Create a Professional Learning Community in 3 Easy Steps with Office 365

Educators teach students every day, and just like their students, they also strive to be life-long learners.  Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) provide the support educators need to continue to grow new teaching skills with their peers. Groups of educators can work and learn together to improve student achievement through book study, action research, or learning a new best practice through PLCs. Now, Office 365 Education provides an easy to use framework for PLCs that was built on feedback received directly from teachers. PLCs help keeps everyone together, enabling educators to communicate and collaborate with their peers efficiently in one place.

MEC Monday: Introduction to Microsoft Classroom

Every Monday we’ll take a look at an example of the content that can be found on the Microsoft Educator Community. Anyone familiar with the MEC will be aware of the broad range of lesson plans, quick tip videos, teacher CPD courses and discussion topics available, so this series of blogs will offer something for everyone, regardless of how prominent a role technology plays in your classroom, and indeed how much time you are able to spend on development. Kicking things off is one of the courses that offers participants the opportunity to learn more about a particular technology, while earning points towards a MEC badge in the process.

Season II: BBC Micro:bit Model Rocket Car Competition: “Race For The Line”

The BLOODHOUND Project has announced the launch of Race for the Line. Working closely with Microsoft Education and the British Army, the Race for the Line Rocket Car Competition will be rolled out to 4,000 schools across the UK, reaching an estimated 112,000 students. Inspired by the rules governing the World Land Speed Record attempt that the 1,000mph BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car is targeting, the model rocket cars must blast along a wire and through a set of timing gates with a BBC Micro:bit accelerometer on board gathering vital data that enables the Teams to modify and improve their designs.

Updates to inking, OneNote Class and Staff Notebooks, OneNote Web Clipper and more

Those of you who keep your ears to the ground for product news and updates, or who regularly read the OneNote blog, may already be aware of the latest features and functionality that can be found within OneNote, but it never hurts to recirculate this news on our blogs so that people don’t miss out! The most recent OneNote roundup included news around the latest updates to inking, OneNote Class and Staff Notebooks, OneNote Web Clipper and more. The full article can be found on the main Office blog, but here is a summary of what’s covered.

Hack The Classroom, September 24th 2016 – Meet the Speakers

We’re a little over a week away from #HackTheClassroom, an exciting online live event designed to inspire and enable you to incorporate new ideas and tools into your classroom so your students can achieve more. Thousands of educators from all over world will be coming together for two hours of inspirational professional learning, and hearing from a fantastic line-up of speakers. And as we close in on the big day itself, we can take a closer look at some of the special guests who will be joining Anthony Salcito for the session next Saturday.

Creating Sways for Biology – with #MIEExpert Sarah Clark

Today we’re pleased to share a fantastic Sway from Sarah Clark, another of our MIEEs based in Scotland. In her Sway, she provides a number of different examples of how her biology students have used Sways to demonstrate their understanding of a wide range of topics, and put a more creative twist on experiment write-ups.

7 great ways to hit the ground running this school year

As the new school year gets underway there are lots of ways teachers and students can hit the ground running. Over on the global Microsoft in Education blog you’ll find a guest post by Helen Gooch, Microsoft Fellow and Master Trainer. She’s compiled a list of seven great ways to hit the ground run.ning this year, which are covered in more detail in the original post, however here are the points in summary

Less than two weeks until #HackTheClassroom – register your place

In less than two weeks thousands of members of the global educator community will be coming together once again for our #HackTheClassroom online event. As well as having the opportunity to hear and share ideas, virtual attendees will get to take part in a number of activities and sessions during the two hours. Many members of the #MIEExpert programme and members of the Microsoft team will shape the agenda, as well as thought leaders from the industry. The theme for the event is “Small steps to big impact: Teaching in the 21st Century Classroom”, and further details on some of the topics covered in the agenda can be found in this post.

Teacher Ambassador Report: Coding @ CoderDojo, Paisley YMCA

CoderDojo Scotland is part of a global collaboration that provides free coding clubs for young people. It enables them to learn everything they need to become a great programmer whilst providing a safe, fun and sociable environment to do it in. At a CoderDojo event the only limit on what you can do is your imagination. You can learn new programming languages, create apps for your computer, tablet or phone, build websites, make games and much, much more.

How the restructured Educator Community better supports educators

We’re pleased to share the news of updates to the Microsoft Educator Community, based on feedback from you – the users! The site itself has undergone a significant makeover, with a new layout and structure designed to better support educators around the world. Packed full of fantastic teacher resources such as lesson plans, CPD course, quick tip videos, badges, discussions and the hugely popular Skype in the Classroom virtual fieldtrips, the Microsoft Educator Community is everything a teacher needs to develop, all in one place.