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Educator Jeff Gearhart guides his students through the worlds of Minecraft: Education Edition.

A small school’s shy students take a big step into immersive worlds with Minecraft: Education Edition

Brinnon School is small. Really small. With about 60 kids and roughly half a dozen full-time faculty members, educators at this intimate Washington school must think bigger as they set students of different ages and confidence levels on a shared path to success. Thanks to the passion and knowhow of Jeff Gearhart, Brinnon School District’s Technology Coordinator,... Read more

A student studying outside on her campus.

Extra Credits: Chemistry student engagement rises with OneNote and Digital Inking

Extra Credits rounds up the latest stories on innovative educational endeavors coming from other parts of Microsoft and the world. This entry comes from a study led by Dr Sylvia Urban, a senior lecturer at Melbourne’s RMIT University School of Science. Her research explored the benefits of creating collaborative, interactive lectures using cloud-based technology... Read more

Students sending a car racing along a Hot Wheels track, for science.

Hot Wheels arrives for STEM Saturdays at Microsoft Store

One of The Education Workshop’s newest initiatives is STEM Saturdays: free drop-in sessions that give people a chance to engage in fun and interesting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math projects hosted by their local Microsoft Store*.  This month's STEM Saturdays will test your engineering and data science skills, as The Education Workshop has partnered with... Read more

An educator providing guidance to his students while holding a Microsoft Surface device.

Modern methodologies for classroom IT management: How to deploy school technology that works for everyone

Today’s post was brought to you by the Microsoft Education Partner Advisory Council. To learn more, catch up on previous entries in this series: How to protect school data and uphold access policies Better learning for everyone with secure, connected devices.    Sometimes it's hard to fit everyday short-term technology project requests into a... Read more

Save the date for our next TweetMeet on August 15th.

Back-to-school help from the experts: Join the TweetMeet on Aug. 15

We think set-up time should make way for more student time. On August 15th, we're bringing in the experts to help you start the back-to-school season with less worry about setting up your digital classroom. Whether you’re working on your professional development, or want to get up to speed with OneNote Class Notebook, we’ve got you covered. Planning on returning to... Read more

Students seated outside their campus.

5 ways to speed up digital transformation in higher education

We’ve been hearing - and talking - a lot about digital transformation in the education space. In order to enable true and full transformation, institutions are looking at upgrading key campus administrative systems: the heart of their operations and central to the student experience. Why modernize your administrative systems? You do it to address the pressures you are... Read more

A serene view of Boise State University.

From clutter to the cloud: Why Boise State University moved to a unified video platform

When it comes to video platforms, more is not always better. Officials at Boise State University found themselves in this situation: Throughout years of growing their online initiatives, they had accumulated multiple platforms for video creation, hosting and streaming. Maintaining numerous systems had become unsustainable from an IT and usage perspective. Leif Nelson,... Read more