Category Archives: Office 365 and Education

Struggling 1st grade readers improve with the help of OneNote Learning Tools

I teach first grade. But even if I taught 6th grade or high school, if a child struggles with comprehension and fluency, chances are that the student cannot recognize basic sight words. Just think about this for a moment. If a child cannot read the high frequency words (for example, Fry words or Dolch words), how can he or she remember what the sentence is saying while they struggle through each and every word in that sentence? After seeing OneNote Learning Tools at the US Forum in Denver, CO, I began dreaming of using Immersive Reader to help my struggling students with reading.… Visit the author's original post

Going global with learning projects and finding the right tool to help

After more than 11 years of experience, my concept of teaching has changed a lot. When I started in education, I thought teaching meant providing knowledge from textbooks to students. But thanks to working with fellow Microsoft Innovative Educators, I am energized to do more than provide knowledge. Now I want to inspire learning and future-ready skills, right here from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

A photograph of Nam Ngo Thanh, an MIE Fellow and Microsoft Teacher Ambassador in Ho Chi Minh City, VietnamDigital collaboration and co-creation is a must-have skill in today’s global economy. To this end, I participate in many projects with other educators around the globe and help develop 21st Century skills for students.… Visit the author's original post

Belgian school builds dynamic learning environments for first-time learners

Teaching at Omnimundo, our school in Antwerp, Belgium, asks for a lot of creativity. Many of our students don’t speak our native language, and others need individual learning paths. For a teacher, adapting to this climate of continuous change is challenging. We had to establish a safe environment and create special programs for teaching our students the different languages, sciences and, of course, mathematics courses. We also tried to improve the communication skills of the students while keeping in mind the key values of our school: inspiration, participation, expertise, openness and confidence.… Visit the author's original post

TweetMeet on OneNote Class Notebook: Join #OneNoteQ on June 6

School bells are ringing and OneNote capes are flapping in the summer breeze. Whether you’re counting down the days until break or still in the middle of your school year, we’ve got a new TweetMeet for you. We’ll be discussing the best of the best of Class Notebook on June 6th, during both our 10:00am PDT and 4:00pm PDT sessions. Join the conversation and share your expertise, or come to ask questions and get templates from nine of our most esteemed OneNote experts.… Visit the author's original post

Extra Credits: OneNote Class Notebook assignment and grading support comes to Blackbaud and eSchoolData

Extra Credits rounds up the latest stories on innovative educational endeavors coming from other parts of Microsoft and the world. This entry highlights the latest add-in update to OneNote Class Notebook, which expands assignment and grading support to include Blackbaud and eSchoolData.

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Over a year ago, we launched the OneNote Class Notebook add-in, with assignment and grade integration, connected to a Learning Management System (LMS) and Student Information System (SIS). Teachers from all over the world have connected OneNote Class Notebooks with their systems.

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Find out What’s New in Microsoft EDU for May

Announcing the launch of the ‘What’s New in EDU’ monthly video series

 

We always hear from educators and school administrators who are looking for the latest product updates to keep productivity, teaching, and learning maximized for their students. With that feedback in mind, we are starting the “What’s New in EDU” monthly video series to recap key product and feature updates across all of the Microsoft Education communities and products, including Windows 10 devices, Office 365, Minecraft: Education Edition, Intune for Education, and more that our education customers can use every day.… Visit the author's original post

Extra Credits: How a ‘space coast’ school district landed a plan for better student outcomes

Extra Credits rounds up the latest stories on innovative educational endeavors coming from other parts of Microsoft and the world. This entry shares an ambitious plan for improving student engagement in Brevard Public Schools, a school district serving more than 73,000 students across 17 municipalities along Florida’s tech-centric “Space Coast.” The district’s vision called for a one-to-one ratio of students to Windows 10 devices, with strong support for cloud-based Microsoft solutions to boost college and career readiness.

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It’s a challenge that Barrett Puschus has embraced in his role as Technology and Network Operations Coordinator at Brevard Public Schools, a school district in Brevard County, Florida.

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10 tips to make your classroom more accessible

Today, Microsoft joins in marking the sixth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), a day dedicated to raising awareness around accessibility in the digital world. In honor of this day and to help create more inclusive school and classroom environments, the Microsoft Education Team would like to encourage all educators to explore a new Microsoft Educator Community training course, brought to you by Microsoft Innovative Educators who work in Special Education.

There are lots of technologies and resources available to help you make learning environments more inclusive and accessible.… Visit the author's original post

Creating inclusive classrooms with the help of OneNote

At the start of the school year, our special education team established the goal to deepen the purposeful use of technology to support struggling students, especially for those with special education needs and disabilities. This goal was based on the belief that all students should have an opportunity to be a part of an inclusive learning environment, where diversity is embraced, celebrated and valued by all members of the school community.

