Category Archives: Expert Educator

Most inspirational edcuators you have to follow

magnificent seven educators

So normally I write a lot of things about me and my experiences, BUT in this post I want to point out some educators (and  other people in education) that have inspired me both in a professional and personal way. I have met them only once or several times in real life, but I have to say, that they are very, very special to me and you HAVE TO get in contact (at least virtually!)

I proudly introduce…

Koen Timmers

Koen Timmers (Belgium)


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Infographics with PowerPoint



Information graphics or infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly.They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system’s ability to see patterns and trends.

As a mathematician I am very fond of numbers and graphs, especially statistics! In the past years there was a big trend going on in the internet with infographics. A neat and beautiful way to display data and information with several diagramms or boxes.… Visit the author's original post

Werde Expert Educator


Auch wenn es eine Wiederholung aus dem letzten Jahr ist: Hiermit lade ich ALLE Lehrer und Lehrerinnen ein, sich für das kostenlose Expert Edcuator-Programm zu bewerben! Microsoft geht definitiv den Weg weiter, den es so erfolgreich eingeschlagen hat und versucht die innovativsten Lehrer un d Lehrerinnen aus aller Welt zusammenzubringen und den Austausch untereinander zu fördern.

Werde Expert Educator!Mehr info...

Dabei geht es keineswegs um Microsoft-Gurus, die jede Stunde nur mit Microsoft Produkten arbeiten, sondern der Focus liegt klar auf innovative, neuartige Lern- und Lehrkonzepte/Unterrichtseinheiten, die das Leben vieler Schülerinnen und Schüler nachhaltig verändern.… Visit the author's original post

Northampton Primary Schools Collaborating on BBC Earth Enchanted Kingdom Project Based Learning

Many of you will be familiar with the 'Enchanted Kingdom' from our blog series earlier this year that looked at the various chapters of the educational eBook based upon the BBC Earth film of the same name.

Recently, schools within the Northampton Primary Academy Trust have been working together on a series of project based learning initiatives based upon the Enchanted Kingdom eBook. The ambitious cross-academy collaboration is being driven by Tom Rees, head teacher at Simon de Senlis School, and sees students and teachers from the six schools that comprise the trust working through the tasks and lesson plans contained within the eBook via a series of project based learning activities, as well as coming up with some of their own ideas inspired by their journey through the Enchanted Kingdom.… Visit the author's original post

First #msftedue2 tweet meet


So yesterday I started a small experiment. I hosted a tweetmeet for the #msftedue2 attendees. It was the first time I hosted a tweetmeet and my only experiences are some meetings at the weekly #edchatde. I thought of bringing the people of the Microsoft Educator Exchange after four weeks together and keep the spirit up.

I put together three questions to catch the spirit:

Q1: What one thing do you tell everybody who was not at the E² about the E²?… Visit the author's original post

MIEE views from E2 – “What is available to teachers from Microsoft?” by Matthew Davies

The following post comes from Matthew Davies of Treorchy Comprehensive School in the Rhondda Cynon Taff district of South Wales. Matthew is one of the UK MIEEs who recently travelled to the E² Global Educator Exchange at Microsoft’s global headquarters in Redmond, Washington.


E2 Workshop Sessions - What is available to teachers from Microsoft?

Be more, Do more, Expect more – The mantra of Microsoft and Anthony Salcito.

Microsoft is working hard to produce software for education. Today gave us the opportunity to receive training on the products currently being developed and those being used by educators around the globe to enhance the opportunities provided to their students.… Visit the author's original post

Part 4 – Inside Microsoft Headquarters


It’s been a week since I came back home to Austria, but my thoughts and some of my feelings ar still in Redmond. In this forth part I try to write down some impressions I had at the Microsoft Campus two weeks ago.

Part one – first try to capture the uncapturable

Part two – meet the people of the Microsoft Educator Exchange

Part three – Keynotes and talks at the Educator Exchange

Microsoft LOVES Feedback

The conference track for us 15 Microsoft Innovative Educators Fellows was a bit different compared to the 250 mieexperts and it was truely an honor.… Visit the author's original post

Part 3 – Keynotes and talks at the Educator Exchange

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In this third part of my retroperspective of the Microsoft Educator Exchange I want to have a closer look at the different talks and keynotes.

