The start of a new school year often brings fresh inspiration, and brand new ways to teach important life lessons. This year is no exception. Back in July, we told you about an exciting new way to teach 21st century skills while engaging students in a collaborative, international project: the Global Enterprise Challenge. And with only a week left to register before the September 30 deadline, now is the time to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The brainchild of Broadclyst Community Primary School (a Microsoft Mentor School), the Global Enterprise Challenge gives 10 and 11-year-old students from all over the world a chance to run international companies – producing, marketing and pitching products for a chance to win a trip to Microsoft HQ in Seattle, where they will see a real global enterprise in action. It’s an inspired approach to project-based learning, and a creative way for students to practice the collaboration, critical thinking and communication skills they’ll need for their next steps in life.
To learn more about how the Global Enterprise Challenge works, check out a blog post from the Microsoft in Education Team. With less than a week to go before registration closes on September 30, it’s time to sign up TODAY. We looking forward to announcing the winners (could it be YOUR class?) in Seattle next year.
The Washington State School for the Blind (WSSB) was founded in 1886 to provide an education for the state’s blind and hearing-impaired students. But it wasn’t until 2010 that the mission truly became a reality. That’s when mathematics teacher Robin Lowell, along with her peers, began using Microsoft Lync and Yammer for distance learning to ensure that visually impaired students, wherever they happened to live, had access to a quality education.
Mobile technology continues to play a huge part in our daily lives, it has become one of the most rapidly evolving and adapted technologies among a variety of industries – from government to education.
As a result, mobile technology has been highly influential on public schools – so much that 83% of K-12 schools plan on allowing mobile or tablet devices in the classroom within the next 5 years. As the influence of mobile tech extends to parents, many believe that it helps to promote curiosity, makes learning fun and teaches kids about different events around the world.
Back-to-school time used to mean an abrupt – and sometimes difficult – shift from the freedom and fresh air of summertime to long days in the classroom. For today’s students, learning takes place not only in the classroom, but also at home, outside, in libraries, and any place with an Internet connection. Effective learning technology needs to be as smart, flexible and hardworking as today’s students and teachers.
For one UK school, anywhere, anytime learning plays a critical role in transforming their approach to 21st century learning, resulting in more engaged students and better student outcomes. Watch more on how Broadclyst is using anytime anywhere learning to engage students in and out of the classroom
A familiar theme that has accompanied the growing number of kids using the internet in relation to educational research, is that it could be harmful to their mental capacity and development.
This infographic puts forward four specific reasons why the internet is far from detrimental to our children and is in fact, helping making kids smarter.
Bill Gates and Daily Edventures alumni Katie Brown, recently sat down and discussed the importance of professional development, leadership, and the culture within schools that enable teachers to succeed. The also covered hot topics like teacher-to-teacher collaboration, standardized tests, and Common Core State Standards.
Some of the most exciting projects at the Imagine Cup World Finals competition are the ones that aim to break down barriers and make learning more accessible for all. For Qatar’s I Copy You team, participants in the World Citizenship category, the focus was on children diagnosed with autism – a large and growing community that is often underserved in traditional classrooms.
The team of two recent Qatar University computer science graduates presented a low-cost educational software that uses the Kinect camera to detect a child’s motion. The software then provides feedback to a RoboSapien (a low-cost humanoid robot) that mimics the child’s movement. Because children on the autism spectrum have difficulties with typical human interaction, this friendly robotic learning tool can make an important difference in the learning process.
I Copy You teammates Nour Musa and Wa’ed Hakouz, along with their mentor, took a few minutes to talk to me about their project, and I was impressed with not only their innovation, but the passion behind it. “We’ve tested it in schools, we’ve tested it with teachers, and with children,” Wa’ed told me. And because kids with autism have very different sets of strengths and challenges, they’ve customized the app based on the unique needs of students they were working with. “We worked with a child named Mohammed,” Wa’ed explained. “We talked to his parents, his teachers, his nurse, and we took into account his skills to create customized games.”
The idea came from their college supervisor, who brought a robot into class. According to Nour, “One of the children we worked with wanted to dress up the robot as a princess,” and that immediate connection between child and robot inspired I Copy You.
This was the team’s first Imagine Cup experience (here’s more from their win at the 2014 Pan-Arab competition), and they were clearly thrilled with the opportunity to interact with other teams at the competition, young people who share their love for technology, and their belief that it can make a difference in the world. As Nour says, “You can see how many different projects can join together for the same cause.” And it’s that potential – a combination of global collaboration and inspired projects like I Copy You – that perfectly illustrates the power of the Imagine Cup. Enjoy today’s Daily Edventure with I Copy You.