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…


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….


YouthSpark in Schools helps educators bring tech into the classroom

The Microsoft YouthSpark program has been going strong this year, with YouthSpark in Schools events connecting 25,000 educators to date to free computer science and technology resources. Most recently, professional learning events in Denver and Washington, D.C. have provided educators with resources and ideas to help them integrate technology into their classrooms. Highlights from events:…


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 –…


Award Winning Program Teaches Students Valuable STEM Skills While Also Serving the IT Needs of the School

Louis Zulli was part of the team who created a unique computer and technology learning program for high school students which began in 1990—and a quarter of a century later, he’s still pushing hard for alternatives in teaching that can help kids succeed in an ever more complex and demanding world. Zulli is the IT…


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…


By Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education: 2014 Hour of Code: Helping Build a New Generation of Creators

Guest post by Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education It's Computer Science Education Week, and through Microsoft YouthSpark, we're celebrating as a lead supporter of the Hour of Code… one of the largest learning events giving more than 100 million students around the world their first taste of computer science and software engineering. Why…