Category Archives: BYOD

The day Microsoft’s CEO met ordinary kids doing extraordinary things from Sydney Secondary College

Satya Nadella meets with kids from Sydney Secondary College

By Pip Cleaves, head teacher, learning innovation, at Sydney Secondary College – Leichhardt Campus

Sydney Secondary College Leichhardt Campus works hard at being future focused by experimenting with new ways to learn that encourage students to dream big. So when we heard we would meet Satya Nadella at the flagship Microsoft Store in Sydney, plenty of them said they were keen to show him what they’ve achieved. We asked students to showcase their ideas so we could decide on two groups to take to the store.… Visit the author's original post

Managing Minecraft In A School

Note: this is quite a lengthy and, at times, technical post about configuring and deploying Minecraft in a school when choosing not to use the new Microsoft Education Edition. The following is structure of the blog if you want to … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Networked Projectors Offer Easy Access

This post was originally published on the Interface Magazine Online website – you can read the original post here. How often do you want to access the internet but can’t because your device is connected via Wi-Fi to the classroom … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Video Showcases Innovative Educators

On the 23rd November 2015 Microsoft NZ arranged for a TV crew to film and interview a number of staff and students at St Andrew’s College. The focus of the day was showcasing how the Surface Pro 3 and OneNote … Continue reading 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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Microsoft Next Level Learning workshops – November 2015

This week we’re starting to pack our bags, as the team head out to Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia for the free Microsoft Next Level Learning workshops for teachers and school IT managers. There’s a Teacher Track with themes around engaging students, gamification of learning, collaboration and learning analytics, plus a parallel IT Track that delves into the practical IT management issues associated with BYOD, cloud services and analytics. And with keynotes and workshops from Dan Haesler or Bron Stuckey, there will be plenty of opportunities to challenge your own thinking and hear how others see the future.… Visit the author's original post

Broadcasting Smartphone Apps as a Teaching Tool

Personal electronic devices bring a multitude of opportunities to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom. A recent challenge is trying to model desktop applications with a graphical user interface that looks very different from smartphone apps. The example below shows a visual screen capture of OneNote (desktop) compared to OneNote (smart phone app).

Combined screenshot

My Goal

The majority of students in my school favour the lighter, more affordable smartphones versus laptops. My goal is to discover how Miracast can be used to bridge the visual gap between smartphone apps and traditional desktop software.… Visit the author's original post

Broadcasting Smartphone Apps as a Teaching Tool

Personal electronic devices bring a multitude of opportunities to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classroom. A recent challenge is trying to model desktop applications with a graphical user interface that looks very different from smartphone apps. The example below shows a visual screen capture of OneNote (desktop) compared to OneNote (smart phone app).

Combined screenshot

My Goal

The majority of students in my school favour the lighter, more affordable smartphones versus laptops. My goal is to discover how Miracast can be used to bridge the visual gap between smartphone apps and traditional desktop software.… Visit the author's original post

Setting up a Classroom Website Using Office 365 Sites

One of the goals listed in my Annual Learning Plan is to establish a classroom website using Office 365 Sites.

Annual Learning Plan

My vision focuses on providing a blended learning solution using a variety of digital tools instead of focusing on a primary tool as in the past. This shift in strategy will help support my Bring Your Own Device strategy in the classroom.

So how can I make my vision a reality?

The strategy moving forward is to utilize a variety of cloud based learning tools (e.g.… Visit the author's original post

Blending Learning Using Office 365

One of the goals listed in my Annual Learning Plan is to establish a blended learning solution using Office 365. I want to combine my knowledge obtained over the past several years as a member of the GECDSB Office 365 pilot group and the Microsoft Innovative Education Expert program.

GECDSB Office 365 Login Screen

My vision focuses on allowing students to use a variety of digital tools in the classroom instead of focusing on a primary tool as in the past. This shift in strategy will help support my Bring Your Own Device strategy in the classroom.Visit the author's original post

K-12 Education Trends: Coming Soon to a School Near You

Wearable technology, information visualization and badges are just some of the five-year developments described in the 2015 New Media Consortium Horizon Report K-12 Edition. At Microsoft, we are inspired by the innovations that support the kind of scalable and sustainable transformation we see in schools every day. Read our perspective on trends, challenges and developments called out in the new report.

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The School of the Future is here!

problems

You can’t solve the educational problem in the XXI century School if you don’t change your mind!

Teachers need technologies and a Metod to support their changes in daily didactis. So now is born “Innovative Design Thinking for teachers”. This Metod use simple instruments scheduled from team management courses and creative models of learning. 100 italian teachers refined it during 2 years. Now 160 complete projects are present on the site http://www.innovazioneinclasse.it/: look at them!

I like very much to project my MIEE activities using “Innovative Design Thinking” to meet educational goals with my students.… Visit the author's original post

Next Level Learning – NSW Education Roadshow

Quality, free, relevant and hands-on education technology workshops do not happen often. This May and June Microsoft will be offering a hands-on workshops across NSW with the latest technology including Windows 8.1, apps, Office 365 and devices, including...(read more)Visit the author's original post

My perfect school-kit

A few days ago I received the new Windows based Aspire Switch 10 by Acer.

It is a wonderful device: tablet & notebook all in one! You can easely plug and remove the keyboard when required.

Small and light, it is perfect for use in mobility. It fits perfectly in my BYOD classroom.

