Oct 08

Top teacher-requested features added to OneNote Class Notebooks

By: Andrew Robertson

onenote“School has started in most parts of the world, and the OneNote team has some exciting announcements to share! As we mentioned on the Microsoft Education blog earlier this month, OneNote Class Notebooks and OneNote Staff Notebooks are now available for Office 365 customers (teachers and faculty) around the world. We’ve seen OneNote Class Notebooks created in 95 countries, and Staff Notebooks created in 45 countries. More OneNote Class and Staff Notebooks are being created by teachers and staff every day!We are listening to feedback from teachers and staff and improving Class Notebooks based suggestions from educators. Today we are happy to announce the upcoming release of two new capabilities, which are a direct result of talking to teachers and were also announced in our blog post back in May. We will gradually roll out these features to education customers over the coming weeks. We will also release these updates to Staff Notebooks in the near future.

Remove students or co-teacher permissions from a Class Notebook

The top request we’ve heard is to be able to easily remove a student’s permissions from a Class Notebook.” To read further please click here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukschools/archive/2015/10/06/top-teacher-requested-features-added-to-onenote-class-notebooks.aspx

Sep 12

Using OneNote and Windows tablets in a classroom for students with autism

By:Alexis Parker

autism2“I am a special education teacher for kindergarten through 5th-grade students who are highly impacted with autism. While every person with autism has a variety of talents and challenges, many of the students in my classroom face similar challenges—specifically in the areas of behaviour, communication and fine motor skills. Six of my students exhibit behavioural challenges when presented with tasks they don’t want to do. Seven are either non-verbal or have limited verbal skills. A few of my students are beginning to use alternative communication devices. Two of my students are able to reproduce letters of the alphabet, two can copy letters given an example, and three can trace letters.

Behaviour, communication and fine motor deficits make it extremely difficult to evaluate what information a student has gained. In a typical classroom, you can assess a student’s understanding of the lesson by asking the student a question, and the student can verbally respond. Or given a worksheet and pencil, a student with typical fine motor skills can complete the worksheet to show understanding of the material. These approaches do not work with my students.” To read further please click here:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukschools/archive/2015/09/11/using-onenote-and-windows-tablets-in-a-classroom-for-students-with-autism.aspx

Aug 18

Partnering with Microsoft in Education

microsoftBy: Andrew Robertson

“Becoming a Microsoft Education Partner gives you the resources you need to innovate your business, create more satisfied customers and boost sales. Often on this blog we’ll make reference to, and even hear directly from Microsoft Education partners. With their valuable industry expertise, the members of our partner network help academic institutions and the individuals that comprise them, to get the most out of the wide range of products and services that Microsoft offers within education.” To read further please click here:http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukschools/archive/2015/08/17/partnering-with-microsoft-in-education.aspx

Jul 24

Exploring Microsoft OneNote for Teaching and Learning

onenote“Kelly Walsh

“Share, Brainstorm, Collaborate, Organize, for free, with OneNote.

After being introduced to Microsoft OneNote at the UB Tech 2015 conference, I found myself really curious to learn more about it and take it for a test drive. My interest comes from two perspectives – one, as a tool for productivity within my department, and secondly, as a tool for teaching and learning.OneNote is a unique tool that makes it easy to gather lots of information in one place, and is great for collaboration, sharing, projects, group work, and much more. It is free for use in education, and is often included with MS Office (depending on which version you have).Focusing on teaching and learning, I searched the web using phrases like “Microsoft OneNote in the classroom”. I sought content from educators (as opposed to materials directly from Microsoft), to get an independent perspective.Here are some of the better resources I found about using OneNote for instructional purposes. I thought these were informative and hope you will too!If you aren’t aware of OneNote, this is a good way to learn a bit about this highly capable and unique tool. If you’re just getting started learning about OneNote, I think you’ll find some useful information here. ” To read further please click here: http://www.emergingedtech.com/2015/07/microsoft-onenote-for-teaching-and-learning/

Jul 08

Free Tools For Teachers : Small Basic

By:educatornetwork.com

balloons“Help your students start writing their first programs quickly and easily. With only 15 keywords and an inviting development environment, Small Basic is structured to help them succeed. Students who wish to advance their software development skills can also take advantage of Small Basic’s online guides and e-books to help them move ahead.

