Prototypes from Microsoft Education Labs

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Prototypes from Microsoft Education Labs

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Microsoft Education Labs is a sort of technology playground for the Microsoft Education Products group. They have a blog and other pages to share ideas and have discussions about ideas for technology in education for example. They also have some, well let’s call them experimental prototypes. Good software but not quite full time products. I’m blogged about a number of these prototypes in the past but this seemed like a good time to grab a bunch of information and links and share the whole bunch of them at once. Note that if you use Moodle there are several Moodle related prototypes here.

Prototypes From Education Labs

Ready to get your hands dirty? Now that you’re an honorary member of the Education Labs team, you can start exploring our prototypes. Remember, these projects are concept tests with no current plans to be included in any shipped product, so roll up your sleeves, because they may be a little rough around the edges.  We hope you'll give them a try and tell us what you think.

Collage

Collage is a presentation tool that has been created exclusively for supporting instruction in K-12 classrooms. The tool enables teachers to interactively display paper-based materials (like curricular textbooks, and hand-made notes) along with relevant digital multimedia.

Chemistry Add-in for Word

This Add-in enables you to easily author documents that include chemistry symbols and notations. It even has a 2D molecule editor!

Flashcards

Check out this site where you can play with online flashcards. It keeps track of what you know, and uses that information to determine which card to show you next. It's memory optimization based on science combined with a fun, flashy look and feel.

Math Worksheet Generator

This tool makes it easy to create a printable worksheet of practice problems. Just type in a sample expression, and the tool will create a worksheet of more problems just like it.

Microsoft Live Services Plug-in for Moodle

Tired of having to leave Moodle to check your e-mail and chat with a friend? Now Moodle administrators can add Live Services to Moodle sites with the Microsoft Live Services Plug-in. Students and teachers can then use their Windows Live IDs to sign into Moodle and access their Live Services, such as e-mail, instant messenger, and calendar without leaving Moodle.

Office Add-in for Moodle

Uploading files to Moodle has never been easier. You can save documents directly to Moodle courses from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Microsoft Add-in for Moodle eliminates the need to save a document on your PC and the tedious browse and upload steps to upload to Moodle. Open Moodle documents from within Office applications, change them and save them. That’s all there is to it.

Enabling Microsoft Office SharePoint Server as the File System for Moodle

Learn how to hook up your Moodle to SharePoint to take advantage of versioning and other file management features.



  • Thanks, have passed on the maths generator software to our maths department at school

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