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This week's useful Microsoft posts for teachers #9

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:

Windows 10 Highlights Reel

A compilation of the new and exciting experiences that have been revealed since the announcement of Windows 10 in September 2014.

OneNote gets ready for summer technology planning with updates for everyone - Office Blogs

Microsoft has announced a number of top requested features for OneNote Class Notebooks, OneNote Staff Notebooks and OneNote across platforms, which are coming soon for Office 365 customers—so you can count on them showing up in your summer planning for technology next school year in most of the world!

Windows 10 Features

Check out all the new Windows 10 features with the same desktop you know and love, only better. It's quick start up and more security. It's Cortana, a new br...

Like Minecraft? Play these games, too! - Conversations: The Microsoft Devices blog

A major update has hit “Minecraft: Pocket Edition”, packing the sandbox construction game with even more features. And if you’re lovin’ Minecraft, we’ve sh

Smile! The amazing history of emoticons and emojis

Many of us use emoticons and emojis every day in our online lives, but have you ever stopped and wondered where these nifty little things got their start?

How OneNote can evolve education - Office Blogs

Education has essentially been conducted in the same manner for thousands of years. A teacher passes on knowledge of a topic to the student and the student writes down the information. The student then studies the information to master the content. OneNote is the next step in the classroom evolution that hasn’t occurred in history.

Create Virtual Science Experiments in Office Mix

Using Office Mix, teachers can create assessments that incorporate pre-recorded science experiments into a quiz that prompts students to predict what will ha...

Balancing Privacy and Innovation: Protecting Students in Our Digital World - Microsoft in Education Blog - Site Home ...

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

African educators win at Microsoft E² Educator Exchange

Microsoft has announced the winners of the Global Educator Challenge, which includes six educators from across Africa. John Gichuri from Kenya; Floyd Chanda from Zambia; Sachita Jeeta from Mauritius, Mokhudu Machaba and Warren Sparrow from

GeoGebra in Office Mix

A quick demo on how you can embed  GeoGebra in Office Mix

Office Mix interactive panel tutorials helps you put your best face on - Office Blogs

With our new Office Mix first run experience, we bring a sense of welcoming and enlightenment to the basics. The tutorials include “What is Office Mix,” “Screen Recording” and “Publish and Share.” We’ve also included an easy way for you to “Create Your First Mix.” In the coming months, we’ll be adding more tutorials.

Office Mix interactive panel tutorials helps you put your best face on - Office Blogs

With our new Office Mix first run experience, we bring a sense of welcoming and enlightenment to the basics. The tutorials include “What is Office Mix,” “Screen Recording” and “Publish and Share.” We’ve also included an easy way for you to “Create Your First Mix.” In the coming months, we’ll be adding more tutorials.

Sway Use Case series #2: Food Sways - Office Blogs

Sway lets food enthusiasts of all sorts engage their friends, families and followers in exciting new (and delicious!) ways. In today’s Sway Use Case blog, we’ll get a taste of some great uses of Sway by foodies who created interactive and dynamic food experiences for us to feast our eyes on.

The philosophy behind Focus Points in Sway - Office Blogs

Hear more from the Sway team on the challenges and philosophy behind building smart, adaptive image cropping that makes your images look great across devices while respecting what’s most important to you in them.