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This week's useful Microsoft posts for teachers #6

The Internet is currently full of posts about using Microsoft products effectively in the classroom. Here are a number of them from this past week:

4 Ways to Bring the World into Your Class with Skype in the Classroom - Microsoft in Education Blog - Site Home - Tec...

At Microsoft, we believe providing quality education to the 1.4 billion students around the world is essential to the future of our society. Effective, immersive learning experiences inspire students to demonstrate creative thinking. The right technology can empower education, inspire learning anywhere, and unlock the potential of students, educators, and schools. To make this technology available worldwide we partner with education communities, delivering solutions, services and programs that enhance learning and school management.

Microsoft in education empowers educators to:

• Inspire students to create and demonstrate critical thinking
• Learn anytime, anywhere
• Prepare students for their futures
• Transform and modernize schools and college campuses

How to Take Awesome Notes on an iPad

'How to Take Awesome Notes on an iPad' by Sean Hampton-Cole, one of our local teachers. https://goo.gl/UG4Dlm He recommends using OneNote as a possible app for this.

SchoolNet SA - IT's a Great Idea: ‘Take education to new heights using Microsoft Sway’ by Kathryn Riva, a Microsoft M...

New post on the SchoolNet blog '‘Take education to new heights using Microsoft Sway’ by Kathryn Riva, a Microsoft MIEExpert from SA.' http://bit.ly/1Sgno7y

SchoolNet SA - IT's a Great Idea: PowerPoint is alive and well! 25+ ideas for using PowerPoint creatively in the clas...

New post on the SchoolNet blog 'PowerPoint is alive and well! 25+ ideas for using PowerPoint creatively in the classroom…' http://bit.ly/1R1Lnpt

daily edventures | “Every student, if they have confidence in themselves, they can be a big-shot in the future.” –Huo...

A new Daily Edventures post '“Every student, if they have confidence in themselves, they can be a big-shot in the future.” –Huoy-Minn Kuo, Taiwan' http://bit.ly/1Hm3kue

Let them use OneNote—it could change their lives - Office Blogs

When I talk to people about the power of OneNote, I have a real reason for my passion. I call OneNote, “The best app in all of education.” ---Read more from Becky Keene, Microsoft Expert Educator and Master Trainer

SchoolNet SA - IT's a Great Idea: Microsoft Break into Code Challenge! Learn to code! Win cash prizes! Closing date 7...

New blogpost on the Schoolnet blog 'Microsoft Break into Code Challenge! Learn to code! Win cash prizes! Closing date 7 June' http://bit.ly/1R1IyES

Sway: A PowerPoint Alternative - Using Technology Better

Microsoft Sway is a great alternative to PowerPoint. Your students can use Sway to present ideas, synthesise their thoughts and more.

How Microsoft’s Sway presentation tool is being used to foster creativity in students

We’ve been increasingly engaged in reporting on the Microsoft’s Sway product. For those unfamiliar, Sway is part of a new wave of Office Suite additions developed by Microsoft. The new Office client

Skype’s real-time translator makes us all instant multilinguists

The app is basically like having your very own United Nations translator at your side. 'Skype’s real-time translator makes us all instant multilinguists' http://bit.ly/1Hm30f8 Recently Skype removed the sign-in requirement for its futuristic, Star Trek-esque real-time translator, and made it available for the general public.

Microsoft Hyperlapse - Microsoft Research

Microsoft Hyperlapse is a new technology that creates smooth and stabilized time lapses from first-person videos using GoPro or any other camera.