Surface Laptop, Windows 10 S, Minecraft Code Builder, and all the news from yesterday’s live #MicrosoftEDU event

Those of you who tuned in to yesterday’s #MicrosoftEDU live stream from New York or caught up later on will have learned all about the latest product, platform and partner news and announcements from Microsoft in Education. There was plenty of ground covered including the first look at Windows 10 S, an exploration of Microsoft Teams for Education, exciting developments with the Minecraft: Education Edition Code Builder, partner news on 3D and mixed reality devices and of course the unveiling of our own brand new hardware in the Surface Laptop.


Wales leading the way to the… Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Four Nations Championship

In November 2016, Microsoft and Prodigy Learning launched the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Four Nations Championship for students across England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to prove their mastery of Microsoft Office. The ultimate prize for 3 students will be the trip of a lifetime to the MOS World Championship Final in Disneyland, California to represent the UK and Ireland. Treorchy Comprehensive School, Rhondda Cynon Taf in Wales was host to the first of the national qualifying finals days on 6th April 2017 which saw Eleri Evans, Matthew Davies and Sam Conboy being crowned the first ever Welsh National Champions.


Bring your students to visit our Microsoft Campus during EduWeek 3rd-5th May

Next month, Microsoft is offering the chance for any schools to join us during our week-long event based here at the Microsoft UK headquarters in Reading. The event is hosted by EduConnect, a team with the aim to connect schools across the UK with Microsoft employees to better students’ futures using technology. Over the week we will cove themes including Women in Tech, Student engagement, Digital skills, Diversity and Inclusion and Careers. View the schedule and register your interest…


Digital Transformation Conference – June 8th, Repton School

We are pleased to share details of the Digital Transformation Conference hosted by Repton School on Thursday 8th June 2017. Exploring the issues in developing and implementing a digital strategy at a school, the conference is aimed at both primary and secondary schools in the maintained and independent sector and is free to attend. It will be of interest to governing bodies, senior management and senior ICT professionals in schools.


OneNote Class Notebook updates include read-only parent or guardian access and Collaboration Space permissions

We are continuously impressed by the passion and creativity of teachers and students who are using our tools. A common theme we heard was how OneNote continues to save teachers time and enhance collaboration in the classroom. In our conversations, we learned that parents and guardians are also curious to learn more about OneNote to help engage with their students’ learning progress. To address the top requests we heard from teachers, administrators and parents/guardians, we’re pleased to announce the release of four new features in OneNote Class Notebook.


Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship: Join the Movement

The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championship (MOSWC) is a global competition that tests students’ skills on Microsoft Office, managed in the UK & Ireland by Prodigy Learning. In its 15th year, the 2016 MOS World Championship (MOSWC) attracted more than 700,000 unique candidates from 120 countries who took a MOS certification exam to  demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products. To compete in the final round of the Championship, students must be enrolled in an approved, accredited Certiport Testing Centre and be 13 to 22 years of age (as of 15 June, 2017). To participate, students must first take and pass a qualifying MOS exam in Word, Excel or PowerPoint (2013 or 2016) during the Qualifying Round to be eligible for invitation to the UK & Ireland Final.


#TheFeed – Device Review: Windows 10 Devices to suit all budgets, by Paul Dredge

In the latest issue of #TheFeed, #MIEExpert Paul Dredge reviews three different devices: the Viglen Duo tab; HP X2 210; and a Surface Pro 4, discussing the respective strengths and areas of suitability of all three.

When working in schools I’m always asked the question “We want to buy some new devices for our students but what should we get?” Before I even consider answering that question I ask how much they would like to spend and what they want that device to do. Going back a few years, this would have been a major problem because schools didn’t have many options as to what they purchased in the way of hardware… Read more.


WEBINAR: Intune for Education, hosted by Microsoft Education

Join us to hear about the new Intune for Education, a cloud-based service that delivers easy setup and control of devices in the classroom. In this webinar, we will give you an overview of Intune for Education, including easy deployment, simple enrolment and zero touch management to help your schools or customers with simple, affordable and easy to manage devices.


Microsoft at BUFDG

The British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG) is the representative body for higher education finance staff in the United Kingdom. This year’s annual BUFDG conference kicks off Sunday 9th to Tuesday 11th April 2017, and marks the 50th anniversary for the events host institution, the University of Bath. Check out their website. It’s here where…


TES Education Hub – Meet the Head who’s using Microsoft tools to transform his tech strategy

Tom Rees, Headteacher of Simon de Senlis Primary School in Northampton, a Microsoft Showcase School, is responsible for digital strategy across a seven-school primary academy trust. However, he is less evangelical about the wonders of technology than you might expect. That’s because Rees is convinced that what matters most is learning. He’ll tell you that software and devices are of value only if they facilitate how a school operates and, in turn, support teachers and learners in their core task of making classroom practice more effective.