Category Archives: Tutorials

Showcase Classroom FAQs – A quick solution to enhancing collaborative working

showcase-classroom-cropped-logoWe have seen thousands of educators, colleges and universities come through the Showcase Classroom, each at a different stage in their journey of digital transformation, and in every session we are asked a range of questions about our technology and how it can make a real impact in the classroom. These questions and discussions will form the basis of our Showcase Classroom blog series, where we will be sharing the insights, experiences, tips & tricks and more, from those who pass through the Showcase Classroom.Visit the author's original post

Showcase Classroom FAQs – Using OneNote for engaging feedback

showcase-classroom-cropped-logoWe have seen thousands of educators, colleges and universities come through the Showcase Classroom, each at a different stage in their journey of digital transformation, and in every session we are asked a range of questions about our technology and how it can make a real impact in the classroom. These questions and discussions will form the basis of our Showcase Classroom blog series, where we will be sharing the insights, experiences, tips & tricks and more, from those who pass through the Showcase Classroom.Visit the author's original post

Showcase Classroom FAQs – Demonstrating learning through Sway

showcase-classroom-cropped-logoWe have seen thousands of educators, colleges and universities come through the Showcase Classroom, each at a different stage in their journey of digital transformation, and in every session we are asked a range of questions about our technology and how it can make a real impact in the classroom. These questions and discussions will form the basis of our Showcase Classroom blog series, where we will be sharing the insights, experiences, tips & tricks and more, from those who pass through the Showcase Classroom.Visit the author's original post

#MIEExpert-led Webinars – December 2016 Schedule

With festive-themed adverts from high street shops and household name brands appearing across television, radio, billboards, social media, and every other conceivable medium, there’s no denying that it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… But there’s still plenty of teaching and learning to be done before everyone takes a well-earned break over the holidays!

As well as the obvious treats of the season, December brings with it more MIEExpert webinars!

So regardless of whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, all are welcome and encouraged to register for any and all of the sessions below.… Visit the author's original post

#MIEExpert Webinar: Using OneNote Learning Tools to support children with additional learning requirements

Following on from last week’s webinar about teaching Modern Foreign Languages with Office 365, (hosted by Teacher Ambassador Natalie Burgess), we are pleased to share further details of the next webinar in the series, which is taking place tomorrow:

Using OneNote Learning Tools to support children with additional learning requirements

Click here to register – Wednesday 5th October, 16:00-16:30

In any given class of students, there may well be some learners with individual difficulties. They may be physical impairments related to vision, problems with hearing, or other mental struggles that make it harder for them to understand and engage with different communication mediums or particular aspects of day to day classroom activities.… Visit the author's original post

MEC Monday: Introduction to Microsoft Classroom

Every Monday we’ll take a look at an example of the content that can be found on the Microsoft Educator Community. Anyone familiar with the MEC will be aware of the broad range of lesson plans, quick tip videos, teacher CPD courses and discussion topics available, so this series of blogs will should offer something for everyone, regardless of how prominent a role technology plays in your classroom, and indeed how much time you are able to spend on development.… Visit the author's original post

Gerald Haigh – The impact of the Microsoft Educator Community on whole-school CPD

This week we have been looking at the Microsoft Education Community through the eyes of individual teachers, but for this final day of #MECweek, we are going to assess the broader impact that can be felt across schools as a whole when the educators within an institution embark upon a course of teacher CPD.

We sent Gerald Haigh to speak to some of the head teachers at schools where the MEC is being enthusiastically embraced by the staff, and below are his findings and thoughts on the wider impact of teacher CPD through the Microsoft Educator Community.Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Educator Community – ‘Earn Badges’ – with #MIEExperts Sarah Clark and Paul Dredge

All this week we have been going into more depth on each of the areas of the Microsoft Educator Community, and exploring the ways that people can take value from the wealth of free teacher CPD resources and peer interactions that can be found through the site that is being colloquially known as the ‘MEC’.

 If you missed our previous post about how to join the MEC, you can find it here:

How to start your CPD with the Microsoft Educator Community

With six main areas of the site for teachers to immerse themselves in, we’re going to look at each of them through the eyes of an educator, and hear from them how they have used materials, courses, tutorials or the network of other members of the MEC to further their own personal development and put the new skills or approaches into practice in the classroom.

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Microsoft Educator Community – ‘Share your Expertise’ – with #MIEExpert Stewart Davies

All this week we’ll be going into more depth on each of the areas of the Microsoft Educator Community, and exploring the ways that people can take value from the wealth of free teacher CPD resources and peer interactions that can be found through the site that is being colloquially known as the ‘MEC’.

If you missed our previous post about how to join the MEC, you can find it here:

How to start your CPD with the Microsoft Educator Community

With six main areas of the site for teachers to immerse themselves in, we’re going to look at each of them through the eyes of an educator, and hear from them how they have used materials, courses, tutorials or the network of other members of the MEC to further their own personal development and put the new skills or approaches into practice in the classroom.

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Microsoft Educator Community – ‘Connect with Others’ – with #MIEExpert Henry Penfold

All this week we’ll be going into more depth on each of the areas of the Microsoft Educator Community, and exploring the ways that people can take value from the wealth of free teacher CPD resources and peer interactions that can be found through the site that is being colloquially known as the ‘MEC’.

