The Tipping Point: Why I gave up Google Docs for the Outstanding OneDrive

Guest Post by Matt Jorgensen

Cloud-based web 2.0 tools like OneDrive have been an absolutely wonderful innovation for me. As a prolific user of online learning through a learning management system (Moodle if you must know), I enthusiastically embed OneDrive presentations, documents and spreadsheets into coures because it is often easier to open the OneDrive file to edit rather than logging into Moodle, turning editing on, etc, etc.Videos and all sorts of interactives such as Thinglinks, Voicethreads and Powtoons embellish the online environment as well.… Visit the author's original post

#MSFTEDU Productivity Tools University and School Students

As a Microsoft Innovative Educator and eLearning Specialist, I am always looking for ways to embed technology in the teaching and learning process.   Microsoft has so many great productivity tools, and I will showcase three scorchers right here. These can be used by teachers and students alike, and are perfect for university students too.

First cab off the rank is the malleable OneNote. This is now a free piece of software available across Windows, Android and Apple operating systems. There are some many things you can do with OneNote, including collaborating, audio and video recording, note taking and integration with a stylus.… Visit the author's original post

Surface Pro 3 + Screenbeam = Untethered Teachers

In a traditional classroom set-up, student device screens face away from the teacher, who is tethered to the front of the room, presenting from their brand new Surface Pro 3 which is plugged into the wall.  This configuration can be traced back to the organisation of industrial revolution workers on a production line.  Outdated?  Only by about 20 years.  The common complaint is that students are actively engaged in using their devices, but management is a constant process.  Many schools have invested in devices like the Surface Pro 3, but haven’t changed their pedagogy and classroom environment.… Visit the author's original post

Surface Pro 3 + Screenbeam = Untethered Teachers

In a traditional classroom set-up, student device screens face away from the teacher, who is tethered to the front of the room, presenting from their brand new Surface Pro 3 which is plugged into the wall.  This configuration can be traced back to the organisation of industrial revolution workers on a production line.  Outdated?  Only by about 20 years.  The common complaint is that students are actively engaged in using their devices, but management is a constant process.  Many schools have invested in devices like the Surface Pro 3, but haven’t changed their pedagogy and classroom environment.… Visit the author's original post

The Tipping Point: Why I gave up Google Docs for the Outstanding OneDrive

Cloud-based web 2.0 tools like OneDrive have changed the way I deliver content and interaction with my students. As a prolific user of online learning through a learning management system (Moodle if you must know), I enthusiastically embed OneDrive presentations, documents and spreadsheets into the course, because it is often easier to open the OneDrive file to edit rather than logging into Moodle, turning editing on, etc, etc. Videos and all sorts of interactives such as Thinglinks, Voicethreads and Powtoons help to embellish the online environment.… Visit the author's original post