Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Microsoft Celebrates #Canada150 Through #ExploreTeachBuild

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Microsoft's #ExploreTeachBuild challenge celebrates Canada's 150th anniversary of confederation through a series of educational opportunities that students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 across Canada can engage in. Students can connect with a tour guide from national heritage sites and engage in real-time through Skype Virtual Field Trips, use Minecraft: Education Edition to re-create Canada's historical sites and submit their creations into a national collection and win prizes. The student created collection will be featured globally on July 1st 2017 on Microsoft Canada's 150 National Sway.
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The dynamic lesson plan templates designed for the students can be accessed on education.minecraft.net. As part of this program, teachers have the opportunity to request for Teacher Ambassadors to visit their classrooms, take students to the Microsoft Store or request to borrow ten Windows devices. Details about this program is available at microsoft.ca/exploreteachbuild.
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We had the opportunity to watch as the Toronto Zoo hosted their first Skype virtual field trip - where students from Port Alberni, B.C. 4,000 kilometers away connected with staff from the Toronto Zoo Great Lakes Conservation program to learn about how the endangered Atlantic Salmon are re-introduced into Lake Ontario. During this real-time virtual tour, we liked how learning comes alive as students engage, ask questions, and make real world connections. These collaborations are an adventurous way for students to learn about issues concerning our world. It is wonderful to see how technology creates learning opportunities and gives access to resources and connects students with experts, adventurers, advocates, and real life scenarios regardless of the students' location. 
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It is wonderful to see organizations such as WE.org endorsing programs such as these to connect and create opportunities to unveil children's potential and inspire future generations of global travellers. These opportunities allow students to go on adventures without leaving the classroom. As a parent, I appreciate Microsoft's ongoing commitment to make education immersive, inclusive and inspirational through technology. 

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9 comments:

  1. great ideas. thanks for the introduction.

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  2. that's really cool , a great way for the students to learn and engage things from afar , wow its incredible :) Treen Goodwin

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  3. kids of any age would love this,, adults too, looks like fun and educational

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  4. Huh, I hadn't heard of this before today, and I have a child in grade 4 who I know would love this - will have to do some research on this for her!

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  5. What a great initiative. Thanks for telling us about it!

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  6. Oh my I know lots of adults who would also enjoy this. It looks wonderful.

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  7. Cool!
    Interesting post, thanks for sharing!

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