Hwb Teachmeet at Baglan Education Training Centre

hwbmeet nptThis is the first of a series of Teachmeets in the local area, it is an informal gathering of educators looking for innovative ideas for teaching and learning. The focus of this Teachmeet will be on the tools that are available via Office365 and every teachers (and pupils) HWB account in Wales, it will also showcase a few additional features which include Minecraft in education and how this can be used in the classroom to develop literacy and numeracy.

This Teachmeet will hopefully give educators examples of how it’s being used in school across the area and also give ideas of how you can embed it into your current practice. The session will set some challenges for you to take back to the classroom and the opportunity to win some Microsoft prizes and showcase in the next Teechmeet what you are doing.

Venue: Baglan Education Training Centre – BETC. Elmwood Drive. Baglan , Port Talbot SA12 8TF

When: Wednesday, 2 March 2016 from 16:15 to 18:15

Register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/teachmeet-tickets-20693152777

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Office Lens – A scanner in your pocket!

office_lensOffice Lens is like having a scanner in your pocket. Like magic, it will digitise notes on whiteboards or blackboards. Always find important documents or business cards. Sketch your ideas and snap a picture for later.

Office Lens trims, enhances and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable. Office Lens can convert images to editable Word and PowerPoint files too.

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/app/office-lens/id975925059

Android Link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.office.officelens

Congratulations to Gwyrosydd Primary School – Competition Winners!

Tablets for SchoolsTablets for Schools are proud to announce that Gwyrosydd Primary School is the winner of their Microsoft Surface video competition. As you’ll remember the brief was to submit a creative, short film about how a set of class tablets could transform their learning. The winning class took inspiration from the Beastie Boys with their fun and creative version of Fight for your Right. – See more at: http://www.tabletsforschools.org.uk/surface-video-schools-competition/#sthash.ip4y0pbd.dpuf

Microsoft’s next surprise is free Office for iPad and iPhone!

Office Apps are Free!Microsoft’s Office suite for iPad, iPhone, and Android is now free. In a surprise move, the software giant is shaking up its mobile Office strategy to keep consumers hooked to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents.

Starting today, you’ll no longer need an Office 365 subscription to edit documents or store them in the cloud. The move comes just days after Microsoft announced a strategic partnership with Dropbox to integrate the cloud storage service into Office across desktop, mobile, and the web. You can now download Office for iPad and store all your documents on Dropbox without paying Microsoft anything at all. Microsoft is also releasing a brand new iPhone app today, alongside a preview of Office for Android tablets, all with Dropbox integration.

Download the new Apps (or update your current Office Apps) from the Apple iTunes Store.

Microsoft Word: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/microsoft-word/id586447913?mt=8

Microsoft Excel: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/microsoft-excel/id586683407?mt=8

Microsoft Powerpoint: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/microsoft-powerpoint/id586449534?mt=8