Score one for our visually-impaired learners. Windows-Eyes is a screen reader for Windows that reads everything on your desktop with voice or attached braille reading devices. The app supports a variety of languages to provide accessibility to new language learners. Additionally, Window-Eyes runs on every version of Windows since the venerable XP.
Watch the video below for a demo and more details.
I have purposefully buried the lead on this one. The app is available as a free license if you are already have a fully-licensed version of Microsoft Office 2010 or later. … Visit the author's original post
All about Me posters are usually created at the beginning of the school year but I thought of some creative activities that you can do on number of occasions. For example announcing the students of the month with the Most Wanted Students poster, teaching past tenses with My Timeline poster, teaching body parts and physical characteristics with Missing Person Announcement poster or at the end of the school year and a lesson on summer vacation with My Passport poster. Here are some tips and ideas how to create all of these digital All About Me posters :
My Passport Aim: present simple, past simple, ing-form Level: pre-intermediate, intermediate, advanced Time: 30-40 minutes Preparation: Make sure you have created a umapper account before the lesson.
Here are some popular warmers, fillers of follow-ups and some ideas how to make them more fun with technology.
A day in a life of... Aim: simple present practice, third person singular Level: all levels Time: 20-30 minutes Preparation: It's a good idea to make assign students to make accounts on the sites that you are going to use before the lesson not to waste any time on that during the lesson. Procedure: Ask the students about their favourite object.
It’s amazing to think that we are five years into our second decade of this century. Ten years ago, tablet PCs were just beginning to ship in volume with Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. Today, tablets are low-cost and plentiful. In a few short months, every edition of Windows XP will reach end of support on April 8, 2014. We will have a proper farewell at that time.
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.
In November 2013, Microsoft, Adobe, Intel, Lenovo, Acer, Leading with Technology, IC Central held 8 professional development events for teachers in NSW. This is the slide deck used to lead the learning.… Visit the author's original post
I’ve been working with the education team at Microsoft for over 3 years now. In that time the education landscape, from a technology perspective, has changed massively. It’s almost unrecognisable. The challenges and aspirations have evolved, the technology has matured, and it’s easy to forget just how much there is to know! To make it a bit easier, in association with PC Pro Magazine, we’ve put together a guide on everything you need to know about Office 365 Education.
Everything you need to know about Office 365 Education
It’s a very exciting time to be an Office 365 Education customer. Student Advantage availability is just around the corner, and we’ve put a few posts up discussing how to get it, but it’s also important to consider how you’ll be deploying and managing Office 365 ProPlus.
In part one of this little trio I talked about how institutions who already have Office 365 Education can get access to Student Advantage, and in part two I looked at how students access the benefit. In this final part I’ll look at what you need to do to if you don’t already have Office 365 Education.
How do I get Student Advantage in Office 365 Education?
This graphic comes from the BYOD in Schools K-12 Briefing Whitepaper 2013 version which can be found at: http://www.slideshare.net/MicrosoftEducationAU/microsoft-bring-your-own-device-to-school-update… Visit the author's original post
Guest blog post from Gerald Haigh. Gerald writes regularly for the Microsoft Education series of blogs.
Ramandeep has been absent from school for five weeks following a road accident. Recovery is slow, and there’s still no firm date for her return. The school sends work home with her brother, but, as she tells her mum, she feels more and more cut off.
‘I just don’t feel I go to that school any more. I sometimes think they’ve forgotten me. When I first had the accident it was all fuss, and visits, and flowers and chocolates.
In our last post, we looked at how an institution can associate Student Advantage licences with an existing Office 365 Education tenant. Today, we'll answer the question “how do I get Student Advantage in Office 365 Education?” from a student perspective.
Once an institution has allocated the Office 365 ProPlus licences that underpin the Student Advantage benefit students will not necessarily see anything different in their experience of Office 365. So, in the spirit of sharing, here are a couple of ideas for how to spread the word:
Send an email to all students informing them of the new software available to them.
