Category: Office 365 Education

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How Microsoft Translator empowered our district leaders, students and parents

When Mike Tholfsen, in his purple cape, sat next to me at ISTE 2017 in San Antonio, he  introduced me to the Microsoft Translator app.  I had a visceral reaction. My voice cracked as I said to him, “You don’t know what a game-changer this is going to be for our families.” I imagined the lines of communication opening up for families even while district translators... Read more

Back to School: How a college student gets the most out of OneNote

How organized are your class notes? Chances are you have notes spread across multiple paper notebooks, folders, and files on your computer. OneNote is a Microsoft Office 365 program that can put all of your notes in one place. Best of all: It’s free for students. I’ve been using OneNote for all of my college classes for four years now, and it is a lifesaver! These are my... Read more

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Native American School District deploys Microsoft Education solutions to enhance students’ focus and help them achieve more

Extra Credits rounds up the latest stories on innovative educational endeavors coming from other parts of Microsoft and the world.  When Jennifer Duncan began teaching at Rocky Boy Schools, she brought with her a passion for helping kids to connect and grow. In the remote, central-northern town of Elder, Montana, she works with students on each end of the spectrum -... Read more

Unleashing ESL students’ potential with Microsoft Translator 

I am a reading specialist, and my main goal is to provide students with tools to overcome barriers to literacy to promote strong readers, writers and critical thinkers. As an educator, I am always looking for ways to innovate my teaching practices. My lessons with English language learners (ELL) overseas challenge me to not only use best techniques in literacy... Read more

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Empowering literacy for everyone with free Microsoft Stores workshops

America has a literacy crisis. Students, parents and teachers attended a recent literacy kick-off event at Microsoft to see how Learning Tools improve reading. More than 36 million adults in the United States cannot read, write, or do basic math above a third grade level. And children whose parents have low literacy levels have a 72 percent chance of being at the lowest... Read more

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New Skype features make sharing classroom experiences easier

As a new school year quickly approaches, many teachers and students are eagerly anticipating engaging in new Skype collaborative projects, virtual field trips and guest speakers. Recently, Skype released some new features that will make those connections even easier. To get them all, upgrade your Skype today and learn more here. One new feature is the Chat Media Gallery.... Read more