Microsoft in Education Blog
We’re also excited to announce that faculty and staff will soon be able to access the same Office 365 ProPlus benefit as students. This means that any organization purchasing Office for all their faculty and staff can now include an Office 365 ProPlus subscription at no extra cost for all students, faculty and staff. Extending the Office 365 ProPlus benefit to teachers and staff ensures that educators have access to all their Office documents across all their devices, at work or at home.
In preparation for back-to-school this year, many schools have adopted 1:1 learning with bring your own device (BYOD) programs. See how University Prep in Washington and Williston Northampton School in Massachusetts are using Microsoft Surface to empower education.
Register today for the September 16th Microsoft EduCast, The Wonders of 1:1 Learning: How devices can empower and enhance student learning - September 16th, 8:00 – 9:00 A.M. Pacific Standard Time.
Guest post by Todd LaVogue, an innovative educator from Florida, talks about opportunities he's had to collaborate with other Microsoft Innovative Educators at monthly webinars and Microsoft events to foster relationships that have connected his classroom with classrooms around the world.
When it comes to assessing what technology is right for your school, the decisions are never clear-cut. While innovative education for the 21st century is not just about the device, it's becoming more and more evident that the right device is a critical component of a meaningful learning experience, focused on positive student outcomes. Today, many schools are choosing Windows 8 devices for flexibility, ease of management and business class security with the Microsoft commitment to privacy. Hear why IT school leaders are choosing to standardize on the Windows 8 platform to support both their 1:1 device programs.
At Willis Independent School District in Texas, as with many school districts, a high percentage of students live in low income households, where technology isn't easily accessible. The technology available at school has even more importance as students prepare to enter the 21st century world of college and the workforce. See why school leaders thoughtfully considered the right device for learning and why Willis ISD chose Windows over Chromebooks to empower their students.
As students go back to school at Miami-Dade County Public School District and Leon County Schools in Tallahassee, Florida, they will have the opportunity to learn with modern curriculum on powerful Windows 8 devices. These school districts are transitioning to 1:1 device learning programs that empower educators, inspire students, and will transform the entire school experience for their students. As Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools explains it, "This district, in partnership with Microsoft, is leading with human capital development." See videos featuring teachers and students who share their experiences.
For today’s students, learning takes place not only in the classroom, but also at home, outside, in libraries, and any place with an Internet connection. Effective learning technology needs to be as smart, flexible and hardworking as today’s students and teachers. For one UK school, anywhere, anytime learning plays a critical role in transforming their approach to 21st century learning, resulting in more engaged students and better student outcomes. Watch how Broadclyst Primary School and Twickenham Academy are using Windows 8 to empower students to learn anytime, anywhere.
Hear how Mystery Skype, an educational activity played by two classroom on Skype, is creating magic in a classroom in a small school district in Mondamin, Iowa. With the power of Mystery Skype, 5th grade students in this rural community developed new pride in their community. Developed by teachers, Mystery Skype addresses many areas of Common Core standards as well as critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication.
Students of all grade levels are not shy in expressing their enthusiasm for learning with Windows devices and apps empowered with Windows 8. Hear from innovative teachers who share insights on the best ways to connect and inspire students to become life-long learners.
As many of you begin a new academic year, be sure to check out the fantastic free app from Microsoft called OneNote that supports classroom collaboration, planning, and organization. Every teacher endeavors to save time in a very hectic job. The OneNote app is part of Office, Office Online, and recently released, OneNote for Mac just may be the ticket you have been looking for to save time.
For educators, the start of the new school year is the perfect time to set the tone for a productive year ahead. For many teachers, this means finding the most engaging and empowering technology and apps to inspire students to learn.
Teachers are increasingly turning to Microsoft to ensure their classrooms' digital transitions – and ultimately their student outcomes – are positive and successful. Hear what teachers are saying about using Windows devices in the classroom and how they inspire students.
Microsoft is sponsoring EdmodoCon 2014, Edmodo’s virtual full-day conference focusing on teacher professional development. We're equipping teachers with the tools for success is pivotal to transforming educational outcomes.
Anthony Salcito talks about Microsoft Imagine Cup, the world's premier student technology competition that draws worldwide participation from more than 190 countries. This week, the Imagine Cup World Finals are taking place in Seattle, and Anthony will be there, along with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who will be on-hand to judge the best student projects.
Teacher and master trainer David Lopez shares his favorite tips on using Office Mix, a new, free plug-in for PowerPoint 2013. Office Mix makes it easy for teachers to create free online learning portals to share lessons with students, colleagues, and others around the world.
At the Worldwide Partners Conference in Washington, D.C., Microsoft shares news about new and expanded cloud services and some incredible innovations in productivity. But just as important, we’ll be recognizing our many partners who work tirelessly develop technology that changes lives. It’s a commitment we share and it’s what makes the Microsoft education community so strong. One of those committed partners is ITWORX, a Microsoft partner for over 15 years and Microsoft Public Sector Education Partner of the Year.