Small Basic uses three easy concepts to teach beginning programming: Language, Environment and Libraries. The language is an early version of BASIC, but based on the modern.NET Framework platform. The development environment is rich in features, allowing students to become familiar with what professional programmers expect. Finally, the rich set of libraries helps ensure that students can have fun writing interesting programs.” To read further please click here:  http://www.educatornetwork.com/Resources/Tools/Details/88dc49c7-6692-4ed9-8168-36f189941793

Jul 07

7 Free Microsoft Teaching Tools

fotorBy:smashingapps.com

” We have previously presented some useful Microsoft teaching tools, and here we are presenting another compilation of 7 free and useful Microsoft teaching tools for you. Microsoft Partners have created loads more resources for learning for professionals as well as for people related to educational institutes.

Without any further delay, here we are showcasing the complete list of Microsoft Teaching Tools that will be very useful for you. These are the tools that you will need to learn more about how technology plays a role in the advancement of learning in the 21st century. Feel free to share your opinions with us via comment section below. Enjoy!

Fotor

Perfectly combine the windows 8 user experience with cutting-edge tools including Basic Editing Tools, Brilliant Visual Effects, Frames, 1-Tap Enhance, Collage, Text, Tilt Shift and Raw Converter, all bundled together in one powerful package!” To  read further please click here:

http://www.smashingapps.com/2015/07/06/7-free-microsoft-teaching-tools.html

Jul 03

How I Keep My Students Engaged

By: Andrew Robertson

onenote“Time is precious. In my classroom, in my office and in my home.”

Unfortunately for me, like many teachers, getting my hands on extra time is about as likely as getting my hands on gold dust.  I have always found myself clinging onto the routines and devices that I know and understand because I rarely have the time to try new things.  In my job spending a few hours deciphering a new software is simply not possible.  When my friend suggested I try using OneNote I was sceptical purely because I had a million other things to do.  But when she made the solemn promise that I would “gain time” I had to give it a go.

Usually intimidated by technology, I couldn’t believe the ease at which I could set up pages and resources for my students.  Within minutes I had a page for each of my A level students and a variety of to-do lists under a personal notebook.  Suddenly I didn’t find myself confronted with essays as I moved across the school site on break duty and I wasn’t collating them hastily during my lunch time.  Everything was in one place.  One very straightforward place that I could access anywhere.  My workload transformed.  It had once felt like I was a slave to my marking, shaping my life to fit each deadline but since using OneNote I now feel that my marking fits itself around me.  I now carry less and therefore I can work during any commute. If I’m stuck on a train I have my essays on OneNote.  I don’t need to plan to mark- I can just mark.  The tabs on the device enable me to structure my feedback in an engaging way.  Students recognise when I have a comment, a question or an idea I’d like them to consider.”To read further please click here:  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukschools/archive/2015/07/02/how-i-keep-my-students-engaged-from-atlantec-blog.aspx

Jun 27

Microsoft’s supercharged presentation app arrives on iOS

By:Edgar Alvarez

sway“Last year, Microsoft expanded its Office 365 productivity suite with Sway, a service that gave users a simple way to create and publish content on the internet. The only caveat was you could only use it via a web app. As of today, however, those of you with aniPhone or iPad can start using Sway to build, edit and share a bunch of content — including, but not limited to, interactive reports, presentations and personal stories. It’s all free too, so there’s no need to worry about having an Office 365 subscription.”To read further please click here:

http://www.engadget.com/2015/06/25/microsoft-sway-ios/

Jun 23

OneNote for Students – Finishing homework faster with OneNote

By: Andrew Robertson

homework33“Often homework and other projects with require students to do their own research and collate information from a variety of sources in order to complete an assignments to their best of their capabilities. With OneNote you can conduct research in a variety of ways – from any device.

