Category Archives: apps

Microsoft Surface Vs Apple iPad in high school classrooms

In my role as a high school teacher, I have three devices from which to work: a laptop, an Apple iPad Air 2 and a Microsoft Surface Pro. Whilst the first two are supplied by my school, the Surface is something I have personally purchased.

Yet people wonder why I only ever use the Surface whilst the other two gather dust on my staffroom desk.


Short answer: because the Surface does everything a laptop and iPad do, and more.

Now, such questions usually arise from students who are surprised that I don’t love iPads as much as they do.Visit the author's original post

John Paul College – Equipping technology confidence for the future

John Paul College in Queensland prides itself on delivering enhanced learning experiences for students and equipping them for the future.

The college has junior to senior levels of education, including Prep to year 12 levels with more than 2000 devices connected to the college network.

Currently the college uses these Microsoft products:

Windows 10 Education Edition

To fulfil its long-term STEM and digital transformation strategy, John Paul College extended its one-to-one program by rolling-out Windows 10 Education Edition across 1,600 student devices, giving teachers and students access to the latest education-ready Windows Store resources.Visit the author's original post

Teach and tell amazing stories with Sway


5 ways to use Sway in the classroom

We live in a highly interactive, collaborative and digital world full of colour and life. Student classrooms today need educators ready to design and present memorable, digital, multimedia-learning activities. Sway – from Microsoft and part of Office Online – is an ideal way to engage students and bring education to life in new and exciting ways.


With Sway, teachers can easily combine text, images, designs, audio, video and more to create and share inspiring lessons.Visit the author's original post

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

Apps take Office 365 Education to the next level

With millions of Office 365 users in education, it’s no surprise that innovative developers are working tirelessly to create powerful new apps to make it even more powerful. Yesterday, we announced exciting updates to Office 365 Education that demonstrate our dedication to this platform for schools, teachers, and students.

The long list of partners who have integrated with Office 365 Education and OneNote Class Notebook includes Canvas, Edmodo, RedCritter, Moodle, and Matific, to name just a few. That list is growing every day, and teachers are reaping the benefits.Visit the author's original post

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

Star Chart App

Star Chart App


Have a look at this great star gazing and astronomy app. 
From our own star - the Sun, to the moons of Jupiter and rings of Saturn, 
Star Chart gives you a virtual window into the visible universe.

#Microsoft #MIEExpert15 #MSFTEduE2 #MSFTEdu… Visit the author's original post

A+ Math App

A+ Math App

Have fun while you learn and practice addition, 
subtraction, multiplication and division! 
Take a multiple-choice Practice Quiz with no time pressure. 
Or, take on the Speed Challenge, where quickness and accuracy 
count for top scores. Compete with others from around the world
 to see your best time on the top of the global leaderboard.  
Great for kids, no frustration or failure—if you guess wrong, 
you can try again until you choose the correct answer. 
Each round is different, with different problems and 
different choices for answers. 
Earn the most points by guessing correctly on the first try.… Visit the author's original post

Uitgekozen als #MIE expert 2015


swayEen aantal maanden geleden ontving ik een mail dat ik uitverkozen was tot Microsoft Innovative educator expert. Samen met nog een aantal andere leerkrachten uit Nederland. De reden was dat wij Microsoft producten op een innovatieve manier inzetten in het onderwijs.

Afgelopen maand kreeg ik de uitnodiging om mee te gaan naar de Global Educator Exchange in Redmond, USA.


Ik moest dan wel via een Sway laten zien hoe wij Office365 op een innovatieve manier inzetten bij ons op school.… Visit the author's original post

Tasha Candela: Five Website Recommendations

by Tasha Candela
Expert Educator Columnist, USA

As part of my role as an Instructional Technology Coordinator, I share cool technology tools with staff members. With a short description and video tutorial for each tool, I help others feel empowered by the many free ways to engage our students and learn ourselves. Please consider or continue using them within your own classroom.

remindRemind /

If you were to ask me what my favorite app is, I would answer with Remind.… Visit the author's original post

Apps in de app launcher toevoegen aan groepen ipv losse gebruikers

In mijn vorige blogpost heb ik proberen te beschrijven hoe je zelf dmv Azure apps (linkjes naar websites) kunt toevoegen in de app launcher. Op het einde vroeg ik mij wel af of het ook mogelijk zou zijn om de apps niet aan individuele gebruikers, maar aan groepen toe te voegen. Met een paar gebruikers lukt dat wel handmatig, maar als je dit in een grotere organisatie zou willen gebruiken dan is dat wel heel erg veel klikwerk.

