Are outdated computers reverting students to a prehistoric era?

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

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

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

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…


Taking Tournament of the Minds to a new level of connection

– By Aaron Partridge, ACT Director at Tournament of Minds The Tournament of the Minds is an Australian educational institution that has been promoting the innovative and creative engagement of young Australians for over 25 years.  Students work in teams to solve problems in one of four essential academic disciplines; Social Sciences, Science Technology, Language…