Month: November 2014

Andy Li: Tech Tip of the Month- Resetting Passwords in Office 365

by Andy Li Expert Educator Columnist, Hong Kong Hello, teachers! Office 365 is an extraordinary and powerful e-Learning platform for teaching and learning. This platform has a very high standard on security, such as password combinations. Office 365 requires password combinations comprising of small and capital letters together with numerical values. However, it is very difficult for primary school students to memorize the complex password combinations. Every time the students forget their passwords, teachers will have to log onto the systems and reset it for them. After that, teachers have to teach them how to change the default password, which can take away from precious instructional time. Today, I am introducing an excellent method to overcome this problem.

Ovi Barcelo: 10 Things We Need to Know About Apps in the Classroom

by Ovi Barcelo Expert Educator Columnist, Spain Nowadays it is very difficult to look to the past for longer than 4 or 5 years. We think that Whatsapp, for example, has been around forever when in fact the app is only 5 years old. The same goes for Angry Birds (launched 2009) and Twitter (which was also translated to other languages starting 2009). So, what will be our apps landscape be like five years from now? Can we trust our methodology only in apps? My answer is: no.

Meenakshi Uberoi: The Wonderful World of Windows in the Classroom!

by Meenakshi Uberoi Expert Educator Columnist, India Windows in the classroom is full of options to make teaching learning processes more effective and meaningful for the students.  Teamed with the right device, it allows you to bring the world alive within the confined walls of a classroom for which the teachers, without such technology, till date have had to look to the web to create resources and rely on students’ imagination and understanding to bring it closer to him/her.

Tammy Dunbar: Teacher Geek is Chic!

by Tammy Dunbar Expert Educator Columnist, USA The first day back to school after a lovely summer break is rough on any teacher. There’s so much to do- organize the desks, chart out lesson plans, decorate walls and hook up whatever technology was packed away and locked up over the break. One such a day I got a frantic call from a frazzled fellow teacher: “My internet won’t work!” When I arrived in her classroom (beautifully decorated and much more ready than mine), she pointed to the guilty tower computer. She showed me how she’d tried several desktop shortcuts, gone to internet connections and attempted to establish some kind of link to the web. She had used every trick in her book to open a connection to the Web. “I’ve tried everything. I just don’t know what to do!”

Innovation Hunter: Sparvell on Assignment in Asia

by Mark Sparvell School Leaders Program Director, Microsoft in Education Hi everyone, Mark Sparvell on assignment here in Australia. I am visiting some inspiring #ShowcaseSchools and innovative Expert Educators across 4 Australian States on my way to Singapore where I will be celebrating the Asia Pacific Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators and the Showcase School leaders just before the incredible BETT ASIA event. I’d love to share with you some of the learning insights along my road trip.

Kurt Söser: “Buzz for a Change,” My Brussels Global Forum Experience

Hello to all out there! My name is Kurt Söser, I am an Austrian teacher for math and PE at the business school HAK Steyr and I have to confess: I am a tech-geek. BUT I try to get the best out of technology to implement this into my teaching profession. Since seven years my tablet PC, Microsoft OneNote and GeoGebra have been my daily companions and my goal is to teach 21st century skills within 21st century mathematics! I really love maths and teaching it, cause maths concepts can explain the world and make cool predictions. The new possibilities with ICT are great to explain these concepts to students. So this is the first post here at official blog for the Microsoft Educator Network and to start with I would like to give some insights into my work with a recap and a re-recorded presentation I held at the Microsoft education leaders briefing in Brussels (October 28-29, 2014).

News Flash: Tell your students to enter the Microsoft Schoolwork Challenge!

by Anya Ruvinskaya, Microsoft in Education, Students Calling innovative educators from around the world! Have you heard about this great new contest called the Microsoft Schoolwork Challenge? It’s open to students from across the world– enter your best schoolwork project created with Office and you could win a Surface Pro 3 or Xbox! It could be an awesome Office Mix, an Excel chart with great number crunching, or an amazing PowerPoint you made to present your science project. Spread the word to your students so they can submit the work they’re most proud of! You can click here to see some examples of great sample projects. The deadline is December 2nd so submit those entries now! Cant wait to see those great submissions! – Anya  

Robin Smorenberg: Seizing Opportunities

by Robin Smorenberg Expert Educator Columnist, Netherlands Last week I got presented with a very rare opportunity- I got to sit in on one of my fellow teachers’ lesson as part of a professional development program we are currently doing in my school. So I’m sitting there in the back of the class, checklist in hand, and observing what was going on in her classroom. As I’m paying close attention to what all her learners are doing in her classroom, I suddenly see that an hour has passed and it’s back to my own classroom for me…with a blank checklist, I apparently disregarded my given assignment and just focused on all the wonderful activity going on in that classroom. Back in my own classroom, I got to pick up where I left off and the normal routine took over again. As I’m ‘speed-grading’ some assignments at my desk, a small group of my students caught my attention. Usually this means that they need to be corrected on their ‘work-volume’ or that they simply are doing …

News Flash: Collaborate in the Classroom with new Skype Document Chat in Office Online

by Minnia Feng, MSEN Community Manager In today’s digital classroom, collaboration is key to cross-pollinating ideas and building essential teamwork skills. Many of you and your students are already using Office Online to create amazing work, while using Skype to communicate with friends and family from around the world. Now, the two come together in Skype document chat – with this free tool, you can go beyond the existing real time co-authoring feature to chat directly within the document you’re working on.

App of the Week: Office Lens for OneNote, Bridging the Physical and Digital

by Minnia Feng MSEN Community Manager In today’s classroom, many things may be digitized and live on a screen, but there’s still an undeniable value in the power of exploring ideas through writing. With inking, this was made possible in the digital realm, but what about if you’re leading a brainstorm session with your kids in class and capture some amazing ideas on a whiteboard or chalkboard that you don’t want to lose? Enter Office Lens for OneNote.