As digital transformation accelerates due to the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to ensure that students across the globe get access to engaging, relevant, and high-quality computer science learning experiences at school.
Today’s students will become the citizens, advocates, and leaders of tomorrow, and educators have the opportunity to shape the future every day. This February, educators across the country will celebrate and honor the experiences of Black and African American people and their central role in US history. The observance is an opportunity for educators to prioritize anti-racism both in their curricula and classroom environments—throughout Black History Month and beyond.
Space Jam: A New Legacy is inspiring unique learning opportunities for students of all ages! Basketball and coding have more in common than you might think; they both require practice, creativity, and coaching. That’s why we’ve teamed up to bring educators and students learning materials inspired by the film. Research shows learners are more likely to retain and explore based on culturally relevant areas of passion, and our lessons guide learners through authentically solving real problems.1
Winter break may look different this year, but that doesn’t mean it has to be any less fun. This year, Microsoft is offering a collection of winter break camps, or free creative workshops and virtual field trips, to keep students engaged during their extra time while on holiday break.
In September we launched Imagine Cup Junior 2021, a great opportunity for students aged 13-18 to learn about artificial intelligence (AI) and how it can be used for good. It has been fantastic to see educators from all over the world registering and getting their students involved in this global AI for Good challenge.
Passports were filled with virtual stamps on November 10-11, 2020, as thousands of students and educators participated in the Microsoft Global Learning Connection. Students from more than 80 countries traveled millions of virtual miles during the 48-hour event, celebrating the opportunity that remote learning presents to truly break down the walls of classrooms and homes and enable limitless learning.
“Kindness comes in many different forms, including patience, forgiveness, and through simple acts that lead to positive connections.” — Christine McKee, Emerging Technology Consultant, Edmonton Catholic Schools, Alberta, Canada
A new school year has arrived, and so has the newest addition to Microsoft’s Surface portfolio: The Surface Laptop Go. This device empowers teachers and students to connect to their digital classrooms, and at a time when it is more important than ever to have reliable tools to stay connected in hybrid learning environments.
2020 has been a year of blended learning, elevating the importance of creating connections for students and inspiring them to learn from home, from class, and everywhere in between. Educators worldwide have taken on the challenge of providing new immersive and interactive experiences and Microsoft continues to partner and support them every step of the way.
Over the past nine months, we’ve seen wildlife roam free while people isolate to stay healthy. Whales have changed their migration patterns due to fewer ships, sea turtles have laid record amounts of eggs on beaches empty of humans, and wild monkeys have taken over city streets.