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7 great ways to hit the ground running this school year

Guest post by Helen Gooch, Microsoft Fellow and Master Trainer. Connect with Helen on the Educator Community. 

List of new students for your class. Check! 

Classroom arranged for optimal learning styles. Check! 

Bulletin boards done. Check! 

Now let’s discover seven great ways to hit the ground running this school year by getting your curriculum ready, getting to know your students, and helping your class get started with technology. 

By putting together some tools that will help you to deliver highly effective lessons, you will be set up for the year ahead and hit the ground running.Visit the author's original post

Creating Sways for Biology – with #MIEExpert Sarah Clark

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As we move with increasing momentum into the new academic year, we will be hearing more stories and gaining greater insight into the activity of our Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEEs) and Teacher Ambassadors. Anyone reading the blog over the last few week should be familiar with Natalie Burgess (TA), through her pieces about the Microsoft Educator Community, and reports the recent West College Scotland IT Symposium and CoderDojo events.

Today we’re pleased to share a fantastic Sway from Sarah Clark, another of our MIEEs based in Scotland.… Visit the author's original post

Workshop zu “ChronoZoom, Geschichtsunterricht im 21. Jahrhundert” an der Innovative School Tagung

Gestern war die Innovative School Tagung, die Bildungstagung von Microsoft Schweiz. Neben den Themata Windows 10, Surface 3, OneNote und Sway war das Hauptthema der Tagung das Office 365 ProPlus Benefit und wie… Weiterlesen Visit the author's original post

Workshop zu “ChronoZoom, Geschichtsunterricht im 21. Jahrhundert” an der Innovative School Tagung

Gestern war die Innovative School Tagung, die Bildungstagung von Microsoft Schweiz. Neben den Themata Windows 10, Surface 3, OneNote und Sway war das Hauptthema der Tagung das Office 365 ProPlus Benefit und wie… Weiterlesen Visit the author's original post

OneNote templates – technological teaching timesaver tools

templatesOver the last few weeks I have had numerous conversations with teachers wanting to save time and it is one of my beliefs that technology should assist with this time saving. At the same time as I have been having these conversations, I’ve also been teaching my classes. Last week I was teaching (or revising?) with my year 9’s on good graphing technique, starting with a hand drawn graph in OneNote. I found myself using the inbuilt grid line background in OneNote, counting the individual squares to make my scale – and without my glasses on this turned out to be very painful in front of the class.… Visit the author's original post

Office with a Stylus: Part 4 – Outlook

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 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

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

Office with a Stylus: Part 2 – Excel

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 three part series, I’m going to look at Word, PowerPoint and Excel, 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

Artezio Diagram Designer

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Artezio Diagram Designer is a simple App, beauty and very complete.
It is a very Handy App to make simple diagrams or even very complicated ones about many different topics
To start, we have to choose between different canvas sizes (A2, A3, A4 y A5), that can be modified afterwards. We can also open a previous created document and edit it…
This free version allow the user to add text boxes, lines, shapes… as basic commands.… Visit the author's original post

Office 365 Tools and Diagnostics overzicht

De installatie, configuratie en optimalisatie van Office 365 is afhankelijk van veel factoren. Is er genoeg bandbreedte? alle software juist geïnstalleerd maar ook de juiste DNS instellingen kunnen nog al eens voor hoofdbrekers zorgen. In een handig overzicht staan alle tools die kunnen helpen bij een succesvolle implementatie van Office 365.Visit the author's original post

Wolfram Alpha

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In 2009 a new way of searching in internet was created as a webpage.

Now we have this amazing search engine as a Windows 8 app.

Actually, Wolfram Alpha is not a search engine; it is more an answer engine or, technically, a computational knowledge engine.

Why is that? When you enter a topic or a sentence to be searched this app doesn’t list the webpage where you can find more information about it, it analyses your words (or numbers) and shows its interpretation of them.… Visit the author's original post

Discover What Can Happen in an Hour of Code, December 8-14

In a world powered by technological innovation, one would think that today’s student is inundated with curriculum that opens doors to computer science—one of the fastest-growing job sectors. The reality is that most K-12 students are not exposed to computer science unless they demonstrate a special interest in computers. 

Click to view an infographic with more statistics
Using the U.S. as an example, 90% of primary and secondary schools don’t offer computer science classes. 25 states don't allow students to count computer science courses toward high school graduation.… Visit the author's original post