Category Archives: office

Future-proofing and expanding students horizons at Toowoomba Christian College

Alison-JamesWe all have that one special teacher who we recall had a big impact on us, someone who helped shape our future through their dedication, encouragement and most of all, confidence in us when we were faltering.

One such mentor is Alison James, Specialist Computer Studies Teacher from Toowoomba Christian College in Queensland.  Founded in 1979, the school is a P-12 co-educational school with over 700 students.

Alison’s dedication, paired with her students hard work has recently seen 4 pupils from the school compete in the Queensland State Microsoft Office Specialist Championships.… Visit the author's original post

Surface Laptop, Windows 10 S, Minecraft Code Builder, and all the news from yesterday’s live #MicrosoftEDU event

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Those of you who tuned in to yesterday’s #MicrosoftEDU live stream from New York or caught up later on will have learned all about the latest product, platform and partner news and announcements from Microsoft in Education. There was plenty of ground covered including the first look at Windows 10 S, an exploration of Microsoft Teams for Education, exciting developments with the Minecraft: Education Edition Code Builder, partner news on 3D and mixed reality devices and of course the unveiling of our own brand new hardware in the Surface Laptop.… Visit the author's original post

OneNote Class Notebook updates include read-only parent or guardian access and Collaboration Space permissions

The following post originally featured on the Office Blog, and details the new updates to the OneNote Class Notebook.


Over the last year, our team has been working with and listening to educators to learn how they are using OneNote Class Notebooks. We are continuously impressed by the passion and creativity of teachers and students who are using our tools. A common theme we heard was how OneNote continues to save teachers time and enhance collaboration in the classroom.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft and Prodigy Learning invite your students to take up the Four Nations Challenge…

mos-four-nationsAre your students ready to be a Microsoft Office Specialist Champion to represent your Nation? Announcing the 2017 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Four Nations and World Championship. Prove you are the best in Word, Excel and PowerPoint by taking a Microsoft Office Specialist exam!

The MOS Four Nations Championship offers an opportunity for students across the UK and Ireland to prove their digital skills and be in the running to win fantastic prizes. To participate, eligible students must take, and pass, a MOS exam (Excel, PowerPoint or Word) before 15 May, 2017.… Visit the author's original post

New features for Educators in Microsoft Forms!

Teachers use Microsoft Forms to create surveys, registrations, or quizzes. They can quickly create a form or quiz in few minutes, send to students to fill through any devices, and see the results in real time. Listening to millions of users’ voices, and leveraging latest Microsoft technology, we improved Microsoft Forms to be more collaborative and productive, by adding following capabilities:

  • Collaboration: Forms sharing will enable form designers to share forms with other people, or invite others to be the co-owners so that they can work on one form together collaboratively.
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Leveraging Power BI on a University Campus to Efficiently Track Student Success

Guest post by Ken Nelson, MD, MS who is the Associate Director of the Office of Educational Effectiveness and the Institutional Researcher at Loma Linda University in California.  

The benefits of academic dashboards are frequently presented, yet the high cost of many solutions leave small institutions struggling to find a viable option. The university I am associated with was no different. Loma Linda University (LLU) has an annual enrollment of about 5,000 students. In looking for a method to deploy dashboards, and with the understanding of existing budgetary constraints, we looked at what was currently available on campus.… Visit the author's original post

Young Scottish students’ countrywide collaboration fuels learning and leadership

Through Scotland’s nationwide educational web service Glow, students begin their schooling already connected. Using this portal, more than 16,000 Scottish students and their teachers can draw on resources like Office 365 Education to work together and learn from each other using Yammer and other free Office 365 tools.

When teacher Natalie Burgess began using the tools early in 2015, her Primary 3 students were only six and seven years old, but she had big plans for them. Like any seasoned educator, she started small, handing out cards with the students’ email addresses and log-in information on them.… Visit the author's original post

Create a Professional Learning Community in 3 Easy Steps with Office 365

Educators teach students every day, and just like their students, they also strive to be life-long learners.  Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) provide the support educators need to continue to grow new teaching skills with their peers. Groups of educators can work and learn together to improve student achievement through book study, action research, or learning a new best practice through PLCs.

Now, Office 365 Education provides an easy to use framework for PLCs that was built on feedback received directly from teachers.… Visit the author's original post

10 great ways to rock back-to-school with Microsoft

t’s back-to-school time again in many parts of the world, and educators are busy getting organized. Below are some new and favorite technology features we offer educators to help make teaching easier and spark student learning, and many any are part of Office 365 Education, which is free for students and teachers.

