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ISTE 2019 Wrap-up: Shining a spotlight on student-centered learning and accessibility

We are so invigorated by what we heard and saw at this year’s ISTE conference in Philadelphia. Thousands of teachers and school leaders from around the world came together with education technology experts to discuss topics such as personalizing instruction, supporting teachers in evaluating and using tech tools, developing social and emotional learning, and improving accessibility in the classroom.

Those issues are core to our efforts at Microsoft to help foster more student-centered and inclusive classrooms where every learner is valued, diverse learning styles are celebrated, individual needs are met, and student agency and voice are nurtured.… Visit the author's original post

What’s New in EDU – ISTE Edition: Announcing new technology to empower inclusive, student-centered learning

In today’s classrooms, diversity is the new norm. By creating student-centered, inclusive learning environments, educators have the flexibility and opportunity to meet the needs of the diverse group of learners in every classroom. Technology has the power to help teachers not only navigate, but also benefit from, their students’ unique learning styles.

In this month’s What’s New in EDU, we’re excited to announce tools and resources to help teachers empower all students to find their voice, grow their confidence and build 21st century skills.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Education Webinar Series

Join us in our upcoming webinars aimed at school educators and IT managers.

The Inclusive Classroom

Wednesday March 20th
4-5pm AEDT
Presented by: Troy Waller
Click to register now:  The Inclusive Classroom Webinar

Microsoft’s mission is to empower all people and all organisations to achieve more. The classroom is no different. Microsoft Windows and Windows-based applications like Office, together with other assistive technologies, offer features that make computers easier to use for everyone – giving teachers the opportunity to provide personalised learning, and students an improved experience and equal opportunity in the classroom.Visit the author's original post

‘You Can in :90’ Season 2 gets you going with Minecraft, OneNote, Teams and PowerPoint tips

Welcome to the second season of You Can in :90, our simple video series that cuts to the chase with great tips on using tools from Microsoft Education. In this handy little playlist, you’ll hear from experts and students on useful activities you can bring into your classroom right now – and it’s faster and easier than you might think.

Let’s find out what you can do next!

 

You Can amplify student voice

 

Flipgrid is a free online video platform that offers students a place where they can share and reflect on ideas with other students and with their teachers.… Visit the author's original post

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

Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship: Join the Movement

march-april-cover#TheFeed is back for the March/April 2017 edition, and focusses on Accessibility. In the latest issue you’ll find stories from schools specialising in SEND, studies from the British Dyslexia Association, and the latest on technologies that can aid SEND learners and those who teach them.

This extract is written by Andrew Griggs, who discusses the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championships, a competition that tests children’s skills when using Microsoft Office, managed in UK and Ireland by Prodigy Learning. The following articles explains how you can get involved!Visit the author's original post

SAMR model unleashed on Shakespeare text

Guest post by Clint Bullock. Clint is an English teachers at Gilroy Santa Maria College in Townsville, Queensland.

We hear a lot about the SAMR model, which analyses how you actually use technology. At Gilroy Santa Maria College near Townsville, we’ve started using Office Mix, to turn PowerPoint presentations into highly interactive learning tools. Without realising it, we’ve positioned ourselves at the advanced end of that model: using Mix to ‘Modify’ how we teach, and then ‘Redefine’ what’s possible. This has transformed how I teach complex English texts.… Visit the author's original post

Showcase Classroom FAQs – How do I analyse how students are reacting to my revision material?

showcase-classroom-cropped-logoWe have seen thousands of educators, colleges and universities come through the Showcase Classroom, each at a different stage in their journey of digital transformation, and in every session we are asked a range of questions about our technology and how it can make a real impact in the classroom. These questions and discussions will form the basis of our Showcase Classroom blog series, where we will be sharing the insights, experiences, tips & tricks and more, from those who pass through the Showcase Classroom.Visit the author's original post

This easy presentation software lets students focus on content, not design

Presentations are a key part of the academic world, and multimodal assignments are frequently assigned. In most cases, the teacher wants to know what the student knows and understands about the topic being presented. The knowledge of how to use the software and the design principles (i.e. their understanding of appropriate font size and colour, image placement and size, white space, etc.) is rarely reflected in the criteria/rubric used to grade the presentation. 

