To the community of 100 million players around the world, Minecraft represents many things – creativity, strategy, collaboration and survival, just to name a few. What many may not realize is that Minecraft has the power to transform learning on a global scale. By creating a virtual world and then advancing in it, students can learn digital citizenship, empathy, social skills and even improve their literacy – while getting real time feedback on their problem solving skills from the teacher. In fact, more than 7,000 teachers around the world are already using Minecraft in the classroom.
More info here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_in_education/archive/2015/11/16/minecraft-hour-of-code-tutorial-will-inspire-students-to-learn-computer-science-skills.aspx
Teachers are busy people. While juggling student instruction, assignment review, lesson preparation, and professional development, you need technology to work for you, not against you. Here are some nifty time-saving techniques so you can focus on the things that matter.
More info here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_in_education/archive/2015/11/03/12-windows-shortcuts-every-educator-should-know.aspx
The first major update to Windows 10 is now available for PCs and tablets. With this update, there are improvements in all aspects of the platform and experience, including thousands of partners updating their device drivers and applications for great Windows 10 compatibility. Windows 10 also starts rolling out to Xbox One today and select mobile phones soon.
More info here: http://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2015/11/12/first-major-update-for-windows-10-available-today/
Attend these sessions to become a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator. A full day of training and 5 hours of PD credit.
More info here: http://www.teacheracademies.com/
Really cool technology here to backup your PCs, Servers, and Datacenter data to the cloud for quick recovery. Cheaper than Carbonite and Mozy.
More info here: http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/12/16/azure-backup-announcing-support-for-windows-client-operating-system/
And here: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/backup/
OneNote has been one of the best kept secrets of Microsoft Office and a killer tool for students and teachers in the classroom. The OneNote product team has just released an update to the OneNote Classroom Creator that makes it extremely easy for teachers to setup shared notebooks online for true collaboration.
More details here: http://blogs.office.com/2014/10/07/introducing-onenote-class-notebooks-flexible-digital-framework-teaching-learning/
And here: http://www.onenoteforteachers.com/en-US
Many of you have seen me present with my tablet and wireless video. I’m always talking about how well the ScreenBeam from Actiontec works with almost any video/projector setup that I encounter. Actiontec just released an update to the ScreenBeam product line that includes tools for the classroom. It is called ScreenBeam Pro for Education Edition. You can find more info at the link below.