Few weeks back, Microsoft announced a new feature to find free online courses and books on Bing. When you search Bing for subjects such as trigonometry or history, Bing will now showcase a list of popular, free online courses available on the Khan Academy site to the right of search results page. They also added a new book finding feature that showcases whether a given title is available online for free or for reservation at your local library. Today they are expanding the features focused on education by showcasing school ratings, rankings and academic indicators directly in Snapshot. Now when you search for a given school- from elementary to high school to higher ed – Bing will showcase (where available) how they fare nationally, within the state and what their STEM rating might be.  They also display how the community surrounding the schools rate. Check out New Port High School results page ...

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Edmodo is a “social learning platform” website for teachers, students, and parents. It is marketed as the Facebook for schools. The official Edmodo app is now available for Windows 8/RT devices in Windows Store. Description: Edmodo takes learning beyond the classroom by providing a free, safe place for teachers and students to connect and collaborate—anytime, anywhere. Specifically designed for Windows 8.1, this app includes the full suite of features found on the Edmodo website as well as integrations with core Windows 8.1 tablet functionality, such as live tiles, split screen, and charms. Join the world’s largest K-12 social learning network. Features: Create secure groups that take learning beyond the classroom Connect and collaborate with students and fellow teachers Foster and continue discussions outside of school hours Post and turn in assignments, quizzes, polls, and more Gauge student progress on grades 3-12 Math and ELA Common Core with Snapshot, a micro-assessment ...

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Microsoft today announced couple of new feature in Bing that will allow students to find new content both online and offline. When you search Bing for subjects such as trigonometry or history, Bing will now showcase a list of popular, free online courses available on the Khan Academy site to the right of search results page. They are also rolling out a new book finding feature that showcases whether a given title is available online for free or for reservation at your local library. Explore Free Online Courses We’re constantly adding more items to the billions of people, places and things that make up our Bing knowledge repository.  In this case we have indexed Khan Academy courses and charted their relationship with popular subjects (e.g. humanities, geometry, trigonometry.)    All you need to do is search for a subject, if there is a corresponding set of online courses we showcase them directly ...

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Microsoft last month launched the public preview of Office Mix, a new tool that will allow users to create interactive online lessons using PowerPoint. You can add whatever content you want into the Mix. Add audio and video of yourself giving your presentation, write on slides as you talk to them, insert quizzes, practice exercises, and more – all from within PowerPoint. Based on the user feedback, Microsoft has created a public Gallery designed for sharing and discovering great lessons. Through the new public Gallery, you can upload your favorite mixes, make them available to others, and browse content created by others to spark ideas or share with your class. Also to make sharing easier, you can now embed Office Mix content, so it can show up on virtually any website. Microsoft is also adding more content partners to Office Mix, The list of content partners continues to grow (in addition ...

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America’s second largest school district made a big announcement last year that they will be giving all its students iPads. While students and teachers community welcomed the news, many education analysts questioned the effectiveness of iPads in classrooms. Now, Los Angeles school district has realized that iPads are not the best in the business when it comes to students. They are now allowing schools to choose from six different Windows laptop computers for their students instead of iPads. In the fall, administrators, teachers and students at those schools will test the laptops to determine the device they should be used going forward. Also, the previously planned distribution of the iPads is on hold. This is not the first time they have put on hold the roll out of iPads. Last year, students found an easy way to bypass iPad’s profile system which restricted them from accessing social networks and other ...

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Panasonic today unveiled its new 3E 2-in-1 student device custom developed for education market. It includes education software and a suite of professional development programs that ensure teachers are able to maximize schools’ technology investments and stay apace of emerging technology trends. Built to the IP51 standard, the 3E combines a shock-absorbing, rubber mid-frame with a tough, easy-to-grip textured exterior that can handle a fall from 70 cm and take life in a backpack without scratching or denting. Students can draw, take notes and navigate intuitively using their fingers and multi-touch gestures. For fine and detailed work, the included stylus offers precise control. It also comes with 1.2 MP front and 5MP back cameras. The 3E’s The keyboard features a reversible dock, so the screen can be used facing the student for individual work or facing the world for presentations and group activities. Closed, the keyboard protects the screen and ...

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Microsoft today posted a video showing how St. Thomas School in the US has adopted. Surface tablets for their students and teachers. Students are using these devices to take notes, learn new things from various content, and more. This digital transition is not just happening in the U.S., but also in schools around the world where technology is empowering students. Watch more about it from the video above. A recognized leader in early childhood through eighth grade education, St. Thomas School has adopted both Microsoft Surface and Surface Pro tablets as their 1:1 student computing device in their 2nd and 3rd grade classes. “The one-to-one program has given the school more than we ever anticipated,” says Kimberly Mecham, Director of Information and Communication Technology at St. Thomas School. “It’s really allowed us to personalize learning in second grade through innovative and differentiated ways, and to enhance project-learning in third grade ...

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Microsoft and IEEE are partnering for a coding contest called Beauty of Programming (BOP) for the past three years. This year’s BOP contest attracted over 18,000 students across the China. The contest is over now as the winners will be eligible for Microsoft internships—a win-win outcome, as Microsoft can benefit from the expertise and enthusiasm of these young IT developers, while the students receive opportunities to work on innovative projects. Throughout the year, Microsoft Research Asia representatives visit numerous university campuses to showcase our latest technology and, coincidentally, to promote the BOP contest. This spring, we visited 21 schools in 12 cities throughout China, motivating young computer programmers to enter the contest and demonstrate their extraordinary skills. The 18,000 contestants in the 2014 BOP contest represented 150 universities and, for the first time, included students from Hong Kong and Taiwan. The event started with a qualification round, followed by a preliminary ...

