Microsoft in Education Blog
The OneNote Class Notebook Creator, the incredible app for education, is maximizing classroom potential. Learn how to start using this app to provide true classroom collaboration, e-resource, student personalized workspace and notebooks with OneNote. Read tips on how to start using OneNote Class Notebook Creator.
Recently, we brought together some of the brightest educators and school leaders in the Americas at the Microsoft Global Forum in Miami, Florida from November 5-7. The 2014-2015 Class of Education Innovators were announced at the Forum. While there, educators explored new technology that has the potential to revolutionize both teaching and learning and to discuss the next wave of innovation that promises to reshape education from top to bottom including how to use technology to enhance creativity and humanity. Sir Ken Robinson, a keynote speaker at the Forum, explained, “The real virtue is not in the tools we create, it is in how we use the tools to create, how creative we become with the tools. The challenge with technology is not a technological one, it's a spiritual one."
One hour: that’s all it takes to get a student excited about computer science. The week of December 8th is Computer Science Education Week, and as part of the celebration, the Hour of Code is going global.
We’ve enhanced OneNote Class Notebook Creator to make it even more powerful. We’ve added localization in ten languages, full notebook access for co-teachers, student teachers or substitutes when you add them to your notebook, easy-to-find links in Office, and faster performance.
It’s officially the season of giving, and Microsoft is giving in a big way to teachers and students around the globe. I’m pleased to announce that the popular Office 365 ProPlus Benefit is now available worldwide to all students and educators. This means that any eligible organization – anywhere in the world – can provide an Office 365 ProPlus subscription at no extra cost for all students, faculty and staff.
Every student brings his or her own unique experiences, talents, and challenges into the classroom, including those students with special education needs. December 2nd marks Special Education Day in the U.S. — because each child’s learning style is different, teachers must strive to support their students’ unique learning styles while balancing the demands of larger classrooms, standardized testing and changing curricula. With this in mind, we’re sharing stories of teachers and educators who are using technology in inventive ways to instruct students with a variety of learning styles and disabilities in recognition of Special Education Day.
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.