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…


Guest blog post by Helen Gooch, Microsoft Fellow and Master Trainer: Skype Translator Facilitates Global Communication for Students Who Speak Different Languages

Guest blog post by Helen Gooch, Microsoft Fellow and Master Trainer I had the pleasure of speaking to the Skype Translator team recently about their project. Skype Translator breaks down communication barriers by delivering voice and instant messaging translation between languages. Do you remember watching the television show Star Trek and the universal communicator? Speak…


Guest Post by Michael Braun, Instructional Coach for Technology in Public Schools: Improving Technology Education and Literacy in Schools

There are likely to be 150,000 computing jobs opening up each year through 2020, according to an analysis of federal forecasts by the Association for Computing Machinery, a professional society for computing researchers. But despite the hoopla around start-up celebrities like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, fewer than 40,000 American students received bachelor's degrees in computer…


Your Students' Mission, Should You Accept It: The Global Enterprise Challenge

Imagine 1,000 students across 20 schools in 20 countries connecting to run 10 international companies, each with 10 regional offices and teams – all using Office 365. This is the Global Enterprise Challenge – the brainchild of UK's Broadclyst Community Primary School (a Microsoft Mentor School), and the winning project at this year's Microsoft Global…


By Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education: Microsoft Imagine Cup: Innovative Students Making a Difference in Education

Post by Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education There are few things that inspire me more than witnessing energetic, innovative, enthusiastic students in action, which is why I look forward to this week every year: the Microsoft Imagine Cup. In its 12th year, the Microsoft Imagine Cup is the world's premier student technology competition. Since…


One Month Left to Enter The National STEM Video Game Challenge

You have one more month! The National STEM Video Game Challenge is open and ready to receive original video games and game designs from students in grades 5-12 until the deadline of April 24. The challenge is presented by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media, and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is…


If America Ran Like SimCity

SimCity is a rich and immersive experience for students learning the complexities and subtleties of the world we live in. From the decisions of where to place a road to what your city should have as a specialization, SimCity makes the complex decisions of our national, state, and local leaders approachable through play. Related Stores:…


Using Kinect in Special Ed Classrooms: Advice from Loudoun County, Virginia teachers

We continue to hear inspiring stories every day about how teachers are using Kinect for Xbox 360 to bring learning to life in the classroom. Today’s USA Today features a story by Greg Toppo about how special education teachers at Steuart Weller Elementary School in Loudoun County, Virginia are using the Kinect with their special…


US Forum Educators Make STEM Engaging – Part 2 of 2

Penn High School students use gamification to solve real-world STEM challenges. Annually, Microsoft hosts America’s innovative educators at its Microsoft Partners in Learning US Forum. The US Forum is an opportunity for educators to showcase and exchange their best practices in teaching and learning. This competition and collaboration of educators provides a celebration of teachers […]…


Talking about gaming and learning at SXSWedu

Last week, I had the chance to attend the 2nd annual SXSWedu event. It was a great time for networking and learning, and I think they’ve taken the spirit and energy of the main SXSW film and music festival and applied to a more thoughtful and open dialogue for education reform. I had an opportunity…