On Tuesday, Microsoft Education are heading to Liverpool to attend Innovation in Education: Enhanced learning and engagement through technology. Speaking at the event is Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Natalie Burgess, one of our Microsoft Teacher Ambassadors. Natalie will be showing all attendees Microsoft in Education, and how she is aiming towards Microsoft’s mission: empowering every student on the planet to achieve more.
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.
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.
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.
After a short break for half-term, our series of live and on-demand webinars led by teachers continues this week with a session hosted by Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Paul Dredge, as he demonstrates how Sway can enhance learning. During the half hour session you will be given an overview of how to use the app, and a variety of other tips and tricks for using Sway in your classroom, as well as a live demonstration and tutorial.
Join Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Darren Currie to see how he has been using Minecraft to teach History and Citizenship in his classroom. The webinar will contain practical examples and instructions on how you can get started.
We’re back with another ‘MEC Monday’ blog post, bringing you some highlights from wide array of courses, activities, materials and lesson plans that can be found on the Microsoft Educator Community. Last week we took a look at the training course ‘Introduction to Microsoft Classroom’, which comprises three interactive tutorials, followed by a quiz to assess understanding of the material, as well as earn participants points towards their MEC badges. Today we’re going to look at some of the everyday hacks that educators from all over the world shared during the recent #HackTheClassroom event, which can be found within the Courses and Resources section on the Microsoft Educator Community.
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.
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.
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.