#Back2SchoolHELP is here! Teacher Ambassador hosting Live Stream FaceBook Q&A

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Microsoft Education is here to help you with your 2017 Class planning, with live webinar sessions and moderated Q&A from teacher experts. Join the chat all week by RSVP’ing here. Or submit your question using #Back2SchoolHELP. Find out how to set up your 2017 class with collaboration tools for limitless productivity: Get top tips & tricks…


Flipping the Classroom, a blended learning approach

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Flipping the Classroom is part of a Blended Learning approach to delivering content to students.  The website flippedlearning.org defines Flipped Learning as: ‘a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the…


Microsoft Surface Vs Apple iPad in high school classrooms

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In my role as a high school teacher, I have three devices from which to work: a laptop, an Apple iPad Air 2 and a Microsoft Surface Pro. Whilst the first two are supplied by my school, the Surface is something I have personally purchased. Yet people wonder why I only ever use the Surface…


Cultural connections using Skype at Sheldon College

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Which of these scenarios would engage, entice and enthral your students?  Reading about fossils found in the Australia, or taking part in a live video call with an archaeologist on site in the Western Australian outback as they unearth a 3.5-billion-year-old fossil?   Even ancient protozoa can tell you the answer to that question. Skype…


Are outdated computers reverting students to a prehistoric era?

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3 reasons why there’s an increased need to get rid of keyboards and move to pen-based computers for today’s students. If today’s educators continue to encourage the use of keyboards instead of digital ink and paper, they run the risk of being a ‘pager’ teacher in a smart phone world, holding on to a past…


“Inking the thinking” collaboratively

Hawkesdale P12 College, Victoria in Australia connected with a rural school in Japan using Skype.
Hawkesdale P12 College, Victoria in Australia connected with a rural school in Japan using Skype.

In December, 2015, year 8 students from Hawkesdale P12 College, Victoria Australia connected with a rural school in Japan using Skype. Students at Hawkesdale are isolated geographically and culturally but were fortunate to be part of a research project on “Inking the Thinking” with the Victorian Department of Education  and Microsoft. This meant that each…


John Paul College – Equipping technology confidence for the future

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John Paul College in Queensland prides itself on delivering enhanced learning experiences for students and equipping them for the future. The college has junior to senior levels of education, including Prep to year 12 levels with more than 2000 devices connected to the college network. Currently the college uses these Microsoft products: Windows 10 Education…


This easy presentation software lets students focus on content, not design

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Presentations are a key part of the academic world, and multimodal assignments are frequently assigned. In most cases, the teacher wants to know what the student knows and understands about the topic being presented. The knowledge of how to use the software and the design principles (i.e. their understanding of appropriate font size and colour, image placement and size,…


Teach and tell amazing stories with Sway

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5 ways to use Sway in the classroom We live in a highly interactive, collaborative and digital world full of colour and life. Student classrooms today need educators ready to design and present memorable, digital, multimedia-learning activities. Sway – from Microsoft and part of Office Online – is an ideal way to engage students and…