With a little under a month until Student Advantage becomes available (that's December 1st, put it in the diary!) one of the questions I am getting asked most frequently is: how do I get Student Advantage in Office 365 Education?
I’m going to cover this off in two posts, this first one to discuss how to get Student Advantage added to your existing Office 365 Education tenant. The second post will be a student-view; how to access and download the software.… Visit the author's original post
Since the recent announcement introducing Student Advantage almost a fortnight ago we’ve been inundated with questions. I’m super excited at the response to the news. As a result, we’d like you to join us for a live Q&A on Student Advantage at midday (GMT) on 31/10 on Twitter.
We’ll be tracking your questions and conversation on all things Student Advantage on the #SAFAQ hashtag. The two accounts to follow are @ukeducloud and @microsofteduk.
This white paper by Brice Dixon, Anywhere Anytime Learning Foundation and Sean Tierney, Microsoft Australia Academic Programs manager explores their previously produced document.… Visit the author's original post
As part of our on-going commitment to education, we are thrilled to announce Student Advantage, a new benefit to qualifying institutions which will make it easy for students to use the latest and best version of full Office at their education institution and at home.
Student Advantage - Office 365 ProPlus
So what does this mean? From 1st December, 2013, any institutions worldwide that licenses Office for staff and faculty can provide access to Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost.… Visit the author's original post
It gives me great pleasure in announcing that we have now completed the Live@edu Upgrade program to Office 365. In the course of just a year, we have upgraded over 9 Million users, equating to 5000 customers; this has been no small feat by our engineering teams, nor our customers and a little celebration is definitely in order.
Looking back over the road map for Live@edu you can see that Microsoft has always invested heavily in Education, ensuring that the services available to the academic sector are at the forefront of innovation.… Visit the author's original post
In Education, the IT landscape is rapidly changing. Schools, colleges and universities need to provide IT more efficiently; supporting applications and services on-premise and in the Cloud, using modern devices. But what does it take to embrace modern IT and exploit its many benefits?
Join Oxford Computer Group and other HE organisations, for a free summit. You’ll hear how to support modern IT in education and learn how to develop your roadmap. With high profile speakers from Microsoft and a case study from Middlesex University, Oxford Computer Group’s eighth annual summit will be a highly valuable and informative event.… Visit the author's original post
According to a recent Pew Research Center study, 37 percent of Americans without a high school diploma are connected with home broadband Internet compared to 89 percent of Americans with a college degree. We need to rethink broadband in America as we consider modernization of the E-rate program.
If you are reading this article, you are in the 70 percent of Americans that are most likely to be connected to the Internet. In the year 2013, we still have a digital equity gap in Americans connected to the new economy.… Visit the author's original post
At a number of conferences that I have spoken at lately, I have shared that we are not likely to see less technology adoption and usage in education. In fact, we should see considerably more. However, some technologies are causing our networks to overload with unnecessary traffic.
Microsoft recently commissioned a report to evaluate the network patterns of netbooks running ChromeOS and notebooks running Windows 8 from Principled Technologies. The report found what should be obvious—an Internet-only device will produce more traffic than a Windows 8 device.… Visit the author's original post
Earlier this year I wrote 10 blog posts, each covering one of my top tips for Office 365 Education. As schools, colleges and universities across the country reconvene for the start of a new term, I thought it would be helpful to summarise my top 10 tips for Office Education in one handy place.
Guest post from Gerald Haigh. Gerald writes regularly for the Microsoft Education series of blogs.
One of the first things I did when I decided to learn more about the capabilities of Office 365 Education was to have a meeting with Alex Pearce of BFC Networks.
Alex is always good value – generous with his time and knowledge. He’s also the kind of person who doesn’t raise his eyebrows and sigh when you ask the question that reveals you haven’t understood what he’s just told you.… Visit the author's original post