Anthony Salcito – Expect more, do more, be more

Althoug I have experienced Anthony’s talks many times now – live and on video – and I have had the chance to talk to him in a dailyedventure interview I still have to say, that there is no other man who inspires me more with his words (maybe Sir Ken Robinson tops this!).… Visit the author's original post

First try to capture the uncapturable


So this is the first blog post in a (certain) series of blog posts I will do after the Microsoft Educator Exchange in Redmond. I want to look into different aspects in each post and today I want to focus on the event as a whole.

It’s not a tech-Forum, it is a teach-forum!

So, of course, when you hear Microsoft everybody is thinking of technology and software, BUT this Educator Exchange was exactly about what the titles promises. An Exchange between edcuators from all around the world.… Visit the author's original post

Österreich goes Redmond

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Der Countdown läuft: Am Freitag geht es für mich ab nach Seattle zum wohl größten Abenteuer meines Lebens. Microsoft hat aber nicht nur mich als einzigen Österreicher zum Global Educator Exchange eingeladen, sondern auch zwei weitere Innovative Expert Ecucator: Bernd aus der Medienhak in Graz und Oliver von der PH Niederösterreich. Als Trio können wir bereits schon ein paar Tage vor der eigentlichen Konferenz an die Westküste der USA reisen und werden neben dem obligatorischen Sightseeing uns auch mit anderen Kollegen aus aller Welt bereits im Vorfeld treffen.… Visit the author's original post

5 things why I love my Surface Pro 3 stylus

why I love my stylus

Inspired by those many “listicles” that appear day to day on the Internet, I decided to write my personal listicle about five things, why I love my stylus on the Surface Pro 3.

the SP3 stylus has three buttons on it

the SP3 stylus has three buttons on it

1: My stylus is more than a pen

Since the SP3 has three buttons I always explain interested teachers in my OneNote workshops, that this tool is more like a mouse. So you can do a lot more than just writing with it!… Visit the author's original post

Travelling – geek’s style


So the Microsoft Edcuator Exchange is coming closer and closer and my preparations are not finsished yet, but I put some effort in being “fully equipped” for this “one-of-a-kind” journey. As I am traveling earlier to Seattle to do some sightseeing and hoping to get a beautiful pic from the Space Needle, I am staying for over a week in the USA.

As a Geek – yes I am proud to be one – I surely “depend” on lots of technical things when I am on the road.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft in Education Advisory Board

advisory board

WOW! This week I got an email from representatives of Microsoft in Education that really thrilled me:

… Because of your commitment to Microsoft and educational transformation, I would like to invite you to be part of this pilot Advisory Board. You are considered a leader in your school, community and peers across the world and we value your comments and opinions. Your input will be critical in shaping products, tools and resources. …

These individuals will be the “go to” partners across the world who will collaborate together to provide market understanding of integral use of ICT in teaching and learning, as well as input and feedback on Microsoft education programs, products, tools and resources.
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OneNote Class Notebook Creator @ OneDrive

You can start the OneNote Classroom Notebook App right from your Office 365 menu

So call my stupid or just “Not-SharePoint-well-known”, but I have discovered only recently, that you can install and administer the great OneNote Class Notebook Creator Tool right in your very own OneDrive for Business! (kind of…)

I thought, that an adminstrator has to create a dedicated Sharepoint site, where you install the App and then you can create your OneNote Class Notebooks. BUT as OneDrive for Business IS in the core exactly the same as a SharePoint site you don’t have to use dedicated sites.… Visit the author's original post

5 Tips for holding a OneNote Workshop

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Inspired by the Microsoft Innovative Educator “#MSFTtips Contest” I decided to write down my 5 Tips for everbody, who wants to hold an OneNote workshop for other educators. In the past 3 years I have had great oppertunities to introduce OneNote to many, many educators in Austria (and Germany too!) and I am pretty proud of my efforts, because I have changed some teachers AND students daily life since they are using Microsoft OneNote.

  • Tell them your WHY

    So if you never heard of Simon Sinek you have to invest the following 18 Minutes into his genious TED talk about what he calls the” Golden Circle”: WHY – HOW – WHAT:

    So I always start my Workshops traditionally with a small PowerPoint-presentation about my personal path to OneNote.

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Redmond, ich komme!

