A wrap up from FutureSchools Conference and Expo

Last week, on the 23rd and 24th March, the Microsoft education team connected with educators, speakers and edtech innovators from all across Australia at National Future Schools. Expo and Conference. This year the event took place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre where educators across Australia visited the Microsoft stand to get hands on…

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Empowering girls to make amazing games

girls make games
girls make games

Girls Make Games is an organisation aimed at encouraging girls involvement in coding, game design and STEM.   They hold a series of international summer camps, workshops and game jams and in 2016 ran their first Australian event in Melbourne. Founder and CEO Laila Shabir spoke about her inspiration behind launching Girls Make Games. What inspired…

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Catapulting school students into space with Cuberider

If the idea of sending something into space on a rocket to the International Space Station seems like a far-out concept, you’d probably not be alone in your thinking. However, two people passionate about space, science and technology have made this reality for over 1000 Australian high school students. In 2016, Solange Cunin and Sebastian Chaoui…

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Minecraft in the Science classroom (Gaming and Student Engagement)

Guest post by Megan Pusey, Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator. If you have ever played a video game you will know how addictive and engaging they can be. Indeed, they are intentionally designed to be enjoyable to play. With 68% of Australians playing video games, it’s no surprise they are making their way into the classroom (IGEA 2016)….


Computer Science and STEM critically important to Australian students future success

Post by Dan Bowen, Microsoft Australia Academic Programmes Manager (STEM Education Lead) / Minecraft: Education Edition PMM. Dan will be at FutureSchools 22-24 March running a workshop on Minecraft: Education Edition and beyond – Building skills for the future. Computer Science and STEM are critically important to the success of the future of Australia and…

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Ormiston College STEM Day

robotics, STEM
robotics, STEM

“Amazing student led STEM presentations, amazing resources and friendly presenters. What a great day!” (Anonymous Attendee) There is no doubt that PBL (problem or project based learning) and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) has captured the current zeitgeist of contemporary learning around the globe.  There are many schools in Australia that have realised that…


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…


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…