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OneNote’s Best of 2016: A year in review including over 36 new reasons to try OneNote

Guest post by Marjolein Hoekstra from OneNote Central @OneNoteC.

Over the past year, the OneNote Team have steadily pushed out an impressive number of new features and improvements including over 36 new features for education. This blog includes an overview of those new features with links to relevant announcements and coverage by the OneNote community.


OneNote for Windows 10

The changes to this OneNote app have been nothing short of impressive. Summarized, you can now:

  • Add Special Ink Effects to your pages, such as the immensely popular Rainbow Ink (Office 365 accounts only).
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Connect your classroom to the world: Join Microsoft’s global education Skype-a-Thon

Are you and your students ready to take an incredible journey? Yes? Then get ready, get set, #Skypeathon!

At Microsoft, we believe the most powerful way to learn is from each other, and when we connect classrooms, we can change the world. That’s why we’re empowering students and educators around the globe to do just that. On November 29th and 30th, Microsoft is hosting is a Global Education Skype-a-Thon. Over 48 hours, participants will contribute to help reach a goal of travelling three million virtual miles.… Visit the author's original post

Introducing the Innovative Educator: A Microsoft in Education magazine

Welcome to the first edition of The Innovative Educator, a digital magazine that highlights great ideas and projects created by educators and school leaders who are using technology to transform learning for students. The magazine serves as a compendium of innovative teaching ideas from all around the world that are taking place on the Microsoft Educator community,  where innovative teaching practices come together to inspire others.  

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The Office 365 Education Roadmap is now available

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When you make any investment in technology you are investing in a living thing. The pace of development of technology in today’s world is such that improvements and alterations are seemingly continuously available to software, hardware and infrastructure. And with the increasing utilization of the cloud, platforms and tools can be upgraded “on the fly” by the providers without the end users having to break stride.

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Inspiring Student Exploration, One Sled Dog, Giraffe or Rhino at a Time

Many of today’s students are so familiar with digital screens and the ability to find whatever they’re looking for in an instant, that one might expect they’d be unimpressed by an on-screen experience at their school. But, use technology to make that experience interactive, mix in a live discussion with a real explorer and a team of sled dogs, and you’ll find you can captivate a classroom full of fifth graders in an instant.
Florida students meeting dog sleds and mushers via Skype

This weekend, you can join students from Lithia Springs Elementary School in Valrico, FL on a virtual field trip that won’t quickly be forgotten.… Visit the author's original post

Empowering students around the world to achieve more

At Microsoft, we are humbled to see more and more students and teachers around the world using Microsoft products including Windows 10, Office, OneNote, Skype, and more to achieve academic success and prepare for their futures. According to Futuresource...(read more)Visit the author's original post

Empowering students around the world to achieve more

At Microsoft, we are humbled to see more and more students and teachers around the world using Microsoft products including Windows 10, Office, OneNote, Skype, and more to achieve academic success and prepare for their futures.

According to Futuresource*, Windows continues to be the leading global platform for K-12 education, with twice as many Windows devices shipped in 2015 as our closest competitor.

Educators are turning to Windows 10 because of familiar and more personal experience for students and educators, as well as the safety and security features Windows 10 offers.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Surface Reaches More Students, Offers Education Discount for Surface 3

Today, Microsoft Surface announced four new schools—more than 23,000 devices—bringing Windows 10 devices into their classrooms, along with a 30% discount on Surface 3 education bundles for qualifying institutions through March 31, 2016.

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Future Ready Schools: Realizing the Vision Now

This month, the Department of Education published the new U.S. National Education Technology Plan (NETP), guiding schools toward “everywhere, all-the-time learning” and providing examples of transformation, research, and new innovations. At the heart of the NETP is the goal of equity and accessibility. Microsoft’s mission aligns fully with the NETP: we work to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, and empowerment begins with inclusion. Read more.

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Guest post by Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education: Learning without borders — Global Skype-a-thon builds cultural understanding and connection

Guest post by Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft Technology and new pedagogy models are changing learning in and out of the classroom. What hasn't changed, however, is the power of connection, the impact of discovery...(read more)Visit the author's original post

The Microsoft Certified Educator: preparing the next generation of innovative educators

Learn about the new Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) certification. The MCE is not about learning a particular technology or Microsoft skill. Rather, it’s about providing a holistic focus on technology for educators, allowing them to demonstrate their understanding and proficiency with infusing technology into the teaching and learning process. Microsoft's global partnership with UNESCO has led to design and creation of an industry-recognized technology in education certification for teachers. Learn more about the MCE and how to get started.

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Guest blog by Helen Gooch – Microsoft Fellow and Master Trainer: Office Mix, a Must Tool for Educators

Are you new to teaching?  Is this your first or second year in the field?  There are more teachers than ever today in our classrooms who have been in education five or fewer years.  High on the list of activities you most likely are involved in as a new teacher are driving student achievement and using data to validate your classroom effectiveness.  Office Mix, simply, really should be one of the teaching tools you employ on a regular basis to achieve those goals.  Let’s think inside and outside the box for the next few minutes.… Visit the author's original post

New world tech brings rich cultural traditions into Massachusetts Middle School

This weekend, you can join the class on their adventure with Born to Explore on ABC TV (check your local listings for 11/21 & 11/22), and starting today you can get a glimpse of the episode and find out how to take your own virtual field trip on our Native American Heritage page.

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Join the Global Skype-a-Thon, December 3-4, 2015

You and your students are invited to take part in an historic global event. Starting on December 3rd and going through December 4th, Microsoft's Global Skype-a-Thon will attempt to travel a million virtual miles in 48 hours! It's an ambitious goal, and one that only Skype in the Classroom (with your help!) can accomplish. Read more and register your classroom!

