#TheFeed – How good might our leadership be? By Merlin John

The following post features in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of #TheFeed, our online magazine bringing you the best stories from Microsoft Showcase Schools and #MIEExperts, thought leadership, and news from the Microsoft in Education team. This piece is written Merlin John – a widely respected journalist known for his expertise in education and ICT – and explores the vital role that leadership plays in enhancing children’s learning, and ways to transform your school to through the use of technology.

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#TheFeed – MIEE Report: It starts with an iDEA, by Graeme Lawrie

Sevenoaks School takes a proactive approach in providing ancillary and educational activities for the benefit of the community. After 9 years of offering a STEM week of activities, free of charge, with audiences of up to 15,000 local school children and adults Sevenoaks were looking to broaden their outreach efforts. Enter MIE-Expert Graeme Lawrie…

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Microsoft and Prodigy Learning invite your students to take up the Four Nations Challenge…

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.


#TheFeed – Empowering Teachers with OneNote at Microsoft School Acklam Grange, by Jon Tait

Some meetings seem to go on forever and then there’s even meetings about meetings! But have you ever stopped to think about the effectiveness of your meetings and if you’re getting the very best out of your staff in them? You only have to look around your next senior leadership or middle leaders meeting and count up the amount of bodies to do a rough estimate of how much money is being spent on wages for that specific meeting.

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#TheFeedUK – HoloLens in Education

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While technological advances won’t necessarily change fact or history, some can certainly change the ways in which many of these subjects and skills are taught. For certain areas of study, the introduction of particular innovations can complement the existing pedagogy, empowering students and teachers to approach topics or exercises from different angles, opening up broader possibilities in terms of accessibility, collaboration, and understanding…


Computer Science in the Classroom – Get Coding with BBC micro:bit through Twilight Sessions

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BBC micro:bit

Tuesday 7th February marked the beginning of three Twilight Sessions for teachers across Renfrewshire and Central Scotland to gain confidence and skills when teaching Code in the classroom, using BBC micro:bit. This event was put together in collaboration with Microsoft, West College Scotland, Paisley YMCA and Renfrewshire Council. Every teacher was gifted a micro:bit from Microsoft, attachments from West College Scotland and funding from the Digital Xtra Fund.


#TheFeed – Meet This Year’s Showcase Schools

At Microsoft, we believe that technology alone cannot develop the 21st Century skills students require. Technology is an accelerator, but alone it does not enable change. We believe in the power of schools and the impact school leadership can have when they are brought together around a community of professional practice. The Microsoft Schools program is a leadership-focused initiative to highlight innovating leading and teaching across globally recognised schools.

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Microsoft in Education: Upcoming Webinars and On-Demand Content

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Microsoft in Education are laying on a variety of different webinars of a diverse series of topics, all hosted by teachers and experts from all over the UK. They are all free to join, so register for as many as you’d like, and learn new tricks and trips to apply in your classroom! These webinars are designed by teachers wanting to tell stories about how different technologies and techniques can be applied, as well as sharing best practises for personal development. This blog contains a list of what we have coming up, as well as the past webinars which are available on demand right now.

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#TheFeed – An introduction to Microsoft Training Academies, by Gerald Haigh

The Microsoft Training Academies (MTA) programme is an exciting extension of Microsoft’s commitment to education works by first identifying a group of schools demonstrating excellence in teaching and learning with technology, then supporting them as they share their expertise with schools that are climbing the learning curve. Five schools are offering a choice of six free Microsoft in the Classroom development days, consisting of interactive workshops devoted to Microsoft technologies, with particular reference to Windows 10, OneNote, Office 365 and its various and constantly evolving apps.


Showcase Classroom FAQs – Using OneNote for engaging feedback

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In education, the importance of high quality feedback goes without saying. Relevant feedback that can be easily understood will naturally aid improvements in academic performance. Many of our Showcase Classroom attendees have expressed that students have a somewhat blinkered view, focusing just on the grades they achieved, rather than the reason for their scores.