Here at Microsoft, we constantly look for ways to empower teachers around the world using technology—both in the classroom and online. Recently our subsidiary, Microsoft Open Technologies Inc. (MS Open Tech) announced a partnership with Remote-Learner to integrate Office 365 and the Moodle learning management system (LMS).
As a passionate, tech-savvy and always-looking-for-best-solution math teacher, I am always searching the Internet for programs and apps to help me get the most out of my teaching profession. There are bad ones that I use one time for a five-minute test-flight, there are great ones that I use regularly, because they help me. And there is OneNote, the one tool that I literally can’t teach without!
As our teachers and students explored OneNote, they found an integral tool that takes the ease of pencil and paper and combines it with built-in organization, automatic back-ups, audio /video recording capabilities, word processing, spreadsheet functions, graphing tools and the ability to change the size of the digital paper. Let’s not forget a student favorite—color ink customization for differentiated learning techniques!
As developers of OneNote and the OneNote Class Notebook Creator, we realize that creating exciting products is only the first step towards to making a difference in education. The next steps are to actively train educators on how they can use OneNote in ways that are immediately relevant to their daily school lives and give them the content that serves as a basis for further curriculum generation.
On November 11th, we announced our plans to rename Lync to Skype for Business, which will include shipping new client, server and service in Office 365 during the first half of 2015. Today, we are thrilled to announce the availability of Skype for Business technical training, created to help our partners and IT pros get ready for the upcoming product release.
When we first built Office Online, we worked hard to make the suite accessible to blind and low vision users by using a new web accessibility standard called WAI-ARIA. While this web standard has allowed Office Online to be usable with a screen reader, we’ve made some further improvements over the past year to provide an even better experience. We are excited to talk about these improvements and have you…