What’s New in Microsoft EDU | Episode 38

What’s New in Microsoft EDU | Episode 38


– G’day, everyone. This is “What’s New in EDU,” where we bring you all
the latest innovations and announcements in education technology. (upbeat dance music) As a teacher, you already know how much technology is changing the nature of work, just as it’s shaping the
demand for workforce skills. Today, we will hear from a
few teachers just like you who will share how you can
participate in Hour of Code, learn about artificial intelligence, and use STEM learning tools to further develop your students’
creativity, resilience, and problem-solving skills, all top skills for jobs of the future. That’s according to the
World Economic Forum, and they know a thing or two. Now, let’s get into our news. We’re excited to announce
a new in-game Hour of Code experience from the “Minecraft:
Education Edition” team, launched in partnership with Code.org. Hour of Code is a global
movement that demystifies coding, and this new coding lesson
will give teachers everywhere the chance to try “Minecraft:
Education Edition” and learn about computer
science with their students. A wonderful educator from
Kent, Washington, will be a participant in Computer Science
Education Week next month. Let’s hear more about it. – Thanks, Mark! – [Class] Hi! – We’re here playing “Minecraft” today during our lunch break,
but normally we use “Minecraft” for ELA, science, math, and this year we’re gonna be
using it for Hour of Code. We’ve done Hour of Code every year here at George T. Daniel Elementary,
but this year specifically, we’re gonna be diving into “Minecraft,” because one of the cool
things about “Minecraft” is students already know it,
they know how to play it, it’s super engaging, but
also, we can really cater it because of its sandbox
style, and it takes away the intimidation that we find with coding. So, we’re really excited to get started. It’s gonna be great. All right, thanks again, Mark! We’ll catch you later! – [Class] Bye! – That’s awesome! Thank you. Now, you’ll find this year’s
“Minecraft” Hour of Code lessons inside a free downloadable version of “Minecraft: Education Edition.” It’s available to anyone on a
Windows, Mac, or iPad device, and there’s no license needed. Plan an Hour of Code for your classroom or your school at
aka.ms/minecrafthourofcode. Also, drum roll, please… (snare drum roll) This year, the “Minecraft”
tutorial will introduce artificial intelligence
for the first time. Not only will students
learn the basics of coding, they’ll get an introduction
to AI for Good, with real-world examples of how AI is used to manage and prevent forest fires. Don’t miss an Hour of Code teacher’s guide and other resources available
in more than 15 languages. Make sure to check them out
at aka.ms/minecrafthourofcode. Also, we have a list of some
of our favorite tutorials, guides, and projects that
you can do in under an hour for Computer Science Education Week, which is coming up in a hurry. Kids love games, and they
love using technology, and this brings together using tech with MakeCode to build amazing games. The tutorials to help step
people through building Galga, one of my favorite games from the ’80s, step-by-step guides,
and also whole projects, like to build a little
creature, your own Micro:Pet, or measure soil moisture,
or information on MakeCode to get people started if they’re not sure. And speaking about
MakeCode, teachers all over are using our lesson plans and tutorials to teach coding in their classrooms. I had a chance to sit
down with third-grade teacher Ms. Wieland. Tell me a little bit just
about you and technology. What’s the experience been? – We have a computer lab that we go to, but really, for the most
part, I’m somewhat new to integrating technology
into my classroom curriculum. I really wanna be more
involved in technology in the classroom with
Microsoft, and so I will, you know, continue this journey. – So, we’ve been showing Ms. Wieland that technology integration
isn’t difficult, especially with some free resources and training materials
for any grade level. – Can we do it? – [Class] Yes we can! – Then let’s do it! My little leaders are
about to build their skills and their creativity
through a free platform called MakeCode.com. Today they actually learned
about the simulator, the toolbox, and the workspace. They were just playing
with the simulator today, beating heart. There is a flashing heart tutorial. This step-by-step guide
helped me get started. – [Interviewer] Have you
ever done this before? – This is the first time. It was quite simple, I do have to say. And this is called the micro:bit. The whole thing is, think about it as the brain of the computer. The kids did a great job. In fact, they are the ones that just kinda took the ball and ran with it,
and they did a fabulous job. – Nice!
– So we all had a good time, didn’t we? – [Ms. Wieland And Class] Yeah! – (claps) Nice! – You gotta love that enthusiasm. And a third-grade teacher
coding for the first time? Seriously cool. Now, listen up, STEM
educators, because we’ve got a lot more coming your way this month. To tackle a big STEM skills gap, we need big industry
leaders to come together, and this week, we joined
forces with companies like Boeing and Chevron to form the Discovery Education
STEM Careers Coalition. Together with these partners, we’ll work with the
Discovery Education team to build curriculum
collections mapped to key STEM career pathways across
a number of industries. If you haven’t heard about
Discovery Education’s tools, take a look at what
this educator has to say. – Hi, Mark! This is Carrie Willis
from Valley Prep School in Redlands, California. We’ve been using Discovery
Education’s STEM resources to help my students explore
real-world connections. Students can’t be what they can’t see! The digital resources and experiences in Discovery Education allow my students to explore areas of interest
and future career opportunities that you just can’t find
in traditional textbooks. With Discovery Education,
my students have access to channels of digital
resources which include virtual field trips,
STEM career challenges, like what they’re doing
behind me, ready-to-go lesson starters, videos, and interactives. They just don’t provide the resources, but they also provide SOS
instructional strategies which help me with creative
ways to engage my students. Discovery Education helps unlock a world of wonder and exploration. I am so proud to be a
part of this community, and excited to be working with
you and the Microsoft team to provide our students
with the opportunities to create solutions to real-world problems through the STEM Coalition. – That’s awesome, thanks. As you prep for Hour of
Code, you can use the custom OneNote Class Notebook
wizard that delivers the Code.org CS Discoveries
computer science curriculum. Visit our help page on
detailed support information in the description below. We’re excited to be on this
journey together with you, and to learn from you. If you have any recommendations or ideas on what you’d like to see
next month, reach out to us. And for all the information
and resources I mentioned, check out the links below or in the blog, and make sure to join in during Computer Science Education Week. Thank you, and see you next time. (upbeat dance music)

One thought on “What’s New in Microsoft EDU | Episode 38

  • November 12, 2019 at 2:28 pm
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    Fun to learn

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