Category Archives: Productivity

10 time saving, productivity boosting Office tips for staff and students

As educators continue to help young learners develop the necessary digital skills for the modern working world, more and more of the tools and practices that the students would eventually expect to utilise when they enter the workplace are featuring in the classroom. However, one major caveat applied to any introduction of technology is that it should be used to enhance the learning and pedagogy, and not become a distraction and get in the way of progress.

microsoft_blog_office_heroimage_v2Microsoft Office is widely used by students, and even more deeply integrated into the daily activities of faculty and staff.… Visit the author's original post

7 great ways to hit the ground running this school year

Guest post by Helen Gooch, Microsoft Fellow and Master Trainer. Connect with Helen on the Educator Community. 

List of new students for your class. Check! 

Classroom arranged for optimal learning styles. Check! 

Bulletin boards done. Check! 

Now let’s discover seven great ways to hit the ground running this school year by getting your curriculum ready, getting to know your students, and helping your class get started with technology. 

By putting together some tools that will help you to deliver highly effective lessons, you will be set up for the year ahead and hit the ground running.Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Surface Vs Apple iPad in high school classrooms

In my role as a high school teacher, I have three devices from which to work: a laptop, an Apple iPad Air 2 and a Microsoft Surface Pro. Whilst the first two are supplied by my school, the Surface is something I have personally purchased.

Yet people wonder why I only ever use the Surface whilst the other two gather dust on my staffroom desk.

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Short answer: because the Surface does everything a laptop and iPad do, and more.

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Microsoft in Education at Future Decoded – Expect More. Do more. BE MORE.

 Wow! What a day it was here yesterday on the Microsoft Education stand at Future Decoded! We were overwhelmed by the positivity and curiosity shown by all visitors, and it was great to hear everyone's views on how we can continue to make a positive impact within education, working with our partners and customers.

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Schools use real-time data to improve learning outcomes and boost graduation rates

Whether schools are using student data – and technology that captures it securely – to easily identify at-risk students, adjust learning strategies for gifted students or help staff spend less time on paperwork, all education stakeholders are reaping the benefits. Microsoft’s integrated IT solutions are helping educators transform learning with critical insights that support student relationship-building – from recruitment through retention, and from first contact to graduation and beyond.

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Embracing a New Normal in Higher Ed: Educause 2015

Microsoft is at Educause this week. Read more about today’s announcements, including Blackboard's adoption of Office 365 plugins for Moodlerooms and an expansion of Microsoft in Education offerings.

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Guest blog post, David Lopez, Microsoft Fellow and Master Trainer: Why try SWAYing in the Classroom?

David Lopez, Microsoft Fellow and Master Trainer, shared his ideas on how to use Microsoft Sway to present classroom content you already have created in Office and make it spring to life. All you really need to do is put images, text, videos, and more in order and Sway makes it look good. You can import content from PowerPoint files, PDFs and Word documents for a quick Sway makeover to present to students.

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March EduCast Recap: Prepping students with business productivity skills for 21st century jobs

In the next decade, approximately 77% of jobs will require some degree of technology skills—a requirement not only for IT-centric roles, but for jobs in traditionally ‘analog’ business roles, such as sales, marketing and management.

At this month’s Microsoft EduCast webcast, two education professionals shared insights into the tools needed to prepare students for tomorrow’s jobs.

Office 365 Skills and Certification for a 21st Century Workforce
Jeff Johnson, Solution Specialist, Global Academic Team, Microsoft 

A recent IDC Research survey revealed that Microsoft Office skills ranked third out of the top 200 skills required for tomorrow’s best jobs, just behind essential ‘soft’ skills—oral and written communication and attention to detail.… Visit the author's original post

Using OneNote For Travel

Using OneNote For Travel

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Through the development work that I am involved in this year my job suddenly requires occasional travel in a way I haven't needed to before. Suddenly I need to keep track of flights, hotels, car bookings, train journeys, parking, restaurant bookings, and as with anything new that is not an embedded routine, I have found myself needing a little help! Enter OneNote…

OneNote allows me to keep all this information in one place, and although there are many ways to do this, the power of OneNote is that it is so easy to collate from many sources and devices.

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Do I Need Scheduled Biography Checks?

