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Which Century Are You Teaching?

Teachers are accustomed to terminology that is typically shared as acronyms, or if we are fortunate enough and receive the 'entire' word, its typically a buzz word. However, one key buzz word which is finding its place within schools globally is that of 21st Century Learning. 21st Century Learning is typically defined as a combination of:

  1. weighing the magic of technology with its incredible cost and complexity
  2. underscoring the potential for well thought-out instructional design
  3. considering the considerable potential of social media platforms against its apparent divergence from academic learning


Teachthought (2014) takes these elements one step further and models 21st Century Learning as follows:  


 However, it is important to recognise that there are 6 dimensions of 21st Century Learning, each equally as significant as the other.… Visit the author's original post

Doodling: A Teacher’s Secret Weapon for Unlocking Learning

Published first http://www.edudemic.com/doodling-a-teachers-secret-weapon/

A teaser

For educators, there are few things more frustrating than looking out into a classroom during the middle of a lecture and seeing nothing but bent heads. What are your students doing out there? Are they texting beneath the desk, despite repeated threats of phone confiscation? Are they scribbling notes to friends? Are they doodling silly animated books with teeth chasing your lecture notes off the page?

If the answer is the latter, you might not want to despair just yet.… Visit the author's original post

Putting PLAY back in the classroom: Inspiring a passion for learning in students

Like most kids, I was born... I grew up doing what kids did - I played. I challenge educators to rethink about how they can utilise 'play' into the classroom. Instinctively, children will play for hours. They play at school, at home, by themselves, with friends and even with kids they don't know! Educators would benefit by learning how to harvest this natural playfulness and apply it in the classroom. 

Through play, children learn about relationships, gender, race, fairness, unfairness, friendship and exclusion (Grieshaber and McCardle, 2010).
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New Outlook for Mac version available from Office 365 portal


Where do I grab the new Outlook for Mac?

From your Mac, grab the new Outlook for Mac bits here. (note: PCs will show PC Office versions)


What are some new features?

  • Better performance and reliability as a result of a new threading model and database improvements.
  • A new modern user interface with improved scrolling and agility when switching between Ribbon tabs.
  • Online archive support for searching Exchange (online or on-premises) archived mail.
  • Master Category List support and enhancements delivering access to category lists (name and color) and sync between Mac, Windows and OWA clients.
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Shared Computer Activation with Office 365 ProPlus benefit for students/faculty/staff

This is a popular topic I get with education customers.  I put together a quick scenario guideline for you:

What does Shared Computer Activation (SCA) provide me with Office 365 ProPlus benefit?

SCA allows you to install the Office 365 ProPlus bits on a machine/instance which is leveraged by multiple fac/staff or students.  e.g. student labs, RDS (Citrix/Remote Desktop) instances, classroom carts. See here on how to enable it.

Can Office 365 ProPlus benefit work with lab computers?

Yes, per the product use rights you are allowed to run the OPP bits on school lab computers.… Visit the author's original post

Blog Post: Purchasing an OEM Windows Server? Get a MCP Exam & eBook for FREE

Hot off the presses, we’ve got a great new offer that we’re really excited about sharing with you!  Right now, if you purchase a Windows Server, you’ll receive on-demand content, a Microsoft certification exam and an eBook for FREE! That’s a value of $180. 

What exams can you choose from? With this offer, you’ll receive any one of the following exams for FREE:

  • Exam 410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
  • Exam 411: Administering Windows Server 2012
  • Exam 412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

When you pass the exam, you’ll earn your Microsoft Certified Professional certification (MCP).… Visit the author's original post

Blog Post: THIS WEEK: Join us at SQL PASS Summit 2014 in Seattle!

This week, we’re really excited to be at SQL PASS Summit—the world’s largest gathering of SQL Server and business intelligence (BI) professionals—right here in Seattle, Washington. The actual conference doesn’t start until Wednesday, but we’re already here for all of the pre-conference activities (and we’ll be here through the end of the week).  We’d love for you to stop by and connect with us!

Where to find us at SQL Pass Summit 2014

At the event, you can find us on the second floor of the Washington State Convention Center! 

  • Exam Prep Sessions: Room 212
  • Study Hall: Room 213
  • Microsoft Certification Testing Center: Room 214

Onsite Exam Testing for 50% Off

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Why a Surface Pro 3 is different

For some reason, this advert was out nearly 3 months ago but I never noticed it. Maybe it's because at the time I didn't have a Surface Pro (in the same way that you don't notice how many identical cars there are on the road until you get one that's the same). Or maybe at the moment I'm following a lot of teachers on Twitter that have started to discover what having a device with an advanced digital stylus can mean for learning.… Visit the author's original post

Survival Skills for Digital Natives in the Analog Jungle

Part 1

Students in my class come with their own set of needs.  In this series of blog posts, I will be sharing some of the skills I am teaching them to help themselves in class.  I teach the whole class these skills because although they are targeted to some, they are beneficial to all.

