OneNote – A great application for administration, teaching and professional learning

Guest post from Elizabeth O’Connor – Science Teacher – Sydney Girls High School  Engagement with technology in the classroom has been completely changed by the introduction of 1:1 computer to student programs. Previously, lessons were divided between ‘normal’ lessons in the classroom and ‘computer’ lessons in a computer lab. Each student having their own computer…

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Windows 8 Apps for the English Classroom

Using technology in the English classroom is unavoidable. At some stage technology becomes essential for outcomes to be achieved. The new English component of the Australian Curriculum has a specific focus on multimodal texts. These multimodal texts cannot be made without hands on keyboards and eyes on screens.  The General Capabilities, namely ICT capability, critical and creative thinking, ethical…

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Teachers first, then Technology

How often do we hear of schools rushing out to but the latest shiny gadget for their students without considering the teacher who will be leading learning through them? This week at the Microsoft APAC Analyst Summit in Singapore, Anthony Salcito – Vice President of Education for Microsoft Corporation, shared with us the importance of not just…

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End of year fun with Kodu and games creation

“Games are important to young learners as they represent opportunity for autonomy, responsibility, choice and struggle. In many aspects of their lives kids today are not allowed to struggle, to develop courage, self reliance, resilience, responsibility and to excel in their own terms. My experience shows that kids really crave all of that and can…

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Integrating Windows 8 Tablets in to the 21st Century Mathematics Classroom

Guest Post – Lucinda Legere – Mathematics Teacher, St Pius X College  I often find myself in professional conversations about the integration of ICT into mathematics education that begin and end with the use of a textbook on a personal learning device (PLD). However, we are teaching students that not only demand, but deserve more…

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Co-authoring in Office Web Apps is here!

Office Browser apps now have real time co-authoring. This means you can work with a group of people to create a document and no longer need to save it to see the changes others have made. Their changes appear on your screen as they type. You can now collaborate in real time in the office…

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Windows 8 Apps that help teacher preparation

As more and more teachers begin using Windows 8 Apps on desktops at home, laptops at work, or tablets on the go, the need to use apps and applications that sync across our personal technology grows. Teachers who prepare work at home need to seamlessly and effortlessly open the same piece of work or tool…

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