Six Microsoft in the classroom ideas to try out this term…

As the third term springs to life in our classrooms, have you thought of adding any new technologies to your lessons or your professional development? Here are some useful Microsoft in the classroom ideas to try out this term. 1. Bring in some problem-based learning Think about introducing problem-based learning in your classroom… based on a real South African problem. I experienced a project like this recently where we had to think about a South African problem to solve using the p...

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Office Lens – this amazing Microsoft portable scanning app is useful in the classroom…

Office Lens is basically a portable scanner in your pocket, allowing you to capture pictures of whiteboards, documents, and receipts to save and edit them digitally. The beauty of Office Lens as opposed to other scanning applications is that Microsoft offers integration with Microsoft Office. How does Office Lens integrate with Office? Office Lens will covert images into Word and PowerPoint files, and even PDF documents. Office Lens enables images to be sent via email. One can share whiteboard notes, ...

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‘Take education to new heights using Microsoft Sway’ by Kathryn Riva, a Microsoft MIEExpert from SA.

Kathryn Riva, one of the Microsoft MIEExpert teachers from South Africa, who recently attended the Global Forum in Dubai with Microsoft, sent information about a blended learning task she did with her Grade 5 girls that used Microsoft Sway.  Kathryn teaches at Micklefield School in Cape Town. Kathryn Rsays, “I used Microsoft Sway in my SS Geography: Africa blended learning lesson – the class loved Sway and their presentations were outstanding…success!” During the Grade 5 Ble...

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Coming soon… Microsoft tools competition. Watch this space!

Submitted by Megan Rademeyer In the next few weeks Microsoft and SchoolNet we will be launching a competition for teachers who are using one or more of the following Microsoft tools as part of their teaching: Office 365 for Education http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/educators/teacher-resources/default.aspx#fbid=4fEqvPS8bDo Windows 8 and apps for Education http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/educators/teacher-resources/default.aspx#fbid=4fEqvPS8bDo OneNote http://blogs.office.com/2014/10/07/...

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Great news! Introducing OneNote Staff Notebook for education – just released!

What is OneNote Staff Notebook? OneNote Staff Notebook, like OneNote Class Notebook, is an app for Office 365 that lets an education staff leader quickly set up a personal workspace for every staff member or teacher, a content library for shared information and a collaboration space for everyone to collaborate—all within one powerful notebook. OneNote Staff Notebook has just been released Building on the resounding excitement from teachers around OneNote Class Notebook (removing “Creator” namin...

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How our South African MiE Experts are using Microsoft Office Sway

Have you tried this llovely new Microsoft product Microsoft Sway? Microsoft’s Sway, an online tool for creating presentation documents, is now generally available to the public. Previously, a waiting list was in place. What makes Sway particularly interesting is that it  doesn’t have traditional files, like the original Office suite. So it was built for the cloud! Like PowerPoint it is a presentation tool but quite different! Some of our South Africa Microsoft MIEExpert teachers have been creati...

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A Microsoft Sway from Mabore Lekalakala, #MIEExpert15 for SA, entitled ’Khan Academy Math- Learners’ Reality’

This is a guest post from Mabore Lekalakale of South Africa’s Microsoft MiE Experts for 2015. Please follow Mabore on Twitter.  Yesterday we posted a post from Mabore entitled ‘‘Khan Academy Maths – Learners Reality’ by Microsoft #MIEExpert from South Africa, Mabore Lelakala.  Today we provide a follow up. In yesterday’s blog post Mabore Lekalakala posted about Khan Academy and how it can provide beneficial help to Maths students.           &nb...

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OneNote Class Notebook Creator launched!

Teachers have been using OneNote for years as a powerful tool to deliver content to students or to provide a space for collaboration in the classroom. Until now though, each student would need their own private notebook, or a teacher would need to privacy-protect sections that students shouldn’t see—and the dozens of notebooks a teacher would typically need to manage became very cumbersome. The new One Note Class Notebook Creator is here…  OneNote Class Notebook Creator lets a teacher quick...

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Microsoft tools #6: Build memory and recognition skills using Microsoft Flashcards

This application is called FLASHCARDS and it is an application from Microsoft Education Labs.  I really like the idea of these flashcards. This is a great programme to teach your learners at school to use. They could use it for anything where facts are important – vocabulary recognition, spelling, history etc. This tool is available as a free resource on the Microsoft Educator’s Network. We invite you to join this amazing network with its large collection of resources...

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Microsoft tools #5 – Microsoft’s AutoCollage is a must for teachers and students

Submitted by Fiona Beal Nowadays there are so many different things you can do with your photographs. Microsoft AutoCollage is a webtool that allows you and your students to get creative with your images and combine them into a single collage. Best, of course, is that it is free. Microsoft Research has really tried to make this application as simple as possible to use. Basically, you point it to a folder of photos in your My Pictures section and it knits them together to produce an eye catching collage....

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