New biodiversity lesson pack and world coming to Minecraft: Education Edition in partnership with World Wildlife Fund

We share our planet with millions of different species. This huge variety of animals and plants, and the places they live, is called biodiversity.  The connections between these species form an intricate network that helps to protect us all. Unfortunately, in large part because of human impact, many of these species are at risk of extinction.

In partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), we bring you a new interactive curriculum launching this summer: Extinction! A Biodiversity Crisis. This content pack includes three standards-aligned lesson plans and a purpose-built Minecraft world from the creative minds of Naturebytes, a UK-based collective of technologists and conservation scientists.

Ride a rollercoaster through different eras, meet scientists and conservationists, conduct research about climate change and ecosystems using WWF educational resources, and work collaboratively to build creative solutions to counteract threats to biodiversity.

Tour through time from the Ice Age to present day

The immersive world presented as part of Extinction! A Biodiversity Crisis is designed so that even teachers new to using Minecraft: Education Edition can get started quickly and easily. Take a rollercoaster journey through time to visit charismatic extinct species, investigate the causes of their extinction, learn about the importance of biodiversity and how it has shaped the world in which we live.

Learn about extinction, climate change, and ecosystems

Explore core concepts related to biodiversity, then apply knowledge to five threatened species biomes from around the world including the Philippine Eagle, Bison, Hawksbill Turtle, Snow Leopard, and Orangutan.

Teach students the importance of biodiversity and build towards a better future

Learn about the value, threats, and sustainable species management before building an Orangutan reserve to benefit the people, profit and planet. Players will also learn about the threats to biodiversity currently contributing to its global decline and experience how their decisions today can have an important impact on the world.

This content pack will be available for free on the Minecraft: Education Edition website later this summer. Stay tuned for updates by following us on TwitterFacebookPinterestYouTube and signing up for our monthly newsletter.

For more information on teaching biodiversity, explore WWF’s Biodiversity Toolkit:


Sneak peek of ‘My World’ — new TV series and curriculum from BBC Learning and Microsoft

As technology facilitates the rapid and seamless dissemination of information, the critical requirements for success for the future workforce have been identified as social perceptiveness, deductive reasoning, complex problem solving, judgment and decision making.* These are also the skills which active and critical consumers of information need to make judgments about the validity, purpose, bias and trustworthiness of news.

Earlier this year, we announced a partnership with BBC Learning and BBC World Service to bring a new television series, My World, to classrooms around the world to support educators and students in gaining critical media literacy skills and the ability to navigate the news. And today, we’re excited to share that the series will be available in time for the new school year, and you can register today!

My World, executive-produced by Angelina Jolie and BBC World Service, will feature 10 episodes, each accompanied with learning materials for the classroom. This initiative will teach students about global news and encourage them to become engaged critical thinkers about what they see and hear in the news. Watch the video above for a sneak peek!

As students watch the weekly episodes, they will be asked to participate in exercises that build their media awareness, apply critical thinking to evaluate a story’s accuracy and help them build an understanding of global affairs while differentiating fact from fiction. The program will help students with the following core curriculum skills:

  • Evaluating the argument and specific claims in a text while distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
  • Following and evaluating the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognizing when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
  • Integrating and evaluating multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem

Media literacy is becoming an increasingly important skill for the next generation of leaders, creators, innovators and citizens to master, and we’re excited to share this pilot series with your classrooms this fall.

To learn more and sign up to use this film series with your students, visit

*Pearson Future of Skills: Employment in 2030

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Microsoft Education and NASA create 8 classroom lessons about exploring and living in space

Celebrating eight new lesson plans from Microsoft Education in partnership with NASA

Recently, my mom gave me a box of papers from my childhood, and I discovered—preserved among the mementos, letters and drawings—a copy of Time Magazine’s “To The Moon Special Supplement” (July 18, 1969) and the front section of the New York Times from July 20, 1969. I couldn’t believe that I had forgotten these treasures.

I spent the four days before the moon landing binge-watching TV anchors and their guest experts’ scientific explanations and animated simulations. As a middle schooler, I had done my best to absorb and unpack the vast number of details that were discussed. Within the first day it was clear—this context was necessary to interpret the constant stream of readings, measurements and color commentary in the exchanges between the astronauts and Mission Control in Houston, Texas.

Each step of the astronaut’s journey was a risk, and by Sunday the 20th, Earth-bound armchair explorers the world over were already exhausted. In four days, we had watched with bated breath as the Saturn V rocket launched, multiple Apollo modules were shed, the communications blackouts passed, the astronauts successfully positioned themselves in the moon’s orbit and, at last, they flawlessly landed in the Sea of Tranquility on the moon’s surface.

Author smiling at the camera and holding a news article

Author smiling at the camera and holding a news article

That Sunday evening, I became one of the estimated 650 million people worldwide who watched the live feed of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin descending from the lunar module onto the surface of the moon. When the exterior camera went live, I remember struggling to pick out any human form within the grainy, black-and-white broadcast image.

And then, there it was, Neil Armstrong’s left boot dangling from the ladder. In that moment, I was overcome by the wonder of what I was witnessing. I also realized that there was now a real possibility that humans could live in space.

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the moon walk, the 20th anniversary of humans living continuously aboard the International Space Station and the inaugural launch of NASA’s commercial crew program, it is hard to remember that not long ago many of these ideas were science fiction. We often forget that some of our everyday technologies like satellite television, infrared cameras and fire-resistant foam were developed by NASA to aid in the execution of these historic milestones. Research and exploration have always been at the heart of the space program. The launch of the International Space Station established an orbiting laboratory dedicated to studying how humans could live in space, testing advanced technologies for future explorations and understanding more about the Earth. Unlike my experience 50 years ago, we now have instantaneous access to live views of Earth, live maps to track the station’s orbit and, of course, real-time access to the astronauts via their social media channels. For today’s students, the distance between the low-orbit lab and the classroom grows smaller as their probability of spending time in space increases.

