When looking for suitable and affordable devices for education, there are many factors to consider. Whether you are a post-grad researcher looking for a powerful personal laptop, a parent wishing to provide your child with a 2-in-1 device for further education, or indeed a head teacher needing to equip classes or an entire school with portable devices suitable for education, there are plenty of options to navigate. To help parents, teachers and students find the devices with the necessary functionality and that fall within your budget, the device finder on the Microsoft Education website will quickly refine your options.
Next month sees the return of the hugely popular Skype-a-thon! Last year, teachers and students from all around the world covered over 3 million ‘virtual miles’ during the 48 hour global event, and this year we’re hoping to beat that record! There are a number of ways in which you and you students can take part in the Global Education Skype-a-thon on November 29th and 30th, with thousands of activities available through the Microsoft Educator Community and Skype in the Classroom.
There are many different ways for educators to undertake their own CPD on the Microsoft Educator Community, depending on how much time they have available, what skills they already have, and what technologies they are already familiar with. With half-term now upon us, many educators might have a little more time free to dedicate to furthering their own development, so we thought we would explore one of the slightly longer courses available on the MEC.
Over the coming weeks and months we will be featuring more and more stories, experiences, ideas, lesson plans and short anecdotal offerings from our current cohort of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts and Microsoft Teacher Ambassadors. Today we’re pleased to share a few words and a Sway from #MIEExpert Alex Handy, in which he gives some insight into how he is helping his peers to undertake further teacher CPD, which in turn is empowering them to use the tools found within Office 365 more effectively in the classroom.
With accessibility in mind, and based on direct feedback from educators and students, the Microsoft development teams continue to expand the capabilities and availability of the tools that help students of all abilities be successful. Many features previously exclusive to OneNote desktop are now coming to OneNote Online, Word desktop and Online, Office Lens, and beyond, to make sure more students have access to these tools.
Continuing our weekly ‘MEC Monday’ blog series highlighting courses, activities, badges and more CPD content from the Microsoft Educator Community, we are going to shine a light on the upcoming GoNoodle Mystery Skype taking place on October 27th. Hugely popular in US elementary schools, this month’s GoNoodle Mystery Skype session is a fantastic opportunity for UK educators and students to get involved for the first time, and also experience Skype in the Classroom.
Next month we have a number of our free Microsoft in the Classroom events being hosted by Microsoft Showcase Schools, providing teachers and school leaders the opportunity to explore with colleagues and UK experts how teaching and learning can be transformed through technology and a 21st Century Curriculum. The event will include interactive workshops and presentations on OneNote, Windows 10 and Office 365, all within the context of the classroom.
Join Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Darren Currie to see how he has been using Minecraft to teach History and Citizenship in his classroom. The webinar will contain practical examples and instructions on how you can get started.
The Teaching with Technology (TwT) curriculum is designed to help educators understand how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can enhance the teaching and learning experience and enable students to acquire 21st century skills. Among many benefits, Teaching with Technology is free, aligned with the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers.
Last week we kicked off our series of on-line webinar led by teachers, with a session hosted by Microsoft Teacher Ambassador Natalie Burgess, and yesterday we held the second weekly session, delivered by #MIEExpert Anna Kellner. We appreciate that it’s not always possible for people to join us for the live sessions, but we’re recording all of these webinars, and the content is available on-demand for you to watch at a more convenient time.