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  1. 1. A HEAD TEACHER’S RESPONSE SURFACE 3 TECH REVIEW ZERO TO WINDOWS 10 IN A FLASH GLOW 365 IN THE CLASSROOM SHOWCASE SCHOOL UP CLOSE “COMPUTERS DO NOT IMPROVE PUPIL RESULTS”
  2. 2. 15 Welcome to #TheFeed, a new monthly education magazine wrapped up in stories from our Showcase Schools, classroom tips and tricks from our Expert Educators and behind the scenes insights (or mayhem) from us. Our vision is to empower every teacher and every school on the planet to achieve more with our technology. Whilst, we don’t always get it right (cough cough Windows 8) you do! You’ve helped us evolve, become more agile and responsive to new ideas and innovations. “We don’t just value difference, we seek them out, we invite them in. And as a result, our ideas are better, our products are better, and our customers are better served.’’ Satya Nadella (CEO) We hope #TheFeed will provide a nice refreshing change to your usual tech read, bringing you up to speed with our latest educational offerings supplemented with pedagogical examples from our educator community. Sharing best practices, reflections, and advice on how best to prepare students for this mobile-first, cloud-first world in one nice neat monthly supplement.   In this month’s ‘back to school’ issue, Wymondham High will tell you if Windows 10 is any better than Windows 8. English teacher Emma Hicks will share her Top 10 OneNote tips for the classroom, and in time for the Scottish Learning Festival, check this month’s special report on Glow365. Mandeep Atwal What do you do when you hand over your story telling to your customers? You produce a new magazine that’s free from corporate jargon! It’s so exciting how the students are responding to the incredible advancements we are making as an industry! Tim Bush Education Marketing Manager Education Audience Manager 2
  3. 3. Learner, teacher, writer, piano player. @geraldhaigh1 Muggle, Dad, Headteacher @SdSPrimary Cricket, The Beatles. You’re all clear kid, now let’s blow this thing and go home. Microsoft Student Ambassador at Wymondham High. @haztraynor Microsoft Expert Educator, Head of IT Strategy Wymondham High Academy. Newest member of the Microsoft Education team. @kevin_sait Primary School teacher, ICT Co-ordinator, Arbonne Independent Consultant and Microsoft Expert Educator. @natalielochhead Kevin Sait Natalie LockheadHarry Traynor Tom Ress 15 A welcome helping hand from our team from so many different backgrounds. contents 2 EDITORS FORWARD: MANDEEP & TIM 4 ZERO TO WINDOWS 10 IN A FLASH 8 ‘‘COMPUTERS DO NOT IMPROVE PUPIL RESULTS’’ - A HEAD TEACHER’S RESPONSE 12 TECH REVIEW – SURFACE 3 14 SHOWCASE SCHOOL: WYMONDHAM HIGH UP CLOSE 19 MIEE REPORT: GLOW 365 IN THE CLASSROOM 24 A STUDENT’S VIEW: BACK TO SCHOOL 26 IMAGINE CUP EARTH 27 WHAT’S GOING ON? 32 JOIN THE CLUB Hungry for more? chat with us... Gerald Haigh tweet us @microsoftedUK #thefeedUK share us TheFeedUK 3
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  5. 5. His delivery is cool, apparently off –the-cuff, but don’t be deceived; the words are carefully chosen, When he says the new features ‘unveil themselves at the right pace, with help,’ that’s exactly what he means. If you’ve used an earlier version of Windows, you can move to Windows 10 and pick up where you left off, doing the same things, in the same way. But quite quickly, you and your students (most likely with students leading the way) will discover just how flexible and all-embracing this new working environment can be. Windows 10 offers; ‘A familiar user experience that has exactly the right balance between things that are as you expect them, and new features and benefits that unveil themselves at the right pace, with help, so that you improve your productivity as time goes by.’ Joe speaks to a business audience, but virtually everything he says applies just as well to educators, underlining the way that Windows 10 is relevant to all sectors, institutions and individuals. His delivery is cool, apparently off –the-cuff, but don’t be deceived; the words are carefully chosen, when he says the new features ‘unveil themselves at the right pace, with help,’ that’s exactly what he means. If you’ve used an earlier version of Windows, you can move to Windows 10 and pick up where you left off, doing the same things, in the same way. But quite quickly, you and your students (most likely with students leading the way) will discover just how flexible and all-embracing this new working environment can be. Now that, for me, is a real advance. Henry Ford is credited with the quote, ‘If I’d asked our customers what they wanted, they’d have said a faster horse.’ Whether he actually said it or not, it usefully sums up the key challenge of all technological innovation, which is to inspire and support new pathways and visions while at the same time meeting today’s needs and wants. And so Ford’s ‘Model T’, with 15 million sold across the world between 1908 and 1927, opened up new, often unforeseen, ways for people to live their lives, while at the same time still being the ‘faster horse’ that American Mid-Western farmers wanted. Microsoft, for their part, have always been brilliant at being both the faster horse and the means of reaching beyond the here and now. OneNote, for example, at one level, is the answer for the teacher who wants a better exercise book, but it also supports and guides them towards an entirely different way of working with students and colleagues. Look at each Microsoft technology and you’ll find that balance. It’s not surprising then, to discover that Windows 10 pulls off the signature Microsoft achievement of being both an old friend and an invigorating new companion. Or as Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore puts it in his talk to the May 2015 ‘Ignite’ Conference, FOR YEARS WE’VE ALWAYS BEEN UNCOMFORTABLY AWARE THAT WE NEVER GET AROUND TO USING ALL OF THE ENORMOUS POSSIBILITIES OF THE COMPUTERS IN OUR HOMES, SCHOOLS AND OFFICES. WHAT’S NEWIN MICROSOFTGERALD HAIGH So often we just lack the time, training or motivation to do more than stay within our comfort zone. Windows 10 breaks through that barrier. It presents us with open doors and beckoning hands – from the different approach routes that open up when you click the start button, through the personalised help from Cortana, the new ‘Edge’ browser, to the possibility for interaction with touch, mouse or pen, everything works together, extending a hand and drawing us forward. For the teacher the possibilities are rich and exciting. As Microsoft Expert Educator Becky Keene says in her Windows 10 training video, ‘ Using technology for the sake of it is a thing of the past…..Windows 10 is the perfect for platform for creating online learning modules through Office Mix. Students can also use Office Mix and Sway to showcase their learning in interesting and dynamic ways.’ Add to all that the rich resources of Windows Store, which can be tailored to become the school’s own educational app store, and you begin to see how Windows 10 can help teachers and students together create an all-embracing, learning environment available anytime, anywhere. Most important of all, I’d say, is that Windows 10 offers a unified, personal experience, tightly integrated across not only all current devices – desktop, laptop, convertible, tablet, phone, Xbox, but also with emerging technologies such as Microsoft HoloLens and Surface Hub, with ‘Continuum’ ensuring – as the name implies -- continuity across them all. ➜ Michel Van der Bel Managing Director, Microsoft UK Area Vice President, Microsoft International 5
