Category Archives: Research

Digital classrooms aren’t a distraction. Here’s why.

Many people assume that devices and technology distract students and negatively affect how teachers run their lessons. That’s not the case when implementation is done purposefully, with learning tools that support existing structures in the classroom. In other words, tech doesn’t replace the teacher, but enhances their capabilities in teaching and administration. One of the...… Visit the author's original post

How the Modern Librarian is Guiding Research in the Online Era

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Teaching proper research methods is about so much more than enabling students to turn in the perfect paper. When done thoroughly, it imbues them with the ability to evaluate resources for credibility, avoid misleading misinformation and mount a cogent argument. Teaching students how to research is about empowering them to think critically, both in the classroom today and beyond.

“It all comes back to the purpose of school,” says Aron Early, research technology specialist at Sammamish High School in Bellevue, WA.  … 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

Azure egress fee waiver for the academic community

This announcement first appeared on the Microsoft Azure blog.


Based on Microsoft’s extensive experience engaging and working with the academic community, we strongly believe educational institutions of all types and sizes can benefit from cloud services, for research as well as for teaching and learning environments. Microsoft also understands the need for academia to better manage costs when transitioning from traditional licensing to a consumption-based model, and we are always looking for ways to make the transition to the cloud easier for the community.… 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

OneNote Redefines Educational Apps: Part 1

As term one kicks into gear, we will continue to post a series of ideas of how to integrate amazing tools into your day to day classroom and school activities that can save you time, engage students in new and different ways. We’ve already posted a couple of ideas of how to use the Office Mix, now it’s time to introduce OneNote to anyone out there who aren’t sure where to start with this tool.

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OneNote Redefines Educational Apps: Part 1

As term one kicks into gear, we will continue to post a series of ideas of how to integrate amazing tools into your day to day classroom and school activities to save you time and engage students in new and different ways. We’ve already posted a couple of ideas of how to use the Office Mix, now it’s time to introduce OneNote to anyone out there who isn’t sure where to start with this tool.

OneNote has been around for a long time, and has really become an indispensable part of many teacher’s classroom over the past 10 years.… Visit the author's original post

Hololens in education – case study video

The team working on the Microsoft Hololens are quietly working on creating ambitious new ways of achieving new things - you've hopefully seen some of the demonstrations that they've given at global events like Build and the Windows 10 announcement earlier in the year (if not, jump here). And that includes working on uses for Hololens in education, and imagining some of the ways that we can enhance teaching with Hololens.

Although much of their work is being done behind firmly closed doors, when they do give us a sneak peek of what's to come, it's thought provoking stuff.… Visit the author's original post

Gerald Haigh explores the research into the learning effects of Typing vs. Handwriting

The following is a guest post written by Gerald Haigh.

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Typing or Handwriting?

 

The efficiency of the inking facility now available on Surface, with the brilliant Surface pen, is provoking a revival of the old debate about the relative merits of handwriting and typing. Recent Microsoft research brings sound evidence into the issue, questioning some long-held assumptions.

Recently, I sat chatting to my grandson, George, who has just successfully completed the first year of his IT degree course at Coventry University.… Visit the author's original post

Infographics + OneNote = Great student project

I started a project with 7th grade social studies to have students research the legacy of early American presidents. As a team, we collaborated on the outcomes of our unit: to have students understand how our founding fathers made lasting impacts on the nation. Students will be in teams and research a President to determine how his legacy is still here (in 2015).

Rather than write a report, students will make Infographics. I introduced the concept to them on Monday and they will spend4 days researching (using databases and finding quality websites).… Visit the author's original post

Infographics + OneNote = Great student project

I started a project with 7th grade social studies to have students research the legacy of early American presidents. As a team, we collaborated on the outcomes of our unit: to have students understand how our founding fathers made lasting impacts on the nation. Students will be in teams and research a President to determine how his legacy is still here (in 2015).

Rather than write a report, students will make Infographics. I introduced the concept to them on Monday and they will spend4 days researching (using databases and finding quality websites).… Visit the author's original post

Why the pen is mightier than the keyboard: The evidence

When I wrote about “How to help students to remember more” towards the end of last year, I shared a video of my colleague Travis Smith talking about the power of pen-based input for students, over a simple keyboard interface, for key tasks such as note taking. (I recommend either the 15-minute or 60-minute version of his talks).

You’ll see that we strongly believe in the need for digital paper and pen in the way that our products have evolved.… Visit the author's original post

Research says the pen is mightier than the keyboard – and other useful education research nuggets

Like to talk about pedagogy and 'research driven education', but don’t want to read all those long academic research papers?

Well, here's some really important academic research, but in TL;DR format:

First, the reason that my colleagues and I often talk about pen input on Windows tablets:

 

Students who used laptops to take notes learned less than students who used paper due to a more mindless and word-for-word style of note-taking.

Note that this isn’t about laptops versus paper – it’s about the fact that students taking notes with a keyboard learn less than those who use a pen (like I do with OneNote and the stylus on my Surface Pro 3)
 

Source: Psychological Science Journal

Secondly, evidence that simply encouraging 1:1 or BYOD computers can actually lower student achievement:

  Students who multitasked on a laptop during a lecture scored lower on a test compared to those who did not multitask, and students who were in direct view of a multitasking peer scored lower on a test compared to those who were not.
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