Microsoft in Education Blog
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.
Potential is endless in Manteca, CA, where young students are delivering PowerPoint presentations, teachers are managing their classes with OneNote, and seniors are graduating with technology skills that will help them in their futures. In 2015, all 23,000 students and 1,200 teachers of MUSD were provided with Windows 8 devices running Office, OneNote, Skype, and Bing in the Classroom. Watch how this unlikely district led massive learning transformation.
Skype in the Classroom is an online community that enables thousands of teachers to inspire the next generation of global citizens through transformative learning over Skype. Explore ideas to spark your next lesson with Skype.
In an era of change and economic uncertainty, schools are taking steps to alleviate costs where possible. It helps to think of a school as a business – the end product being a productive, intelligent member of society.