  6. 6. His delivery is cool, apparently off –the-cuff, but don’t be deceived; the words are carefully chosen, When he says the new features ‘unveil themselves at the right pace, with help,’ that’s exactly what he means. If you’ve used an earlier version of Windows, you can move to Windows 10 and pick up where you left off, doing the same things, in the same way. But quite quickly, you and your students (most likely with students leading the way) will discover just how flexible and all-embracing this new working environment can be. Perhaps the best way to summarise what Windows 10 can do for educators and students is to consider what an educational institution needs from an operating system. You can make your own list, but I guess it will include • Ease of deployment and management – because schools and colleges are not richly endowed with technical support. • A high level of safety and security, updated as necessary – that’s important for all users, but responsibility for young people brings particular concerns. • Unified experience across a range of devices – because schools want to achieve one-to-one within a limited budget, using affordable resources including phones and low-cost tablets. • A comfortable and easily learned user experience – teachers, after all, have enough problems and don’t want complications and barriers. • Accessibility. Schools are hugely diverse places; children have a wide range of needs, teachers must be flexible in their approach, subjects are different from each other. Keyboard entry works well enough, but adding the ability to use a range of inputs -- handwriting (inking), voice, audio, touch, can keep up with this diversity, unlocking and transforming the way technology is used. Windows 10 ticks all of those boxes and more. Finally, what of the future? We live in fast-moving times. Will Windows 10 keep up? Microsoft’s answer is that Windows 10 is for life. Not for nothing does the Microsoft Windows 10 video advert show little children and assure us that they will grow up with Windows 10, which is designed and engineered to be open to updates and change as time goes by. There’s another level of future-proofing, too. Some visionaries – Kevin Sait of Wymondham High Academy, for example – foresee a time when schools, rather than managing their IT environment ‘top-down’, will allow students, in true partnership with teachers and technical staff, to harness the power of Windows 10 and Office 365 to manage their own cloud spaces in SharePoint Online. The only barriers to that are to do with leadership and management, because Windows 10 and Microsoft Cloud are ready right now to play their part. Now there’s a real breakthrough idea to conjure with! WHAT’S NEWIN MICROSOFT WINDOWS 10 IS HERE ➜ Tomos Prosser Microsoft Expert Educator 6
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  8. 8. A HEAD TEACHER’S RESPONSE “COMPUTERS DO NOT IMPROVE PUPIL RESULTS”
  9. 9. October: change is in the air… BY TOM RESS HEAD TEACHER OF SIMON DE SENLIS PRIMARY ➜ And so another school year is underway, bringing an autumnal mix of both fresh and well-trodden challenges to schools. Assessment. Curriculum. Technology. Behaviour. OFSTED. Safeguarding - just a few of the many challenges that will be occupying the thoughts of teachers and school leaders this September. Another week, another headline around the use of technology in schools, this time not calling for more industry-ready skills or computing in the classroom, but announcing that ‘Computers do not improve Pupil Results’ - a loose interpretation of the recent OECD report, ‘Students, Computers and Learning’ which is well worth a read in its entirety. Well no, on their own and without the right approach, they don’t. And neither do pencils, uniforms, books, assemblies, paintbrushes, letters home, furniture and other vital threads of a school’s rich tapestry. Technology as a tool for learning, is only as effective as the quality of teaching that accompanies it (I’ve been banging this drum for a while now). So before we all gather up the devices and ask the digital leaders to list them on eBay to raise funds for textbooks or Latin teachers, it’s worth digging behind the headline a little further to understand the real messages. What Does The Report Actually Say? In short, the report highlights that education systems that have invested heavily in technology, have not yet seen a noticeable improvement in academic attainment as a result. Whilst this may provide a concern for some, these findings are consistent with previous research such as that by the Sutton Trust and John Hattie which indicate only a ‘moderate effect size’ where technology is used. This comes as no surprise to those of us who see schools grappling with the implementation of technology in the classroom, still searching for the right route in this still relatively new labyrinth. A key message from the report is that teaching approaches (not devices and software) must change to make effective use of technology. I believe this is essential, but not just for the sake of leveraging the potential of technology; traditional instruction remains the default pedagogy in classes across the world and this is another indicator of how many miles there are still to tread on the march to develop more widespread contemporary practice in order to develop a generation of learners, fit for the modern world. As Andreas Schleicher (OECD Education Diectoriate and author of the report) says: ‘We have not yet become good enough at the kind of pedagogies that make the most of technology; that adding 21st century technologies to 20th century teaching practices will just dilute the effectiveness of teaching.” Changing practice is the crux of the issue; for a variety of reasons, there still remains the misconception that the ‘magic bullet’ of technology can be dropped into a school and will solve problems and raise standards. The 2013 paper ‘New Pedagogies for Deep Learning’ (Fullan Langworthy) cuts eloquently to the heart of this issue: “In much of the language and thinking on technology in education, there has been a quest for a “holy grail” that would transform education through technology. By now, it is clear that no holy grail exists; rather, technologies used to enable and accelerate specific processes can dramatically improve learning, but its impact depends on how it is used.” Help Or Hindrance? In a sense, it’s reports (and headlines) like this that contribute to the slow evolution of schools and education systems by awarding success or failure on the basis of the PISA tests and their narrow academic focus. Never has the case for developing a wider set of skills and competencies been more compelling, with leading academics, researchers and schools now all joining the clamour for 21st Century skills, competencies or habits to be the focus of children’s education. Studies such as the ITL Research (Innovative Teaching and Learning); the CBI report: First steps: A New Approach For Our Schools and the OECD’s own paper, “ TECHNOLOGY AS A TOOL FOR LEARNING, IS ONLY AS EFFECTIVE AS THE QUALITY OF TEACHING THAT ACCOMPANIES IT. ” 9
