Microsoft at the Education Show – 17th-19th March


Microsoft are coming to the Education Show to bring to you the latest technology innovations and solutions within education. Showcasing the incredible Surface Pro 4's, hosting worldclass workshops in the Learning Through Technology theatre and an inspiring keynote by Tom Rees. Microsoft are excited to help deliver the best Education Show yet!

This is our first year at the Education Show and we'd love to see you there. We've organised an exclusive program with the Tablet Academy to deliver workshops on OneNote, Office Mix, Minecraft in Education and more. As well as Tom Rees, Head Teacher of Simon De Senlis, delivering a keynote on his school's journey to digital transformation.

With 15 Years of successful school leadership both within and outside of the UK, Tom is currently Headteacher of Simon de Senlis Primary School in Northampton.  Tom has led this previously underperforming school to one which provides excellence within Inclusion, the Arts, Sport and innovation through technology (the school is also rated by OFSTED as ‘good’ with Outstanding Leadership and Behaviour/Safety).

You can hear Tom speaking at 14:45 on Thursday 17th March in the School Leader’s Summit

Tablet Academy Workshop

You can find the full agenda and list of sessions in the Learning Through Technology Zone, hosted in conjunction with Tablet Academy, but here are some of the key picks from us:

SWAYSway gives teachers and students a new way to create projects and demonstrate learning. In just a few clicks, teachers and students can create a stunning visual presentation with a unique web URL that can be easily shared for viewing and collaborating in the classroom and beyond. This session will cover how to create your first Sway and share it with the world. What are you and your students going to create in Sway this year?

Office 365 - Collaborate online using Office Applications - Gain an insight into Office 365 to see how this free solution can be embedded into school life, improving collaboration, streamlining assessment and engaging with students. This session will cover OneDrive and Office Online.

Office Mix - Supercharge your PowerPoints with the free Office Mix plugin. Learn how you can export your presentations as interactive videos with built-in assessment functions allowing you to track student progress. Office Mix is also perfect for the Flipped Learning environment.

OneNote in the Classroom - OneNote has the potential to change the way we all work with seamless collaboration across all platforms and all devices, but with its limitless pages how do you utilise the possibilities in the classroom, how do you keep control as the teacher, whilst enabling your students to learn and develop independently. This session will cover OneNote Class Notebook Creator and the core tools in OneNote so you can start to explore the potential in your classroom.

Delivering S.T.E.M. with tablets - Since June 2014 Tablet Academy have toured the UK delivering S.T.E.M. Festivals for over 200 schools. This hands-on workshop brings together a selection of activities designed for KS2 and early KS3 including Crime Scene Investigation, learning Maths via Turtle and programming with Lightbot.

Microsoft Educator Community - Discover what the Microsoft Educator Community is, and how it can help you to improve the educational experiences of your students. Learn how to earn badges for professional development and how to access free teaching resources, quick tip videos, training programs, and more. Take the initial step to your first MEC badge today!

Minecraft in Education - In this practical hands-on session, participants will learn the fundamentals of Minecraft as well as explore ways to use Minecraft in the classroom. During the session, participants will become familiar with the MinecraftEdu environment and will receive hands-on training on everything from creating a new world, including crafting (building objects in Minecraft), to setting up a secure classroom server.

BBC micro:bit - The BBC micro:bit is a handheld, programmable computer being given free to every Year 7 or equivalent child across the UK. This workshop introduces you to how you programme the devices along with a range of ideas as to how you can utilise them within the curriculum.


We would love to hear from you leading up to the show via Twitter, SlideShare, Facebook and our Blog, in order to help you to make the most of the technology which is changing the way we all teach and learn.

Another way you can keep up-to-date and become part of our ever-growing community, is through our new monthly e-magazine #TheFeed. Packed with tips, tricks and inspiration from our Showcase Schools and Microsoft Expert Educator community, #TheFeed will help show you how a mix of technology and pedagogy can help transform the learning experience.

We look forward to seeing many of you at Education Show this week, but for anyone unable to make it who would like further details on any of the areas covered above, please see below for more information about Microsoft in Education.


Teacher Training and CPD

Looking for training to help you fully embrace the new tools available within the classroom? Look no further than the Microsoft Educator Community (MEC).

MEC is your one stop destination for all your technology training needs and is packed with helpful hints and tips that allow you to discover, highlight and enable innovation and achievement among students, teachers and schools.

Sign in now at and earn your first badge!

Free Office 365 Education

Create dynamic learning experiences in and outside of the classroom with Office 365 Education. Best of all, you may be eligible to download Office 365 Education for free!

This simply means that you can access all of your Office apps, including OneNote, Word, PowerPoint and all of the great apps you heard about at BETT, for no cost on up to 5 devices. And all of these applications work cross-platform, so there's no excuse not to download it now!

Surface 3 Discounts

Launching last year, the Surface 3 has been hugely well received in education, providing the combined functionality of a tablet and a laptop, along with superior inking capabilities, in a portable yet powerful device that is affordable for academic institutions.

Between now and the 31st of March, Microsoft will be offering extra discounts into the channel for Education of up to 30% on Surface 3 Education bundles*. Additionally, all Surface 3 Education bundle orders from February 1st will ship with the new Surface Pro 4 pen. Please contact your preferred Surface reseller for a quote, or if you'd like to discuss a potential project, email Tim from the Surface Education team:

*Final price will come from the authorised reseller. The offer applies to Surface 3 Education bundle skus only. Surface Pro 4, Surface Book and non-bundle skus are not included in this promotion.

Get in touch

If you are keen to learn more about Windows 10, Office 365 Education or how our devices can redefine learning, please do not hesitate to get in touch and become part of our education community.

Once again, we hope you can make it to the Education Show and we look forward continuing our conversations over the coming months.

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