Microsoft Education Community - great, free resource for teachers

Educational Technology Guy

The Microsoft Education Community is a great, free resource for teachers. It has free web courses on using Microsoft tools and on best practices for using technology in education. Related: Microsoft Education Resources, including Office 365.

ISTE, Microsoft to partner on standards and new PD courses

eSchool News

Multi-project initiative to include first of its kind blueprint for school transformation, leadership courses, school development tools. At the ISTE 2016 opening general session, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft Buys Video-Discussion Platform Flipgrid


A video-discussion platform originally started by a University of Minnesota professor to keep in touch with students for a course he was teaching has been purchased by tech giant Microsoft. Microsoft announced the acquisition today, though officials would not disclose the price or other details of the sale. With the purchase by Microsoft, Flipgrid founders say they can take the scale of the company to a new level.

Microsoft Store visit - very impressed

Educational Technology Guy

I recently visited a brick-and-mortar Microsoft Store. My wife and I were in the Danbury, CT area and decided to head over to the Danbury Fair Mall and go to LL Bean and, of course, I had to check out a tech store, so we went to the new Microsoft Store. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. Microsoft

Microsoft Office 365 for Education now available for Free

Educational Technology Guy

Microsoft 365 is an online version of Microsoft''s well known Office suite. Office 365 is cloud based and includes Microsoft Office Web Apps, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online. This is Microsoft''s answer to Google Apps for Education.

You can now use Microsoft Office 365 on Chromebooks. Here’s how.

Indiana Jen

One of the most common complaints that I hear about Google Apps for Education tools (Gmail, Docs, Slides, etc), is that they are not as robust as those you find in the Microsoft Office Suite. This is reblogged from my post on Daily Genius.

You can now use Microsoft Office 365 on Chromebooks. Here’s how.

Indiana Jen

One of the most common complaints that I hear about Google Apps for Education tools (Gmail, Docs, Slides, etc), is that they are not as robust as those you find in the Microsoft Office Suite. This is reblogged from my post on Daily Genius.

LIVE: Access All Of Your Files On All Of Your Devices Using @Microsoft_EDU OneNote | @MSOneNote


Thought the last 6 months, I have had the privilege of working closely with Microsoft Education to create some pretty awesome podcasts and promotional videos. Microsoft Education. Its flagship hardware products are the Xbox game consoles and the Microsoft Surface tablet lineup.

#17: Microsoft One Note: Useful Tips and Tricks for the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

But perhaps to understand why I’m a Microsoft One Note fan, I’d like to tell you a story from several months a go. is the Director of the Instructional Technology Center at Eastern Illinois University.

Microsoft’s ambitious coding program expands

eSchool News

More schools will offer computer science courses in Washington, a state with a higher-than-average computing job market. Though the technology industry is booming, especially in Washington, only about one in four high schools nationwide teach computer science.

Learn How Minecraft Empowers Students and Unlocks Unlimited Creativity | @Microsoft_EDU


The TechEducator Podcast is a weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational technology. The post Learn How Minecraft Empowers Students and Unlocks Unlimited Creativity | @Microsoft_EDU appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network.

Apple and Microsoft Now Offer $100 Styluses. But Do Schools Need—or Want—Them?


But losing a different kind of “pencil” that technology companies are aiming to push into schools may likely cause a bigger heartache and headache for the purchasing department. Of course, Apple is not the only supplier offering a stylus. Microsoft does, too, and various pens from third-party manufacturers are beginning to dot the touchscreen Chromebook market. Microsoft was one of the first big tech companies to market styluses to schools.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning.

“The Microsoft Educator Community wouldn’t be what it is today without us educators.” – Bisera Ristikj, Macedonia

Daily Edventures

I also felt it was important to add that the Microsoft Educator Community wouldn’t be what it is today without us educators. In fact, the technology she’s adopted has completely changed the way she helps her students to study and learn the English language. “I Bisera Ristikj.

FETC 2018: Maximizing Microsoft Azure Boosted Education in Tennessee

EdTech Magazine

FETC 2018: Maximizing Microsoft Azure Boosted Education in Tennessee. Many students weren’t enrolling in college, and the ones who did often needed remedial courses. From day one, technology was recognized as the way to underpin our plan ,” said Lloyd in a session on Jan.

