The past year has brought uncertainty to educators as learning environments have evolved, making it more important than ever for them to feel comfortable and confident using technology to facilitate remote and hybrid learning. Microsoft offers a variety of free training and professional development resources that help educators teach in any environment. These resources can help educators gain the technical proficiency they need to focus on what they do best: connecting with students.
There’s a lot for educators to keep up with, like new technologies, upcoming events, students’ emotional and academic needs, and professional development. Luckily, managing all of that gets a little easier with the Microsoft Educator Center monthly newsletter, which shares the latest information about Microsoft Teams, Flipgrid, Minecraft, and more.
We’re excited to announce the completion of a new paper, “Flattening the multimodal learning curve: A faculty playbook,” which aims to equip faculty with effective strategies, practices, and tools to navigate the pedagogical paradigm shift accelerated by COVID-19.
Keeping students focused on learning can start with an engaging presentation. Today, we’re kicking off Microsoft Ignite, an annual event held virtually this year, with some exciting new Microsoft Teams features to help presenters deliver impactful presentations and provide meeting participants with dynamic experiences to keep them engaged.
Maintaining student engagement in a remote or hybrid environment can be challenging. To help, Microsoft Store has created For You, By You, a free virtual series designed for educators, by educators to reinvigorate digital classrooms and improve student engagement.
As education continues to evolve, so does the technology used to enable digital classrooms. To build confidence in remote and hybrid technology, Microsoft Teams offers a variety of free educator resources and professional development. From self-guided training in the Microsoft Educator Center to clickable demos and on-demand resources, teachers, parents, and IT admins can build the skills they need to support their students in any environment.
The past year has been unpredictable, but that doesn’t mean remote and hybrid learning have to be. With reliable and secure technology, students can connect with teachers and classmates, work on assignments, and access important educational resources from anywhere.
All students need an inclusive, supportive space to learn and navigate different challenges—both in the classroom setting and outside of it. This is especially valuable in remote or hybrid learning environments, where social cues may be harder to detect. At BettFest 2021, an annual global event held virtually this year, educators discussed the importance of creating open communication with students to better understand their social and emotional health.
A new school term brings new learning material, new experiences, and new opportunities for classrooms. It also brings exciting new Microsoft Teams technology designed to help your classroom stay organized, save time, and collaborate in the months ahead. A host of new Teams features are now available to support both students and staff as they move into spring.
There’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to classroom learning. That’s why Microsoft Teams is excited to offer Breakout Rooms to help teachers create meaningful connections through smaller, more comfortable group settings. The new feature allows you to easily divide students into separate groups to facilitate discussions, encourage participation, and foster collaboration.