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2013 Imagine Cup Champs: Where Are They Now?

With the 2014 Imagine Cup World Finals right around the corner, the top 35 World Finalist teams from around the globe are eagerly preparing their projects and getting them ready for our judges in the final round of the competition this July. Looking ahead, students may be asking themselves, what comes after Imagine Cup? Although the answer to this question may vary from team to team, one thing is for certain -- the possibilities are endless!

For Team Zeppelin Studio, the winners of last year’s Games Competition, life after Imagine Cup has indeed been full of endless opportunities as they continue to pursue their dreams.  The team took home first place with their project Schein, a challenging puzzle platformer, and have since evolved the game from an academic project to a newly founded company with a fresh vision of the future.… Visit the author's original post

Maths Eyes

As the summer holidays approach and the pupils in my class head off to different parts of the world and the country on their holidays the last thing they think about is maths! So over the last week we have being training up our Maths Eyes. So when they do leave I hope they will be still learning about maths! Grasping at straws I know, but I have to be optimistic. For those of you that haven’t come across Maths Eyes here is a bit of back ground: “Having Maths Eyes changes the view of mathematics as being something everyone just does in school.Visit the author's original post

For collaborating on projects, Office Online is the best

College student Benjamin Park shares his experience with Office Online.

Benjamin ParkI’m entering my senior year at the University of Michigan, majoring in Sociology with a minor in Complex Systems. This year, my courses required a lot of team projects, but it was my decision to get involved with the Up to Us campaign that really drove home the need to find the tools I could use to communicate and collaborate efficiently with my teammates. Up to Us is a competition among 25 universities to raise awareness on campuses about the long-term impact of America’s rising debt on economic opportunity.… Visit the author's original post

Padlet

ED_padlet1Padlet (www.padlet.com) is without doubt one of my favourite Web 2.0 applications and one that I make a lot of use of. Simply put, Padlet is an online noticeboard or ‘sticky notes’ facility that lets you post text, weblinks, files and multimedia resources to a dedicated online ‘wall’ (the facility was formerly called ‘Wall Wisher’). Walls can be made ‘on the fly’ without any login (but you do not have editorial control of the wall if you do this) or else you can create a Padlet account (for free) or use your Google or Facebook login to have full control over your walls.… Visit the author's original post

Cloud OS Event @ Royal Holloway University of London Royal Holloway University…

Cloud OS Event @ Royal Holloway University of London

Royal Holloway University of London are hosting an event on the 19th June exclusively for UK University Staff and decision makers showcasing the Microsoft Private/Hybrid Cloud they have built in association with Infront Consulting.

http://tinyurl.com/lwhxtzt


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Cloud OS Event @ Royal Holloway University of London Royal Holloway University…

Cloud OS Event @ Royal Holloway University of London

Royal Holloway University of London are hosting an event on the 19th June exclusively for UK University Staff and decision makers showcasing the Microsoft Private/Hybrid Cloud they have built in association with Infront Consulting.

http://tinyurl.com/lwhxtzt


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Webinar: 5 simple ways to clean up Outlook

In this week’s webinar, we’ll show you 5 simple ways to clean up your Outlook inbox and folders so you can read and write email with less clutter. Plus we’ll show how to get rid of those emails you don’t need without losing the information.

Need a sneak peek? Here is a 30-second trailer perfect for sharing on Social Media sites.

What you will learn at Tuesday’s webinar

  • How to make a big reading and writing space
  • Don’t want the ribbon?
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Living life with OneNote: Let’s get personal College students use OneNote to st…

Living life with OneNote: Let’s get personal

College students use OneNote to stay organized and productive with constantly demanding deadlines–it’s easy to manage an entire college career in a single notebook. But where do personal commitments fit in? California State University and OneNote intern William Devereux shares his personal notebook to show how he uses OneNote to keep track of everything from movies and games to social events and lists of what to pack for his next trip.

http://tinyurl.com/lszm3ly


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Is there an Office 365 End User Adoption Kit?

I have many education customers deploying Office 365 this summer while school is out. I was asked what we have to prepare their end users for training, items to create buzz (posters, flyers, emails), how to prepare help desk, etc.  The good news is we just provided some new adoption kits for your end users:

Quickstart to Office 365 including:

  • Fast Track to Office 365 tips and best practices guide
  • Email samples
  • Policies and best practices templates
  • Presentations for introducing Office 365
  • Posters and other print communications
  • Help desk and support resources
  • End-user surveys
  • Videos

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poster for OneDrive for Business (you can customize to your own campus/district needs)

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help desk guide

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Office 365 buzz videos

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Information gap activities: what does it take to design a successful task?