To inspire and engage your students, Microsoft Education and NASA have partnered to develop eight new lesson plans to introduce the considerations astronauts need to think about when living in space. The collection of standards-aligned, middle and high school materials integrates core academic concepts with hands-on experiences. Students are challenged to design in 3D, analyze data, build sensors, use virtual reality and work with a machine learning and AI module while engaging in discussions about the challenges of living in space.

Included in the collection are:

  • Two design challenges: The “Astro Socks” project has students investigate solutions to reduce the impact of working in microgravity on astronauts’ feet, while the other challenges students to work in 3D to build their own modules for the International Space Station.
  • A lesson that introduces the phenomenon of microgravity that incorporates hands-on experiments and a virtual-reality experience.
  • Four data-collection and analysis lessons that engage your students with hands-on experiments, to prove the ideal gas law, measure radiation in our environment and examine the light waves and frequencies within the electromagnetic spectrum. They’ll use sensors to capture live data and relate their observations about life in space to their own on Earth.
  • A lesson that introduces the Earth’s biomes through photographs taken from space and challenges them to explore the techniques scientists employ to predict climate change with AI.

50 years ago, I witnessed the possibility of living in space take a “giant leap” towards becoming a reality. As we mark these major space exploration milestones, I hope you will bring this rich collection of educational materials to your classroom to inspire our first generation of commercial space travelers.

Illustration of a sock

Illustration of a sock

Designing Astro Socks to protect astronauts’ feet in microgravity


Using materials science engineering to determine heat resistance


Illustration of tubes

Illustration of tubes

Understanding adiabatic compression and the Ideal gas law


Illustration of wires

Illustration of wires

What is the electromagnetic spectrum?


Illustration of cup of water

Illustration of cup of water

Detecting Alpha, Beta and Gamma Radiation


Illustration of a satellite

Illustration of a satellite

Minecraft build challenge: Design your Space Station


Illustration of Earth

Illustration of Earth

Analyzing astronauts’ photos of Earth to predict climate change


Illustration of planets

Illustration of planets

Experiencing Microgravity by understanding Newton’s 2nd and 3rd laws of motion


For a live demonstration of the lessons we’re sharing at ISTE, tune into “What’s new in EDU” live from ISTE on Monday at 6PM EST on our Microsoft Education facebook channel.

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What’s New in EDU – ISTE Edition: New technology to empower inclusive, student-centered learning

In today’s classrooms, diversity is the new norm. By creating student-centered, inclusive learning environments, educators have the flexibility and opportunity to meet the needs of the diverse group of learners in every classroom. Technology has the power to help teachers not only navigate, but also benefit from, their students’ unique learning styles.

In this month’s What’s New in EDU, we’re excited to announce tools and resources to help teachers empower all students to find their voice, grow their confidence and build 21st century skills. Also, join us from ISTE next week on our Microsoft Education Facebook Channel for more live updates from Philadelphia on Monday, Wednesday and Hack the Classroom on Tuesday.

Reach every student with new accessibility features from Windows and Office 365

We are excited to share new features that enable educators to tailor learning to ensure every student has a voice in today’s classrooms, 72% of which have students with special requirements. Whether a permanent or temporary disability, personal preference, or a unique learning style, the robust set of built-in and third-party accessibility features in Windows 10 and Office 365 let students choose how to use technology and express their ideas.​ Today, we’re unveiling new resources to help every student unlock his or her potential.

  • Improve reading comprehension with Immersive Reader, now available in Minecraft: Education Edition and other popular education apps. Today, we’re thrilled to announce that Immersive Reader, a proven resource to improve reading and writing for students regardless of their age or ability, will now be integrated into Minecraft: Education Edition to read in-game text, character dialogue, chalkboards and more. Immersive Reader will also be available as an Azure Cognitive Service, allowing third-party apps and partners to add the tool into their products to help both students and parents read text within the apps. In our pilot program, Skooler integrated Immersive Reader into its parent portal, enabling better communication with parents and guardians who are non-native English speakers. These partners will be the first to integrate Immersive Reader:

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Immersive Reader Cognitive Services gf

  • Help students speak with confidence using Presenter Coach in PowerPoint. To give teachers and students an easy way to practice their presentations and improve their public-speaking abilities, we’re launching Presenter Coach in PowerPoint online this summer, which uses best practices and academic research to provide tips and tricks for more effective presentations. Presenter Coach allows teachers and students to enter rehearsal mode and receive on-screen guidance about pacing, inclusive language, conciseness of language, profanity, filler words like “um” or “uh,” culturally inclusive words, and originality as they speak into a microphone. At the end of each rehearsal session, the presenter receives a detailed report with metrics for additional practice. Check out this post and video for more details.

Motivate students ​to share their voice with Flipgrid and Teams

This month, we’re also rolling out some big updates coming to Teams for Education that will make it simpler and more comprehensive than ever before, saving teachers time when creating new Teams, communicating with parents and students, and grading assignments. These updates include:

  • Big, easy-to-find visual icons for each of your teams and classes
  • A new way to create and track all of your assignments
  • A new gradebook so teachers can view and grade all of their assignments for a class directly from the channel’s Grades tab and view a single student’s progress across assignments
  • A new “Share To Teams” button that allows teachers to share resources with their classes directly from a learning source like Brittanica, Kahoot, Buncee, ThingLink, and Wakelet
  • The ability to import existing OneNote content into your Class or Staff Teams, allowing you to access all your information from a single location

Tune in to FlipgridLive on Monday night when we’ll unveil some exciting new tools to empower every student to share their voice, practice storytelling skills and engage in meaningful discussions inside and outside the classroom. Join the Flipgrid livestream on Facebook and be the first to explore the new ways you can amplify and empower your learners!

