Category Archives: school

Ormiston College STEM Day

There is no doubt that PBL (Problem or Project Based Learning) and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) has captured the current zeitgeist of contemporary learning around the globe.  There are many schools in Australia that have realised that they need to do something quickly to enable their students to have the skills and dispositions to survive and thrive when they leave their stretch of education.

One school that is leading the way in Australia is Ormiston College, also a Microsoft World Showcase School.  Visit the author's original post

Connecting with teachers and students through our new “Meet the Microsofties” program

The following article was originally posted on the Office Blog on Tuesday 10th May and was written by Eran Megiddo, corporate vice president of the Education, OneNote and Wunderlist engineering teams. 


At Microsoft, we’re all in on education. Our mission is to empower every student on the planet to achieve more. We work hard every day to achieve this goal by creating innovations like OneNote, Sway, Skype, Minecraft and Microsoft Classroom, to make teachers’ lives easier and deliver the tools for success into students’ hands.

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Examining Office Mix

Office Mix has captivated me for some time now and I am constantly experimenting with ways that it can be used as an educational tool. St John’s Grammar in Belair SA has set some pretty rock solid foundations as a 1:1 school, students carrying either a Samsung Slate or a Surface Pro 3 to classes. We use 365 as a learning management tool and students are increasingly comfortable using OneNote as the tool for storing information, writing notes and gaining feedback.… Visit the author's original post

Examining Office Mix

Office Mix has captivated me for some time now and I am constantly experimenting with ways that it can be used as an educational tool. St John’s Grammar in Belair SA has set some pretty rock solid foundations as a 1:1 school, students carrying either a Samsung Slate or a Surface Pro 3 to classes. We use 365 as a learning management tool and students are increasingly comfortable using OneNote as the tool for storing information, writing notes and gaining feedback.… Visit the author's original post

Office Mix Reaches Puberty – A Flipped Classroom With a Twist

Office mix

I am not sure how old you are, but when I was new to being a teenager and going through ‘the change’, there was no such thing as Health and Personal Development at school, and the only teaching about puberty was done by my PE teacher, who already had access to all of the testosterone available. I do remember going to my room one afternoon and finding What’s Happening to Me? (Mayle, 2000) partially hidden by my mother under my Maths homework.… Visit the author's original post

Office Mix Reaches Puberty – A Flipped Classroom With a Twist

Office mix

I am not sure how old you are, but when I was new to being a teenager and going through ‘the change’, there was no such thing as Health and Personal Development at school, and the only teaching about puberty was done by my PE teacher, who already had access to all of the testosterone available. I do remember going to my room one afternoon and finding What’s Happening to Me? (Mayle, 2000) partially hidden by my mother under my Maths homework.… Visit the author's original post

Who’s Afraid of the Digital Native?

Exploring the divide between the digital literate and the not so literate, and the impact that this has on 21 century learning design, the conclusion is, that there is no such thing as a ‘digital native’, and use of and experiences with ICT vary widely across all generations.

Bennett and Maton (2010) discuss the impact of researchers early in the 21 Century, who coined the term ‘Digital Native’, used to describe the new generation of tech savvy young people who had been immersed in a digital/technology based world from early childhood (Prensky 2001).… Visit the author's original post

Who’s Afraid of the Digital Native?

Exploring the divide between the digital literate and the not so literate, and the impact that this has on 21 century learning design, the conclusion is, that there is no such thing as a ‘digital native’, and use of and experiences with ICT vary widely across all generations.

Bennett and Maton (2010) discuss the impact of researchers early in the 21 Century, who coined the term ‘Digital Native’, used to describe the new generation of tech savvy young people who had been immersed in a digital/technology based world from early childhood (Prensky 2001).… Visit the author's original post

How Good is Office mix?

Office mix – From DNA to Workplace Training

Andrew Napier

Having a keen interest in both flipping the classroom and eLearning, I have been working on a number of projects to create Office mixes for my students, my school community and local business. Office mix is a very straight forward tool that can be mastered at a functional level very quickly, and its potential as a learning tool is enormous.

To successfully teach Biology in 2015 demands that the teacher delves into the far reaches of the course content in order to develop in their students a passion for the subject and a strong grasp of the concepts.… Visit the author's original post

A Classroom Reports in from Hour of Code

Welcome to Computer Science Education Week and Hour of Code! This week millions of students around the world will learn the basics of computer science using fun, easy-to-follow programming tools, such as our own TouchDevelop Jet Pack Jumper Hour of Code Tutorial.

Over the last few days we have shared reviews of the Hour of Code experience from two Washington State classrooms--Kalama Middle/High School and Bellevue High School.

photo source: Teach4Real.com

Today we're honored to share perspectives on Hour of Code from Matthew Amaral, English/Puente Teacher and AVID Coordinator, and his students at Mt.Visit the author's original post