10 great ways to rock back-to-school with Microsoft

It’s back-to-school time again in many parts of the world, and educators are busy getting organised. Below are some new and favorite technology features we offer educators to help make teaching easier and spark student learning, and many are part of Office 365 Education, which is free for students and teachers.


Teacher Ambassador report – West College Scotland IT Symposium

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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.


“Small steps to big impact” – Register now for Hack The Classroom, September 24th

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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’ with Steve Isaacs – “Students need more time to learn and create”

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‘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.


Back to School with Microsoft: Student focused, teacher inspired innovation with Office 365 Education

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Students with tablet

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.


Welcome to all our new UK MIEEs and Showcase Schools for 2016-2017!

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.


Introducing Docs.com for Education

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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.


How Office Mix and Sway can help with student inclusion – Gerald Haigh

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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.