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TweetMeet reminder: 10AM on Tuesday, December 12th.

Learn to code, create and collaborate with Minecraft: Education Edition in a special #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet on Dec. 12

Computer Science Education Week is over for the year – but that still leaves another 51 weeks for educators and school leaders to consider how Computer Science can help prepare students for what comes next. We’re inviting top Computer Science experts from the Hour of Code team, from Minecraft: Education Edition, and from Microsoft Philanthropies to join Doug Bergman and... Read more

Talking with a multilingual parent community in real-time with Microsoft Translator

Imagine being able to engage in a real-time conversation with people who speak many different languages. I am Eric Ferguson, Director of Instructional Technology with the Bellevue School District (BSD), located in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle. I am writing to share part of our ongoing story about integrating technology in our schools, and using Microsoft Translator to... Read more

Microsoft Education product news and announcement round up from October and November

Over the past two months, there have been a slew of new Microsoft Education product announcements, updates, and videos.  We've tried to capture many of these in the list below.  Please feel free to share these with other teachers, your school staff, and school IT Admins, and keep the feedback coming! What's new in EDU Office Minecraft and Coding Windows and... Read more

Youth leader Nora helping a student during Hour of Code.

Extra Credits: Hour of Code is just the start for this youth leader and her community

Extra Credits rounds up the latest stories on innovative educational endeavors coming from other parts of Microsoft and the world. In today’s edition of Extra Credits, the Official Microsoft Blog concludes an exciting Computer Science Education Week by sharing a conversation with 4-H youth leader Nora Medina. Nora, from Quincy High School in central Washington state,... Read more

Why Australia’s private schools need automation

Australia’s independent schools face more competition than ever before. Enrolment numbers can’t keep up with demand from parents, and expectations of high academic and co-curricular results put the pressure squarely on teachers like never before. Private school boards are doing their best to optimise operations and attract top teachers – but is there more to... Read more

Digital classrooms aren’t a distraction. Here’s why.

Many people assume that devices and technology distract students and negatively affect how teachers run their lessons. That’s not the case when implementation is done purposefully, with learning tools that support existing structures in the classroom. In other words, tech doesn’t replace the teacher, but enhances their capabilities in teaching and administration.... Read more