As we start the new school year, we will begin a series of weekly webinars tailored for educators on a variety of different topics, hosted by our very own Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts and Teacher Ambassadors. These webinars are designed to assist teachers in developing their own digital skills, allowing them to do more with the technology available to them in the classroom, through a series of different tips, tricks, experiences and lesson plans, all linked to teaching and learning with Microsoft technologies.
Tablets like Surface with an active pen and tools like OneNote give students and educators the freedom to teach the way they want. And with the recent updates to Windows 10, there are now even more ways in which students and teachers can experience the feel of a pen in their hand while enjoying all the productivity and collaboration benefits of a digital environment. Handwrite your notes, annotate documents, or sketch out your next big idea. Get creative with a variety of tools and effects. The natural feel of pen and paper meets the power of digital ink.
Every Monday we’ll take a look at an example of the content that can be found on the Microsoft Educator Community. Anyone familiar with the MEC will be aware of the broad range of lesson plans, quick tip videos, teacher CPD courses and discussion topics available, so this series of blogs will offer something for everyone, regardless of how prominent a role technology plays in your classroom, and indeed how much time you are able to spend on development. Kicking things off is one of the courses that offers participants the opportunity to learn more about a particular technology, while earning points towards a MEC badge in the process.
#HackTheClassroom is very nearly upon us! We’re all looking forward to tomorrow’s live event hosted by Anthony Salcito, and featuring a fantastic line-up of guest speakers. As you should hopefully know by now, the theme of the day is ‘small steps to big impact’, and we already have thousands of educators from all over the world who have registered for the session, to share their own stories and learn new ideas from others.
A new version of Minecraft aimed at helping schoolchildren learn will be released in November after feedback from thousands of teachers and students. Minecraft: Education Edition allows classrooms to collaborate easily inside the popular block-building game, while teachers can take photos of pupils’ work and create plans, guides and chalkboards to help with a range of subjects, from maths and physics to history and languages.
The following is a guest post written by Gerald Haigh. — Over the years I’ve written extensively, on this blog and elsewhere, about schools and colleges saving precious budget money with technology. The message generally is that although decisions on technology are invariably and rightly guided by the impact on teaching and learning, the prospect of collateral budget benefit weighs significantly in the balance –and I’ve found that some of the most visible (though not always the biggest) gains have come from reducing the cost of paper and printing.
The BLOODHOUND Project has announced the launch of Race for the Line. Working closely with Microsoft Education and the British Army, the Race for the Line Rocket Car Competition will be rolled out to 4,000 schools across the UK, reaching an estimated 112,000 students. Inspired by the rules governing the World Land Speed Record attempt that the 1,000mph BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car is targeting, the model rocket cars must blast along a wire and through a set of timing gates with a BBC Micro:bit accelerometer on board gathering vital data that enables the Teams to modify and improve their designs.
Those of you who keep your ears to the ground for product news and updates, or who regularly read the OneNote blog, may already be aware of the latest features and functionality that can be found within OneNote, but it never hurts to recirculate this news on our blogs so that people don’t miss out! The most recent OneNote roundup included news around the latest updates to inking, OneNote Class and Staff Notebooks, OneNote Web Clipper and more. The full article can be found on the main Office blog, but here is a summary of what’s covered.
We’re a little over a week away from #HackTheClassroom, an exciting online live event designed to inspire and enable you to incorporate new ideas and tools into your classroom so your students can achieve more. Thousands of educators from all over world will be coming together for two hours of inspirational professional learning, and hearing from a fantastic line-up of speakers. And as we close in on the big day itself, we can take a closer look at some of the special guests who will be joining Anthony Salcito for the session next Saturday.
Today we’re pleased to share a fantastic Sway from Sarah Clark, another of our MIEEs based in Scotland. In her Sway, she provides a number of different examples of how her biology students have used Sways to demonstrate their understanding of a wide range of topics, and put a more creative twist on experiment write-ups.