Category Archives: Office 365 for education

Olympian and engineering graduate shares the power of mentorship through Skype

Monique Sullivan is a two-time Olympian cyclist and mechanical engineering graduate student. She was an athlete mentor with Classroom Champions, which works in partnership with teachers and local education districts to connect athletes with students in grades K-8, for the school year. Following her participation in Skype in the Classroom events last year, Monique now shares her story and inspirational viewpoint with the Education Blog in this Q&A.

 

Why do you think mentoring students is important?

 

As an athlete, I learned the power of mentorship from a very young age.… Visit the author's original post

Become a Microsoft Certified Educator in 3 simple steps

When teachers have the skills and confidence to engage their students and prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow, they don’t just do more things – they do amazing things.

To help teachers shape the leaders of the future, Microsoft has recently revamped the Microsoft Certified Educator Exam (MCE). This certification is based on the 21CLD and Innovative Teaching & Learning Research, which provides a set of rubrics for educators to identify and implement learning opportunities for students to build 21st century skills.… Visit the author's original post

Connect with NYT best-selling authors Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver, and hundreds of writers for Skype in the Classroom’s Literacy Month

Today is World Read Aloud Day, signaling the start of Skype in the Classroom’s month-long celebration of reading, writing and storytelling. We are proud to work with LitWorld and our global publishing partners, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, Arbordale, Andersen Press, Candlewick and others to offer hundreds of free virtual visits from authors to classrooms. You can look up guest author information easily for Skype in the Classroom by checking our literacy collection.

To cap our month-long celebration this year, Microsoft is teaming up with Penguin Young Readers for a free broadcast event in which classrooms and families can meet actor, producer and author Henry Winkler, as well as his co-author, Lin Oliver. … Visit the author's original post

What’s New in EDU: 10 newly announced Microsoft Education experiences you don’t want to miss

We’re in the midst of exciting transformation in education. This change is critical for our schools, educators and students, as it is for our countries, industries and planet. 

Students are becoming creators, in disciplines that didn’t always seem creative. They are comfortable in blending the digital and physical worlds and they understand the importance of envisioning a future for themselves. Empowering these students to succeed should be our greatest societal challenge and opportunity.   

Teachers recognize this talent and work every day to unleash student potential. … Visit the author's original post

What’s New in EDU: 10 newly announced Microsoft Education experiences you don’t want to miss

We’re in the midst of exciting transformation in education. This change is critical for our schools, educators and students, as it is for our countries, industries and planet. 

Students are becoming creators, in disciplines that didn’t always seem creative. They are comfortable in blending the digital and physical worlds and they understand the importance of envisioning a future for themselves. Empowering these students to succeed should be our greatest societal challenge and opportunity.   

Teachers recognize this talent and work every day to unleash student potential. … Visit the author's original post

Mapping and tracking discussion in Humanities using OneNote Class Notebook

As a Humanities teacher, I love having full class discussion on the books we read, particularly when the students drive the conversation. Getting students to work together and successfully navigate and sustain a discussion on complex topics is often as important to me as the content they are talking about. Since a large part of my teaching uses the Harkness Method, participation is a large part of my class grade, and I want to be sure my students feel they are being assessed fairly.… Visit the author's original post

Modern methodologies for classroom IT management: Change management and adoption for education technology

Today’s post was brought to you by the Microsoft Education Partner Advisory Council.

 

Making the case for new technology

 

It’s clear that a cloud-based infrastructure yields multiple benefits for schools, from better ways to secure devices and school data, to more efficient IT administration and measurable improvements in educator and staff effectiveness1. Institutions of all sizes are now considering computing projects that were not accessible or affordable in the past.

As innovative technologies continue to be developed for schools at a rapid pace, it can be a challenge to prioritize and justify IT project requests.… Visit the author's original post

Tacoma School district uses data to provide needs-based training and support

Tacoma Public Schools started a Microsoft Innovative Educator program last year, hoping to create an ongoing support system for technology in the classroom. In the past, instructional technology support and training would fall on the shoulders of the district Instructional Facilitators. They would provide training by posting a district-wide class at a not-so-central location, on a topic of their choosing and at a time that fit a handful of schedules. Does this sound familiar?

