Showcase Classroom FAQs – A quick solution to enhancing collaborative working

We have seen thousands of educators, colleges and universities come through the Showcase Classroom, each at a different stage in their journey of digital transformation, and in every session we are asked a range of questions about our technology and how it can make a real impact in the classroom. In our previous posts, we assessed how the teaching and learning process can be enhanced. There was insight into more engaging forms of assessment through the audio feedback feature of OneNote, as well as the potential for using Sway as a medium for presentations. Collaboration is always a central topic in our Showcase Classroom and this last month has been no exception!


TES Education Hub – Smart working for school leaders: how to digitally transform your school processes

In partnership with TES we have recently launched a new educational hub, packed with tips and resources designed to improve your school processes. TES is an organisation dedicated to supporting the world’s teachers, with a mission to enable great teaching by helping educators to find the tools and technology they need to excel and by supporting them throughout their career and professional development. They are home to the world’s largest online community of teachers, with 7.9 million registered users. This network is one of the fastest growing of any profession globally and helps to support, guide and inspire educators around the world.


Partner Case Study: Automating Office 365 Groups at The Pingle School, with Ruler

The Pingle School is a Secondary School located in Derbyshire, UK. As well as serving the needs of its 1,000 students, the school wanted to continue to develop the rich feature set of Office 365 and were especially keen to utilise Office 365 Groups for their teachers to use as a resource centre for their classes. Having already identified that there were significant problems manually administering elements of these processes, the school were keen to explore the opportunity of integrating with their Management Information System, Capita SIMS.

Guest post: Cyprein Marie – Developing Windows 10 Language Apps

As a teacher of French and German in a large Bristol secondary school, I’ve had a burning desire to give students the tools they need for their language revision. This is what led me to learn programming for Windows recently. What a journey! C# and XAML are no longer foreign languages to me.

#TheFeed – How good might our leadership be? By Merlin John

The following post features in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of #TheFeed, our online magazine bringing you the best stories from Microsoft Showcase Schools and #MIEExperts, thought leadership, and news from the Microsoft in Education team. This piece is written Merlin John – a widely respected journalist known for his expertise in education and ICT – and explores the vital role that leadership plays in enhancing children’s learning, and ways to transform your school to through the use of technology.


#TheFeed – MIEE Report: It starts with an iDEA, by Graeme Lawrie

Sevenoaks School takes a proactive approach in providing ancillary and educational activities for the benefit of the community. After 9 years of offering a STEM week of activities, free of charge, with audiences of up to 15,000 local school children and adults Sevenoaks were looking to broaden their outreach efforts. Enter MIE-Expert Graeme Lawrie…


Microsoft and Prodigy Learning invite your students to take up the MOS Four Nations Challenge…

The MOS Four Nations Championship offers an opportunity for students across the UK and Ireland to prove their digital skills and be in the running to win fantastic prizes. To participate, eligible students must take, and pass, a MOS exam (Excel, PowerPoint or Word) before 15 May, 2017. Three finalists each from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will then be invited to the MOS Four Nations Championship finals day at Microsoft UK in June 2017.

#TheFeed – Empowering Teachers with OneNote at Microsoft School Acklam Grange, by Jon Tait

Some meetings seem to go on forever and then there’s even meetings about meetings! But have you ever stopped to think about the effectiveness of your meetings and if you’re getting the very best out of your staff in them? You only have to look around your next senior leadership or middle leaders meeting and count up the amount of bodies to do a rough estimate of how much money is being spent on wages for that specific meeting.


#TheFeedUK – HoloLens in Education

While technological advances won’t necessarily change fact or history, some can certainly change the ways in which many of these subjects and skills are taught. For certain areas of study, the introduction of particular innovations can complement the existing pedagogy, empowering students and teachers to approach topics or exercises from different angles, opening up broader possibilities in terms of accessibility, collaboration, and understanding…

Computer Science in the Classroom – Get Coding with BBC micro:bit through Twilight Sessions

Tuesday 7th February marked the beginning of three Twilight Sessions for teachers across Renfrewshire and Central Scotland to gain confidence and skills when teaching Code in the classroom, using BBC micro:bit. This event was put together in collaboration with Microsoft, West College Scotland, Paisley YMCA and Renfrewshire Council. Every teacher was gifted a micro:bit from Microsoft, attachments from West College Scotland and funding from the Digital Xtra Fund.