Category Archives: Surface Pro

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

Feedback strategy guides STEM uptake of wireless; video tools

Like many schools, All Hallows’ School in Brisbane is experimenting with stylus-enabled devices for STEM topics. What makes us different is our strategy. For the past 18 months, our technology adoption has been guided by a single, clear aim: to enhance the speed, quality and impact of teacher feedback. The results are terrific.

Step 1 for stylus: formulate your strategy

All Hallows began using tablet devices over three years ago. We saw the combination of stylus, tablet and OneNote as a great trio for taking class-work fully digital.Visit the author's original post

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

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.


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

Now, such questions usually arise from students who are surprised that I don’t love iPads as much as they do.Visit the author's original post

“Inking the thinking” collaboratively

Hawkesdale P12 College, Victoria in Australia connected with a rural school in Japan using Skype.

Hawkesdale P12 College, Victoria in Australia connected with a rural school in Japan using Skype.

In December, 2015, year 8 students from Hawkesdale P12 College, Victoria Australia connected with a rural school in Japan using Skype. Students at Hawkesdale are isolated geographically and culturally but were fortunate to be part of a research project on “Inking the Thinking” with the Victorian Department of Education  and Microsoft. This meant that each student in year 7 and 8 had a Surface Pro device with a digital pen.Visit the author's original post

‘Make’ it a good Christmas – Batteries, soldering iron and code not included

I remember getting my first bike for Christmas in 1982. It was an amazing red bike, with cool handle-bar grips and a bright shiny logo on the frame. It took me months to learn how to ride it and Christmas seemed to last forever. Learning was hard, the bruises were many but the reward was independence. I also remember Father Christmas (my dad) spending ages setting up Scalextric so when I got up in the morning it was ready to go!… Visit the author's original post

Taking Tournament of the Minds to a New Level of Connection


– By Aaron Partridge, ACT Director at Tournament of Minds

The Tournament of the Minds is an Australian educational institution that has been promoting the innovative and creative engagement of young Australians for over 25 years.  Students work in teams to solve problems in one of four essential academic disciplines; Social Sciences, Science Technology, Language Literature and Engineering Mathematics.  Students from the same school form teams of 4 to seven, and work together to solve challenges that are both spontaneous and long term. … Visit the author's original post

Snipping, Gif-ing, and Kahooting

After hearing about all the formative rage last school year, I decided to dive in and check out Kahoot. I tested it out with my music students with some beginning-of-the-year school rules, and they loved it immediately. I was hooked (so were my students!), so I started brainstorming on how I could adapt the Kahoot platform into my music curriculum.

It's the beginning of the school year, and before I teach my advanced students their theory lessons, they need to review the names of the notes on the Treble and Bass Clef​ staffs.… 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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Presenting at CSULB Today

I've been making some progress on my Master's Project, and tomorrow (today) I'll be presenting it at California State University Long Beach, even though I'm not done yet. To prepare, I made a PowerPoint! I also recorded some of the project in action using OfficeMix (free screen capturing!), edited, sped it up, and placed it at the end of the PowerPoint. From there I
  • Exported the entire file as a video. I did this so I could just leave it running while I watch visitors interact with the app directly on my devices.
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Mastering the Surface Pro 3

I just finished putting together my presentation on mastering the #Surface Pro 3. I am sharing my presentation for free here and on social media @dazgm on Twitter. While preparing this presentation, I visited many websites, watched videos and did a performed various amounts of experimentation.

tab2At the start of the preparation, I thought I knew everything there was to know about the SP3.  After writing it, I feel as though there is so much more I could find out.  I challenge anyone not to be absolutely impressed with what the Surface Pro 3 can do. … Visit the author's original post

Ready, Set, Office! Developing new Pedagogies with the Power of Microsoft Office – Part 2

In my last blog post I presented how I was able to create new resources to transform a regular music class routine (chair test) into a more meaningful activity for my students. Besides performing the required music excerpt for their test, they were also engaged in the analysis and evaluation of their peers as well. Not only does this support our school wide tier 2 academic vocabulary words, but also requires my students to listen and evaluate using musical tier 3 academic vocabulary concepts such as Tone, Pitch, Rhythm, etc.… 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.


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

One Note Online and the Surface Pro 3: A student’s best friend.

According to the Arafeh, Levin, Rainie, & Lenhart (2002), teachers today have not learned to change their teaching practices to depict the way students today learn naturally. Not only are students entering a different world, they are learning differently.  With the focus not on whether the answer is correct or incorrect, the teacher needs to avail students to the opportunities to think abstractly and look for both a variety of answers, along with a variety of ways to arrive at a successful answers. … Visit the author's original post

Choosing a Device for my own 21st Century Learner

Guest Post by Nikkie Laing

School starts again for the year in a few weeks and as a family we have the option of providing our 11 year old with a mobile device for school to help support her learning. We are in boots and all! The benefits of being able to connect and collaborate with other learners both within and beyond a school day are already clearly evident to us.

For us the hardest part is not choosing whether to participate it's deciding which device suits best.… 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

Tammy Dunbar: Shortcuts to Success!

by Tammy Dunbar
Expert Educator Columnist, USA

Sometimes, it really is the little things that matter most.

“It’s nice that we were given these Surface Pros, but the screen is just too small for me to see.”

I overheard this from a fellow teacher as she gestured toward her new SPro on the table in front of her. Without saying a word, I reached over and hit Ctrl+ several times on her keyboard.  Catching my movement out of the corner of her eye (like any good teacher would), she glanced at her screen, then turned to me wide-eyed.… Visit the author's original post