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The Power of Educators

As the school year begins, I often wonder if we as a community know how powerful educators are.  I know the word power can evoke many thoughts (and I really don’t want to touch on all the ones I don’t mean) – but what I mean is the power of influence in a child’s life.  Educators have the power to tear down or raise up their students.  I have had both types in my life, and both the positive and negative types inspire me in my own teaching style. … Visit the author's original post

Windows Azure Active Directory Connector Release Candidate Available Now

The DirSync team and the FIM Sync team are pleased to announce that we have released the Release Candidate of the Windows Azure Active Directory (AAD) Connector on Connect for pre-release evaluation. This replaces the Office 365 Connector which has earlier been available only through MCS and partner engagements.

This new Connector is based on ECMA2 and is the same we use in recent releases of DirSync. It is intended to be used when DirSync is not a viable option. We still recommend to use DirSync as the primary solution to synchronize AD to AAD and use it whenever possible.… Visit the author's original post

Flipping the classroom, the wrong way

Bill Nye The Science Guy shows an experiment on how air pressure works in a “flipping the classroom-movie”.  I saw it on sophia.org, a website that wants to help teachers and students to learn by using the flipped classrooms principle. But if this one movie is representative of the rest, I am quite concerned about the quality of our education.

Flipping the classroom is NOT about video!

The movie looks fantastic. You can notice that Bill Nye is professional presenter and he has perfect skills to entertain .… Visit the author's original post

Best Kept Secret Series: Windows Live MovieMaker

Well, the busyness of life and school took over and I didn’t’ fulfill my goal of blogging once a week.  Time is slowing down a bit, however, and, therefore, I will begin a new my goal of sharing one of Microsoft’s free resources once a week.  So, let’s begin again…

Windows Live MovieMaker is a Microsoft’s free movie editing software.  Almost everyone I know has heard of MovieMaker so featuring it in the Best Kept Secret series may seem silly, but I have good reason. … Visit the author's original post

Office Mobile available for iPhone and Android Phones

Over on the Office blog there have been a couple of announcements. If you’ve got an Office 365 subscription (A3 or A4, or the Office ProPlus subscription and others) then you can now get Office Mobile for Android Phones and the iPhone!

Office Mobile is the official companion to Microsoft Office. Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents look great on your phone, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt Graphics, and shapes. When you make edits or add comments to a document, the formatting and layout remain intact.… Visit the author's original post

Make Your Collages Interactive by ThingLink

Retrieved July 23, 2013 from here
is a free and user-friendly digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into an interactive graphic. It enables you to create multiple “hot spots” on specific parts of an image and turn that image into a multimedia launcher. You can include video, record audio or provide a link to any website with the click of a button. You can easily embed an interactive ThingLink graphic into any blog or website.
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The Service Upgrade

Over the course of the year until the end of September 2013, we are going to be rolling out the new Office 365 Education service to existing customers who are on the “pre-upgrade Office 365”. 

The service upgrade for Office 365 will deliver exciting new features, including:

The new Office

  • If you have purchased a subscription to Office, you will get the clean, new look; expanded support for smartphones and tablets, all delivered with the new, fast, Click-to-run deployment technology.
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SkyDrive Pro apps for Windows 8 and iOS

Sneaking in at the tail end of last week Senior Product Manager for SharePoint, Mark Kashman (@mkashman) announced over on the Office 365 technology blog that SkyDrive Pro apps are now available for Windows 8 and Apple iOS for SharePoint Online users in Office 365.

Both apps are available in their respective Windows Store and Apple App Stores NOW!

Learn more about SkyDrive Pro app for Windows 8 and SkyDrive Pro app for iOS on Office.com.

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For weeks I’ve been writing and re-writing the same blog post about ICT at school. Because how you can I formulate a call to use more ICT, while you making clear that it is actually NOT  about the technology. How can a nuance that the we must be cautious about the commercialisation of education, without putting brakes on ICT investment

ICT in onderwijs

Tablets don’t make you any smarter

If I have to believe the media,  “tablet or laptop schools” have removed all books and paper and only work with their 1:1 devices.… Visit the author's original post


If you follow #edchat on twitter, you more than likely know about the Bammy Awards.  For those who do not know, the Bammy Awards, organized by BAM Radio Network, are an effort to celebrate all that is good in American education.  I am honored to be nominated for a Bammy Award for Secondary Teacher of Year.  A few weeks ago, because of my Bammy nomination, two students from the Indianapolis area asked to interview me.  It was a privilege speaking with them about my education, how technology impacts learning, and why I am so passionate about the work I do with my students and my school. … Visit the author's original post

A quick and easy way to link Moodle to SharePoint with Collabco MyDay

Originally posted on the Microsoft Education in the Cloud blog.

Collabco is a specialist Microsoft Partner focused on SharePoint, Dynamics CRM, Lync, UAG, Mobility and deliver the following services: Technology Consultancy, IT Strategy Consultancy, Development, Project implementation, Support and Training.  They are also the focus of our next post in our partner blog series.  Over to Brendan Nel and Oli Newsham from Collabco for some more info and a cool demo.

