OneNote Class Notebook updates include read-only parent or guardian access and Collaboration Space permissions

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.


SEND tools from Microsoft – Empowering every student on the planet to achieve more

As part of Microsoft’s aim to empower every student on the planet to achieve more, there are a number of tools and functions available across Windows 10 and Surface devices to help both teachers and students in classes with SEND. The following infographic shows some of the resources available, and which areas of SEND they can assist.


Ian Fordham announced as new Director of Education for Microsoft UK

Microsoft has hired one of the UK’s top education technology leaders to lead its work in the sector. Ian Fordham, currently CEO of Edtech UK and a Mayor of London Tech Ambassador, will join the company in January as Director of Education. He will oversee Microsoft’s work involving schools, colleges, universities and other learning organisations.


Microsoft Surface Studio and Windows 10 Creators Update announced

It’s been an exciting week at Microsoft, with the announcement of the Surface Studio taking the headlines at Wednesday’s Microsoft Windows 10 Event in New York. But it wasn’t just the Surface Studio that was unveiled, as a number of other announcements were made, many of which will have a great impact within education.


Finding the right devices for education

When looking for suitable and affordable devices for education, there are many factors to consider. Whether you are a post-grad researcher looking for a powerful personal laptop, a parent wishing to provide your child with a 2-in-1 device for further education, or indeed a head teacher needing to equip classes or an entire school with portable devices suitable for education, there are plenty of options to navigate. To help parents, teachers and students find the devices with the necessary functionality and that fall within your budget, the device finder on the Microsoft Education website will quickly refine your options.


Diversions and Distractions – Gerald Haigh’s thoughts on conversation through technology

The following post is written by Gerald Haigh, and explores the resistance to change that can be evident when there is a paradigm shift in the way we communicate with one another. Obviously this has clear parallels in the classroom, where the best method for presenting and communicating new information to and between students is hotly debated – particularly the role that technology can play.


Looking back to move forward: A process for whole-school transformation

As part of Microsoft’s mission to empower every educator and every student to achieve more, we have outlined both a framework and process to effectively help school leaders create whole school transformation. The Microsoft Education Transformation Process is a proven, comprehensive process that can help fast track system-wide transformation by summarizing decades of quality research.


Azure egress fee waiver for the academic community

This announcement first appeared on the Microsoft Azure blog. Based on Microsoft’s extensive experience engaging and working with the academic community, we strongly believe educational institutions of all types and sizes can benefit from cloud services, for research as well as for teaching and learning environments. Microsoft also understands the need for academia to better…


How to start your CPD with the Microsoft Educator Community

If you are a frequent reader of the blog, you may have seen many of our posts recently referring to the Microsoft Educator Community. This digital community is your one-stop shop for everything you may need for teacher training and CPD, combining experience of the Microsoft Educator Network and Skype in the Classroom.  This site is…


OneNote in Education eBook – Chapter 8: OneNote for the teacher and administrator – OneNote Staff Notebook

Over the past few weeks, we have been exploring our OneNote in Education eBook through a series of blog posts which delve into the individual chapters in more detail. The eBook was created with the help of Emma Hicks, a #MIEExpert, and explores the ways in which teaching and learning can be enhanced through the use…