Microsoft adds new features to Office 365 Education

FETC Converge

Microsoft has added a couple of new features to its Office 365 Education portfolio of products for students and teachers. In April, the company released Microsoft Classroom, which provides course management operations for teachers. Finally, an updated release of Windows 10 offered Windows Ink, a technology that enables the user to write on his or her device as if it were paper. Read more at Campus Technology.

Microsoft to spend $75M to boost computer science

eSchool News

Microsoft will invest $75 million over the next three years in initiatives to increase access to computer science education for youth. With the new investment, nonprofit organizations around the world will receive donations and resources from Microsoft.

A Devil’s Dictionary of Educational Technology

Bryan Alexander

In the dark and satirical spirit of Ambrose Bierce , I offer the first draft of a Devil’s Dictionary for educational technology terms. 2) A technology widely used by blacks, latinos, and poor people. A friendly and major stakeholder in campus technology decision-making.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

Are any education technologies, for that matter? Andreessen’s definition does begin to get at some of the reasons why platforms have been so appealing to investors – ideologically as much as technologically. Technology Platforms and the Future of Democracy.

Gaggle adds Google and Microsoft trainings for PD

eSchool News

Gaggle adds Google and Microsoft training options; trainers obtain certifications to help educators use leading technology. Duncan became a Google Certified Educator last year and this summer received her Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) certification.

How to Create and Collaborate Online with Microsoft Excel – from Jennifer Carey


Until recently, in the world of online collaboration, Microsoft has been decidedly lacking. Microsoft recently extended its educational Microsoft Office license to include its online 365 service for free to schools. View the Full Course Catalog at

Makercamps, Hackathons and Equity: From Vision to Reality with Support from Microsoft

I visited Microsoft as a guest of their Education Underground and experienced “The Garage”…the internal makerspace for Microsoft employees…full of sewing machines, 3d printers, arduinos, raspberry pi, laser cutters and more.

“Innovation is not trying something too strange and new. It is returning to your old places, using Microsoft tools to inspire students, making things more productive and organizing a better community.” – Tran Thi Thuy, Vietnam

Daily Edventures

In just one year, Tran completed courses in 21 st Century Learning Design, Teaching with Technology, Teaching with Technology Basics and MIE Trainer Academy Learning Path through Microsoft in Education. Tran Thi Thuy. English Language Teacher, MIE Expert.

From Mixed Reality to New Minecraft and OS, Microsoft Unleashes a Flurry of EDU Upgrades


For several weeks, Microsoft mercilessly drummed up hype over its May 2 #MicrosoftEDU event in New York City. The company sent teasers to every major press outlet, yet kept mum on specific details, leading to endless speculation over what the technology giant had up its sleeves. How can technology create more opportunity, not for a few but for all? Microsoft representatives confirm that Teams fully integrates with the Classrooms platform.

LinkedIn’s New Learning Platform to Recommend Lynda Courses for Professionals


announced an online learning portal with thousands of courses aimed at helping individuals pivot or pick up new skills for their careers. The new product, LinkedIn Learning , includes all 5,000 courses published on, and any new courses created will be published on both platforms. A marketing manager might receive recommendations for a course in Google Analytics or HTML, based on her job title and the skills she’s already posted in her profile, for example.

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

Even without providing you the final tally of funding for 2016, I can point to other signals about what’s happened to ed-tech startups over the course of the last twelve months – their sustainability, their viability. (Or These are just the ones that were reported by the press, of course.). Why, schools of course. I maintain a dataset of all education technology investments and all education technology investors.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

” I mean, yes, I’m totally making up the framing of the “trends” angle here (in the hopes, I confess, to defanging all those ridiculous clickbait articles that just list a bunch of shiny new consumer technology products and predict that they’re poised to “revolutionize school”). The business of education technology overlaps with the politics of ed-tech. There is No Technology Industry (There is Only Ideology). Technology is a system.

