The move to online learning during the pandemic, followed by the slow and unsteady return to in-person and hybrid instruction, has permanently altered how educators create and share learning content. As students return to classrooms, technology has been further integrated into the overall education experience. Checking for Accessibility, the second in a series of five Microsoft Education “Accelerate Learning Kits,” explores this topic.
Microsoft’s EdTech partner ecosystem plays a key role in how Microsoft can successfully serve our education industry customers around the world, so each year we meet to collectively discuss where the education industry is going, consider opportunities for the Microsoft Education Partner community, and share insights into Microsoft’s Education business strategy. The 16th Global Education Partner Summit (GEPS), held virtually from April 26th-28th, allowed Microsoft to connect with more than 1000 education industry partners to explore how we’ve already been able to identify opportunities and innovate to solve needs and advance education globally, and how we’ll do so in the future.
We strive to make classroom tools accessible to every student, helping them feel supported regardless of any challenges they may face. With the latest updates to Microsoft Teams, we continue our work to empower students with solutions designed for their diverse needs and situations. We’ve highlighted our favorite updates for you!
In support of assisting educators, school leaders, and training partners in the changing education landscape, we are excited to invite the education community to try the Microsoft Learn Educator Center. It is Microsoft’s centralized training and professional development platform where you can explore resources for educators and learn about programs, professional development offerings, and Microsoft technologies that advance teaching and learning practices. The Microsoft Learn Educator Center has replaced the Microsoft Educator Center (MEC) as our new home for the education community.
Teachers hold essential roles in their communities, and every aspect of what they do makes a meaningful difference. They educate future generations by using student-first technology and professional expertise to create high-quality learning environments where everyone can succeed. They also inspire students as mentors and role models. In support of your endless perseverance, we’ve created an uplifting pre-game teacher pep talk to hopefully bring a smile to your week.
Since the return to in-person learning, educators have been working to evaluate students’ knowledge levels compared to pre-pandemic benchmarks, along with how to help students catch up, keep up, and get ahead. To support these efforts, Microsoft Education has commissioned a series of “Accelerate Learning Kits” to introduce teachers to free and easy-to-use tools and features that can help every learner achieve more. In this, the first of five posts highlighting the individual kits, we’ll take a look at “Accelerate Learning with Workplace Math Skills” to see how Math Assistant in OneNote for Education provides multiple accessible methods for students to write, solve, and practice equations.
Microsoft Education and LinkedIn were proud to be featured presenters and sponsors of last month’s ASU+GSV Summit 2022: Ed on the Edge. The Summit took on the complex and challenging topics at the "edge" of our society, highlighting the ideas, know-how, and talent needed to transform the world. Microsoft Education, LinkedIn workforce and skilling teams, and several of our Education Partners held hybrid sessions at the summit. Check out key summaries of the sessions and links to view them for free.
For school leaders, decision-making can be a lonely task. Microsoft Education has created a weekly podcast, Leading Innovation, to help make it easier.
As teachers continue to embrace the lesson plans and teaching methods of education’s digital age, finding new ways to make the most of technology can help simplify workflows, engage students, and improve outcomes in all learning environments, whether in person, remote, or hybrid. We created our new YouTube series, How to with Microsoft EDU, with this purpose in mind.
A few weeks ago, members of the Microsoft Education team took our first trip as a group in over two years, to Bett UK, the largest education conference in the world. After such a long time away from the energy and excitement of seeing colleagues, partners, and educators gathering to connect and share information, it was an incredible feeling to be together in person at the massive ExCeL center in London once more.