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What’s New in EDU: Putting creativity in motion with Minecraft and everyday STEM

Bringing STEM-centric projects into the classroom can be a lofty goal when resources are limited, but there’s often room for a grounded, everyday approach. In the September edition of What's New in EDU, our monthly round-up of the latest efforts and products from Microsoft Education, we fast-track a new low-cost STEM project with the help of Hot Wheels. We also see the... Read more

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OneNote Class Notebooks get iPad updates, everyone gets new sticker packs

With the new school year underway in many places around the world, we’re releasing a set of updates to help teachers save time, be more organized, and have fun.  Here are the updates for OneNote Class Notebooks, rolling out now:   iPad Class Notebook Toolbar   The OneNote Class Notebook toolbar is available on many platforms already, including OneNote... Read more

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Extra Credits: Minecraft: Education Edition takes the Oregon Trail on the way to the Smithsonian

Extra Credits rounds up the latest stories on innovative educational endeavors coming from other parts of Microsoft and the world. Today’s news comes with a dash of nostalgia - Minecraft: Education Edition is reimagining Oregon Trail, a formative game for many players since 1971, as a Minecraft world dubbed The Oregon Trail Experience. Packed with learning activities that... Read more

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Extra Credits: Queensland college, bolstered by Microsoft Imagine Academy, nearly doubles student certificate attainment

Extra Credits rounds up the latest stories on innovative educational endeavors coming from other parts of Microsoft and the world. Today’s entry comes from Bentley Park College, a state college facing a low socio-economic index in Cairns, Queensland, but now reaping the benefits of reorienting its culture around technological excellence. Over the course of six years,... Read more

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Experts share their shortcuts to creativity with STEM: Join #MSFTEduChat on Sept. 19

Learning has no limits. When educators and students truly connect in the classroom, they see endless learning opportunities in the world around them, today and tomorrow, and inspire creativity within each other. On September 19th, we’re bringing in the experts to help you inspire student creativity and curiosity with STEM during our #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet at... Read more

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Serious learning game design: 3 Microsoft tools to get started

Student Voice, student choice, and student engagement are the hallmarks of the best classrooms in the world right now.  They are classrooms that have students excited to come to school, not just to see their friends but to actively participate and enjoy their learning. For me, the top benchmark is reached by the classes that incorporate Games and Game Design into their... Read more

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Here’s a 3-minute guide to get started with Minecraft: Education Edition

Minecraft: Education Edition is an open-world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination. Over the last year, the Education Blog has shared how Minecraft can help your students learn to code with Code Builder, or how it might help them shed their shells and explore a virtual horizon... Read more