Tacoma is moving past the old approach to professional development, where one would shoot at the target and hope to hit a bullseye.… Visit the author's original post

Florida educator rethinks social media as skill for students

A designer, surfer, father, foodie, photographer, sketch artist, lover of technology, and just an all-around geek: Josh Murdock (@professorjosh) sees himself as many different things. However, if you ask any of his students, many of them faculty at his college and more destined to be future educators themselves, they’ll say he’s a teacher of teachers.

Finding ways to change and keep up with new teaching methods, and connecting with students through collaborative learning, is all part and parcel of Josh’s role.… Visit the author's original post

What’s New in EDU: Best of 2017 and 10 top tech guides from educators

We look back on 2017 and pour water on a computer in our December episode of What’s New in EDU, a monthly round-up of the latest efforts and products from Microsoft Education. Don’t worry, the computer’s just fine and, no, we don’t usually do that.

What we’d like to make more routine is thanking all the educators around the world who make a difference each and every day, and 2017 demonstrated your amazing contributions as clearly as ever. In a year which saw the launch of Microsoft Teams, over 250 lesson plans for Minecraft: Education Edition and new features for Learning Tools, we were humbled by the wealth of information and expertise shared with us by educators so far.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft empowers educators and students creating tomorrow’s world

Digital technologies, the cloud, intelligence and analytics, mixed reality and truly engaging learning platforms have the capacity to transform the digital experience for every teacher, student, school, college and university.

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At Microsoft we understand that one of our most important tasks is to empower students and educators with the tools, experiences and insights to create tomorrow’s world.

Technology helps democratise educational opportunity, and in tandem with dedicated administrators, committed teachers, motivated students and involved parents and communities it can spark creativity and help build a passion for lifelong learning.… 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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Learn what’s next with Microsoft Education at ISTE 2017

Microsoft Education at ISTE 2017 | June 25-28, 2017 | San Antonio, TX

 

On May 2nd, the team at Microsoft Education shared its vision for helping empower students of today to create the world of tomorrow. We plan on bringing all that excitement to the ISTE Conference and Expo this year, spread across 140 teacher talks and through a new hands-on interactive experience room at the event. We’ll also have sessions to include those who can’t attend (#notatISTE), along with new developments from Hack the Classroom and the ever-growing worlds of Minecraft: Education Edition.… Visit the author's original post

4 hacks for Word 2016 to save you time authoring documents

If there’s one thing we Microsoft engineers have learned in our dialogue with teachers, it’s that each and every one cares deeply about the success and well-being of their students. Helping give educators back a few precious minutes of their day, spent in one of the most demanding, time consuming, and hectic professions in the world, is the least we can do.

We have four easy tips – or hacks, if you prefer – for Microsoft Word below, and we believe they’ll save you minutes every day during your lesson planning, classroom organization, grading, assignment creation and more. … Visit the author's original post

Getting Started with Microsoft Teams – Guides for IT Admins, Teachers and School Leaders

With Office 365 for Education, now with Microsoft Teams, you can now redefine what a classroom means for your teachers and students by bringing in resources from around the world, providing them anytime, anywhere access to learning and giving them the skills they will need for their future. We're pleased to share three Getting Started guides for Microsoft Teams, created specifically for educators, IT admins, or school leaders.… Visit the author's original post

A behind-the-scenes story from an educator at Microsoft’s May event

You may have read the reactions in the press, watched the event livestream, or heard from others about the announcements made at Microsoft’s “Learn What’s Next” event, held on May 2nd, 2017, at Center415 in Manhattan. But this is a view from behind the scenes. It’s an account of what I saw in the collaboration across teams and departments, the collective direction, and the attention to detail at the event that spoke loudly to me about the importance and direction of education for Microsoft, as an organization.… 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

Certifications empower both students and teachers – Lakesha Kirkland, USA

Lakesha Kirkland
Business Education Teacher, Future Business Leaders of America Advisor
Shaw High School
Columbus, Georgia, USA

Out of 1.6 million high school students in the state of Georgia, last year only 50 achieved “Master” status based on their Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification. Half of those students came from just one classroom, under the direction of teacher Lakesha Kirkland.

“For the outstanding job my students did, Microsoft recognized my students at the Georgia Department of Education for our ‘phenomenal Microsoft office Specialist Certification accomplishments’,” Kirkland tells us.… Visit the author's original post

How to install Microsoft Classroom in Office 365 Education

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Microsoft Classroom is a free service for managing all classes and assignment workflows for teachers and students, which is available in Office 365 Education. In addition to the web service built into Office 365 Education, there are also iOs and Android apps for your students to get easy access from any of their devices.

