Mystery Skype is an educational game, invented by teachers, played by two classrooms on Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions. It’s suitable for all age groups and can be used to teach subjects like geography, history, languages, mathematics and science. How to use Mystery Skype? 1. Find a class: Join the list and message or tweet teachers you’d like to connect with. Our community is full of teachers who want to arrange Mystery Skype lessons with other classes. 2. Arrange a time: When you’ve found a class you’d like to Mystery Skype with, agree on a date and time for your lesson. Make sure you add each other as Skype contacts before your call too. 3. Share your story: We love to see your Mystery Skype stories, photos and videos. Share them on Twitter by mentioning @SkypeClassroom ...

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The WorldWide Telescope is a rich visualization environment that functions as a virtual telescope, bringing together imagery from the best ground- and space-based telescopes to enable seamless, guided explorations of the universe. WorldWide Telescope, created with Microsoft’s high-performance Visual Experience Engine, enables seamless panning and zooming across the night sky blending terabytes of images, data and stories from multiple sources over the Internet into a media-rich, immersive experience. The WorldWide Telescope experience scales from a web browser all the way to multi-channel full dome in some of the world’s most advanced planetariums. About 10 months ago, China’s first planetarium driven by the WorldWide Telescope (WWT) was launched at the Shixinlu primary school which enabled students not only to see and study the stars and the universe in an immersive planetarium setting, but it also has allowed them to create their own tours of the heavens and have them displayed on the ...

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Microsoft is now offering great discounts for students on Surface Pro 3. Students can now take advantage of this offer to save up to $195 on Surface Pro 3 models. For example, the entry level Surface Pro 3 costs only $649 for students as opposed to $799 for others. Find the new pricing list below. Surface Pro 3 Estimated retail price (USD) Intel® Core™ i3, 64 GB and 4 GB of RAM $649 Intel® Core™ i5, 128 GB and 4 GB of RAM $849 Intel® Core™ i5, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,149 Intel® Core™ i7, 256 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,394 Intel® Core™ i7, 512 GB and 8 GB of RAM $1,754 Students, Order it from Microsoft Store soon before it runs out of stock. ...

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At the Imagine Cup Finals event, Satya Nadella presented the Imagine Cup trophy to the winning team Eyenaemia. This team consists of bunch of enthusiastic medical students who envision the use of technology to help people live and stay healthy. In their project, they are making screening for anaemia is as simple as taking a selfie – Eyenaemia is a simple, non-invasive and easily accessible screening tool for anaemia made for use by everyday people. Eyenaemia analyses the conjunctiva and calculates the risk of anaemia, putting years of medical training into the hands of untrained users. Read more about their solution here. ...

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Few weeks back, Microsoft announced a new feature to find free online courses and books on Bing. When you search Bing for subjects such as trigonometry or history, Bing will now showcase a list of popular, free online courses available on the Khan Academy site to the right of search results page. They also added a new book finding feature that showcases whether a given title is available online for free or for reservation at your local library. Today they are expanding the features focused on education by showcasing school ratings, rankings and academic indicators directly in Snapshot. Now when you search for a given school- from elementary to high school to higher ed – Bing will showcase (where available) how they fare nationally, within the state and what their STEM rating might be.  They also display how the community surrounding the schools rate. Check out New Port High School results page ...

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Edmodo is a “social learning platform” website for teachers, students, and parents. It is marketed as the Facebook for schools. The official Edmodo app is now available for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: Edmodo takes learning beyond the classroom by providing a free, safe place for teachers and students to connect and collaborate—anytime, anywhere. Specifically designed for Windows 8.1, this app includes the full suite of features found on the Edmodo website as well as integrations with core Windows 8.1 tablet functionality, such as live tiles, split screen, and charms. Join the world’s largest K-12 social learning network. Features: Create secure groups that take learning beyond the classroom Connect and collaborate with students and fellow teachers Foster and continue discussions outside of school hours Post and turn in assignments, quizzes, polls, and more Gauge student progress on grades 3-12 Math and ELA Common Core with Snapshot, a micro-assessment ...

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Microsoft today announced couple of new feature in Bing that will allow students to find new content both online and offline. When you search Bing for subjects such as trigonometry or history, Bing will now showcase a list of popular, free online courses available on the Khan Academy site to the right of search results page. They are also rolling out a new book finding feature that showcases whether a given title is available online for free or for reservation at your local library. Explore Free Online Courses We’re constantly adding more items to the billions of people, places and things that make up our Bing knowledge repository.  In this case we have indexed Khan Academy courses and charted their relationship with popular subjects (e.g. humanities, geometry, trigonometry.)    All you need to do is search for a subject, if there is a corresponding set of online courses we showcase them directly ...

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Microsoft last month launched the public preview of Office Mix, a new tool that will allow users to create interactive online lessons using PowerPoint. You can add whatever content you want into the Mix. Add audio and video of yourself giving your presentation, write on slides as you talk to them, insert quizzes, practice exercises, and more – all from within PowerPoint. Based on the user feedback, Microsoft has created a public Gallery designed for sharing and discovering great lessons. Through the new public Gallery, you can upload your favorite mixes, make them available to others, and browse content created by others to spark ideas or share with your class. Also to make sharing easier, you can now embed Office Mix content, so it can show up on virtually any website. Microsoft is also adding more content partners to Office Mix, The list of content partners continues to grow (in addition ...

