Tag: Edtech

Empowering student voice with Flipgrid

With its focus on empowering student voice, Fligrid has made huge waves in the education community. Teachers around the world have caught Flipgrid fever! That's part of the reason we've been so eager to partner with this amazing organization to better serve students. If you're new to Flipgrid, Canadian Learning Development Specialist Vance Beblow has a quick how-to guide to... Read more

A choice, a voice, and a place to make learning come to life

When we first tell people that we're using Minecraft: Education Edition in our grade 9 Science and Geography classrooms, we often get the same reactions. Do you really let them play Minecraft in the classroom? What are they actually learning playing video games? Do you worry that students won’t speak to each other if they're playing Minecraft? It doesn’t take long to... Read more

Microsoft Learning Development Specialist Ammar Aquil on game-based learning with Minecraft

Ammar Aquil is one of Microsoft in Education Canada's Learning Development Specialists and an expert in game-based learning for K-12 education. Read about his experience exploring Minecraft: Education Edition and how the Update Aquatic opened up new landscapes for learning. *** As a student, I struggled throughout most of my math education, and also parts of science as... Read more

Empowering the BYOD space with OneNote

One of the most challenging debates in education revolves around the issue of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in the contemporary classroom. BYOD is a policy which enables students to bring their own devices to school for use in their learning. While this sounds like a great opportunity for learners, the practice is not universally supported. Teachers are concerned that devices... Read more

Announcing the Make:Change Contest winners

This fall, we announced a contest inviting students across Canada to show how they would use STEM skills for positive change. It was a chance to showcase all the amazing things that students can do when they engage with STEM. Today, thanks to help from our partners at Actua and Fair Chance Learning, we're excited to announce the winners! The grand prizes for the contest are... Read more

The story of our connections: Combining Skype with personal story

Story is everything. I am mindful of how important each student’s story is when they walk into my class each day. I'm equally mindful of trying to show them that they can write the lines of their stories on any inch of the planet they share. To that end, while studying ecosystems, our classroom community opened itself up to a Skype Virtual Field Trip to Yellowstone... Read more