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The following entry was originally posted on the Microsoft Teachers Blog and looks at how the Xbox can be used in the classroom. Often dismissed as simply a games console, Stuart Ball explores the many different ways in which the device can be utilised within an educational setting to engage students and provide access to a range of resources and experiences.
The stores are chock-full of school supplies, buses are back on their routes, and anticipation is in the air: it's back-to-school time again. And while parents and students are doing their part to be school-ready, teachers have been working behind-the-scenes to prepare for perhaps the most important job there is: educating our next generation.
With the first day of September now upon us, the start of the new academic year is just around the corner. It's an exciting time for all concerned, with the curriculum and course materials all planned out, but some teachers may still be searching for that extra special something to help bring the subject matter to life and engage the students more deeply in the learning process.
We have reached the point in our Windows 10 video tutorial series at which we take closer look at Microsoft Edge, the powerful new browser in Windows 10. Learn how to search using the address bar, annotate directly onto websites with your pen, improve your online reading experience with reading view, and how to access features using the Hub.
From Houston to Philadelphia to the Los Angeles Unified School District, Sway is redefining learning and getting a lot of attention in the process. Whether you've already been in school for almost a month or still have a couple more weeks until the #firstfivedays, and educators are looking for ways to save time, and get ideas out there in new ways.
Ahead of the new academic year starting in September, we're pleased to be back with more news and resources from the MIE Minute Newsletter.
Consistency of experience is crucial within education. Ensuring that everyone within a class – including the teacher – is getting the same experience when using apps and software is vital to the smooth running of lessons, allowing everyone to progress with projects and work collaboratively.
In my many visits to schools reporting for Microsoft, and others, on their own innovative projects, I always ask about implementation, particularly how new ways of working are rolled out across maybe a hundred or more teachers and other staff. Thankfully, we seem to have moved beyond the time when the plan consisted of throwing in lots of devices and hoping for the best.
Every year Microsoft holds the Hackathon event, bringing together employees from all areas of the company to create, innovate and hack. This year's Grand Prize was awarded within Education, and was built around OneNote, an Office 365 application hugely popular with students and teachers alike.
Two siblings from Paisley Scotland have become winners of Break into Code, beating hundreds of students from around the world, as far as Brazil and India. Connie Renton aged 12 won the 9-13 age category with her game Rainbow Breaker, and her brother Jonathan, aged 15 came in third place in the 13 – 18 age category with his game Dragon Smash.