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Video: Collaborate using Office across devices: Student Microsoft recently blogged about the advantages of using Microsoft Office Suite by students for collaboration. Microsoft cites familiarity with Office and file fidelity are the two main advantages. If you students want your ideas and creativity to be intact as you collaborate with other team members using different devices? With Office available on both PC and iPad, you can easily share Office documents among team members without worrying about losing the fidelity of the standard Office document format. Even when a feature is not supported on a particular device, Office retains the file fidelity and document formatting. So when you reopen the document on a platform that does support the feature, all capabilities are intact. Microsoft also highlighted the suboptimal experience of using Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. Office is already available on Windows and iOS and will be made available in other ...

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Cincinnati Country Day School in the US has chosen Microsoft Surface Pro 3 as the device of choice for their students. Even though there are other organizations committed to buying Surface Pro 3, CCDS will be the first school to adopt Surface Pro 3 as their 1:1 student computing device. Their IT director said the following when asked about why he chose the Surface Pro 3 for CCDS, he told me that it was the first no-compromise device that met all 3 of his  following criteria: Reading & Writing – “With the 3:2 aspect ratio and the big beautiful screen, the Surface Pro 3 is the first tablet PC that has a useable portrait mode for students to read and annotate naturally like they would a textbook or a piece of paper.” He also added, that he’s tried many different digital inking solutions across different devices and that the Surface Pro 3 has one of ...

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Microsoft today announced that Houston Independent School District has selected Office 365 and Windows devices to support students, faculty and others. This was done as part of the districtwide initiative called PowerUp, and it will transform how teachers teach and how students learn at HISD schools. PowerUp will empower HISD students with these latest tools to become drivers of their own learning and will connect them with resources, people, ideas, and opportunities far beyond the four walls of the classroom. Read the full press below. REDMOND, Wash.— June 3, 2014 — Houston Independent School District (HISD), the largest school district in Texas — seventh largest in the U.S. — has purchased Microsoft solutions to help prepare students for the digital world. With a large majority of students from low-income families, HISD is making strides in improving the broader community by transforming each student’s learning experience and providing technology to students who otherwise ...

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  At Scripps National Spelling Bee competition yesterday, Microsoft made finalist kids scream in joy. Senior Director of U.S. Education for Microsoft Lydia Smyers took stage to talk about Microsoft’s collaboration with National Spelling Bee competition. She also showed a video of Microsoft Surface which students can use for collaborating and having fun with their friends. Later, Microsoft revealed to the students that they all will be getting a Surface RT from Microsoft. Communications and Public Relations Manager Chris Kemper told the kids they were in for a surprise. “This has never been done in the history of the Scripps National Spelling Bee!” Kemper exclaimed as he invited spellers to come forward and take a gift bag. “Do not look in the bag, do not shake the bag, do not open the bag, and for Pete’s sake do not taste the bag,” Kemper instructed. All 281 spellers gathered onstage with ...

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Today, Thailand’s Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) announced a large scale cloud education partnership with Microsoft. As part of this partnership, they are going to provide 8 million students and 400,000 teachers throughout the country with free access to the Microsoft Office 365 for Education. This initiative will allow students and teachers throughout Thailand to create, connect and collaborate on a safe and secure platform. Microsoft claims that this is the largest cloud education initiative ever, and one that promises to foster sustainable growth and raise Thailand’s overall standard of living for generations to come. The Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) and Microsoft (Thailand) Limited on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding that will provide 8 million students and 400,000 teachers across Thailand with free access to Microsoft Office 365 for education. The agreement, which also includes the extension of the highly successful Partners in Learning ...

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Microsoft Research has recently released Code Hunt, a browser-based game for anyone who is interested in coding. It is based on the fact that people can be more effective and sustainable when coding is fun. Codehunt uses puzzles, which players explore by means of clues presented as test cases. Players iteratively modify their code to match the functional behavior of secret solutions. Once their code matches, lights flash and sounds play, letting players know that they have “captured” the code. Players then get a score, which depends on how elegant their solution is, and are encouraged to move on to the next puzzle or level. Players can use either C# or Java to play this game. Code Hunt was developed by a team in Microsoft Research led by Principal Development Lead Nikolai Tillmann and Principal Research Software Engineer Peli de Halleux. It is based on Pex, Microsoft Research’s state-of-the-art implementation ...

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Microsoft has announced that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is now part of the jury team for the Imagine Cup student competition finals. Along with Satya, Reddit GB Erik, and Code.org founder Hadi will be their three VIP judges who will welcome Imagine Cup students from around the world on their visit to Seattle. Microsoft has partnered with University of Washington, where the students will be staying in the school’s latest high-tech living spaces during World Finals 2014. Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, will be at World Finals to judge the best student projects. Satya was just 25 years old when he first joined Microsoft, two years after completing his Master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and he’s now risen all the way to CEO. With his forward-thinking, cloud-first approach Satya is already making waves in the technology industry as he drives Microsoft towards a bold future. ...

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Yesterday, we reported the new Office Mix tool from Microsoft. Today, Microsoft announced that they have extended that preview to the public. Office Mix offers a simple way to turn your PowerPoint slides into interactive online lessons and presentations. Office Mix tool was developed as part of the Startup Business Group inside Microsoft that has released some pretty amazing technologies. 3D Printing for Windows, Power Map (aka Project GeoFlow) and one of my favorite Windows 8.1 apps, Fresh Paint, are just a few examples. Office Mix promises to make life much easier for teachers, or anyone else who spends much time developing and delivering PowerPoint presentations. Office Mix brings features like the ability to record inking, audio and video directly into PowerPoint so you can turn a slide deck into an interactive lesson and share it online with the press of a button. Office Mix adds functionality to PowerPoint 2013 that allows you to record ...

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