Measuring And Driving Usage Of Teams For Education

If you value it, you measure it. If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. The above two quotes are pretty common in modern business practices and yet ironically for institutions that are used to assessing students on a regular basis,  I don’t always see schools regularly measuring the impact of their eLearning initiatives…

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The Future Of OneNote In Education

Mike Tholfsen – The Future of OneNote in Education from Jared DeCamp on Vimeo. For anyone that oversees the use of technology for eLearning in their school, this video is well worth watching. In it, Mike Tholfsen does a great job going over the current, new and future features of OneNote with a specific focus on how it can be used…

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Connecting Communities Across Languages

Technology can break down barriers in many different ways and I’ve blogged previously about accessibility in Office365 as well as the amazing Seeing AI Appthat helps the blind to “see.” When it was first announced, Microsoft Translator was a Garage project, meaning it was something of a passion project for Microsoft developers and was not as yet, not a…

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Making A Difference With Accessibility

I’ve blogged previously about my observation that accessibility is at the heart of product design at Microsoft, particularly in the Windows 10 and Office 365 product suites. This morning I read a great blog post from the Microsoft Australia Education team:   Making a difference – NSW Education and Office 365 changing school culture. It’s…

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Teaching With Ink Strategies

The “power of the pen” is already well established as an effective technique to improve student comprehension and deepening their knowledge and conceptual understanding. In this blog post I want to share some resources from the MSAU Education Team: A free downloadable OneNote NoteBook full of tips and tricks for effective teaching with Digital Ink. A series of…

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Tracking Office365 ProPlus Activation In Your School

I confess that I’m a bit of a reporting nerd when it comes to technology. I love to see a great dashboard of data revealing how my network is performing, where users are consuming content and what devices they are connecting. I’ve blogged previously about the rapid improvements in the Office365 Admin Reporting using PowerBI to give…

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Using e-Discovery In Microsoft Teams

With many schools trialing Microsoft Teams in anticipation of the new school year in 2018, I’m having quite a few questions asked around security and also visibility of “teacher-to-teacher” chats, but also “teacher-to-student” and “student-to-student” chats. The great news is that Microsoft Teams is fully compliant with Microsoft’s e-Discovery tools to deliver enterprise level compliance…

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Deploy & Code In Minecraft

Minecraft has become something of a global phenomenon, engaging users of all ages both in and out of the education sector. The official Minecraft site lists sales figures of the original Java edition exceeding 27 million, and this won’t include Minecraft on other platforms or the Education Edition released earlier this year that adds some unique…

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Differences In OneNote – Cross Platform Support

One of the coolest things about Microsoft OneNote is that it is on virtually any platform or Operating System you choose to use these days. That can, however, lead to some confusion as to whether key features you’ve come to know and love and rely on in your daily workflows is available or not. Thankfully,…

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Research: Improving Literacy With Learning Tools

This morning I read a research paper entitled Leveling the Playing Field with Microsoft Learning Tools written by Katherine McKnight PhD and was published by the Center for Evaluation & Study of Educational Equity RTI International. The focus is squarely on asking the question “Does the use of Learning Tools improve literacy outcomes, with both reading and…

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