Microsoft Education Community - great, free resource for teachers

Educational Technology Guy

The Microsoft Education Community is a great, free resource for teachers. It has free web courses on using Microsoft tools and on best practices for using technology in education. Related: Microsoft Education Resources, including Office 365.

Microsoft Office 365 for Education now available for Free

Educational Technology Guy

Microsoft 365 is an online version of Microsoft''s well known Office suite. Office 365 is cloud based and includes Microsoft Office Web Apps, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and Lync Online. This is Microsoft''s answer to Google Apps for Education.

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ISTE, Microsoft to partner on standards and new PD courses

eSchool News

Multi-project initiative to include first of its kind blueprint for school transformation, leadership courses, school development tools. At the ISTE 2016 opening general session, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and Microsoft Corp.

#17: Microsoft One Note: Useful Tips and Tricks for the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

But perhaps to understand why I’m a Microsoft One Note fan, I’d like to tell you a story from several months a go. is the Director of the Instructional Technology Center at Eastern Illinois University.

A Devil’s Dictionary of Educational Technology

Bryan Alexander

In the dark and satirical spirit of Ambrose Bierce , I offer the first draft of a Devil’s Dictionary for educational technology terms. 2) A technology widely used by blacks, latinos, and poor people. A friendly and major stakeholder in campus technology decision-making.

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What Technology Does What: An #edtech Chart For Teachers

TeachThought - Learn better.

What Technology Does What: The Ultimate #edtech Chart For Teachers. This is what we hope will be an ongoing collection of the most effective ways to use technology in the classroom. Depends on what they’re learning, of course. …Perform basic technology functions (e.g.

You can now use Microsoft Office 365 on Chromebooks. Here’s how.

Indiana Jen

One of the most common complaints that I hear about Google Apps for Education tools (Gmail, Docs, Slides, etc), is that they are not as robust as those you find in the Microsoft Office Suite. This is reblogged from my post on Daily Genius.

How to Create and Collaborate Online with Microsoft Excel – from Jennifer Carey


Until recently, in the world of online collaboration, Microsoft has been decidedly lacking. Microsoft recently extended its educational Microsoft Office license to include its online 365 service for free to schools. View the Full Course Catalog at

If I Could Get 1 Piece of Technology for My Classroom, It Would Be.


A Chromebook of Course! - Of course, John is a wealth of knowledge and an amazing presenter, but I was honestly more captivated by the possibilities the Chromebook could have to help transform the educational landscape.

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

Even without providing you the final tally of funding for 2016, I can point to other signals about what’s happened to ed-tech startups over the course of the last twelve months – their sustainability, their viability. (Or These are just the ones that were reported by the press, of course.). Why, schools of course. I maintain a dataset of all education technology investments and all education technology investors.

Google Offers Free Cloud Access to Colleges, Plays Catch Up to Amazon, Microsoft


Amazon and Microsoft’s cloud services both offer education programs, and now Google Cloud wants a part in shaping future computer scientists — and probably whatever they come up with using the tool. “We Microsoft’s cloud service, Azure, doesn’t fall too far behind, having launched in 2010 and doing business with GE Healthcare and DocuSign. Amazon and Microsoft’s cloud services offer an education partnership in free trials or discounted pricing.

The Politics of Education Technology

Hack Education

” I mean, yes, I’m totally making up the framing of the “trends” angle here (in the hopes, I confess, to defanging all those ridiculous clickbait articles that just list a bunch of shiny new consumer technology products and predict that they’re poised to “revolutionize school”). The business of education technology overlaps with the politics of ed-tech. There is No Technology Industry (There is Only Ideology). Technology is a system.

LinkedIn’s New Learning Platform to Recommend Lynda Courses for Professionals


announced an online learning portal with thousands of courses aimed at helping individuals pivot or pick up new skills for their careers. The new product, LinkedIn Learning , includes all 5,000 courses published on, and any new courses created will be published on both platforms. A marketing manager might receive recommendations for a course in Google Analytics or HTML, based on her job title and the skills she’s already posted in her profile, for example.