Tools & Resources for Student-Centered Learning

Here are some useful resources to help you plan for the upcoming school year and connect with other educators who are also working to build a student-centered approach:

More Microsoft Education news from ISTE

Learn about additional updates from Microsoft Education in the blogs below, or if you are attending ISTE next week, stop by and see them for yourself in the Microsoft booth.

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Hack the Classroom is back and streaming live June 25 from ISTE in Philadelphia

The Hack is back! Hack the Classroom will be streaming live on the Microsoft Education Facebook channel from ISTE in Philadelphia–Tuesday, June 25th from 6:15 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. EST! After the Facebook event, we’ll be switching over to Twitter around 7:10 p.m. EST for a live Q&A with our presenters and studio audience.

  1. RSVP & join us Tuesday, June 25th from 6:15–7:10 p.m. EST on Facebook here. Please note: the livestream will kick-off from our Microsoft Education page, but we will add a direct link to the livestream on the event page as soon as we are streaming live on Tuesday, June 25th.
  2. Join us on the @MicrosoftEDU Twitter channel and ask our speakers your questions immediately after the Facebook livestream.

What’s it all about?

Hack the Classroom is a live, digital event devoted to changemakers in education and the passionate innovators driving student-centered learning. Join us and learn from educators who are integrating technology in order to better connect with and support students as they become active and engaged learners. These determined educators will generously share their techniques and philosophies for creating better student outcomes so that you can apply them in your own classroom the very next week! These events are interactive, so join, ask questions, share and connect with educators from all over the world. You can check out past events and see last year’s Hack the Classroom live from ISTE here.

Who’s in the live event this time?

This Hack the Classroom will focus on student-centered learning and how supporting students’ social and emotional well-being can improve all aspects of learning. During the live event, we’ll debut our next Changemaker story about Microsoft Innovative Educator, Samantha Skubal from Chicago, Illinois.

We will also be sharing stories from superstar students and teachers from the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio, who’ll share how they’ve embraced our free Hacking STEM lessons in their classrooms.

Tune in to see:

  • Jessica TozziI Promise School(Ohio, US), share how her school is empowering students through a focus on social-emotional learning.​
  • Samantha Skubal Sterling Morton District (Illinois, US), show how she is providing real-world, future-ready experiences through their Technology Internship Program. ​
  • Luis OliveiraMiddletown H.S. (Rhode Island, US), demonstrate how he is supporting autonomous learning for English Language Learners through Immersive Reader and Flipgrid​.
  • Jen PadernalDe La Salle University Night College(Philippines), provide her top tips for engaging students through a virtual classroom in Microsoft Teams. ​
  • Toney JacksonNellie K. Parker Elementary School(New Jersey, US), close us out again with another original poem that will leave you inspired.

RSVP now and tune in live on the Facebook event page.

Learn more about what you’ll see from Microsoft Education and our partners at ISTE 2019.

Receive an HTC participant badge and 500 points on our Educator Community. Once you’ve earned 1,000 points, you become a certified Microsoft Innovative Educator!

Mark your calendars and learn more about speakers at:

Connect with us on Twitter @MicrosoftEDU and share your thoughts using #HackTheClassroom and #MicrosoftEDU.


Teachers: Celebrate oceans with Skype in the Classroom

Oceans are the heart of our planet, and Skype in the Classrooms celebrates them throughout the month of June in honor of World Ocean Day (June 8th). We are inviting educators around the world to explore all the available ocean-related activities and register for one or more to raise students’ awareness about marine conservation.

This June, your class can take virtual field trips to a sea turtle rehab center to learn about turtle conservation, pick the brain of a World Wildlife Fund expert about corals, take a deep dive into the issues facing our oceans with Pulitzer Center journalists and many more. There’s no doubt our guest speakers will inspire your students to love and protect our oceans. On top of that, there is a great variety of collaborative projects so you can connect with other classrooms to work together on finding solutions and taking action to protect our oceans.

Finally, why not add some fun by connecting with another class for a marine-themed Mystery Animal Skype? If you haven’t yet, explore our Oceans OneNote—it has all the resources you need to help you get started with Mystery Animal Skype.

To celebrate the importance of oceans, Skype has just released a collection of ocean-themed emoticons. Open your Skype and start sharing them before, during and after your calls to spread the fun and get your students excited.

And we have more ocean emoticons coming next week!

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating oceans by getting involved with one or more of our activities that will make learning relevant and fun for your students.

As always, keep sharing your favorite moments with us and our global community on Twitter (@SkypeClassroom) with #Skype2Learn #MicrosoftEDU to celebrate your students’ global learning experiences.

Don’t miss out exploring the rest of our FREE ocean-related resources

  1. Download our Ocean Month activity plan—full of ideas and suggestions on how to organize your Skype sessions—to guide your classroom’s celebration all month long.
  2. Access the Oceans OneNote here
  3. Download the Oceans Month 2019 Certificate your students!
  4. Take a Professional Development Course to learn all about the importance of Teaching Marine Conservation.
  5. Discover FREE hands-on Hacking STEM lessons that you can use during Ocean Month.

6th annual Education Exchange coming to Sydney March 23-26

Every day, I’m inspired by educators who innovate in the classroom to provide the best learning opportunities for their students and by leaders who continue to pursue new ways to expand access for all, adopt technology and grow economies through education.

Building on the momentum from a fantastic event in Paris earlier this year, today, live from EduTech in Sydney, Australia, I am thrilled to announce that we are hosting our 6th annual Education Exchange (E2) down under for the very first time—in Sydney, March 23-26, 2020.