Below you will find the interactive OneNote tutorial all about adding content to your notebook from external resources.With OneNote it’s easy to source content from webpages. If you find a useful passage of text, image, diagram, video or quote, you can simply copy and paste it into your notebook, and OneNote will provide a link to the original page.This is incredibly useful for when you need to cite your references and sources.A great way of getting images and diagrams into your notebook is to use the Send to OneNote tool, which allows you to take screen clippings and paste them directly the page or section of your choosing.” To read further please click here:

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukschools/archive/2015/06/22/onenote-for-students-finishing-homework-faster-with-onenote-interactive-tutorial.aspx

Jun 19

6 Ways Microsoft technology helps foster creativity and critical thinking skills

microsoftBy:Andrew Robertson

“More and more classrooms are doing away with traditional teaching strategies and are emphasizing nurturing students’ self-expression and creativity. Here are six ways technology can be used in the classroom to foster creativity and critical thinking skills.

1. Instead of traditional tests, conduct assessments by having students create content in Office Mix to demonstrate understanding

This challenges students to put their personal spin on the material by using critical thinking skills to add their ideas and opinions to the topic, while using creativity to communicate their learning in an effective and engaging way. See this Office Mix made by educator Lidija Kralj from Croatia that demonstrates how she uses this “270 Degree Method” in her math lessons.

2. Use OneNote for learning activities that allow students to respond in different modalities and be creative about how they communicate ideas

Like in this learning activity for Squirrel Appreciation Day, use OneNote to organize questions that encourage students to think critically about the material, and to give your students multiple ways to respond while challenging them to be creative in how they do it. Whether inking, listening to audio, or working with a partner to create a video, all these functions can be embedded and submitted within theOneNote Class Notebook where the activity sits.” To read further please click here:  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukfe/archive/2015/06/16/6-ways-microsoft-technology-helps-foster-creativity-and-critical-thinking-skills.aspx

Jun 17

6 Ways Microsoft technology helps foster creativity and critical thinking skills

By:Microsoft in Education Team

micros“More and more classrooms are doing away with traditional teaching strategies and are emphasizing nurturing students’ self-expression and creativity. Here are six ways technology can be used in the classroom to foster creativity and critical thinking skills.
1. Instead of traditional tests, conduct assessments by having students create content in Office Mix to demonstrate understanding
This challenges students to put their personal spin on the material by using critical thinking skills to add their ideas and opinions to the topic, while using creativity to communicate their learning in an effective and engaging way. See thisOffice Mix made by educator Lidija Kralj from Croatia that demonstrates how she uses this “270 Degree Method” in her math lessons.
2. Use OneNote for learning activities that allow students to respond in different modalities and be creative about how they communicate ideas
Like in this learning activity for Squirrel Appreciation Day, use OneNote to organize questions that encourage students to think critically about the material, and to give your students multiple ways to respond while challenging them to becreative in how they do it. Whether inking, listening to audio, or working with a partner to create a video, all these functions can be embedded and submitted within the OneNote Class Notebook where the activity sits.” To read further please click here:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_in_education/archive/2015/06/15/6-ways-microsoft-technology-helps-foster-creativity-and-critical-thinking-skills.aspx

 

May 16

How to Use OneNote at School: 10 Tips for Students & Teachers

By: Saikat Basu

microsoft“It makes it easier to think during class—and I’m doing less busy work.
Stephanie is just one of the 950 students at Sammamish High School in Seattle who have taken wholeheartedly to Microsoft OneNote along with their teachers.

Across the country in Ohio, teachers gave their students “blizzard bags” when schools got closed for bad weather. These teaching “bags” use OneNote Class Notebook to share interactive lessons. The “school closed” notice is no longer an excuse for celebration.

Lugging around a satchel full of books pales a bit in comparison, doesn’t it?

