Join a YouthSpark in Schools event near you


By Cameron Evans, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Education at Microsoft

YouthSpark in Schools events have been connecting educators to the free computer science and technology resources available to educators and students as part of the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative. Our most recent stop in Atlanta was no exception. Joining the Georgia Education Technology Conference®, which took place last month, more than 5,000 educators from Georgia's public, private and charter schools learned from one another about the possibilities with technology and ideas of how to integrate computer science into their curriculum.

Two students at a YouthSpark event

David Lopez, Microsoft Innovative Educator fellow for U.S. Education at Microsoft, and Carlos Fernandez, southeast region education mobility specialist for Windows Devices at Microsoft, joined me in presenting five different sessions:

  • 4 Skills for the 21st Century Learner: Today's students need both technical acumen and a core set of skills that will enable them to thrive in the mobile-first, cloud-first world. In this session we discussed the four skills needed for the future.

  • Modding the Classroom – 10 Minecraft Tips for Educators: Here, we discussed 10 recommendations for educators who want to bring Minecraft into their classrooms, regardless of experience level.

  • 10 Free Tools to Energize Your Classroom: We have many free tools for educators and shared just a few of them that are increasing productivity and student engagement.

  • Office 365 Unplugged: Office 365 collaboration, OneNote, Mix and Sway were discussed to provide ideas of how they can be incorporated into curriculum to personalize learning.

  • Upgrade Your World with Windows 10: New features of Windows 10, and Cortana, were discussed to share how they can help transform teaching and learning.

If you missed the most recent event, there are more coming up soon and hopefully near you. Please join us at one near you!

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