Keeping up with Microsoft

So on Fridays, I sit in the Lounge at School so that folks can get assistance with things. It’s good because just seeing me will prompt them “Oh, I had a question for you!”  Today, someone sat down with a coffee and asked me “So, if you have a question, […]

OneNotes upon OneNotes…

We’re just prepping for the start of the school year (we don’t start teaching until the 12th) and I just thought I’d run through how enmeshed Microsoft OneNote is to our school. 1) Class OneNotes — this is where it all started five years ago, so we have over 2500 […]

Why Google Apps Must Needs Die

There are two pillars in the education sector right now, Google and Microsoft.  Google has Google Appsfor Education which is made up of Google Drive (a file system), Google Docs, and a variety of other applications that work relatively well together.  Microsoft, on the other hand, has OneNote Class Notebook […]

#My24Hrs Part 1

I recently described myself as a devout pragmatist – and that has been reflected in the way I’ve taken on my role as technology liaison in our IT department.  I’m not an evangelizer; I’m a productivity and efficiency consultant.  If I can find 5 minutes of savings for a teacher […]

5 Reasons Schools should run with Office365

It often surprises me when folks don’t know about Office365 and/or don’t know how Microsoft has changed its educational offerings in the past few years.  Although Google definitely had the lead up to say 2011, Microsoft has quickly come up from behind and re-invented the educational space for teaching, learning, […]

Five reasons to learn Math with OneNote

So, Alice Keeler – @alicekeeler– who is an amazing blogger and an incredible resource for those using Google products, posted 60 Ways Math Teachers can use Google Classroom last April.  It came across my desk the other day and, since school hadn’t started yet, I thought it might be a good reflection for me on how […]

Auto-Grading an Office365 Excel Survey Assessment

So it’s pretty common that folks use Google Forms to create an automatically graded assessment.  Now, I have to admit, as a mathematics teacher I don’t do a lot of fixed-response assessments like this that need automatic grading.  But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a useful option. In fact this […]