Information gap activities: what does it take to design a successful task?

What makes an  information-gap task / activity a smashing hit in class? Why do some of these activities fail miserably to engage students and are dismissed as utterly boring ?


This post focuses on what makes such a task successful in terms of motivation, interaction and language output.  You can also find two jigsaw activities involving reading and speaking.

When things go wrong....


I can still remember when doing my teaching practice sessions.
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Musing From edTech Conference

EduTECH on Palnet!

Key resources and videos from EduTECH 2014 have been shared in the Palnet EduTECH Community group on Palnet, a group with 235 members attending or following the conference – Australia’s biggest ICT in education conference.

Check out this page to view infographics of presentations by Sir Ken Robinson, Sugatra Mitra, and Ewan McIntosh, and find out about the top 20 practical apps for classroom teachers: https://www.palnet.edu.au/view/view.php?t=5CcSFzB7HDwiTlvRXe9M 

Another page has a twitter summary by Palnet member Rolfe Kolbe, images and videos including ‘Questions are more important than answers’, ‘An exercise in creativity’, and ‘Crtitique and feedback on Austin’s butterfly’.Visit the author's original post

OneDrive for Business FAQ

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I get asked a lot of questions about OneDrive for Business from customers so I have put together a quick FAQ to help:

How many OneDrives are there? I see one in Windows 8 and then I see one with Office 365 Education. I also see SkyDrive and SkyDrive Pro.  What are the differences?

There are two OneDrive offerings available. One is our consumer OneDrive, formerly known as SkyDrive, which comes with 7GB of free storage and is catered towards personal storage use.  The other offering comes with Office 365 and is called OneDrive for Business, formerly known as SkyDrive Pro, which requires a valid Office 365 login to leverage.… Visit the author's original post

This Week at ITA | New Member Website and Student Successes

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It’s here! Check out the New IT Academy members-only site!

We’re excited to announce the launch and redesign of our new IT Academy member site! Check it out.

A year’s worth of feedback from our members, and several months of design work, went into this ground-up overhaul to better align the site to the IT Academy public site and, foremost, to meet members’ needs.

If you’re an ITA member, you’ll want to check out the simplified navigation and easy access to program benefits.Visit the author's original post

School Facebook Advice

Hi Friends

A colleague asked for advice around using facebook for their school.

Please find a grab bag of resources for Facebook for schools

http://www.facebook.com/help/groups/groups-for-schools

David Harstein was a presenter at one of the webinars I run (recoring available through Palnet Event Archives). Here’s a great article he wrote

http://mashable.com/2011/04/26/facebook-for-schools/

This useful SLIDESHARE

http://www.slideshare.net/franswaa/facebook-for-schools-5-strategies-for-success


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Teaching Computer Science: Day 22 – A Slice of Pi

This week the majority of my class were getting soaked on a Geography field so, with most of my class missing and with the 1st controlled assessment out of the way, I decided to have some fun with the Raspberry Pis and Minecraft Pi edition.


What is Minecraft Pi:

Minecraft: Pi Edition is a version of Minecraft that’s designed to work on the Raspberry Pi. The Pi edition has the added feature that you can program it using either Python or Java.… Visit the author's original post

Synchronize passwords for federated users to reduce downtime in case of an emergency

Office 365 now supports Password Synchronization as a temporary backup for Single Sign-On (federation).

From the TechNet Wiki, "At General Availability, the Password Synchronization feature did not support the synchronization of passwords for users in a Federated namespace. We have recently updated the service code to allow this. This enables the added possibility of running Password Sync while using Single Sign-On and temporarily switching over to use synchronized passwords for login if you experience availability issues with your SSO infrastructure!"

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Switching from Single Sign-On to use Synchronized Passwords for Sign-In is not instantaneous, but it just might be the thing you need to protect against a catastrophic failure or natural disaster.… Visit the author's original post

This Week at ITA | Congrats, Dallas County H.S. MOS Recipients!

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Alabama Microsoft IT Academy Congratulates 30+ MOS-Certified Students

More than 30 students at Dallas County High School in Plantersville, AL, were recently honored as recipients Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification. 

Business teacher Dorothy Moore, who leads the school’s IT Academy, said she’s confident that the material that the students learned through the class will fully prepare them for the challenges the post-high school world will bring, such as job interviews.

Introduced in November 2012, Alabama’s Microsoft IT Academy helps train 5,000 students across the state.… Visit the author's original post

Daily Digital Discoveries 05/24/2014

  • EveryoneOn is a national nonprofit that aims to eliminate the digital divide by making high-speed, low-cost Internet, computers, and free digital literacy accessible to all unconnected Americans. Technology and digital skills are essential to ensure future generations can compete in the global economy and to prepare them for the 21st century workforce. EveryoneOn aims to leverage the democratizing power of the Internet to provide opportunity to all Americans – regardless of age, race, geography, income, or education level.

    tags: everyoneOn internetaccess internetsafety

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Applying personalized learning: Every learner is unique!!!