Bringing the event to Australia allows us to highlight the incredible innovations in education happening across the country, while showcasing how the education system is taking proactive steps to provide technology access to students from the cities to the outback. When I think of the best examples of leaders supporting education and educators doing amazing things in the classroom, those in Australia often come to mind. Microsoft is extremely proud to partner with this system that, according to OECD, is one of the highest performers in education.

With a core focus on computer science, STEM and Minecraft: Education Edition as well as productivity tools, Teams and Artificial Intelligence, schools across the nation are encouraged to dream big and expect more. They leverage technology to achieve more and strive for equity and inclusion. As a nod to their excellence, I see no better place to host Microsoft’s E2 | Education Exchange in 2020.

“I cannot wait to see the amazing achievements of Education leaders from across the world on our shores next year,” said Steven Worrall, Area Vice President, Microsoft Australia.

If you’re not familiar with E2, the event brings together selected Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts to immerse themselves in what many prior attendees have called a “life changing experience.” E2 inspires educators from around the world by offering them the chance to work through problems and collaborate on projects with peers who are equally enthusiastic and ambitious in their use of technology for learning.

Leaders will come together and participate in hands-on workshops and discussions on key topics surrounding education transformation, skilling and technology to help transform today’s teaching systems into learning organizations. They will also gain fresh insight into technology for teaching, learning and administration and share proven strategies to drive more effective learning outcomes across their systems.

Save the date for live, online events during E2 

E2 features a number of renowned speakers and education changemakers, so we want to make sure all our audiences around the world can watch live from their homes or schools. To support this, many of the plenary session keynotes will be streamed live on the Microsoft Education Facebook page. Details will be announced on the Microsoft Education Facebook page and on the Microsoft Education Blog as we get closer to the event.

Become a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert

We invite all educators to join the Microsoft Educator Community—there you’ll find on-demand professional development and training courses that can lead you to your certification as a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE). After becoming an MIE, you can continue your journey towards becoming a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE). Nominations are open from April 15, 2019 through July 15, 2019, and you can apply here.


What you’ll see from Microsoft Education and partners at ISTE 2019

For four days in June, ISTE 2019 is the place where educator-tested strategies come together with proven resources for transforming learning and teaching. It’s the place for Microsoft to connect with the brightest EdTech leaders and organizations around the world. Microsoft is once again proud to be a Mission Sponsor for the largest annual education industry conference in the US!

Pre-Conference Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Teacher & Trainer Academies

MIE Teacher Academy – Convention Center, Room 203A

  • Saturday, June 22 from 8:30 AM–3:30 PM

During this one-day teacher academy, you will have the opportunity to explore tools such as Office Online, OneNote Class Notebook, Microsoft Forms and Sway, with the goal of providing your students with learning experiences beyond the walls of your classroom.

MIE Minecraft Academy – Convention Center, Room 203A

  • Sunday, June 23 from 8:30 AM–3:30 PM

During this one-day teacher academy, you’ll be introduced to Minecraft: Education Edition, learn to play the game and create curriculum and classroom resources you can take back to your students and continue your journey.

MIE 2-Day Trainer Academy – Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Meeting Rooms 302-304

  • Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 from 8:30 AM–3:30 PM

Learn more about Microsoft’s hottest tools and resources to empower your staff and students to achieve more! Take an immersive deep dive into Microsoft Teams in Office 365, including uses for staff, Professional Learning Communities and classes.

Microsoft Keynotes: Spotlight on Solutions Sessions – Convention Center, Room 201BC

Digital Transformation in Education

  • Monday, June 24 from 10:30 AM–11:30 AM
  • Speaker: Anthony Salcito, VP WW Education, Microsoft

Digital Transformation is not simply about technology. It requires that we re-imagine the future of education and embrace a way of bringing together people, data, and processes to build deeper relationships and create more valuable experiences for today’s students. Join us to learn how.

The Emotion of Data: A Roadmap to Student-Centered Learning

  • Tuesday, June 25 from 1:45 PM–2:45 PM
  • Speaker: Barbara Holzapfel, GM WW EDU Marketing

Personalized learning helps students develop future-ready social-emotional and academic skills, but what is the best path to personalized learning at scale? Join us as representatives from Florida’s St. Lucie school district and Microsoft Education leaders share how data analytics provides the model for success. (Presentation and panel discussion.)

Conference Breakout Sessions: Convention Center, Room 203B

  • Monday, June 24–Wednesday, June 26

During the conference, Microsoft will deliver several 50-minute, role-specific sessions focused on the biggest trends in EdTech.