Education Technology and the 'New Economy'

Hack Education

One of education technologies’s greatest luminaries passed away this year. It’s all of our loss, really, as too many in education technology happily reduce the potential of computer programming as an epistemological endeavor to a market for new products. ” But of course, that’s not quite true: my first introduction to Papert's work was actually a decade earlier, when I sat at an Apple II and taught a Turtle how to move about the screen.

Microsoft to spend $75M to boost computer science

eSchool News

Microsoft will invest $75 million over the next three years in initiatives to increase access to computer science education for youth. With the new investment, nonprofit organizations around the world will receive donations and resources from Microsoft.

What should we teach students about the future of technology?

eSchool News

Will we ever become technology? With the ongoing focus of technology in education, and the need for schools to keep up with the ever-changing scope of its use in the classroom, it is essential that we provide students with the knowledge of how technology affects, and will affect, society.

You can now use Microsoft Office 365 on Chromebooks. Here’s how.

Indiana Jen

One of the most common complaints that I hear about Google Apps for Education tools (Gmail, Docs, Slides, etc), is that they are not as robust as those you find in the Microsoft Office Suite. This is reblogged from my post on Daily Genius.

Gaggle adds Google and Microsoft trainings for PD

eSchool News

Gaggle adds Google and Microsoft training options; trainers obtain certifications to help educators use leading technology. Duncan became a Google Certified Educator last year and this summer received her Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) certification.

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Why I’m Optimistic About the Next Wave of Education Technology


Over the past 25 years, multiple waves of education technology and innovation have slowly washed into America’s schools and colleges. Along the way, innovators have often over-promised and under-delivered, causing many smart people to wonder if we’re now in a frothy bubble of irrational exuberance, most eloquently summarized by Audrey Watters in Hack Education, who worries that “education technology [merely] serves as a ’Trojan Horse’ of sorts, carrying.

Microsoft Store visit - very impressed

Educational Technology Guy

I recently visited a brick-and-mortar Microsoft Store. My wife and I were in the Danbury, CT area and decided to head over to the Danbury Fair Mall and go to LL Bean and, of course, I had to check out a tech store, so we went to the new Microsoft Store. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. Microsoft

Education Technology and the Year of Wishful Thinking

Hack Education

I want to start this year’s review of education technology acknowledging grief. I want to start this year’s review of education technology sanctioning, if such a thing is necessary, our mourning. In a society that considers itself highly rational, highly technological, highly scientific, to call something “magical” often serves to dismiss or diminish it – or to dismiss or diminish those who do not sufficiently understand science or tech.

Education Technology and the History of the Future of Credentialing

Hack Education

How might new technologies – education or otherwise – and new economies reshape “what counts” as a credential , “what counts” as credit? What are the stories that education technology entrepreneurs and investors and ed-tech’s proponents tell about the need or demand to “ disrupt the degree ”? If you want a job as a software developer in the technology industry, you’ll need a college degree.

Using Microsoft Word Online – from Jennifer Carey


However, if you’re a powerhouse Microsoft Word user (or know someone who refuses to give it up), then know that you can easily create, edit, and collaborate on Word documents using the new Office Online or Office 365 , even on a Chromebook! Differentiating with Technology.

Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

In this post I would like to introduce you to way that you can ensure the standards are amplified, and not ignored, by the integration of educational technology. Part Three: Beyond SAMR… Making Sure Technology Supports Content Standards. “We

LIVE: Access All Of Your Files On All Of Your Devices Using @Microsoft_EDU OneNote | @MSOneNote


Thought the last 6 months, I have had the privilege of working closely with Microsoft Education to create some pretty awesome podcasts and promotional videos. Microsoft Education. Its flagship hardware products are the Xbox game consoles and the Microsoft Surface tablet lineup.

“With accessible technology, we have the opportunity to break down barriers to education (and beyond) for people with disabilities.” – Megan Lawrence, USA

Daily Edventures

Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Microsoft . As Microsoft’s Accessibility Technical Evangelist, Lawrence believes one of the key paths to delivering on this mission is through accessible education technology, and an inclusive educational environment. Megan Lawrence.

Tackle teacher shortages with online learning

The Christensen Institute

Here are three ways policymakers could position online teaching and learning as a potent antidote to teacher shortages across the country: Develop Course Access programs.

