EduConnect is a cross-company initiative comprised of a team of Microsoft UK interns from all over the business, under the tutelage of Craig Parker, the Microsoft UK Education Partner Lead. Together, they share a collective desire to empower children to get into coding and STEM. One key focus of the EduConnect team is to train other Microsoft employees so that they can run sessions in their local schools that include coding activities, micro:bit projects and STEM initiatives. The team also visit schools themselves, running activities on-site, recently marked Ada Lovelace day by putting on events and activities throughout October, engaging over 300 children.
For MIEExperts from all over the world, E2 is three days of recognising and celebrating the achievements of educators who combine content, pedagogy, and technology in exemplary ways to prepare students for success in the 21st Century. This event brings together the most innovative educators and leaders from around the world for the opportunity to collaborate, create, and share their experiences on how to integrate technology and pedagogy to advance learning, achieve student outcomes, and transform education…
Last month Microsoft Education UK announced its partnership with London Grid For Learning on the Cloud Champions programme, a new game changing programme for innovative education institutions in London focused on leadership and pushing the boundaries of technology and learning. As part of this we are offering free drop-in sessions at our Microsoft Training Academy in Paddington. These weekly open-house events are led by our specialist Microsoft Trainers, and provide educators with the opportunity to see first-hand how Microsoft technologies can enhance teaching and learning. Expect to gain practical hands-on experience using key elements of Office 365 and Windows 10 on the latest devices suitable for education.
The Microsoft in Education Skype-a-Thon is back, and we encourage young learners and educators to join us on November 28th-29th, as we aim to travel 10,000,000 virtual miles, connecting nearly half a million students around the world! We spoke to some MIEExperts here in UK, for whom Skype in the Classroom is a big part of their teaching approach, to find out from them first-hand what it is about the Skype-a-Thon that inspires their students, and how their experiences are having far-reaching impacts into teaching and learning at their schools.
Designed with school leaders and educators in mind, the Microsoft Training Academy is an experience that empowers digital transformation within everyday teaching, and at a school or multi-academy trust level. Delivered in person by Microsoft Learning Consultants, sessions in the Paddington MTA provide hands-on, tailored training on how to best utilise Microsoft technology in education. All attendees are given their own device for the duration of the day, allowing them to explore, collaborate and learn. This post explores what a typical day looks like, introduces our presenters, and provides information about how to book your own session.
In the classroom, technology can facilitate myriad changes to the ways in which we go about tackling a number of tasks and activities, saving time for teachers and students, and fundamentally changing the way schools can undertake pedagogical methods and practices. More functional devices, and the ability to access information and work from different physical locations has enabled more and more teachers to embraced flipped learning, enabling swifter marking and feedback, making lesson time a more collaborative experience. As we prepare today’s learners for the modern workplace, the role of technology within education takes on increasingly more importance as the students are exposed to some of the working practices they will encounter in their future careers, all the while developing the digital skills they will need in order to succeed.
Microsoft Education UK is thrilled to host our first ever E² Regional Conference – a dynamic new event for education technology leaders in the UK. Spread over three days, this FREE event will be packed full of great content and activities led by educators and education technology experts. Each day is a specially tailored for specific roles within education, with activities and sessions specifically addressing the needs and aspirations of IT Leads and Multi Academy Trust IT Leaders, School Leaders, and Microsoft Innovative Educators.
With the new term getting into full swing, there are plenty of resources and updates to help you get the most out of any new and existing technology in the classroom as the year continues. In case you missed it, the Back To School Live event hosted by Microsoft product experts and MIE Experts included an interactive set of online workshops, TweetMeets and tips to help you get the most out of OneNote Class Notebook with Microsoft Teams, Minecraft: Education Edition, Windows 10 S and Intune for Education. We also have news to share around Learning Tools, Windows 10 updates and more…
To help educators get to grips with new devices and get most out them in an educational setting, we have a number of on-demand webinars delivered by trained teachers, Student Ambassadors and Microsoft product experts, aimed at familiarising them with some of the latest accessibility features of Windows 10, as well as closer looks at some of the specific devices from a range OEMs and the Microsoft Surface family of devices.
Education technology in Scotland is in rude health, with many schools and individuals leading the way in digital innovation, inclusion, and best practices. We are incredibly fortunate to work closely with a number of those at the forefront of driving change and progress through digital learning, and are thrilled to be congratulating some of them on their recent awards.