 

imageLumagate, one of our Microsoft Education Partners in Norway has written a brilliant guide to deploying Microsoft Classroom (in both English and Norwegian). I know that many Australian customers will find this guide handy, as it steps through every single part of the process to install Microsoft Classroom into your Office 365 Education tenant.… Visit the author's original post

OneNote’s Best of 2016: A year in review including over 36 new reasons to try OneNote

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).
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Developing cloud solutions for public sector – Free developer training–Sydney 10-11 November 2016

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Microsoft is dedicated to helping our partners develop the skills and capacity to leverage our technology platforms. Part of that support is about helping developers to get up to speed with the opportunity to more rapidly build applications and services for customers. So next month, we are offering Microsoft partners developing solutions for Public Sector organisations access to free, face-to-face, 300-level, hands-on training focused on Microsoft Azure and Office 365 development. One of Microsoft’s global trainers will be delivering the training, so that we can provide deep insight into development strategies and opportunities.Visit the author's original post

Australian Office 365 Education customers: you have 2 weeks left to opt-in to be moved to the Australian datacentre

This is a really important reminder for our education customers here in Australia. Please, please check that you have requested to move your Office 365 Education service to the Australian datacentres, if your service was originally setup elsewhere. The deadline for requests is the end of Monday 31st October 2016, and after that time you will have missed your chance for migration from overseas to Australia.

The request period has been open since August 1, 2016 and the process is available on the Office 365 Admin Center (detailed instructions here).… Visit the author's original post

New immersive and inclusive learning experiences for Windows 10

Our mission in education is to empower every student on the planet to achieve more. We’re reaching more and more students and teachers every day – providing them with immersive and inclusive learning experiences.

Today, Microsoft announced the next major update to Windows and highlighted some of these new experiences for the classroom. Learn how to upgrade PCs in your school to Windows 10 for free here. In addition, we’re excited to share these new Windows 10 apps that will help make your new school year great.… Visit the author's original post

Building dynamic staff, student and parent portals

Webvine (http://www.webvine.com.au) are an Office 365, SharePoint and Dynamics CRM consultancy with large and small clients, including a number of education customers in Australia. Next week they are running a breakfast briefing on Thursday 30 June, in our offices in North Ryde, to talk about the examples of school projects they have completed in NSW.

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  Here’s the invitation details:

Does your school have disparate systems and a poor ability to communicate easily with staff, students and parents?
For example schools typically struggle with:

  • Paper notices – on boards, in schoolbags – everywhere
  • Events – where do parents, staff and students find out what’s on and where
  • Information held in systems like Moodle and Edumate are isolated
  • Lack of collaboration between staff, students and parents
  • Being seen as disorganised in the eyes of parents

Join Gold partner WebVine for an Education focused breakfast seminar.

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Join Microsoft at ISTE 2016

Join Microsoft at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference & Expo taking place June 26­–29 in Denver, CO. Microsoft is a year-round Mission Sponsor of ISTE, which has been bringing educators from around the globe together for more than 30 years.

Join Microsoft at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference & Expo taking place June 26¬–29 in Denver, CO.

Microsoft, located in booth 2100, has developed a comprehensive lineup focused on peer-to-peer learning and hands-on interactions, including:

Pre-Conference (separate registration required for each)

During the Conference (find additional details online)

  • Minecraft: Education Edition Featured Sessions and Trainings
  • Microsoft Classroom in Office 365 Education Featured Sessions and Trainings
  • Over 50 Educator-led Classroom-focused, Scenario-based Demonstrations on Office 365 Education and Windows 10 Devices
  • Access to Easy-to-deploy Good/Better/Best Windows Devices for Education
  • Hands-on Makerspace Experience Featuring Computational Thinking
  • Computer Science for All: Creative Coding, Gaming and Apps, Imagine Academy
  • Power BI and Azure in K–12 Featured Sessions
  • Free Microsoft Certification Exams Offered On-site for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE)

You are encouraged to gather your peers and register for this valuable conference experience. … Visit the author's original post

The Office 365 Education Roadmap is now available

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When you make any investment in technology you are investing in a living thing. The pace of development of technology in today’s world is such that improvements and alterations are seemingly continuously available to software, hardware and infrastructure. And with the increasing utilization of the cloud, platforms and tools can be upgraded “on the fly” by the providers without the end users having to break stride.

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