Google Offers Free Cloud Access to Colleges, Plays Catch Up to Amazon, Microsoft


Amazon and Microsoft’s cloud services both offer education programs, and now Google Cloud wants a part in shaping future computer scientists — and probably whatever they come up with using the tool. “We Microsoft’s cloud service, Azure, doesn’t fall too far behind, having launched in 2010 and doing business with GE Healthcare and DocuSign. Amazon and Microsoft’s cloud services offer an education partnership in free trials or discounted pricing.

Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

Hack Education

One of education technologies’s greatest luminaries passed away this year. It’s all of our loss, really, as too many in education technology happily reduce the potential of computer programming as an epistemological endeavor to a market for new products. ” But of course, that’s not quite true: my first introduction to Papert's work was actually a decade earlier, when I sat at an Apple II and taught a Turtle how to move about the screen.

If I Could Get 1 Piece of Technology for My Classroom, It Would Be.


A Chromebook of Course! - Of course, John is a wealth of knowledge and an amazing presenter, but I was honestly more captivated by the possibilities the Chromebook could have to help transform the educational landscape.

What Technology Does What: An #edtech Chart For Teachers

TeachThought - Learn better.

What Technology Does What: The Ultimate #edtech Chart For Teachers. This is what we hope will be an ongoing collection of the most effective ways to use technology in the classroom. Depends on what they’re learning, of course. …Perform basic technology functions (e.g.

“I thrive on promoting my students and their ideas. Microsoft in Education gave me and my students a voice. It gave my students validity, support, encouragement, and inspiration that was lacking in the most imminent way.” – Patricia Ragan Stokes, USA

Daily Edventures

Since then, Stokes has employed a host of Microsoft tools to help prepare her students for their next steps, from designing digital portfolios, to developing their first professional learning networks. One] student’s talk was so endearing, I think he could be a spokesperson for Microsoft!”

Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

In this post I would like to introduce you to way that you can ensure the standards are amplified, and not ignored, by the integration of educational technology. Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards. “We

What should we teach students about the future of technology?

eSchool News

Will we ever become technology? With the ongoing focus of technology in education, and the need for schools to keep up with the ever-changing scope of its use in the classroom, it is essential that we provide students with the knowledge of how technology affects, and will affect, society.

Tackle teacher shortages with online learning

The Christensen Institute

Here are three ways policymakers could position online teaching and learning as a potent antidote to teacher shortages across the country: Develop Course Access programs.

“Encouraging our students, listening to them, mentoring and guiding them has an incredible impact on their lives.” – Jason Holt, USA 

Daily Edventures

Instructional Technology Specialist. Jason Holt, an instructional technology specialist and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, sees success stories every day. All year long he has excelled in this course,” Holt says. And I love the Microsoft Surface! Jason Holt.

Education Technology and the Year of Wishful Thinking

Hack Education

I want to start this year’s review of education technology acknowledging grief. I want to start this year’s review of education technology sanctioning, if such a thing is necessary, our mourning. In a society that considers itself highly rational, highly technological, highly scientific, to call something “magical” often serves to dismiss or diminish it – or to dismiss or diminish those who do not sufficiently understand science or tech.

GCFLearnFree - free online learning about lots of topics

Educational Technology Guy

GCFLearnFree is a program of Goodwill Industries of Eastern NC and provides quality online learning courses for free. Here are some of the topics: This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. free online courses free resources

Education Technology and the History of the Future of Credentialing

Hack Education

How might new technologies – education or otherwise – and new economies reshape “what counts” as a credential , “what counts” as credit? What are the stories that education technology entrepreneurs and investors and ed-tech’s proponents tell about the need or demand to “ disrupt the degree ”? If you want a job as a software developer in the technology industry, you’ll need a college degree.

How My Teaching and Technology Almost Failed One of My Students


I am a tech innovator, and my students are just like those kids in the Microsoft commercial— you know the one starring the rapping teacher in the bright blue vest with perfect hair, in the classroom where everyone looks happy and enthusiasm is exploding. Sometimes technology isn’t smart enough to pick up on why a student doesn’t understand a concept, or it’s not adaptive enough to pivot and present an alternative way of learning.