Those of you who tuned in to yesterday’s #MicrosoftEDU live stream from New York or caught up later on will have learned all about the latest product, platform and partner news and announcements from Microsoft in Education. There was plenty of ground covered including the first look at Windows 10 S, an exploration of Microsoft Teams for Education, exciting developments with the Minecraft: Education Edition Code Builder, partner news on 3D and mixed reality devices and of course the unveiling of our own brand new hardware in the Surface Laptop.
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 British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG) is the representative body for higher education finance staff in the United Kingdom. This year’s annual BUFDG conference kicks off Sunday 9th to Tuesday 11th April 2017, and marks the 50th anniversary for the events host institution, the University of Bath. The UK Microsoft Higher Education team will be on the stand showcasing Surface devices and Azure Cloud services, and how they can make a significant and profound impact on the challenges faced by modern financial institutions.
Based at Senate House near Russell Square, the University of London is one of the oldest universities in the country, with many affiliate colleges and research institutes making up a student body of over 170,000. As part of their ongoing strategy of providing innovative academic services and infrastructure they are going through a big change initiative called Programme Beveridge, resulting in about 350 staff transitioning from roles based at fixed desks into a more flexible way of operating – they call it activity-based working.
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.
The Microsoft Dynamics Academic Alliance (DynAA) works with educational institutions worldwide, helping them use Microsoft Dynamics in their curriculum, exposing students to the latest Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) technologies to give them a competitive advantage in the job market. We invite you to join us in learning how intelligent business applications can empower your students to be the best of tomorrow’s workforce.
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.
University leaders have had to continually face competing and conflicting challenges. Competition for places continues to increase, financial pressures are growing and there is a need to evidence the impact of change and the quality of provision. The result is that there is growing emphasis on the importance of data – to underpin decision making, to support the student body, to support operations and to demonstrate improvement and compliance.