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Throwback Thursday: If only I had OneNote when I was in college

Today’s post was written by Jenny Hansen, a OneNote user and participant in the Microsoft Office Insider program. 

Students have returned to school in my Southern California neighborhood, which means my local Starbucks is filling up with the gadgetry of today’s college crowd. Laptops, tablets, smartphones, Livescribe smartpens…frankly, I’m jealous. The technology today is remarkable.

We didn’t have all this wizardry when I was in college. Studying would have been so much easier if I’d had the technology I take for granted today during my college years.… Visit the author's original post

Introducing Microsoft Ignite

This morning on The Official Microsoft Blog, we revealed more details about our enterprise technology conference in May—Microsoft Ignite. If you attended the SharePoint Conference, Exchange Conference, Lync Conference or Project Conference, this is the conference for you. And, if you’re interested in or already using Office 365, this is the conference for you. Register now to reserve your spot and we will see you in Chicago on May 4, 2015.

Join the YamJam:

We are committed to making Microsoft Ignite an incredible and valuable event for all of us who are passionate about Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Project and Visio.… Visit the author's original post

September EduCast Recap: 1-to-1 Learning from Concept to Classroom

 How can educators set their students up for successful learning in and outside of the classroom? In the September EduCast, two leaders in the field of 1-to-1 learning shared their insights with the Microsoft Educator Network.

The Benefits of 1-to-1 Learning
Pamela Livingston, K12 educator and author

First, Pamela Livingston, K12 educator and author of 1-to-1 Learning: Laptop Programs That Work, spoke about the five elements that power successful 1-to-1 learning: openness, ownership, personalization, access, and flow.… Visit the author's original post

What it means to be a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert

The Program


The Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert program celebrates educators who are paving the way for their peers by demonstrating the effective use of technology for better learning and student outcomes. Expert Educators work closely with Microsoft to lead innovation in education. They advocate, share their experiences with peers and policy makers on effective use of technology in education. Expert Educators provide insight for Microsoft on new products and tools in education, and share valuable experiences, lessons and best practices while working together as a community to promote ideas to innovate in teaching and learning. 



Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Program Launch, Sydney

My Intentions


As an educator in the 21st Century I have an obligation to teach young people how to learn and adapt to the changes in technology as they are preparing to enter the world.Visit the author's original post

Garage Series for Office 365: PowerShell basics and the space race

On this week’s show Jeremy Chapman is joined by scripting guy, Greg Stemp, to introduce PowerShell for managing Office 365. Jeremy and Greg explain when PowerShell makes sense compared to the user interface and describe the basics of how PowerShell works. Then Jeremy puts PowerShell to the test at NASA in Houston by attempting to add 150 users into Office 365 within the 8 minutes it took the space shuttle to reach orbit.

Today we kick off a two-part series to introduce PowerShell for Office 365 management.… Visit the author's original post

How OneNote helps students with assignment, notes and getting organised

Yesterday I shared a video (How OneNote makes a classroom difference) from Carey Academy in North Carolina, who shared how they were using OneNote to support new ways of teaching and learning. Today, I’m going to share the next part of the story, which is their students’ perspective on how they use OneNote to support their learning through things like note-taking and helping organise assignments.

The thing I noticed in this is the way that the students talk about how it helps them to take control of their own learning – like the student who talks about handing in their homework assignments:

  imageYou can just do your homework.
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Blog Post: New Technical Courses Live on ITA

We have added more than 20 new technical courses to the IT Academy curriculum, with more on the way! 

Five video-on-demand courses on IT Infrastructure topics--aligned to MCSA exams for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server--are now live on ITA, including:

  • Preparing for the Configuring Windows 8.1 Exam (73-687)
  • Preparing for the Supporting Windows 8.1 Exam (73-688)
  • MCSA Prep: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 (73-410)
  • MCSA Prep: Administering Windows Server 2012 (73-411)
  • MCSA Prep: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (73-412)

 The courses provide modular materials that are tightly aligned to the corresponding Microsoft certification exams, addressing exam-related concepts through presentation and demonstration.… Visit the author's original post

Blog Post: Want to Earn Your MCSA: Windows Server 2012 or SQL Server 2012? You Now Have More Options!

Did you hear the news that you now have more options for earning your MCSA: Windows Server 2012 and your MCSA: SQL Server 2012? In both cases, two predefined exams are required, but you now have choice to take one of four exams to meet the third requirement for earning either of these certifications, moving us one step closer to truly flexible certifications (could a "build your own certification" idea be far behind? Hmmmm... let me noodle on the psychometric implications of that--I love a good challenge!).… Visit the author's original post

New Technical Courses Live on ITA

We have added more than 20 new technical courses to the IT Academy curriculum, with more on the way! 

