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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How can you focus on 21st Century Skills in your school?

It’s nearing the end of 2013, yet we still hear lots of talk and little support for the development of 21st Century Skills in schools. How does your school focus on the development of these essential skills in students? How are you ensuring these Australian Curriculum embedded competencies are given an opportunity to flourish?  If you are still working on your focus, Microsoft…

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The Crown Prince and Princess, The Challenge, and The App

It was exciting to see the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark spending time with students from Five Dock Public School on Friday. What was more exciting was to see students discovering new Premier’s Reading Challenge App on their Surface tablets with the Princess by their side. The Premier’s Reading Challenge, in its essence, “aims to encourage…

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Windows 8 Apps to enhance student study skills

On our Microsoft Australia Teachers Blog Pinterest Boards we are taking time to categorise the top Windows 8 apps to showcase educational uses that will help you in the classroom. Today we want to share with you a list of apps that enhance digital study skills. As we all know, it’s coming up to exam…

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What do 21st Century Skills look like in Practice?

Guest Post – Stacey Quince – Principal, Campbelltown Performing Arts High School. (Campbelltown Performing Arts High School is a Microsoft Partners in Learning Worldwide Mentor School.) I recently undertook Instructional Rounds for the first time and one of the key elements Richard Elmore highlighted during the training that was that “in order to learn how…

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