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Useful Microsoft posts this week #75

It’s never too late to #HacktheClassroom!

Each time we bring educators around the globe together with a #HacktheClassroom digital event, the community participation gets bigger – and the inspiration gets, well, more...

New Learning Tools Help Educators Create More Inclusive Classrooms

A one-size-fits-all approach to education can be especially stifling for students with unique learning needs. To put it into perspective, Dyslexia is estimated to impact 1 in 5...

#MIEExpert WEBINAR: Light up your classroom with Sway

After a short break for half-term, our series of live and on-demand webinars led by teachers continues this week with a session hosted by Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Paul Dredge, as he demonstrates how Sway can enhance learning. During the half hour session you will be given an overview of how to use the app, and a variety of other tips and tricks for using Sway in your classroom, as well as a live demonstration and tutorial.

Take tests in Windows 10

Learn how to set up and use the Take a Test app.Many schools use online testing for formative and summative assessments. It's critical that students use a secure browser that prevents them from using other computer or Internet resources during the test. The Take a Test app in Windows 10, Version 1607, creates the right environment for taking a test:


Welcome to Office Mix! In this quick tutorial you will learn how to install the Office Mix add-in, how to record audio and inking and lastly, you will learn how to securely upload and share your mix. Happy mixing!

Skype-a-thon 2016

Help us celebrate global learning by joining us in our Skype-a-Thon mission to travel 3 million miles over Skype on November 29th and 30th. You can participate in three easy steps below

Finding the right devices for education

When looking for suitable and affordable devices for education, there are many factors to consider. Whether you are a post-grad researcher looking for a powerful personal laptop, a parent wishing to provide your child with a 2-in-1 device for further education, or indeed a head teacher needing to equip classes or an entire school with portable devices suitable for education, there are plenty of options to navigate. To help parents, teachers and students find the devices with the necessary functionality and that fall within your budget, the device finder on the Microsoft Education website will quickly refine your options.

You can now use Microsoft Office 365 on Chromebooks. Here's how. - Daily Genius

Many thanks to Jonathan Wylie for his professional input. Chromebooks have quickly become an incredibly popular tool in schools. However, this has previously limited users to only Google’s productivity tools. One of the most common complaints that I hear about Google Apps for Education tools (Gmail, Docs, Slides, etc), is that they are not as …

10 Easy Steps to Using Minecraft in Your Class | | Peachpit

You know how involving (and fun!) Minecraft can be for building user communities. How can you put Minecraft to work in your classroom? Colin Gallagher, author of An Educator's Guide to Using Minecraft in the Classroom: Ideas, Inspiration, and Student Projects for Teachers, provides a quick 10-step program for adding Minecraft to your teaching toolbox.

Educator Spotlight #3: Setshaba Mobe - The Magic of PowerPoint

This is the third post in a new series called ‘Educator Spotlight’ highlighting South African educators encouraging the effective using ICT...