Category: Students

MIE Expert Steve Auslander posing with a smiling student.

Using Skype to expand minds and classrooms

Steve Auslander is an Indianapolis-based 5th grade teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and a Skype Master Teacher who says tools like social media and Skype have revolutionized his teaching, and inspired his students to stand up for causes they believe in. “We can completely break down the four walls of our classroom and connect our students with experts and... Read more

An educator helping to demonstrate how Microsoft Translator works.

What’s New in EDU: Celebrate learning without barriers with Skype-a-Thon, Microsoft Translator and Minecraft: Education Edition

Borders and barriers can’t slow us down in the November episode of What’s New in EDU, our monthly round-up of the latest efforts and products from Microsoft Education. In this episode: Students and educators from across the world get ready to unite for Skype-a-Thon, Microsoft Translator looks to improve communication in the classroom, and Minecraft: Education Edition... Read more

Artwork of the Minecraft Agent, who helps users learn how to code in Minecraft: Education Edition.

Minecraft: Education Edition reaches milestone of 2 million users and releases new Hour of Code tutorial

Three years ago, Minecraft became a part of the Microsoft family and my team began our work to extend Minecraft’s potential in classrooms around the world. Flash forward to today – one year after the release of Minecraft: Education Edition – and I’m thrilled to share that we’re continuing to see tremendous momentum with more than 2 million licensed users in 115... Read more

Extra Credits: College student excels academically with accessible technologies

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 Microsoft Accessibility Blog shares the story of Veronica, a college student with low vision who uses accessibility capabilities in Microsoft Office 365 and Windows 10 to excel academically. Like the... Read more

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A latecomer to teaching, she’s now leading the charge in Hack the Classroom

“You have a gift, a talent, a skill that the world needs – be fearless and share it with the world,” she says. “Things will change in your life – don’t let change scare you. Use your love of learning to work through any and every challenge.” Tammy Dunbar’s advice is meant to accompany students as they leave her California classroom, but it feels appropriate... Read more

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What’s New in EDU: Hack the Classroom and hit the Oregon Trail with Minecraft: Education Edition

A classroom is more than a room built with brick and mortar. Inside, educators and students come together as builders too, assembling projects, lesson plans, and the skills they’ll need to thrive in the future. In the October episode of What’s New in EDU, our monthly round-up of the latest efforts and products from Microsoft Education, we put wheels on the whole classroom... Read more