Most popular Education blog posts of 2011

I arrived in Australia at the end of January 2011, and setup this Education blog on the first day of the new school year. I aimed to pop up a blog post every working day, with two goals: Help you discover useful info on ICT, Education and Microsoft’s role in it Help me to learn…

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26 free apps for teachers

I’ve often blogged about individual free downloads on this blog. But how about one massive list of free apps for teachers from Microsoft? It’s not a complete list of everything, but it captures the key things that you might want to download and install on your teachers’ and students’ laptops in the new term. The…

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A hint of immersive learning for the future? Behind the doors of Building 99

At the Microsoft campus in Redmond, every building has a number. It makes it easier to find your way around the 100+ buildings that teams work in. In one of those, Building 99, you’ll find part of the Microsoft Research team – who get to experiment on the bleeding edge of technology. Lots of their…

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Publishing accessible learning resources – more support in Office

We’ve announced some new add-ins for Microsoft Office that will help education users publish their learning resources with added accessibility – making them more accessible to more learners, specifically those with visual and hearing impairments. Captioning add-in for PowerPoint to add captions to video and audio One is an add in for PowerPoint which enables…

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Using Kinect in the classroom for music teaching

Gareth Ritter, who’s a music teacher from Wales, was one of the teachers who took part in the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum, in Washington last month. When I met Gareth last year he was talking about the work that he’d been doing with his students, weaving technology throughout his teaching in order to…

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Snippet – Mapping international students in higher education

There’s a great map on The Australian newspaper’s website, which is a map, an infographic, and a good source of data – all in one. Basically, it’s a clickable data display of the sources and destinations of international students, so that you can see which countries send most university students abroad – and where they…

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Snippet – Retiring academics create a problem in Higher Education

I’ve been collecting interesting snippets (not quite full blog posts) on my Posterous space for a few months. But I thought I’d change the habit and share them on the blog instead. Mainly they comprise an interesting quote and link to an article worth reading, with a short comment to go with it. Some of…

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OneNote on iPad just released – with an updated OneNote for iPod app too

OneNote has been described as one of Microsoft’s best kept secrets in education, because it’s a tool that most teachers and students find incredibly useful…once they’ve seen it. The challenge is that many, many people haven’t used it simply because they didn’t know it existed – either because nobody’s shown it to them, or because…

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Remote teaching for blind students

After I wrote about the use of Microsoft Lync at Vicdeaf, where they are using the system to improve communications between deaf colleagues, I’ve had a few conversations with customers about different ways that Lync can help to improve the learning experience for students – especially those with accessibility needs. If you need it, here’s…

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