How to encourage Inquiry Based Learning in your classroom

  Image from: http://www.youthlearn.org/learning/planning/lesson-planning/how-inquiry/how-inquiry You and I both know that teachers are always looking for ways to engage and enthuse students in the classroom.One of the best ways to do this is to encourage Inquiry Based Learning. Through Inquiry Based Learning we encourage students to to pose deep questions and research, solve and share our…

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Create class presentations anywhere, anytime with the PowerPoint Web App

With the latest upgrade of Office Web Apps, PowerPoints can now be created by anyone, on any machine, without needing the full version of PowerPoint installed. In addition to this, we can now collaborate to create group presentations to share new knowledge and ideas. This is great for the BYOD classroom and workplace. Jump into…

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What’s the commotion about Motion Math?

Guest Post by Myf Powell Motion Math have now released two of their apps in the Windows Store, Fractions! and Hungry Fish, and both are well worth a look. What makes these apps stand out is the way they support the development of mathematical thinking, not just drill and practice, that really blurs the boundaries…

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3 ways to develop student creativity with digital storytelling

There are so many apps available now for digital story creation. Where do you start? In this post we will share with you three techniques you can use to create stories that develop student creativity, story telling abilities and ICT skills. Option 1 – Create a story using Project Storytime This is the simplest of…

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Introducing Office 365 in NSW DEC

Welcome to the Microsoft Australia NSW DEC Office365 User Guide. Here you will find all the information, resources, links, tips and tricks related to using Office 365 in your schools and classrooms across New South Wales. The set of tools in Office 365 are used around the world to support teaching and learning, and offer…

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5 simple & effective apps to help manage the school year

The beginning of the school year always comes with great intent to be more organised – both as a teacher and a student. It’s much easier for teachers and students to succeed if they have the right tools, so we’ve picked the top 5 apps to help you out. So here they are: 1. My…

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7 reasons for you to download the new OneNote App for your classroom

Microsoft has released an update to the OneNote Windows Store app that significantly improves how you capture, find and view the notes you care about most. Below are 7 explanations for how this can help your practice and productivity in the classroom. Note: The information in this post is regarding the Windows 8 OneNote App,…

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School Writing AU & NZ App – Great for young writers

This week we have been playing with the School Writing AU/NZ App. This new Windows 8 app is magic on a touch screen or Interactive Whiteboard. School writing AU/NZ is a learn to write app that uses specific writing fonts for Australian, New Zealand and a few other nations. It opens with NSW Foundation Font…

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Windows 8 Apps for the Mathematics Classroom

Using technology in the Mathematics classroom is easier when you use Windows 8 apps. Over the last couple of months The Microsoft Education Australia Team has been sharing Windows apps that we feel create strong learning activities in 21st Century classrooms. This post brings you 10 apps for the Mathematics classroom, study and work at…

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Developing Collaboration Skills

Over the next couple of weeks we will be writing some posts about the new Microsoft Professional Learning program, 21st Century Learning Design. Sean Tierney, Academic Programs Manager for Microsoft Australia, best introduces 21st Century learning Design below: “Globally, there is a compelling need to develop transferable learning-how-to-learn capabilities in young people that enable them…

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