Discover what's in Issue 5 of #TheFeed - out now!


The fifth issue of #TheFeed is out now, containing more stories and thought pieces from teachers, schools leaders, students, and educational commentators. You can find #TheFeed on our SlideShare and Docs.com pages, or you can dive right in below!

To give you a taste for what's to be found within the March edition of #TheFeed, here's a rundown of the main stories:

What’s new with Microsoft: Minecraft Education Edition

by Alex Eeles

Arriving this summer, the new title aims to reach more educators around the world with a richer set of features and a thriving community. At its core, Minecraft is an open world that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem solving. It’s enjoyed by a worldwide community of over 100 million players who constantly inspire us with their creations…

Head Teacher’s Response: Empowered Learners & The Great Progressive/Traditionalist Debate

by Tom Rees, Head teacher at Simon de Senlis Primary School

Too many children sleepwalk through their school life being compliant, playing by the rules and allowing a combination of children and adults to do most of the thinking and learning for them. It’s an easy trap to fall into (intuitively we are programmed to follow  the path of least resistance) but one that,  if we’re not careful, we can allow children to exist in when really we should be making sure that they work ‘at least harder than their teachers and parents’…

Towards a serverless school

by Gerald Haigh

The idea of the ‘serverless school’ has been around ever since the Cloud floated into view some years ago. It’s not difficult to see the attraction. Keeping a school’s technology resources running and up-to-date is a demanding and expensive business. Typically, it requires a dedicated space, ideally air-conditioned, housing a number of power-hungry servers that have to be bought or leased, maintained and ultimately replaced. Add the essential cost of technical support and you end up with a major budget heading. Attempting to economise risks breakdowns, frustrated teachers and major expenditure further down the line…

Showcase School: Treorchy Comprehensive School

We are on an exciting trajectory which will allow pupils to develop the 21st century skills which are required for the workplace. Treorchy Comprehensive school is situated in the Rhondda valleys in the heart of the old Welsh mining community. There are currently 1640 pupils on roll of whom just under 25% are entitled to free school meals. The school was made a Microsoft Showcase school this academic year and has 5 Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators (MIEEs) amongst its teaching staff. The school prides itself on being a community school committed to excellence…

MIEE Report: iTeach with Charlotte

by Charlotte Beckhurst, #MIEExpert and Assistant Head at Brook House Primary

ITEACH with Charlotte is a YouTube channel which promotes the use of technology in schools and in the classroom. Set up by Microsoft Expert Educator Charlotte Beckhurst, the resources aim to tackle the issues and concerns teachers and schools experience when considering how to introduce technology into school strategy and daily classroom life. Through snappy 2-3 minute videos, Charlotte an Assistant Head at Brook House Primary school, looks at ideas for incorporating technology into lessons and provides her own thoughts and opinions on current and future tech trends in education…

Student Ambassador: Be Your Future

by Laura-Jane Ellard, Microsoft Student Ambassador

It’s a known fact that humans resist change. Whether that be changing schools, moving jobs or being surrounded by different people, it’s only natural that this is daunting for many of us. So as a student it can be a terrifying experience when you are confronted with choices which instigate great change. We are asked to choose GCSEs, pick the right A-Levels, choose a University course and ultimately start making progress towards a successful career. To put it simply, we are being asked if we can make decisions that have the potential to change the rest of our lives…

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In addition to these articles, you'll find a roundup of a number of recent events we have held, attended or helped bring to life, as well as a look ahead to what's on the horizon, including a number of Redefining Learning Conferences at our Showcase Schools, and the CS50 Computer Science Principles (CS50 CSP)which has been adapted for secondary school success by Harvard University’s Professor David J. Malan.

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