All posts tagged: MSFTEdu

Angels Soriano: Creativity & OneNote- Tracking the Creative Process

by Angels Soriano Expert Educator Columnist, Spain Many of us use OneNote to encourage collaboration, teamwork, and self-regulation when it comes to projects, or even to promote creativity in students learning. The most beautiful word is creativity… Creativity at school that Sir Ken Robinson tells us about (which envy who has been able to listen to him live, must be pure energy!). During these last two months (December and January) in my language and literature class, we have been evaluating the reading process: We could have made an oral presentation, or a small essay on the opinion that they expressed their book, but why not go one step further and encourage them to make a video overview (book trailer) as an element of creating content from reading?. In this way we could develop different skills such as creativity, collaborative work and the use of ICTs; offering them the possibility to demonstrate their participation and the empowerment of their learning. Sharing OneNote through Office365 platform enables students to work autonomously through different phases of the project …

Marija Petreska: The Art of Powerpoint

by Marija Petreska Expert Educator Columnist, Macedonia I bet you have never thought of PowerPoint as a canvas for art work. Nor have we. It was an innocent play with the shapes and colors in PowerPoint that led us to a whole new discovery. We could create our own infographics with handmade clip art and background paper in PowerPoint with the shapes and edit options and the colors. It turned out to be so fun that we now have over ten handmade interactive infographics and at least four more not yet published. This post is a step by step guide how to create your own clip art and background paper, how to connect it all in a story on a slide, how to merge the slides into an infographic and make it an interactive one. Step 1 Creating Handmade Clip Art The one thing you need to be skillful with is the edit shape button

Shiroma Weerathunge: I Use OneNote to Inspire Learning

by Shiroma Weerathunge Expert Educator Columnist, Sri Lanka The teachers in 21st century are leaving from “Chalk & Talk” methods and move to the child centered learning allowing students learn themselves. Today teacher has become a guide who shows the correct path and way to go. If a teacher can inspire students learning with technology they will be exiting to learn with enthusiasm. Today inspirational teachers use Microsoft OneNote to inspire students’ learning. OneNote is a digital notebook that would allow teachers to organize web articles, videos and other content in one location. This is a very helpful application for teachers to teach with technology as well as learn too.

Scott Bricker: The Coach’s Corner- OneNote, My Match Made in Education Heaven!

by Scott Bricker Expert Educator Columnist, USA With the creation of one simple program, Microsoft has helped me save a small forest! In my nearly 20+ years as a Teacher, Basketball Coach, Life Coach and Student, I was the self-proclaimed “Notepad Guy.” You know, the person that carries around one or more 8.5 x 11 inch notepads, with those adorable, equally spaced lines for me to take meticulously organized notes on the meeting, or doodle randomly when I get distracted. It was so great to be able to flip back and forth between the pages weeks on down the road, and when I was done, I could just add the notepad to the stack in the back corner of my office while I watched that pile grow to be a gigantic eye sore in my office.

Tasha Candela: Presenting at a Conference- You Can Do It!

by Tasha Candela Expert Educator Columnist, USA Have you ever thought about speaking at a conference? I have always had confidence issues so that thought would have never crossed my mind. I love sharing my knowledge with others, but in a small setting. The fewer audience members, the better. As I continued to attend conferences, I learned that I could add value. I watched others engage learners by demonstrating the latest technology tools and teaching techniques. Some presenters were more poised and knowledgeable than others, but all were there because they had a passion for their topic. As teachers, we are innately selfless. We want to improve our own practices while sharing the lessons that make our classrooms successful. Presenters are catalysts for growth in learning. They can be the spark that encourages your most difficult student to complete their first assignment. They can share a different way of teaching an English classic or mathematics problem that totally revolutionizes your students understanding and attitude about the subject matter. Moreover, they could become part of your …