To identify specific strategies and tools to improve learning for all students, we needed to prioritize students first and technology tools second.… Visit the author's original post

Where to start and what to know about Microsoft Education’s new experiences

A great classroom comes to life wherever students and educators meet. In working with our vibrant Microsoft Educator Community over the years, we’ve learned to reshape our ideas of what that great classroom looks like, how it works and even where it is. The world is changing right before us and, together, we have to recognize it as a pressing societal challenge – and our largest opportunity to prepare students for the future.

We shared our vision for inclusive, immersive learning at a Microsoft Education event in New York City today, where we announced new, affordable devices and a Windows 10 experience inspired by students and teachers – we call it Windows 10 S.… Visit the author's original post

Extra Credits: OneNote Class Notebook offers new ways to include parents in learning

Extra Credits rounds up the latest stories on innovative educational endeavors coming from other parts of Microsoft and the world. This entry from the Office Blog covers new updates to OneNote Class Notebook, which now makes it easier for teachers to bring parents into the conversation for a whole new level of parental transparency. Using Class Notebook extends the scope beyond the traditional approach of selective parent communication with examples of student work.

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To address the top requests we heard from teachers, administrators and parents/guardians, we’re pleased to announce the release of four new features in OneNote Class Notebook:

Parent or guardian access to Class Notebook (read-only links)—Teachers now can quickly and easily generate read-only links to both the Content Library and individual student notebooks.

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For the good of her students, this traditionalist teacher meets the digital age head-on

You’d never know it by seeing how effortlessly she projects polynomials from a tablet to the monitor at the front of her classroom, but Summer Winrotte began teaching as an avowed traditionalist. “I can remember my first year of teaching, saying that I would never be paperless,” she says. As a math teacher, her college course work had to be done with longhand computations, not even a calculator. Summer didn’t see the value of using technology in the classroom.

Today she works to create a more equitable learning environment through paperless technologies by serving as Tecumseh Junior High School’s digital instructional coach.… Visit the author's original post

TweetMeet on devices for student success: Join us for a #MSFTEduChat on April 18

Are you an educator who wants to share your knowledge, or learn more about how you can save time and go paperless in your classroom?

If so, join us for our #MSFTEduChat on Tuesday, April 18th at both 10:00am and 4:00pm PT. In this TweetMeet we’ll be discussing devices for student success and how educators are getting the most out of the resources they have.

Preparing students to triumph in a digital age is no small task, so we’d love to hear how you’re building these skills with your class.… Visit the author's original post

An educator’s playful plan to bring true technology integration to the classroom

Jason Holt teaches students how to build games. As an instructional technology specialist, his game design course is a playful piece in a serious plan to connect students – along with his fellow teachers and administrators – to what technology can truly bring to the classroom. And based on the results he’s seeing, this Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert is well on his way to making a difference.

Jason teaches Game Programming and Design, a junior and senior-level computer science course at Newman International Academy in Arlington, Texas (a Microsoft School).… Visit the author's original post

How teachers can check student work for plagiarism in Word with Copyleaks

Suspecting a student of plagiarism is never an ideal situation, no matter if you’re the teacher or the student. According to Plagiarism.org, one in three high school students stated they plagiarized an assignment using the internet. In another survey of 24,000 high school students, 58 percent admitted to plagiarizing, and 95 percent admitted to cheating in some form, including on tests or copying homework.

Simultaneously, one of the biggest priorities as a teacher remains saving time, while still giving 100 percent attention to the grading and reviewing process.… Visit the author's original post

5 tips for collaboration in Professional Learning Communities

Teachers are busy people. They must keep up to date with changes in their curriculum, teaching and learning styles, and continue their own learning path. Getting help from peers and leveraging each other’s best practices can be a big time saver.

That’s why educators can form Professional Learning Communities (PLC) to work together and to improve their professional skills and teaching methods. The communities encourage a culture of collaboration between their members. PLCs often extend their networks beyond their originating schools, to educators from other schools, other communities and even other countries.… Visit the author's original post

How to reimagine the writing process with Microsoft in Education

Successful writers are not born.  They learn by doing.  They develop, practice, reflect.  They receive feedback and grow.  It’s a process.  Teaching students the process is as important as the technical components of writing.  The process helps students learn how to grow from a good writer to a great one.

In my seventeen years, teaching the writing process has slowly evolved with the use of technology. Only now, instead of small modifications in the process, the writing process itself is being reimagined, thanks to Microsoft.… Visit the author's original post