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Bett 2022: enabling equitable learning to help pupils and teachers achieve more

How Bet 2022 opens its doors this week, I wanted to reflect on how we are working with the educational community to ensure that educators, schools and all students are equipped to succeed.

The global shift to remote and hybrid learning has reshaped the face of education globally, changing the way children are taught in schools and transforming the way educators teach to improve student achievement. Our cohort of Microsoft showcase schools and education customers are just a handful of institutions that drive innovation in education, drive positive change for their students, and adapt to the challenges and opportunities of the past couple of years.

More than ever, it is imperative that all students have access to equitable educational solutions, to provide every student with what they need to achieve their academic and social potential in and out of the classroom. Educators also need access to solutions that help them accelerate the learning process, support social and emotional well-being and the development of literacy skills, and prepare all students for the increasingly digital workplace of tomorrow. In support of this, we recently announced the latest training program in our partnership with Made by Dyslexia to help teachers identify, support and enable pupils to accelerate their learning.

We are also working with the National Association of Special Educational Needs (nasen), which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary. To celebrate this milestone, nasen is partnering with Microsoft to take a “Digital First” approach to support all students and the wider educational community to make education accessible and inclusive. To hear a first-hand conversation about addressing critical student needs with accessible solutions, join Annamarie Hassall, chief executive of nasen, along with Hector Minto, Senior Technology Evangelist at Microsoft and Microlink’s chief of education, Marius. Frank, in discussion on Friday March 25 at the Leaders @ Bett Theater at 11:50 am.

Technology designed in an inclusive way in the classroom

Disruption of face-to-face learning environments has affected many students, but has strained those with specific learning needs. Every child needs access to adequate resources and support to fully engage in learning, along with the tools needed to unlock the potential of diversity, skills and abilities it brings.

Microsoft’s commitment to inclusion extends from product design to customer awareness and support. Our solutions enhance student learning experiences and inclusive research-based learning environments provide every student, including those with special educational needs or disabilities, and pupils with English as an additional language, with access to tools and support. they need to unlock their potential, like Immersive reader. For example, Bishop Creighton Academy, with students who speak 38 different languages ​​and a high percentage of students with special educational needs and disabilities, uses technology to support these alumni and make sure they are not left behind and are able to thrive. : you can hear them at the Bett Theater.

Microsoft Education Solutions support senior executives, teachers, staff and IT teams in schools with reliable, secure, future-proof, affordable, simple, scalable and sustainable hardware and software options to meet critical education needs today and in the future.

With the inclusiveness and accessibility controls built into our products and services, each student and educator can customize the type and level of support required.

Accelerate learning in schools

There are countless methods that schools and educators can adopt to help bridge the achievement gap and better prepare students for the workplace of tomorrow, such as real-time data insights, immersive learning opportunities, device access, and productivity tools. This academic year, Portsmouth Academy, part of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust, has distributed 1: 1 devices to all of its 7th graders and is already seeing the benefits in this age group. Hear them in the Bett Theater about the impact and the results they have achieved.

We know more than two thirds (69%) of UK business leaders they believe their organization is facing a digital skills gap. Therefore, ensuring that today’s children have access to the right tools and technology from an early age is essential to help bridge this gap for years to come. To find out more, join me and my guests on Wednesday 23 March from 12:50 to 13:15 in the “Ahead by Bett” Auditorium and read our Degree + Digital whitepaper on the importance of equipping young people with digital skills.

Education leaders are concerned about the learning gap, which has only worsened due to the disruption of learning over the past two years. These leaders seek real-time insights that identify challenges and provide strategies to take action, reduce impact and reach potential.

Microsoft is committed to addressing the urgent need for students and faculty to catch up, keep up and move forward by providing solutions that accelerate learning through experiences, feedback and analytics, including digital reading tools to ensure that all students can explore their full potential.

To help educators help students achieve these goals, we recently announced a new one Reading coach experience in Microsoft Team and updates to Reading Progress designed to help provide the best support for all students and help educators save time.

Reading Coach automatically generates customized exercises based on each student’s specific needs. Our new offering complements the current portfolio of tools that support students in developing critical literacy skills, including Reading Progress, Insights into education and immersive reader. For more information on Reaching Coach and updates on Reading Progress, please visit this blog.

Promote well-being in learning

It is important for educators to focus on student well-being, which directly affects motivation, engagement and learning. The social and emotional well-being of students and educators has a long-term impact on success, health, employment and other positive lifestyle indicators. Providing educational solutions that support social and emotional learning and contribute to the overall well-being of students and educators is essential in helping the educational community create a foundation for equitable environments.

Microsoft solutions provide feedback and insights into social and emotional skills data, which are critical to building the self-awareness and self-regulation needed for effective collaboration and learning. Immersive learning experiences, such as Minecraft: Educational Editionthey also provide environments where students can develop skills to negotiate, share resources and solve challenges, together.

Schools need future-proof, secure IT

Technology solutions that are secure and reliable, including devices built to boost all students, are essential to unlocking digital transformation in today’s schools. Earlier this year, we announced the arrival of the Surface Laptop SE, which brings the simplicity and premium design of our classic laptop form factor at the most affordable price, designed to give students and teachers more performance, choice and flexibility than ever before. Surface Laptop SE works Windows 11 SEa new cloud-first operating system designed to help students stay engaged in a hybrid learning environment.

When they operate in a safe environment and on a trusted platform, educators and pupils are increasingly likely to participate and collaborate in their education. Additionally, with cyber attacks increasingly directed at educational institutions, leaders are concerned about serious threats to data and digital security.

Microsoft is committed to ensuring the safety of students and faculty by creating solutions on the core principles of security, privacy, compliance and transparency through working with school systems to enable them to realize their vision and deploy workloads on a trusted platform that it will work today, tomorrow, and in the future.

Alexa Joyce, Digital Transformation & Skills Director, Public Sector Education, Microsoft EMEA

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Bett 2022, of which Microsoft is a partner, opens today at the ExCeL center and lasts three days. For more information, visit the Microsoft Hub at uk.bettshow.com.

Bett 2022: enabling equitable learning to help pupils and teachers achieve more

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