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#110 Useful Microsoft in Education posts this week

This is a collection of posts about using Microsoft applications effectively in the classroom

SchoolNet webinar recording and downloadable presentation link 'Coding - it's not scary- it's easy and it's free...' ...

Charmaine said before the webinar:: "I have spent many years supporting teachers in their ICT integration journey. Sometimes I have to expose teachers to material that I am not so sure of myself! So, in line with the saying: "If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try." (Seth Godin), I started exploring the world of coding, it's educational impact and why it is often referred to as "21st Century Oxygen". After doing some research, I discovered some incredible coding websites that are interactive, engaging and include teaching functions in the form of short video clips to guide users through each process. All this - for free! The coding community have really come together to enable and empower young people to develop computational thinking, problem solving and logical thinking and many other competencies! In 36 years in education, this has got to be one of the easiest things I have ever done - with (by far) the most impact. Join me on my journey into the invigorating and exciting world of coding - made easy! "

How to Create Outlook Express Stationary

Outlook Express is one of the best email clients available from Microsoft and it is installed by default on operating systems such as Windows 2000 and Windows

How Minecraft Supports Social and Emotional Learning in K–12 Education

Schools and districts across the globe are embracing social and emotional learning (SEL), an approach that builds skills and competencies that will help students be successful in school, work, and life.

Class Hack Contest Winners

In preparation for the Hack the Classroom Microsoft ran a competition to see who can develop the best lesson that includes the use of Sway as a creative method for delivering content to students. The below winners were announced on June 27, 2017.
Hopefully the winning lesson plans will inspire you to use Sway as a creative method for delivering content to students, or that you will encourage your students to create Sways to demonstrate their learning. Be sure to click on the link below each set of learning objectives to see the full lesson plan the educator has shared.

Get Started with Live Online Adventures Via Skype!

This webinar has been brought to you by Microsoft. Learn more information about using Skype and Literacy at

Microsoft Education - Hack the Classroom recording

Listen to the Hack the classroom recording. As the world changes and is moving more rapidly, it is hard to keep up with what are the most powerful ways to incorporate technology into your classroom. Hack the Classroom is an exciting, online, live event designed to show you what’s possible and ignite new ideas. This year, we will be live from ISTE bringing you the latest tools designed to empower your students to create the world of tomorrow!

Spotlight on Wales: Cracking the Code with Minecraft, and #MIEExperts at NDLE

A digitally skilled workforce is vital for the future of the economy and the prosperity of the UK. With an estimated 100,000 new coding jobs expected to be in existence in the UK by 2020, ensuring that today’s young learners are being adequately encouraged and supported in taking up STEM subjects is hugely important if there are to be enough appropriately skilled graduates and school leavers to fill those jobs.

How to Become a MIE Expert in 4 Steps

How to Become a MIE Expert in 4 Steps | Piktochart Infographic Editor

Apply to be a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert – applications close 15 July 2017

MIE Experts are part of an exclusive Microsoft program created to recognize global educator visionaries who are using technology to improve teaching and learning. Outstanding MIE Experts from South Africa and Lesotho are selected to attend Education Exchange (E2) events both locally and internationally; they participate in webinars to boost their own skills; they feature in case studies, blogposts and webinars; and they are part of a local and international community of teachers who share ideas and best practices. Here is an image of the MIE Experts who were invited to the very exciting Microsoft E2 Africa #makewhatsnext In Johannesburg recently.

10 Tips and Tricks That Will Make You a OneNote Ninja - BetterCloud Monitor

Here’s a bold yet true declaration: OneNote is the most versatile tool in Office 365. Whether you’re a busy parent making a shopping list, a software developer providing notes to a project manager, or a sixth-grade teacher assigning a collaborative class project, OneNote can make your life easier. We rounded up ten of our favorite OneNote tips that will make you a OneNote ninja in no time! The Copy Text from Picture feature in OneNote 2013/2016 allows you to pull the text out from an image onto your clipboard, so you can paste and use the text anywhere.