With over 60 million users, Moodle is a well-known VLE used in schools, FE and HE establishments all over the world.  Whilst offering the ability to customise to meet individual requirements there has been no easy way to present student information in an Office 365 environment until now.… Visit the author's original post

Using Lync 2013 to deliver on-line revision sessions

Guest blog post from Steve Gillott.


Over the Christmas holiday, I used Lync 2013 to deliver some revision sessions to my AS Level Chemistry students. They have their first exam next Thursday, and I felt it was important to keep up the momentum for their revision by keeping some teacher contact. This was the first time I’d used our recently installed Lync 2013 server to deliver an on-line revision session, but it wasn’t the first time I’d run an on-line revision session for our students.… Visit the author's original post

The 1st UK Koduthon – Kids lead the learning!

imageApril 12th 2013 was the day students took over Building 3 at Microsoft UK and showed that whenimage they are in charge of their own learning children excel and inspire. This is what happened at our first ever Koduthon, where students from schools from around the country showed us they amazing Kodu skills. Despite their ages ranging from 9-15, all had something to offer and learnt from each other. This illustrated how accommodating Kodu is as an application for a range of ages.… Visit the author's original post

Become a Microsoft Technology Associate with IT Academy & Partners in Learning

Are you looking forward to the impending arrival of the Computing curriculum with some trepidation? Are you thinking about how you can develop not just about the skills of your students, but your own skills? Are you interested in developing an industry standard qualification in your school? Then we may have a possible solution to these and many other questions.

IT Academy provides industry-leading technology skills curricula and certification to help bridge the skills gap. With Microsoft IT Academy, institutions get digital curriculum and certifications on fundamental technology skills.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft’s Surface RT in action at West Suffolk College

Staff at a large Further Education College discover the advantages of Microsoft Surface for administration and management.


Angela Bingham, Admissions and Customer Service Manager is responsible for ensuring that the process from application to enrolment runs smoothly for the 2,500 full-time students at West Suffolk College. Angela regularly attends numerous College meetings - and that’s before you take into account the many one-to-one conversations that are part and parcel of the job. Each of these encounters involves both providing and receiving information, and each of them, too, generates actions which she will carry out herself or pass to someone else.… Visit the author's original post

Windows Azure – Interesting Data Points (Infographic)

To celebrate the launch of Windows Azure IaaS, Virtual Networking and Active Directory, Dotnet Solutions have released an awesome infographic with some great Azure related data points.

Some of these are shown below and the full infographic is available via Dotnet Solutions website. The points about the Olympics (available via the full Infographic) are definitely worth checking out, in particular. 





Let us know if you have any questions regarding Windows Azure in the comments below.

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Fast forward learning with TimeLapse on Windows 8

Charlotte Coade from Simon De Senlis Primary school, Northampton, is the third Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator (MIEE) this week to share her teaching and learning story with us on the schools blog. Charlotte works very closely with the Digital Leaders  Team at her school and together they have recently set up a blog to explore Apps in education. Take a look at their first discovery, TimeLapse:

Charlotte Coade TimeLapse for Windows 8 is a fantastic resource to capture those extraordinary moments that you would otherwise miss!
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1:1 Computing in education: The debate continues…

Guest post from Gerald Haigh. Gerald writes regularly for Microsoft series of education blogs.

The debate around ‘one-to-one’ devices generates many misunderstandings. Any suggestion of caution, for example, is quickly interpreted by the more gung-ho enthusiasts as standing in the way of progress. A prime example of this unfolded late last year on Lisa Neilsen’s ‘Innovative Educator’ blog.

Lisa Neilsen is Director of Digital Literacy and Citizenship at New York City Department of Education and, for my money, is someone to be reckoned with.Visit the author's original post

Bring the National Zoo to your classroom with Windows 8

We are pleased to introduce our next Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator (MIEE) Charlotte Beckhurst from Hartsbrook E-ACT Free School in Tottenham. Hartsbrook E-ACT were the first primary school in the UK to be using Windows 8 in the classroom. Charlotte has put together a series of blog posts that demonstrate how she has used Win8Apps to help create 21st century learning experiences. In this first post from Charlotte; see how her students have been helping the zoo keeper keep an eye on the animals at the National Zoo:

The children in my class live in one of the most deprived areas in the country and the majority have been in the U.K for less than six months.
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Tablets in education: Which one should you choose?

Since the launch of Windows 8, a wide range of tablet and hybrid devices are now available, but which one is right for you? Whether you are a student, educator or a member of the senior management team, there is now a touch enabled device to suit almost every need.

For example, Seton Hall University decided to provide new students with Windows 8 tablets with Intel Core processors and notebooks using Windows 8 Enterprise. These students need devices that have great mobility, while still running a variety of desktop apps and workloads that vary greatly across the student body.… Visit the author's original post


As promised, I am going to share a Microsoft free tool called AutoCollage as my second installment in my Best Kept Secret in Education series.  AutoCollage is just what it sounds like; it is a program that creates a collage for you  in a matter of minutes.

