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 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.
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…
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.
This week, we’re once again going to preview an upcoming global event by looking at some of the supporting materials that can be found on the MEC, and showing you how to get involved. The Hour of Code is a global movement during Computer Science Education Week, but your class can learn to code any week of the year. Get involved by inviting one of our Technology Guest Speakers to make a virtual visit to your class today using Skype in the Classroom!
Teachers at St Mungo’s High School have switched to Office 365 and now use programs such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Sway in lessons to boost learning. As a result of the move, which has taken place over the past 18 months, the school has gained Microsoft Showcase School status, giving it access to a professional community that embraces technology to transform education and make it more efficient. Microsoft Showcase Schools focus on personalised learning for students through the use of one-to-one learning devices and Office 365 Education.
Great news for anyone who has yet to enter the Race For the Line rocket car challenge – the application deadline for this fantastic STEM initiative has been extended to 30th November. Register your school for Free rocket Car Kits and take part in this awesome competition to design and build the fastest model rocket car in the UK!
Whether you and your students are already experienced in Minecraft: Education Edition, or if you are new to the concept of games-based learning, this event will be a great opportunity to get hands on with the technology and plan your next steps with the help of experts.
Ahead of the #Skypeathon later this month, teachers yet to use Skype in the Classroom have a great opportunity to familiarise themselves with this hugely popular learning tool through a Professional Development Webinar, which is our focus for this week’s MEC Monday blog post.
We are pleased to announce two new features for Office Lens—the Immersive Reader and the Frame Guide for iOS. Combined, these new updates expand our toolbox, which we first brought to OneNote and are now bringing to OneNote Online, Word for the desktop and Word Online.