The notetaking member in Microsoft’s suite is a cross-platform productivity application. There are many unique ways to use OneNote, and using it to change the way you teach or study could be the best one. Come aboard. OneNote has loads of tips for the teacher and the student. And before you forget — OneNote is free!” To read further please click here:http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/use-onenote-school-10-tips-students-teachers/?linkId=13972730

Apr 22

Detroit Public Schools Moving to Microsoft to Prep Kids for the Future

By:Microsoft Education Team

microsoft“For over a decade, administrators and teachers at Detroit Public Schools (DPS) have tried a slew of hardware and software solutions to aid in educating the district’s students, and one way or another most of the technology fell short. They recently set out to create a new approach to integrating technology into the classroom that would better prepare students with skills for success in the future while meeting the daily educational requirements of the district. After careful research they selected a Microsoft-centric approach for unifying classroom devices, software, and even IT infrastructure.A first step in the new program was adding to the district’s existing technology with the DPS IT Division’s purchase of  2,500 Windows-based Dell Venue 11 tablets, which will be distributed as a pilot program to a select number of schools serving grades K through 8. The touchscreen wireless devices run on Windows 8.1 and are configured with an Intel i5 processor, 4 gigabytes of RAM and 128 gigabyte solid-state drives.

Mark Bartoski, the district’s Executive Director of Technology, says it’s the first big step in providing powerful touchscreen wireless devices that do not have any limitations in running software used throughout the district.

“We have limitations with iPads in running core school applications, such as Renaissance Learning and Carnegie Math,” says Bartoski. “We are also not able to secure, manage, track and update iPads like we can with Windows-based computers.” To read further please click here:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_in_education/archive/2015/04/20/detroit-public-schools-moving-to-microsoft-to-prep-kids-for-the-future.aspx

Apr 17

How to Use OneNote at School: 10 Tips for Students & Teachers

By:  Saikat Basu

onenote“It makes it easier to think during class—and I’m doing less busy work.

Stephanie is just one of the 950 students at Sammamish High School in Seattle who have taken wholeheartedly to Microsoft OneNote along with their teachers.

Across the country in Ohio, teachers gave their students “blizzard bags” when schools got closed for bad weather. These teaching “bags” use OneNote Class Notebook to share interactive lessons. The “school closed” notice is no longer an excuse for celebration.

Lugging around a satchel full of books pales a bit in comparison, doesn’t it?

The notetaking member in Microsoft’s suite is a cross-platform productivity application. There are many unique ways to use OneNote, and using it to change the way you teach or study could be the best one. Come aboard. OneNote has loads of tips for the teacher and the student. And before you forget — OneNote is free!” To read further please click here:

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/use-onenote-school-10-tips-students-teachers

Apr 11

OneNote Is Now Truly Free with More Features Than Before

By:Joel Lee

onenote“Note-taking apps are a dime a dozen. Some are too simple for anything but the simplest of tasks. Others are abundant in features that are locked behind premium accounts. Can’t we have the best of both worlds?

For a while, the cross-platform note-taking app Evernote was the de facto standard. That’s nOt true anymore. While Evernote is still a remarkable app, Microsoft recently upped their game when they announced that OneNote would be more free than ever before.

Sounds like a funny statement, doesn’t it? But it’s true. OneNote has never been more free. Does that make it the ideal note-taking app for you? It might!

The Appeal of OneNote

The primary selling point for OneNote is its sense of organization. Take one look at its interface design and you’ll notice that it’s incredibly sleek, clean, and minimal. There are no distracting elements at all. You have your notes, your hierarchy of notebooks, and that’s it.

That kind of compliment isn’t typical for Microsoft, who is often known for clunky designs and unwieldy layouts. OneNote is their biggest exception and I have to say, I’m impressed. It’s truly one of the best apps on the market.” To read further please click here:

http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/onenote-now-truly-free-features/

Mar 28

Office 365 for cloud based learning; Remove classroom walls with Skype

By: Andrew Robertson

skype“One of the many continued personal development courses we offer for teachers through our Microsoft Educator Network is Teaching with Technology. On our SlideShare account you can find a number of tutorials designed to help those taking the Teaching with Technology course, but really they’ll come in handy to anyone looking to improve their use of technology in an educational setting.Over the next few weeks we’re going to share these tutorials via this blog, two at a time. Many people will be familiar with topics and areas that others aren’t, so instead of reproducing each tutorial in its entirety, we’ll simply include a short synopsis and what you can expert to learn from them, as well as a link to the original SlideShare.

