For the past couple of years I’ve been a live reporter at ISTE and for 2 years interviewed folks with my toddler, Savvy. This year I am attending the ISTE conference virtually! Over a year ago I learned about Microsoft Education’s Immersive Reader, which is a free powerful literacy tool that is transforming education. Immersive Reader is the tool I am most excited about this year, because it helps support struggling readers of all ages. You must check out this tool if you haven’t already, because it is definitely a game changer! In addition to the exciting news that Immersive Reader is being integrated into various popular free third party apps, this year’s ISTE conference highlighted so many ways to use Microsoft Education apps and tools to engage and support learners! Below I have added links to resources, tips, and updates thanks to Wakelet, the great free curation tool that captures reflections and reactions from Twitter during a conference.
💡If you like these ideas, take one of my courses (CE credit or graduate course credit for a CSU Master of Education) or check out my books. Ask me about training your teachers, ShellyTerrell@gmail.com!
Microsoft Education Tips and Updates
These are the important updates covering Office 365, Flipgrid, Skype Classroom, Minecraft Education, and OneNote. If you want to keep current with Microsoft Education updates follow the hashtags #MicrosoftEDU, #MIEExpert, #Office365, #MSFTEduChat and #MicrosoftTeams. Follow these Twitter accounts- @MicrosoftEDU, @Hacking_STEM, and @mtholfsen. You might also want to follow these hashtags and Twitter accounts to learn more about these specific Microsoft products- @OneNoteEDU, #OneNote, @Flipgrid, #FlipgridFever, @SkypeClassroom, #SkypeClassroom, #Skype2Learn, #MinecraftEdu, and @PlayCraftLearn.
- Minecraft Edu and third party apps have now added the powerful literacy tool, Immersive Reader, right into their products.
- The Flipgrid video camera will be the default video recording tool in OneNote to allow students to record and embed videos.
- Teachers and students will be able to login and use Office365 apps with their Google accounts.
- Immersive Reader will be available for the full captioned transcript of every Flipgrid video response.
- Update your apps and try Flipgrid AR! Scan QR codes and videos are shared in AR. Find out about more recent Flipgrid updates here.
- Presenter Coach is a new Powerpoint feature that allows students to enter rehearsal mode and receive on-screen guidance about pacing, inclusive language, conciseness of language, profanity, filler words, and originality as they speak into a microphone. Check out this post and video for more details.
- Skype Classroom is getting an update in the fall with easier searching and filtering.
Microsoft Education Tips and Resources
These are some of the highlighted tweets taken during the presentations and related to Google Edu so you have the latest news, updates, presentations, resources, and tips!
Sign up for my In-Service / Graduate Fully Accredited online courses, Connected Educators: Harnessing the Power of Social Media for Professional Development, and Methodologies for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.