Editing With Natural Hand Gestures & Digital Inking

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sticky-notes

Over the last couple of years I have had innumerable conversations with teachers who love the power of OneNote for editing student work quickly and easily, especially when combining the digital inking experience on a tablet such as a Surface Pro. Perhaps the best example of this was the recorded conversation I had with the…

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Professional Learning Communities Groups in Office365

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Back in mid-2016 Microsoft released PLC Groups for Office365 and I have to admit, I completely missed this feature release. You can read the full announcement on the official Office365 blog post here. I guess I’m pretty excited about this for a few reasons, primarily because it links into the professional development model that is…

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HoloLens – Seeing IS Believing

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I’m in Seattle this week for the Microsoft S4 Conference and am enjoying seeing the truly global perspective of Microsoft as a company. Virtually all of the sessions I’ve attended are covered by the NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement) I’ve signed as an employee so I can’t discuss anything from those unfortunately, but yesterday I did have some great…

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Tools To Support Deployment of Windows 10 and Secure Assessment

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windows-10-education

From my experience working in schools over the last decade, there are two common challenges faced by teachers and support staff: Quickly configuring and deploying school computers Securely managing online assessment with devices Schools are constantly looking for new ways to streamline the setup and deployment of computers in their environment and there is a…

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Intune For Education Announced at BETT

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This week Microsoft has released some major announcements at the annual BETT Show in London. You can read the full announcements on the official blog here, however the one that caught my attention the most was Intune For Education: For me, this is a key solution for schools to consider to simplify the management of Windows…

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Surface in Classrooms: A Distinction in Enabling Transformative Education

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This article first appeared in the Microsoft Asia News Center. You can read the original publishing in full here. New Zealand-based St Andrew’s College has been transforming its classrooms with the help of the Microsoft Surface. The school first introduced Surface Pro 3 back in 2014 after the school management received feedback from the teachers…

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Updates for OneNote Class Notebook, Learning Tools and Office Lens—plus stickers!

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Another major release from the Microsoft Education team this morning, focusing on more updates for OneNote Class Notebooks, the popular Learning Tools as well as adding some fun with stickers for teachers to motivate students with. Read the official announcement here. The summary updates include (my observations in italics): The availability of Class Notebook Tools…

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How To Keep Your Data Fresh With PowerBI Gateways

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PowerBI.com from Microsoft is a great tool for manipulating and visualizing data in powerful ways. There is a desktop client (Windows only currently) and a browser based platform for creating and viewing reports. A number of schools in New Zealand have started exploring how PowerBI can be used and St Andrew’s College in Christchurch have…

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Recording Self-Paced Lessons in OneNote

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onenote-for-teachers

OneNote is one of the most popular tools being used in education today and a major reason for this is because of how intuitive it is to create content. Most teachers and students are familiar with Microsoft Word and it is this familiarity and simplicity that attracts them to OneNote. Having a rich desktop interface to easily drag…

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Upgrading BYOD Devices To Win10 Education

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UPDATE: I have had a number of schools asking me whether this upgrade path below allows students in a BYOD programme with MacBooks to upgrade to Win10 Edu for dual booting. The good news is that the answer is YES. Because Mac OSX / Mac OS is considered a qualifying license for the Windows Volume Licensing programme, students…

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