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  • Blog Post: Office for iPad: Some Common Questions Answered

    Further to our recent announcement that Office for iPad is now available , I just wanted to take this opportunity to share some additional information that hopefully addresses some of the queries I have been receiving via email and Twitter over the last...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Educator Network 3rd Place for Best Group Blog in 2013

    For the past year, contributors to the Hot Topics on Microsoft’s Educator Network have worked hard to create a blog that gives teachers and educators insight into effective instruction. All of that hard work has finally paid off, because the blog earned 3rd place for the Best Group Blog in 2013...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces Office for iPad

    Microsoft is devoted to providing the tools which enable people from all walks of life to work anywhere and on any device. The ever increasing portfolio of Windows based devices available lay testament to that and with over a billion users of Microsoft...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Navigating the Crowded Education App Landscape: A Little Help

    In recent years, we’ve seen an explosion of education apps that promise to remake learning for the 21st century. The rise of mobile computing has spawned apps that make math fun and bring reading and storytelling to life. Apps that make collaborating with students in distant classrooms as easy...
  • Blog Post: Harnessing Technology to Empower Educators and Transform Lives

    Today marks the start of the Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona, a gathering of over 1000 of the most innovative and committed educators, school leaders and government officials from nearly 100 countries. This annual event is a chance for education’s best and brightest to learn from...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Education in the Classroom eBook (now available)

    This new eBook, Office 365 Education in the Classroom, concentrates almost exclusively on how Office 365 Education can help the teacher and the student in their day to day work. We look at a whole list of teaching and learning scenarios, describing some...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Student Advantage Deployment Guide

    Student Advantage is a volume licensing benefit where students get Office 365 ProPlus at no additional cost, provided institutions meet the following criteria: 1. Institution has an EES agreement or an OVS-ES agreement 2. Licenses 100% of Faculty/Staff...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Doing the Hard Work of Impacting Student Outcomes

    Trenton Goble, Chief Academic Officer at MasteryConnect will be addressing this topic in the Microsoft Partner Theater at the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) on Friday, January 31st, at 1:00pm. The current factory model of education is failing our students. It is time to dislodge...
  • Blog Post: Building Tomorrow's Workforce Today: A Thoughtful Approach

    At this week’s BETT show In London, I’m among policy-makers, school leaders, and other education innovators, all with a common goal: choosing a long-term technology solution that will maximize limited budgets and learning impacts and do the right thing for students and their communities....
  • Blog Post: How Innovative Schools Achieve Transformative Learning

    When I talk about transformative learning, I often highlight the individuals who make it happen -- from the kindergarten teacher using Surface tablets and innovative Windows 8 apps to reinvigorate his classroom, to the visionary school leader who ensures her students are ready for their next step, whether...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Education Exchange Online mailbox quotas are doubling to 50GB FREE

    It’s turning out to be a bumper week for Office 365 Education updates. Earlier this week it was announced that SkyDrive Pro was increasing the default storage quota from 7 GB to 25 GB and starting from now Office 365 Education Exchange Online mailbox...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Don’t Panic

    The other day I was looking through the analytics for this blog to see what sort of searches people were doing that let them here. Mostly I was seeing things I expected to see but one stuck out. Someone had searched for the string “ i am scared of programming .” I suspect that the searcher was not afraid...
  • Blog Post: 2011 Microsoft Education Partner of the Year -- Desire2Learn

    I’ve spent some time in Los Angeles this week at Microsoft’s annual Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) meeting with partners, talking about business opportunities to build on the Microsoft platform to deliver new solutions to the education market and celebrating their successes. This year...
  • Blog Post: Computational Fairy Tales the Book

    Just about a year ago I wrote a post about a Computational Fairy Tale blog ( Computational Tales ) Briefly Dr. Jeremy Kubica, software engineer and manager at Google, has been putting together a set of examples of CS concepts written as fairy tales . Well today I received an email telling me that the...
  • Blog Post: The Time is Now to Move to Competency-based Teacher Professional Development

    At the recent Education World Forum in London, UNESCO’s Director General Irena Bokova created a buzz when she announced a new version of the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers . This framework identifies key competencies that enable teachers to help prepare a 21st century workforce by...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links Post 9 April 2012

    I need a favor. A small favor. I need people to click this link and go vote for the Imagine Cup People’s Choice awards . Yes I am trying to get more people to use my link to get to the voting site so I can win a prize. Evil I know. BUT what I’d also like you to do is seriously think about voting for...
  • Blog Post: SkyDrive Pro storage increases making it even better for storing and sharing class work

    For me, Office 365 Education just keeps getting better and better. SkyDrive Pro, part of Office 365 Education Plan A2 1 , is cloud storage for education, and is the place where students and teachers can store, sync, and share their files across multiple...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Configuring Lync Custom Statuses To Support Assessment for Learning

    In our last post our guest contributor Mandeep Atwal talked about using Lync client to support assessment for learning strategy in the classroom. I thought this was a great post as Lync Online is part of Office 365 for education and users can use Lync...( read more )
  • Blog Post: 5 Top Tips for upgrading from Live@edu to Office 365 for education

    I like to get out of the office whenever I can, and last week I visited a local junior school to help them with their upgrade from Live@edu to Office 365 for education. This was the first time I had hands on experience of a live upgrade, so here are my...( read more )
  • Blog Post: Student Implemented SharePoint Solutions

    I hear a lot of questions about SharePoint. Things like what can I do with it? How hard is it to use? That question usually is code for “do I need to hire a high priced professional to use it?” And occasionally can I fit it into the curriculum? Well there is a great webcast coming up that answers all...
  • Blog Post: How To Read Code

    We don’t teach students how to read code. Actually we don’t event teach them that they should read code for the most part. The closest we get is sample code in textbooks, demos, and for AP CS teachers the case study. Even there I think we could do more. One of the great learning experiences of my early...
  • Blog Post: Create a Montage of your classroom...from FUSE Labs

    In my blog, I like to share and reflect on technologies that I think represent exciting new potential for the future, are relevant to education ICT integration, or provide tangible examples of larger trends. Montage, a tech preview from Microsoft’s Fuse Labs …does all three. Certainly...
  • Blog Post: Helping teens figure out how to compete in a competitive job market

    This post could apply beyond teens as it really is about: how does someone put their best foot forward when looking for a job in highly competitive marketplace. Given the economic environment we’ve seen in the past few years this certainly is a theme that continues to resonate. Zoom in on St. Clair...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Links 11 July 2011

    If you followed my Twitter or read my blog over the weekend you may be tired of hearing about the Imagine Cup. You may also think I am over sharing on FourSquare (whose co-founder spoke at the Imagine Cup opening ceremonies BTW. You might be right about ...read more
  • Blog Post: Teachers share their excitement for Office 365 for education at ISTE

    Last week, I attended ISTE in San Diego to help celebrate the launch of Office 365 for education . There have been lots of discussions with customers, but many were initiated by school leaders and teachers directly. They are not only incredibly excited about what the product is going to offer schools...