Never underestimate the difference children can make

“We should never underestimate children – they care, they want to be heard and they can make a difference.”- Travis Goulter, Head of Junior School, Ormiston College. Early in MIEE Travis Goulter’s teaching career, he learned how important it is to include his students in real-world problem-solving. “I taught at a school located in an inner-city…

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Eltham High rethinks teaching and learning with Surface Pro and cloud – 21st Century skills

Technology has taken learning from slate to paper to screen; from pencil to pen to stylus. Consequently, each generation of students should emerge with the skills and smarts to participate fully in the workforce of the day. Victoria’s Eltham High School is keenly aware of the need to equip today’s students with 21st century skills,…


Sharing Feedback Using OneNote

This is a guest post from our MIE Expert Andrew Webster. Andrew is a Secondary School teacher and e-Learning Facilitator based in Brisbane, Australia. View his website here. We know from evidence that feedback has a major impact on learning. The use of OneNote, a class Notebook and digital inking means teachers have a range of…


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…

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Creating inclusive classrooms with the help of OneNote

Originally posted on the Microsoft Education blog on 17th May by Jameson Lee, Assistive Technology Coordinator of Special Education. At the start of the school year, our special education team established the goal to deepen the purposeful use of technology to support struggling students, especially for those with special education needs and disabilities. This goal…

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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…

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Feedback strategy guides STEM uptake of wireless; video tools

Guest post by Steve Crapnell, MIE Expert and head of eLearning co-ordination at All Hallows’ School, Queensland. Like many schools, All Hallows’ School in Brisbane is experimenting with stylus-enabled devices for STEM topics. What makes us different is our strategy. For the past 18 months, our technology adoption has been guided by a single, clear…


Utilising the power of OneNote and Surface to develop visual thinking skills

Guest post by Steve Brophy, Director of ICT & eLearning at Ivanhoe Grammar School. In 2010, Sir Ken Robinson gave a speech titled “Changing Paradigms” at a Renaissance Society of America public event. As usual, Sir Ken was at his poetic best and his call for a redefinition of our current school model echoed throughout…

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Ormiston College STEM Day

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robotics, STEM

“Amazing student led STEM presentations, amazing resources and friendly presenters. What a great day!” (Anonymous Attendee) There is no doubt that PBL (problem or project based learning) and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) has captured the current zeitgeist of contemporary learning around the globe.  There are many schools in Australia that have realised that…


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…