Spotlight on Wales: Cracking the Code with Minecraft, and #MIEExperts at NDLE

Microsoft is proud to be supporting the Welsh government’s recently unveiled programme to boost coding and computing skills among young learners in Wales. Last week, Education Secretary Kirsty Williams announced Cracking the Code – an initiative to support the teaching of coding skills both in and outside of the classroom in local areas across Wales. As part of the initiative, Microsoft will be helping the Welsh government by launching a Minecraft Education pilot programme, to support the development of young people’s digital skills through the use of Minecraft: Education Edition Code Builder.


Partner Case Study: How Microsoft Power BI is helping Swalcliffe Park School safeguard students

Swalcliffe Park School caters for boys aged 11 to 19 who have a diagnosis of autism spectrum conditions, and also functions as a children’s home. All students have statements of special educational needs or education health care plans, with a large number of local authorities placing students in the school. The children’s homes and school have both been judged to be outstanding. The internet is a key resource for learning and plays an important part of the recreational activities of the students who live on-site, so it’s vitally important for the Safeguarding of the students that internet access and content barriers are suitably and adequately managed.


Microsoft’s Docs.com service to be discontinued – what actions do you need to take?

Microsoft is retiring the Docs.com service on Friday, December 15, 2017 and we are hereby advising all users to move their existing Docs.com content to other file storage and sharing platforms as soon as possible, as Docs.com will no longer be available after this date. Microsoft is retiring the Docs.com service on Friday, December 15, 2017 and we are hereby advising all users to move their existing Docs.com content to other file storage and sharing platforms as soon as possible, as Docs.com will no longer be available after this date.


Education Technology – Step out of your comfort zone, by Natalie Burgess

This latest extract from Education Technology is written by Natalie Burgess, Microsoft Teacher Ambassador,  who discusses the best way to grow as a teacher by jumping in and taking the first step. Natalie’s current role is to train teachers across Scotland and the North of England to use technology in their classrooms. Natalie was previously a Primary School teacher…


Hack The Classroom is back on June 27th! Register for the live event

Hack The Classroom returns on Tuesday 27th June, and you can join the online live event! As the world changes and is moving more rapidly, it is hard to keep up with what are the most powerful ways to incorporate technology into your classroom. Hack the Classroom is an exciting, online, live event designed to show you what’s possible and ignite new ideas. This year, we’ll be live from ISTE bringing you the latest tools designed to empower your students to achieve more.


Education Technology: ‘Blended Learning, the best of both’ by Natalie Burgess

During my time in the classroom, I was so excited to get started using technology with my Primary 3 pupils. However, things in education aren’t always as easy as it seems. I didn’t work in a school where the children had 1:1 devices at all times, not all of my teachers were confident in technology and sometimes I just didn’t know where to start. So how did I manage to create a Blended Learning Environment in my classroom with minimal tech?


Deploying Minecraft: Education Edition at Lings Primary School, Northampton

The following post looks at the story of Lings Primary School, part of the Northampton Primary Academy Trust, and the role that Minecraft: Education Edition plays within the ‘Creative-Connected’ curriculum in place at the school. In particular, we address the deployment of Minecraft: Education Edition in relation to how it integrates with the existing digital infrastructure of the school, and hear from the IT professionals involved in the project.


EdTech 2020 @ London Tech Week – Full agenda and last remaining spaces

On Tuesday 13th June at London Tech Week we will be presenting ‘Edtech 2020’ – half a day in which we will seek to debate and showcase the key trends, strategies and technologies that are going to be driving change in the classroom over the next 3 years.
Joining the Microsoft product experts on the speaker schedule are a number of industry leaders, and the live demos from schools, colleges and universities will provide an opportunity to see first-hand how these technologies are being used in practice. Register now for Edtech 2020 at London Tech Week.


Edtech 2020 – Where next for education, skills & learning?

On Tuesday 13th June at London Tech Week we will be presenting ‘Edtech 2020’ – half a day in which we will seek to debate and showcase the key trends, strategies and technologies that are going to be driving change in the classroom over the next 3 years. Joining the Microsoft product experts on the speaker schedule are a number of industry leaders, and the live demos from schools, colleges and universities will provide an opportunity to see first-hand how these technologies are being used in practice.


Partner guest post: Meetoo – Real-time polling for the classroom

Lectures can be challenging for students and teaching staff alike. For the students, there’s often too much information to absorb in one go, with little chance of asking questions. Lecturers are equally in the dark, unable to gauge how much their students have understood and will remember the moment they leave the building.. READ MORE