Microsoft in Education Blog
It’s back-to-school time again. The constant force that has been hard at work to transform learning for decades, are teachers. At Microsoft, we create products with teachers in mind and they tell us that products like OneNote, Sway, Minecraft and Skype help them bring new creativity and engagement to the classroom.
The OneNote for Learning literacy toolbar, to be released later this year, embeds tools for developing literacy into an app designed for contextual formative learning. Developed by the OneNote team and literacy experts, the OneNote for Learning literacy toolbar provides enhanced dictation and speech recognition services. Learn more.
Sway allows you to create polished presentations, portfolios and communication in minutes. Teacher Michelle Zimmerman shares a few ways educators can use Sway for teaching and student learning.
The Microsoft 21st Century Professional Learning Conversation Guide, presented as a OneNote notebook, is a professional learning process guide for school leaders, head teachers, professional learning coaches, and teachers to collaborate in redesigning and transforming learning. Learn more about the guide and how to download it.
Microsoft has published a set of new online courses called Microsoft Teacher Academies, which are available for free to teachers looking for training and professional development. The online courses are designed to empower educators with the ability to effectively integrate Microsoft’s tools in teaching and learning. Courses help bring 21st century technology including Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft OneNote, Skype for Business, and OneDrive into classrooms.
Today marks the launch of Windows 10! See how Windows 10 is going to be a huge improvement for educators and students. Read more.
Today, we announce the process for the 2015-2016 Microsoft Showcase School selection, and the brand new Associate Showcase School program. From June 30th through October 30th of 2015, Microsoft Showcase Schools will be identified by the Microsoft in Education contacts in each country and region. Learn more about the Microsoft Showcase School program.
Wearable technology, information visualization and badges are just some of the five-year developments described in the 2015 New Media Consortium Horizon Report K-12 Edition. At Microsoft, we are inspired by the innovations that support the kind of scalable and sustainable transformation we see in schools every day. Read our perspective on trends, challenges and developments called out in the new report.
OneNote, available to download for free here, is a slick, powerful, and remarkably effective tool that helps students organize their notes, projects, and everything in between. Here are some tips to help students make the most of OneNote.
Join a world-class community of educators, expand your personal learning network, and share how you use Microsoft tools in innovative ways by becoming a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. The Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert program is an exclusive program created to recognize global educator visionaries who are using technology to pave the way for their peers in the effective use of technology for better learning and student outcomes. Learn more about how to apply.
When President Obama issued his ConnectED Challenge to make sure all students have access to the technology and devices they need to succeed, Microsoft took action. Read about progress since Microsoft joined the ConnectED initiative including the over 3 million students who have received access to Office 365 in K--12 schools across the U.S.
Today, we are announcing the first phase of a Preview program for two new Education services: Microsoft Class Dashboard and Microsoft School Information Sync, which will be available to Office 365 Education users at no additional charge. Class Dashboard and School Information Sync simplify connections between systems, and simplify communication and collaboration between teachers and students. As a result, teachers have more time to focus on what they love—engaging with students—using Microsoft Office tools that they use every day.
Aaron Maurer is a blur of activity. A 12-year veteran at Bettendorf Middle School in Iowa, he gives motivational speeches to kids, provides resources as an instructional coach to other teachers, develops science and technical programs—including an engineering project that turned toothbrushes into robots—and posts regular entries to his website, appropriately called Coffee for the Brain. If that’s not enough, Maurer recently added another activity to his weekly task list: that of Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. As an MIE Expert, Maurer is diving into Microsoft technologies, and the results are surprising him. We tracked him down to talk about his experience as an MIE, and what’s at the top of his interest list right now.
More and more classrooms are doing away with traditional teaching strategies and are emphasizing nurturing students' self-expression and creativity. Here are six ways technology can be used in the classroom to foster creativity and critical thinking skills.
Microsoft provides the standards-based Teaching with Technology professional development at no cost. Teachers who pass a rigorous exam based on the Teaching with Technology curriculum are awarded the respected Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) professional credential. Lamar University then extends the opportunity for teachers to gain up to six graduate credit hours. Learn more.
With a long history of collaboration, the Austrian Students’ Union and Microsoft Austria have partnered for many years to transform learning and studying within the Austrian Higher Education space. When Office 365 ProPlus became available, the Austrian Students’ Representatives at the Vienna University of Economics and Business took it upon themselves to ensure the Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus Benefit played a significant role in empowering students.