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3 Steps To Become A Microsoft Innovation Expert

Posted by Arey Jones on Oct 15, 2018 2:57:13 PM

Looking for ways to promote professional development? Help your teachers become Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts. A MIE Expert is the last rung on Microsoft’s Innovative Educator program’s certification ladder. The journey starts by becoming a Microsoft Innovative Educator, then there’s also an option to become a MIE Trainer, and finally with earning the MIE Expert certification. These education specialists are skilled at integrating technology in the classroom. MIE Experts work hand-in-hand with Microsoft to lead innovation in education, advocate for the effective use of technology in the classroom, share ideas with a global network of peers and become thought leaders in the EdTech space. 

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Topics: Microsoft Education, Microsoft, Administrator Professional Development, Teacher Professional Development, Professional Development

5 Steps To Getting A Guest Speaker On Skype

Posted by Arey Jones on Oct 8, 2018 3:00:00 PM

Skype in the Classroom’s guest speakers can help bring learning to life for your school’s students. Imagine this scenario, a couple of your classrooms are studying Ancient Greece and to enrich the experience a guest speaker, located in Ancient Corinth, Greece, speaks to the students, via Skype, about current excavations and describes how Greece looked in antiquity compared to the present day. And this is just one example. There are hundreds of volunteer guest speakers from around the world that are available to speak to your classrooms via Skype. These guest speakers are experts in every subject area you can imagine as they are authors, scientists, engineers, zookeepers, etc. Getting them in front of students is a snap as well.

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Topics: Skype, Skype Classroom, Microsoft Education, Microsoft

Take Your PD Virtual

Posted by Arey Jones on Sep 26, 2018 4:00:00 PM

Professional development connects educators and is necessary to build relationships and gain trust between administrators and teachers. But these interactive sessions of professional growth don’t always have to be in-person. Virtual PD is an ideal option for schools that don’t have the budget to cover travel expenses, guest speakers or consultants. Plus, it relieves the logistical headache of trying to schedule one PD session that works for everyone’s schedule. No wonder the idea of virtual PD is becoming a reality for many administrators.

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Topics: Administrator Professional Development, Manager Professional Development, Skype, Microsoft Education, Microsoft

Get These Free Tools From Microsoft

Posted by Arey Jones on Sep 24, 2018 2:45:00 PM

Free is always good. And, it’s even better when something that’s free is also super useful. Microsoft has three free tools for educators we think you should take full advantage of as they will organize staff and enable professional development. 

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Topics: Administrator Professional Development, Manager Professional Development, Microsoft Teams, Flipgrid, Microsoft Translator, Microsoft, Microsoft Education, Classroom Organization

How Virtual Reality Helps Education

Posted by Arey Jones on Sep 10, 2018 3:00:00 PM

There’s been a lot of talk lately about virtual reality and integrating it into the classroom. Is it all lip service or is there any substance behind this new type of immersion learning? While virtual reality or VR may seem a little Back to the Future Part II, its benefits make it deserving of a closer look. It can take students places they’d never be able to go in reality – an African jungle, the solar system and back in time to the creation of planet Earth.

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Topics: Administrator Professional Development, Manager Professional Development, Virtual Reality, Google, Lenovo

How to Be a Google Certified Educator

Posted by Arey Jones on Aug 27, 2018 3:30:00 PM

Tech tools for education are as essential today as pencils and paper. If you’re an educator that knows how to use tech like Google Apps for Education in the classroom there are programs that offer certifications for this ability. One of the most recognized is the Google Certified Educator program, which was designed for educators and classroom teachers who demonstrate proficiency using Google for Education tools.

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Topics: Administrator Professional Development, Manager Professional Development, Teacher Professional Development, Teacher Coaching, Google, Google Drive

Follow These 7 Steps To Secure Your Chromebook

Posted by Arey Jones on Aug 22, 2018 3:28:31 PM

It is more common than ever to see Chromebooks dotting the desks, offices and libraries of schools around the country. These devices are changing the way students learn and teachers teach. Unfortunately, that also means there is a greater risk for Chromebooks to go missing, be accessed by unauthorized users or even stumble onto sketchy websites, so it’s essential to keep your Chromebook secure at all times and in all capacities. 

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Topics: Chromebooks In Schools, Chromebooks, Technology Security, Chromebook Security

Stay On Top Of Software Trends

Posted by Arey Jones on Aug 15, 2018 3:30:00 PM

Educational technology changes so fast that it is essential to stay “in the know.” One of the ways to do this is to subscribe to an educational video series. Video series are popular with viewers for a variety of reasons – most of the content can be consumed in short bursts, they are usually free and can be viewed on your own time. You can find these series on YouTube or linked into a providers webpage. There are a lot of great video series out there, but here’s a couple we recommend that will keep you up-to-date on everything ed tech.

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Topics: Teacher Professional Development, Summer Professional Development, Teacher Coaching, Microsoft Education, Google Education, EdTechTeam, Online Learning, Webinars

Tackle Productivity Head-On With These 5 Tech Hacks

Posted by Arey Jones on Aug 8, 2018 3:00:00 PM

Time. It’s always something you need more of, especially as school administrators. Your days tend to be full of improving instruction, managerial tasks, delegating and creating a climate where kids want to learn. That’s a lot to pack into a single day. Good thing there are lots of tech hacks that can get help get you organized and STAY organized.

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Topics: Productivity, Microsoft, Microsoft Teams, Google Tasks, Gmail, Microsoft Outlook, Summer Professional Development, Teacher Professional Development, Professional Development, Manager Professional Development, Administrator Professional Development

Administrators: Here is your Summer Reading List

Posted by Arey Jones on Jul 27, 2018 2:02:37 PM

Whether you’re hitting the road this summer or just lounging by the pool, a great book can really enrich the experience. Why not make it one that puts you ahead of the game with education technology for the fall term? Wondering about Chromebooks, G Suite or Google Classroom? Brush up on your knowledge or even demystify a topic with a paperback. We’ve chosen a couple guides for mastering tech in the classroom that are a must-have on your summer reading list.

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Topics: Administrator Professional Development, Manager Professional Development, Productivity, Summer Professional Development, Teacher Professional Development, Teacher Coaching, Chromebooks, Chromebooks In Schools, Google Classroom, G Suite

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