Lost in Translation

Some of my students are newly-arrived from other countries, and they are paying a lot of money to attend our schools as International Education Students.  But, due to government cutbacks there is less support for these students, in class or in the form of pull out classes. 
I have a borrowed Surface Pro 3 tablet for my classroom, a 1st generation Surface RT and my own personal Windows phone.  All have the Bing Translator app.  This app allows someone to speak into the device, or hold the camera over some text, and the app will use the power of the cloud to translate.  There are offline translation packs available.  My most commonly used one now is Chinese (simplified)
When you use the translate app on the tablet, it allows you to easily toggle between translation direction.  I can ask a question, hit the switch arrow, and my Mandarin speaking student can answer back in his own language.  Below is a transcript of our conversation:
Back and Forth Conversation Using Bing Translate
Sometimes I needed to translate part of a sentence, sometimes we used it for the whole sentence in our conversation.  At the bottom is the two way arrows that we use to switch back and forth between languages. 
And on my Windows phone:
Bing Translate on my Phone

Wherever it is supported I use the speaker icon so that my students can hear the words spoken to them from the device.  This is because early in my career I read a book by Jim Trelease (the Read Aloud Handbook) which said that listening comprehension is higher than reading comprehension for children up to age 13.Visit the author's original post

Recap of Microsoft Education leaders briefing

edu_brussels_leftAttending an Microsoft event is always a pleasure for me, but coming back from one is even more delightful. Cause I am always filled with lots of ideas and as I call it “buzz for a change”. Seeing innovative people telling their ideas and exchanging thoughts on education fills me with a lot of energy to get things going at home in my school, in my classes.
So the Microsoft Education leaders briefing in Brussels was a great success for me and my students.
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Poštovanje i rasprava u virtualnom svijetu

Jesu li učitelji zaslužili poštovanje u virtualnom svijetu, je li na internetu trebala biti službena čestitka za Dan učitelja ili ne? Što vi mislite?

5. 10. je bio Dan učitelja, i kako je bila nedjelja na društvenim mrežama našlo se dosta učitelja koji su ga nama i sebi čestitali te primijetili da na službenim profilima Vlade RH na Facebooku i Twitteru nema spomena o Danu učitelja. Nažalost, nije ničega bilo ni na mrežnim stranicama MZOS-a ni AZOO. Tim povodom krenula je i online rasprava – trebaju li se oni uopće sjetiti obilježiti taj dan, jesu li učitelji zaslužili par riječi čestitke ili je svima ionako svejedno za učitelje.… Visit the author's original post

Oznaka eSigurnosti

Razmišljate li o zaštiti osobnih podataka, korištenju računala, mobitela i interneta u školi? Što mislite koju bi ocjenu vaša škola dobila pri provjeri eSigurnosti?

Britanski Ured za standardizaciju obrazovanja i zaštitu djece (Ofsted) regulira i kontrolira rad škola u svrhu postizanja najboljih rezultata u pružanju brige o djeci i mladim ljudima te u obrazovanju i usavršavanju vještina učenika svih dobnih skupina. Između ostalog provjeravaju i ocjenjuju internetsku sigurnost škole, koju ukratko opisuju kao sposobnost škole: da zaštiti i obrazuje učenike i zaposlenike u korištenju tehnologije te da posjeduje prikladne mehanizme za pružanje odgovarajuće intervencije i potpore kada je to potrebno.… Visit the author's original post

Blog Post: Andrew’s Journey to Exam Success: The Inception

It has been a while, so I have no right to hope you didn’t forget me. I could go on and on with all the reasons for this, but, truth be told, I have been extremely busy at work and in my personal life. We all prioritize when we go through these periods, and sometimes the things that bring you the most joy are the ones that suffer the consequences. I know that I’m not the first or the last to have to balance it all.… Visit the author's original post

When was the last time you reviewed your own Wellbeing?

I attended a conference yesterday that I must admit, I was a little apprehensive about attending. It was a wellbeing conference that addressed the balance between ones professional career and personal life. Like many others, I know that my balance is muchy skewed and like others, I honestly thought that there was nothing I could do about that as that was life. But I am wrong. We are all wrong.

As it turns out, we can change the balances of our lives and with a little time to stop and review, it is actually a very simple process.… Visit the author's original post

Adelaide workshop on learning technolgoy


We're running a workshop for teachers and school leaders in Adelaide in late November, and based on feedback from previous events, I can recommend it as a great way to get up to speed with ideas for how the technology already in your classroom can help boost teaching and learning (plus there’ll be new ideas with new technology too!).

Not in Adelaide? There will be others around the country, so I’ll keep my eyes open for the list as it’s published.

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Incorporating 21st Century Learning Skills

21cl infographic

Classrooms are rapidly changing as is the skillset that students require to successfully enter the workforce. 21st Century Learning refers to certain skills or competencies that enable our students to meet the growing, demanding needs of the 21st century workplace. If you’re using Windows 8 I would highly recommend having a look at the 21st Century Learning Design app by Teacher Collections. It was based on rubrics that were developed and tested in one of the largest international studies of 21st Century Skills.Visit the author's original post

Blog Post: Register for the November EduCast Webinar

The next installment in the monthly EduCast webinar series is just around the corner. Register today to join Microsoft, educators and industry experts for an engaging discussion designed to help students meet college and career goals.

