Category: Teachers

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

Two educators discussing an assignment displayed on a Surface device.

Microsoft Teams in Office 365 Education updates rolling out, with more coming soon

Over the course of debuting Microsoft Teams in Office 365 Education, we’ve been privileged to have educators from across the globe join us in creating technology to foster collaborative classrooms and improve student learning outcomes. Whether it’s through events like Hack the Classroom, or message boards on the Microsoft Educator Community (MEC), or in conversations... Read more

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Engaging students around the world with Skype in the Classroom and Skype-a-Thon: Connect with #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet on Nov. 21

The global Skype-a-Thon event is almost here, so we’re having no fewer than 16 Skype Master Teachers come together on November 21 to help everyone participate. Skype-a-Thon shows what can happen when students bring their ideas and passions together, no matter where their classrooms are. Through sharing stories and projects, playing games, and collaborating on similar... Read more

A female student looking at her classmates during a graduation ceremony.

Colorado’s GOAL Academy pursues flexible, personal and secure learning with the help of Microsoft tools

With close to one in every 16 students in America dropping out of high school before receiving their diploma, Colorado’s GOAL Academy looks to a technology-driven way to keep students engaged. This free, public alternative to high school switched from Google to Microsoft education tools last year and now tailors their virtual classrooms for students with backgrounds that... Read more