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Useful Microsoft posts for teachers this week #13

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:

What can Minecraft teach us about creativity? (Seven Ideas) | John Spencer

John Spencer says 'My son, like millions of other kids his age, loves Minecraft. He watches videos about it. He reads books about it. He meets up with the next-door neighbor and works on projects in Minecraft. So, it has me thinking about the popularity of Minecraft and what it says about creativity. Here are a few thoughts:' 

Introducing the Microsoft Office 365 Channels

Increase productivity and automate tasks with a suite of Microsoft Office 365 Channels, including OneDrive for Business, Mail, Calendar and Contacts.
Increase productivity and automate...

Sway: Reimagine the way your ideas come to life.

Sway is an intelligent app that helps you easily create an interactive web-based canvas of your ideas. Pull your content from a variety of sources with minimal effort and use the built-in layout engine to craft a cohesive look and feel that looks great on any screen.

Excel Online Surveys | Blog

In this quick guide we'll discuss how to create AND edit an online Excel Survey which is available for all people who are having a free Microsoft account. 

Office Mix

Not really sure what you can do with Office Mix? Take a look at the Office Mix Gallery for great examples

Keeping Files In OneNote

One of the cool features of OneNote that a lot of users are unaware of is its ability to store files for you, just like keeping a file in a desktop folder or in a folder on a cloud service like...

BYOD with OneNote Class Notebooks—classroom learning with any device on any platform - Office Blogs

Today’s post was written by James Gill, grade 6/7 teacher in SD43, Coquitlam, BC. "Using OneNote Class Notebooks allows me to teach in ways I couldn’t before. My students have benefitted, and I know that they have learned some skills that they can use to help them now and in the future."

Changing the face of coding - The Official Microsoft Blog

By supporting organizations such as Girls Who Code, we can help girls become the new face of coding and develop innovations that will drive positive change in the world. Perhaps four years from now, as the world gets ready to watch the next FIFA Women’s World Cup, we’ll be able to talk not only about a healthy pipeline of female soccer players, but also of a surging number of female computer science students and professionals.

Tech note: Microsoft OneNote from the view of a long-time Evernote user

Doug Lerner reports from Tokyo and St. Louis, "I've been comparing Evernote with OneNote for the first time, since I started the new Office 2016, and had some observations. The latest OneNote for Mac (a free app) is interesting, but also frustr..."

Write Now—student writing contest - Office Blogs

The Microsoft PC Accessories team is hosting a student writing contest. In 300 words or less, tell us how you use technology to be creative—in or outside of the classroom. Ten winners will win Universal Foldable Keyboards, and the grand prize winner will win a Surface Pro 3.