Teaching students to code: New resources bring creative coding and computational thinking to your classroom

Coding – and computational thinking in general — is one of the most in-demand skills in today’s job market, but not so long ago, learning to code was mostly out of reach for late-middle school and secondary students. Coding wasn’t taught in the typical classroom, and educators – unless they had a computer science background…


Get students hooked on coding this summer with YouthSpark camps

This summer, YouthSpark is offering computer science camps to help students who are interested in learning coding and game creation skills. YouthSpark Camps get kids of all ages coding, creating games and apps, and having a blast in the process. Featured camps include:   Kodu Makerspace. Create rich and exciting games with Kodu Game Lab…


Summer school for educators: Find online courses from Microsoft to advance your professional development over the summer

Summer is the perfect time for growth and learning for educators and school leaders who want to come back to school in the fall with new ideas on using the latest technology to expand the walls of the classroom. With online and in-person professional development and training resources, Microsoft makes it easy for you to…


Microsoft invests in new and expanded version of Minecraft for the classroom, opens public preview of Learning Tools for OneNote

In case you missed it on the One Microsoft Blog, here are some major announcements coming from Microsoft at the BETT Show! – We all walk to our own beat and there’s no exception for the way we learn – no matter our age or where we live. Students tell me all the time –…


Top three tips for using Minecraft to spark critical thinking in your classroom

Guest post by Aaron Maurer, Instructional Coach for Bettendorf Middle School, Bettendorf, Iowa, USA It's the game recognized by millions around the world. The game that creates excitement and places students in a world where they think critically, collaborate, communicate and more. The game is Minecraft. We teachers hear so much about Minecraft, yet so many…


Computer science is finally getting some well-deserved respect

Guest post by Doug Bergman, Computer Science Chair, Porter Gaud School Over the last 5 years, I've been a proud participant in Microsoft's Innovative Expert Educator (MIEE) program. This program reaches thousands of the most innovative and dynamic teachers from all over the world, providing them with community, resources and exposure to new and transformative…


The Microsoft Certified Educator: preparing the next generation of innovative educators

Since the launch of Microsoft learning and certification programs a little more than 20 years ago, millions of students have learned new technical skills and earned industry credentials, from Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) to Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) to Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). These students have used their credentials to enhance entry-level prospects, embark on…


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

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 a few. What many may not realize is that Minecraft has the power to transform learning…


EU Code Week

We live in an increasingly digital age. To thrive and succeed, all Europeans, particularly the young, need new skills, resources and training in the area of computer science. European policymakers have an essential role to play in advancing awareness of the value of digital skills and ensuring education systems focus on developing them. But they…