What does #HackTheClassroom mean to educators?

#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.

Minecraft: Education Edition given November release date


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.

Guest post: Gerald Haigh on saving money with technology at schools

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.

Season II: BBC Micro:bit Model Rocket Car Competition: “Race For The Line”

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.

Updates to inking, OneNote Class and Staff Notebooks, OneNote Web Clipper and more


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.

Hack The Classroom, September 24th 2016 – Meet the Speakers


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.

Creating Sways for Biology – with #MIEExpert Sarah Clark

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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.

7 great ways to hit the ground running this school year

As the new school year gets underway there are lots of ways teachers and students can hit the ground running. Over on the global Microsoft in Education blog you’ll find a guest post by Helen Gooch, Microsoft Fellow and Master Trainer. She’s compiled a list of seven great ways to hit the ground run.ning this year, which are covered in more detail in the original post, however here are the points in summary

Less than two weeks until #HackTheClassroom – register your place

In less than two weeks thousands of members of the global educator community will be coming together once again for our #HackTheClassroom online event. As well as having the opportunity to hear and share ideas, virtual attendees will get to take part in a number of activities and sessions during the two hours. Many members of the #MIEExpert programme and members of the Microsoft team will shape the agenda, as well as thought leaders from the industry. The theme for the event is “Small steps to big impact: Teaching in the 21st Century Classroom”, and further details on some of the topics covered in the agenda can be found in this post.

Teacher Ambassador Report: Coding @ CoderDojo, Paisley YMCA

CoderDojo Scotland is part of a global collaboration that provides free coding clubs for young people. It enables them to learn everything they need to become a great programmer whilst providing a safe, fun and sociable environment to do it in. At a CoderDojo event the only limit on what you can do is your imagination. You can learn new programming languages, create apps for your computer, tablet or phone, build websites, make games and much, much more.