  10. 10. 1. Create a Digital Strategy that is understood by everyone and sets out why and where technology is used in your school and what the plan is for further adoption (I’ve written about how we did this at Simon de Senlis earlier this year). 2. Stay up to Date with school technology so that it is current and remains appealing for the school community to use. It costs money and time-heavy to implement and maintain but as soon as it becomes dated, usage stops in school. In too many situations, it just doesn’t compete with what’s at home (or in pockets). 3. Think Learning not Tech. An infinite number of shiny possibilities present themselves as we start to use technology more in the classroom. Continually asking ‘What makes Learning Better?’ is important to avoid waste time and energies into things which are cute or clever but don’t make learning richer or deeper. As John Hattie tells us, ‘Know Thy Impact’. ‘The Case for 21st Century Learning’ (authored by Andreas Schleicher), all tell us that employers and governments across the world need the next generation to be educated differently; to have more than the academic ‘basics’ which too many current school systems are entrenched in across the world. But still governments and the world’s media dances to the tune of achievement in the 3Rs. This too, must change if the world is to move beyond rhetoric. Helpfully though, the report also highlights some areas where the potential impact of technology is now clear. It also provides us with the following call to action: “School systems need to find more effective ways to integrate technology into teaching and learning to provide educators with learning environments that support 21st century pedagogies and provide children with the 21st century skills they need to succeed in tomorrow’s world,” said Andreas Schleicher, OECD Director for Education and Skills. “Technology is the only way to dramatically expand access to knowledge. To deliver on the promises technology holds, countries need to invest more effectively and ensure that teachers are at the forefront of designing and implementing this change.” What Do We Do? Having been fortunate to work with many teachers and schools where technology IS making the difference to learning, I’ve pulled together some ideas and suggestions that might be useful when planning how to develop technology further in your school this year. Collaboration Knowledge Construction Self-Regulation Use of ICT for Learning (Digital Fluency) Real-World Problem Solving and Innovation/ Creativity Skilful Communication 21CLD Six Dimensions of 21st Century Learning. October: change is in the air… The 21 CLD app available in the Windows store is a great resource for helping teachers look at how the different dimensions of 21CLD. ➜ 10
  11. 11. ➜ 4. 21st Century Learners need 21st Century pedagogies - This point is already made heavily above but researching this area or using approached such as Building Learning Power (by Guy Claxton) or 21st Century Learning Design provides a framework that helps develops the ‘stuff that matters’ in children 5. Switch it Off and Put it Down - Whilst an essential and powerful learning tool, knowing when not to use technology is a critical 21st Century skill. The OECD report also tells us that a high percent of the school day spent in front of a screen is counter-productive. 6. Empower leading teachers to champion the use of technology to make learning better. It’s the best teachers (not techies) who will see where the impact on learning really is. Invest in developing expertise and make sure that things work and are effective in these classrooms before transforming these ‘islands of excellence’ into common practice across the school. 7. Embed non-negotiables about the use of technology into daily routines. Many schools have this in place for administration such as online registers, email and logging behaviour; do the same for learning as long as it’s the stuff that makes a difference (see points 3 4). 8. Manage expectations amongst staff around new hardware, systems or upgrades - it won’t change their life in the flick of a button; it will almost certainly require troubleshooting and snagging before it runs smoothly; it might make learning deeper, more relevant and more engaging. 9. Nurture a growth mindset amongst staff around the introduction of new technologies in school. New hardware or systems are a great place for us to develop more of the resilience and problem solving that the Carol Dweck posters in our staffrooms promote. 10. Share your successes and failures with others through platforms such as educational blogs, twitter or other social networks. Only a wider network of educators prepared to innovate and share in this way will help us gather momentum and establish the reformed and contemporary approach to learning that the 21st Century is so deeply in need of. I’ll be using this column to write more about how schools I’m fortunate enough to work with in the UK are facing up to these challenges throughout the academic year. We’re also hosting a series of events at Simon de Senlis to continue the debate and create opportunities to support schools through this transformation time in education. October: change is in the air… “ TECHNOLOGY IS THE ONLY WAY.... TO DRAMATICALLY EXPAND ACCESS TO KNOWLEDGE. TO DELIVER ON THE PROMISES TECHNOLOGY HOLDS, COUNTRIES NEED TO INVEST MORE EFFECTIVELY AND ENSURE THAT TEACHERS ARE AT THE FOREFRONT OF DESIGNING AND IMPLEMENTING THIS CHANGE. ” The first of these session is free and will take place at Simon de Senlis Primary School on October 15th. Click here to sign up! OCT 15 11
