All posts tagged: office365

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Becky Keene: Try Something New!

by Becky Keene Expert Educator Columnist, USA Have you ever noticed that kids seem to have a better handle on trying something new than adults? I think anyone who’s watched a child learn can see that children can switch between pieces of information very quickly, and they can soak up new pieces of information like sponges. I was at a school last week helping students get started with Office 365 accounts. Our goal was to have each of them login, create a new document in Word Online, and then see how to access it from any other device. As I got students going (by typing in a URL – yuck; then pinning it to their Start screens – hooray), there were a few students at a table who were, I thought, a little off task. As I walked around to help, one had music streaming and another had a game open. The third boy was drawing with his finger in an app. “Hey boys,” I started, “Let’s go ahead and minimize those so you can …

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Scott Wieprecht: Opening an Office 365 Account? It’s Not That Hard!

by Scott Wieprecht Expert Educator Columnist, UK Opening an Office 365 account for your school may seem like a daunting task, when in reality it is a fairly straight forward procedure. There are countess guides on how to start the technical side of things out there, so I won’t be looking at this in as much detail. Instead I will be talking about the key things to set right when starting out, to make sure your installation runs smoothly into the future. Firstly, you obviously need to open your account. At this point you will be asked for two key pieces of information – the details of your admin email address, and the ‘friendly name’ you will use, which is “friendlyname”.onmicrosoft.com. In terms of the email address it is key to ensure that this is an email address that the school has access to if you were to leave, as this can become a huge problem later down the line if suddenly no one can access the admin area. Secondly, make sure you get the …

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Paulina Hernandez: OneDrive Can Make Our Lives Easier!

by Paulina Hernandez Expert Educator Columnist, Mexico As teachers, there are many technologies available for us today, some very recommended. But only until you use them do you realize how useful and amazing they really are … so this time, I will talk about OneDrive, an app provided by Microsoft and one of my favorites to use with my students. First of all, I will tell you why I consider it a very useful tool and how can you use it in education. I think this has happened to most of us– when a student has to deliver some papers and once he/she arrives at school and starts looking for their USB drive, they realize it’s been forgotten it at home. That’s when they usually proceed to ask to be allowed to deliver their homework the next day. And then there are those times when you’re working on your computer and suddenly there goes an update, so the computer shuts down and you didn’t get the chance to save anything, meaning you will have to …

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Scott Wieprecht- Office 365: Blast Off

by Scott Wieprecht Expert Educator Columnist, UK So, you’ve heard about Office 365, you think your school could possibly benefit from it, but how do you know, how can you be sure, and more importantly, how do you go about finding out? The first thing is it’s free! As the pressure around schools financially increases, making the right decision about software and service purchases can seem like a burden too big to bare – that’s not the case with Office 365. You can freely sign up, have a play around, and confirm it’s right for you – although I promise it is, even in its most basic use. How do I know? Because of Outlook. It doesn’t matter how good a school network is, or how much ‘redundancy’ your school computer geeks tell you they have; at some point, sometime, your email will go down. Only when that happens do you realize quite how crucial email is to you, and how difficult things become without it.

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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.

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Meenakshi Uberoi: The Wonderful World of Windows in the Classroom!

by Meenakshi Uberoi Expert Educator Columnist, India Windows in the classroom is full of options to make teaching learning processes more effective and meaningful for the students.  Teamed with the right device, it allows you to bring the world alive within the confined walls of a classroom for which the teachers, without such technology, till date have had to look to the web to create resources and rely on students’ imagination and understanding to bring it closer to him/her.

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Robin Smorenberg: Seizing Opportunities

by Robin Smorenberg Expert Educator Columnist, Netherlands Last week I got presented with a very rare opportunity- I got to sit in on one of my fellow teachers’ lesson as part of a professional development program we are currently doing in my school. So I’m sitting there in the back of the class, checklist in hand, and observing what was going on in her classroom. As I’m paying close attention to what all her learners are doing in her classroom, I suddenly see that an hour has passed and it’s back to my own classroom for me…with a blank checklist, I apparently disregarded my given assignment and just focused on all the wonderful activity going on in that classroom. Back in my own classroom, I got to pick up where I left off and the normal routine took over again. As I’m ‘speed-grading’ some assignments at my desk, a small group of my students caught my attention. Usually this means that they need to be corrected on their ‘work-volume’ or that they simply are doing …

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App of the Week: Office Lens for OneNote, Bridging the Physical and Digital

by Minnia Feng MSEN Community Manager In today’s classroom, many things may be digitized and live on a screen, but there’s still an undeniable value in the power of exploring ideas through writing. With inking, this was made possible in the digital realm, but what about if you’re leading a brainstorm session with your kids in class and capture some amazing ideas on a whiteboard or chalkboard that you don’t want to lose? Enter Office Lens for OneNote.

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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).

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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 zelfstudie.be. 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.