The first two Teaching with Technology tutorials we’re going to look at deal with the use of Office 365, and how Skype can aid in educational collaboration across the world:” To read further please click here:  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukschools/archive/2015/03/25/twt-tutorials-office-365-for-cloud-based-learning-remove-classroom-walls-with-skype.aspx

Mar 14

The Power of OneNote in the Classroom

By:Andrew Robertson
onenote“The OneNote Class Notebook Creator can literally ‘blow your mind’ as an educator with its potential in schools.”Kevin Sait, Head of IT strategy for Wymondham High Academy Trust, Norfolk, England

Like Kevin Sait, it seems that educators and students alike love OneNote, and for good reason: OneNote makes classroom organization, collaboration and sharing across any device – online and offline – fun and easy.

But don’t take our word for it. Here are some real-world examples from students, teachers and schoolsusing OneNote, and a few raves we’ve heard recently:

“The most significant and organic change process ever in the school.” Kirk Wheeler, Head of School, St. Thomas, Medina, Washington, USA

“Have you tried the OneNote Class Notebook Creator? Revolutionary.” – Colby Clark, Teacher at Manteca Unified (MUSD)

“Class Notebook Creator almost overnight brought value to our program at our school. Our secondary teachers finally have found something that can deliver content, collaboration, and structure and they only have to learn one app. ” – David Hoeft

“One thing I have already worked on is a set of shared OneNote notebooks for each member of staff, using the collaborative processes to monitor and work with all staff on professional development and performance management … The introduction of the Staff Notebook will combine all these, thereby reducing my workload 30-fold, as I can combine all these individual personal notebooks into the one. Added to their the ability to share staff dates lists, deadlines, important messages and staff information, the Staff Notebook will clearly help me run the school by working smarter, not harder!” – Andrew Howard, Head of School, Sandymore, UK” To read further please click here:

Feb 26

Microsoft’s OneNote Staff Notebook for Education app enables school staff collaboration

By:Abhimanyu Ghoshal

onenote“Microsoft has launched a free tool to help teachers and school staff to collaborate more effectively on curriculum development, administrative duties and internal policies.

OneNote Staff Notebook for Education lets education staff leaders — like principals or faculty heads — set up shared workspaces for teachers and administrators and enable them to organize and share internal information, event and meeting schedules, student progress, parent feedback, lesson plans and more.”To read further please click here:

Feb 17

Changing Lives with OneNote Notebook Classroom Creator

By:blogs.msdn.com

microsoft“I rarely blog. There are enough “geeks” out there telling you all about the latest and greatest technology. When I do blog, it’s because somehow in the work I do every day I’ve managed to make a difference in people’s lives.

About nine months ago I had the privilege and opportunity to work with two fantastic colleagues at Microsoft – Jonathan Grudin from Microsoft Research and Mike Tholfsen from the Microsoft Office product development team. Mike and Jonathan had a vision for how to revolutionize classroom learning through technology. While there are many companies selling classroom management systems and digital content, none focused on the relationship between teachers and their students. Through years of hands-on research, they developed a theory for how technology could be used in the classroom to enhance teacher-led education. They educated me on the subtleties of running a classroom, of delivering content and assignments to students, of providing practice areas for students where teachers can support and interact with students in a safe, private environment.

So, where did I come in? I took on the challenge to create a classroom notebook creator, and I built it with my team in Beijing. We built a simple utility for Office 365 that creates classroom notebooks for students and teachers.  The utility helps teachers and administrators structure their notebooks, add students from the class, set permissions, and then generate the notebook. ” To read further please click here:

Feb 09

Getting Started with Microsoft OneNote – Tuts+ Computer Skills Tutorial

By:Mathew Guay

onenote“There’s one notebook app that’s so much different from every other notebook app, it’s almost hard to describe. That app is Microsoft’s OneNote. It’s a free-form notebook app that was originally designed for Tablet PCs, but has finally grown into a notes platform that runs on every platform and is integrated with the online services you already use. And it’s now free and lets you collaborate on notes with anyone, which makes it a very attractive new notes tool.