Do I Need Scheduled Biography Checks?

twitterAn annual biography check is a habit most of us, myself included, are not in. In preparation for this article I have found myself gathering urls for the profile pages of various social networks and sites and scheduling calendar events to remind myself, because it is not part of my general thinking and not something I would think occasionally to go do. So why do it?

Most websites that take memberships now have a profile area for members to publish personal details.

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OneNote Tips for Teachers Twitter Project and Sway

OneNote Tips for Teachers Twitter Project and Sway

Following great feedback talking with other teachers and MIEEs at BETT2015 I began a twitter-based project offering short, useful tips for teachers about how to be more productive using OneNote. This is intended to support teachers to both improve their teaching and also learn how to use OneNote to enable, scaffold and empower children in their learning, as well as gather evidence and portfolio project-based-learning. The twitter tips can be found by either following me @anthonylees or searching the hashtag #OneNoteT4T 

These tips are now being collated weekly in to a Neverending OneNote Sway.

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Guest Post by Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Education: Big Week for Education – Live from London

I always get excited when the topic of education is discussed – whether I’m having that discussion with students, teachers, or some of world’s most innovative educators and government leaders.  This week, I’m in London for the Education World Forum (EWF) and the British Education Technology & Training (BETT) Show, two of the most important education events of the year. I will be sharing information from both the EWF and BETT throughout the week, both right here and on Daily Edventures.… Visit the author's original post

By Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education: Office 365 and Moodle: An Open Approach to Transforming Classrooms

Today we announce that Microsoft, in partnership with certified Moodle partner Remote-Learner, is working to make tasks like managing calendars, creating content and improving workflows easier and more efficient for teachers.

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Become a Control Freak

Become a Control Freak

The Ctrl keys often become redundant tools on the keyboard of many teachers, and because of this are also overlooked in the teaching and learning of many classrooms. The primary use of the control key is for running keyboard shortcuts to often used commands, such as copying, printing, saving. These time saving combinations do more than just save valued seconds here and there, as a teacher I am keen my pupils learn some of them, as they help ensure continuity in the working and thinking process of each pupil.

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Artezio Diagram Designer

Artezio

 

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Artezio Diagram Designer is a simple App, beauty and very complete.
It is a very Handy App to make simple diagrams or even very complicated ones about many different topics
To start, we have to choose between different canvas sizes (A2, A3, A4 y A5), that can be modified afterwards. We can also open a previous created document and edit it…
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Starting A Family OneNote Notebook: Part One

Starting A Family OneNote Notebook: Part One

screengrab-family-notebookIn addition to the many education based uses of OneNote, it functions well in a domestic and family context also. One Notebook I have found particularly useful is a FAMILY notebook. This Notebook forms the basis for storing and sharing all school newsletters, trip letters, household correspondence (that is not relevant to our FINANCE notebook (that my wife and I share), as well as club letters for any of us and info for any family events, like day trips, holidays, etc. 

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IT Academy Core Areas of Study: Guidance to the Right Certification Path for You

Back in October we shared a blog post about our updated certification paths. If you’re like me and have a keen attention to detail, you might have noticed a bit of restructuring of the poster. To help make the road to certification clearer for our ITA users, we introduced three core areas of study.

 Microsoft IT Academy is focused on offering content tailored to students as they pursue Microsoft certifications and gain employability skills. We heard loads of feedback from both teachers and students about the difficulty they have in wading through the plethora of ITA resources they have access to.… Visit the author's original post

Top 5 tips for a successful back to school on a budget

It's school time again! A time of mixed emotion – exciting to be back in the thick of things but maybe a little sad that summer is over. Your first day of school might be full of all or many new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school!? Whether a fresher in school or in college, there’s no better way to start the year than by having the confidence in knowing that you’re armed with all the right things it takes to be successful.… Visit the author's original post

Top 5 tips for a successful back to school on a budget

It's school time again! A time of mixed emotion – exciting to be back in the thick of things but maybe a little sad that summer is over. Your first day of school might be full of all or many new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a...(read more)Visit the author's original post

Uniform Your Folder Layout for Faster Navigation and Filing

Uniform Your Folder Layout for Faster Navigation and Filing

I admit it - sometimes just knowing where to save something, where to download an attachment or where to put an email is enough of a challenge to hop aboard the procrastination train. These are not good days...

folders-outlookTo avoid this, unifying your organisation in as many systems as possible I have found a good idea. Some apps and services are so good at search that folders become unnecessary, but just having places to move things to can still make a great deal of mental difference.

