Category Archives: How-to

Microsoft Education Support – scenario-based troubleshooting content for teachers, students, parents, and IT admins

As technology continues to develop, so must our understanding of its uses and capabilities. We rarely need every feature of an application every time we use it (and certainly not the first time), so it’s natural that there will be a learning curve associated to the adoption and effective use of new technologies. This is just as true within education, as teachers, students and support staff encounter new and evolving scenarios, which will require different working knowledge of the technology at their disposal.… Visit the author's original post

Wiss21 Boot Camp

The second day of school is always an exciting one at Wissahickon Middle School, for that’s the day that about 1,200 students receive their Wiss21 laptops and begin or continue their journey through the challenging yet exhilarating wilds of 21st Century Teaching and Learning.  As sixth grade is the first year that the students are issued a laptop that is theirs and theirs alone that they can use in school and at home, not only do they receive their laptops on the second day of school, but WMS 6th graders begin the first of several sessions of what we lovingly call ‘Boot Camp’, otherwise known as computer orientation.  … Visit the author's original post

Top 5 Back-to-School Tools for Creation, Collaboration and Communication

Along with the preparation of bulletin boards, seating charts, classroom procedures and syllabi, it is also important for teachers to consider the go-to digital tools and resources they will rely upon as they head into the school year.  The five tools and resources outlined below can be utilized by teachers and students in many different classroom settings, grade levels and subject areas for creation, communication, collaboration, and so much more.

Tool #1 – OneNote & OneNote Class Notebook

To maximize efficiency and rise to the top of the class in organization, consider using OneNote (free to download for any devices) and the OneNote Class Notebook as the backbone of your digital life.… Visit the author's original post

5 Tips to Get Off to a Great Start & Avoid Back-to-School Burnout

Back-to-school is an exhilarating time full of hope and excitement for a new school year for teachers and students alike.  But, those first few weeks are also exhausting!  Check out the tips below to be sure to start the year off right to keep yourself sane and avoid burnout.


Tip #1 – Start Off Organized

Nothing is worse than not being able to find what you need.  Knowing where things are stored so they can be easily found is essential.  By using OneNote, teachers can easily have lesson plans, class documents and presentations, emails, parent contact information and more at their fingertips. … Visit the author's original post

Minecraft tutorial videos from Ray Chambers – setting up servers and information blocks

Ray Chambers is one of our Microsoft Expert Educators, and a leading force for driving the educational use of Minecraft in classrooms all over the UK. You may have even seen last month’s TechRadar article How Minecraft is helping kids learn code one block at a time, which is all about the sessions he was presenting to packed audiences in our Theatre during BETT 2015 in January. On his own blog however, Ray has recently been posting a number of video tutorials, which he has kindly allowed us to share with you here.… Visit the author's original post

Sway Your Audience with Office Sway

Tried of the same old presentation styles and format? Head over the Microsoft Office Sway and get creative. Sway takes away the bells and whistles (and all those special effects that kids just love) and creates an environment that makes content the star of the show.

The simple format starts the creator off with a blank canvas to add images, video, text, and ideas. Build a presentation to show as you speak (think Ted Talk format) or a stand-alone message that your audience can browse on their own.… Visit the author's original post

Embedding YouTube videos into PowerPoint – Thank you TubeChop!

I always loved the PowerPoint feature that let me embed YouTube videos into a presentation. That way I wouldn’t have to leave an IE window open during my presentation, fumble with ALT-TAB keystrokes, and then get back to my presentation. Too much! But I noticed a few years ago that the embedding got harder and harder, to the point that it just didn’t work.

So I’m super excited that I tested out TubeChop - and it worked! TubeChop is better known for taking YouTube videos and only streaming the clip you want to show.… Visit the author's original post

Making Surveys in Excel

There are many “free” sites out there for creating a survey for your class, but I struggle with these sites controlling how much I can access the data that students create. So when I met with a colleague to plan a vocabulary activity for her science class, I wanted to provide her with a site that will let her create a survey that she controls. As usual, I turn to OneDrive.

Among the many features I love in OneDrive, the Excel survey tool is my favorite and most often used.… Visit the author's original post