If you’re curious about OneNote and would like to try it out, or need to collaborate with someone on a OneNote notebook and find it confusing, here’s everything you need to get started with OneNote. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to create free-form notes, organize everything, automatically save online info, and get more features from the PC version.”To read further please click here:

 

Jan 31

OneNote in the classroom

By:Microsoft.com

onenote“Microsoft OneNote 2010 gives teachers the ideal place to store their myriad resources and materials in a single, easy-to-organize location.

Discover tips on helpful ways to refresh your lessons, manage class assignments, make quick work of daily tasks, and share information with colleague, students and parents. Microsoft OneNote helps organize class lessons, web articles, videos, and other multimedia class content in one convenient application.To read further please click here:

Jan 20

Discover PowerPoint Mix for interactive online lessons

By:Ellen Finkelstein

ppmix“What is PowerPoint Mix?

PowerPoint Mix is a PowerPoint-based tool for creating interactive online lessons. The basic process is simple:

  1. You create slides and can record audio and video.
  2. You can add quizzes.
  3. You upload the final result to the Mix website and share it with anyone you want, such as your students.
  4. You get statistics about who watched the Mix as well as quiz scores.

How to get started

Start by watching the videos at at the Mix website. One is an introduction, the next is a series of tutorials. Then I suggest looking at the gallery, here. Avoid the long ones — just watch some short ones. Some are very professional, others not.

As you watch the videos, you’ll be prompted to download Mix, so go ahead. But note that it’s a beta, so it isn’t finalized. There isn’t even a guarantee that Microsoft will continue to support it.  You’ll see instructions to install it and when you do, you’ll have a new Mix tab on your ribbon, like this.” To read further please click here:

Jan 13

Turn on new learning initiatives with PowerPoint

By: Toby Trewin

powerpoint“Whilst PowerPoint is often typecast as a just a presentation tool, there are a number of effective uses of this application to create innovative initiatives with your students in the classroom. With a short learning curve to use the program or often previous experience and skills in using the popular application, PowerPoint becomes the logical choice for a number of new tasks. Below are a few ideas to get you thinking outside the ‘Presentation Box’.
Recently when researching a number of possible solutions for a teacher wanting to create infographicswithin her course, I found numerous online creation options. These 3rd party online infographic options were found to be reasonably easy to use but there were cost implications and limited design options that produced a good infographics that were unfortunately quite generic and the process stifled the creativity of the students. Instead we utilised PowerPoint, which when coupled with the fundamental elements of an infographic (contrast, hierarchy, accuracy, relevance, truth), produced impressive results that allowed the students the freedom of a blank canvas to create and an opportunity to utilise their experience and skills to produce clear and well-designed infographics.” To read further please click here:  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/austeachers/archive/2015/01/12/turn-on-new-initiatives-with-powerpoint.aspx

Nov 15

iWork vs Microsoft Office vs Google Docs: Which iPad and iPhone office suite is best?

By:Allyson Kazmucha

apps4“iPhone and iPad owners have an amazing problem — iOS is the only platform withall major office suites. The good news is: we get to choose between Apple iWork (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote), Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), and Google Docs (Docs, Sheets, and Slides). The bad news is: we have to choose between Apple iWork, Microsoft Office, and Google Docs. And it can be a tough choice! iWork is great for consumers. Microsoft Office is the enterprise standard. Google Docs is increasingly everywhere. So, which one is best? We put them to the test so you can find out!

Word processing: Pages vs Word vs Docs

One of the most common things we do with an Office suite is create documents or PDFs. Whether you need to update your resume, complete an assignment for school, or create a flyer for an event, or something else, you need to be able to get the text in efficiently and format it effectively.