Look at my school toolkit: tradition & Cloud together!

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Thanks to the pluggable keyboard it is possible to write documents and use complex programs so fully enjoying Office 365 incredible power and work everywhere on my OneNote files.… Visit the author's original post

Teilnahme an der ITworldEdu in Barcelona als Sprecherin – Invited as a speaker to the ITworldEdu in Barcelona

Dieser Blogpost ist der erste zweisprachige Post. Wie ihr beim regelmässigen Lesen mitbekommen habt, bin ich immer mal wieder an internationalen Bildungsveranstaltungen. Vor einigen Wochen wurde ich gefragt, ob es möglich wäre, dass ich… Weiterlesen Visit the author's original post

Teilnahme an der ITworldEdu in Barcelona als Sprecherin – Invited as a speaker to the ITworldEdu in Barcelona

Dieser Blogpost ist der erste zweisprachige Post. Wie ihr beim regelmässigen Lesen mitbekommen habt, bin ich immer mal wieder an internationalen Bildungsveranstaltungen. Vor einigen Wochen wurde ich gefragt, ob es möglich wäre, dass ich… Weiterlesen Visit the author's original post

5.5m students in Australia can get Office 365 ProPlus free

In 2013 we announced that students can download Office 365 ProPlus free (that’s the suite of Office apps including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher etc) onto their personal devices – Windows PCs, Macs, phones, tablets etc. We called this programme “Student Advantage”, and it applied to every education institution which had licensed Office for their staff. But because each customer had to enable the service for their students, and order the free licences from us, it meant that some students who qualified couldn’t get it, and every school/TAFE/university had a different sign-up page for students.… 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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Microsoft Brings Handwriting to OneNote For iPad

Along with all the great eLearning stories that happen within the classrooms at St Andrew’s College, this blog does also try to cover the occasional product release or update that is pertinent to our students and parents. This week saw … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Microsoft OneNote Usage At St Andrew’s College

This post was originally written for publication at the official Microsoft OneNote In Education blog.

2014 was a year that saw significant increases in usage of Microsoft OneNote at St Andrew’s College and there were a number of factors that contributed to this, including:

  • Continued promotion of OneNote by earlier adopter teachers such as Mrs Jacqueline Yoder which led to uptake amongst her fellow teachers in the English Department and beyond. Her story was eventually published in the College quarterly magazine in an article entitled OneNote To Rule Them All.
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Supporting BYOD in education– Outlook everywhere for students and staff

There’s no doubt that the trend towards BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in education for students is gathering pace. According to The Australian yesterday, 30% of schools have moved to BYOD, and for universities we’re pretty much at 100% already. And it’s happening rapidly for staff too – even if it’s not always BYOD, it’s certainly CYOD (Choose Your Own Device from a pre-approved list).

But that comes with challenges for IT departments in schools, TAFEs and universities across Australia.… Visit the author's original post

Choosing a Device for my own 21st Century Learner

Guest Post by Nikkie Laing

School starts again for the year in a few weeks and as a family we have the option of providing our 11 year old with a mobile device for school to help support her learning. We are in boots and all! The benefits of being able to connect and collaborate with other learners both within and beyond a school day are already clearly evident to us.

For us the hardest part is not choosing whether to participate it's deciding which device suits best.… Visit the author's original post

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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Providing advice for parents on BYOD

With the end of the federal funding for computers, the move to BYOD in Australian schools has been rapid and decisive. With parents’ and students’ expectations raised by the DER programme, the gap in funding is now being filled by schools asking students to bring along the right device for their return to school next week.

Some of the work that we’ve been doing with our partners has been published very recently and hit the headlines around the country (including in NSW, Queensland, SA, and some of the tech press).… Visit the author's original post

School Learning Disruption

enterDisruptive technologies are challenging traditional School Learning.

Boundaries are blurring: formal mix up with informal, real with virtual, the teacher with the learner.

Liquid modernity takes on school a great responsibility.

Education became a lifelong learning journey. Learning experiences need to be designed and carefully projected.

Look at my presentation  at National Convenction Sirem Siel 2014 (Italy): http://www.slideshare.net/almitra/the-xxi-century-school-learning-disruption

Project proposes a new way to set up learning activities using Open Resources, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and Flipped Classroom modality. The Project intends to rebuilt traditional didactics of Mathematics and Physics in two classrooms (third year of Scientific Lyceum).Visit the author's original post

Back to School and BYOD – What do students really need from their devices?

Is your school starting a BYOD Program this year? Wondering what information to give parents to ensure they purchase the right device? Below and at the Microsoft and Intel Parent Guide to School Devices website, there’s a simple list of 11 items that we think should be included in all school devices.

Necessary

  1. 10” Minimum screen, touchscreen and keyboard – In a typical day a student might type an English assignment, jot down history notes, figure out maths equations, video a science experiment and record a speech.
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Collaborative Feedback Using OneNote

Business students are now in the process of completing their final summative evaluations. Learners are using personal technology devices to encourage idea sharing and constructive feedback using familiar forms of mobile technology. My goal is to extend learning outside the traditional classroom.

mobile device with app

Introduction to Business (grade 9) and Entrepreneurship (grade 10) are the two current courses that will be using OneNote. The final summative evaluation (FSE) will require grade 9 students to design, build, and market a product. Grade 10 students must research and prepare a presentation in order to “pitch” a product or service to a panel of teacher judges.… Visit the author's original post