Registered Professional Learning Workshops in the Sydney Microsoft Store

Looking for some registered professional learning on integrating Microsoft technologies into your classroom over the summer break? Want to take your Office 365, OneNote and Sway skills to the next level and ensure you get registered professional learning hours before you go back to school in term one? During the summer vacation, Microsoft will be…

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10 Top Education Apps for 2015

Guest post by Matthew Jorgensen  First of all, forgive me for the terrible pun.  I am a bit app-rehensive about such an obvious joke, and wasn’t sure if everyone would app-reciate it.  But the fact is that the Windows Store is bursting at the seams with juicy educational apps ripe for the picking.  Now, because…

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Secrets of the Speech Night Powerpoint Display

Guest post by Matthew Jorgensen Speech night. Celebration evening. Final assembly. Whatever your school calls your night of nights, there is usually a lovely period of time as everyone files in, where the year is laid out in a PowerPoint of smiling children and teachers dressed up as book characters. Hundreds of PowerPoint slides flash…

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NSW Primary school uses Onenote, Mix and Sway to spur collaborative learning!

Guest post by Craig Warner, Relieving Principal, Barnier Public School, NSW Since mid-2014, Barnier Public School has achieved great outcomes with cloud-based collaborative learning pedagogies. Just a few years ago, our NAPLAN scores were up to 30 points behind the State average. With new forms of teacher–teacher, teacher–student, and student–student collaboration – and a mix…

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Minecraft vs Project Spark vs Kodu Game Lab

Guest post by Matthew Jorgensen  Game based learning has been a part of any good teacher’s arsenal since the dawn of time and, via digital devices, is permeating the classrooms of the world, engaging students to learn through, by and with play. Sit any child in front of a computer and they will no doubt…

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Teaching in the 21st century…beyond teaching creatively

 Guest post by Michael Valentine, Head of Online Learning at Hale School The future of teaching in schools is a current, very complex education issue. Teaching is being informed that it must change and retain a focus on core skills to develop students who can participate in our 21st century society. Transformation of practice is often…

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Creative Collaboration in OneNote – Rewrite the Story!

Guest post by Lynette Barker, Teacher – Librarian at St There’s Primary School and Microsoft Innovative Educator 2015. You will often hear a groan echoing around the room when students are asked to construct a narrative. Creative writing is a talent, and despite the many scaffolds, tips and tricks we provide for our students, it…

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Storing and making sense of grades – Excel to the rescue

Guest post by Matthew O’Brien, secondary school educator at Brisbane Boys’ College In this article, I want to show a few tricks to help you with the storing and calculating of marks and grades. Then, I want to show you the exciting stuff – how with a few simple processes you can visualise the marks…

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The future of teaching and learning will be driven by innovation

Guest post by Michael Valentine, Head of Online Learning at Hale School Leadership in education these days requires having confidence and self-belief. The future of teaching and learning is unpredictable and there are no paths to follow because they seem to be being constructed as we journey into this uncharted technological era. Educational leadership in…

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Office Lens – A scanner and image corrector for your phone

Guest post by Matthew O’Brien, secondary school educator at Brisbane Boys’ College I think I may have been living under a rock, but at the E2 conference in Seattle in May I saw the Office Lens app demonstrated by one of the presenters. Simply, this is an app for iOS, Windows 8, or Android phones that…

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