Why Azure is the default choice for Microsoft in Education partner Capita SIMS

Capita’s ‘SIMS’, is the management information system of choice for eight out of ten schools in England and Wales. This means that Capita’s increasing use of Microsoft’s ‘Azure’ Cloud for SIMS applications is effectively a vote of confidence in the reliability, functionality and flexibility of ‘Azure’. This is a message that should not be lost on schools (some3000 already) who are experiencing Azure via Capita SIMS.


The Best BETT Yet

As the Christmas TV adverts fill our screens and the festive decoration go up, it can only mean one thing: BETT 2017 is nearly upon us. For the Microsoft education team BETT is a special time of the year where we meet with our broader community, provide a stage for our Showcase Schools and MIEEs…

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An incredible journey: Skype-a-Thon participants travel the world for life-changing learning

The following article was originally posted on the main Microsoft in Education blog, and looks back at last month’s hugely successful #Skypeathon. Many of our #MIEExperts here in the UK took part in the global event, with Paul ‘Lanny’ Watkins and his class at Ysgol Bae Baglan completing a massive 361,947 miles! Click through to read the full report.


SEND tools from Microsoft – Empowering every student on the planet to achieve more

As part of Microsoft’s aim to empower every student on the planet to achieve more, there are a number of tools and functions available across Windows 10 and Surface devices to help both teachers and students in classes with SEND. The following infographic shows some of the resources available, and which areas of SEND they can assist.


GUEST POST: ‘Using Minecraft as a tool for learning with very young children’ by Tracy Broadbent

It can be a daunting thing, using Minecraft Education Edition in the classroom when your charges are only about 5 years old and already have a strong idea about what they should do in Minecraft. Often, this opinion is informed by watching players online, seeing siblings and grown-ups play or from everyday conversations between children with even a passing interest in the words Steve or Alex…


Ian Fordham announced as new Director of Education for Microsoft UK

Microsoft has hired one of the UK’s top education technology leaders to lead its work in the sector. Ian Fordham, currently CEO of Edtech UK and a Mayor of London Tech Ambassador, will join the company in January as Director of Education. He will oversee Microsoft’s work involving schools, colleges, universities and other learning organisations.


Don’t Miss your Opportunity to Become a Microsoft School

A Microsoft School has an association with Microsoft that may include products, services, solutions, purchasing, events, or aspiration. Some schools may have just started or signalled an intent to start a journey to whole school transformation for improving teaching and learning with Microsoft technology. Your school can automatically register to join the Microsoft School program.


Announcing the micro:bit Christmas Challenge!

The Micro:bit Foundation has been contacted by Santa Claus himself. He has heard how amazing the micro:bit is and the wonderful things being created with it and, being a techie chap himself, wondered if anybody out there could design a piece of micro:bit tech that could help him with his deliveries on Christmas Eve.


Learn to lead education transformation – Microsoft and edX

An important part of Microsoft’s commitment to education transformation is empowering school leaders to do more, whether that’s enhancing classroom learning and outcomes for today, or getting schools ready for tomorrow’s challenges. So we’re especially excited to announce that registration is open for our latest professional courses, offered in partnership with edX.


Microsoft Teacher Ambassador Natalie Burgess at ‘Innovation in Education’, Liverpool

On Tuesday, Microsoft Education are heading to Liverpool to attend Innovation in Education: Enhanced learning and engagement through technology. Speaking at the event is Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Natalie Burgess, one of our Microsoft Teacher Ambassadors. Natalie will be showing all attendees Microsoft in Education, and how she is aiming towards Microsoft’s mission: empowering every student on the planet to achieve more.