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Marija Petreska: Swaying Tweets

by Marija Petreska Expert Educator Columnist, Republic of Macedonia So that your classroom is fully twitterized and your tweets are Swayed into a story, make sure all your students create twitter accounts. Be careful twitter is not for students under 13, so I suggest informing parents and school authorities before you start and an official consent on both sides is advisable. I’m an English language teacher so my ideas will go in that direction, but I’m sure you can all find something interesting, or that my ideas might grow into new ones you can use. 1. This first idea comes from a book called Meet the Marks This is an amazing way to teach punctuation. Encourage students to become any punctuation mark for a moment. They are to write short 140 character stories about who they are and what they do. Make sure you think of a hashtag name like #wethemarks and use it in every tweet. That will help you search the short stories in Sway and put them chronologically on your We the …

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Ruby KL Huang: It’s in the Sway you say it!

Steve Martin, Expert Educator Columnist, New Zealand- In my first blog entitled ‘There are no rainbows without rain’ I outlined the intention of sharing the story of a group of teachers within the Science Department who are building success through technology. What follows is an inspiring article written by Ruby Huang, a second year teacher who is also a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert at Howick College. The Conjugation of Sway: I Sway, You Sway, He Sways, She Sways, They Sway, We Sway By Ruby KL Huang Expert Educator Columnist, New Zealand “Hey, have you seen the latest Microsoft programme called Sway?” “Sway? No, but it does sound fancy though, what is it?” This simple conversation would be the start to my obsession with Microsoft Sway. Through a bit of clicking and trial and error, I managed to discover the effortlessness of creatively designing a webpage presentation. When asked a few days later to present on the topic of “Collaboration” to my colleagues at work, I decided that I must show them the amazing capabilities of …


Erliza Matacot: My Journey as a Teacher With Microsoft and Project-Based Learning

By Erliza Matacot Expert Educator Columnist, Philippines Change is constant. According to Mahatma Gandhi, “We must be the change we want to see in this world.” As a teacher, I know that I can make a difference in bringing my 21st century students in the right path of embracing the technology. During the first year of my teaching in a private school, I noticed how dedicated I was as a teacher. I directed musical plays, I trained my students in different school level competitions, and also managed our campus journalism. After five years of serving in a private school, I needed to accept the new challenge for me as a teacher… and that is to serve public school students.


Cathy Cavanaugh: Values of Learning Programming Language in School

by Cathy Cavanaugh Director of Teaching and Learning, Microsoft in Education What is a human language? As a symbol system for encoding and communicating ideas, our languages are varied and dynamic, each reflective of its own cultures and ways of knowing. Thus, each language has intrinsic value to influence thought and interaction. Additionally, each language has practical value in the 21st century. Recognizing the many benefits of learning multiple languages, schools around the world require native language fluency and a minimum of competence in a second language. Thus, world language standards have been developed by professional organizations to guide effective teaching and learning ( The choice of languages offered in a school depend on a matrix of factors including locally and regionally spoken languages, availability of teachers and curriculum, and interest among students. Increasingly, world languages and other subjects learned in school are associated with preparing students for college, career, and community.


News Flash: Clip Art in Office Now Powered by Bing Images!

We’ve all heard the saying “A picture’s worth a thousand words.” Now, that picture will be even better as starting today, Bing Images will power Online Pictures in Office desktop products worldwide. This means when you search for an image, you’ll be able to view and download royalty-free images curated through Bing Images! You and your students will get much more relevant images to complement the presentations and reports you create in Office. As the Office 365 Team explains: Bing Image Search has higher quality images that are more up-to-date. For example, searching for “cellphone” gives more variety and modern looking phones instead of the old-school bricks from Clip Art. Also, Bing uses a copyright filter based on the Creative Commons licensing system.  These are images you can use, share, or modify for either personal or commercial use (settings can be switched to Show all web results to view more images). In programs like Word 2013, Outlook 2013 or PowerPoint 2013, Click Insert>Online Pictures to use the Bing Image Search. In Office 2010 and Office …

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Ovi Barcelo: 10 Things We Need to Know About Apps in the Classroom

by Ovi Barcelo Expert Educator Columnist, Spain Nowadays it is very difficult to look to the past for longer than 4 or 5 years. We think that Whatsapp, for example, has been around forever when in fact the app is only 5 years old. The same goes for Angry Birds (launched 2009) and Twitter (which was also translated to other languages starting 2009). So, what will be our apps landscape be like five years from now? Can we trust our methodology only in apps? My answer is: no.


News Flash: Collaborate in the Classroom with new Skype Document Chat in Office Online

by Minnia Feng, MSEN Community Manager In today’s digital classroom, collaboration is key to cross-pollinating ideas and building essential teamwork skills. Many of you and your students are already using Office Online to create amazing work, while using Skype to communicate with friends and family from around the world. Now, the two come together in Skype document chat – with this free tool, you can go beyond the existing real time co-authoring feature to chat directly within the document you’re working on.


Scott Wieprecht: Office 365, The Final Frontier

by Scott Wieprecht MIE Fellow, Expert Educator Columnist UK Office 365, like several other things, seems to be a ‘buzzword’ you can’t escape from these days. Whether you are working for a company, buying a new PC offering a free 12 month account, or visiting an educational blog, Office 365 has a big profile. Often, I find much more delight in finding hidden gems then opting for the most overt solution – however, with Office 365, I make an exception. There is a good reason why this solution get the publicity it does – because it is amazing, and there is nothing quite like it (despite the painful comparisons to other solutions).


Koen Timmers: From User to Creator, Introducing My App EduLync

by Koen Timmers MIE Expert, Belgium For 14 years I’ve been teaching ICT (web design) at CVO Heusden-Zolder, Belgium. Since the beginning, I’ve been passionate about e-learning and decided to post all courseware and tutorials on my own website Today, more than 18,000 members have access to nearly 9000 pages of courseware and external authors are publishing their own courseware to the public at large; it’s a digital educational library which is growing each day.


Kurt Söser: My Microsoft EduCast Experience

by Kurt Söser, MIE Expert Columnist   First of all: Thanks to all the people and fellow teachers and friends who have joined the Microsoft Educator Webcast on Tuesday, 11th of November. I read a lot of familiar names and I am still thrilled by this event, although some small things went wrong… I was expecting that my presentation on Office Mix should be at the end of the Webinar, but instead I was placed second, so I could not rely on Tim’s presentation, but I think the audience got my ideas. So here is the recording of the Webcast and you can rewatch it. You just have to register (for free) and you can watch the Educast: Registration Page Microsoft Educast For those who want to get more infos on Office Mix, feel free to go to or rewatch this short Office Mix, which I created for the event: Another great thing that was mentioned in this Educast are the Bing lesson plans. I have not tried that lesson plans, so I will …