Taking Tournament of the Minds to a New Level of Connection

– By Aaron Partridge, ACT Director at Tournament of Minds The Tournament of the Minds is an Australian educational institution that has been promoting the innovative and creative engagement of young Australians for over 25 years.  Students work in teams to solve problems in one of four essential academic disciplines; Social Sciences, Science Technology, Language…


To Infinity and Beyond

By Megan Townes, Teacher Ambassador A few weeks ago, I happened to spend a rare day working from the office rather than home, a school or café. I’m so glad I went into the office that day as I was handed a funky green and white laptop that I think could be a game changer…


The day Microsoft’s CEO met ordinary kids doing extraordinary things from Sydney Secondary College

By Pip Cleaves, head teacher, learning innovation, at Sydney Secondary College – Leichhardt Campus Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt Campus works hard at being future focused by experimenting with new ways to learn that encourage students to dream big. So when we heard we would meet Satya Nadella at the flagship Microsoft Store in Sydney, plenty of…


STEM Learning Brought to Life

The idea of flipped learning has been around for almost 10 years, however the skills and technology challenges were always too great to make it a practical proposition for most schools. But this is no longer the case! Today, teachers all around the world are using tools like Office Mix to deliver flipped learning as…

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Minecraft successfully reshapes ICT pedagogy at Glenwood High

Minecraft is an absolute phenomenon in schools – especially now that the multi-player version is being used for early-stage collaboration skills. But for an ICT teacher like myself, Minecraft is transformative and has completely changed the way I teach. What was once a highly challenging subject for most students is now a favourite part of…

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VIC school moves entire PD program and curriculum to OneNote Class Notebook

Moving your curriculum to OneNote Class Notebook is one thing but seeing the results in the classroom is quite another. At St Helena Secondary College in Melbourne, our ICT faculty had a strategy: instead of educating teachers in all the features of Class Notebook, we simply moved our professional development program onto it — after…

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Immersive Engagement in Minecraft: Education Edition

Guest post by Simon Baddeley: Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. For fifteen years, I have taught English in some of the most economically deprived schools and worked with some of the most disaffected learners that main stream education has to offer. Learners that face significant social, emotional, behavioural and developmental barriers to learning, with low self-esteem…

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Touch Develop and the Digital Technologies Curriculum

Guest post by Trent Ray, Microsoft Teacher Ambassador and Expert Educator Learning to code with Touch Develop is a great way to introduce students to skills in the Digital Technologies Curriculum, including computational thinking and computer programming. Accessing the Touch Develop Web App makes it easy for students to create touch apps and games in…

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Cool Ideas to get started with Office 365 in your classroom

Guest post by Trent Ray, Microsoft Teacher Ambassador and Expert Educator! Anytime, anywhere access to resources and tools for learning is an essential element for today’s online learning environments. Thanks to the cloud (and some clever technical engineers) digital tools are enabling seamless connections between teachers and learners and transforming the what, when, how and…


Junior Years – Building Skills and Habits for Success

Guest Post by Matthew Jorgensen, Microsoft Teacher Ambassador Queensland Technology is often hard to implement in Primary Years. The touch screen, drag and drop device wave has catered for technology integration in our young students, but they need to be able to use a more productive ecosystem of hardware, operating systems and apps as their…

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