One Hour Could Kick Start Your Students’ Coding

  How many people write code worldwide? During Computer Science Education Week, from Dec. 5 to 11, there will be many millions. They’ll be all ages, they’ll code in more than 45 natural languages, and they’ll do their coding from over 180 countries as they participate in the fourth annual Hour of Code. The founders…


Office Mix creates rich and engaging lessons

Guest post by Kristen Messer, Teacher, be.tech Career Academy When I grew up we had four television stations and cartoons aired on Saturdays. Pong was the only video game on the market. I played outside. I loved puzzles. So going to school was exciting. After all, there wasn’t much else to compete for my attention….


Travel around the World this Earth Day with Skype in the Classroom

  In honor of Earth Day tomorrow April 22nd, take your class on a fun, free virtual field trip or a bring an expert environmental guest speaker into your classroom over Skype. With zero carbon footprint, Skype in the Classroom allows you to transport your students around the world to learn firsthand about environmental issues….


11 New OneNote Features Teachers Will Love

While you’ve been busy teaching and innovating, the OneNote engineering team has been hard at work bringing improvements that make teachers’ lives even easier. Here are some of the many new features released in the past few months that we think you will love! You can download OneNote for free anytime. 1. Convert hand-drawn shapes…


Minecraft: Zen and the Art of Letting Go

By Steven Isaacs, Game Design and Development, grade 8. Connect with Steven Isaacs on the Educator community. It took me a little while to adopt Minecraft in the Classroom. It had been on my radar for some time, but I didn’t quite get the allure. However, kids were clearly so passionate about this game, that…


Inspiring Student Exploration, One Sled Dog, Giraffe or Rhino at a Time

Many of today’s students are so familiar with digital screens and the ability to find whatever they’re looking for in an instant, that one might expect they’d be unimpressed by an on-screen experience at their school. But, use technology to make that experience interactive, mix in a live discussion with a real explorer and a…


Immersive and inclusive learning experiences – inspired by teachers

By Tony Prophet – Corporate Vice President Education Marketing At Microsoft, we’re committed to “Empowering Every Student on the Planet to Achieve More.”   We’re reaching more and more students and teachers every day. According to Futuresource*, Windows continues to be the leading global platform for K-12 education. And this week we’re excited to share…


Personalized learning: It's not just for students anymore

Here at Microsoft, empowering every educator to do more means ensuring that teachers have the right resources, tools and support to transform their classrooms. But professional development can look very different from teacher to teacher. Sometimes, you just need quick insights to jumpstart your classroom. For that, we offer webinars like the recent #HacktheClassroom and…


5 ways to motivate different kinds of students with digital learning tools

Motivation is crucial to learning. Without motivation, students are prone to just memorizing information or crunching for an exam instead of immersing themselves to really learn about the topic. Ideally, with high motivation, surrounded by a culture of learning and supported by a community of experts, students can learn deeply, actively share information, and even…


Skype inspires literacy in the month of February

Skype in the Classroom and LitWorld are celebrating literacy throughout the month of February. We invite you and your classroom to join in! Last year, through the magic of Skype, students were inspired to read more, write their own stories, and dream big to become authors. See how your students can be inspired this February…