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America’s second largest school district made a big announcement last year that they will be giving all its students iPads. While students and teachers community welcomed the news, many education analysts questioned the effectiveness of iPads in classrooms. Now, Los Angeles school district has realized that iPads are not the best in the business when it comes to students. They are now allowing schools to choose from six different Windows laptop computers for their students instead of iPads. In the fall, administrators, teachers and students at those schools will test the laptops to determine the device they should be used going forward. Also, the previously planned distribution of the iPads is on hold. This is not the first time they have put on hold the roll out of iPads. Last year, students found an easy way to bypass iPad’s profile system which restricted them from accessing social networks and other ...

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Panasonic today unveiled its new 3E 2-in-1 student device custom developed for education market. It includes education software and a suite of professional development programs that ensure teachers are able to maximize schools’ technology investments and stay apace of emerging technology trends. Built to the IP51 standard, the 3E combines a shock-absorbing, rubber mid-frame with a tough, easy-to-grip textured exterior that can handle a fall from 70 cm and take life in a backpack without scratching or denting. Students can draw, take notes and navigate intuitively using their fingers and multi-touch gestures. For fine and detailed work, the included stylus offers precise control. It also comes with 1.2 MP front and 5MP back cameras. The 3E’s The keyboard features a reversible dock, so the screen can be used facing the student for individual work or facing the world for presentations and group activities. Closed, the keyboard protects the screen and ...

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Microsoft today posted a video showing how St. Thomas School in the US has adopted. Surface tablets for their students and teachers. Students are using these devices to take notes, learn new things from various content, and more. This digital transition is not just happening in the U.S., but also in schools around the world where technology is empowering students. Watch more about it from the video above. A recognized leader in early childhood through eighth grade education, St. Thomas School has adopted both Microsoft Surface and Surface Pro tablets as their 1:1 student computing device in their 2nd and 3rd grade classes. “The one-to-one program has given the school more than we ever anticipated,” says Kimberly Mecham, Director of Information and Communication Technology at St. Thomas School. “It’s really allowed us to personalize learning in second grade through innovative and differentiated ways, and to enhance project-learning in third grade ...

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Microsoft and IEEE are partnering for a coding contest called Beauty of Programming (BOP) for the past three years. This year’s BOP contest attracted over 18,000 students across the China. The contest is over now as the winners will be eligible for Microsoft internships—a win-win outcome, as Microsoft can benefit from the expertise and enthusiasm of these young IT developers, while the students receive opportunities to work on innovative projects. Throughout the year, Microsoft Research Asia representatives visit numerous university campuses to showcase our latest technology and, coincidentally, to promote the BOP contest. This spring, we visited 21 schools in 12 cities throughout China, motivating young computer programmers to enter the contest and demonstrate their extraordinary skills. The 18,000 contestants in the 2014 BOP contest represented 150 universities and, for the first time, included students from Hong Kong and Taiwan. The event started with a qualification round, followed by a preliminary ...

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Video: Collaborate using Office across devices: Student Microsoft recently blogged about the advantages of using Microsoft Office Suite by students for collaboration. Microsoft cites familiarity with Office and file fidelity are the two main advantages. If you students want your ideas and creativity to be intact as you collaborate with other team members using different devices? With Office available on both PC and iPad, you can easily share Office documents among team members without worrying about losing the fidelity of the standard Office document format. Even when a feature is not supported on a particular device, Office retains the file fidelity and document formatting. So when you reopen the document on a platform that does support the feature, all capabilities are intact. Microsoft also highlighted the suboptimal experience of using Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. Office is already available on Windows and iOS and will be made available in other ...

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Cincinnati Country Day School in the US has chosen Microsoft Surface Pro 3 as the device of choice for their students. Even though there are other organizations committed to buying Surface Pro 3, CCDS will be the first school to adopt Surface Pro 3 as their 1:1 student computing device. Their IT director said the following when asked about why he chose the Surface Pro 3 for CCDS, he told me that it was the first no-compromise device that met all 3 of his  following criteria: Reading & Writing – “With the 3:2 aspect ratio and the big beautiful screen, the Surface Pro 3 is the first tablet PC that has a useable portrait mode for students to read and annotate naturally like they would a textbook or a piece of paper.” He also added, that he’s tried many different digital inking solutions across different devices and that the Surface Pro 3 has one of ...

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Microsoft today announced that Houston Independent School District has selected Office 365 and Windows devices to support students, faculty and others. This was done as part of the districtwide initiative called PowerUp, and it will transform how teachers teach and how students learn at HISD schools. PowerUp will empower HISD students with these latest tools to become drivers of their own learning and will connect them with resources, people, ideas, and opportunities far beyond the four walls of the classroom. Read the full press below. REDMOND, Wash.— June 3, 2014 — Houston Independent School District (HISD), the largest school district in Texas — seventh largest in the U.S. — has purchased Microsoft solutions to help prepare students for the digital world. With a large majority of students from low-income families, HISD is making strides in improving the broader community by transforming each student’s learning experience and providing technology to students who otherwise ...

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  At Scripps National Spelling Bee competition yesterday, Microsoft made finalist kids scream in joy. Senior Director of U.S. Education for Microsoft Lydia Smyers took stage to talk about Microsoft’s collaboration with National Spelling Bee competition. She also showed a video of Microsoft Surface which students can use for collaborating and having fun with their friends. Later, Microsoft revealed to the students that they all will be getting a Surface RT from Microsoft. Communications and Public Relations Manager Chris Kemper told the kids they were in for a surprise. “This has never been done in the history of the Scripps National Spelling Bee!” Kemper exclaimed as he invited spellers to come forward and take a gift bag. “Do not look in the bag, do not shake the bag, do not open the bag, and for Pete’s sake do not taste the bag,” Kemper instructed. All 281 spellers gathered onstage with ...

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