  12. 12. There has been a lot of hype around the Surface product range at the moment, especially with its latest release, the Surface 3, a device definitely designed with education in mind. The all-important question, though, is will it live up to the £377.10 pricing point for students?? I think the first main selling point of a device like this it has a full blown version of Windows 10 running on a tablet. A large amount of other tablets on the market are limited as to what you can and can’t do on them and the Surface 3 really challenges how you can be productive with a device within this category. A key example is that if I want to install a program that would work on my desktop computer, it will also work on my Surface. I think this is especially important as the world of devices is moving towards having a phone, tablet and desktop that sync all their settings together. With Office 365 or a Microsoft Account this becomes a problem of the past, with OneDrive even all your files will follow you around on every device. So convenient! I am a fan of the Windows environment and believe that it offers a highly flexible and powerful computing experience. The Surface 3, and the unique features associated with the device, really enhances that experience and offers a compelling solution for student’s content consumption and creation needs. What is the purposes of this device, though, and which shoes do they fill? My answer is honestly most of them. I think it is fair to say that the Surface 3, from both a students and IT guy’s point of view, is a minimal and lightweight device to work with, whilst still achieving everything you need it to do. Students will be able to walk into their lessons with a powerful, useful and lightweight companions that really helps them become more efficient and effective learners. That could be taking a video, getting resources the teacher has online or just being able to jot ideas as they come to you – the possibilities are endless. Also, as an IT guy. the device acts just like any other desktop the IT department would have to deal with, meaning no extra software or tinkering to make it work with existing infrastructure. techREVIEW SURFACE 3 HARRY TRAYNOR REVIEW BY ➜ “Theywillbeabletowalkintotheirlessonswith oneofthemostuseful,lightweightcompanions” “ Surface or no Surface ” That is the question we ask ourselves when buying a device to go to school with. STUDENT AMBASSADOR 12
  13. 13. techREVIEW SURFACE 3 Additionally, Inking has been an awesome new technology allowing the user to grab the Surface pen and draw straight onto the device with great precision. Being able to write in OneNote is one of the most useful things and I have started putting everything into it, which has saved my neck more than I’d like to say. On top of that I am a big fan of using dedicated graphics tablets to draw into programs like Photoshop and Illustrator, but most of these solutions come at a great cost. The Surface 3 gives me a way to achieve that whilst not blowing my bank apart. By now you must be thinking there is nothing wrong with this device? To be honest I think Microsoft have done a good job and certainly from a student’s point of view. If I had to just highlight some point a key one is that this isn’t your next super computer and you must remember it is just a tablet. You won’t be able to play next gen games on it, but it certainly keeps up with Minecraft which is never a bad thing. Battery: Up to 10 hours of video playback3 Memory: 2GB RAM Processor: Quad Core Intel® Atom™ x7 processor 1.6Ghz Screen size: 10.8 1920 x 1280 Cameras: 3.5 megapixel front-facing and 8 megapixel rear-facing Ports: Full-size USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, microSD™ card reader “Being able to write in OneNote is one of the most useful things and I have started putting everything into it” So would I recommend this to a friend – definitely? Taking into consideration its price, battery life that lasts a whole school day and the general smooth look – it covers all the problems I might have as a student and does a brilliant job at making technology seamless in aiding the teacher and yourself. 13
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  15. 15. SHOWCASE SCHOOL 15SEE THE LAUNCH VIDEO UPGRADE TO WINDOWS 10 ‘ we are well on that road to reshaping learning delivery in the classroom’ It’s a bit of a cliché and I have used it several times before but these really are changing times for education. For too long, schools have simply brought technology and overlaid existing teaching methods on top of it. It’s the ‘our school has brought some tablets and we’re going to use apps’ scenario. However, with the wide range of technology that is now readily available to schools and the power of the cloud, now is the time where we can begin to rethink the ergonomics of the lesson, the classroom and how teaching can be delivered by partnering with the right technology. At Wymondham High Academy Trust, we are well on that road to reshaping learning delivery in the classroom. Wymondham is a secondary school with a sixth form, based just south of Norwich with about 1650 students. Up until two years ago technology was simply in the computer rooms for IT lessons. We had a virtual learning environment that was not intuitive, didn’t enthuse teachers and therefore students did not use it. So how did we do this inside of a year? More importantly, how can you as a school move forward in the same way for your students, because it really isn’t rocket science from any aspect. As I have mentioned already, the student’s world moves considerably quicker than the technology in school. Students use ➜ touch screen devices, communicate through social media and simply ask Google or Bing anything they don’t know. They use their smartphone devices for every aspect of their lives from communication to research. So, our school had 650 PC’s in school, our library had 30 IPads, and a number of well used laptops in a trolley somewhere. Traditionally everything with Windows on it had to be domain joined, locked down with a lengthy mandatory profile on it, the IPads were used as a quick way of browsing the internet. However, students would love to lock the devices down with ‘Find My IPad’ at the earliest opportunity. So we began to look at the role of IT in the school from the ground up, working with our biggest stakeholders - the students about how they work and learn. Students gave us the most constructive feedback, these were: make it simple, our VLE was tied into our Google email system, the VLE was not intuitive, and students were spending time reformatting Office documents downloaded from Google Drive, which was one of the major distractions. WYMONDHAM HIGH Showcase School 15
