Future-proofing and expanding students horizons at Toowoomba Christian College

We all have that one special teacher who we recall had a big impact on us, someone who helped shape our future through their dedication, encouragement and most of all, confidence in us when we were faltering. One such mentor is Alison James, Specialist Computer Studies Teacher from Toowoomba Christian College in Queensland.  Founded in…


Find out What’s New in Microsoft EDU for May

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What’s new in Microsoft Education for May? We know educators and school leaders are always looking for the latest product updates to keep productivity, teaching, and learning maximised for their students. With that feedback in mind, we recently launched a Facebook Live video series with Teacher Ambassador Megan Townes, to recap key product and feature…


Are outdated computers reverting students to a prehistoric era?

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Guest Post by Peter West, Director of eLearning, Saint Stephen’s College. Originally published at eSchool News. 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…


Surface Book pivots sage on stage model and transforms learning experience

Digital technology in higher education is allowing the sage on stage to pivot; transforming the model used in lecture halls since mediaeval times. Today’s students demand a more flexible blended learning environment, with the option of mixing face-to-face and online lectures and tutorials. Dr David Kellermann, lecturer in mechanical engineering at UNSW, is an education…


Keeping focused with Admin Templates in OneNote

Guest blog post by Pip Cleaves, Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator. About a year a go I began working on a OneNote system to organise myself. I wanted a system that worked on most of my devices, which included:  Phone (iOS),  Laptop (Surface Pro and later Surface Book),  Home laptop (MacBook Pro),  Department imaged Desktops (Windows 7 and…


Programmed for discovery

Guest post by Ian Fernée, Head of Computing Faculty / 1:1 eLearning Coordinator (Years 10 – 12) St. Patrick’s College Ballarat I consider coding and the broader notion of computer education in schools to be a constructive means to teach the developing student a plethora of skills that are practical such as learning how to…


2017 Planning | Q&A Expert Tips

  If you missed our 5-part #Back2SchoolHELP live webinar series last week, we have a full recap for you. The series aimed to help out our community of school teachers preparing for the new teaching year ahead of them. Educators joined the live Q&A sessions for expert teacher tips and tricks with the host, Megan Townes, a Microsoft NSW Teacher Ambassador….


7 great ways to hit the ground running this school year

Guest post by Helen Gooch, Microsoft Fellow and Master Trainer. Connect with Helen on the Educator Community.  List of new students for your class. Check!  Classroom arranged for optimal learning styles. Check!  Bulletin boards done. Check!  Now let’s discover seven great ways to hit the ground running this school year by getting your curriculum ready, getting…