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Updated by fiona on May 02, 2016
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Useful Microsoft in Education posts this week #49

“It makes me feel like I can do anything!' - Window & Mirror in 2nd Grade - Angela Maiers

I recently keynoted the second “What Great Educators Do Differently” Conference in Houston (it’s a wonderful conference, and I’ll be speaking at the next one in Atlanta on June 17 – sign up today). I had …

Sway is the Way - Create Memorable Reading Portfolios - Simplek12

Sway is being used in classrooms all over. At Wissahickon Middle School, teachers are using Sway to create memorable reading portfolios.

How to Master Microsoft Office OneNote

Microsoft OneNote has been one of our favorite note-taking apps for years, and it keeps getting better. The app is completely free to install on your Mac or Windows desktop and lets you format notes any way you wish in an intuitive digital notebook interface. Here’s how to get started with OneNote and take your notes to the next level.

Create Virtual Science Experiments in Office Mix

Using Office Mix, teachers can create assessments that incorporate pre-recorded science experiments into a quiz that prompts students to predict what will happen next. It’s a great way to authentically assess if students understand the science concepts being taught.

How to Turn a Teacher into a OneNote Ninja

All aspiring OneNote Ninjas must begin their journey with the basics.  The first thing a young ninja must do is learn the ways of This is a Teacher-focused site with bite-sized interactive training that will take you from beginner to expert in no time. Each lesson is only a few minutes long and the skills you learn will pay off handsome rewards in your teaching future and save you valuable time every day.  

Staff Collaboration and Communication with OneNote and OneDrive

By Dianne Krause, Instructional Technology Coach, Wissahickon School District, Pennsylvania Collaboration seems to be a magic word in education these days. And the most successful teachers are integrating activities and projects that allow their students to collaborate with their classmates and experts, both near and far. The most effective collaboration, though, occurs among teachers and...

Acer Windows-based Tablets Support Engaged Learning in Finnish Schools

Tablets are becoming pivotal in creating new learning landscapes. In fact, tablets can be used both in the classroom and beyond to motivate and encourage for...

How to start your CPD with the Microsoft Educator Community

If you are a frequent reader of the blog, you may have seen many of our posts recently referring to the Microsoft Educator Community. This digital community is your one-stop shop for everything you may need for teacher training and CPD, combining experience of the Microsoft Educator Network and Skype in the Classroom.  This site is...

How to Convert PDF to Word for Free

If I had a dollar for each and every time someone has asked me to suggest a great PDF to Word converter, I'd probably be able to shop at Whole Foods every day for a month. It's one of the conversion types topping the formatting pile. My love of organic fruit and veg aside, here are…