Minecraft Education Edition: Terminology and Tips for Educators

This is the fourth post in a series of posts about using Minecraft: Education Edition in the classroom. (The series of posts can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/2pRigwJ) In a recent post about Minecraft: Education Edition, we explained what Minecraft: Education Edition is all about and why educators should use it in the classroom. We outlined some of the benefits that teachers who use Minecraft: Education Edition have found, namely: 1) Minecraft: Education Edition promotes engagement 2) Minecraft: Edu...

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A 21st Century Innovative Teacher’s Club is formed in Queenstown and Butterworth to bridge the digital divide using Microsoft applications

This is a guest post from Nosithembele Gcobo from Queenstown in the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Nosithembele is one of our Microsoft 2016/2017 #MIEExperts. Nosithembele was very excited about a recent event that took place as a result of her posting Microsoft tools posts and technological updates on her Facebook page. She was contacted by some teachers from the Butterworth district, which is about 150 kilometres from Queenstown, to see if she could upskill them with what she has been learning regarding...

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Microsoft is excited to announce the availability of Minecraft: Education Edition in South Africa!

This is the third post in a series of posts about using Minecraft: Education Edition in your classroom. (The series of posts can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/2pRigwJ). In this post we explain why Microsoft is excited to announce the availability of Minecraft: Education Edition in South Africa! We give details of why you should think about using Minecraft: Education Edition at your school, and how to go about purchasing it. Minecraft: Education Edition is a version of the popular open world game,...

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Minecraft: Education Edition – ideas from the Dubai Minecraft Training Partner Summit

This is the second post in a series of posts about using Minecraft: Education Edition in your classroom. (The series of posts can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/2pRigwJ). In this post Megan Rademeyer from SchoolNet reports back on her experience at the Minecraft: Education Edition Training Partner Summit in Dubai where trainers from around the world were certified in order to run Mincraft Education Edition training sessions with schools Between 28 February and 2 March 2017 Megan Rademeyer, ...

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MIEExpert Spotlight #26: Neliswa Zini from Queenstown in South Africa talks about her ICT in the classroom journey

This is the 25th post in the series “MIEExpert Spotlight” for South Africa. The tab with all the posts can be found at: http://bit.ly/1ZYy8Z7. Today we focus on Neliswa Zini. Neliswa has sent us this post about herself and how she started using ICT in the classroom. “My name is Neliswa Zini. I live in Queenstown in Eastern Cape Province in South Africa. I currently teach at Shiloh Junior and Senior Primary School, where I offer NS/TECH in Grade 4, Mathematics grade 5 and English (FAL...

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On demand learning through the Microsoft Virtual Academy – with Megan Rademeyer

Megan Rademeyer has been hosting a series of webinars on the Microsoft Virtual Academy on various Microsoft tools and how these can be used for educational purposes. Most of these sessions feature a Microsoft expert who is able to give tips for using the tools effectively – and a number of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts have featured to talk about how they are using the tools in their classrooms. Click on the links below if you’d like to watch a pre-recorded session and follow @Micro...

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‘Report back on the E2 Education Exchange – Toronto’ by Megan Rademeyer from SchoolNet

The Microsoft Education Exchange (E2) is Microsoft in Education’s annual event recognizing and celebrating the achievements of educators who combine content, pedagogy, and technology in exemplary ways to prepare students for success. This year, E2 took place in Toronto, Canada between 21 and 23 March 2017 and included almost 300 teachers and education thought leaders from countries around the world. SchoolNet’s Megan Rademeyer, who is a Microsoft Fellow, attended E2 and presented a session entitle...

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Introducing Minecraft: Education Edition – what it is and why you should think about using it in your classroom

This is the first in a series of posts about using Minecraft: Education Edition in your classroom.  (The series of posts can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/2pRigwJ) In this post we introduce you to this global sensation that has been personalised for use in schools, specifically for education, and is being used effectively by educators in more than 50 countries of the  world. Minecraft is hitting the world by storm! You just have to mention the word ‘Minecraft’ in class and han...

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