School is still out in many spots, however we realize educators utilize this season to put resources into expert learning openings without likewise stressing over the following day’s exercise plan or papers that need evaluating. We expectation you’re offsetting that with long strolls on the shoreline, for no reason in particular books and valuable time with family and companions.
We’re here to help as you prepare for the up and coming school year. In this release of What’s New in EDU, we’re concentrating on a large group of free assets accessible in Microsoft stores and on the web. As Sam and Olivia clarify in the video above, Microsoft Stores are running free instructor workshops and instructional courses covering numerous supportive subjects in front of school year kickoff season.
Those themes extend from boosting incorporation and openness in the homeroom to creating software engineering aptitudes. Members gain bits of knowledge into how homeroom devices and assets like Microsoft Teams for Education, Immersive Reader and Minecraft: Education Edition can help you customize guidance and urge understudies to drive their very own learning. Our specialists will likewise tailor instructional courses to meet your particular needs, so connect and let us comprehend what you’d like to see secured.
At Microsoft, our central goal is to engage each individual on the planet to accomplish more, and we are excited to help instructors who buckle down each day in the interest of kids. Only in front of the ISTE gathering in June, the OECD discharged a report finding that educators need all the more preparing to utilize innovation successfully in the study hall. We’re tending to this need through direct preparing and by supporting distributed learning and systems administration. A significant number of our instruments, such as Microsoft Teams, are picking up steam as assets for friend learning among educators.
And we’re here for you all year, not just in the summer. Our stores offer more than 200,000 hours of free workshops throughout the year. Of course, if you can’t make it into a store, we’re here to help online. Check out our new Microsoft Educator Center, where you can explore courses and learning pathways, keep track of your progress, earn badges for acquired skills and expertise, and stay up on training opportunities and resources for educators. We also have a new newsletter, so please sign up to receive the latest information and links to new content and resources.
For families: keeping students engaged in learning
We have plenty of free resources for families too, including some to stem the “summer slide.” So far, Microsoft Stores have run more than 10,000 camp sessions this summer with plenty more to go. So, consider checking out our student offerings for your own kids and help us spread the word.
Students are empowered to make their own short movies and video games in “Camp Know Where,” which we’re bringing to Microsoft Stores with the team behind the popular Netflix show, “Stranger Things.” The name is a nod to the science and technology camp that one of the main characters on the show, Dustin, attends.
Our lineup also includes a host of other coding and gaming camps aimed at developing critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration skills; hands-on STEM learning programs; and literacy workshops using educational tools like Immersive Reader, which is designed to help struggling reader. Again, it’s all free.
We’re so excited to partner with you as you innovate and find ways to engage your students in these student-led and student-centered learning experiences during the school year. We recently announced product updates that should be helpful as you work to meet the needs of students with diverse learning styles who are working at various achievement levels.
Those updates include building new accessibility and community-building features into Flipgrid to amplify student voice, making improvements to Teams for Education to help you organize assignments and collaborate with peers, and partnering with NASA to develop engaging STEM lessons. And if you love having Immersive Reader available for your students, did you know that apps and partners everywhere can now bring Immersive Reader into their own tools through our Azure Cognitive Service program? Here’s information you can share to encourage a favorite partner or app to add inclusive capabilities into their tools for enhancing text reading and comprehension for users.
Summer is a time for play. We hope you get outside and enjoy your loved ones, while taking a bit of time to also play and learn with us. That way, when the school bell rings, you’ll feel both rested and ready for the important work that lies ahead.