Category Archives: Surface Pro 3

eLearning Through The Lens Of Key Competencies

In the last week of Term 2 I had the opportunity to present at the NZ Tech Advance Education Technology Summit hosted at Massey University’s Albany Campus. Key topics and subjects discussed include: Inquiry | Creativity | Collaboration – The role of … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Guest Post: Mr Dekker’s Journey With OneNote & Minecraft

This is a repost of a blog on the official Microsoft Education blog where Mr Wilj Dekkers, a Year 6 teacher at St Andrew’s College and Microsoft Innovative Educator, recaps the journey of his classroom over the last two years with Microsoft … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Presenting At Microsoft Analyst Summit 2016

This week I’ve had the privilege of attending, as well as co-presenting, at the annual Microsoft Analyst Summit for Asia Pacific, hosted at the St Regis Hotel in Singapore.⊗ The focus of this summit was Fuelling Customer Digital Transformation Through Innovation and was an … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Guest Post: Mr Wilj Dekkers Attends Microsoft Educator Exchange

This post was written by Mr Wilj Dekkers who attended the Annual E2 Conference. He is the second St Andrew’s College teacher to be invited to this global conference, after Mr Ben Hilliam attended in 2015. Microsoft Education hold an … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Networked Projectors Offer Easy Access

This post was originally published on the Interface Magazine Online website – you can read the original post here. How often do you want to access the internet but can’t because your device is connected via Wi-Fi to the classroom … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Video Showcases Innovative Educators

On the 23rd November 2015 Microsoft NZ arranged for a TV crew to film and interview a number of staff and students at St Andrew’s College. The focus of the day was showcasing how the Surface Pro 3 and OneNote … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Tech Evangelist Encourages Student App Development

Today Mr Wilj Dekkers and Year 6 student Toby Skyped with Hannes Nel from Microsoft New Zealand about a game called “The Adventures of Mr Dot” that Toby had built in Scratch. It was a great chat aimed to help … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

The Power of Digital Pen & Surface in Schools – Inking Your Thinking Case Study

In 2014 Microsoft Australia in partnership with Victoria Department of Education & Training and Victoria University undertook a research project to  investigate the impact of pen devices, particularly Microsoft Surface, at different age levels across three schools. See what impact these devices had at various levels across primary and high schools.

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Teacher Perspectives On The Surface Pro 3

As we approach the first anniversary of the Surface Pro 3 release in New Zealand, I’ve been reflecting on the fact that we now have 26 staff members using them across the school. An earlier update on how how teachers … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Guest Post: Videos From The WIPTTE 2015 Conference

This blog is read by a wide audience around the world but is also targeted at our own teachers at St Andrew’s College. Occasionally, we post information that is not related directly to eLearning stories coming out of our College … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Mr Hilliam Attends Microsoft Educator Exchange E2 Conference

At the start of this term, Mr Ben Hilliam, flew to Seattle in the United States as a guest of Microsoft to attend their Global Educator E2 Conference. His attendance was based on his earlier selection as a Microsoft Innovative … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Reflections from the AIS NSW ICT Leadership & Management Conference 2015

I have been fortunate to attend the AIS NSW (Association of Independent Schools of New South Wales) ICT Management and Leadership Conference over the last few days and I thought I would share a few reflections on it here. As this … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

5 things why I love my Surface Pro 3 stylus

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Inspired by those many “listicles” that appear day to day on the Internet, I decided to write my personal listicle about five things, why I love my stylus on the Surface Pro 3.

the SP3 stylus has three buttons on it

the SP3 stylus has three buttons on it

1: My stylus is more than a pen

Since the SP3 has three buttons I always explain interested teachers in my OneNote workshops, that this tool is more like a mouse. So you can do a lot more than just writing with it!… Visit the author's original post

Learning to draw…

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So there is a great song by Tom Petty called “Learning to fly” and I can really say that I have tried a lot of different things in my life, because I am very curious. But like flying there is one thing, that I will never ever learn: DRAWING!
I have tried a lot of times to get things right and get the correct proportions, but it seems to me, that – like flying – drawing is something I am not going to learn!… Visit the author's original post

Virtual Interactive Whiteboard

How Using a Tablet Computer and a Projector Can Fully Replace Interactive Whiteboards

Today I tried using my new Surface Pro 3 notebook for the first time in class with my students. I received the device as a benefit of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts program.

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Instead of using a blackboard or an interactive whiteboard you can write everything in PowerPoint or another presentation tool. The script can be prepared at home or done during the dialogue with the students – on the fly either typed or handwritten with the pen which gives a natural writing and drawing experience.… Visit the author's original post

Virtual Interactive Whiteboard

How Using a Tablet Computer and a Projector Can Fully Replace Interactive Whiteboards

Today I tried using my new Surface Pro 3 notebook for the first time in class with my students. I received the device as a benefit of Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts program.