We are committed to creating immersive and inclusive learning experiences that inspire lifelong learning and essential life skills like communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft volunteers led by Chris Capossela and Tony Prophet visit Heritage University’s Innovative Camp S.E.E.D.

Sharing the benefits of education and entrepreneurial skills with at-risk youth

Known for its apples, hops, wineries and sunshine, the Yakima Valley – just two hours east of Seattle – is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the United States. Yet despite its agricultural prosperity, school dropout rates are among the highest in the state, 84 percent of households receive government nutritional assistance, and average weekly wages are low. But the staff and students at Heritage University are working to change all that.… Visit the author's original post

Apps take Office 365 Education to the next level

With millions of Office 365 users in education, it’s no surprise that innovative developers are working tirelessly to create powerful new apps to make it even more powerful. Yesterday, we announced exciting updates to Office 365 Education that demonstrate our dedication to this platform for schools, teachers, and students.

The long list of partners who have integrated with Office 365 Education and OneNote Class Notebook includes Canvas, Edmodo, RedCritter, Moodle, and Matific, to name just a few. That list is growing every day, and teachers are reaping the benefits.Visit the author's original post

Summer school for educators: Find online courses from Microsoft to advance your professional development over the summer

Summer is the perfect time for growth and learning for educators and school leaders who want to come back to school in the fall with new ideas on using the latest technology to expand the walls of the classroom.

With online and in-person professional development and training resources, Microsoft makes it easy for you to discover new approaches, try new learning activities, and explore strategies to add to your teaching toolbox with a full suite of professional development opportunities.

Here are just a few training programs that can help enrich your teaching.… 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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10 razones para elegir Sway como herramienta de creación de contenido en el aula

La innovación en el ámbito educativo no se puede limitar a introducir las TIC para que el alumnado utilice alguna presentación digital creada por un profesor. Si queremos ir un paso más allá, debemos dejar de favorecer el aprendizaje pasivo. El alumno tiene que dejar de ser copiloto, para ser el conductor y coger las riendas de su aprendizaje.

Tradicionalmente, cuando un alumno no sabía algo, preguntaba a sus padres y/o maestros. Sin embargo, actualmente les resulta mucho más rápido y fácil echar mano de su teléfono móvil y buscar en internet.… Visit the author's original post

7 Amazing hacks for teachers to use in class today

A hack can be defined as a clever solution to a tricky problem. As people who face many tricky problems on a daily basis, teachers could definitely use a few class hacks to help them save time and to be more efficient. Here are some nifty hacks from Microsoft Innovative Educators (MIE), all under one minute, with innovative ways to use existing technology.

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7 Amazing hacks for teachers to use in class today

A hack can be defined as a clever solution to a tricky problem. As people who face many tricky problems on a daily basis, teachers could definitely use a few class hacks to help them save time and to be more efficient. Here are some nifty hacks from Microsoft Innovative Educators (MIE), all under one minute, with innovative ways to use existing technology.

To hear more innovative class hacks, tune into the live stream of the E2 Educator Exchange Conference happening on March 9 at 9:00a.m.… Visit the author's original post

Office Lens

På tide med en liten opprydding på loftet, i garasjen eller kontoret? Hvorfor ikke samle alle kvitteringer, garantier og visittkort på et sted? Og hva med alle de gamle papirbaserte undervisningsoppleggene som tar plass? Gjør plass uten å kaste! Office Lens lar deg samle alt du trenger av papirer på et sted. Office Lens er en mobil skanner som lett lar deg skanne notater fra tavler, bilder eller dokumenter med tekst. Ikke bruk tid på å vente på at kopimaskinen blir ledig for skanning, Office Lens lar deg skanne dokumenter når du vil, hvor du vil.Visit the author's original post

OneNote Redefines Educational Apps: Part 2

We are half way along the list of ten ways to use OneNote as part of your first lesson of the year, and so far I am hoping that you can’t wait to finish the post so that you can get to work. OneNote is redefining educational apps due to its scope...(read more)Visit the author's original post

OneNote Redefines Educational Apps: Part 2

We are half way along the list of ten ways to use OneNote as part of your first lesson of the year, and so far I am hoping that you can’t wait to finish the post so that you can get to work. OneNote is redefining educational apps due to its scope and possibilities. Educational apps like OneNote are rare, and with the rollout of Office 2016, OneNote will have even better features like the ability to embed videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Office Mix and Office 365 Video repository.… Visit the author's original post

Australia Office Developer webinar – 11AM today

Following on from last week's well attended webinar, introducing the subject of developing for Office 365, Andrew Coates will start to dig into the specific topics. This week, at 11AM he will cover the basics of getting started with the Office 365 APIs, as you learn how you can build on top of Office 365 to create new services and features for your users.

