VIC school moves entire PD program and curriculum to OneNote Class Notebook

Moving your curriculum to OneNote Class Notebook is one thing but seeing the results in the classroom is quite another. At St Helena Secondary College in Melbourne, our ICT faculty had a strategy: instead of educating teachers in all the features of Class Notebook, we simply moved our professional development program onto it — after 12 months, the results were dramatic!

The challenge: Too much time spent creating Notebooks

Four years ago, we took a leap at St Helena and became one of the first schools in Melbourne, Victoria to transfer our entire curriculum onto OneNote.… Visit the author's original post

Cool Ideas to get started with Office 365 in your classroom

Guest post by Trent Ray, Microsoft Teacher Ambassador and Expert Educator!

Anytime, anywhere access to resources and tools for learning is an essential element for today’s online learning environments. Thanks to the cloud (and some clever technical engineers) digital tools are enabling seamless connections between teachers and learners and transforming the what, when, how and where we work. In this post, I will share some of the productivity elements of Office 365 classroom that have helped make my teaching life easier!… Visit the author's original post

Minecraft, Windows and Office teacher-inspired updates

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Travis Smith, Teacher Engagement Manager, Microsoft Australia

As part of Microsoft’s commitment to empowering students to achieve more, we are proud to announce three pieces of news to help teachers drive better learning outcomes in the classroom.

Firstly, there are a huge range of education-specific features coming in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, features specifically inspired by teachers and focused on students – available in the months following July 2016 and before January 2017.

As shared devices have become common place in the classroom, managing this efficiently has become a priority.… Visit the author's original post

Next Level Learning Professional Development Workshop – Perth March 22 2016

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Attend for a single day. Leave with dozens of ideas

Building on the Next Level Learning Roadshow in late 2015, next stop is Perth for this dual track professional development workshop. Get started at our free one-day professional learning workshop, where you’ll hear from other schools and education experts about how you can transform learning using Microsoft and Intel technology.

Teachers

  • Discover how to engage students in STEM. See how you can stimulate higher order thinking with Minecraft. Learn smart ways to save time and make the most of Office 365 and Windows 10

IT Professionals

  • See what’s new in Windows 10 and how to deploy it.
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Teaching Coding for Beginners – Let’s get started with some Australian Curriculum examples

In Part 3, we will address examples of coding elaborations in the Australian Curriculum, to show practical examples of how teachers can address these elaborations. Click on the following links for part one and part two both also written by Matthew Jorgensen, Teacher Ambassador in the Microsoft Australia education team.

 

Part 3 – That’s great, but what now?

In 2015, federal and state political leaders from both sides of politics made one thing loud and clear in a show of true bi-partisan support.… Visit the author's original post

Teaching Coding for Beginners

 

In this 3 part series, Matthew Jorgensen will present some reasons for everyday teachers to start delivering ‘coding’ in the teaching and learning process. Then, he will demonstrate a number of visual programming tools that are mostly free, easy for teachers to master and always engaging for students. Finally, he will address examples of coding elaborations in the Australian Curriculum, to show practical examples of how classroom teachers can address these elaborations.

Part 1 – The Educational Imperative to Teach Students to ‘Code’

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Visual programming, like web 2.0, has enabled consumers to become producers.… Visit the author's original post

Transforming the Learning Process by Making an App with Project Siena

Continuing the theme of trying new tools and apps in the classroom in this new year, Matthew Jorgensen has prepared another set of tips and a new tool to try out in your class; Project Siena. It has been just over a year into my admission into the...(read more)Visit the author's original post

Transforming the Learning Process by Making an App with Project Siena

Continuing the theme of trying new tools and apps in the classroom in this new year, Matthew Jorgensen has prepared another set of tips and a new tool to try out in your class; Project Siena.

It has been just over a year into my admission into the Microsoft extended family, and I am STILL discovering new stuff that can make a difference for me as a teacher, as well as my students, and transform the learning process. It seems that there is an endless supply of apps, sites, tools and gear that can help me do my various jobs around the school and allow my students to learn valuable things or how to do things better.… Visit the author's original post

Set for Success in 2016 – Upcoming Free Webinar

Looking for some tips and tricks to get going with Office 365 in your classroom this year? Wondering what are the best 5 ways to integrate Office into my class? Look no further than next weeks “Set for Success in 2016” free webinar hosted by Microsoft Teacher Ambassadors.