 If you missed our previous post about how to join the MEC, you can find it here:

How to start your CPD with the Microsoft Educator Community

 With six main areas of the site for teachers to immerse themselves in, we’re going to look at each of them through the eyes of an educator, and hear from them how they have used materials, courses, tutorials or the network of other members of the MEC to further their own personal development and put the new skills or approaches into practice in the classroom.

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Microsoft Educator Community – ‘Get Trained’ – with #MIEExpert Martine Mannion

All this week we’ll be going into more depth on each of the areas of the Microsoft Educator Community, and exploring the ways that people can take value from the wealth of free teacher CPD resources and peer interactions that can be found through the site that is being colloquially known as the ‘MEC’.

If you missed our previous post about how to join the MEC, you can find it here:
How to start your CPD with the Microsoft Educator Community

With six main areas of the site for teachers to immerse themselves in, we’re going to look at each of them through the eyes of an educator, and hear from them how they have used materials, courses, tutorials or the network of other members of the MEC to further their own personal development and put the new skills or approaches into practice in the classroom.Visit the author's original post

Tweet your Badges during #MECweek to win a Windows tablet

Start your free teacher CPD on the Microsoft Educator Community to be in with a chance of winning a tablet device during #MECweek!

The Microsoft Educator Community (or MEC, as you may see it referred to) is a new community site that combines the experience of the Microsoft Educator Network and Skype in the Classroom. This site is a central destination where you’ll have access to over 1.5 million educators around the world, a fresh selection of professional development courses and resources, thousands of inspiring lesson plans, and access to live lessons and virtual field trips.Visit the author's original post

FREE professional learning workshops coming to a city near you!

Be inspired by new ways of learning with the latest technologies and leave confident to try something new at your school!

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OneNote for Students – Working with friends using OneNote [Interactive Tutorial]

OneNote for Students - Working with friends using OneNote [Interactive Tutorial]



OneNote is a great place to share ideas and collaborate. 
With project based learning becoming an increasingly 
popular method of teaching in schools, group assignments 
have become more common in education.  A flexible and 
accessible collaborative environment for collating, organising, 
creating and editing content is of huge help to students and teachers.

This interactive tutorial guides you through various ways in which 
students can use OneNote to:

Share a OneNote notebook with anyone
Edit notebooks together in real time
Collaborate on group projects

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OneNote for Students – Getting the most out of OneNote [Interactive Tutorial]

Creating notes during classes, or researching a topic for a project or assignment will often involve having to gather information from a variety of sources and in a number of different formats. Thanks to OneNote, students are able to easily collate, organise, annotate, link, share and protect their work in their notebooks.

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OneNote is available at no cost to teachers and students through Office 365 Pro Plus Benefit

Part three of the ‘Student Basics’ interactive tutorial from OneNote in Education is titled ‘Getting the most out of OneNote’, and guides you through a number of the different features and functions, including:

  • Taking linked notes
  • Sharing your notes
  • Importing and exporting content

Linked notes can really help to give greater context to your shorthand notes by providing a quick and easy way to access related content without cluttering your more succinct notes.… Visit the author's original post

OneNote for Students – Working faster with OneNote [Interactive Tutorial]

E2 - MD - 2 It may sound cliché, but all students are individuals. No matter what age they are, whether they are at primary schools, sixth form college or university, they will each have their own ways of note taking and studying that work for them. Being able to enjoy the flexibility of creating and organising notes, homework, assignments and other study materials in a way that suits their own learning style, while retaining the ability to collaborate with teachers and other students from the same workspace is one of the key strengths of OneNote.… Visit the author's original post

Minecraft tutorial videos from Ray Chambers – setting up servers and information blocks

Ray Chambers is one of our Microsoft Expert Educators, and a leading force for driving the educational use of Minecraft in classrooms all over the UK. You may have even seen last month’s TechRadar article How Minecraft is helping kids learn code one block at a time, which is all about the sessions he was presenting to packed audiences in our Theatre during BETT 2015 in January. On his own blog however, Ray has recently been posting a number of video tutorials, which he has kindly allowed us to share with you here.… Visit the author's original post

Marija Petreska: The Art of Powerpoint

by Marija Petreska
Expert Educator Columnist, Macedonia

I bet you have never thought of PowerPoint as a canvas for art work. Nor have we. It was an innocent play with the shapes and colors in PowerPoint that led us to a whole new discovery. We could create our own infographics with handmade clip art and background paper in PowerPoint with the shapes and edit options and the colors. It turned out to be so fun that we now have over ten handmade interactive infographics and at least four more not yet published.… Visit the author's original post

A Classroom Reviews Hour of Code with TouchDevelop

Millions of students will participate in Hour of Code the week of December 8, but we're already hearing from classrooms getting an early start. This week, 6th- and 9th-grade students at Kalama Middle/High School in Washington State experienced an Hour of Code firsthand using TouchDevelop. As you prepare your own Hour of Code event using our three simple steps, let the perspectives from students and Business & Technology Instructor Katherine Schmit inspire and guide your classroom’s experience! 

Students’ Perspectives

“My Hour of Code experience was pleasant and easy to learn.… Visit the author's original post

Hover over Words to Get the Meaning for Blogger and WordPress

Retrieved Dec. 20, 2013 from here
I'm working on a blogging project with my first-year high school students. During this experience, there are a lot of things that I have to learn. As a sharing fan, I decided to write a series of posts to document every skill I acquired and every tool I explored to accomplish the aims of this project and meet my students' needs. Among many things that my students need is a way to find the meaning of the new words that they encounter in the required tasks.
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