Date Time Title Primary Audience
Monday, 6/24 8:00 AM Power in your pocket—three mobile apps that will empower Educator
Monday, 6/24 9:00 AM Meeting the diverse needs of learners School Leader
Monday, 6/24 10:00 AM Meeting the needs of Generation Z Educator
Monday, 6/24 11:00 AM Going rogue with Microsoft—complete with tips and tricks Educator
Monday, 6/24 12:00 PM Mixed reality: New places and spaces for learning Educator
Monday, 6/24 1:00 PM Organizational management using Teams for school, IT and district leaders School Leader
Monday, 6/24 2:00 PM OneNote for lesson planning, rubric design and organization Educator
Monday, 6/24 3:00 PM Tucson Unified SD transformed their security with Windows 10 and Office 365 School Leader
Monday, 6/24 4:00 PM Building self-awareness through immersive digital experiences Educator
Monday, 6/24 5:00 PM How Microsoft Teams is transforming learning at the district-wide level School Leader
Tuesday, 6/25 10:00 AM Going rogue with Microsoft—complete with tips and tricks Educator
Tuesday, 6/25 11:00 AM How one teacher affected a district’s digital technology strategy School Leader
Tuesday, 6/25 12:00 PM Transforming Collier County Schools with Microsoft Teams School Leader
Tuesday, 6/25 1:00 PM Digital assessment with Forms Educator
Tuesday, 6/25 2:00 PM Organizational management using Teams for school, IT and district leaders School Leader
Tuesday, 6/25 3:00 PM Increasing accessibility and fostering inclusive classrooms ALL
Tuesday, 6/25 4:00 PM OneNote Class Notebook, a teacher’s best friend Educator
Tuesday, 6/25 5:00 PM Impacting student achievement by combining Microsoft Imagine Academy (MSIA) and industry certifications Educator
Wednesday, 6/26 8:00 AM Use Azure VDI and multi-user Windows 10 to equitably deliver STEAM software Technology Leader
Wednesday, 6/26 9:00 AM Easy school-wide data collection with Forms Educator
Wednesday, 6/26 10:00 AM Going rogue with Microsoft—complete with tips and tricks Educator
Wednesday, 6/26 11:00 AM Leading transformation: An administrator’s pathway to success with the education transformation framework School Leader
Wednesday, 6/26 12:00 PM Organizational management using Teams for school, IT and district leaders School Leader
Wednesday, 6/26 1:00 PM Microsoft accessibility tools and the special educator: a love story Educator

Hands-on Learning Lab: Convention Center, Room 203A

  • Monday, June 24–Wednesday, June 26

Classroom learning with 50-minute interactive sessions where you will get hands-on experience leveraging technology to work on real-world scenarios (devices will be provided).

Date Time Title Primary Audience
Monday, 6/24 8:00 AM–8:50 AM How OneNote Class Notebook can personalize learning in the classroom Educator
Monday, 6/24 9:00 AM–9:50 AM Helping students grow through rich feedback with Assignments and Quizzes in Teams Educator
Monday, 6/24 10:00 AM–10:50 AM Create your own video with Windows 10 and share your ISTE experience Educator
Monday, 6/24 11:00 AM–11:50 AM Limitless learning with Minecraft: Education Edition Educator
Monday, 6/24 12:00 PM–12:50 PM Empathy in action: Build your collaborative project with Skype in the Classroom Educator
Monday, 6/24 1:00 PM–1:50 PM Pixel perfect: Student ideas come alive with Minecraft: Education Edition design activities Educator
Monday, 6/24 2:00 PM–2:50 PM Teams 101: Overview of Teams and how faculty, staff and students benefit Educator
Monday, 6/24 3:00 PM–3:50 PM Get your collab on with Office Web Apps! Educator
Monday, 6/24 4:00 PM–4:50 PM Coding with Minecraft: Education Edition Educator
Monday, 6/24 5:00 PM–5:50 PM Ready to rethink your classroom tech? Microsoft Surface is changing the game Technology Leader
Tuesday, 6/25 10:00 AM–10:50 AM Beginning coders can learn block-based to JavaScript with MakeCode Arcade Educator
Tuesday, 6/25 11:00 AM–11:50 AM Empowering student-centered learning with Microsoft Surface School Leader
Tuesday, 6/25 12:00 PM–12:50 PM App Smash with Teams: Maximizing your EdTech tools inside Teams Educator
Tuesday, 6/25 1:00 PM–1:50 PM Limitless learning with Minecraft: Education Edition Educator
Tuesday, 6/25 2:00 PM–2:50 PM Get your collab on with Office Web Apps! Educator
Tuesday, 6/25 3:00 PM–4:50 PM Leading forward into education transformation School Leader
Tuesday, 6/25 5:00 PM–5:50 PM Get hands-on with Microsoft’s Intune for Education Technology Leader
Wednesday, 6/26 8:00 AM–8:50 AM How Microsoft Teams supports district-wide collaboration School Leader
Wednesday, 6/26 9:00 AM–9:50 AM Limitless learning with Microsoft: Education Edition Educator
Wednesday, 6/26 10:00 AM–10:50 AM Coding with Minecraft: Education Edition Educator
Wednesday, 6/26 11:00 AM–11:50 AM How OneNote Class Notebook can personalize learning in the classroom Educator
Wednesday, 6/26 12:00 PM–12:50 PM Improve flipped learning and communications with video Educator
Wednesday, 6/26 1:00 PM–1:50 PM Global learning in the 21st century classroom with Skype, Flipgrid and OneNote Educator

Live Learning Theater: Booth 2900

  • Monday, June 24–Wednesday, June 26

Visit us in booth 2900 to learn more about student-centered learning tools including 20-minute spotlight sessions featuring productivity and accessibility, hands-on STEM experiences, demos, and more!

