Why I need an Xbox One in my classroom!

I get asked this at BETT every year, people are thinking how they can use this consumer technology in the classroom (or how they can persuade their spouse that they need one for work!). It is relative high investment in a device maybe? About the cost of a mid range laptop. But, because as it…

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Space , not the final frontier with Windows Apps

I have just had a big birthday and I was treated to a telescope, it reminded me of the the great access to resources that Windows devices have to learn about Space and Astronomy. Remember Windows devices will run non app based software. This is great , because the best piece of software that you…


Applications to join the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Programme are now open!

We are recruiting! Regular readers of this blog should be familiar with teachers and school leaders that we refer to as Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts – MIEEs – and you may have seen content tagged with #MIEExpert15. It’s now your opportunity to apply to be part of this programme, and we’re pleased to be able…


Dunoon Primary win the Kodu Kup 2015 UK Finals

Last week Microsoft’s UK HQ in Reading was host to the national finals of Kodu Kup, inviting teams from 10 schools to compete for the prizes. More than just an exercise in programming, the Kodu Kup challenges students to put their minds to a number of creative and business-themed disciplines, as part of a wider…


Kodu Kup 2015 Champions announced

I am pleased to announce this year’s Winners for the Kodu Kup 2015.  Ten schools did battle for the coveted Kodu Kup UK trophy at Microsoft Headquarters this week. After a hectic and energetic elevator pitch session , the judges made their choice of the four award winning teams from whom the champions were selected….

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BBC micro:bit – register to receive your device and download the Quick Start Guide for Teachers

Last week we were proud to share the announcement launching the BBC micro:bit, which forms an integral part of the broadcaster’s #MakeItDigital campaign. The response from teachers, students, and tech enthusiasts has been overwhelmingly positive, and we can’t wait for the micro:bit itself to start appearing in schools all over the UK. Much of the…


MIE Minute – OneNote, Mystery Skype, Office 2016 and more!

Another two weeks have passed, and it is once again time to take a look into the world of our Microsoft Expert Educators through the latest edition of the MIE Minute. Anyone familiar with the MIE Minute will know that each edition is packed full of great content created for – and often by -…


Microsoft and the BBC micro:bit: a million ways to inspire a generation

Steve Hodges, principal researcher at Microsoft Cambridge, fell in love with computing when he was first exposed to the BBC Micro at school in the 1980s. The computer was part of the BBC Computer Literacy Programme and was designed to encourage students to explore the potential of computer programming.   After using the BBC Micro…


MIE Minute – Tweetmeet with the man behind OneNote, plus three

For this week’s MIEE TV blog post we’re going to take a look at some of content from the latest edition of the MIE Minute newsletter, sent out to members of the Microsoft Innovative Educator community earlier this week. As well as the three shareable items from the newsletter that we normally feature in these…