  16. 16. 15SEE THE LAUNCH VIDEO UPGRADE TO WINDOWS 10 We had Windows 7 on the desktop with Office 2010, however there were issues with some students running older versions of Office, some running newer versions and some running freeware versions like OpenOffice. Again, this caused issues with students completing homework then using it in school, different versions and again moving things in and out of Google drive. So as you can see, the technology use in school was at best disjointed, and when the technology is disjointed, take up amongst teachers is simply not there and to that end students miss out. So in late 2013, we focused on simplifying the technology, and we did this through the Office 365 platform, this would mean land-locked resources could be moved into SharePoint and made more accessible for students and teachers. OneDrive for Business would offer students an effective cloud storage account and the power of online WebApps, which means when they uploaded an Office document, it would remain an Office document when they edited on another device. Teaching staff were initially excited about being able to edit SharePoint sites as it was all built on existing skills sets from Microsoft Office, unlike our existing VLE at the time. It was at this point I started working with two members of our sixth form. It had always been part of my vision that the students should be involved in building and shaping what we do at school with our technology, and Harry Traynor and Paul Harvey were equally passionate SHOWCASE SCHOOL Teachers have come to us to say: ‘these students have shared their homework with me!, what do I do now?’ about what they could bring to the rollout of Office 365. We formed the now infamous Wymondham High O Team, which established to deploy and support teachers and students in effective use of Office 365 on a whole-school basis. At this point, one of the biggest student issues we identified was, using ‘the different version of Office’. So first we ensured that the whole school was upgraded to Office 2013 as part of our OVS license agreement. Then we were able to take advantage of the Office 365 ProPlus benefit allowing students and staff to download the latest version of Office 365 ProPlus software, this truly levelled the playing field in students being able to seamlessly work from home and finish work which they may have started in the classroom at school, without the headache of a Google conversion. Sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? Office 365 for Education, for no cost. The ability for a school to give each student and staff member the latest version of Microsoft Office for free. However, this led to a new ‘digital divide’ in school, the staff who wanted to use the new platform and the staff who didn’t. So how did the tide begin to turn? Honestly, our student’s uptake on using the cloud, we call it our Student Driven Agenda (O Team / Digital Leaders) Teachers have come to us to say. ‘these students have shared their homework with me!, what do I do now?’ . This has led to teachers wanting to learn about Office 365 so they are not left behind. We have a strong digital leader program and teachers will get support from students in the classroom to get issues solved quicker. More recently the power of OneNote and the OneNote Class Notebook creator have led to big changes in the way we deliver teaching and learning in the classroom. ➜ WYMONDHAM HIGH Showcase School 16
  17. 17. 15SEE THE LAUNCH VIDEO UPGRADE TO WINDOWS 10 SHOWCASE CLASSROOM Windows 10 has proved you don’t need to refresh your IT suite to run the latest version of Windows. So building on our vision of Wymondham High becoming the centre of technical excellence in the South Norfolk area has meant we have showcased our work to various schools during 2014/2015. This led to us partnering with Old Buckenham High School to help develop the same pathway for technology in their school. Old Buckenham High School, is a typical Norfolk LEA school, of about 650 students, and essentially we had a traditional IT setup. With the departure of the existing network manager it has been an opportunity for us to work with the school on their IT Strategy based around Office 365 and doing the best for the students. Again the vision was to enable students to work more efficiently with the power of the cloud and at the same time give them a skill set. Our technical team led by Andy Underwood, students from both Wymondham and Old Buckenham High have been involved in rebuilding the network. Office 365 had been deployed to students during the year, and this use of technology was seen as the first step to a wider use of IT in the classroom. Up until now Old Buckenham only had two IT rooms and one set of aging laptops. The school had also purchased 30 Linx 8 tablets (£79.99) for use in the science department. These tablets have been in use almost every lesson in science with students researching, photographing and consuming information into Microsoft OneNote Digital Workbook. So this summer holiday has seen the final part of the jigsaw coming together with a network upgrade to Windows Server 2012 r2, Windows 10 deployed to desktop and tablets throughout the school. While this is still work in progress, this will allow for a common user interface across every device, from the low end Linx tablets to the high end Surface devices. ➜ Also this year, the launch of the Surface 3 device has been a transformational device in the classroom for teachers. The power of the pen and using OneNote combined with wireless broadcasting to projectors in the classroom means the whole class dynamic has been able to change. It has empowered teachers like Kay Southgate, who has developed engaging and exciting MFL lessons using tech she once use to leave out – worried things will fail on her. Let me cover off the question people ask me – why Microsoft? Why not Google? Well some of the points I have already covered earlier, however our main role at school is to prepare students to become college or job ready. When you talk to businesses (and we as a school often do) you find that the key skills they are looking for are Microsoft Office based, Excel, Word and PowerPoint. As a school we back this up with our use of the Microsoft IT Academy and the Microsoft Office Specialist qualification. Have we found any business requiring Google Apps skills? - frankly not. It’s about delivering the right skills set for our students for the future. At the frontend, Microsoft Office provides transferable skills students will use when in employment. At the backend, we are analysing data sourced from Power BI to turn numbers into useful information so teacher’s can use this to help drive effective assessment for learning strategies. There is no other platform like this for schools which is built on familiar software we all already know how to use. WYMONDHAM HIGH Showcase School 17
  18. 18. 15SEE THE LAUNCH VIDEO UPGRADE TO WINDOWS 10 SHOWCASE CLASSROOM Looking forward to September, Old Buckenham High School has been able to move to a flexible IT system which can expand with changes in teaching and learning. BYOD is a still a buzz word in education and Old Buckenham High now have the facility to provision student devices. Our student’s world moves considerably quicker than schools, that’s for sure. Really if we are going to provide World Skills for our students we really must make a big step forward with our technology to close the gap. Old Buckenham High School have been able to do this for wise decisions with Office 365 and the schools OVS licensing. They have matched this with the right device for teachers – Surface 3 and affordable information consuming device for students, the Linx tablets. My simple message is that if Old Buckenham High School can do it, then anyone can. Now is the time when the wide range of devices are available, the right platform is available and the right teaching tools are available – schools have never had this amount of choice before. ‘Schools have never had this much choice before.’ follow me on twitter @kevin_sait Find out more about the Old Buckenham and Wymondham story http://kevsait.wordpress.com Wymondham High Digital Leaders WYMONDHAM HIGH Showcase School 18
