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…

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SAMR model unleashed on Shakespeare text

Guest post by Clint Bullock. Clint is an English teacher at Gilroy Santa Maria College in Townsville, Queensland. We hear a lot about the SAMR model, which analyses how you actually use technology. At Gilroy Santa Maria College near Townsville, we’ve started using Office Mix, to turn PowerPoint presentations into highly interactive learning tools. Without…


This easy presentation software lets students focus on content, not design

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Presentations are a key part of the academic world, and multimodal assignments are frequently assigned. In most cases, the teacher wants to know what the student knows and understands about the topic being presented. The knowledge of how to use the software and the design principles (i.e. their understanding of appropriate font size and colour, image placement and size,…


To Infinity and Beyond

By Megan Townes, Teacher Ambassador A few weeks ago, I happened to spend a rare day working from the office rather than home, a school or café. I’m so glad I went into the office that day as I was handed a funky green and white laptop that I think could be a game changer…


Flipping the Classroom with Office Mix – Part 2

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In Part 1 of Flipping the Classroom with Office Mix, we explained how Office Mix allows teachers of all abilities deliver interactive learning artefacts that students can watch away from the classroom, so that the contact time is spent supporting students in the application of knowledge or creation process. Flipping the classroom or flipped learning, using…


Flipping the Classroom with Office Mix; Part 1

The concept of flipped learning and “flipping the classroom” is nothing new, however developing engaging, dynamic content simply has never been easier. One tool that has enabled the simple creation of rich flipped learning content is Office Mix. We’ve covered Office Mix many times before on this blog but over the next three posts, we…


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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MIXing it Up – Using Microsoft Office Mix to Improve Learning

Repost from Microsoft in Education UK Schools Blog Office Mix is a new additional function to give super powers for PowerPoint. Quite often educators refer to a blank presentation as a ‘blank canvas’ and to some extent that has been true if you think of this in terms of words and pictures. PowerPoint Presentations are…

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Microsoft Office with a Stylus: Unleash the power

Guest Post by Matthew O’Brien – Microsoft Expert Educator When you have a Tablet PC such as the Surface Pro 3, it is really easy to get stuck using OneNote for everything. After all, the two are a perfect match. But – there are plenty of other applications out there that can very effectively leverage…

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32 Engaging Ways to use Microsoft in your classroom

Looking for new ways to do new things in your classroom in 2015? Want to use some new tools to engage students, parents and peers in teaching and learning? Here’s 32 ideas just for you.   We have categorised these 32 strategies into the 8 key focus areas of: Teacher productivity Lesson presentation, creation and…

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