Five video-on-demand courses on IT Infrastructure topics--aligned to MCSA exams for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server--are now live on ITA, including:

  • Preparing for the Configuring Windows 8.1 Exam (73-687)
  • Preparing for the Supporting Windows 8.1 Exam (73-688)
  • MCSA Prep: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 (73-410)
  • MCSA Prep: Administering Windows Server 2012 (73-411)
  • MCSA Prep: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services (73-412)

 The courses provide modular materials that are tightly aligned to the corresponding Microsoft certification exams, addressing exam-related concepts through presentation and demonstration.… Visit the author's original post

How OneNote makes a classroom difference

I spent some of this weekend with the Microsoft Expert Educators from Australia and New Zealand, as they gathered together to discuss the future of teaching and learning (to see some of the things they talked about, take a look at their #mseduweekend conversation on Twitter). One of the tools they kept coming back to was OneNote – as a note taking tool, as a learning tool and as a presentation tool.

There’s a bunch of developments happening with OneNote at the moment, and before I write about those, I thought it would be helpful to share a couple of videos on OneNote, and how schools are using it.… Visit the author's original post

Blog Post: This Week at ITA | Tune in to October’s EduCast live, plus new member benefits

Latest from IT Academy

Don't miss tomorrow's October EduCast Webinar

Teach with Tech: How you can transform your classroom with technology | Tuesday, October 14 2014, 4-5pm PST

Hear from educators who are successfully using technology to prepare students with workforce-ready skills for college and careers.  Katherine Schmit, ITA program educator at Kalama High School in Washington State,  Katherine will share how technology has helped her students compete at the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championships; and award-winning science teacher, author, and researcher Steve Martin will discuss how teaching and innovation can come together to advance students’ skill sets in the most effective and engaging way.… Visit the author's original post

Introducing New Technologies in Schools

Introducing new technologies in schools is a considerably difficult decision to implement. They are numerous factors to consider when introducing new devices and new software and web 2.0 tools. Depending on the learning abilities of the school's students, the curriculum delivered, network capabilities and much, much more, schools are required to differentiate their digital learning platforms based on various requirements that differs from one another greatly. It is for this reason that explains why expert teachers from across the nation are forced to deliver varying and unique pedagogical strategies to deliver identical content achieving identical learning outcomes.… Visit the author's original post

This Week at ITA | Tune in to October’s EduCast live, plus new member benefits

Latest from IT Academy

Don't miss tomorrow's October EduCast Webinar

Teach with Tech: How you can transform your classroom with technology | Tuesday, October 14 2014, 4-5pm PST

Hear from educators who are successfully using technology to prepare students with workforce-ready skills for college and careers.  Katherine Schmit, ITA program educator at Kalama High School in Washington State,  Katherine will share how technology has helped her students compete at the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championships; and award-winning science teacher, author, and researcher Steve Martin will discuss how teaching and innovation can come together to advance students’ skill sets in the most effective and engaging way.… Visit the author's original post

Teaching with badges and stickers (The digital way)

Image by Jeff Harmon, used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license (Flickr image link)

We all remember our first visit to the dentist, some more traumatic than others. However, you may also remember how one little sticker made everything seem much better! You may also remember your first swimming badge or asking your Mum to sew on your first badge from Scouts or Guides!

Well it’s good to see that, despite living in a high-tech world, badges and stickers can still be used to incentivise both students and adults alike!
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Adobe and Microsoft partnership will benefit The Creative Arts in Schools



Adobe and Microsoft are two of the biggest names in the Creative Arts industry. Adobe's recently announced updates tailored for the Microsoft Surface Pro's have the Creative Arts industry buzzing. Adobe and Microsoft have paired an intuitive touch screen interface with powerhouse hardware to deliver an experience to the Creative Arts industry that is unprecedented. Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 is an unmatched entry to the market now flooded with touch capable devices. Adobe has achieved some incredible things through clever development in the back end of its software suite to pair with Microsoft's engineering brilliance. 



Australian educators and students can expect to benefit from this partnership in the long run.
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Part 2: Is The Pen Mightier Than The Swipe?

There is a hum of a counter argument brewing which positions the pen at the pointy end of learning encounters! And it’s not just from the old edu-romantics!…its coming from academic researchers.

Virginia Berninger, professor of educational psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle, says it’s important to help children acquire the skill of writing by hand almost as they would a second language.

“I think it is wise to continue teaching handwriting,” Berninger says. “We need to continue to help kids be ‘bilingual’ by hand.”

Berninger and her colleagues conducted a study that looked at the ability of students to complete various writing tasks — both on a computer and by hand.… Visit the author's original post

1st Grade Skype Call with Busch Gardens Veterinarians

Our first graders have been reading about veterinarians and wanted to know more about what they do.  Some of the vets at Busch Gardens in Tampa were kind enough to spend some of their time telling us about their jobs and answering our questions.  They also invited us to watch “Wildlife Docs”, which is a show for kids on ABC on Saturday mornings which shows some of the Busch Gardens animal doctors in action.