  19. 19. ➜ Scottish Government and Microsoft have been investing heavily to make the Glow 365 Platform do the business for Scottish teaching and learning. In an era of Cloud First, Mobile First, the vision of creating a truly collaborative environment is closer than you think. MIEE Report: Available now through 19
  20. 20. 15SEE THE LAUNCH VIDEO UPGRADE TO WINDOWS 10 When Microsoft Expert Educator, Natalie Lockhead from Kirklandneuk Primary, realised that one of her Primary Three children was going to be away from school for several months, she set about making sure that he wasn’t left out, I phoned Natalie to find out a bit more... ‘We were starting a new topic on The Vikings, and he was going to miss all that, but with Glow Office 365 he was able to access the work and join in the research. My class love using OneNote Class Creator. Each child has their own individual work book to create their own multi-modal texts. We use it in various ways from research, writing, quizzes or even homework. Notebooks are private so only the student and teacher (me) can see the work. This was amazing as I could assign and share resources to him even though he wasn’t physically present in school. As well as an individual space there is a collaboration space which all the children can access and work together! This was fun as though he was at home, students in the class could see his answers pop on their screens immediately, bringing to life the concept of anytime/anywhere learning and collaboration. It’s early days with this innovative use of OneNote, but the absent student’s parents are keen and fully involved and we’ll all be interested to see how things develop over the term.’ ‘We use newsfeed a lot, it is like an educational version of Twitter where children all over Scotland can collaborate and share their learning together. He was missing his friends more than anything, so Newsfeed came in handy to stay connected with classmates in a safe and secure environment.’ When asked about her thoughts on technology in the classroom, Natalie says, ‘New technology can be daunting for all of us as educators, but why not embrace it? Some feel lost and embarrassed to admit they aren’t as confident as the children. I say have a go and enjoy the process, failing forward some of the time! Every step is a success and the only way to learn is to make a few mistakes along the way. We embrace this at Kirklandneuk and know that some children know more about ICT than their teachers! That’s why the Digital Leader’s program is an amazing initiative as the children are in control of their learning and it keeps things fresh! Our Digital Leaders are a group of children who love and are confident with ICT. They provide ICT support for teachers during their own ICT slot, teach lessons to classes from P1-7. Recently the children were able to teach and train both pupils and staff on how to use GLOW and Office 365 effectively in the classroom. Taking inspiration from Benjamin Franklin - “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Please feel free to contact Natalie if you have any questions or would like to collaborate! follow me on twitter @natalielochhead MIEE Report: 20
  21. 21. 15SEE THE LAUNCH VIDEO UPGRADE TO WINDOWS 10 ‘Skype in the classroom has excited the interest of colleagues too in other departments who can see not only the possibilities but the benefits - increased levels of engagement, eagerness to come to class when pupils know there is a call booked. We’re currently up and running with ‘Mystery Skype’ as a competition with schools in Sweden and Russia. Mystery skype is when children link with another school which may be anywhere in the world. Neither tells the other where they are and they have to work out their partner’s location from clues that develop in the conversation. The project based learning approach and team working skills facilitated by using Skype in the classroom has allowed us to cover other key areas which the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence requires us to: steward -- literacy across learning, numeracy across learning and health and wellbeing across learning.’ I enjoyed it because we got to know more about Yellowstone from someone (Ranger) who works there. I would like to use Skype in class again, it made learning real’ wrote 2F student Jodie. Studying Volcanoes with MIE-Expert Annette Lafrate from Gryffe High School. ‘I used OneNote in the six weeks leading up to the exams. I created sections for exam preparation, pinpointed topics I thought would most likely come up and created pages (within the section) for each topic. When I looked at the statistics of the number of views on this notebook after the final exam on 6th May there had been 849 views. I consider this to have been a worthwhile resource to have set up as there were only approximately 30 people accessing it.’ Jaqueline Campbell from St Mungo’s RC High School, Falkirk explains how she has been using OneNote with her National 5 and Higher Classes. Using OneNote with National 5 and Higher Classes ‘The site has lots of literacy based activities and links. There are standing activities, such as a reading club, links to external competitions, and a place to share writing. There is also a weekly challenge, with three activities based around a theme, each of which allows pupils to practice their literacy skills and share the results. An added bonus is that using the site ties in with the school’s rewards programme for S1 and S2 pupils, the Holyrood Challenge, and pupils can earn points for contributing to the site. The impact has been increased learner engagement outside of school. All of the young people who engage with the site are doing so out of choice, and it has fostered a sense of community across classes and year groups. It has been an opportunity for wider achievement, and a really fun way of getting to know kids not in my classes.’ In Holyrood Secondary School we have used the Office 365 Glow sites, incorporating tools such as the Newsfeed, surveys, document stores and embedded media with our S1 and S2 pupils (800 children in total). Holyrood Secondary – Glow Literacy Site by Katie Barrowman OneNote Class Notebook for Higher Computing Science viewed on a pupil’s Apple Watch. MIEE Report: 21
