Sat Paul Mittal School is a Microsoft Showcase School in Ludhiana in Punjab, India. When a chance mention of Minecraft on a Skype call piqued their students’ interest, they took a chance on game-based learning. Head of IT Monica Joshi tells the story of how, in just two short years, Minecraft: Education Edition became a mainstay for creative, cross-curricular learning.
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.
We are excited to partner with NASA to bring you the Day of Data, where your students can explore how data powers our astronauts, our space missions, and our world. Celebrate World Spreadsheet Day and 20 years of humans living and working aboard the International Space Station with live events, lesson plans, and virtual experiences.
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.
Eleven years ago, I started the Global Read Aloud (GRA) on little more than an idea and a hope: that perhaps through a shared read aloud we could create pathways around the world, expanding our knowledge, shrinking our otherization, growing our curiosity, and diminishing hate.
The Australian Catholic University is ranked among the top 2 per cent of all tertiary institutions and is in the global top ten of Catholic universities. It operates eight campuses in Australia, a ninth in Rome and boasts 35,000 students and around 6,500 staff.
During this time of social distancing and remote learning, staying connected with the world and keeping our children engaged has been a priority for all of us. Teachers and parents are constantly looking for fun and educational activities that will empower students’ learning, make them smile, and spark imagination and curiosity.
In this time of distance learning, many educators, students, parents, and guardians are trying to find balance while dividing their time between their jobs, families, and other obligations. How are you supporting social-emotional learning for your students during remote learning? How are you looking after your well-being, and how do you stay attuned to your students’ needs? In this conversation, we’d also like to explore the tools and strategies that help maintain emotional balance and hear about approaches that you might bring back to the classroom once you return to school.
From time to time, we feature guest blogs from educators who are making a difference in the lives of young people and who are eager to share their success with the Microsoft Education community. These Changemakers, as we call them, offer insights into the effective use of classroom resources, how to prepare today’s youth for the jobs of tomorrow, and ways that technology can personalize instruction and empower students to lead in their learning. Today’s Changemaker blog was written by Koen Timmers, a computer science educator and author in Hasselt, Flanders, Belgium. Koen is a lecturer at PXL university college in Hasselt and co-founder of TAG Inc., a nonprofit in the United States. He has been a top-10 finalist for the prestigious Global Teacher Prize and is a Microsoft Expert Educator Fellow. He is also the founder of the Kakuma project, through which educators across the world offer free education to African refugees via Skype.
In the weeks since the COVID-19 outbreak first hit China, our education customers in the region have done amazing things to keep students learning while they transition to learning remotely.