Microsoft in Education Blog
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.
As an Instructional Technology Specialist in support of a 21st-century teaching and learning, 1:1 laptop initiative, OneNote and OneDrive are a part of my daily life – both in and out of school - for Dianne Krause, at Wissahickon School District, Pennsylvania. Read how her district is using OneNote and OneDrive to drive collaboration and lesson planning.
Whether schools are using student data – and technology that captures it securely – to easily identify at-risk students, adjust learning strategies for gifted students or help staff spend less time on paperwork, all education stakeholders are reaping the benefits. Microsoft’s integrated IT solutions are helping educators transform learning with critical insights that support student relationship-building – from recruitment through retention, and from first contact to graduation and beyond.
Teachers are busy people. While juggling student instruction, assignment review, lesson preparation, and professional development, you need technology to work for you, not against you. Here are some nifty time-saving techniques so you can focus on the things that matter.
Microsoft is at Educause this week. Read more about today’s announcements, including Blackboard's adoption of Office 365 plugins for Moodlerooms and an expansion of Microsoft in Education offerings.
Guest blog post by educator David Lopez, who explains all the reasons he enjoys using his Microsoft Surface Pro 3 to do professional development anywhere, anytime including when he is on a plane at 30,000 feet. Read more.
We all know that learning has fundamentally changed and there are infinite ways to gather and share ideas. This change is radically shifting the ways students and educators communicate, collaborate, create and connect. At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every student on the planet to achieve more. Today, we are taking an exciting step toward fulfilling this mission by launching the new Microsoft online educator community website, a centralized resource and engagement tool for educators that makes it easy to access a global network of educators, free interactive training and best practices. We invite you to explore and join the educator community today to begin sharing and learning with over 1.5 million of your peers from over 235 countries.
On Sunday’s airing of “Born to Explore” on ABC TV (check your local listings), Tracey Wong’s 5th grade class takes on the challenge of locating show host Richard Wiese during a Mystery Skype session that leads them to an active dig with specimens dating back 65 million years. “From an explorer or naturalist’s standpoint, the whole technology revolution has been great for us,” said Wiese. “Through the magic of technology like Skype and Bing everyone can be an explorer.” Read more.
Mark your Calendars: NYSCATE 2015 - November 22-24th at Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, NY.
We’re thrilled to announce a new global collaboration with Bett that will, over the next three years, deliver inspiring content that promotes innovative, technology-led classroom practices in the UK and around the world. Educator-led sessions will showcase the ideas, practices and technologies that have demonstrated significant impact on educational outcomes, along with inspiring concepts to help develop 21st century skills and find solutions to global challenges. The first of these programs will be rolling out in Mexico City this week. Read more.
As teachers are returning to their classrooms, we want to help make this the best year yet! Here are some simple tips and tricks on how the new features in Windows 10 (free to upgrade) save time for teachers and make learning more fun for students. For more extensive training on using Windows 10 in the classroom, check out our Quick Tip videos.
Helen Gooch, an educator and Microsoft Fellow who works with schools across the United States, share what she is excited about when Windows 10 comes to a classroom near you.
New videos explain how educators can start using Bing in the Classroom and bring ad-free search to schools in the U.S.
Join us throughout EDUCAUSE to see and experience first-hand the steps we’re taking to achieve just that and how they align to EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues, 2015. Your partnership is important to us and we want to hear from you. Plan time to connect with us at EDUCAUSE on this shared journey of improving learning and student outcomes in higher education.
Read how one teacher in California got organized over the summer with OneNote. This organized teacher shares her tips for saving time, getting organized, and starting the school year off with a well-organized digital notebook for class materials including lesson plans, links, videos, and for collaboration.
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.