Date Time Title Primary Audience
Monday, 6/24 10:00 AM–10:20 AM Communicating successfully with non-English speaking guardians and students using Microsoft Translator Educator
Monday, 6/24 10:30 AM–10:50 AM Digital citizenship and SEL with Minecraft: Education Edition Educator
Monday, 6/24 11:00 AM–11:20 AM What’s new with Skype in the Classroom Educator
Monday, 6/24 11:30 AM–11:50 AM Microsoft Teams templates for school principals building leadership School Leader
Monday, 6/24 12:00 PM–12:20 PM Start your day with Educator
Monday, 6/24 12:30 PM–12:50 PM Broadcast to students and teachers at scale with Teams, Stream and Yammer Educator
Monday, 6/24 1:00 PM–1:20 PM Build inclusive classrooms with Microsoft Education Educator
Monday, 6/24 1:30 PM–1:50 PM Sparking 21st century learning in your classroom School Leader
Monday, 6/24 2:00 PM–2:20 PM Helping students achieve workforce readiness Educator
Monday, 6/24 2:30 PM–2:50 PM Expand your PLN and become an MIE Educator
Monday, 6/24 3:00 PM–3:20 PM Saving time and assessing better with Microsoft Forms Educator
Monday, 6/24 3:30 PM–3:50 PM Personalizing learning with the OneNote Class Notebook Educator
Monday, 6/24 4:00 PM–4:20 PM Get to know Minecraft: Education Edition with Code Builder Educator
Monday, 6/24 4:30 PM–4:50 PM Tucson Unified’s implementation of the MIE program for professional learning School Leader
Monday, 6/24 5:00 PM–5:20 PM Shift to Windows 10 with offers and deployment best practices Technology Leader
Tuesday, 6/25 10:00 AM–10:20 AM Amplifying each student’s unique voice within Teams Educator
Tuesday, 6/25 10:30 AM–10:50 AM Digital citizenship and SEL with Minecraft: Education Edition Educator
Tuesday, 6/25 11:00 AM–11:20 AM Empowering global voice with Flipgrid and Skype in the Classroom Educator
Tuesday, 6/25 11:30 AM–11:50 AM Professional development through the all-new Microsoft Educator Center Technology Leader
Tuesday, 6/25 12:00 PM–12:20 PM Develop student creative agency through the power of video Educator
Tuesday, 6/25 12:30 PM–12:50 PM Empowering students and educators to increase student discourse through Microsoft Teams Educator
Tuesday, 6/25 1:00 PM–1:20 PM Inclusive classroom in Teams: Managing instruction and assignments for different learning types Educator
Tuesday, 6/25 1:30 PM–1:50 PM Using Microsoft tools at Google schools ALL
Tuesday, 6/25 2:00 PM–2:20 PM Get to know Minecraft: Education Edition Educator
Tuesday, 6/25 2:30 PM–2:50 PM Personalizing learning with the OneNote Class Notebook Educator
Tuesday, 6/25 3:00 PM–3:20 PM OneNote, Open Up Resources and OER: Meeting the needs of all students Educator
Tuesday, 6/25 3:30 PM–3:50 PM Saving time and assessing better with Microsoft Forms Educator
Tuesday, 6/25 4:00 PM–4:20 PM The Microsoft I did not know about Educator
Tuesday, 6/25 4:30 PM–4:50 PM Managing iOS devices with Intune for Education Technology Leader
Wednesday, 6/26 10:00 AM–10:20 AM Delivering personalized learning for students with devices starting at $199 Technology Leader
Wednesday, 6/26 10:30 AM–10:50 AM Drive greater engagement and professional development with your faculty using Teams School Leader
Wednesday, 6/26 11:00 AM–11:20 AM Personalizing learning with the OneNote Class Notebook Educator
Wednesday, 6/26 11:30 AM–11:50 AM The Microsoft I did not know about Educator
Wednesday, 6/26 12:00 PM–12:20 PM Cloud-connected Office 101 Educator
Wednesday, 6/26 12:30 PM–12:50 PM Using Intune for Education to manage Windows devices Technology Leader
Wednesday, 6/26 1:00 PM–1:20 PM Expand your PLN and become and MIE School Leader
Wednesday, 6/26 1:30 PM–1:50 PM Get to know Minecraft: Education Edition with Code Builder Educator
Wednesday, 6/26 2:00 PM–2:20 PM Saving time and assessing better with Microsoft Forms Educator

Additional Microsoft Sessions

eSports for Education: Everything you wanted to know – Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Salon L*

  • Sunday, June 23 | Sessions at 8:30 AM–10:30 AM, 10:45 AM–12:45 PM and 1:00 PM–3:00 PM

Target Roles: Educators, Leaders

In this session, you will hear from educators who are using eSports as part of their curriculum, as part of a sports program or as part of a school club/competition. There will also be organizations that help drive eSports and you will witness a real-time eSports competition. If you’ve been curious about how eSports works and how it can enhance the educational experience, this session will give you the resources and insights you need to get started.

* Salon L is located on level 5 and can be accessed via the escalators.


MakeCode Day – Convention Center, Room 203B

  • Sunday, 6/23 from 9:00 AM–4:00 PM

Open to teachers, parent and students—Microsoft MakeCode is an open source platform for creating engaging computer science learning experiences that support a progression path into real-world programming. Microsoft will be bringing MakeCode to ISTE this year, so you can get hands-on and learn how to code in real time with no experience needed! As an educator, you will also see how some schools and educators are creating inclusive, engaging learning experiences with Microsoft MakeCode.


Pre-Day Partner Event – Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Salon K*

  • Sunday, June 23 from 10:30 AM–3:00 PM

Microsoft is focused on driving innovation to improve learning outcomes, transform classroom time and enable affordable, easy to manage technology, and is empowering its partners to do the same. In this session, you’ll hear directly from partners who are leveraging the Microsoft Education Platform to:

  • Transform modern classroom through turn-key solutions that streamline delivery of technology and facilitate learning.
  • Deliver rich, immersive content for instruction, assignments and assessment.
  • Enable students to unleash their creativity and develop STEAM skills.

Come learn about the latest innovations in Microsoft Education and how our partners are leveraging the Microsoft Education Platform to achieve more.

* Salon K is located on level 5 and can be accessed via the escalators.

Focus on what matters

  • Monday, June 24-Wednesday, June 26 starting at 9:30 AM and running until the Expo Hall closes

Target Roles: Educators, Leaders

Every half hour, join us in the Building Skills area of our booth (#2900) as we uncover how Microsoft tools help support inclusive classrooms, build 21st century skills and amplify student voice.


Partner Solution Showcase – Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Salon K*

  • Monday, June 24–Tuesday, June 25 from 9:30 AM–3:15 PM

Join Microsoft at our Solution Showcase sessions and hear about some of the most impactful examples of Digital Transformation in Education. These sessions are your opportunity to meet fellow practitioners and hear first-hand global experiences, trends and observations from the Microsoft Worldwide Education leadership team.