  22. 22. 15SEE THE LAUNCH VIDEO UPGRADE TO WINDOWS 10 A range of different approaches have been adopted in Scotland to support the use of digital technologies for learning including the development of a national service to support digital learning and teaching.  This service is called Glow. Glow provides access to a range of digital tools and services through a single username and password. It offers learners and educators an environment in which they can create, collaborate and innovate to improve learning outcomes.  Glow is only accessible via a username and password.  Once logged on, the Glow Launchpad enables users to access the Glow services and other online resources via a secure portal. The Glow services include: Glow Launchpad for access to a growing App Library, Glow Blogs, Glow Wikis, Glow Meet and Glow Office 365.   Glow Office 365 is powered by Microsoft and provides a set of cloud based services and tools which allows educators, staff and students to get anywhere access to email and calendars, Office Web Apps, video and online meetings, and document sharing.  This functionality is being used to its maximum advantage in many schools across Scotland as demonstrated in these case studies. Lorraine Spalding from Scottish Government answers the question ‘What is Glow 365?’ Outlook mail and calendar can be accessed from your desktop or connected to mobile devices. Share together, create together, plan together with Class sites. Use OneDrive to create and store up to 1TB of your classroom data in the cloud. Use search to find documents and sites and follow them to stay informed. A Glow Office 365 school site can give teachers learners a central landing space to discuss/ share. Add to your profile and connect with other users Collaborate in real-time so that you can see who else is editing a document. Discuss or get help from other learners/teachers in the National Newsfeed. Keep all your class notes together and collaborate with other learners/ teachers using OneNote online. Share together, create together, plan together with Class sites. MIEE Report: 10 ways to get started with Glow Office 365 Find out how to get a GLOW LOGIN 22
  23. 23. Get the full Office experience across all PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones. Let your students craft their masterpiece on the go, online and everywhere in-between on up to five devices. I know something you don’t know! If you have an Office 365 email account, you may qualify for FREE Office. Check with your school or Local Authority Now! office.com/getoffice365 Free for all eligible students. Download yours now. 23
  24. 24. 1515 STUDENT AMBASSADOR Laura WHETHER YOU WANT TO HEAR IT OR NOT – IT’S BACK TO SCHOOL TIME! 24
  25. 25. 1515 STUDENT AMBASSADOR Laura I know how you are all feeling, I’ve been there. Mixed feelings, right? Well, this year I won’t be going back to school or university. Instead, I am lucky enough to be spending a year at Microsoft, meaning one thing for you all - I’ll be on these pages every month, alongside other students, giving you top tips and advice on how to make the most of Microsoft, making your life as simple as I can from a student’s perspective. No techy language or confusing long words - just me and my newly found knowledge. There is way more to Microsoft than us students know about. Believe me, if I had known about the number of programmes, apps and devices that Microsoft offer when I started at school, my life would have been so much easier. Plus, most of it is free and we all know how much students love free stuff! So, I want to start by telling you how Office has changed my life (joking aside, it’s actually life changing) [Image] This is my pile of notes/revision/rubbish accumulated from my first 2 years at University of Reading. 20-something folders, each one with numerous tabs and multiple stickers scattered across the front which make it look like an academic passport - an exhilarating journey that takes you through the ups and downs of a Business and Management degree. Now, as some of you will have the pleasure of knowing, living in a student house means that space is a luxury and so finding somewhere to store all of these isn’t the easiest of things. And then came the life changing moment… OneNote. OneNote is the ultimate digital notebook for documents, pictures, notes, videos, audio… and any other file type that you can think of. My life is now in my OneNote. I’m actually writing this in my OneNote as we speak. In student language, this is an Office tool that runs just like our bog-standard Word and PowerPoint, but brings together everything we could possible need in one place. If I were going back to school this September, just like you lucky lot are, I would scrap that planner and put everything in here. Here’s what I’m thinking… Don’t get me wrong, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the things you can do with this tool - and everyone uses it differently, so take some time to explore how OneNote can really help you change the way you arrange your busy schedule - Work Hard, Play Hard takes some organising, right? If this isn’t quite enough to draw you in, try this… Students can get it at no cost at all. Nothing. So why wait - download your Office package here or visit Office.com/getoffice365 And now you’ve got it, you need to make the most of it with my Top 5 Back to School Tips: #1 – OneDrive OneDrive is part of this mysterious thing we call ‘the cloud’ which, long story short, means that we get tons of storage and can access our stuff anywhere, anytime. If you’re anywhere near as forgetful as me, you’ll know that age old problem of getting to the library and realising you’ve forgot to send over all those documents that you needed to work on. OneDrive is the answer. #2 – Collaboration Love it or hate it, group work is unavoidable. We’ve all had our fair share of frustrating groups, so some of you may be surprised by how much can be achieved when you actually get a group who communicate and collaborate as one. Microsoft offers a whole range of tools to help with this, cutting the overused excuses at the source. If I had known what I know now, my past responses would have been a lot different… “It’s too far to travel to meet you guys” “I’ve just sent you the Skype details, give us a call when you can” “My laptop broke so I have to use the library ones, but all my documents are on my laptop” “Good thing you saved it to your OneDrive” And my personal favourite… “We can’t all work on one document at the same time so you do it all and just send it over when you’re done” And yes, these are all genuine excuses I’ve been given! #3 – Yammer If you and your group are trying to talk about your project, what do you use? Facebook. What is a teacher’s biggest nightmare in the classroom? Facebook. Yammer provides a solution to this. This is a platform just like Facebook, but is a safe, secure online environment which can be used in schools, universities or at home. Groups and chats work just the same as Facebook, but there’s no risk of being distracted by Candy Crush requests. #4 – Word Referencing (My saviour) Sixth form and university had me typing out all those dashes, commas and italics, only to find out that Word does it all for you. Just put in the details of whatever book it may be that is currently making your life hell and chose the referencing style. Done. And they’ll all be there for next time you need them. #5 – MoS Exams Microsoft Office Specialist Exams may seem like something to avoid, but they are worth the extra exam, I promise. Despite my lack of Excel skills, I braved the Excel MoS exam in my 2nd week here at Microsoft and somehow managed to pass! Now that qualification can go on my CV, LinkedIn and help me with those necessary skills in work. You can take them in Word, PowerPoint and so many more, so it’s worth a shot if you’ve got the chance! So, there’s a whistle stop tour of Office from its new #1 fan, but there will be plenty more from me in the coming issues of theFeed. 25