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Windows 10 Ushers in Big Changes for Schools Worldwide

Today's digital natives are not only adapting to the quick pace of change in technology, but embracing it. Technology is a part of their daily lives, and it will - without question - be a huge part of their careers after graduation. So how do schools ensure students are well prepared for the world outside of the classroom?

Today's most effective classrooms are places where students can help design their own learning paths using individualized content, devices and styles. And for innovative schools like these, Windows 10 has put them on the road to better, safer and more engaged learning and teaching.… Visit the author's original post

Guest post by David Lopez, educator and Microsoft Fellow: Professional development at 30,000 feet

Guest blog post by educator David Lopez, who explains all the reasons he enjoys using his Microsoft Surface Pro 3 to do professional development anywhere, anytime including when he is on a plane at 30,000 feet.  Read more.

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Born to Explore and Skype in the Classroom Bring Fossils to Life for Students

On Sunday’s airing of “Born to Explore” on ABC TV (check your local listings), Tracey Wong’s 5th grade class takes on the challenge of locating show host Richard Wiese during a Mystery Skype session that leads them to an active dig with specimens dating back 65 million years. “From an explorer or naturalist’s standpoint, the whole technology revolution has been great for us,” said Wiese. “Through the magic of technology like Skype and Bing everyone can be an explorer.” Read more.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft delivers new school supplies for class this year

The stores are chock-full of school supplies, buses are back on their routes, and anticipation is in the air: it's back-to-school time again. And while parents and students are doing their part to be school-ready, teachers have been working behind-the-scenes to prepare for perhaps the most important job there is: educating our next generation.

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Microsoft delivers new school supplies for class this year

It’s back-to-school time again. The constant force that has been hard at work to transform learning for decades, are teachers. At Microsoft, we create products with teachers in mind and they tell us that products like OneNote, Sway, Minecraft and Skype help them bring new creativity and engagement to the classroom.

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6 Reasons OneNote is a student’s best friend

OneNote, available to download for free here, is a slick, powerful, and remarkably effective tool that helps students organize their notes, projects, and everything in between. Here are some tips to help students make the most of OneNote.

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Microsoft Answers the ConnectED Challenge, Delivers Technology and Devices to Schools Across America

When President Obama issued his ConnectED Challenge to make sure all students have access to the technology and devices they need to succeed, Microsoft took action. Read about progress since Microsoft joined the ConnectED initiative including the over 3 million students who have received access to Office 365 in K--12 schools across the U.S.

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Coming soon-new ways to achieve more in your classroom

Today, we are announcing the first phase of a Preview program for two new Education services: Microsoft Class Dashboard and Microsoft School Information Sync, which will be available to Office 365 Education users at no additional charge. Class Dashboard and School Information Sync simplify connections between systems, and simplify communication and collaboration between teachers and students. As a result, teachers have more time to focus on what they love—engaging with students—using Microsoft Office tools that they use every day.

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4 Ways to Bring the World into Your Class with Skype in the Classroom

Skype in the Classroom is an online community that enables thousands of teachers to inspire the next generation of global citizens through transformative learning over Skype. Explore ideas to spark your next lesson with Skype.

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El Paso Independent School District “Powers Up” Students, Teachers with Microsoft Technology

The El Paso Independent School District, where 80 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, worked closely with Microsoft to determine and deliver the devices and tools necessary to make the digital transition and give El Paso schools. Their “Power Up” initiative will transform education and provide a Windows-based laptop running Office 365 for every student and teacher in the district. Read how this program started with a philosophy of transformed learning in El Paso classrooms, including project-based learning, flipped classrooms and ubiquitous collaboration. 

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Microsoft at ASCD Conference, March 21-23, 2015

Join Microsoft at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Annual Conference and Exhibit, March 21-23, 2015 in Houston, Texas. Mark your calendar and join for three Microsoft sessions at ASCD.

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The Power of OneNote in the Classroom

OneNote makes classroom organization, collaboration and sharing across any device -- online and offline -- fun and easy. Hear what educators are saying about why they love using OneNote in the classroom. Because the OneNote Class Notebook and Staff Notebook apps are both part of Office 365, and fully integrated in the cloud, virtually everything that happens in the school can be tracked and shared in one place and accessible across any device (including iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac and Windows). OneNote is as simple as a digital 3-ring binder, provides privacy for individual staff members who need to share information just with leadership, and is FREE to download from… Visit the author's original post

Live from Dubai: Announcing Worldwide Availability of Office 365 ProPlus Benefit

Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education, announces Microsoft's global expansion of the ground-breaking Office 365 ProPlus Benefit, which is already providing millions of students and teachers with the powerful capabilities of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Access on up to five PCs or Macs and mobile devices -- including Android, iPad and Windows tablets. Now, millions more deserving teachers and their students at eligible schools can download – at no cost – this business-class productivity platform. Learn more.

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Estella’s Brilliant Bus – Hear More about this Mobile Classroom and Watch the Super Bowl Commercial Again

Meet Estella Pyfrom, the woman behind Estella’s Brilliant Bus, featured in the Microsoft Super Bowl Commercial 2015. Estella brings technology access to kids, literally. Her Brilliant Bus is a mobile learning station that gives underserved communities access to the technology that will help them reach their potential.


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Education Leaders from More than 33 Countries Gather at the 2015 Microsoft Education Leaders Briefing

On Sunday, January 18th nearly 100 top-level education leaders gathered in London, representing Argentina to Zimbabwe and 33 countries in between. They attended the Education Leaders Briefing at the Cardinal Place Immersive Classroom, Microsoft Executive Briefing Centre.  These decision makers engaged in dialog with colleagues and experts about transforming education with 1:1 and mobile learning programs.

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