* Salon K is located on level 5 and can be accessed via the escalators.


Hack the Classroom

  • Tuesday, June 25 from 6:15 PM–7:30 PM

Target Roles: Educators, Leaders

Join us on Tuesday, starting at 6:15 PM, at

Microsoft in Education is bringing back its largest free online digital event for educators & school leaders worldwide to Hack the Classroom! Streamed live on Facebook, Hack the Classroom is devoted to the changemakers in education and the passionate innovators in student-centered learning. Join us and learn from the educators who are integrating technology in order to better connect with students, and to support them as they become active and engaged learners. These passionate educators will generously share their techniques and philosophies for creating better student outcomes during the event:

  • Jessica Tozzi, I Promise School (Ohio, US) shares how her school is empowering students through a focus social-emotional learning.​
  • Samantha Skubal, J. Sterling Morton District (Illinois, US) shows how she is providing real-world future-ready experiences through their Technology Internship Program. ​
  • Luis Oliveira. Middletown H.S. (Rhode Island, US) demonstrates how he is supporting autonomous learning for English Language Learners through Immersive Reader and Flipgrid​
  • Jen Padernal, De La Salle University Night College (Philippines) provides her top tips for engaging students through a virtual classroom in Microsoft Teams. ​
  • Toney Jackson, Nellie K. Parker Elementary School, (New Jersey, US) closes out the event again with another original work of poetry that will leave you inspired!​

Become a Microsoft Innovative Educator

Receive an HTC participant badge and receive 500 points on our Educator Community. Once you’ve earned 1,000 points, you become a certified Microsoft Innovative Educator!

You can RSVP to the Facebook Live event here!


Wakelet integration with OneNote: from teacher tweet to reality less than in a week

The Microsoft Education team is always listening intently to educator feedback, whether in schools, at conferences, or online.  Recently, we’ve been hearing rumblings in the education world about an amazing app called Wakelet, which allows people to quickly and easily save, organize and share content from across the web.

Last week, we saw a tweet from MIEExpert Becky Keene, an educator we know well.  Her tweet said how awesome it would be if a Wakelet collections could be embedded directly into a OneNote page – see the original tweet below, and read the ensuing thread here.

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Well the OneNote team thought this sounded like a great idea and sprang into action!  Wakelet seemed like the perfect fit for the OneNote binder metaphor, and the ability to easily embed Wakelet on pages, organize them, or distribute to others in OneNote Class Notebook, seemed like a great match.  It seemed like the right time to jump on to the #WakeletWave 🌊

The OneNote and Wakelet teams connected via Twitter DM, exchanged emails, and made introductions across our engineering teams.  The Wakelet team added Oembed API support within a day, and then OneNote engineers got the Wakelet Oembed working within another day.  After some testing and a little coordination, the integration is now live!

You can now paste any Public Wakelet URL on to a OneNote page and it will render the entire Wakelet as a live embed on the OneNote page.

NOTE: Due to a very recent Chrome browser issue, copying and pasting the URL from the address bar into OneNote will not automatically render the Wakelet.  Pasting the URL from Edge, IE, Notepad, or other any other location works. OneNote is exploring a Chrome browser work-around to fix this

You can now create pages, section, and even entire notebooks chock-full of Wakelets!  It’s a true “Better Together” 🌊💜 scenario!

To see some examples or how easy this is to do, see the example video of a Wakelet pages in OneNote.  This integration works in OneNote Windows 10, Online, Mac, iPad, Android, and 2016


So a big thanks to Becky Keene, and all of the other educators out there who are always sending us great ideas and feedback.  We promise to keep listening 👂 (and acting on it!)


Mike Tholfsen
Microsoft Education Product Manager

This post was originally published on this site.

What’s New in EDU: Earth Day brings updates to your ecosystem of tech tools

Happy Earth Day, educators! We’re celebrating with a suite of updates to your ecosystem of teaching tools, including a playful new set of Earth Day emoticons on Skype. OneNote, Teams, Minecraft Education Edition, Skype and Apple School Manager are all benefitting from added features and functionality this month.

Check out the full roster of updates below and be sure to visit our Earth Day 2019 resource center for ideas, activity plans and access to virtual field trips your students won’t soon forget. Also, for those who missed E2 in Paris last week, don’t miss our event recap.

New for educators this month

To Math Assistant or not to Math Assistant …

Learning Tools, the set of features designed to support you and your students in reading, writing, math, and communication, now includes the ability to control Math Assistant via an on/off switch in OneNote Class Notebooks. As previously announced at Bett, the flexibility to temporarily turn the Math Assistant on or off is especially useful during practice tests or assessments.

When teachers want to turn it back on, it’s just the simple click of a button! The on/off switch is supported in OneNote Windows 10 and OneNote Online.

Also new, teachers can now drag and drop the solutions and steps from Math Assistant to a OneNote page in OneNote Online. This provides students an easy reference when looking back at their work and breaking down solution steps.

Teams adds real-time captions

Microsoft Teams, the digital hub that brings conversations, content, assignments and apps together in one place, now includes real-time captioning during meetings. By allowing everyone to read speaker captions in real time, meetings are made more inclusive for students or colleagues who are deaf or hard of hearing, have different levels of language proficiency, or are connecting from a noisy location. For more on this and the other great new Teams features announced at Enterprise Connect, check out our new blog here.

