OneNote Class Notebook updates include read-only parent or guardian access and Collaboration Space permissions

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We are continuously impressed by the passion and creativity of teachers and students who are using our tools. A common theme we heard was how OneNote continues to save teachers time and enhance collaboration in the classroom. In our conversations, we learned that parents and guardians are also curious to learn more about OneNote to help engage with their students’ learning progress. To address the top requests we heard from teachers, administrators and parents/guardians, we’re pleased to announce the release of four new features in OneNote Class Notebook.


Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship: Join the Movement

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The Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championship (MOSWC) is a global competition that tests students’ skills on Microsoft Office, managed in the UK & Ireland by Prodigy Learning. In its 15th year, the 2016 MOS World Championship (MOSWC) attracted more than 700,000 unique candidates from 120 countries who took a MOS certification exam to  demonstrate their mastery of Microsoft Office products. To compete in the final round of the Championship, students must be enrolled in an approved, accredited Certiport Testing Centre and be 13 to 22 years of age (as of 15 June, 2017). To participate, students must first take and pass a qualifying MOS exam in Word, Excel or PowerPoint (2013 or 2016) during the Qualifying Round to be eligible for invitation to the UK & Ireland Final.


#TheFeed – Device Review: Windows 10 Devices to suit all budgets, by Paul Dredge

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In the latest issue of #TheFeed, #MIEExpert Paul Dredge reviews three different devices: the Viglen Duo tab; HP X2 210; and a Surface Pro 4, discussing the respective strengths and areas of suitability of all three.

When working in schools I’m always asked the question “We want to buy some new devices for our students but what should we get?” Before I even consider answering that question I ask how much they would like to spend and what they want that device to do. Going back a few years, this would have been a major problem because schools didn’t have many options as to what they purchased in the way of hardware… Read more.


WEBINAR: Intune for Education, hosted by Microsoft Education

Join us to hear about the new Intune for Education, a cloud-based service that delivers easy setup and control of devices in the classroom. In this webinar, we will give you an overview of Intune for Education, including easy deployment, simple enrolment and zero touch management to help your schools or customers with simple, affordable and easy to manage devices.


Microsoft at BUFDG

The British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG) is the representative body for higher education finance staff in the United Kingdom. This year’s annual BUFDG conference kicks off Sunday 9th to Tuesday 11th April 2017, and marks the 50th anniversary for the events host institution, the University of Bath. Check out their website. It’s here where…


TES Education Hub – Meet the Head who’s using Microsoft tools to transform his tech strategy

Tom Rees, Headteacher of Simon de Senlis Primary School in Northampton, a Microsoft Showcase School, is responsible for digital strategy across a seven-school primary academy trust. However, he is less evangelical about the wonders of technology than you might expect. That’s because Rees is convinced that what matters most is learning. He’ll tell you that software and devices are of value only if they facilitate how a school operates and, in turn, support teachers and learners in their core task of making classroom practice more effective.


Microsoft Education Support – scenario-based troubleshooting content for teachers, students, parents, and IT admins

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Detailed support guides

We are pleased to announce a new destination to provide a framework to support teachers, students, parents, and IT admins in scenarios that span the Microsoft system, in language they understand. Microsoft Education Support was created to provide how-to and troubleshooting content to build confidence among educators and students so that they are empowered to accomplish their goals—no matter which Microsoft products they are using. provide how-to and troubleshooting content to build confidence among educators and students so that they are empowered to accomplish their goals – no matter which Microsoft products they are using.


10 time saving, productivity boosting Office tips for staff and students

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As educators continue to help young learners develop the necessary digital skills for the modern working world, more and more of the tools and practices that the students would eventually expect to utilise when they enter the workplace are featuring in the classroom. We’ve compiled a list of top tips for Office that will help your students, teachers and administrative staff save time, get the most out of the applications, and work more efficiently and productively together. These include simpler ways to share, co-authoring, the Tell Me feature, and more effective ways to use Skype and OneNote while you work.


#TheFeed – Showcase School: Collaboration, Engagement, & Enhanced Teaching and Learning, by Paula Lowry

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In the latest extract from #TheFeed, Paula Lowry – Headteacher of School at Saint Joseph’s Catholic and Church of England Primary, and also a #MIEExpert – discusses the progress her school has made with the advancements of technology, and how this has developed learning within the classroom. “Looking back on the journey that the schools have taken with technology in the last 18 months is unbelievable. Both Saint Joseph’s Primary and Nursery school and Bolsover Junior school are located in economically deprived areas in Derbyshire and our vision for technology grew from a desire to give the children in our schools the very best start, to prepare them for global learning and to raise aspirations…”


Office in Education – Live Webinar April 4th

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Microsoft are hosting a webinar series designed to inform you about Office 365 in Education. The series is running every month until June, with a new guest speaker each time. All are encouraged to sign up to participate in our new series and learn a thing or two about getting the most from Office 365 in the classroom! The next live session is Tuesday 4th April at 4:30pm – continue for registration details…