‘Imagine If’ with EduConnect – 20th December 2017

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.


Microsoft and London Grid for Learning offering free training through Cloud Champion Programme

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.


Finding the right devices for education

When looking for suitable and affordable devices for education, there are many factors to consider. Whether you are a post-grad researcher looking for a powerful personal laptop, a parent wishing to provide your child with a 2-in-1 device for further education, or indeed a head teacher needing to equip classes or an entire school with portable devices suitable for education, there are plenty of options to navigate. To help parents, teachers and students find the devices with the necessary functionality and that fall within your budget, the device finder on the Microsoft Education website will quickly refine your options.


Looking back to move forward: A process for whole-school transformation

As part of Microsoft’s mission to empower every educator and every student to achieve more, we have outlined both a framework and process to effectively help school leaders create whole school transformation. The Microsoft Education Transformation Process is a proven, comprehensive process that can help fast track system-wide transformation by summarizing decades of quality research.


Microsoft and the Department for Education agree new Education Cloud Transition Agreement for UK schools

We recently told education customers about our new agreement with the Department of Education (DfE) which offers them Public, Private or hybrid cloud services. Below are details of this agreement   Education Cloud Transition Agreement Microsoft and the DfE have entered into an Education Cloud Transition Agreement enabling existing school customers who have Subscription Agreements…


Windows 10 at Arnhem Wharf Primary School

The following is a guest post written by Gerald Haigh, and is a first looks Arnhem Wharf Primary’s move to Windows 10. In a future post Gerald will explore the wider impacts of Windows 10 on the school, but for now, he delves into the thought process behind the change, and the adoption itself. We’ve…


Hwb+ at the core of the Digital Wales strategy

The following post comes from Microsoft Education Partner Learning Possibilities, and looks at the Hwb+ learning platform as part of the Digital Wales strategy. — The ‘Digital Wales’ framework recognises that the most important drivers of economic and social growth for any country, surrounds the digital competency of their citizens and businesses. As part of…


Students from Horbury Primary School win Schools App Challenge run by local GPs practices

In recent weeks we’ve been following the progress of students from two schools that have been taking part in the Schools App Challenge, an initiative led by West Wakefield Health & Wellbeing, with the support of NHS Wakefield CCG, Wakefield Council and two of Microsoft UK’s Public Sector teams – Health and Education. The Challenge From…


BBC micro:bit – register to receive your device and download the Quick Start Guide for Teachers

Last week we were proud to share the announcement launching the BBC micro:bit, which forms an integral part of the broadcaster’s #MakeItDigital campaign. The response from teachers, students, and tech enthusiasts has been overwhelmingly positive, and we can’t wait for the micro:bit itself to start appearing in schools all over the UK. Much of the…


First time authoring and publishing enhancements for Office Mix

Last month we published a new eBook – ‘MIXing it up’ – all about using Office Mix to improve learning. As well as introducing the ways that Office Mix can give additional functionality to PowerPoint presentations, the eBook contains some contextual examples and advice specifically for using Mix in education. In the meantime the Office…