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

An educator helping to demonstrate how Microsoft Translator works.

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 debuts a new tutorial for aspiring coders-to-be.


As part of Microsoft’s continued commitment to increase access to computer science education for all youth, Minecraft and Code.org have collaborated to bring you a new Hour of Code tutorial, Minecraft: Hero’s Journey. Available at Code.org/Minecraft today, Hero’s Journey introduces core coding concepts like loops, debugging, and functions. It’s free and playable across iOS, Android and Windows platforms. When students complete the tutorial, they can import their code into Minecraft: Education Edition and bring their work to life in the game. Check the Education Blog for more on Hero’s Journey and Minecraft: Education Edition’s recent milestone of two million players.

We’re also sharing the latest possibilities brought into the classroom by the new Microsoft Translator, which can translate text and speech in real-time as you deliver your lesson. The app can translate a dozen languages in speech, and over 60 languages in text, in real-time. And remember, students who require personalized learning to accommodate their hearing or speech can benefit as well. You can learn more about Microsoft Translator through aka.ms/EDUtranslator.

Our efforts to improve communication also extends beyond borders this month with the third annual Skype-a-Thon, a 48-hour event running 28-29 November. This year we’re setting a goal for our global community to travel over 10 million virtual miles, and aiming to connect nearly half a million students as we open hearts and open minds.

Finally, What’s New in EDU covers Microsoft 365 Education, a single, affordable solution that wraps up Office 365, Windows 10, Enterprise Mobility + Security and Minecraft: Education Edition. We know educators are already using many of Microsoft’s tool successfully in the classroom, so we’re happy to make it simpler and safer to bring them all together with Microsoft 365 Education.

If you’d like to see what else is new in Microsoft Education, or discover what other educators are doing in their classrooms, visit and join our Microsoft Educator Community. Thanks for watching.

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