Get your creative curriculum ON!

Mark Anderson is a former teacher and school leader and now award-winning author, blogger, speaker, thought-leader and trainer around all things to do with teaching, learning and effective use of technology in the classroom. Mark firmly believes that education is a force for good and under his moniker of the ICT Evangelist he strives to…


Bring Oceans Our Blue Planet to your classroom

 Microsoft Education, in partnership with BBC learning, is excited to announce a brand new page dedicated to providing four hands-on STEM lesson plans that develop future ready skills. Teaching our young people about our ocean and how important it is, is one of the first big steps to protecting it for our future generations.     …


Minecraft Education Edition: World of Chemistry

written by Microsoft Learning Consultant, Liz Wilson   Are you looking for a way to inspire your Students in Chemistry? Look no further than Minecraft Education Edition. The latest update has brought us a new Chemistry resource pack and immersive world: The World of Chemistry. This is a wonderful world that has brought us a…


Getting creative with Coding

With the introduction of the Primary Computing Curriculum in 2014 and its focus on teaching coding to all our students, many teachers were left feeling out of their depth. “But I can’t code” was heard regularly in staff rooms across the country, as many primary teachers were never taught coding at school and completed their…


The Minecraft Educator Community

written by Microsoft Learning Consultant, Liz Wilson   I discovered the wonders of using Minecraft in my classroom around 3 years ago when I was trying desperately to find a way to inspire a group of under confident 8 year-olds in mathematics. I had heard of Minecraft as a wonderful classroom tool and my I…


Become a Maker Champion

Written by Microsoft Learning Consultant, Liz Wilson We need to empower the young people of today to create the world of tomorrow.   We all know how essential it is to build digital skills in our students to prepare them for their futures. The Microsoft Digital Skills programme is designed to support us in doing…


Top 3 Tips to get started with MakeCode

We all know how important it is to teach computer science and we all have our own favourite tools to use. But how can we ensure basic code building is truly meaningful? Are we inspiring learners to become lifelong coders?  Blog Series written by Microsoft Learning Consultant: Liz Wilson MakeCode works with a range of devices, so whatever your…


Closing the Gender Gap in technology

A longstanding issue is the need for more women to become involved in STEM, with hosts of research finding a lack of uptake from girls for a career in STEM not just in the UK but around the world. So with this issue in mind, we focus on Technology and EdTech to see how this…


Want more girls interested in STEM? Retrain music and dance teachers to run computer science lessons, say educators

Blog originally posted December 11, 2017 By Microsoft reporter on the Microsoft News Centre UK Music and dance teachers who are respected by female pupils should be trained to teach computer science to inspire more girls to pursue a career in the technology sector, educators have said. More than 150 teachers and schoolgirls recently attended…


MIEE Spotlight – Susan Sey

As part of today’s MIEE Spotlight, we’re taking a look at MIEE Susan Sey and how her hard work as a Learning Technologist for Aberdeenshire Council serves to support and empower educators in providing learners with necessary digital skills. One of Susan’s most successfully utilised digital tools is Sharepoint, where she has done fantastic work…