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.
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.
Teachers all over the world are increasingly using Minecraft: Education Edition to challenge their students in new ways, creating projects and schemes of work that cover a huge range of classroom subjects and real-life scenarios. In June, The MOS 4N National Finalists worked as National Teams on a music-themed project to collaboratively demonstrate their digital skills using Minecraft: Education Edition and Microsoft Office in a fun and exciting way.
Since the launch of the MOS Four Nations Championship, more than 40,000 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams have been delivered across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Microsoft and Prodigy Learning are proud to announce the inaugural Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Four Nations Champions who have demonstrated their digital skills (specifically their mastery of Microsoft Office and Minecraft) at the Four Nations Final held at Microsoft UK Headquarters.
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.
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.
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.
The following post is from Anthony Nneke, Education Business Manager at Microsoft UK. Anthony leads on the Imagine Academy on behalf of the Microsoft UK Education team. We have a series of on-demand webinars available for you to learn more about the impact of Imagine Academy: Microsoft Imagine Academy – Look Inside the Box [Part 1] Microsoft…
Next week sees the return of Computer Science Education Week, and with it the opportunity to join tens of millions of other students in over 180 countries, in participating in the Hour of Code! A huge range of coding activities can be carried out on a range of devices, or all within your internet browser making things easy and accessible. Simple step by step instructions guide students and teachers through the process of created your very own games and programs.
Digital skills that extend beyond the boundaries of traditional academic subjects and permeate further into the way candidates work on all levels are increasingly sought after by employers. Schools need to find a balance between ensuring that all areas of the curriculum are covered, and blending into that the development of the skills and disciplines…