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Celebrating International Mother Language Day

In today’s interconnected world, the ability to speak multiple languages and communicate across linguistic divides is a critical skill. Even partial knowledge of more than one language is beneficial. Proficiency in additional languages is a new kind of global literacy. Language learning needs to be expanded for all – young and old. Advances in machine translation... Read more

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Olympian and engineering graduate shares the power of mentorship through Skype

Monique Sullivan is a two-time Olympian cyclist and mechanical engineering graduate student. She was an athlete mentor with Classroom Champions, which works in partnership with teachers and local education districts to connect athletes with students in grades K-8, for the school year. Following her participation in Skype in the Classroom events last year, Monique now shares... Read more

Video for Lisbon school’s Minecraft project takes learning through multiple subjects, disciplines and worlds

Lisbon school’s Minecraft project takes learning through multiple subjects, disciplines and worlds

Minecraft in the classroom is redefining learning and building stronger relationships between teachers and their students. My name is ​Kyriakos Koursaris​ and I am the Head of Educational Technology at ​PaRK International School​ in Lisbon, Portugal. I am also an MIE Expert and Fellow, as well as a Minecraft Global Mentor. For me, everything started three years... Read more

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Become a Microsoft Certified Educator in 3 simple steps

When teachers have the skills and confidence to engage their students and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow, they don’t just do more things - they do amazing things. To help teachers shape the leaders of the future, Microsoft has recently revamped the Microsoft Certified Educator Exam (MCE). This certification is based on the 21CLD and Innovative Teaching &... Read more

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Hearts on fire: How educators are using Skype to ignite idealism in their students

Our guest writer for today’s blog post is PK Dauer of the IF Hummingbird Foundation and Hearts on Fire, a program of the foundation identifying and showcasing some of the most inspirational and committed individuals working to change the world for the better.    Elise Higgins-Steele, an eighth-grade English Language Arts teacher at Sterling Middle School in... Read more

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Chalkup co-founder is joining Microsoft Education and bringing the best of Chalkup to Microsoft Teams

As part of our continued investment to help save teachers time, build collaborative classrooms and drive better learning outcomes for students, we are excited to announce that Chalkup's co-founder, Justin Chando, is joining Microsoft Education! In 2013, Justin set out to build a more compelling digital classroom experience for all students. Since then, Chalkup has delivered... Read more