Microsoft in Education Blog
Higher education institutions today are under great pressure as they strive to achieve their goals. To develop a performance-driven culture, decision makers need a way to collect, report, and analyze data. Read how Microsoft business intelligence (BI) for higher education tools put powerful BI into the hands of administrators, faculty, and staff across the university.
The 7,000-strong Microsoft Student Partner (MSP) community will lend its expertise in teaching an Hour of Code to students in classrooms around the world, during Computer Science Education Week from December 8 – 14.
Beginning today, teachers in the U.S. who are eligible to get Office from their school can sign up for Office 365 themselves using a school-provided email address. Learn how to teachers can check their eligibility for free Office from their school and sign up for an Office 365 Education account.
Universities today face increasing demands and constraints as they work to create a successful academic research environment. Read how the Microsoft Azure platform takes care of infrastructure setup, network connections, data collection and storage, and more, freeing researchers to focus on innovation.
This week, as we celebrate the announcement of the 2014-2015 Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts and Showcase Schools, Microsoft is also honored to play a role in education discussions at the Northern Future Forum in Helsinki, Finland.
The world’s most innovative technology companies are developing education products for Office 365. Why? Because Office 365 provides more of what schools and educators need to manage their schools and classrooms today – real, robust solutions like OneDrive for Business, Lync, Skype, Office Mix and OneNote that help change the way students learn in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Read about education innovations and find education solutions partners for your school.
We are thrilled to announce this year’s class of Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts and Microsoft Showcase Schools. This group of over 800 teachers and 150 schools represents the best of the best when it comes to using technology to reinforce critical 21st century skills. And even more important, they’re driving real impact and outcomes. The group is significantly larger than last year’s class – with nearly three times the number of educators and more than triple the number of schools – reflecting Microsoft’s goal of increasing the worldwide pool of innovators and collaborators.
To make it easier to harness the power of technology for student learning, we have put together a series of quick tip videos. This series of Quick Tip Videos are 2-minute clips that show teachers how to use a feature in their classroom right after watching the clip so they can immediately integrate an idea into tomorrow’s lesson plan. These videos are organized based on six core priorities that teachers reporting being the ways they think about how to integrate technology into student learning.
Students who learn to collaborate effectively with others not only have richer educational experiences; they also have a distinct advantage in the 21st century workplace. Today’s educators use project-based learning activities to foster those collaborative skills, forming teams to address real-life challenges – from complex issues like global warming and bullying to starting their own businesses. Increasingly, those educators are taking collaboration to a new level using Skype in the Classroom to erase geographic borders and build cultural understanding. Read how countless teachers are using Skype in the Classroom to bring their lessons to life -- taking classes on virtual field trips and hosting expert guest speakers.
To empower education change agents, we propose a holistic education transformation framework to guide leaders. The Microsoft in Education Transformation Framework is a guide for educators and leaders engaged in holistic education transformation. Read more and download this series of papers from industry education experts.
Microsoft is now offering Teacher Academy Workshops, both one and two day training options, in Detroit, Chicago, Washington D.C., Dallas, San Diego, Bellevue, San Jose, New York, and Ft. Lauderdale. These workshops are designed for K-12 educators and provide hands-on professional learning day hosted by Microsoft. Bring 21st century technology into your classroom including the latest skills by Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft OneNote, and Windows 8. By participating in the training you will receive a certificate for your participation and become a Microsoft Innovative Educator.
Usually when I hear the words “student” and “pledge” used in the same sentence, I’m transported back to a classroom in Brooklyn, New York, where my classmates and I would start each day by reciting, “I pledge allegiance, to the flag….”
Today, though, I’d like to tell you about an entirely different pledge, one that I’m proud Microsoft is taking to protect student privacy.
OneNote Class Notebook Creator is a new app enhancement for Microsoft OneNote based on feedback teachers shared with Microsoft about how to make OneNote even better for student achievement.The OneNote Class Notebook Creator is an app for Office 365 and SharePoint Online that helps you set up OneNote in your class on all the devices most used by students and teachers (complete list of devices/platforms linked on OneNote.com). This tool will allow a teacher to create a class notebook and create three types of sub-notebooks for the class.
We're highlighting the apps that deserve top honors in helping faculty, administrators, and students within higher education. Discover apps that help faculty and administrators improve safety, security and efficiency as well as apps the help students transition to college life and enable more personalized and interactive learning.
Today, we announce the Surface for Education Program which establishes special education pricing for Surface Pro 3. With Surface Pro 3, schools are finding the benefits of a highly mobile and intuitive touch tablet, combined with the power and productivity of a Windows laptop to be the ideal teaching device.
Hear what’s top of mind for Margo Day, Vice President of U.S. Education at Microsoft, this week at EDUCAUSE 2014. There are three things Microsoft is be focused on at EDUCAUSE: delivering data that talks, managing operations and the business of higher education, and updating the learning model.
Join Microsoft at EDUCAUSE 2014 in Booth #101 on September 29th – October 2nd in Orlando, Florida to explore what’s possible! When it comes to technology in education, your institution deserves more than a device or a service. Your school deserves a complete solution. Microsoft will be sponsoring several sessions at EDUCAUSE as well as hosting a hands-on lab to “see for yourself” what is possible with Office 365 and Windows 8.1.
Would you like to join a visionary community of educators passionate about improving student outcomes through use of technology? Each year, Microsoft selects innovative educator experts to be part of this exclusive global community who are paving the way for their peers to share ideas, try new approaches and learn from each other. Apply by October 15th.
We want your students in the Global Enterprise Challenge! Registration is open NOW, and runs through September. The Challenge begins in October 2014, and runs through February 2015. Student teams ages 10-11 (exceptions for ages nine and 12 can be requested) are eligible and will receive all the information and tools they need to complete the challenge successfully. This is a unique opportunity to expand your students' skills, experiences and horizons on a global scale.