Do you use technology to help your students build 21st century skills? Then take the Microsoft MIXathon Challenge by working with your students to create a up to a 15-minute interactive “best ever lesson” on a topic of your choice, using Microsoft PowerPoint and the new, free Office Mix add-in!
Match your current learning activity to one of the following broad subject areas to find the perfect MIX topic:
Educators globally are working to design new models of learning that better prepare learners for life and work in the 21st Century. Through 21st Century Learning Design (21 CLD), teachers and schools are supported in developing more innovative pedagogies that develop students’ skills for the 21st Century. 21st Century Learning Design is aligned with the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers and asks teachers and school leaders to:
Entrants will be evaluated according to an Evaluation Criteria framework that is aligned with the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers.
The Judging Committee will consist of a minimum of 3 educational experts per country, and 3 educational experts for the CEE finals.
There will be 2 levels of prizes: the national prizes for the finalists for each of the 32 countries and the regional prizes for the 3 final winners.
The 3 overall winners of the Microsoft MIXathon Challenge in Central & Eastern Europe will be invited along with other top educators from around the world to attend the Microsoft E² Global Educator Exchange Event in spring 2016 venue to be confirmed.
The E² Global Educator Exchange Event is an exciting three-day event to recognize and celebrate the achievements of educators who are preparing students for life in the 21st Century. The Educator Exchange brings together around 300 of the world's most innovative educators for an unparalleled opportunity to collaborate, create and share their experiences on how to integrate technology and pedagogy in ways that achieve 21st century learning outcomes. To view last year’s event details please visit www.mseduevents.com/e2
For learning activities that concern special education or inclusion classes, the winning school will receive a Windows Kinect device and a school license for 12 months of the ‘Our Kinect’ games offer for children with disabilities (www.kinems.com). There will be 1 winner in the special award.
There will be 3 prizes per country of participation and the 1st prize winner will enter the finals for the CEE regional prize.
IT Academy subscription for one year for the school of the educator, including vouchers for free certification exams of Office Specialist. With the Microsoft IT Academy (ITA) program, academic institutions and their educators, students and staff get digital curriculum and certifications for fundamental technology skills - as well as courses critical for students to be successful in today’s technologically evolving world.
An XBOX One and Kinect bundle for educational research purposes and game based learning for the school library of the educator winner. 1-year subscription for the school technology room of 3D educational content plus 20 (twenty) 1-year subscriptions for 20 students devices from our sponsor Corinth (please visit www.ecorinth.com for more information).
1 box of 30 exclusive contest promotional items for the school of the winning educator (for the students of the winning project) that will include 1 bag, 1 usb with information, 1 tshirt, 1 laptop/tablet sticker per person.
Important note: the prizes are subject to availability in each country and national regulations. In the case the prize is not available in your country, there will be another option of prize at the same cost.
Your Mix will be assessed on a number of different elements including how you plan and design the learning environment to support the development of 21st Century Skills, how you use technology in the classroom in an innovative way and the overall quality of the MIX presentation.
The key assessment criteria are:
You are free to choose a MIX topic that matches the interests of your students and the requirements of your curriculum in the following areas:
Here’s a MIX checklist to get you started:
Take the Microsoft MIXathon Challenge by working with your students to create a 15-minute interactive “best ever lesson” on your chosen topic, using Microsoft PowerPoint and the new, free Office Mix add-in!
Office Mix is easy to learn and use, so check out our special Office Mix for Teachers page to start creating awesome MIX projects. You will find a collection of resources to help you and your students get the most out of Office Mix.Visit mixforteachers.com Download the Office Mix Help Guide as PDF
You can save your work and upload drafts directly from PowerPoint as you go - but the video checkbox should stay empty until your final draft is ready. That way, you'll speed up the publishing process of interim drafts. To do this:
You can submit up to three of your best MIX projects to the MIXathon.org website via this simple process:
That’s it! Winners will be selected and notified in early 2016.Submit your Mix now!
Not directly – you need to work with your qualified educator on a MIX project that must be submitted by them.
You can select up to 2 learning activities for the MIXathon challenge.
There are no restrictions on the scale of your learning activity.
There can be only one winner per learning activity. We suggest that each educator participates individually using the same subject matter.
Yes, you can participate with a learning activity in your local language. However, if your activity is selected for the finals, you will need to create an English version so that it is accessible to the English-speaking judges.
Yes! Actually proof of student participation in the MIX will be rewarded with extra credit, as per the evaluation criteria.