MEC Monday: Curated STEM Resources

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.


MEC Monday: 21st Century Learning Design

There are many different ways for educators to undertake their own CPD on the Microsoft Educator Community, depending on how much time they have available, what skills they already have, and what technologies they are already familiar with. With half-term now upon us, many educators might have a little more time free to dedicate to furthering their own development, so we thought we would explore one of the slightly longer courses available on the MEC.


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.


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.


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.


Microsoft at The Telegraph Festival of Education – 23rd-24th June

On June 23rd-24th, Microsoft will be taking up residence at Wellington College (a Microsoft Showcase School) as the headline sponsor for The Telegraph Festival of Education. Featuring a line-up of headline speakers including the Rt. Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Sir Michael Wilshaw, Piers Morgan and Sir Clive Woodward, The Telegraph Festival of Education brings together the very best…


Video tutorial – Getting started on the Microsoft Educator Community

The Microsoft Educator Community (or MEC, as we call it!) is a new community site that combines the experience of the Microsoft Educator Network and Skype in the Classroom. This site is a central destination where you’ll have access to over 1.5 million educators around the world, a fresh selection of professional development courses and resources,…


Microsoft Educator Community – ‘Join the Discussion’ – it’s time for you to get involved!

All this week we’ve been going into more depth on each of the areas of the Microsoft Educator Community, and exploring the ways that people can take value from the wealth of free teacher CPD resources and peer interactions that can be found through the site that is being colloquially known as the ‘MEC’. If…


Microsoft Educator Community – ‘Earn Badges’ – with #MIEExperts Sarah Clark and Paul Dredge

All this week we have been going into more depth on each of the areas of the Microsoft Educator Community, and exploring the ways that people can take value from the wealth of free teacher CPD resources and peer interactions that can be found through the site that is being colloquially known as the ‘MEC’.  If…