We’re pleased to share another post written by Natalie Burgess, one of four Teacher Ambassadors to recently join our team. Many of you will be familiar with Natalie, through her fantastic work as a #MIEExpert over the years, and you may have even taken part in one of her sessions in the Showcase Classroom section of our stand at BETT 2016. Earlier this week she was present for an event run at one of our Showcase Schools, and below she shares her thoughts.
Hack The Classroom is back! On Saturday 24th September educators from all over the world will come together to share ideas, experiences, insights and conversation, as the education community as a whole looks to drive further innovation in the classroom through the use of technology. The theme for this live event will be “small steps to big impact”, and joining host Anthony Salcito is a line-up of exciting industry speakers and trailblazing educators, featuring many hacks created by teachers from around the world.
‘Daily Edventures’ is a continuously evolving blog by Microsoft Global Education Vice President Anthony Salcito. Described as his ‘365-day look at global heroes in education’, it features stories about, and interviews with, educators from around the world all of whom have in common an innovative and optimistic vision of technology as a powerful agent for change.
Microsoft is “All In” for Education. Today, we’re highlighting some exciting new features of Office 365 Education for the upcoming school year – Microsoft Classroom, School Data Sync, Microsoft Forms, OneNote ink and Learning Tools. And remember, Office 365 Education is free for students and teachers.
Today, we’re thrilled to share Anthony Salcito’s announcement of all the educators, school leaders, and inspiring schools that have been selected for our Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Microsoft Showcase Schools programs for the 2016-2017 academic year. Recognising the educators from the around the world who are making an impact by pushing the boundaries of learning and creativity through technology, the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert programme now includes 4,800 educators from over 100 countries.
The world of technology has been rightly generous with tributes to the pioneering thinker, teacher, mathematician and computer scientist Seymour Papert who died on 31 July this year. A visionary writer, his key educational work is ‘Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas’.
Docs.com can help educators share their expertise with a wider audience but giving their content a home on the web. Docs.com make it easier to publish familiar formats from Microsoft Office along with PDFs and web links. All of the original formatting is preserved and can be viewed inside a web browser, so you can enjoy the full experience of the documents. Individual work or collections can be shared by posting to social media, grabbing a link, or embedding on your own site.
The children we meet in class differ widely in intellectual or physical ability, emotional development, prior knowledge, understanding of the language, or any of a host of other variables. Over the years, schools have become steadily better at including all of them in the business of learning. In fact ‘inclusion’ has become a fundamental principle of education, although making it a reality remains a mighty challenge for which teachers need all the help they can get.
With the following post we’d like to formally welcome one of our new Teacher Ambassadors to the Microsoft UK Education team! Many of you will have come across Natalie Burgess before, as she has been as #MIEExpert for a number of years, and ran sessions in the Showcase Classroom section of our stand at BETT 2016.
A truly cross-curricular catalyst, the BBC micro:bit is a case in point of how technology can be used to teach a whole variety of different subjects, all the while helping students to naturally develop the 21st century digital skills that are in increasingly high demand in the workplace. Today, we’re pleased to share another great story from Eastlea Community School.