Tag: Literacy

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Empowering literacy for everyone with free Microsoft Stores workshops

America has a literacy crisis. Students, parents and teachers attended a recent literacy kick-off event at Microsoft to see how Learning Tools improve reading. More than 36 million adults in the United States cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third grade level. And children whose parents have low literacy levels have a 72 percent chance of being at the lowest... Read more

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A letter to educators from the author & illustrator of the ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ book series

Hello Dragon Trainers & Wizards of Young Minds! My name is Cressida Cowell and I’m the author and illustrator of the How to Train Your Dragon and Wizards of Once book series. I have spent 20 years writing middle grade fiction, and over those 20 years I have lost count of the times people have asked me, "Have you ever thought of writing for adults?" as if writing... Read more

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What’s New in EDU: The best of Bett and new ways to inspire love for literacy and STEM

The What’s New in EDU crew is back from Bett, the world’s biggest education technology event where educators, ideas and edtech solutions came and left us with inspiration to spare – and share! If you’d like to catch up on all the Microsoft Education from the show (there was kind of a lot), check out our big Bett episode or the individual links below: We introduced... Read more

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Spark a love for literacy with February’s #MSFTEduChat TweetMeet

In celebration of World Read Aloud Day and February Literacy Month, we're making literacy the guiding star for this month’s TweetMeet. With the help of our global education experts - and our invitation to you - we'll discuss a range of aspects of literacy: How have you incorporated literacy in your lessons, and how do you spark the love for reading and writing in your... Read more

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Students can meet the author of “How to Train your Dragon” and hundreds of authors for Skype in the Classroom’s Literacy Month

Happy World Read Aloud Day! Skype in the Classroom is kicking off our annual month-long celebration of reading, writing and storytelling today, aimed at inspiring a lifelong love of reading and writing for your students. In partnership with LitWorld and literacy partners like Penguin Random House, Scholastic, Little Brown Young Readers, Arbordale, Candlewick, Abrams... Read more

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Hearts on fire: How educators are using Skype to ignite idealism in their students

Our guest writer for today’s blog post is PK Dauer of the IF Hummingbird Foundation and Hearts on Fire, a program of the foundation identifying and showcasing some of the most inspirational and committed individuals working to change the world for the better.    Elise Higgins-Steele, an eighth-grade English Language Arts teacher at Sterling Middle School in... Read more