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Updated by Fiona Beal on Aug 16, 2015
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Useful Microsoft posts this week #15

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:

Overview of Office Mix for Education

by Anoop Gupta, Office Mix is a free add-in for PowerPoint 2013. It is a powerful tool that makes authoring and sharing of online lessons / presentations simple. It allows you to make them interactive with quizzes and labs. It allows you to export lessons as mp4 videos. If you know and use PowerPoint today, it should be easy to learn and get going quickly. You can build on top of the large collection of PowerPoint slide decks you might already have to get going.

How Minecraft and Duct Tape Wallets Prepare Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet (EdSurge News)

When I was 11 I loved designing web pages and playing Sim City. Adults in my life didn’t recognize these skills as valuable, so neither did I. Actually, I began to feel guilty for using my computer so much. In high school I stopped making web pages altogether to focus on sports. It wasn’t until c

Getting started with OneNote

In this interactive teacher’s guide, you’ll see how to get started with OneNote.

Windows 10: 6 Excellent Reasons to Upgrade Your PC

If you're a Windows user, you should definitely upgrade to Windows 10. Here are six reasons why, by Yahoo Tech guest columnist Ed Bott.

Skype Translator: Speak Chinese like a local

Follow American Photojournalist Tom Carter as he uses Skype Translator to talk to his guide Xiang Bin and find the best vantage point - in Chinese. Learn mor...

Microsoft releases Sway storytelling app, plus new Windows 10 version - GeekWire

Ten months after unveiling Sway as a new member of its Office family, Microsoft is officially releasing the digital storytelling app today — bringing the software out of preview and making it… Read More

Creating a World in Minecraft Pocket Edition.

In this video, I will look briefly at creating a flat world for use in the classroom.

The Windows 10 upgrade: Who should do it, who could wait

We answer the question everyone's asking: Should you upgrade to Windows 10? (Spoiler: It depends on what you're using now.)

Going Off the Grid for a While? Skype’s Got Your Back!

Last week we brought you some tips to get the most out of Skype while traveling abroad. Sometimes, however, you might just be completely off the grid so today we’ll be looking at ways you can use Skype to keep your contacts in the loop while you’re away. Set a mood message before you go…

Examining Office Mix

Office Mix has captivated me for some time now and I am constantly experimenting with ways that it can be used as an educational tool. St John’s Grammar in Belair SA has set some pretty rock solid ...

Creative Collaboration in OneNote – Rewrite the Story! - Australian Teachers Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

Microsoft Education Australia's Teachers Blog - Support, tips, trick and stories from Australian Teachers for Australian Teachers

A Minecraft Add-on To Teach Kids Coding and Programming Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

LearnToMod is a Minecraft add-on to help students learn coding and programming skills through creating interactive mods to the game. LearnToMod, which we discovered through this article from The Guardian, offers a Modding Studio where students get to experiment with coding using two powerful programming languages. It also enables them to collaboratively learn from each other by exchanging code and remixing codes that others have written.