MIEExpert Spotlight #3: Keshma Patel – Project-based learning, 1:1 technology, student websites and Minecraft!

This is the third post in the series “MIEExpert Spotlight for South Africa”. The tab with all the posts can be found at  http://bit.ly/1ZYy8Z7 Keshma Patel, a Grade 6 teacher at Micklefield Primary School for girls in Cape Town and a 2016 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert,  believes that: “as a teacher your learning should never end. Education is ever changing. You never have a dull moment. There are always new goals to set, new ideas to explore and different ways to inspire...

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Have you started your Grade 10-12 learners on the Microsoft Math portal yet?

How do you transform mathematics from the most disliked subject in school to every student’s favourite pastime, even beyond school walls? By introducing Microsoft Math! Microsoft Math is a free, online high school learning support service for Grade 10-12 students in South Africa and globally, provided by Microsoft. This is a 24-hour service that will benefit Grade 10-12 Maths learners enormously. It is available on any device and it provides: thousands of Maths exercises  examples of how to sol...

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Use Microsoft Word in a fun way with younger students

Submitted by Fiona Beal Often, after a holiday break, teachers want to get their students writing about their holiday. A really fun way to do this is to get them to write their report back in Microsoft Word using a selected template. I discovered a great template for this in the fabulous Oakdome site.The template is in the form of a cell phone! I tried this out on a Grade 4 class and they loved the experience! The writing task “Describe, in around 200 words or less, one or two events from your su...

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MIEExpert Spotlight #2: Brescia House School in Johannesburg sets a record with 16 teachers selected for the Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert program in 2016

This is the second post in the series “MIEExpert Spotlight for South Africa”. The tab with all the posts can be found at  http://bit.ly/1ZYy8Z7 Brescia House School in Johannesburg is well known for its standards of excellence in education. It is a private Catholic school for girls that rates the use of technology as a high priority for all students at the school. The girls use different devices to suit the needs to the various age groups, for example iPads are used in the Foundatio...

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Learning Tools for OneNote Customer Preview add-in launched making it easier to read and write…

Microsoft has recently launched the official Learning Tools for OneNote (Customer Preview) add-in. It can be downloaded from http://www.onenote.com/learningtools. The Learning Tools for OneNote add-in helps everyone improve their reading and writing skills, including gifted learners, students with learning differences or a combination of any of the broad range of unique student abilities.  “Students spend so much energy decoding that they can’t focus on content. This tool will help...

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A brief overview of the ‘Get Trained’ option in the new Microsoft Educator Community

In our previous post about the new Microsoft Educator Community entitled, ‘Take some time to join the new Microsoft Educator Community today!‘ we spoke about how to join this great new community that Microsoft has developed. You’ll find this community at: https://www.educatornetwork.com/. This new site is a central destination where you’ll have access to well over 1.5 million educators around the world plus more. Some of the things you’ll be able to do on the Microsoft Educa...

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Take some time to join the new Microsoft Educator Community today!

Submitted by Fiona Beal In around October 2015 Microsoft moved the Microsoft Educator Network to its new destination now called the Microsoft Educator Community. Have you perhaps visited the new site and joined? What is the new site about?  This new site is a central destination where you’ll have access to over 1.5 million educators around the world, a fresh selection of professional development courses and resources, thousands of inspiring lesson plans, and access to live lessons and virtual fi...

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Have you discovered Microsoft’s Docs.com? Create documents, journal entries and collections with it…

Submitted by Fiona Beal Today when I was browsing the net I cam upon an interesting publication called The Feed #3 hosted in Docs. com. It reminded me of SlideShare. On closer examination I discovered that Docs.com is a file sharing site from Microsoft that lets you share many of your Microsoft Office files with other people. The interesting thing is that when you share, the file formats of your files are unchanged. The Feed #3, then, is Microsoft PowerPoint embedded and shared online. I ...

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