But while teachers sometimes say that they will only mark the content, the look and feel of the final product can still have an impact. Visit the author's original post

To Infinity and Beyond

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By Megan Townes, Teacher Ambassador

A few weeks ago, I happened to spend a rare day working from the office rather than home, a school or café. I’m so glad I went into the office that day as I was handed a funky green and white laptop that I think could be a game changer for education. It’s called an Infinity:One and it’s made by One Education, a not-for-profit Australian company with a mission to ensure technology reaches the hands of students who could otherwise not afford it.… Visit the author's original post

Young Scottish students’ countrywide collaboration fuels learning and leadership

The following post originally appeared on the main Microsoft in Education Blog, and is all about how young learners in Scotland are being empowered to achieve more through the tools found within Office 365, and are connected through Scotland’s nationwide educational web service: Glow. You may also recognise the teacher from the story, Natalie Burgess, who this year joined us as one of our Microsoft Teacher Ambassadors.

You may have seen Natalie on our stand at BETT over the last couple of years where she delivered hands-on sessions to a packed out Showcase Classroom, or more recently as part of our series of teacher-led webinars, which are available on demand.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

Guest post from Teacher Ambassador Natalie Burgess – Back to School with Microsoft

With the following post we’d like to formally welcome one of our new Teacher Ambassadors to the Microsoft UK Education team! Many of you will have come across Natalie Burgess before, as she has been as #MIEExpert for a number of years, and ran sessions in the Showcase Classroom section of our stand at BETT 2016.

Ahead of the new academic year, Natalie has written a short blog post offering some ideas for how teachers can use technology to get to know their new students – and help the students get to know each other.Visit the author's original post

New research highlights most in-demand job skills

One of the most important and toughest roles every educator plays is preparing students for their next steps. With a mission to empower every student to achieve more, we at Microsoft are constantly evaluating what skills employers are looking for, and how those skills can be effectively delivered – with the help of technology.

A new white paper, Keys to the Future: Align Workforce Readiness Skills to Ensure Student Success helps us deliver on that mission. This research, conducted by IDC, looks at the most in-demand skills in today’s workforce, and the skills needed for tomorrow’s best jobs.… Visit the author's original post

Flipping the Classroom with Office Mix – Part 2

In Part 1 of Flipping the Classroom with Office Mix, we explained how Office Mix allows teachers of all abilities deliver interactive learning artefacts that students can watch away from the classroom, so that the contact time is spent supporting students in the application of knowledge or creation process. Flipping the classroom or flipped learning, using Office Mix, is a process that we can all do because it is so easy and very familiar. Office Mix is a PowerPoint add-in, and you can convert your existing PowerPoint decks by adding multimedia and interactive apps.… Visit the author's original post

Flipping the Classroom with Office Mix – Part 1

The concept of flipped learning and “flipping the classroom” is nothing new, however developing engaging, dynamic content simply has never been easier. One tool that has enabled the simple creation of rich flipped learning content is Office Mix. We’ve covered Office Mix many times before on this blog but over the next three posts, we hope to show how you can start flipping the classroom and creating rich, engaging learning resources for next year.

In the coming week, we will post a series of ideas and uses for integrating new technology into your classes for 2016.… Visit the author's original post

Infographics with PowerPoint

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Infographics

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

Passive users or critical thinkers? Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology

Passive users or critical thinkers?

Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology



Had enough with your students using their tablets or mobile devices to play games for non-thinking users? Project based learning with the aid of technology can be used creatively to stimulate students interest and develop their critical and creative thinking skills. This post is about activities and tools that can help students use their creative and critical abilities while learning.


A brief intro
Technology has often been accused of creating passive learners, who rely heavily on visuals and are used to a superficial approach to learning, rather than developing their creative and critical thinking skills.Visit the author's original post

Passive users or critical thinkers? Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology

Passive users or critical thinkers?

Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology



Had enough with your students using their tablets or mobile devices to play games for non-thinking users? Project based learning with the aid of technology can be used creatively to stimulate students interest and develop their critical and creative thinking skills. This post is about activities and tools that can help students use their creative and critical abilities while learning.


A brief intro
Technology has often been accused of creating passive learners, who rely heavily on visuals and are used to a superficial approach to learning, rather than developing their creative and critical thinking skills.Visit the author's original post

Passive users or critical thinkers? Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology

Passive users or critical thinkers?

Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology



Had enough with your students using their tablets or mobile devices to play games for non-thinking users? Project based learning with the aid of technology can be used creatively to stimulate students interest and develop their critical and creative thinking skills. This post is about activities and tools that can help students use their creative and critical abilities while learning.


A brief intro
Technology has often been accused of creating passive learners, who rely heavily on visuals and are used to a superficial approach to learning, rather than developing their creative and critical thinking skills.Visit the author's original post

Passive users or critical thinkers? Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology

Passive users or critical thinkers?

Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology



Had enough with your students using their tablets or mobile devices to play games for non-thinking users? Project based learning with the aid of technology can be used creatively to stimulate students interest and develop their critical and creative thinking skills. This post is about activities and tools that can help students use their creative and critical abilities while learning.


A brief intro
Technology has often been accused of creating passive learners, who rely heavily on visuals and are used to a superficial approach to learning, rather than developing their creative and critical thinking skills.Visit the author's original post

Passive users or critical thinkers? Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology

Passive users or critical thinkers?

Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology



Had enough with your students using their tablets or mobile devices to play games for non-thinking users? Project based learning with the aid of technology can be used creatively to stimulate students interest and develop their critical and creative thinking skills. This post is about activities and tools that can help students use their creative and critical abilities while learning.


A brief intro
Technology has often been accused of creating passive learners, who rely heavily on visuals and are used to a superficial approach to learning, rather than developing their creative and critical thinking skills.Visit the author's original post

Certiport Names 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National Champions

 


Best in U.S. in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint Advance to World Championship

Certiport has announced the 2015 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) U.S. National Champions. The winners were named at the U.S. National Championship event in Orlando, Florida, and the first place champions will travel to Dallas, Texas, to compete in the MOS World Championship from August 9-12, 2015.

The U.S. winners are as follows:

Microsoft Word® 2013 

  •     First place, Michelle Wu, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  •     Second place, Shayla Miller, Nashville, Arkansas
  •     Third place, Brooke Lampe, Lincoln, Nebraska

Microsoft Excel® 2013

  •     First place, Joseph Halikos, Shelby Township, Michigan
  •     Second place, Ryan Decker, Orem, Utah
  •     Third place, Thomas Lin, Columbus, Georgia

Microsoft PowerPoint® 2013

  •     First place, Andrew Parker, Goddard, Kansas
  •     Second place, Bennett Hunter, Lehigh Acres, Florida
  •     Third place, Max Fuhrman, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Microsoft Word® 2010

  •     First place, Ryan Catalfu, Cary, North Carolina
  •     Second place, Tyler Millis, Fort Myers, Florida
  •     Third place, David Fuerst, Bristow, Virginia

Microsoft Excel® 2010

  •     First place, Ian Sexton, Fort Myers, Florida
  •     Second place, Adam Duncan, Fairfax, Iowa
  •     Third place, Ali Khan, Cary, North Carolina

Microsoft PowerPoint® 2010

  •     First place, Samuel Li, Sanford, Florida
  •     Second place, Andrew Dutton, Walla Walla, Washington
  •     Third place, Katie Tomasi, Cary, North Carolina

Row 1: Michelle Wu, Joseph Halikos, Andrew Parker.Visit the author's original post

Office Mix til omvendt undervisning

Har testet ut litt bilderedigeringsmuligheter i Powerpoint og Word. Fikk en liten utfordring av Microsoft om å lage en 60 sekunders mix ("film fra Powerpoint") i forbindelse med muligheten til å reise på Educator Exchange 2015.
Vil du lære hvordan du enkelt kan redigere egne bilder med PowerPoint eller Word?
Se den korte introduksjonen: How to make art with your own pictures in Microsoft Office using PowerPoint or Word

Office Mix til omvendt undervisning

Har testet ut litt bilderedigeringsmuligheter i Powerpoint og Word. Fikk en liten utfordring av Microsoft om å lage en 60 sekunders mix ("film fra Powerpoint") i forbindelse med muligheten til å reise på Educator Exchange 2015.
Vil du lære hvordan du enkelt kan redigere egne bilder med PowerPoint eller Word?
Se den korte introduksjonen: How to make art with your own pictures in Microsoft Office using PowerPoint or Word

MIEE TV – Expert Educators using Office Mix in the Classroom

Last week we shone the spotlight on one of the newest Microsoft technologies, and looked at how our Expert Educators are using Sway in the classroom. There were some fantastic examples of how this new creative medium is being used to engage and inspire students on a variety of subjects. Today, we’re going to shift to the focus to another relative newcomer to the Microsoft party, and that is Office Mix.

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While PowerPoint may be officially celebrating its 25th (yes, twenty-fifth!) birthday this year, Office Mix is a powerful new add-on that can give your presentations superpowers and reaffirm this ‘mature’ tool as still being at the cutting edge of technology in education.… Visit the author's original post