‘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.

BETT 2017 Guest Post: Pobble – “Saving teachers time”

Continuing our series of guest partner posts for BETT 2017, we are pleased to share a piece from the team at Pobble – the platform that makes writing ridiculously exciting! Teachers use the Pobble platform to find the best teaching resources, give pupils a global audience for their work, and to assess writing. Find Pobble at BETT 2017 on Stand HUB4.

Young Scottish students’ countrywide collaboration fuels learning and leadership

The following post originally appeared on the main Microsoft in Education Blog, and is all about how young learners in Scotland are being empowered to achieve more through the tools found within Office 365, and are connected through Scotland’s nationwide educational web service: Glow. You may also recognise the teacher from the story, Natalie Burgess, who this year joined us as one of our Microsoft Teacher Ambassadors.

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.

#MIEExpert Webinar: Using OneNote Learning Tools to support children with additional learning requirements

In line with Dyslexia Awareness Week, this webinar hosted by Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Anna Kellner will demonstrate how to use OneNote Learning Tools & Class Notebooks to support students with additional learning requirements. During the half hour session you will be given an overview of how to use the Learning Tools, and a variety of other tips and tricks for using OneNote in your classroom.

Minecraft Hour of Code Tutorial Will Inspire Students to Learn Computer Science Skills

The following post first appeared on the Microsoft in Education blog on Monday November 16th — New Resources for Educators and School Leaders Available Today By Anthony Salcito, vice president, Microsoft Education To the community of 100 million players around the world, Minecraft represents many things – creativity, strategy, collaboration and survival, just to name…

Microsoft delivers new school supplies for class this year

The following post originally appeared as a cross-post on the Microsoft in Education Blog and the Official Microsoft Blog. — Microsoft delivers new school supplies for class this year By Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education. The stores are chock-full of school supplies, buses are back on their routes, and anticipation is in the…

OneNote for Students – Collaborating in the classroom with a OneNote Class Notebook [Interactive Tutorial]

The need for collaboration and communication between and among students and teachers is a high priority within education, and having the appropriate technology to seamlessly blend this in to day-to-day teaching and learning is key. In recent weeks we’ve been exploring some of the interactive tutorials that can be found on the OneNote in Education…

6 Ways Microsoft technology helps foster creativity and critical thinking skills

The following is a repost from the main Microsoft in Education blog. —– 6 Ways Microsoft technology helps foster creativity and critical thinking skills More and more classrooms are doing away with traditional teaching strategies and are emphasizing nurturing students’ self-expression and creativity. Here are six ways technology can be used in the classroom to…

OneNote for Students – Getting the most out of OneNote [Interactive Tutorial]

Creating notes during classes, or researching a topic for a project or assignment will often involve having to gather information from a variety of sources and in a number of different formats. Thanks to OneNote, students are able to easily collate, organise, annotate, link, share and protect their work in their notebooks. OneNote is available…