Complete an Hour of Code as part of Computer Science Education Week

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minecraft2016

Next week sees the return of Computer Science Education Week, and with it the opportunity to join tens of millions of other students in over 180 countries, in participating in the Hour of Code! A huge range of coding activities can be carried out on a range of devices, or all within your internet browser making things easy and accessible. Simple step by step instructions guide students and teachers through the process of created your very own games and programs.


The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl – Minecraft: Education Edition at Darran Park Primary

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jp-7

The following is a guest post from James Protheroe, #MIEExpert and teacher at Microsoft Showcase School Darran Park Primary. Last week James was a keynote speaker at the UK launch event for Minecraft: Education Edition. In the post below, James talks about how his students have been taking part in a cross-curricular global project involving the works of beloved children’s author Roald Dahl, and the use of Minecraft.


#MIEExpert-led Webinars – December 2016 Schedule

As well as the obvious treats of the season, December brings with it more MIEExpert webinars!
So regardless of whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, all are welcome and encouraged to register for any and all of the sessions below. Don’t worry if you can’t make it on the day – these will all be recorded and available after the live session, so sign up anyway to be emailed details of the content at a later date.


MEC Monday: Technology Guest Speakers for Hour of Code

This week, we’re once again going to preview an upcoming global event by looking at some of the supporting materials that can be found on the MEC, and showing you how to get involved. The Hour of Code is a global movement during Computer Science Education Week, but your class can learn to code any week of the year. Get involved by inviting one of our Technology Guest Speakers to make a virtual visit to your class today using Skype in the Classroom!


St Mungo’s High School – putting tech at the heart of teaching

Teachers at St Mungo’s High School have switched to Office 365 and now use programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Sway in lessons to boost learning. As a result of the move, which has taken place over the past 18 months, the school has gained Microsoft Showcase School status, giving it access to a professional community that embraces technology to transform education and make it more efficient. Microsoft Showcase Schools focus on personalised learning for students through the use of one-to-one learning devices and Office 365 Education.


Young Scottish students’ countrywide collaboration fuels learning and leadership

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natandclass

The following post originally appeared on the main Microsoft in Education Blog, and is all about how young learners in Scotland are being empowered to achieve more through the tools found within Office 365, and are connected through Scotland’s nationwide educational web service: Glow. You may also recognise the teacher from the story, Natalie Burgess, who this year joined us as one of our Microsoft Teacher Ambassadors.


MEC Monday: Curated STEM Resources

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mec-stem

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is more than a buzz word- it is a paradigm shift in education. STEM places the student at the centre of learning- enabling them to question, interact and build the world they see as well as the world they want to see. With so many options, it can be difficult knowing where to start or what’s new.