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From Houston to Philadelphia to the Los Angeles Unified School District, Sway is redefining learning and getting a lot of attention in the process. Whether you've already been in school for almost a month or still have a couple more weeks until the #firstfivedays, and educators are looking for ways to save time, and get ideas out there in new ways.
Ahead of the new academic year starting in September, we're pleased to be back with more news and resources from the MIE Minute Newsletter.
Consistency of experience is crucial within education. Ensuring that everyone within a class – including the teacher – is getting the same experience when using apps and software is vital to the smooth running of lessons, allowing everyone to progress with projects and work collaboratively.
In my many visits to schools reporting for Microsoft, and others, on their own innovative projects, I always ask about implementation, particularly how new ways of working are rolled out across maybe a hundred or more teachers and other staff. Thankfully, we seem to have moved beyond the time when the plan consisted of throwing in lots of devices and hoping for the best.
Every year Microsoft holds the Hackathon event, bringing together employees from all areas of the company to create, innovate and hack. This year's Grand Prize was awarded within Education, and was built around OneNote, an Office 365 application hugely popular with students and teachers alike.
Two siblings from Paisley Scotland have become winners of Break into Code, beating hundreds of students from around the world, as far as Brazil and India. Connie Renton aged 12 won the 9-13 age category with her game Rainbow Breaker, and her brother Jonathan, aged 15 came in third place in the 13 – 18 age category with his game Dragon Smash.
Back in May, we announced the summer rollout of a number of top requested features for OneNote Class Notebooks, OneNote Staff Notebooks, and OneNote across platforms to Office 365 customers.
Over the last couple of weeks we've been taking a closer look at the some of the ways educators can use Office Mix to add an extra layer of interactive content to their PowerPoint presentation, both in the classroom and for when students are accessing course materials remotely during periods of personal study.
Continuing our look at the Windows 10 tutorial videos from the Microsoft in Education YouTube Channel, the third part of the series looks at the ways in which you can access the Settings menu within Windows 10.