Continuing the theme of trying new tools and apps in the classroom in this new year, Matthew Jorgensen has prepared another set of tips and a new tool to try out in your class; Project Siena.
It has been just over a year into my admission into the Microsoft extended family, and I am STILL discovering new stuff that can make a difference for me as a teacher, as well as my students, and transform the learning process. It seems that there is an endless supply of apps, sites, tools and gear that can help me do my various jobs around the school and allow my students to learn valuable things or how to do things better.… Visit the author's original post
Each year we've worked with other partners to run a regional Microsoft NSW schools roadshow right around the state. And it's back again...the team road trip, just in time for winter!
Basically, we're running quality, free, relevant and hands-on education technology workshops, which don't happen often. This May and June, Microsoft will be offering hands-on workshops across NSW with the latest technology including Windows 8.1, apps, Office 365 and devices, including the latest Surface 3.
Want to make the most of your students’ love of mobile technology? This half-day hands-on workshop presents five tried and trusted ways to implement a successful 1:1 program involving BYOD.… Visit the author's original post
Office Mix is a new additional function to give super powers for PowerPoint. Quite often educators refer to a blank presentation as a ‘blank canvas’ and to some extent that has been true if you think of this in terms of words and pictures. PowerPoint Presentations are just that, a blank canvas, there are no bad PowerPoints only bad presentations! Office Mix now enables you to have a much richer palette or ‘toolbox’ at your disposal including audio, visual and interactive tools.… Visit the author's original post
The SAMR Model of technology integration is used by many teachers across the globe to ensure their use of technology leads to better learning outcomes for students. After reading lists of learning activities and apps sorted into this continuum using other platforms, we thought it might be nice to create a list of how Microsoft apps, services and software might fit into this popular model. Check out the ideas below and print out our handy infographic to inspire some ideas in your classroom this year.… Visit the author's original post
Moodle for Windows 8 and Windows Phone has been available as an app since August this year – through the “Moodle Mobile” app. Just last week, the latest version was released – Moodle Mobile 1.9 – which has a updated look and feel and is designed to be more user friendly. It allows your students to access your Moodle LMS when they’re mobile and they don’t need to be in front of their PC to access your courses and lesson materials.… Visit the author's original post
Guest Post by Naomi Manning
Year 10 Students at Abbotsleigh have been playing, reviewing and creating with Windows 8 Apps. Students wanted to add "Sugar 'n' Spice" to their projects so what better to use that a few of the newest Apps in the Windows 8 Store.
Before beginning their project work, the girls had a lesson where they played and reviewed the apps for their peers, with a view to go back to their groups and report on what was the most useful to them in their current project work.… Visit the author's original post
Flipping your classroom? Creating screencasts on expensive software? Want learning analytics to inform your lesson planning? Office Mix really is the key to making your workflows easy and effective.
When Office Mix was released earlier this year we wrote a post sharing the uses of this PowerPoint 2013 Plugin. The three main uses for Office Mix are:
- Create tutorials hosted in the cloud with interactive questions for viewers
- Create screencasts
- Tap into the learning analytics associated with your mix sessions
Here is an example of an Office Mix created for our recent Your School, Your Way Workshops across Australia.… Visit the author's original post
Looking for an engaging way for students to learn their spelling? Want students to develop handwriting skills while using a device? My Spelling Words is the app for you.
The developers of the hugely popular app School Writing AU/NZ have just released their next app called My Spelling Words. This Australian developed app is all about making spelling lists engaging and educational at the same time.
It takes the humble and tedious weekly spelling list and turns it into a digitally enhanced audio experience with handwriting at its core.