In November 2016, Microsoft and Prodigy Learning launched the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Four Nations Championship for students across England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to prove their mastery of Microsoft Office. The ultimate prize for 3 students will be the trip of a lifetime to the MOS World Championship Final in Disneyland, California to represent the UK and Ireland. Treorchy Comprehensive School, Rhondda Cynon Taf in Wales was host to the first of the national qualifying finals days on 6th April 2017 which saw Eleri Evans, Matthew Davies and Sam Conboy being crowned the first ever Welsh National Champions.
We are continuously impressed by the passion and creativity of teachers and students who are using our tools. A common theme we heard was how OneNote continues to save teachers time and enhance collaboration in the classroom. In our conversations, we learned that parents and guardians are also curious to learn more about OneNote to help engage with their students’ learning progress. To address the top requests we heard from teachers, administrators and parents/guardians, we’re pleased to announce the release of four new features in OneNote Class Notebook.
The MOS Four Nations Championship offers an opportunity for students across the UK and Ireland to prove their digital skills and be in the running to win fantastic prizes. To participate, eligible students must take, and pass, a MOS exam (Excel, PowerPoint or Word) before 15 May, 2017. Three finalists each from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will then be invited to the MOS Four Nations Championship finals day at Microsoft UK in June 2017.
Skooler offers expertise in using Office365 in the classroom alongside teaching tools such as personalised learning plans, medium and long term planning, absence/attendance registration, assignments and tests to name a few. Parents are kept up to date via the Parental portal. All the tools are safely hosted in the Microsoft Azure cloud.
Continuing our series of guest posts from Microsoft Partners exhibiting at BETT 2017, we have a contribution from another partner who can be found in the Microsoft Partner Campus. TeacherIn is the app saving schools thousands on agency fees and ensuring they have the most effective supply teacher in place. The TeacherIn team will be in the Microsoft Partner Village (C300), talking to schools about how they can transform their recruitment processes, and save money.
Learners today want to adopt technology to support their learning because it’s endemic in their everyday lives. When research highlights such a significant preference, how can responsible leadership teams in schools not include online as part of their core provision? How is there any argument to not undertake some initial programmes, and to understand how online teaching can effect change, and transform pupil outcomes.
The Microsoft Partner Campus is an outward expression of the strong practical and creative two-way bond which exists between Microsoft and their partners, who are regarded as contributors to development as well as the ‘sharp end’ deliverers of solutions. This year we have 21 partners, offering a very convenient hub within which visitors can explore a range of digital solutions to common school-based problems.
We have seen thousands of educators, colleges and universities come through the Showcase Classroom, each at a different stage in their journey of digital transformation, and in every session we are asked a range of questions about our technology and how it can make a real impact in the classroom. These questions and discussions will form the basis of our Showcase Classroom blog series, where we will be sharing the insights, experiences, tips & tricks and more, from those who pass through the Showcase Classroom.
The following post is from Anthony Nneke, Education Business Manager at Microsoft UK. Anthony leads on the Imagine Academy on behalf of the Microsoft UK Education team. What does Microsoft Offer In relation to Professional Development and Digital Skills for Institutions? Teacher Capacity is a crucial factor in driving success in classrooms around the world. At Microsoft,…
Our OneNote journey at St Mungo’s RC High School in Scotland started in early 2015 when a few “early adopter” teachers started using the OneNote Class Notebook app when it became available on the waffle menu through our Glow (Scottish schools intranet) sign-in. Word soon spread about what a fantastic tool we had available to us…