   

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Blog Post: MCP Voice: “Microsoft Certification helped me to step into the next level”

 When I was growing up, my mom often told me, “Anything worth doing won’t come easy.”

Of course, as a kid, I didn’t exactly appreciate this lesson from her, but now that I’m an adult (at least according to my ID), I understand what she was talking about. To me, the statement is absolutely true. Things that you can truly be proud of aren’t easy: they take time, dedication, and sometimes a little perspiration.

For that reason, while I was recently looking through our MCP Success Stories, this short submission really stood out.… Visit the author's original post

Australia & New Zealand Expert Educators gather in Sydney this weekend

 What happens when you bring some of Australia’s most innovative educators together?  Well, the Microsoft education team in Australia & New Zealand is looking forward to finding out when the Innovative Educators Expert Program Australia/New Zealand kicks off with a two day forum this weekend.

The Innovative Educator Expert Program is a global Microsoft initiative which recognises pioneer educators who are using technology to transform education.   

The Australia and New Zealand program features 37 educators who are coming together to share ideas and the details of how they are using Microsoft technologies to engage students and their peers in innovative ways to positively impact learning.… Visit the author's original post

Automatically adding sources in OneNote

OneNote is a free Microsoft program that helps to keep track of your notes. One of the many interesting features is the automatic addition of a source when you copy past a piece of text from a website. Unfortunately this only works in OneNote. I would love this feature in Word!! Another limitation is that it doesn’t work for images witch is very strange to me.

It would be great that Microsoft would focus on enhancing this feature, by supporting it in Word and for images as well.… Visit the author's original post

2nd Grade Mystery Skype with Texas

The 2nd grade students in Mrs. Gates and Mrs. Seifert’s classes recently participated in a mystery Skype with a class in El Paso, Texas.  Before the call, neither class knew the location of the other.  Schools took turns asking Yes/No questions and crossing off states on maps in order to figure out their partner’s location.  Soon, both classes were able to guess correctly.  You can see pictures and a video of our students guessing the location correctly below.

After the game, students took turns asking questions of their new friends to learn about a different area of the country.… Visit the author's original post

Research says the pen is mightier than the keyboard – and other useful education research nuggets

Like to talk about pedagogy and 'research driven education', but don’t want to read all those long academic research papers?

Well, here's some really important academic research, but in TL;DR format:

First, the reason that my colleagues and I often talk about pen input on Windows tablets:

 

Students who used laptops to take notes learned less than students who used paper due to a more mindless and word-for-word style of note-taking.

Note that this isn’t about laptops versus paper – it’s about the fact that students taking notes with a keyboard learn less than those who use a pen (like I do with OneNote and the stylus on my Surface Pro 3)
 

Source: Psychological Science Journal

Secondly, evidence that simply encouraging 1:1 or BYOD computers can actually lower student achievement:

  Students who multitasked on a laptop during a lecture scored lower on a test compared to those who did not multitask, and students who were in direct view of a multitasking peer scored lower on a test compared to those who were not.
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How do other education institutions solve their storage problems? Webinar

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Education customers have vast quantities of data to be stored – and demand for more storage from users is growing all the time. There are three basic choices:

  • Keep adding storage in-house in your own datacentre (even if you’re a smaller school with a little stack of servers, it’ll quickly grow to become a datacentre!)
  • Push all of your data into the cloud (and when each student gets 1TB of data storage on our Office 365 service, that’s an easy decision for some sets of data)
  • Build a hybrid model, with some data in your own datacentre, and some in the cloud

Although the hybrid model is the most popular (and let’s face it, that’s what most of your users are doing today anyway, whether or not you’ve sanctioned it) it also creates a new set of management problems as you constantly balance your data between the cloud and in-house services.… Visit the author's original post

Improved spell check for PowerPoint Online

With the new school year underway, the PowerPoint Online team has been working hard to create features to help you ace all of your presentations. We know there is nothing worse than finding a misspelling on your slide when you are the middle of a presentation—especially when the presentation is 20 percent of your final grade. To help you avoid this situation and deliver great, error-free, presentations we added spell check to the PowerPoint Online editor. We previously utilized the browser spell check for PowerPoint Online, but we switched to the high quality Office spell checker.… Visit the author's original post

Is the Pen mightier than the Swipe? Mark Sparvell

Is the writing on the wall for the teaching of handwriting or is there something behind the silky, inky lines that may make ‘mark-making’ fundamental and not just ornamental?

In our daily lives almost all of our business and personal communication seems to have been outsourced to devices. We type or tap emails, tweets, status updates, generate speech-to-text, tell Siri what we need, Skype chat or even, shock horror, use a phone.! Our students similarly engage with their world through touch, gesture and voice.… Visit the author's original post