Discover Office 365 and its ability to transform the teaching and learning in your classroom. Hear from Microsoft Teacher Ambassadors Megan Townes, Matt Jorgensen and Trent Ray who will share five ideas for getting started and set for success with Office 365 in 2016.… Visit the author's original post

OneNote Redefines Educational Apps: Part 2

We are half way along the list of ten ways to use OneNote as part of your first lesson of the year, and so far I am hoping that you can’t wait to finish the post so that you can get to work. OneNote is redefining educational apps due to its scope...(read more)Visit the author's original post

OneNote Redefines Educational Apps: Part 2

We are half way along the list of ten ways to use OneNote as part of your first lesson of the year, and so far I am hoping that you can’t wait to finish the post so that you can get to work. OneNote is redefining educational apps due to its scope and possibilities. Educational apps like OneNote are rare, and with the rollout of Office 2016, OneNote will have even better features like the ability to embed videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Office Mix and Office 365 Video repository.… Visit the author's original post

OneNote Redefines Educational Apps: Part 1

As term one kicks into gear, we will continue to post a series of ideas of how to integrate amazing tools into your day to day classroom and school activities that can save you time, engage students in new and different ways. We’ve already posted a couple of ideas of how to use the Office Mix, now it’s time to introduce OneNote to anyone out there who aren’t sure where to start with this tool.

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OneNote Redefines Educational Apps: Part 1

As term one kicks into gear, we will continue to post a series of ideas of how to integrate amazing tools into your day to day classroom and school activities to save you time and engage students in new and different ways. We’ve already posted a couple of ideas of how to use the Office Mix, now it’s time to introduce OneNote to anyone out there who isn’t sure where to start with this tool.

OneNote has been around for a long time, and has really become an indispensable part of many teacher’s classroom over the past 10 years.… Visit the author's original post

Announcing Minecraft: Education Edition

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Arriving this winter, Minecraft: Education Edition aims to reach educators around the world with a richer set of features and thriving community

At its core, Minecraft is an open world that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem solving. It’s enjoyed by a worldwide community of over 100 million players who constantly inspire us with their creations.

Many of the skills required to enjoy Minecraft to its fullest are important to educators who might be searching for inventive ways to engage their students.… Visit the author's original post

Flipping the Classroom with Office Mix – Part 2

In Part 1 of Flipping the Classroom with Office Mix, we explained how Office Mix allows teachers of all abilities deliver interactive learning artefacts that students can watch away from the classroom, so that the contact time is spent supporting students in the application of knowledge or creation process. Flipping the classroom or flipped learning, using Office Mix, is a process that we can all do because it is so easy and very familiar. Office Mix is a PowerPoint add-in, and you can convert your existing PowerPoint decks by adding multimedia and interactive apps.… Visit the author's original post

Flipping the Classroom with Office Mix – Part 1

The concept of flipped learning and “flipping the classroom” is nothing new, however developing engaging, dynamic content simply has never been easier. One tool that has enabled the simple creation of rich flipped learning content is Office Mix. We’ve covered Office Mix many times before on this blog but over the next three posts, we hope to show how you can start flipping the classroom and creating rich, engaging learning resources for next year.

In the coming week, we will post a series of ideas and uses for integrating new technology into your classes for 2016.… Visit the author's original post

Registered Professional Learning Workshops in the Sydney Microsoft Store

Looking for some registered professional learning on integrating Microsoft technologies into your classroom over the summer break? Want to take your Office 365, OneNote and Sway skills to the next level and ensure you get registered professional learning hours before you go back to school in term one? During the summer vacation, Microsoft will be offering free BOSTES registered professional learning workshops at the new Microsoft Store in Pitt St Mall, Sydney.

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Windows Apps for Education Refresher

The list of Windows apps for education is constantly evolving and growing. As schools head towards the end of year and the thoughts of planning for next year come to the surface, we thought we’d publish a refresher list of some of the awesome Windows...(read more)Visit the author's original post

Next Level Learning – Reflections from Queensland

A guest post from Matthew Jorgensen, Coomera Anglican College Throughout November 2015, Microsoft provided a series of workshops for teachers and IT staff in Brisbane, Sydney, Gold Coast, Melbourne & Adelaide called the Next Level Learning Roadshow...(read more)Visit the author's original post

Next Level Learning Roadshow – Content, resources and thanks!

 Over the past three weeks, the Next Level Learning Roadshow has visited the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Parramatta & Adelaide working with teachers, IT Directors, principals, eLearning coordinators across all sectors in these areas. Find all the resources and information presented here.

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OneNote Updates – Embed video, record audio, insert files and more

OneNote5OneNote continues to evolve and provide teachers, students and schools with the ultimate tool for learning, collaborating, researching and delivering content in classrooms across the world. The OneNote team have just announced a series of updates that further enhance the quality of content you can create in OneNote

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The Countdown is on until World Education Games – have you registered yet?

Technology is undeniably changing the world as we know it – and the classroom is the perfect example. Learning now has the opportunity to be engaging, collaborative, and most importantly fun. Remember the days of dreaded homework, pouring over maths sums...(read more)Visit the author's original post