In de reacties op mijn blog kreeg ik de mededeling dat je met een AAD premium account apps zou kunnen toevoegen aan groepen (Pieter bedankt!).… Visit the author's original post

Zelf apps toevoegen in de app launcher

Een aantal weken gelden heb ik een kort bericht geschreven over het gebruik van de app launcher. Je kon tegels pinnen bovenaan de office365 werkbalk. Ook kon je de bestaande tegels uit de app launcher verwijderen of weer toevoegen. Op dit moment ben ik door een andere blogpost op het spoor gezet hoe je zelf apps, of linkjes naar andere websites kunt toevoegen aan tegels en die plaatsen in de app launcher. Via deze mogelijkheid heb ik meteen al een tegel kunnen toevoegen om direct naar de SharePoint portal van de school te kunnen gaan.… Visit the author's original post

ClassFlow – Smartphone and Tablet Apps

classflow_5In a post last month we looked at Promethean’s Cloud Based Lesson Creation and Presentation tools – ClassFlow. In many classes at primary and post-primary level, pupils are using tablet devices to enhance learning and classroom engagement. To facilitate two way communication between teachers and pupils, Promethean have developed a number of Smartphone and tablet apps that allows the teacher to engage pupils by connecting to and activating pupil devices.

ClassFlow Teacher Remote app

classflow_8To free up teachers from conducting lessons at the front of the class at the board, Promethean have developed a ClassFow Teacher Remote app.… Visit the author's original post

Ovi Barcelo: Developers, Developers, Developers!

by Ovi Barcelo Expert Educator Columnist, Spain One of the best things I have gotten from apps is the chance to meet some of their developers. Apps now are everywhere, even in the classroom, and we can say so because this new ecosystem has socialized the development of software. Now, (almost) everybody can be an app developer and even achieve great success in the digital world. The coding part is not very difficult and the tools provided by the big companies are user-friendly, in most cases.… Visit the author's original post

Gebruik van de app launcher

In mijn vorige post heb ik beschreven hoe je de first release aan kon zetten. Door het aanzetten van deze optie krijg je eerder de beschikking over nieuwe updates binnen je omgeving. De app launcher is zo’n nieuwe optie. In oktober kwam bij Microsoft al een blogpost online waarin werd beschreven dat deze app launcher uitgerold zou gaan worden. Sinds vorige week heb ik in mijn omgeving ook de beschikking gekregen over de app launcher. Je zal zien dat de bovenste balk van je omgeving zich zal gaan aanpassen.… Visit the author's original post

Ovi Barcelo: 10 Things We Need to Know About Apps in the Classroom

by Ovi Barcelo Expert Educator Columnist, Spain Nowadays it is very difficult to look to the past for longer than 4 or 5 years. We think that Whatsapp, for example, has been around forever when in fact the app is only 5 years old. The same goes for Angry Birds (launched 2009) and Twitter (which was also translated to other languages starting 2009). So, what will be our apps landscape be like five years from now? Can we trust our methodology only in apps?… Visit the author's original post

App of the Week: Office Lens for OneNote, Bridging the Physical and Digital

by Minnia Feng MSEN Community Manager

In today’s classroom, many things may be digitized and live on a screen, but there’s still an undeniable value in the power of exploring ideas through writing. With inking, this was made possible in the digital realm, but what about if you’re leading a brainstorm session with your kids in class and capture some amazing ideas on a whiteboard or chalkboard that you don’t want to lose?

Enter Office Lens for OneNote.

With this awesome mobile app, you pretty much have a scanner in your pocket that not only captures but cleans up images to save in your notes.… Visit the author's original post

Koen Timmers: From User to Creator, Introducing My App EduLync

by Koen Timmers MIE Expert, Belgium For 14 years I’ve been teaching ICT (web design) at CVO Heusden-Zolder, Belgium. Since the beginning, I’ve been passionate about e-learning and decided to post all courseware and tutorials on my own website Today, more than 18,000 members have access to nearly 9000 pages of courseware and external authors are publishing their own courseware to the public at large; it’s a digital educational library which is growing each day.   Using tools in my lessons offers new opportunities (distance learning), increases my students’ motivation, spices up my lessons, and allows more opportunities for collaboration.… Visit the author's original post

Adding ‘Sugar ‘n’ Spice’ to Projects with Windows 8 Apps

Guest Post by Naomi Manning

Year 10 Students at Abbotsleigh have been playing, reviewing and creating with Windows 8 Apps. Students wanted to add "Sugar 'n' Spice" to their projects so what better to use that a few of the newest Apps in the Windows 8 Store.

Before beginning their project work, the girls had a lesson where they played and reviewed the apps for their peers, with a view to go back to their groups and report on what was the most useful to them in their current project work.… Visit the author's original post