  26. 26. BY TOM RESS HEAD TEACHER OF SIMON DE SENLIS PRIMARY Imagine Cup Earth Learn to code with NASA Science Who can enter? Students ages 6-18 worldwide are invited to explore this exciting and vital area of scientific research in Imagine Cup Earth, a new coding competition for students. All skill levels are welcome to dream big, build creatively, and boldly bring your ideas to life. What’s the competition? Microsoft Imagine and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are co-presenting this contest for students around the world. Together, we have created Imagine Cup Earth to inspire the next generation of thinkers, dreamers and Get DreamSpark for FREE  DreamSpark will give you access to professional- level developer and designer tools, so you can chase your dreams and create the next big breakthrough in technology, or simply get a head start in your career. Here’s how to get access. Step 1. Please click here to create a DreamSpark account and verify your student status. Don’t worry: with DreamSpark, free means free… you don’t even need to give us your credit card details. Step 2. Get Microsoft Azure – cloud services such as MySQL, Web Apps and more, so you can start coding and hosting your online projects in the cloud right away. Step 3. Get Visual Studio Community 2015 – the brand new release of Microsoft’s premier coding tool. In this new release we have enhanced the support for creating Windows 10, Android, and iOS apps… including a full Android emulator and much more. Step 4. Develop, publish and share your great work with us! So what are you waiting for? future programmers to learn the basics of coding and explore the latest science about our precious home. What’s the prize? During the 2015-16 Imagine Cup Earth season, a total of 18 winning students will share $36,000 in prizes for their earth-science coding projects. Students who choose our Beginner category can create games, apps and simulations using Microsoft’s free learn-to-code tools, including Kodu Game Lab, Microsoft Touch Develop and Project Spark. More advanced students can create web apps using HTML5/CSS/ Javascript, Python, or other web languages of their choice. How to enter? Students can get started by visiting our Imagine Cup Earth contest page to learn more about the competition. First Round Deadline: 23:59 GMT December 15, 2015 Second Round Deadline: 23:59 GMT March 31, 2016 Third Round Deadline: 23:59 GMT June 15, 2016 26
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  28. 28. V A Day in the Life with Surface We have created an immersive ‘A Day in the Life of a Teacher’ event, where we will show you how to make the most of your already busy day with Surface in education. Join us on our set, and let us walk you through the various ways you can use Microsoft technologies to help optimise your time in and outside of the classroom. Register for the next one here 28
  29. 29. E² Global Educator Exchange MIEE’s Marie Renton, Emma Hicks, Anthony Lees, Matthew Davies and Mark Martin joined over 300 Expert Educators at E² in Microsoft’s HQ in Seattle. An exciting three-day event that recognised and celebrated the achievements of educators who are preparing students for life in the 21st Century. Find out how you can become a MIEE here Satya Nadella CEO Microsoft Toni Townes-Whitley Vice President, WorldWide Public Sector 29
  30. 30. 36 Is Office free?11 Events 18 Inside Microsoft Decoding the Future Kick starting the Showcase School Tour Broadclyst Community Primary School hosted their first education event for the Cornerstone Teaching School. The theme of the day was Decoding the Future with a focus on creating a world class education system for a 21st century Britain. Delegates were treated to keynotes, including, a skype call from Chief Executive of the National College for Teaching Leadership Charlie Taylor. A tour of the school and various opportunities to explore how tech is being used effectively in the classroom. Sign up to the next Showcase School tour here Sir David Carter Regional School Commissioner Anthony Salcito Microsoft VP for Education Myles Bremner Director of the School Food Plan 30
  31. 31. 36 Is Office free?11 Events 18 Inside Microsoft The Showcase Classroom The Showcase Classroom is an innovative environment which allows you to explore Microsoft technologies. Through “hands-on” sessions, guided by our highly qualified teachers, visitors will be provided with truly immersive learning scenarios using the latest devices. Come and experience new approaches to using technology in the classroom, and discover a whole new way of teaching and learning. Best thing of all? It’s free! Tweet us at @MSShowcaseUK for more information. Steve Beswick Snr Director – Education and Charities Charlotte Coade Microsoft Expert Educator 31
  32. 32. UK BECOME A MICROSOFT SHOWCASE SCHOOL 1. Cardinal Place. London. W1 6QR contact : showcaseclassroom@microsoft.com 2. Cardinal Place. London. W1 6QR contact : showcaseclassroom@microsoft.com 3. Cardinal Place. London. W1 6QR contact : showcaseclassroom@microsoft.com 4. Cardinal Place. London. W1 6QR contact : showcaseclassroom@microsoft.com Recognising Education Innovation At Microsoft, we believe that technology alone cannot develop the 21st century skills students require. Technology is an accelerator, but alone it does not enable change. We believe in the power of schools and the impact school leadership can have when they are brought together around a community of professional practice. The Microsoft Showcase Schools program is a leadership-focused initiative to highlight innovative leading and teaching across globally recognized schools. As a Showcase School, leadership teams are part of a professional community that recognizes and amplifies the use technology to drive transformation and efficiencies school wide. Showcase Schools are recognized leaders in personalized learning, amplified by 1:1 deployments effectively using Microsoft solutions (e.g. Surface, Office 365, Office Mix, OneNote, Skype), to enable anywhere, anytime education for all students. A Microsoft Showcase School work in an open-hearted and collaborative way towards improving the life chances of the students.   To apply to the Showcase School Program contact @microsoteduk for more information. Announcing new schools in November’s edition. Wymondham High School  Norfolk Broadclyst Primary School  Exeter Cornwallis Academy   Kent Sandymoor School Runcorn Oasis South Bank Academy   Central London Simon De Senlis Primary School Northampton Showcase School 1 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 6 5 3 2
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