OneNote navigation updates (based on your feedback)

We heard your feedback and incorporated some new elements to improve navigation in OneNote for Mac and OneNote for Windows 10. The updated navigation allows teachers to switch easily between notebooks, search results and recent notes using the buttons along the left-hand rail as well as use the drop-down button across the top of sections and pages to view additional notebooks. If you want to maximize your canvas, you can hide navigation by clicking the notebooks icon at the top of the left rail. Click the icon again when you need to navigate your way to another page, section or notebook. Read more about the new navigation or find support.

OneNote also now supports EdPuzzle embedded on the canvas. This allows educators who use EdPuzzle to easily integrate their video lesson into OneNote—this update is supported in all versions of OneNote, except OneNote 2016.

Minecraft adds new ways to learn while you play this Earth Day

A trio of updates to Minecraft: Education Edition further empowers educators like yourself to use game-based learning across a variety of curriculum.

      • A Partnership with the World Wildlife Foundation
        Minecraft Education Edition is partnering with the World Wildlife Foundation on a month-long design challenge focused on the theme of zero waste. Throughout the month, we’re encouraging our educator community to share Flipgrid videos and social posts that feature their students’ boldest, most thoughtful designs. At the end of the month, we’ll publish a blog showcasing the best student submissions. Educators with Minecraft: Education Edition licenses can launch the challenge’s starter world here. Also, check out the World Wildlife Fund’s Zero Waste Toolkit. Starting Monday, we’ll be sharing daily tips on how you can easily reduce waste via Twitter and Facebook. A special Earth Day OneNote full of ideas, activities and resources is available here.
      • Minecraft Math Curriculum
        Now educators can access a full math curriculum for all grade 3 and grade 4 aligned to Common Core math standards. Featuring over 60 activities including lesson plans, rubrics, student worksheets and downloadable worlds, these curricula are designed to complement and enhance math teaching and learning. Browse our Math Subject Kit or download the guides directly (grade 3 or grade 4) for descriptions of standards alignment.
      • New Badges & Community Resources
        We have re-launched our Minecraft educator community page, now including digital badges. Join our global community to get advice on teaching with Minecraft: Education Edition, share and discuss lesson plans and classroom management strategies, and earn badges! Start by creating a profile and signing up for the community newsletter. Once you’ve unlocked the first two badges, share your experience and expertise with the world and apply to be a Minecraft Mentor.

Hacking STEM portfolio for Earth Day
Hacking STEM has you covered with ready-to-use lesson plans on earth science, environmental science, chemistry and physical science. These lessons include hands-on, interdisciplinary, inquiry-driven activities like monitoring water quality from a local waterway, measuring ocean depths to map the ocean floor and designing a windmill to generate electrical power. They teach 21st-century technical skills like electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, software engineering and data science. You can find these and other standards-aligned Hacking STEM lesson plans at the Hacking Stem site

Celebrate Earth Day with new emoticons

Each year, Skype in the Classroom celebrates Earth Day by bringing a world of exciting activities directly into your classroom throughout the month of April. This year, we’re adding to the fun with a custom collection of Earth Day-themed emoticons. Use them before, during and after your Skype sessions this month to raise awareness about our fragile planet.

New for IT administrators this month

Apple School Manager now supports Azure Active Directory for easy access for students and staff

We’re excited to announce that schools can now connect Apple School Manager with Azure Active Directory to setup easy access for students and staff. By setting up Apple School Manager with Azure Active Directory, students and staff members can automatically be set up with Apple services for seamless access. Instead of remembering separate usernames and passwords, students and staff members can simply use their existing Microsoft account to sign into an iPad, Mac, iCloud and Schoolwork. Students and staff members can now use the same account to sign into Apple devices and services as they do to Microsoft services such as Office 365. By connecting Apple School Manager with Azure Active Directory, schools can benefit from:

      • Streamlining processes: When you federate Apple School Manager with Azure AD, Managed Apple ID’s are created automatically.
      • Increasing timely access: Reduce the time that students or staff members can get access to relevant Apple services and devices by allowing them to sign into their Apple devices with their school email address and password.

To link your Apple School Manager to Azure Active Directory follow the steps below:

      1. Start the federated authentication process
      2. Connect to your identity provider by linking Apple School Manager to Microsoft Azure AD
      3. Verify your Azure AD domain ownership
      4. Turn on and test federated authentication

You can find additional details on how to configure this for your school on Apple’s documentation (need link here). We’re excited about bringing this integration to schools to help better provide seamless access for students and staff members.

Intune for Education makes it easy to set up and manage Windows 10 and iOS devices in just a few steps, including deploying apps or settings to users and managing shared devices.

      • Refined list of iOS Settings in Intune for Education – We’ve refined the list of iOS settings in Express configuration to help you get devices up and running even faster. Express configuration enables you to quickly set up devices and only features the essential settings. For more customization, view the full list of Windows 10 or iOS device settings.
      • Improved iOS settings names and tooltips – We’ve revised many of the iOS setting names, tooltips, and categories in Intune for Education to make settings easier to find and understand. For a detailed list of these settings see iOS device settings in Intune for Education.
      • New iOS device naming options – We’re adding new naming settings to help you group and identify your iOS devices. During iOS enrollment and MDM server token setup, Intune for Education will automatically name each of your devices with their unique device serial number. You’ll then have the option to add a custom name, such as Contoso or Math1, to the prefix. If you do customize the name, the device serial number will be attached to the end of it. For example: Contoso012a345b67c8.
      • New settings for Windows 10 – We’ve added new settings to give you more control over areas such as security power management, and Windows Update. Among the changes are new Windows notifications settings, which allow you to choose whether or not users see notifications about Windows Updates, and new Manual Windows Update settings, which allow you to choose whether or not users have access to the Windows Update scan, download and install features.

This month, we hope you’ll join us in highlighting Earth Day for your students. Inspiring them to take positive action begins with educating them on how to be responsible stewards of the planet, and that’s a mission we’re honored to put our resources behind.