GUEST POST: ‘Using Minecraft as a tool for learning with very young children’ by Tracy Broadbent

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It can be a daunting thing, using Minecraft Education Edition in the classroom when your charges are only about 5 years old and already have a strong idea about what they should do in Minecraft. Often, this opinion is informed by watching players online, seeing siblings and grown-ups play or from everyday conversations between children with even a passing interest in the words Steve or Alex…


Ian Fordham announced as new Director of Education for Microsoft UK

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ian_fordham_headshot

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.


Don’t Miss your Opportunity to Become a Microsoft School

A Microsoft School has an association with Microsoft that may include products, services, solutions, purchasing, events, or aspiration. Some schools may have just started or signalled an intent to start a journey to whole school transformation for improving teaching and learning with Microsoft technology. Your school can automatically register to join the Microsoft School program.


Announcing the micro:bit Christmas Challenge!

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2016-12-04-christmas-challenge

The Micro:bit Foundation has been contacted by Santa Claus himself. He has heard how amazing the micro:bit is and the wonderful things being created with it and, being a techie chap himself, wondered if anybody out there could design a piece of micro:bit tech that could help him with his deliveries on Christmas Eve.


Learn to lead education transformation – Microsoft and edX

An important part of Microsoft’s commitment to education transformation is empowering school leaders to do more, whether that’s enhancing classroom learning and outcomes for today, or getting schools ready for tomorrow’s challenges. So we’re especially excited to announce that registration is open for our latest professional courses, offered in partnership with edX.


Microsoft Teacher Ambassador Natalie Burgess at ‘Innovation in Education’, Liverpool

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natandclass

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.


Complete an Hour of Code as part of Computer Science Education Week

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minecraft2016

Next week sees the return of Computer Science Education Week, and with it the opportunity to join tens of millions of other students in over 180 countries, in participating in the Hour of Code! A huge range of coding activities can be carried out on a range of devices, or all within your internet browser making things easy and accessible. Simple step by step instructions guide students and teachers through the process of created your very own games and programs.


The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl – Minecraft: Education Edition at Darran Park Primary

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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.


MEC Monday: Three Nations Skype-a-thon challenge

For this week’s MEC Monday blog post, we are of course going to take another look at the global #Skypeathon that starts tomorrow, and see some of the different ways you can get involved! Last year students and educators all over the world travelled millions of virtual miles together, as they connected via Skype to…


#MIEExpert-led Webinars – December 2016 Schedule

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.