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Innovative educator Summer Winrotte stands untethered in her class, Surface device in hand.

For the good of her students, this traditionalist teacher meets the digital age head-on

You’d never know it by seeing how effortlessly she projects polynomials from a tablet to the monitor at the front of her classroom, but Summer Winrotte began teaching as an avowed traditionalist. “I can remember my first year of teaching, saying that I would never be paperless,” she says. As a math teacher, her college course work had to be done with longhand... Read more

James Burke looks at a screen with students to interpret seismological data.

How teachers are hacking STEM in everyday classrooms

The first thing you notice about James Burke and Jason Ewert is their boundless passion for hands-on learning. It’s in the way they talk about the eager young minds in their classroom. It’s in the way they can’t help but finish one another’s sentences. It lives in their quest to find new ways of teaching in the real world. “In the 16 years that I’ve been... Read more

A diverse group of smiling students works on Windows Devices.

Extra Credits: OneNote Class Notebook offers new ways to include parents in learning

Extra Credits rounds up the latest stories on innovative educational endeavors coming from other parts of Microsoft and the world. This entry from the Office Blog covers new updates to OneNote Class Notebook, which now makes it easier for teachers to bring parents into the conversation for a whole new level of parental transparency. Using Class Notebook extends the... Read more

Two elephants gather near a tree at sunset.

How to bring the world to your students and support sustainable development

The United Nations is dedicated to promoting cooperation and collaboration at local and global levels, which means it’s fundamentally aligned with what we hope to achieve in modern education. Established in 1945, the UN has dedicated efforts to maintaining world peace, promoting human rights, and protecting the spaces of our world, including our environment. In 2015, the... Read more

A student is obscured as she reads a large textbook intently.

Educators use predictive analytics to help at-risk students

Data is woven into every aspect of our lives. Though you may not be familiar with the math or algorithms that govern predictive analytics, their impact can nevertheless be seen and felt in education. What if there were a way to harness this intelligent technology and use it in classrooms? What if data about students’ habits, patterns, and performance could be used to... Read more

Craig Kielburger addresses attendees of WE Day on a stage.

An inspired partnership: WE and Microsoft join forces to bring WE Day to more students and schools

Microsoft is proud to partner with WE, an organization that brings people together and gives them the tools to change the world. Microsoft shares that vision and, through its technology, is helping WE accelerate their impact. I had the privilege of attending WE Day recently in Vancouver, Canada and meeting with co-founder of WE, Craig Kielburger. As I met with Craig, I... Read more

Save the date for our next TweetMeet on April 18

TweetMeet on devices for student success: Join us for a #MSFTEduChat on April 18

Are you an educator who wants to share your knowledge, or learn more about how you can save time and go paperless in your classroom? If so, join us for our #MSFTEduChat on Tuesday, April 18th at both 10:00am and 4:00pm PT. In this TweetMeet we’ll be discussing devices for student success and how educators are getting the most out of the resources they have. Preparing... Read more

A smiling educator stands in front of a diverse group of colleagues.

Nominate yourself today: 2017-18 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert recruitment open now until July 15

We are thrilled to announce that the 2017-2018 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) recruitment period is now open!  We are currently seeking educators from around the world to join our next class of MIEEs. The self-nomination period opens April 15 and closes July 15. All self-nominations must be received during this period. How to nominate yourself The MIE Expert... Read more