Upcoming Events and News from @MicrosoftEduUK

Microsoft UK are dedicated to ensuring educators are up to date with the latest and greatest in Microsoft technologies and solutions for Education. Here are some of the latest news announcements and upcoming events happening this month!

Microsoft Launches New Soundscape App for the Blind

Advancements in technology can play a deep and meaningful role in the independent mobility of people who are blind or have low vision. That is why we created Soundscape, a free app available today on iOS and iPhone in the UK.

Soundscape empowers more people to explore the world around them through a 3D audio experience. The app enriches your perception of surroundings as you walk, helping you get where you want to go. Rushing between classes, going for coffee with a friend or touring a new city with the family are all common experiences that could be more rewarding and cause less anxiety for nearly 300 million people with sight loss worldwide.

Read more here.

Catch up with the Skype in the Classroom Broadcast- Meet the Author Literacy Event

If you were unable to make the live broadcast of the Skype in the Classroom event last week on February 28th then catch up here. Join Actor, Producer and Author, Henry Winkler & his partner Lin Oliver, creators of the Hank Zipzer and Here's Hank book series, for this 30 minute broadcast to celebrate the creativity and greatness that lives in every child. The authors discuss their best-selling books based on Henry’s own learning challenges and his successful strategies to overcome them using humour and friendship.

For more information on the event: https:aka.ms/hankzipzer

National Apprenticeships Week- 5-9th March

The theme of National Apprenticeship Week 2018 is Apprenticeships Work to showcase how apprenticeships work for individuals, employers, local communities and the wider economy.

From 5 to 9 March 2018 the nation will be buzzing about apprenticeships. It’s the perfect opportunity to engage students with apprenticeships as a great way for people to progress in work and life, whatever their age, gender or educational background.

So why not check out Microsoft UK's Digital Skills Page for dedicated advice and resources all about apprenticeships so that you can 'develop the necessary skills today to future proof your career'.

Digifest Event - 6-7th March 2018

Harnessing the power of EdTech: thriving in a digital world

Digifest 2018

Digifest offers a unique opportunity to see, hear and share the latest thinking. We'll deliver an innovative schedule of keynotes, workshops, lightning talks and networking opportunities, presented by experts and peers from the further education and higher education sectors.

Above all else, Digifest aims to inform, inspire and prepare you for the digital challenges ahead.

Find out more about Digifest 2018 >>

International Women's Day- 8th March

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women's Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​March 8​ ​IWD gathering supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the​ Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom's Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women equality. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organisation specific.​ Make IWD your day! - everyday!
Visit: www.internationalwomensday.com for more information about this year's campaign. 


Why not complete our 'Teaching Gender Equality via Skype' course on the Microsoft Educator Community to learn more about Gender Equality?

This fantastic resource provided for free by Microsoft will help you to learn about Gender Equality and how you can align technology within your institutions to promote this. In addition, it provides links to different campaigns and Skype collaborations which you can become involved in through the Microsoft Educator Community.



Microsoft UK Roadshow is back! 

More dates have now been released for our 2018 #MicrosoftEdu Roadshows in April.

17/04/2018 Surrey: St Hilary's School, Holloway Hill, Godalming. GU7 1RZ SIGN UP HERE

19/04/2018 Hertfordshire: Jupiter Community Free School, Jupiter Drive, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 5NT SIGN UP HERE

*Please note: dates are regularly added so check back for updates.

Look out for more updates about Roadshow events series on Twitter online by following the hashtag #MicrosoftEdu or @microsofteduk. Also visit the Microsoft Educator Community UK Roadshow page to find out about the events near you and sign up.

Our aim is to reach every corner of the UK, so if you are able to host a Roadshow in your locality then please contact us on the e-mail: Eduroadshow@microsoft.com.

Twitter feed Updates for Microsoft Edu UK
Check out what is happening in Microsoft in Education here in the UK by viewing the Microsoft Education Twitter updates below.

So that wraps up this week's What's New in Edu UK and Upcoming Events. Remember to follow @Microsofteduk for all our latest updates daily!

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