As we continue to count down the days to #HackTheClassroom (less that four weeks to go, now!), we can once again hear from Teacher Ambassador Natalie Burgess, who recently caught up with one of our MIEEs about their experience of the live event in January. It’s also worth mentioning at this point that after you have participated in the online event you will receive 500 points towards your MIE badge on the Microsoft Educator Community, as well as a cool Hack The Classroom badge!
The first ever #HackTheClassroom digital event took place on January 30, 2016, as tens of thousands of educators from all over the world were inspired to do amazing things in their classrooms!
On September the 24th 2016 from 4-6pm, we have our second Hack the Classroom digital event to yet again inspire you all! The theme of the event is:
“Small steps to big impact”
Some of us as teachers can feel overwhelmed sometimes knowing where to start with technology, so I love the fact that this event will focus on the small things we can do in our classrooms to make big impact on the teaching and learning.
The two hours will be packed with exciting industry speakers and innovative educators, featuring many ‘hacks’ created by teachers from around the world. The event will be hosted by Microsoft’s Vice President of Worldwide Education, Anthony Salcito who will be looking forward to seeing all of your Tweets to the US Live Event! #HackTheClassroom
By attending our Hack the Classroom online event, you will:
- Hear from inspiring speakers and thought leading educators
- Learn from teachers by taking a glimpse into their classrooms to see how small changes, result in huge student impact
- Engage, interact, and pose questions with speakers and other educators
- Gain access to professional development resources and tools to get started
Last year Sarah Clark from Fife Scotland watched the event live. She is highly recommending that everyone tunes in this time around!
“Last year I signed up for Hack the Classroom. This online live event was great CPD. Getting to see how innovative educators were using Microsoft technologies in their classroom was brilliant. I particularly enjoyed finding out how one teacher was using OneNote with their students and I picked up a few tips on how to implement this tool in my classroom. Also watching Leah Obach coding with her young pupils showed me that all pupils can code. It inspired me to try the Hour of Code myself (having never done coding before) and with my 5 year old son developing my skills. The fact the session is live meant that viewers could ask questions and the panel along with Anthony Salcito could answer questions from teachers who were following online as this topics arose in the discussion. It was a great event which I was able to follow from the comfort of my sofa!”
Excited? Here’s what you can do right now to make sure you’re ready to participate in this amazing event:
- Register for the event at aka.ms/hacktheclassroom
- Keep an eye out for the Class Hacks Contest, kicking off on September 5. We are inviting everyone to submit their own one-minute classroom hacks, and the winning entries (determined by public voting) will be broadcast live during Hack the Classroom on September 24.
- Let your friends know you’re attending by posting on Twitter of Facebook with the #HackTheClassroom hashtag!
- Get inspired by viewing the winners of the Class Hacks Contest from the previous Hack the Classroom event!
After you have participated in the online event you will receive 500 points towards your Microsoft Educator Community profile and a cool Hack The Classroom badge! Now I don’t want to miss out on that!