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#123 Useful Microsoft in Education posts this week

Posts about using Microsoft products in the classroom

What’s New in EDU: Putting creativity in motion with Minecraft and everyday STEM |

Bringing STEM-centric projects into the classroom can be a lofty goal when resources are limited, but there’s often room for a grounded, everyday approach. In the September edition of What’s New in EDU, our monthly round-up of the latest efforts and products from Microsoft Education, we fast-track a new low-cost STEM project with the help of Hot Wheels. We also see the future-ready skills to be gained when students travel back in time with Minecraft: Education Edition.

Website at https://educationblog.microsoft.com/2017/09/minecraft-education-edition-3-minute-setup/

Minecraft: Education Edition is an open-world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination. Over the last year, the Education Blog has shared how Minecraft can help your students learn to code with Code Builder, or how it might help them shed their shells and explore a virtual horizon together.

Read more at https://educationblog.microsoft.com/2017/09/minecraft-education-edition-3-minute-setup/#B7pRPCQ1AO8H421t.99

Microsoft Teams – The top 10 features that are on their way

Ever since the initial launch of Microsoft Teams I've been interested in the new features. There is a lot of new stuff arriving and every now and then I go through the Microsoft Teams Uservoice to see what is on its way. The top 10 is of items that are on their way are: 1. External…

Microsoft Word's New Learning Tools Sharpens Students' Reading Skills

Schools with Office 365 for Education accounts now have at their disposal more technology tools that can help students write better. Just in time for students to start filling up school corridors and classrooms, Microsoft has announced an update to its Learning Tools, a collection of software helpers that can improve reading comprehension and steers students clear of errors. Now, the feature is available when students are writing or editing documents in Microsoft Word, announced Mike Tholfsen, principal product manager at Microsoft Education.Microsoft's suite of technology aids for the classroom how helps students improve their reading and writing in Word.

daily edventures | “Engaging students, whether K-12 or adult learners, in real life, inquiry-based problems empowers ...

Working with bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) students in the small Texas town where President Lyndon Baines Johnson once taught transformed Miguel Guhlin’s views on education. But it was when Guhlin started sharing his teaching experiences with others that he truly found his calling. “Engaging students, whether K-12 or adult learners, in real life, inquiry-based problems empowers them to become the protagonists in their story.” – Miguel Guhlin, USA

Microsoft Education (@microsoftedu) • Instagram photos and videos

Check out MicrosoftEdu on Instagram. 1,739 Followers, 398 Following, 91 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Microsoft Education (@microsoftedu)

Microsoft Garage: Presentation Translator - an Office add-in for PowerPoint 

Presentation Translator is an Office add-in for PowerPoint that enables presenters to display translated subtitles in real time while giving audience members the opportunity to follow along in their own language, on their own device.  As you speak, the add-in allows you to display subtitles directly on your PowerPoint presentation in any one of more than 60 supported text languages. Additionally, up to 100 audience members in the room can follow along with the presentation in their own language, and on their own phone, tablet, or computer.

OneNote for Education

OneNote for Education from a teacher's perspective - Mrs Sarah Bau - Our Lady of Grace School - Glengowrie

OneNote: the hidden gem in Microsoft Office - Montreal, Quebec, Ottawa | Cloud-IT

Almost everyone loves PowerPoint, Excel and Word, but there’s another Office application that should be recognized as a must-have: OneNote. It’s an app for pulling together text, video, audio, and other visual resources to create shareable notebooks full of useful information. With this article, you can master OneNote in no time at all.

I taught biology before I became a OneNote pro – my example Notebook can help you get started |

In this example OneNote Notebook - made by an educator from Sulphur Springs High School - you'll find some great ideas for OneNote in your classroom. He says, "About a year ago, I was getting ready to take on my first job outside of the classroom. I had just moved from being a high school biology teacher to the role of Digital Learning Specialist at Sulphur Springs High School. On top of that, I was also moving into a Microsoft district. I had very little experience with Office 365, other than Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. As I started doing research on OneNote (part of Office 365), I noticed a need for example Notebooks. In this post, I’m sharing the OneNote Class Notebook I’ve made and showing examples from professional development sessions that I do with my teachers. It also contains useful template ideas, student choice board/menu pages, example lesson plans, and pages using the embedding features in OneNote. I hope the following section highlights will help you and the technology leaders at your school in their pursuit of technology integration.