Back to School season gets easier with tips and hands-on help from #MicrosoftEDU

The Back to School season is a hectic period of behind-the-scenes work for educators, school leaders and IT leaders who want their students to walk into a seamless, appropriately set up classroom. Hectic doesn’t have to mean hard, though, and the Microsoft Education Team wants to be there for you while you set up your digital classroom, save time and improve learning outcomes for the coming school year.

If you weren’t able to join our Back to School prep session live on August 4th, you can view the whole archive of tips and tricks below.


Back to School Live Archive


Our Back to School Live program consists of five “class periods,” each one a self-contained 20-30 minute livestreamed session covering one of the topics outlined below.


Period 1, 9:00 a.m. PDT – 9:30 a.m PDT: Student voice, choice and collaboration


Learn how to empower students in finding their voice with Office 365 Education, Flipgrid and Skype in the Classroom, with special host Adam Short Shorts. We’ll also take a look at all the ways you can assess, grade and collaborate alongside students with both Flipgrid and Microsoft Teams, with Yousaf Sajid and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Cheryl McClure.

Next, we’ll share how your students can go beyond the walls of the classroom to connect and collaborate with students from all over the world using Skype in the Classroom, in a section hosted by Kelly Anderson and a very special guest from our featured Skype in the Classroom field trips – you won’t want to miss it!


Period 2, 10:00 a.m. PDT – 10:30AM PDT: EdTech differentiation to support the inclusive classroom


Join EdTech experts Shaelynn Farnsworth and Steven Anderson in a session that covers how a differentiated classroom supports all students and their learning needs. Learn the four pillars of differentiation and how Microsoft Tools can support the inclusive classroom. See demos of Learning Tools, Office 365 Education and OneNote with #MicrosoftEDU Product Expert Mike Tholfsen. 


Period 3, 11:00 a.m. PDT – 11:30 a.m. PDT: STEM & Computer Science


Join Microsoft Innovative Educator, Jason Ewert and the Microsoft Hacking STEM team to investigate the math and science behind 3 dimensional movement. Check out free lesson resources that will inspire students to apply biology and aeronautics in the designing and building of a joystick control system. Students then use their joystick to maneuver a robotic shark to collect data in a virtual ocean environment in Excel! Learn more at


Period 4, 12:00 p.m. PDT – 12:30 p.m. PDT: Minecraft: Education Edition


Meet Microsoft Innovative Educator Jessica Pilsner and her students, who will show you how to code in Minecraft. Hear from Minecraft’s Sara Cornish on how the game is creating real-world impact for coral reefs and classrooms around the world. We’ll share new STEM lessons available online and preview Minecraft’s new Update Aquatic at


Period 5, 1:00 p.m. PDT – 1:30 p.m. PDT: Preparing for tomorrow


Mark Sparvell wants to share the most important skills today’s students need to succeed in the future. Mark will share amazing new research insights and evidence that point out that, yes, technology does make a difference. In addition, Frank Chiappone will cover device management and deployment, showing the latest Windows 10 devices for learning, including the new Surface Go, how to set up your entire school for success – while reducing deployment time by 85 percent through Microsoft Cloud services.

We’ll also learn how to find free professional development courses and advice in our Microsoft Educator Community with the help of Sonja Delafosse.


And after Back to School Live … a new #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet


Join us for another #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet on August 21st at 10 a.m. PDT. This will be a live Twitter chat focused on assisting educators and IT on school and classroom setup in preparation for the new school year. Stay tuned for more info!

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