In terms of templates, both Pages and Word offer a decent selection to choose from. Everything from reports to resumes to outlines to fliers and more. Google Docs doesn’t offer templates and simply launched you right into a blank text document. So if you’re looking for templates, you’re going to want to use either Pages or Word.” To read further please click here:

Nov 10

OneNote for Teachers website helps educators get the best out of OneNote

By:Abhishek Shukla

onenote“Microsoft recently announced OneNote for Teachers, a web based portal for teachers were educators and teachers can learn about OneNote, its features and how best to use it in their profession. The website guides how to create digital notebooks that support academic standards, platform neutral across various disciplines.

OneNote for Teachers

OneNote for Teachers works well across content areas and different grade levels. It also provide idea for research, information management, communication, journaling, collaboration etc.

The portal focus on learning, staying organized, delivering curriculum, enhancing productivity collaborating in the classroom with OneNote Class Notebook Creator. Student work and teacher feedback are exchanged automatically in one place virtually anytime, anywhere.

It teaches how one can eliminate the use of paper by replacing printout on paper with printouts to OneNote. It organizes every lesson, handout and assignment in flexible shared notebook structure, combine creative power of digital ink to deliver the most natural digital educational experiences possible.

There are several reasons you may want to use the Windows 8 OneNote app in class & schools.

Microsoft OneNote is a great application which allow user to carry digital notebook for keeping track of important things in their like to-do-list, clip from web, draw and sketch ideas. The application also helps user organize their home or office on the go.To read further please click here:

Nov 07

Easy Flipped Learning with Office Mix

By: Pip Cleaves

flippingFlipped Learning is becoming a popular strategy in many classrooms. When we flip our classroom, we make way for face-to-face time to be about deep discussion, questioning and thinking.

Did you know that Microsoft Office has the perfect tool for creating flipped content for your classroom that can feed back analytics and student understanding? To add to this it’s all part of Office PowerPoint 2013, it’s free and is really easy to use.

What is Office Mix?

Office Mix offers a free solution to the creation of flipped learning tutorials and content. The whole workflow from creation to assessment can be achieved through this one tool. Below is an example workflow that educators may use.” To read further please click here:

Nov 05

Microsoft Quick Tip Videos for Teachers

By: Microsoft Education Team

microsoft“Improving collaboration between students. Designing more engaging lessons. Saving time. If you’re an educator, these are likely things you care about. As technology becomes more powerful and increasingly prevalent in classrooms, the potential to improve student learning grows.

To make it easier to harness the power of technology for student learning, we have put together a series of quick tip videos. This series of Quick Tip Videos are 2-minute clips that show teachers how to use a feature in their classroom right after watching the clip so they can immediately integrate an idea into tomorrow’s lesson plan.

These videos are organized based on six core priorities that teachers reporting being the ways they think about how to integrate technology into student learning.

These Quick Tip Videos are short, consumable clips that empower teachers to accomplish a task with free Microsoft tools and technology. Often the challenge with technology as comprehensive as Microsoft’s is some features that can be immensely helpful to educators are buried under the multiple functionalities of the products. These Quick Tip Videospresent product capabilities to teachers, organized and aligned around classroom goals.” To read further please click here:

Oct 30

Collaborating with Office 365: OneDrive

By: Pip Cleaves

office365“As more and more educational spaces get access to Office 365, we are all looking for guidelines and easy ideas for use in our classrooms. Over the next couple of weeks we will highlight the top tips for getting your Office 365 world humming along with ease.

In this blog post you will learn to create, upload, sync and share Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint documents with either students or your peers.

In OneDrive (part of Office 365) you can easily create documents that you might use for:

  • Collaborative writing and note taking
  • Peer and Teacher led feedback
  • Working with teams and committees
  • Working in your faculty

OneDrive is the document storage area of Office 365. A place to keep your documents to tap into wherever you are, and a place to create collaborative workflows for your classroom and workspace. You’ll find OneDrive by clicking on the OneDrive option in the top right hand side of your Office 365 environment.” To read further please click here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/austeachers/archive/2014/10/29/collaborating-with-office-365-onedrive.aspx