Like many schools, All Hallows’ School in Brisbane is experimenting with stylus-enabled devices for STEM topics. What makes us different is our strategy. For the past 18 months, our technology adoption has been guided by a single, clear aim: to enhance the speed, quality and impact of teacher feedback. The results are terrific.
Step 1 for stylus: formulate your strategy
All Hallows began using tablet devices over three years ago. We saw the combination of stylus, tablet and OneNote as a great trio for taking class-work fully digital.… Visit the author's original post
Teachers are choosing innovative ways to get 21st teaching into classrooms and an example of this can be found on Mrs Barkers Tea Room blog. By using Minecraft: Education Edition, students were engaged and learned problem solving skills in an interactive and imaginative platform.
Minecraft’s spatial thinking and pixel art creates an excellent opportunity for students to work on mathematics and visual arts objectives in an engaging environment.
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The game engages students creative and collaborative abilities, providing a different way of developing students’ skills.
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
Teaching proper research methods is about so much more than enabling students to turn in the perfect paper. When done thoroughly, it imbues them with the ability to evaluate resources for credibility, avoid misleading misinformation and mount a cogent argument. Teaching students how to research is about empowering them to think critically, both in the classroom today and beyond.
“It all comes back to the purpose of school,” says Aron Early, research technology specialist at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, WA. … Visit the author's original post
Which of these scenarios would engage, entice and enthral your students? Reading about fossils found in the Australia, or taking part in a live video call with an archaeologist on site in the Western Australian outback as they unearth a 3.5-billion-year-old fossil?
Even ancient protozoa can tell you the answer to that question.
Skype in the Classroom is a global phenomenon. Only last year, Microsoft Vice President – Worldwide Education, Anthony Salcito hosted a Microsoft Skype-a-Thon for 48 hours straight, traversing the globe in a way that only Skype in the Classroom can manage. … Visit the author's original post
In December, 2015, year 8 students from Hawkesdale P12 College, Victoria Australia connected with a rural school in Japan using Skype. Students at Hawkesdale are isolated geographically and culturally but were fortunate to be part of a research project on “Inking the Thinking” with the Victorian Department of Education and Microsoft. This meant that each student in year 7 and 8 had a Surface Pro device with a digital pen.… Visit the author's original post
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
Years of research suggest students learn best when presented new material in diverse and interactive ways. Gone are the days of lecture-only classrooms; today, educators incorporate a variety of methods to boost learning outcomes. One of those methods, of course, is visual. We’re excited to announce new Microsoft and third-party templates for Visio Pro for Office 365 to help educators present information in highly visual and exciting ways, while helping students better engage across subjects.
New Education templates
Visio Pro for Office 365 is adding more than 20 education templates and sample diagrams that span core subjects, including algebra, trigonometry, chemistry, and physics.… Visit the author's original post
I remember getting my first bike for Christmas in 1982. It was an amazing red bike, with cool handle-bar grips and a bright shiny logo on the frame. It took me months to learn how to ride it and Christmas seemed to last forever. Learning was hard, the bruises were many but the reward was independence. I also remember Father Christmas (my dad) spending ages setting up Scalextric so when I got up in the morning it was ready to go!… Visit the author's original post
How many people write code worldwide?
During Computer Science Education Week, from Dec. 5 to 11, there will be many millions. They’ll be all ages, they’ll code in more than 45 natural languages, and they’ll do their coding from over 180 countries as they participate in the fourth annual Hour of Code.
The founders of Hour of Code, tech entrepreneurs Hadi and Ali Partovi, believed that not enough people know how to write code, that everybody should, and that everybody could, just by giving it a try for an hour.… Visit the author's original post
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
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).
By Megan Townes, Teacher Ambassador
A few weeks ago, I happened to spend a rare day working from the office rather than home, a school or café. I’m so glad I went into the office that day as I was handed a funky green and white laptop that I think could be a game changer for education. It’s called an Infinity:One and it’s made by One Education, a not-for-profit Australian company with a mission to ensure technology reaches the hands of students who could otherwise not afford it.… Visit the author's original post
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
The following is a guest post written by Gerald Haigh, exploring Learning Tools for OneNote, and the broader topic of the spectrum of individual needs among students. In the piece he refers to an article in ‘Forbes’ by Dr Jordan Shapiro, who was recently the speaker and moderator for our #HackTheClassroom global online event.
Thoughts on Learning Tools for OneNote
by Gerald Haigh
For a large chunk of my teaching career, I worked with children who were labelled as having ‘special needs’, mainly in mainstream schools, but also briefly in a special school for children with profound learning difficulties.… Visit the author's original post
Did you know that there are 1.4 billion students in the world? When you consider this immense student population, and the 65.2 million educators dedicated to teaching them, technology becomes even more important.
At Microsoft, we believe that people can do remarkable things when technology is within their reach. We also know that the right technology can literally become the engine for creating, sharing, exploring, individualizing teaching, and much more. Read more about teaching and learning solutions and download the teaching and learning eBook designed specifically to help teachers and school leaders on this journey.… Visit the author's original post
A one-size-fits-all approach to education can be especially stifling for students with unique learning needs. To put it into perspective, Dyslexia is estimated to impact 1 in 5 people, 72 percent of classrooms have special education students, and 73 percent of classrooms have readers that span 4 or more grade levels.* Understanding this classroom reality is what led our teams at Microsoft to design Office 365, and its inclusive classroom technology like Learning Tools for OneNote, with accessible learning experiences in mind.… Visit the author's original post
Coding – and computational thinking in general — is one of the most in-demand skills in today’s job market, but not so long ago, learning to code was mostly out of reach for late-middle school and secondary students. Coding wasn’t taught in the typical classroom, and educators – unless they had a computer science background – weren’t equipped to teach it.
All of that changes with Microsoft’s Creative Coding with Games and Apps (CCGA) curriculum, training and resources. These new tools promote the development of computational thinking skills, and get your students excited about computer science by teaching them how to code in a real software development environment as they design, program and publish mobile apps and games.… Visit the author's original post
Guest post by Aaron Maurer, MIE Expert, USA. Connect with Aaron Maurer on Twitter at @coffeechugbooks
So many times in our lives as an educator, we wish we had that chance for a new perspective, a new voice, and just something different. It is easy to get stuck in that routine where you ask the same people knowing you will get the expected response and answer to keep trudging through the same pathway.
What if you changed that? If you took a few hours of your time and gathered with other like-minded educators, parents, and students who want to improve?… Visit the author's original post
If you’ve visited the Microsoft Educator Community lately, you may have noticed that things look a little different. We’re delighted to announce that the entire site has been restructured to better support educators around the world, and it’s all thanks to you every new button, navigation path, and design update was made not only with educators in mind, but also using the feedback received from over 300 teachers around the world.
Not only do we want to celebrate and introduce the features made possible through the input of our users, we want to thank them for their important role in helping to restructure the site.… Visit the author's original post
The messages came pouring in through the live chat, greetings from Vietnam to Croatia, Nigeria to Canada, lighting up the morning with energy and excitement. And like that, the first Hack the Classroom digital event kicked off on January 30, 2016, as tens of thousands of educators from around the world were inspired to go forth and do amazing things in the classroom, armed with inspiring new ideas from speakers and peers.
And we’re so excited to do it all again.… Visit the author's original post
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
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