Microsoft in Education Blog
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.
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.