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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Awesome Apps for Assessment and Marking

Guest Post by Mel Cahill Being on summer holidays and traveling has made me even more aware of my need to work smarter and more efficiently, mainly so I can spend more time traveling and less time thinking about work. Traveling in countries that don’t speak English can make things quite difficult. Two Windows Phone…

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SAMR Meets Microsoft

The SAMR Model of technology integration is used by many teachers across the globe to ensure their use of technology leads to better learning outcomes for students. After reading lists of learning activities and apps sorted into this continuum using other platforms, we thought it might be nice to create a list of how Microsoft…

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Windows 8 Apps for Creating a Socially Connected Classroom

Guest Post by Trent Ray Microsoft Expert Educator – Originally posted at Doing ‘IT’ for the kids. You would be hard pressed to find a secondary school student today without a device in their pocket, connect to the world’s knowledge with a handful of apps keeping them socially connected. It might seem strange to preceding…

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Adding ‘Sugar ‘n’ Spice’ to Projects with Windows 8 Apps

Guest Post by Naomi Manning Year 10 Students at Abbotsleigh have been playing, reviewing and creating with Windows 8 Apps. Students wanted to add “Sugar ‘n’ Spice” to their projects so what better to use that a few of the newest Apps in the Windows 8 Store. Before beginning their project work, the girls had a lesson…

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Office Mix keeps getting better and better

Flipping your classroom? Creating screencasts on expensive software? Want learning analytics to inform your lesson planning? Office Mix really is the key to making your workflows easy and effective. When Office Mix was released earlier this year we wrote a post sharing the uses of this PowerPoint 2013 Plugin. The three main uses for Office…

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Windows 8 Education App: Chronozoom – More than just a timeline creator

There are many timeline creators out there, but none that put the passing of time in context like Chronozoom. Within seconds you can map the progress of civilization, the different eras of our history and of major discoveries and historical moments. “ChronoZoom is a free, open source timeline tool that allows historians, historical scientists, teachers…

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My Spelling Words – Spelling lists like never before

Looking for an engaging way for students to learn their spelling? Want students to develop handwriting skills while using a device?  My Spelling Words is the app for you.   The developers of the hugely popular app School Writing AU/NZ have just released their next app called My Spelling Words. This Australian developed app is all about making spelling lists engaging and educational at the same…

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New apps that will rock the Windows Classroom

Time to find some new apps to explore? Looking for some apps for the term ahead? Lately we are seeing more and more high quality education apps released in the Windows 8 platform. Read on and find out more about 3 great apps that are waiting for you. 1. Explain Everything TM This hugely popular…

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