Surface Pro 3

Instead of using a blackboard or an interactive whiteboard you can write everything in PowerPoint or another presentation tool. The script can be prepared at home or done during the dialogue with the students – on the fly either typed or handwritten with the pen which gives a natural writing and drawing experience.… Visit the author's original post

Technology Enables Efficiency in English Marking

  For me it’s like the one stop shop … go to OneNote, open up their page, have they done it? Yes? No? Give them feedback. Sync it. Sorted! Ms Coote describes her new workflow for marking student work I … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Brings Handwriting to OneNote For iPad

Along with all the great eLearning stories that happen within the classrooms at St Andrew’s College, this blog does also try to cover the occasional product release or update that is pertinent to our students and parents. This week saw … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Improving Literacy Skills with Microsoft Surface Pro 3

Guest Post by Ross Johnson - Microsoft Expert Educator

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In terms of the world of Information Technology, 2014 was a very eventful year indeed. As per every year, their has been some major releases in hardware and software. These releases are always looked on as a potential learning opportunity in the secondary education realm. Honestly, some more than others based on historical issues and how they will integrate with our current state run infrastructure.

But I digress….

The major hardware release was, in my opinion, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and it’s wonderful pen.… Visit the author's original post

21st Century Learning – The photograph’d learning challenge

21CLD: What is it about Microsoft’s 21st Century Learning Design that makes your classroom into a classroom that you cannot photograph enough?  This post talks of one recent learning discovery and challenges other teachers to try the same.  21CLD used as a framework enabled students to collaborate, and learn difficult concept in relevant and engaging ways.

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The Challenge: I was in my Year 7 Mathematics classroom.  I could not take enough photos of all that was going on quickly enough. … Visit the author's original post

Microsoft OneNote Usage At St Andrew’s College

This post was originally written for publication at the official Microsoft OneNote In Education blog.

2014 was a year that saw significant increases in usage of Microsoft OneNote at St Andrew’s College and there were a number of factors that contributed to this, including:

  • Continued promotion of OneNote by earlier adopter teachers such as Mrs Jacqueline Yoder which led to uptake amongst her fellow teachers in the English Department and beyond. Her story was eventually published in the College quarterly magazine in an article entitled OneNote To Rule Them All.
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Office with a Stylus: Part 3 – PowerPoint

When you have a Tablet PC such as the Surface Pro 3, it is really easy to get stuck using OneNote for everything. After all, the two are a perfect match. But – there are plenty of other applications out there that can very effectively leverage the stylus. In this four part series (yes, I’ve added another part in the planning!), I’m going to look at Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook, giving real life examples of how I have used the stylus in the software for my classes, and then a quick how to guide if you want to get out and give it a go.Visit the author's original post

Troy Thomson: Surface Pro 3- A Foundation for Innovative Teaching and Learning

by Troy Thomson
Expert Educator Columnist, Australia

Now four months in, and the Surface Pro3 is over the initial hurdles that any new device suffers from. It has been very well received by independent reviewers and the general public alike who have purchased the device in any of its available configurations. But can it make an impact in educational circles?

Whilst the previous versions of the Surface made their ways into schools, there was very little momentum built and some of this was to do with device design, some to do with marketing and some to do with school leaders not understanding how this device indeed was different.… Visit the author's original post

The Twelve Days of Christmas according to a Microsoft in Education Expert Educator

Wondering just what you can do with a Microsoft Surface? Need to know more about how other educators are using them? This post will give you a bunch of ideas about the sue of Surface Pro 3 in education

Our Expert Educators in Australia and New Zealand are an amazing bunch of inspirational and innovative professionals. Matthew O'Brien has just written 12 blog posts in a row, highlighting a variety ways you can use the Surface Pro 3 in your classroom.… Visit the author's original post

The making of the 12 Days of Christmas – or why OneNote is awesome for planning

I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday and he asked me where the idea for my 12 days of Christmas blog series came from and just how much planning went into it. After I told him, and showed him my OneNote planning page, he said that I should really share it. So here it is!

OneNotePlan

I like my gadgets, especially if I can use them for education, and I like to think that I’m good at narrowing down the options to the one or two that could be useful.… Visit the author's original post

The making of the 12 Days of Christmas – or why OneNote is awesome for planning

I was talking to a friend of mine yesterday and he asked me where the idea for my 12 days of Christmas blog series came from and just how much planning went into it. After I told him, and showed him my OneNote planning page, he said that I should really share it. So here it is!

OneNotePlan

I like my gadgets, especially if I can use them for education, and I like to think that I’m good at narrowing down the options to the one or two that could be useful.… Visit the author's original post

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me software to animate easily

A number of years ago, I started using a product called Sam animation, which was free software for educators for creating stop motion animation and time lapse video. The product has since changed its name to Hue Animation Studio, and costs a modest $20. I bought the new software today. And love it!

It is exciting because of how easy it is to use – my four year old helped take the photos (and built and directed the Claymation monster!) in the last scene of the video.… Visit the author's original post

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me software to animate easily

A number of years ago, I started using a product called Sam animation, which was free software for educators for creating stop motion animation and time lapse video. The product has since changed its name to Hue Animation Studio, and costs a modest $20. I bought the new software today. And love it!

It is exciting because of how easy it is to use – my four year old helped take the photos (and built and directed the Claymation monster!) in the last scene of the video.… Visit the author's original post