outside the box for the next few minutes.
On October 9th, all the Microsoft Showcase Schools in the United Kingdom gathered for the first ever Redefining Learning Conference internationally in the Microsoft office in London. There had been two conferences held previously held in Los Angeles, California and Medina, Washington but this was an opportunity to share the new educator-led conference with to an audience outside the US. The Showcase Schools leaders and Microsoft Innovative Educators embraced it and now there is another conference coming up on December 3 and 4th in Oslo, Norway. Learn more about this conference.
This weekend, you can join the class on their adventure with Born to Explore on ABC TV (check your local listings for 11/21 & 11/22), and starting today you can get a glimpse of the episode and find out how to take your own virtual field trip on our Native American Heritage page.
You and your students are invited to take part in an historic global event. Starting on December 3rd and going through December 4th, Microsoft's Global Skype-a-Thon will attempt to travel a million virtual miles in 48 hours! It's an ambitious goal, and one that only Skype in the Classroom (with your help!) can accomplish. Read more and register your classroom!
Today's digital natives are not only adapting to the quick pace of change in technology, but embracing it. Technology is a part of their daily lives, and it will - without question - be a huge part of their careers after graduation. So how do schools ensure students are well prepared for the world outside of the classroom?
Today's most effective classrooms are places where students can help design their own learning paths using individualized content, devices and styles. And for innovative schools like these, Windows 10 has put them on the road to better, safer and more engaged learning and teaching.
Recently, Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of Windows and Devices, shared that Windows 10 has reached its next milestone, as the first major update to Windows 10 is now available for PCs and tablets. With this update, there are improvements that will be important to many of our customers, such as the new Windows Store for Business. We wanted to share some stories of education customers who have already started with Windows 10 and will be among the earliest to benefit from the updates Myerson announced. Read more.
Read about new resources for educators and school leaders available today. Post by Anthony Salcito, vice president, Microsoft Education.