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Maximize the Immersive Technology in the Classroom

Posted by Arey Jones on Feb 20, 2019 11:30:00 AM

Immersive technologies like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) provide students with stimulating environments that add tons of educated value. For example, utilizing these cutting edge educational technology tools allows students to see far off places and visit times they’d never be able to experience in reality. There are hundreds of adventures each classroom can take. Before you decide to add this new tech to your school (and we think you should) check out these ways you can use it in the classroom and beyond to maximize its learning potential and justify the expense.

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Topics: STEM, Professional Development, Teacher Professional Development, Manager Professional Development, Administrator Professional Development, Immersive Technology

Plan Your Winter Break Now

Posted by Arey Jones on Dec 19, 2018 3:00:00 PM

Winter break is almost here. For a few short weeks, the halls will quiet down and emails and phone calls will slow to a trickle. While this time promises a moment to relax, it is also a mere speed bump until the next semester and the accompanying laundry list of to-dos. But before that busy time comes, take a moment to set goals and expectations for things you want to accomplish during these precious few short weeks. 

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Topics: Professional Development, Teacher Professional Development, Manager Professional Development, Administrator Professional Development, Winter Professional Development

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, Microsoft Education, Professional Development, Teacher Professional Development, Administrator Professional Development

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

Professional Development 101

Posted by Arey Jones on Jun 20, 2018 3:09:47 PM

Professional Development is hardly one-size-fits-all because every one of your teachers has different needs that must be met. Tackle professional development in a new way by thinking outside of the box. Try these ideas, based on what districts across the United States are doing: 

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Topics: Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Drive, Microsoft Education, Microsoft OneNote, Google, Microsoft Office, Professional Development, Peer Observation, Microsoft Sway, Unconferences, Personal Learning Community, Choice Boards, Personal Action Plans

Go-To Tools for Presentations: When to Blog and When To PowerPoint

Posted by Arey Jones on May 25, 2018 10:51:31 AM

The goal of a presentation is to effectively convey information that allows the audience to remember what has been said. That being said, there are several options as to how to give a presentation, specifically for a final project. For students, presentations can be given as individuals or groups, or for educators in seminars. The best tool for the job depends on whether the presentation will be visual or verbal. 

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Topics: Microsoft, Google Drive, Microsoft Education, Classroom Organization, Google, Paperless Classroom, Google Suite, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Powerpoint, Google Education, Professional Development, Open Live Writer, Google Slides

Seek Mentors Out On Twitter

Posted by Arey Jones on May 17, 2018 3:36:28 PM

Twitter is more than tidbits of daily news and tweets about trending television. It is a great source to find like-minded people in your field and even a mentor.

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Educational Technology, Learning Styles, 21st Century School Technology, Paperless Communication, Online Learning, Microsoft Education, Mentorship, Google Education, Professional Development

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