What’s New in EDU: Best of 2017 and 10 top tech guides from educators

The What

We look back on 2017 and pour water on a computer in our December episode of What’s New in EDU, a monthly round-up of the latest efforts and products from Microsoft Education. Don’t worry, the computer’s just fine and, no, we don’t usually do that.

What we’d like to make more routine is thanking all the educators around the world who make a difference each and every day, and 2017 demonstrated your amazing contributions as clearly as ever. In a year which saw the launch of Microsoft Teams, over 250 lesson plans for Minecraft: Education Edition and new features for Learning Tools, we were humbled by the wealth of information and expertise shared with us by educators so far.

In celebration of your contributions and unstoppable drive to do the best for your students, we’ve rounded up 10 great educator guides from the last year – all written with the help of teachers and experts who use a variety of tools in their own classrooms. Read on for help on staying productive, planning lessons, assessing students, creating global learning projects, adapting for learning differences, and even designing games.

1) The productivity promise: Using OneNote Class Notebooks to revolutionize organization and efficiency


2) I taught biology before I became a OneNote pro – my example Notebook can help you get started


3) Ten best uses for OneNote in your teaching and learning


4) Plan lessons and stay organized with these 6 tricks for Microsoft Edge


5) Five ways to assess your students in OneNote


6) How to reimagine the writing process with Microsoft Education


7) Going global with learning projects and finding the right tool to help


8) Creating inclusive classrooms with the help of OneNote


9) Five quick and easy adaptations for students with learning differences


10) Serious learning game design: Three Microsoft tools to get started


For more advice going into an exciting 2018, stay tuned to the Microsoft Education blog, sign up to our Microsoft Educator Community, and join our Twitter discussions with @MicrosoftEDU.

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