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Improving university chemistry students engagement with OneNote, Cloud and digital inking.

Dr Sylvia Urban, senior lecturer at Melbourne’s RMIT University School of Science has undertaken research to quantify the effect of technology on learning outcomes in a recent study titled Pen-Enabled, Real-Time Student Engagement for Teaching in STEM Subjects.

The research explored the benefits of creating collaborative, interactive lectures using cloud-based technology (Microsoft OneDrive and OneNote) and pen-enabled devices (Surface Pro) in undergraduate / postgraduate university chemistry courses with approximately 380 students.

“Microsoft OneNote and Windows 10 digital ink have been shown to improve pass rates of Chemistry students, as well as improve performance in STEM related fields.” -Dr.

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A wrap up from EduTECH 2017 – Sydney

Empowering the students of today to create the world of tomorrow.


Thank you for attending EduTECH 2017!

At Microsoft it is our mission to empower the students of today to create the world of tomorrow.

We aim to enable the right environment for better learning with an affordable and accessible learning platform, using modern tools for classroom collaboration and experiences that spark creativity.

It was a pleasure to meet you all at EduTECH, we loved hearing about how you are using our technology in your classrooms.… Visit the author's original post

EduTECH 2017 is just around the corner!

EduTECH International Congress and Expo 2017 is now just around the corner!

There’s going to be so much happening at the biggest education event in Asia Pacific and the Southern Hemisphere. FutureSchools Expo was an inspiring event and we expect EduTECH to be even bigger and better!

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Everything you need to know to plan your visit:

Make sure you follow us on Twitter to stay up to date with everything happening on the day, whether you’re there on the day or following all the action online.… Visit the author's original post

Nominate yourself today: 2017-18 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert recruitment open now until July 15

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We are thrilled to announce that the 2017-2018 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIEE) recruitment period is now open!  We are currently seeking educators from around the world to join our next class of MIEEs. The self-nomination period opens April 15 and closes July 15. All self-nominations must be received during this period.

How to nominate yourself

ms-badge-3The MIE Expert Program is an exclusive program created to recognize global educator visionaries who are using technology to pave the way for their peers in the effective use of technology, for better learning and student outcomes.… Visit the author's original post

MIE Spotlight: Offering a helping hand to assist teachers with technology

Welcome to the first in our series of MIE Spotlights. In this post we feature Lynette Barker, Teacher Librarian / Learning Technology Coordinator at St Therese’s Primary School.

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For the past 2 years I have been a part of the Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) program. Thanks to the amazing learning opportunities the program has given me, and the confidence that comes with knowledge and skill growth I am extending my Hands Held Out work in 2017.

Recently I have been chatting to my principal Duilio Rufo ( a supportive and visionary leader) about formalising professional development opportunities offered at school, initially for our staff and potentially for colleagues within our area.… Visit the author's original post

Data Science, IT and Cloud… certify your students

Guest post from Dan Bowen Academic Programmes Manager at Microsoft

As a technology company our products and services are evolving at an ever increasing rate. We are seeing the need for roles in analytics, data science, machine learning, cloud architects, artificial intelligence and more. So how can we keep up to date and how can we train students in these emerging technologies?


Step in Microsoft Imagine Academy. Pick one of the four pathways – IT Pro, Productivity, Computer Science or Data Science.… Visit the author's original post

#Back2SchoolHELP is here! Teacher Ambassador hosting Live Stream FaceBook Q&A

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Microsoft Education is here to help you with your planning needs this year. We’ve got expert teachers standing by to answer your questions or help you maximise your planning for 2017. How can we help you?

We’ll be running Live webinars on our Facebook Page next week to help you prepare for planning the next year to ensure that you hit the ground running for a successful school year.

Facebook Live Webinar Series:

  • Monday 23rd Jan 10am – Setting up for teacher life in 2017
  • Tuesday 24th Jan 4pm (K-6), 8pm (7-12) – Insider tips on integrating ICT general capabilities from the Australian curriculum
  • Wednesday 25th Jan 4pm – Tips & ticks to setting up student collaboration in your classroom
  • Friday 27th Jan 8:30am – Get students to love your lessons – making learning fun!
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Teachers as Change Agents: Voice and Leadership

One of our Ed.D. professors asked us, “Why do we keep doing things in the same way and then complain that it is not working? Especially when we have research that makes a compelling case for things that do work?” Reading the literature on “teacher resistance,” or listening to similar media reports, might result in the response that teachers are pathological resistors to change. Too often, perception is that it takes a variety of “management” and re-packaging strategies to engage teachers in change.Visit the author's original post