San Diego Pictures_AutoCollage_31_ImagesWhile creating a collage may not sound ground-breaking for education, because AutoCollage creates the collage so easily and quickly, teachers and students are able to use a simple technology to create a product that can be utilized in various ways. … Visit the author's original post

The Best Kept Secret in Education – Microsoft

I have been contemplating this post, and the following series, for a while now.  In fact, every time I leave a conference or an Innovative Educators Workshop, I remind myself of this series idea.  Well, today I will finally begin, and my goal is to share something new every week.

I know someone is immediately questioning the title, “Hey, Kelli, what’s the secret?  Microsoft isn’t a secret.”  While we all know the company, I find time and time again that many educators are unaware of the amazing resources that Microsoft provides to educators. … Visit the author's original post

Microsoft! Are you ready for MOOCing?

Retrieved on Jan 29, 2013 from here
I never forget Microsoft Partners in Learning experience 2011. It was a hard way from a marginalized village in Upper Egypt called "Sohag" to the Global Forum held in Washington DC. 2011. Microsoft provides educators with a variety of free tools that can address their students' learning preferences, in addition to great opportunities for training and growing in the field of teaching using technology. The Egyptian Team of Microsoft Partners in Learning exerts huge efforts to encourage teachers to know more about this digital culture face-to-face or online.
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Your students are teaching without you

Anthony Salcito, “Vice president education” of  Microsoft says: “Your children are learning without you” during his keynotes.  I even go further: they are teaching without you. Just search on YouTube and you’ll be amazed how many meaningfull content is shared by kids today.When I was approached to talk about what moves me in education, that was exactly what I wanted to talk about. Learning doesn’t always happen in a linear way nor does it only happen between eight and four in school.… Visit the author's original post

Future of KlasCement ensured within department of education.


Ministerie van Onderwijs

It felt like it was the first day of school when I traveled to Brussels to for the  first time on monday. My first day of work in the impressive buildings of the Ministry of the Flemish Community instead of our small office in Ghent. After long negotiations it’s finaly official: KlasCement is now part of the Agency of Education Commounication. Now the project I have worked for, since over thre years in one of the official projects next to Klasse (a magazine for teachers published by the government), Maks and Yeti (magazines for all Flemish speaking children at schools), and more.… Visit the author's original post

Designing my first app

A while ago I got an invitation to attend a “Virtual Academy” about App-development. We would use the Touch Develop platform by Microsoft to get an idea of what development is and to invent an app ourselves. Curious as I am I took on the challenge. The fact that the best app-proposals will be developed with the help of Microsoft developers helped to convince me as well.

Screenshot Touch Develop

Met Touch Develop leer je programmeren in de browser op PC, Mac, iPads, Android en Windows Phone

Programming with Touch Develop

The programming course consisted of three online lessons of the Belgian Peli The Halleux that thaught a group of European teachers from the Microsoft HQ in Seattle.… Visit the author's original post

Have a great 2013

The start of the new year is an ideal time to look back at what has been and what will come. That the tablet hype may go stop (though I expect not), that technology may be considered normal and that social and bottom up also find it’s way into education. And may I also express my wishes for 2013?

Tablets, passing the hype

No, I’m not going to rant again about  about what I think of tablets in the classroom. Since an article in Klasse (an educational magazine run by the government that is spread to all teachers in Flanders) where advised, I’ve been asked this question a thousand times:

Should I buy iPads, Android tablets or wait on the Windows tablet?

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What I learned from TED talks for teachmeets and edcamps

Bram op de teachmeet

Origineel door Global Forum Event Photos

The ten commandments for a TED-talk tell speakers what makes a good TED talk. Use Humor, tell a story instead of a dry presentation, don’t sell from the stage. Nothing surprising at first sight. But maybe there is something to be learned for creating a teachmeet or edcamp session?

  1. Thou Shalt Not Simply Trot Out thy Usual Shtick
  2. Thou Shalt Dream a Great Dream, or Show Forth a Wondrous New Thing, Or Share Something Thou Hast Never Shared Before
  3. Thou Shalt Reveal thy Curiosity and Thy Passion
  4. Thou Shalt Tell a Story
  5. Thou Shalt Freely Comment on the Utterances of Other Speakers for the Skae of Blessed Connection and Exquisite Controversy
  6. Thou Shalt Not Flaunt thine Ego.
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Abandoning the Plan and Getting Out of the Way of Learning

“Mommy, can I help?”  I took a deep breath when I heard those words.  I just wanted to be finished, and I hadn’t even started….  I was painting my daughter’s room.  I had promised to do it a long time ago; my mom had promised my daughter that she would visit over Mardi Gras break and help me.  Then, in January, my mom died.  I couldn’t avoid it.  I didn’t want my daughter to feel sad because grandmommy wasn’t here.  I didn’t want to feel sad because she wasn’t here. … Visit the author's original post

Reflections from Partners in Learning Global Forum–Part 2

The first official day of the forum began with a delightful breakfast.  ( I should just say it now – we were treated like kings and queens; every meal and snack was divine!). We then gathered together for a warm welcome and an introduction to our learning excursion task and teams.  The learning excursions were lessons created by teams of educators that are focused on the topic of water and incorporate the 21st century skills of knowledge building/critical thinking, collaboration, and the use of ICT in learning.… Visit the author's original post