E² - Redmond

Ziemlich genau ein Jahr nach meinem Besuch beim Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona hat mich eine wirklich tolle Nachricht erreicht:

From time-to-time Microsoft invites academic customers to participate in educational technology events such as the Global Educator Exchange (E2) which will be held in Redmond, Washington, USA from April 28 — May 1, 2015. The purpose of the event is to gather educators and student ambassadors to discuss innovations and challenges in education and how technology can support solutions to improve teaching and learning experiences.
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OneNote Superheros Online Meeting

Dank Yuri habe ich jetzt sogar ein OneNote-Superhero-Cape ;-)

Dank Yuri habe ich jetzt sogar ein OneNote-Superhero-Cape ;-)

Wow! Hätte mir irgendwer vor ein paar Jahren gesagt, dass ich mal an einem globalen Webinar teilnehme, und mit einem Neuseeländer, einer Kollegin aus Australien und einer Lehrerin aus Mazedonien über OneNote erzählen darf, dann hätte mir das echt Angst gemacht.

HEute fühle ich mich aber außerordentlich geehrt, mit diesen “OneNote-Superheros” ein gemeinsame Leidenschaft öffentlich zu teilen!

Am Donnerstag um 20:00 Uhr (Ortszeit) findet nun ein von Darrel Webster organisiertes Lync-Meeting statt, dass großartige Einsatzszenarien von OneNote im Unterricht zeigen soll und die vielfältigen Einsatzszenarien dieser “Wunderwaffe”  vorstellt.… Visit the author's original post

OneNote to rule them all

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Für den offiziellen OneNote Office Blog durfte ich einen Beitrag verfassen, der heute unter live gegangen ist. Natürlich gibt es den Beitrag auch hier für meine Leserinnen und Leser:

OneNote to rule them all

As a passionate and tech-savvy and always-looking-for-best-solution maths teacher I am always searching the World Wide Web for programs/apps that will help me to get the most out of my teaching profession. There are bad ones that I use just one time for a five-minute test-flight, there are great ones that I am using regularly, because they help me.… Visit the author's original post

HAK Steyr tablet PLUS


Bei der Microsoft Innovation und Education Konferenz 2012 habe ich in meinem Vortrag meine Vision für das Unterrichten mit Tablet-PCs verkündet: damals sagte ich “In fünf Jahren möchte ich in einer Klasse alles auf einem Tablet-PC mit Stifteingabe erledigen”. Drei Jahre später ist ein weiterer großer Schritt getan, der mich diesem Ziel näher bringt. Dei HAK Steyr bietet offiziell mit der “HAK Steyr tablet PLUS”-Initiative genau das an. Eine Tablet-Klasse, wo jeder Schüler und jede Schülerin die Möglichkeit bekommt, das eigene Tablet als Werkzeug für das eigenes Lernen einzusetzen!… Visit the author's original post

Ted-Ed Club HAK Steyr


tededclubsOnce again my passion has led me to something new and I am pretty amazed and proud, that I can establish a TED-Ed Club at the HAK Steyr! TED-Ed? What’s that? If you are an active learner and/or teacher you surely have seen some of the most inspirational talks ever on . I have to admit, that I love TED and I am watching as many talks as possible to improve not only my knowledge but also my presentation skills.… Visit the author's original post

Office Sway open preview


I have had my hands on Sway earlier this year and I am still thinking, that this is a great tool for educational purposes. As I said then, I see the big powers of Sway in creating a quick portfolio or let students create quick presentations, without botherring about styling.

Since yesterday Sway is no in public preview, so anybody with a Microsoft-ID can start creating his/her own Sway. There are some new features added to Sway and you can see that Microsoft is hearing to the test drivers and also, there are a lot of things going to be added in future.… Visit the author's original post

Windows MIEExpert 15 App


Recently I have developed a Windows 8 Universal App to teach the very important mathematical concept regression with the Windows AppStudio and I really love the easy interface and the possibilities without having to write any line of code.

screen1 Yesterday I took another attempt on making an useful app. For my fellow Microsoft Innovative Educators i decided to aggregate some useful infos and put in a small app. I took some RSS-Feeds, a Twitter hashtag and linked to Facebook and YouTube, everything fit in pretty easy and I hope this is useful for all the Microsoft Innovative Edcuators out there.… Visit the author's original post

OneNote Class Notebook Creator

jetzt können ganz schnell und einfach weitere Lehrer zu einem Klassennotizbuch hinzugefügt werden

Eine tolle Neuigkeit aus dem “OneNote-Universum” habe ich soeben erfahren und möchte gleich diese meinen treuen Lesern weitergeben: Das OneNote Setup tool for teachers wurde mit einem Update versorgt, dass sehr tolle Neuigkeiten mit sich bringt. Mein erster Beitrag vor einiger Zeit dazu erklärt die Grundidee hinter dieser Office 365-App, die ganz speziell für Schulen entwickelt wurde.