“Innovation is not trying something too strange and new. It is returning to your old places, using Microsoft tools to inspire students, making things more productive and organizing a better community.” – Tran Thi Thuy, Vietnam

Daily Edventures

In just one year, Tran completed courses in 21 st Century Learning Design, Teaching with Technology, Teaching with Technology Basics and MIE Trainer Academy Learning Path through Microsoft in Education. Tran Thi Thuy. English Language Teacher, MIE Expert.

GCFLearnFree - free online learning about lots of topics

Educational Technology Guy

GCFLearnFree is a program of Goodwill Industries of Eastern NC and provides quality online learning courses for free. Here are some of the topics: This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. free online courses free resources

4 Take Aways from ATLIS 2017

Indiana Jen

All of these hammered home to me that we need more computer science and coding in schools in the whole curriculum, not just a one off course in the Middle or High School. I returned from ATLIS 2017 last Wednesday invigorated and, to be honest, a little exhausted.

Makercamps, Hackathons and Equity: From Vision to Reality with Support from Microsoft

I visited Microsoft as a guest of their Education Underground and experienced “The Garage”…the internal makerspace for Microsoft employees…full of sewing machines, 3d printers, arduinos, raspberry pi, laser cutters and more.

“The Microsoft Educator Community wouldn’t be what it is today without us educators.” – Bisera Ristikj, Macedonia

Daily Edventures

I also felt it was important to add that the Microsoft Educator Community wouldn’t be what it is today without us educators. In fact, the technology she’s adopted has completely changed the way she helps her students to study and learn the English language. “I Bisera Ristikj.

“Encouraging our students, listening to them, mentoring and guiding them has an incredible impact on their lives.” – Jason Holt, USA 

Daily Edventures

Instructional Technology Specialist. Jason Holt, an instructional technology specialist and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, sees success stories every day. All year long he has excelled in this course,” Holt says. And I love the Microsoft Surface! Jason Holt.

Don’t forget about pedagogy when chasing technology!


becomes… … Technology does half the job for educators! The past 10 years have witnessed more significant and significantly more technology advances than the previous 50 years combined. Technology is a huge part of our lives and also our students’ lives.

“Teachers and staff need to be allowed to ‘fail forward,’ especially with current and emerging technologies.”- Ross Johnson, Australia

Daily Edventures

Head Teacher, Information Technology. For Ross Johnson, the Information Technology and Computing Studies teacher at his school, it’s a necessity. “A All four of these students are now studying computer science-based courses at university. Ross Johnson.

Free Teaching Resources From Microsoft

The Web20Classroom

I recently discovered some great, new, teaching resources from Microsoft. You can head over to their website if you want to download it, for free of course! Microsoft has also provided other guides like how to get the most out of Office products, a guide to using Movie Maker and a huge booklet on all the free tools that Microsoft offers and how you can use them with kids. Twitter users can follow @TeachTec or hash tag #TeachTips for teacher technology tips.

Drama and Technology Combine to Create Magical and Powerful Learning – Erin O’Rourke, Canada

Daily Edventures

For the lucky students in Erin O’Rourke’s classes, learning about technology is a little dramatic. For this Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, classroom projects (like her MiEE learning activity ) can range from teaching coding to designing wearable technology.

3 Ways for Students to Create with Devices

Indiana Jen

However, the real power in technology in schools is that it empowers students to become content creators. creating a podcast on a topic relevant to your course. Devices have become omnipresent in our classrooms.

Bridging the Curriculum and Technology Gap

Tech Helpful

I was a content part-time elementary computer teacher asking kids not to peck during keyboarding and throwing in some Microsoft Office Suite skills for the future. As more technology is part of the curriculum of the classroom, more and more curriculum-based questions are asked of me.

Think "Out of the Box" Assistive Technology #SXSWedu


Microsoft has been working with Kinect technology and autistic students. Technology removes barriers and helps them interact with the world. Industry does not give its employees course content and then ask them to fill out a T/F quiz. assistive technology special education specialed sxswedu Notes from SXSWedu 2012 panel discussion/concurrent session.