Tuesday 26 May, 2020

Microsoft offers free online tools to enhance your child's learning

With children at home indefinitely, parents are challenged to find ways to keep them entertained and occupied. 

With programming a skill that is of fundamental importance in driving innovation in Latin America, Microsoft has some free option to offer children the chance to learn programming online.

These courses are free, and many of them offer offline and Spanish-language versions.

Some of the resources are:

  • Minecraft Hour of Code tutorials: On this Code.org site, you will find different Minecraft games that will introduce boys and girls to basic programming principles.
  • Website creation: This course offers young people the opportunity to create their own simple website, in addition to learning programming languages, such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  • App development: It’s time to develop, test and roll-out applications (for Windows 10 only).
  • Minecraft: Education Edition: For educators and students who have a valid Office 365 for Education account, offering them free access until June 2020.  This open-world game promotes creativity, collaboration and problem-solving skills in immersive surroundings where the only limit is your imagination.

Here you will find more courses for your family to learn and play.

For educators from around the world who are faced with school closures, Microsoft has resources such as Minecraft: Education Edition, which not only helps promote remote learning, but it also has the potential to inspire students to remain motivated and committed. Both teachers and students can take part in the Global Minecraft Education Challenge and "Build a Better World".

This challenge is an opportunity for project-based collaborative learning, motivating students to solve difficult problems that focus on sustainability, in addition to sharing their solutions. Students can work on their project for a number of weeks, which is a useful alternative to daily classes if their schools are closed.

You can download the tools for the Minecraft Challenge here, as well as a tailor-made guide on how to implement this challenge in your school district. The kit includes:

  • Rules for the challenge.
  • A customisable spring timeline.
  • A fact sheet for teachers and parents.
  • E-mail template for teachers and parents.

Microsoft has also launched a remote learning toolkit with more than 100 Minecraft lessons and project ideas. The Minecraft Education team is ready to celebrate the work being done by students, in addition to showcasing their ideas for building a better world.

 

 

 

 

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