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School Supply List 2014-2015 – Student Advantage

School Supplies 2014-2015

Hello fellow Moms and Dads! It’s almost time for our kids to go back to school. So, I want to share some must-have additions for your School Supply List 2014-2015.

Microsoft is enabling students success in the 2014-15 school year with Student Advantage. Student Advantage is Office 365 for Students. Students can install all of the popular Office apps that they need not only for their creative work in school, but also for the hottest, high-growth careers. Getting Student Advantage is free if your child’s school district has an Microsoft Office 365/Professional Plus for faculty and staff.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft announces Office for iPad

Microsoft is devoted to providing the tools which enable people from all walks of life to work anywhere and on any device. The ever increasing portfolio of Windows based devices available lay testament to that and with over a billion users of Microsoft Office globally we are now delighted to share that Office for iPad has now been released and is available to download on Apple's App Store.

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At the Mobile First, Cloud First Press Briefing yesterday Satya Nadella made his CEO debut and announced that the Office suite including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel would now be available for use on the iPad.… Visit the author's original post

Office 365 Education in the Classroom eBook (now available)

This new eBook, Office 365 Education in the Classroom, concentrates almost exclusively on how Office 365 Education can help the teacher and the student in their day to day work.

We look at a whole list of teaching and learning scenarios, describing some of the ways in which hard- working teachers might be dealing with them now and going on to show how one or more of the functions within Office 365 Education can make things easier and better.

The full eBook can be viewed/downloaded below:

We will be posting additional complementary content, such as demo videos, to the blog over the next few weeks.… Visit the author's original post

Everything you need to know about Office 365 Education

I’ve been working with the education team at Microsoft for over 3 years now. In that time the education landscape, from a technology perspective, has changed massively. It’s almost unrecognisable. The challenges and aspirations have evolved, the technology has matured, and it’s easy to forget just how much there is to know! To make it a bit easier, in association with PC Pro Magazine, we’ve put together a guide on everything you need to know about Office 365 Education.

Everything you need to know about Office 365 Education

You can view the guide here below, or check it out on SlideShare – it’s free!… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft offers students at eligible educational institutions access to full Office productivity suite for no additional cost

As part of our on-going commitment to education, we are thrilled to announce Student Advantage, a new benefit to qualifying institutions which will make it easy for students to use the latest and best version of full Office at their education institution and at home.

Student Advantage - Office 365 ProPlus

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So what does this mean? From 1st December, 2013, any institutions worldwide that licenses Office for staff and faculty can provide access to Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost.… Visit the author's original post

Top 10 Tips for Office 365 Education

Earlier this year I wrote 10 blog posts, each covering one of my top tips for Office 365 Education. As schools, colleges and universities across the country reconvene for the start of a new term, I thought it would be helpful to summarise my top 10 tips for Office Education in one handy place.

Office 365 is constantly evolving with new features being added, and existing features being improved; not to mention the fact that it is free to education.… Visit the author's original post

The Start of my Office 365 Education Journey

Guest post from Gerald Haigh. Gerald writes regularly for the Microsoft Education series of blogs.

One of the first things I did when I decided to learn more about the capabilities of Office 365 Education was to have a meeting with Alex Pearce of BFC Networks.

Alex is always good value – generous with his time and knowledge. He’s also the kind of person who doesn’t raise his eyebrows and sigh when you ask the question that reveals you haven’t understood what he’s just told you.… Visit the author's original post

Office 365 Education Exchange Online mailbox quotas are doubling to 50GB FREE

It’s turning out to be a bumper week for Office 365 Education updates. Earlier this week it was announced that SkyDrive Pro was increasing the default storage quota from 7 GB to 25 GB and starting from now Office 365 Education Exchange Online mailbox quotas are doubling to 50 GB FREE!

When will I see my mailboxes get bigger?

Stephen Brown, a product manager on the Exchange team, made the announcement yesterday on the Office 365 technology blog that the increased quota would be rolling out from yesterday through to November so keep an eye out for the bigger quota over the next few weeks and months.… Visit the author's original post