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Useful Microsoft in Education posts this week #33

12 Windows shortcuts every educator should know - Microsoft in Education Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

Teachers are busy people. While juggling student instruction, assignment review, lesson preparation, and professional development, you need technology to work for you, not against you. Here are some nifty time-saving techniques so you can focus on the things that matter.

5 Lessons To Learn From Minecraft In Education

Minecraft is a simple, clumsy-looking little game full of blocky graphics and unclear terms of play. It is essentially a giant sandbox of digital legos that players can do with what they wish–tear stuff down, dig holes, or build dizzying towers of complex design and architecture.
And it’s a perfect analogue for what’s possible in learning.

7 Nifty Office tricks to make a teacher's life easier - Microsoft in Education Blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

The right technology makes lesson planning and essential tasks much easier and efficient for teachers. Check out these tips on how to utilize Office templates for shortcuts that help you save time for the important things you do in the classroom and at your school!

Seven UAE schools aim to transform UAE’s Education scene

Dubai, UAE: A total of seven schools from the UAE have been selected by Microsoft for the 2015-2016 Microsoft Showcase Schools Program for their...

How I ended my love affair with Evernote and switched to OneNote — High Performance Startups — Medium

Phil is the VP of Sales at MyVega, father of two, and an avid Crossfit junkie.

The Sway way - Life the Universe and Gaming

So for some time now Glow (the Scottish digital learning environment) has allowed users to access Sway through the Office 365 portion. When it first appeared I had a look and thought wow that looks like an easy way to make a polished presentation that is different than Microsoft PowerPoint. It's not the same as Prezi, it makes it look more like a webpage than a large mind map.

Sway Use Case series #1: Educator Sways - Office Blogs

Sway helps teachers engage their students, parents and other teachers in exciting new ways. In today’s Sway Use Case blog, we’ll celebrate a number of great uses of Sway by educators to enliven the classroom and enhance the quality of their teaching.

How Windows 10 Has the Potential to Empower Classroom Research

Windows 10 software is getting such high regards that it could be considered as a necessary tool in the classroom thanks to features like Cortana and Web Note.

Slices of the Teaching Life: 4 Things I Love About OneNote Class Notebook

I LOVE that I can instantly deliver class content (handouts/notes/images/links) by placing them in the Content Library. The Content Library makes my documents read-only until they are placed in a student notebook tab which means I don't have to worry about my master copy getting any unintentional (or, let's face it, intentional) adjustments by students. Students can copy those documents/links/pages very easily and paste them into their notebooks within seconds of seeing them in the Content Library. Easy, quick, and reliable!

How to use Skype to share holiday spirit

The holidays are a time when people want to gather with family and friends, but it’s not always easy to get together in person. At Skype, making it easier for you to stay connected when you’re apart, on whatever device you have, is at the heart of what we do. Skype wants to help you…