Microsoft Teams – OneNote Class Notebooks made the smart way! (Staff Notebooks too)

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Microsoft Teams is the new communication / collaboration platform in Office 365, and a powerful tool for educators. Microsoft added the OneNote Class Notebook tool to Teams over the summer, and this is now the go-to method for creating your notebooks. You can also create Staff Notebooks for staff teams to share resources, meeting notes and to swap notebook sections with each other.

Watch this video to find out more!

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Flipped Learning using Microsoft Forms

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Using Microsoft Forms for flipped learning. Students first watch the video and then answer the questions to learn the content before their lesson. Class time can then be used to discuss the material and apply their knowledge/skills.

Have a go at the complete quiz below and then view the results:

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Microsoft Teams – How to Create a Class / Staff Team for your School / College

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Microsoft Teams is the new communication / collaboration platform in Office 365, and a powerful tool for educators. Find out how to create a team for your teaching class or department.

Microsoft Teams has had two education specific tools added to it in the last few months:

Assignment tool – create an assignment for your class and use the assignment tool to distribute the task, collect back in again, and mark and provide feedback.

Class Notebook creation tool – Create a OneNote notebook specifically to use with your teaching group. This tool creates a “Content Library” section for your own notes, and a section for each of your students.

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AFL with Activ Vote/Expressions (Promethean)

Over the past half term we trailed a new set of Promethean Activ Votes/Expressions. We evaluated the use of the voting/assessing system along side existing apps we use via the iPads and  BYOD.

Below we came to the following consensus…

  • They look slick and are nice to use with a qwerty keyboard.
  • Once the questions are written they can be re-used easily.
  • It’s a nice touch that you can personalise the devices to each students name.
  • The students LOVED using them. They were very excited!
  • Instant results per question for students and the teacher.
  • Feedback can be provided before the next question is asked on the device.
  • Easy to use software with a bank of resources (especially for core subjects like English, Maths and Science).
  • A morning of CPD was provided showing us how to use the software.
  • Free trail of 4 weeks was extended to 6 weeks – with an option to buy the kit.


Microsoft Office Mix – Create flipped learning resources from your old powerpoints

 I am presenting today at The City of Leicester Summer Teaching and Learning Conference on Microsoft Office Mix, and how teachers can use it to create flipped learning resources from their existing old powerpoints.

An example of how Office Mix can be used to add voice-overs and annotations to existing PowerPoint presentations, and can convert these to video for uploading to somewhere like YouTube or Office 365 Video, to create a flipped learning experience for students.




Powerpoint presentation – Microsoft Office Mix

Powerpoint presentation – Microsoft Office Mix (with video)

Teaching and Learning Tweeting @RMA

The Teaching and Learning team established a Twitter feed this time last year to share best practice and seek new and interesting articles and pedagogical developments.  We now have almost 260 followers and regularly re-tweet best practice and exciting snapshots from faculties across the school.  Tweeting has proven to be a great way to engage with students, parents/carers and other schools, as well as providing us with a new and varied source of research for our professional development.  We continue to publish tweets under our own hashtag #rmt&l, and this year our new hashtag #digitalrushey has been regularly trending with lots of photos of digital learning taking place across the school.


Show My Homework – To extend engagement with digital learning across the school

This is a commercial platform which will allow teachers, students and parents/carers easier access to homework. There is a proven link between the amount and quality of homework a student completes and their future success in life. We want our students to have access to high quality homework and feedback, and allow our parents/carers to monitor their children’s learning. All the students will be given individual login details this term and all parents/carers will be sent details of how they can access this information.

Some of the fantastic features of Show My Homework is the built in assessment tools such as Quizzes and Spelling Tests.