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UNSW’s Teams project brings Artificial Intelligence to student engagement

At the global Microsoft Inspire conference this week, Dr David Kellerman, from UNSW’s Engineering faculty, talked to the 25,000 attendees about the work that is being done to transform the classroom and learning experience, while creating a community of learners, at the University of New South Wales in Sydney By replacing real ink and document scanners with digital ink,... Read more

Highlights from the June Monthly Student Challenge: A Case for Biodiversity

Last month for our Global Student Build Challenge, we invited students to explore the delicate balance of ecosystems in Minecraft: Education Edition. Participants were encouraged to build an aquatic or terrestrial ecosystem including plant and animal species, then rebuild the area to illustrate how it would be affected by the extinction of one critical species. Thank you to... Read more

Beach scene with the message: "Join the Skype Plastic Cleanup Brigade!"

Using Skype in the Classroom to empower students to protect the marine environment

“Hi! Wondering if you would like to Skype with my kids and talk about plastic waste.” It’s incredible how impactful a simple 16-word text can be, how a simple action can lead to greater achievements. This message from Oluwakemi Olurinola, a Nigerian teacher, back in August 2017, was the beginning of my Skype lesson, The Skype Plastic Cleanup Brigade. Nearly two years... Read more

Physics with OneNote

Teaching Physics with OneNote

In education, digitization alone is not enough. It needs to enhance learning to be justified in terms of costs and teachers’ commitments. Pedagogical requirements must be the starting point of digitization in our schools. Teaching is not about apps but what you as a teacher can accomplish with whatever is at hand. Yet occasionally, you come across a piece of software that... Read more

Better Together: Two screens holding hands, one reads "Immersive Reader," the other, "Wakelet"

Immersive Reader is now available in Wakelet!

As we announced last month, the Immersive Reader is now available for any app or partner to easily integrate.  One of the first apps to integrate the Immersive Reader is Wakelet, which allows people to quickly and easily save, organize and share content from across the web.  Wakelet is being used across education for bookmarking, digital storytelling, portfolios, saving... Read more