Education technology in Scotland is in rude health, with many schools and individuals leading the way in digital innovation, inclusion, and best practices. We are incredibly fortunate to work closely with a number of those at the forefront of driving change and progress through digital learning, and are thrilled to be congratulating some of them on their recent awards.
Skills in Microsoft Office are ranked in the top 5 most sought after attributes that employers look for in candidates. As we prepare today’s students for working in the world of tomorrow, it is vital that they become fluent and experienced tools that are used in the modern workplace. The following webinars all focus on certain aspects of Office 365 in Education, from understanding licensing and technical deployment, engaging teaching staff, exploring features such as Learning Tools, getting the most out of applications including OneNote, and much more.
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.
Blindingly simple to understand and use but amazingly powerful in its functionality, Learning Tools is a free extension or add-in to Word, OneNote, Word online and OneNote online. For educators and institutions it’s a great resource and a more than capable replacement for other paid-for tools out there. Learning Tools is built into the View menu of both OneNote and Word online and can be downloaded from Microsoft as an add-in to the Windows desktop versions.
#TheFeed is back for the March/April 2017 edition, and focusses on Accessibility. This extract is from the Microsoft in Education team, and looks at the latest updates and additions to the Learning Tools add-in for OneNote, all within the context of a recent BDA study conducted with a Surrey school to see how experiences outcomes can be improved for SEND learners through the introduction of appropriate technology.
Some meetings seem to go on forever and then there’s even meetings about meetings! But have you ever stopped to think about the effectiveness of your meetings and if you’re getting the very best out of your staff in them? You only have to look around your next senior leadership or middle leaders meeting and count up the amount of bodies to do a rough estimate of how much money is being spent on wages for that specific meeting.
View all of our upcoming live webinars and enjoy a range of on-demand content available now. Microsoft in Education are laying on a variety of different webinars of a diverse series of topics, all hosted by teachers and experts from all over the UK. They are all free to join, so register for as many as you’d like, and learn new tricks and trips to apply in your classroom! These webinars are designed by teachers wanting to tell stories about how different technologies and techniques can be applied, as well as sharing best practises for personal development. This blog contains a list of what we have coming up, as well as the past webinars which are available on demand right now.
In education, the importance of high quality feedback goes without saying. Relevant feedback that can be easily understood will naturally aid improvements in academic performance. Many of our Showcase Classroom attendees have expressed that students have a somewhat blinkered view, focusing just on the grades they achieved, rather than the reason for their scores.
Phew…! Still with us?! Another action-packed day at BETT 2017 draws to a close, and as attendees and exhibitors start to make their ways home, there is much to reflect on and ponder. Yesterday our BETT 2017 Day One recap looked at some of the talks and sessions happening further afield across the BETT exhibition floor, so for this evening’s edition we’ll focus on some of the Learn Live Theatre sessions being delivered by educators and school leaders on the Microsoft stand and some of the activity from the Microsoft Partner Campus.
SalamanderSoft has a long history of integrating key IT systems with school data in highly flexible ways, and we are continuing this approach within Office 365, allowing the automation of these new features in Office 365. Their aim is that everyone can access the resources they need as soon as they need to start learning or teaching, whether that’s Microsoft Outlook, OneNote Class Notebooks, Microsoft Classroom, Microsoft SharePoint, or simply logging on to their devices.