There are plenty of ways to interact and learn during your time at Bett, and the Microsoft Education Campus is divided into specific areas to help you easily find information, guidance, hands-on training, and experiences related to what matters the most to you and your institution. We are now pleased to share details of what is happening on the Microsoft Education Campus (stand E300), the different sessions and workshops available for free throughout the whole show, partner expertise and the many speakers dotted around the show.
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 Education UK is thrilled to host our first ever E² Regional Conference – a dynamic new event for education technology leaders in the UK. Spread over three days, this FREE event will be packed full of great content and activities led by educators and education technology experts. Each day is a specially tailored for specific roles within education, with activities and sessions specifically addressing the needs and aspirations of IT Leads and Multi Academy Trust IT Leaders, School Leaders, and Microsoft Innovative Educators.
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…
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.
So as the final announcements ring out over the public address system, the shutters come down at the ExCel, and the weary legs and feet of exhibitors and visitors alike carry us all home, BETT 2017 draws to a hugely successful close. We hope you’ve enjoyed coming to our stands and seeing all of our connected speakers across the show floor, but most importantly we hope that you leave BETT 2017 with some inspiration and confidence for new classroom ideas and digital transformation in your place of learning.
The Micro:bit Foundation has been contacted by Santa Claus himself. He has heard how amazing the micro:bit is and the wonderful things being created with it and, being a techie chap himself, wondered if anybody out there could design a piece of micro:bit tech that could help him with his deliveries on Christmas Eve.
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.
The following is a guest post from James Protheroe, #MIEExpert and teacher at Microsoft Showcase School Darran Park Primary. Last week James was a keynote speaker at the UK launch event for Minecraft: Education Edition. In the post below, James talks about how his students have been taking part in a cross-curricular global project involving the works of beloved children’s author Roald Dahl, and the use of Minecraft.
Great news for anyone who has yet to enter the Race For the Line rocket car challenge – the application deadline for this fantastic STEM initiative has been extended to 30th November. Register your school for Free rocket Car Kits and take part in this awesome competition to design and build the fastest model rocket car in the UK!