Microsoft Next Level Learning workshops – November 2015

This week we’re starting to pack our bags, as the team head out to Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia for the free Microsoft Next Level Learning workshops for teachers and school IT managers. There’s a Teacher Track with themes around engaging students, gamification of learning, collaboration and learning analytics, plus a parallel…

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Take part in a Global Enterprise Challenge with other primary schools

I learnt today that a school I used to work with in the UK, Broadclyst Community Primary School, were given a grant by the Microsoft global Education team to fund their Global Enterprise Challenge, to allow them to join 1,000 students from 20 countries together in a challenge for Year 6 students. And they’ve just…

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The world’s first joint research centre for Social Natural User Interfaces is in Melbourne

Yesterday we have the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces. This is a joint research centre between the University of Melbourne and Microsoft Research, in partnership with the state government of Victoria and Microsoft Australia. The centre will explore applications of Natural User Interfaces—better known as NUI—in social situations. It is the world’s…

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Collaborating on Chemistry on a Windows 8 touch slate

Yesterday I wrote about collaborative learning apps for Windows 8, and focused on apps for younger students (because, basically, it’s around my intellectual level). So I thought I’d share an example of a much more sophisticated collaborative learning app based on touch and multiple students using a single device. nsquared chemistry In a collaborative lab,…

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How Deloitte made learning a game–Harvard Business Review

Gamification of learning continues to be a hot topic for education (and as with most things within the education system, there’s plenty of divided opinion on how it could be used in the classroom with students). But it’s not limited to conventional education systems – we’re also seeing gamification being used in the world of…

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Update 6-Windows 8 Apps for Education from Nathan Burgess

Time to look a bit closer to home for the sixth update of Windows 8 Education Apps. There’s an array of Australian developers that are working on education apps, and some of them have now hit the store. So here’s my small selection of Windows 8 Australian apps for education users from just one developer…

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Exciting Learning–Using Technology to Improve Education–free ebook

My colleagues in the UK Education team, working with Ollie Bray, an educational leader from Scotland, have produced a brilliant ebook "Exciting Learning: Using Technology to Improve Education" The new eBook aims to address the following: Enhance the understanding of the benefits of ICT and technology across the curriculum including literacy, numeracy, technology, personal, social…

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My top education apps on Windows Phone

The Nokia Lumia phone launch has given Windows Phone a much higher profile in Australia. In the state capitals, it’s been impossible to move around the city centre without seeing Lumia adverts jumping out at you. And around the Microsoft office, it seems impossible to avoid the fact that most of us have chosen the…

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Ribbon Hero 2 – free software for teachers in February

Some Free February Appy-ness with a new piece of free software for teachers from Microsoft every day in February. Many of these items are unknown heroes, but they all share two things in common: 1) They are useful for teachers or students and 2) they are free. Ribbon Hero 2 – bringing gaming and learning…

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