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#111 Useful Microsoft in Education posts this week

Posts about using Microsoft products effectively in the classroom.

Organize your OneNote: Using Pages and Subpages

Oftentimes when people start with OneNote they feel they need to create a Notebook for each topic. Please resist that temptation; work from one notebook to start if you can. It will be easier to manage in the long run. Where I have multiple books it usually has to do more with who else is…

How to Change Text Sizes and Fonts in Windows 10

Is the Windows 10 default font size too small for you? We'll show you how to adjust your system text size to your liking, along with how to change the default Windows font.. The default font size in Windows 10 can be too small for some, especially when on a higher resolution screen. We’re going to show you how to adjust your system text size to your liking, along with how to change the font while you’re at it. If you want to enlarge more than just the fonts, or only want a temporary zoom, we’ll also show you how to use some simple and in-built Windows tools to achieve that.

MIEExpert Spotlight #28: Charmaine Roynon from Cape Town talks about coding and growing great teachers

WGJS is a very well resourced school in terms of teacher devices and mobile devices for the girls. In her role at school Charmaine teaches the teachers how to use the various Microsoft tools. She finds that the teachers at WGJS are enthusiastic and interested in integrating ICT into the curriculum, so they are keen to attend regular training. “The teachers are required to attend professional development every 3rd or 4th Monday afternoon. I make sure that my development session has a spot at least twice a term. I try to vary further training to suit our teachers. For example I regularly hold a Muffin morning in my room where teachers have conversations about the technology they need to use. Each grade has an IT Champion who ensures that their colleagues keep up to date. WGJS is in the process of implementing O365, which is really exciting as I am aiming to grow 8 MIE’s! We will be implementing BYOD this year – we will not be prescribing which devices they must use, but my previous experience with BYOD clearly indicates that Windows laptops are a choice of device – especially from Gr 6 up.”

Why learn to code? – Bits and Behavior – Medium

Over the past several years, calls for everyone to learn to code have been almost deafening. Bill Gates encouraged us, Mark Zuckerburg challenged us, and will.i.am even learned himself. Even…

Microsoft Word Tutorials - How To Add Watermarks in Word

This video tutorial will help you to learn how to add watermarks to your Microsoft Word documents. It’s really an important Microsoft Word option that you ca...

Block Party | Microsoft Story Labs

Minecraft is on a mission to help build thriving public spaces around the world, block by block.

Supporting Modern Learners with Forms

When it comes to preparing students for success, we can't leave out the flexibility and mobility of Office Forms with its ability to personalize learning. Discover how you can use Office Forms for more than assessment with this video.

Microsoft Education: Set up a Classroom of PCs in an hour

Watch a time lapse of how an IT admin and two teachers deploy an entire classroom of Windows 10 Creators Update PCs, in an hour. See the 5-step process to ge...

Microsoft Teams gets School Data Sync, OneNote class notebooks, education apps, and assignment management

Microsoft today updated Microsoft Teams with four classroom features “designed to help schools achieve more together.” The new functionality, previously limited to a select few in private preview, is now available to all Office 365 for Education customers worldwide (in 181 markets and 25 languages) across Windows desktops, Macs, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and the web.

My Favorite Tools from 2016-17 School Year

Mr Oliveir says "I have been using technology for many years so I have seen fads come and go. What I know for sure is that certain tools excite students but they don't learn anything from using them, while others excite the students and they learn without even realizing that they are learning. Those are the tools that are keepers and that I go back to week in week out, day in day out. Those are my go to tools. These include: (see infographic)