Lidija Kralj: Yammer in Education, Part 1

by Lidija Kralj Expert Educator Columnist, Croatia Social networks are important part of our lives and lives of our students. Last few years we witnessed that social networks have no intentions to disappear and that we can’t banned them from schools effectively. So let’s embrace them and convert them into powerful tool for learning and teaching. Safety first Social networks are risky because lots of students share too much data about themselves, their friend and family and without thinking post naughty messages or even spread hate speech. We have three important topics we have to integrate in our use of social networks in education: protect students’ data, warn students about oversharing and prevent cyberbullying. All of mentioned were reasons I decide to give a chance to Yammer as safe learning environment. In Croatia we have great opportunity since Office 365, including Yammer is freely available to all teachers and students in primary and secondary schools. We all have digital identity defined on national level with domain, so every person is easily recognizable by their …

Tammy Dunbar: Enhancing Reading With Technology!

by Tammy Dunbar Expert Educator Columnist, USA “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.” My husband and I used to read to our two children every night until they were almost out of high school.  There is nothing quite like reading out loud to a child.  You can model how to read out loud, how to interpret characters, how to create memorable voices (my husband did a mean Gollum,), how to predict/summarize, how to reread if you don’t understand something, and how to fall in love with reading. It’s a practice I enjoy continuing in my classroom.  But there’s no technology involved, right? There doesn’t have to be, of course.  But technology can absolutely be used to enhance the experience.

Puji Lestari: Improve Pronunciation of the English Language Through the Speak Cell

by Puji Lestari Expert Educator Columnist, Indonesia English in the State of Indonesia became one of the local subjects. But there are problems in implementation. As an Indonesian citizen who daily use the Indonesian language is even more likely to use the local language difficulties in pronunciation of foreign languages. Microsoft provides us with the presence of solutions to the Bing Translator which uses internet access. This is a good news. However, in some circumstances the facility could not be used because of several factors. One Example, in our area we often experienced lights out. Another factor is not all students have Internet access in their homes. They get it in the school. That’s why I think there should be a solution for students to learn more widespread and not confined to the classroom. Starting with Microsoft Excel. Most people familiar with Microsoft Excel as an application program that has spread sheet calculation functions and graphs. Given these functions are widely used in the world of marketing.

Shafaque Riaz: Learning Happens in Every Problem-Solving Experience

by Shafaque Riaz Expert Educator Columnist, UAE This time focus of my post is that how game design naturally supports learning. For me, learning is something that happens across every context that you’re in. Each time you’re involved in a particular form of problem solving whether it’s easy or hard, you’re engaged in some form of learning. Now a days the modern games are designed with a provision of set of experiences assuming that learners are active constructors of meaning with their own drives, goals, and motivations. A learning game play provides multiple routes of participation and meaning making. Content and resources are delivered on demand to solve problem. Inclusive game designs just don’t throw everything on you, but they let you explore at a reasonable pace and interestingly it’s mostly self-determined. You can go back and forth, practice as much as you wish. Games are very good in letting the players unfold and explore and become master at their own progress levels. A model of game design for learning suggested by Shaffer, squire, Halverson …

Teacher Marija: Mix a Tube and Sway It!

by Marija Petreska Expert Educator Columnist, Macedonia Another Sway feature I simply adore alongside with Swaying tweets is Swaying YouTube videos. And I devote this blog post on tips and ideas how to mix some video lessons and sway them. 1. Lip Sync There are a few short animated fims that I’ve been dying to share and just thought of how to create lesson plans with them. I’ll start with with Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty. Not a very pleasant bedtime story, right? But why not make it a more cheerful one? Why not synchronize it with your students’ voices and make it a so they lived happily ever after story? Why not rewrite the script? Here is my idea: every student writes  his own version of the story, adds his own lines for the granny and lip syncs the film, naturally using hoarse granny voice. Synchronization would have been a tiresome task if it weren’t for Office Mix. Have you tried the screen casting feature, yet? If you played the video with a muted voice …