The webinar runs today (Wednesday 26th Jan) at 11AM AEST (ie 11AM in Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne; 10AM in Brisbane; 10:30AM in Adelaide; and an early 8AM in Perth)

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There’s over a billion Office users, and over 200 million education customers using Office 365.… Visit the author's original post

Australia Office Developer webinar – 11AM today

Following on from last week’s well attended webinar, introducing the subject of developing for Office 365, Andrew Coates will start to dig into the specific topics. This week, at 11AM he will cover the basics of getting started with the Office 365 APIs, as you learn how you can build on top of Office 365 to create new services and features for your users.

The webinar runs today (Wednesday 26th Jan) at 11AM AEST (ie 11AM in Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne; 10AM in Brisbane; 10:30AM in Adelaide; and an early 8AM in Perth)

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There’s over a billion Office users, and over 200 million education customers using Office 365.… Visit the author's original post

Webcast – Developing on Office 365 in Education – Wednesday 20th January

There’s over a billion Office users, and over 200 million education customers using Office 365. And with the shift to the cloud with Office 365, Office has become a platform for developers, as well as a set of tools for users. Customers expect apps and web services to use their existing tools, rather than create a new one for each different system they use (things like email services, or calendars). So we have been working hard for a few years on making sure that Office provides ways for developers to create and integrate with it.… Visit the author's original post

Webcast – Developing on Office 365 in Education – Wednesday 20th January

There’s over a billion Office users, and over 200 million education customers using Office 365. And with the shift to the cloud with Office 365, Office has become a platform for developers, as well as a set of tools for users. Customers expect apps and web services to use their existing tools, rather than create a new one for each different system they use (things like email services, or calendars). So we have been working hard for a few years on making sure that Office provides ways for developers to create and integrate with it.… Visit the author's original post

Future Ready Schools: Realizing the Vision Now

This month, the Department of Education published the new U.S. National Education Technology Plan (NETP), guiding schools toward “everywhere, all-the-time learning” and providing examples of transformation, research, and new innovations. At the heart of the NETP is the goal of equity and accessibility. Microsoft’s mission aligns fully with the NETP: we work to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, and empowerment begins with inclusion. Read more.

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Mark your Calendar FETC – January 12th-15th at Orange County Convention Center

Join Microsoft at FETC 2016. Microsoft remains committed to education and will be a Gold sponsor again at FETC in 2016. Our mission in education is to empower every educator and every student on the planet to achieve more. Read more for Microsoft teacher training and certification options during FETC.

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7 Nifty Office tricks to make a teacher’s life easier

The right technology makes lesson planning and essential tasks much easier and efficient for teachers. Check out these tips on how to utilize Office templates for shortcuts that help you save time for the important things you do in the classroom and at your school!

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The Accessibility Guide for Windows 10 and Office 2016 – helping students with special needs

Last week we released the Accessibility Guide for Educators for Windows 10 and Office 2016. And I put it onto my ‘must share that sometime’ list. But it wasn’t a priority for me, because in the past I’ve written a lot about accessibility with Microsoft products and services, including things like:

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The Accessibility Guide for Windows 10 and Office 2016 – helping students with special needs

Last week we released the Accessibility Guide for Educators for Windows 10 and Office 2016. And I put it onto my ‘must share that sometime’ list. But it wasn’t a priority for me, because in the past I’ve written a lot about accessibility with Microsoft products and services, including things like:

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Most in demand skills of 2015?

I remember in 2013 I wrote “What skills do I need for the future?”, about the most in-demand skills for all occupations, and in the future what employers will be looking for from today’s students. The top five skills employers were looking for in 2013 were:

  1. Oral and written communication skills
  2. Detail oriented
  3. Microsoft Office
  4. Customer service oriented
  5. Organisational skills

Do you see that? At number 3, IDC had identified Microsoft Office as the only software package that employers called out within the top 20 skills list!

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Most in demand skills of 2015?

I remember in 2013 I wrote “What skills do I need for the future?”, about the most in-demand skills for all occupations, and in the future what employers will be looking for from today’s students. The top five skills employers were looking for in 2013 were:

  1. Oral and written communication skills
  2. Detail oriented
  3. Microsoft Office
  4. Customer service oriented
  5. Organisational skills

Do you see that? At number 3, IDC had identified Microsoft Office as the only software package that employers called out within the top 20 skills list!

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