Applying personalized learning: Every learner is unique!!!

Some practical activities towards personalizing learning

Learning is a complex process that we have been trying to unravel for at least 4.000 years.
There are a lot of uncertainties and many scientific discoveries every now and then  overturn long established beliefs. One of the few certainties though, is that we learn in many different ways and no student is identical. Luckily,  for the school I work at,  Doukas, every student is regarded as a unique personality and technology is used to accommodate personalized learning to the learner's benefit.Visit the author's original post

"The nature of the work we do has also changed, as described in Gazelle’s Enterp…

"The nature of the work we do has also changed, as described in Gazelle’s Enterprise Futures. Careers characterised by long-term, well-defined employment in a single organisation still exist, but their number is shrinking. Instead, jobs regularly change as organisations outsource to suitable locations (onshore and offshore) for optimal outcome. Technology has lowered the barrier for entry and enables entrepreneurs and small organisations (6 to 10 people) to trade locally, nationally and globally"

Learn more about the changing world of in our latest ebook Further Education Reimagined.… Visit the author's original post

"The nature of the work we do has also changed, as described in Gazelle’s Enterp…

"The nature of the work we do has also changed, as described in Gazelle’s Enterprise Futures. Careers characterised by long-term, well-defined employment in a single organisation still exist, but their number is shrinking. Instead, jobs regularly change as organisations outsource to suitable locations (onshore and offshore) for optimal outcome. Technology has lowered the barrier for entry and enables entrepreneurs and small organisations (6 to 10 people) to trade locally, nationally and globally"

Learn more about the changing world of in our latest ebook Further Education Reimagined.… Visit the author's original post

Get the Lowdown on 1:1 Learning: Watch the May Webinar

Our final webinar of 2013-2014 hit the mark in providing rich coverage of a topic that has come to the fore for so many educators. Watch it now to get tips on 1-to-1 learning and the practice of BYOD (bring your own device). 

In this session, Author Pamela Livingston shared information she gleaned while researching for her book, 1-to-1 Learning: Laptop Programs That Work. And she answered common questions including:

  • Are we collectively into the “next phase” of 1-to-1, and should we stop calling it 1-to-1?
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Introducing New Surface Pro 3 Accessories for Productivity

Surface Pro 3 Natural User Interface with Surface Pen

Surface Pro 3 Accessories

Surface Pro 3 has been billed as the tablet to replace your laptop. As you watch the press event, there is very little needed beyond the new Type Cover blade to protect the screen and use the keyboard. As far as mobile devices go, the Surface Pro 3 is very comprehensive and complete. You may never need to buy any Surface Pro 3 Accessories for your new tablet. In the event you do, here’s what the new line-up looks like.… Visit the author's original post

Surface Pro 3 is The Tablet to Replace Your Laptop

Microsoft introduces the thinnest and lightest member of the Surface Pro family.
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I can’t tell you how many backpacks, messenger bags, rucksacks, and carry-on luggage that I have ruined by carrying multiple mobile devices across America.  I really want one device for every context of my personal and professional life. This need reaches comical proportions when I travel by airplane. Now that passengers can keep their mobile devices on for takeoff and landing, I get to take an anthropologist view of human behavior.… Visit the author's original post

Can I toggle on and off Sites, Newsfeed, OneDrive inside of SharePoint Online?

This is a very popular request in education where you may want to hide a subset of SharePoint Online functionality such as newsfeeds or sites for example. The good news is we now just shipped this update to SharePoint Online that provides this capability to toggle on and off SharePoint features in the Portal navigation bar:

Where is this feature?:

1) Visit Office 365 portal

2) Visit ‘SharePoint’ administration

3) Visit ‘Settings’

4) Select features to enable/disable within the navigation bar

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Portal Nav bar before toggle:

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Portal Nav bar after toggle hiding Newsfeed and Sites (note must exit browser fully and restart):

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2013-2014 Webinar Round-Up: The Full Package

What a webinar year it’s been! After covering a full gambit of topics related to technology in education, and featuring a colorful cast of wise and helpful speakers, we’re excited to share the whole package with you. You can find all of the topics featured on Youtube:

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Looking for specific topics? Skim below to find what you need.

Training with Technology: Using technology to engage and motivate students

Devices in the classroom are enabling instructors to bring real-world applications to students.… Visit the author's original post