OneNote Class Notebook Creator spricht Deutsch

Mit dem Update wurden 10 neue Sprachen hinzugefügt und nun kann die Einrichtung eines Klassennoitzbuch ganz bequem in Deutsch geführt werden.… Visit the author's original post

My journey as a Microsoft Innovative Educator

Microsoft MSIE2014
Microsoft MSIE2014

As I promised here is a short re-recording of my talk I have given at the Austria Microsoft Innovation & Education Forum last week:

I gave my best to make an English version of my talk with Office Mix, so please be patient with me! Thanks again to all, who made this possible!… Visit the author's original post

Resümee der MS Innovation & Edcuation Konferenz 2014


Auch heuer war die Microsoft Innovation & Education Konferenz im TechGate in Wien ein Erlebnis für sich. Vorträge von Spezialisten aus allen Bereichen versuchten die reisige Bandbreite von Bildung und Microsoft abzudecken.

Für mich waren ein paar Punkte ganz besonders spannend:

  • über 250 Lehrer und Lehrerinnen waren bei dieser Veranstaltung, die in einer besonderen Location

[icon_linkstyle=”chain” color=”blue” href=”” target=”_blank”]Tech Gate[/icon_link]  über viele bekannte und auch neue Themen im Bereich Zukunft der Bildung Ideen austauschten. Ganz besonders hat es mich gefreut, dass ich auch von einem tollen und netten Kollegen begleitet wurde und somit einen weiteren Mitstreiter für meine Ideen gefunden habe.… Visit the author's original post

Präsentation für Innovation&Education-Konferenz Wien 2014

Microsoft MSIE2014
Microsoft MSIE2014

Wie schon angekündigt, habe ich für meine Präsentation mit dem Titel “Aus dem Leben eines Expert Educators” bei der diesjährigen Microsoft Innovation & Education Konferenz im Tech Gate in Wien ein neues Design verwendet. Zum ersten Mal ging es bei dieser Präsentation nicht um die Vorstellung einer App oder eines Programms, war daher also nicht auf eine Produkt- oder Projektdemonstration aufgebaut, sondern ein ganz persönlicher Bericht über meine Erfahrungen als Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert:

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Aller guten Dinge sind drei: Vorschau auf die Microsoft Innovation&Edcuation Tagung 2014

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Microsoft Österreich badge

Mit der Microsoft Innovation & Education Tagung steht am kommenden Dienstag und Mittwoch ein beührender Abschluss dieses fantastischen Vortragsjahres 2014 auf dem Programm. Vor exakt zwei Jahren hat auf dieser Veranstaltung meine Zusammenarbeit mit Microsoft begonnen und in der Retroperspektive ist es für mich kaum zu glauben, wie sich die letzten zwei Jahre für mich entwickelt haben. Nach der Ernennung zum Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert letztes Jahr durfte ich sogar mit Anthony Salcito auf der letztjährigen Konferenz ein Interview führen, was ich immer noch nicht ganz realisiert habe.… Visit the author's original post

rewatch the Microsoft educast

thanks to Luis for this screenshot
thanks to Luis for this screenshot

First of all: Thanks to all the people and fellow teachers and friends who have joined the Microsoft Educator Webcast on Tuesday, 11th of November. I read a lot of familiar names and I am still thrilled by this event, although some small things went wrong…

I was expecting that my persentation on Office Mix should be at the end of the Webinar, but instead I was placed second, so I could not rely on Tim’s presentation, but I think the audience got my ideas.… Visit the author's original post

Recap of Microsoft Education leaders briefing

edu_brussels_leftAttending an Microsoft event is always a pleasure for me, but coming back from one is even more delightful. Cause I am always filled with lots of ideas and as I call it “buzz for a change”. Seeing innovative people telling their ideas and exchanging thoughts on education fills me with a lot of energy to get things going at home in my school, in my classes.
So the Microsoft Education leaders briefing in Brussels was a great success for me and my students.
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