Let's Get Creative!: Learning with Bing and Office Mix 

 Tuesday, November 11, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM PST

 Equip students with the 21st century skills they need (collaboration, knowledge construction, use of ICT for learning, real world problem solving) using Microsoft technologies.  

Microsoft Product Marketing Manager Emily Orrson will talk about Bing as contextualizer, connective fabric, and classroom aid for inspiration, giving practical examples of where and how to think about the future of questions.… Visit the author's original post

Blog Post: From the MCT Summit North America 2014: MCT Sidney Andrews shares how he became Microsoft Certified

Have you ever heard of the MCT Summit North America? Recently, I attended my very first one, and let me tell you, I had an absolute blast!

For those unfamiliar with the MCT Summit, it’s an event where Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) can get the latest Microsoft Certification and Training program updates, network with one another and with Microsoft Learning team members, and improve their presentation and technical skills. It’s a really great event, and the organizers do a phenomenal job with it!… Visit the author's original post

Feedback in the classroom: How to make it valuable for your students

It's important that educators around the world know how to give valuable feedback in the classroom. I believe it should be taught explicitly when training teachers so that they can consistently be giving valuable feedback in the classroom.

Studies have shown that giving valuable feedback in class can 

"enhance learning when there is a discrepancy between what is understood and what is aimed to be understood. It can increase effort, motivation, or engagement to reduce this discrepancy, and/or it can increase cue searching and task processes that lead to understanding (thus reducing this discrepancy)." (Hattie & Timperley, 2007)

There are three main questions asked by a teacher and/or student which must be answered to generate valuable feedback: Where am I going?Visit the author's original post

Register for the November EduCast Webinar

The next installment in the monthly EduCast webinar series is just around the corner. Register today to join Microsoft, educators and industry experts for an engaging discussion designed to help students meet college and career goals.

Let's Get Creative!: Learning with Bing and Office Mix 

 Tuesday, November 11, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM PST

 Equip students with the 21st century skills they need (collaboration, knowledge construction, use of ICT for learning, real world problem solving) using Microsoft technologies.  

Microsoft Product Marketing Manager Emily Orrson will talk about Bing as contextualizer, connective fabric, and classroom aid for inspiration, giving practical examples of where and how to think about the future of questions.… Visit the author's original post

Walk this Sway: There’s a new tool in town

Sway is a new tool from Microsoft that is somewhere between a presentation tool and a web design tool. It’s completely webbased and focussed on ease of use. Even without any design skills you can make stunning webpages and presentations. They look great in every browser, from the smallest smartphone to huge desktop screens.

My Instructional Design professor Colpaert once said during his lecture:

Every tool that needs a manual or take more then five minutes to figure out, is a bad tool.

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Learning Technology for Life. Or are we?

We all go through spits and spurts of attending professional learning and in the last few months, it has certainly been a spurt. As I reflect on all of the professional learning that I have attended and what I am attempting to implement in my school in addition to what I am accessing personally, I realise one key common denominator. Never has technology played such an integral role in my life. Initially, I was feeling extremely overwhelmed and feeling that there were simply far too many email accounts to check, so many messaging/social networking sites to review and action, Apps to access and new tools to learn, but in a light bulb moment, I have realised that yes, there are quite a lot of things I now need to do on the computer as part of my normal daily practice, all of the technologies that I am accessing are actually necessary and crucial in order for anyone to be an active traditional and digital citizen.… Visit the author's original post

Blog Post: 21st Century Learning Programs Roll out Across Four U.S. States

In the past few weeks, students and citizens across four U.S. states--spanning the eastern seaboard to the far reaches of Alaska--have been provided access to IT training and productivity tools to help acquire technical skills needed for in-demand business and technology careers.  

West Virginia
West Virginia announced a state-wide deployment of IT Academy for all public four- and two-year higher education institutions in the state, reaching more than 91,000 students. With a statewide program already established in all public K-12 schools, the students across the states have access to curriculum and certification resources to learn essential technology skills for future careers. 
North Dakota
North Dakota announced a state-wide deployment of Office 365 for all K-12 schools in the state.… Visit the author's original post

Blog Post: Special Student Offers: Two Great Reasons to Get Certified in 2014

Educators, great news for your students. Now through December 31, 2014, your students can take advantage of special offers on certification exams. By achieving new skills and a certification by the end of the year, your students can be more confident and motivated to reach their college and career goals; and will earn a credential that can help them stand out in the job market.

Share these two offers with your students today:  

Offer #1: Free MCP Practice Test Offer from Pearson VUE

Get a FREE Microsoft practice test from MeasureUp with any MCP exam purchase.

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OneNote gets even better on Mac and iOS

Today’s post was written by Omeed Chandra, program manager on the OneNote team.

Editor’s note 11/5/2014
After receiving several requests from readers for details on Office 365 requirements for SharePoint and OneDrive for Business access following this update to OneNote for iOS and Mac, we have updated “Open SharePoint Server notebooks on your Mac” below.

Fall is here—at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere—and the days are getting shorter. That means you’ll have to finish your work more quickly if you want to get outside and catch a few rays of sunshine before it gets dark.… Visit the author's original post