Category: Digital Education Innovation

Jason Ewert hunches over a Hacking STEM project with students.

Best of 2017: The educators who pioneered the new shape of STEM and computer science

In 2017, we met educators who are taking a 21st century plunge into new ways of teaching, creating and coding – and in case you missed it all, we’d like you to meet these stars too. Whether its forging a new path from traditional teaching to a paperless classroom, or hacking STEM in everyday classrooms, these educators took a bold step forward in preparing their students... 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

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

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How one school has modernized its education system to make innovation teachable

Nestled in the heart of the largest startup ecosystem in Latin America is Escola Bosque, a small school in Sao Paolo, Brazil, that’s revolutionizing the way its students are learning. To keep up with the ever-changing landscape of the workforce, Escola Bosque has prioritized technology and made it a fundamental part of its curriculum. Kids here, some as young as seven... Read more

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Wilburton Elementary: A new community breaks ground on creativity

In August, we shared the story of Wilburton Elementary in Bellevue, Washington. The state-of-the-art school is being built from the ground up, following the guidance of the Microsoft Education Transformation Framework, in a collaborative effort between the Bellevue School District (BSD) and Microsoft. Each month, we’ll share Wilburton’s progress on this journey from plan,... Read more

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The Skype call that inspired a student’s career

It’s not always obvious in the moment, but when we look back we can often point to meaningful conversations that brought us to where we are today. Let me tell you about one call that changed a student’s path. During last year's Skype-a-Thon, an event in which students across the world rack up virtual miles as they visit other classrooms through Skype, my class was given... Read more