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Recently, I delivered several Redefining Learning PD sessions for NYC DOE educators. Teachers were thrilled to discover Microsoft’s OneNote and Class Notebook. Part of Office 365, Microsoft has made technology free, accessible and is helping to equalize the playing field in education. Teachers no longer need to stress over xerox copies and handouts being completed in time. Paperwork does not need to be carried home for scoring as all notebooks are stored in the cloud.  Digital notebooks are created and quickly duplicated for different subjects or classes. Teachers can insert Word documents, multimedia content, screenshot on the fly with date and website references, insert audio recording / explanatory feedback for students. Additionally, emails, parent contact info, notes and tags make organization a breeze. As more and more learning environments are going paperless, Microsoft is supporting teachers’ learning by continual workshops, webinars and teacher led tutorials.

NYC DOE teachers and school librarians participated in several different Redefining Learning sessions. They discussed how administrators need to allow teachers to be more creative and in turn teachers need to allow students to be more creative.  By releasing some structure and turning the reigns over, innovation can truly take place. Creativity will not be stifled.

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As a partner in education, Microsoft realizes the value of fostering collaborative learning environments among scholars and staff. Being digitally organized, educators are able to deliver curriculum more effectively and work in a time efficient manner. Lessons are interactive and transliteracy skills are promoted in order to foster future ready skills for scholars. For U.S. students to be able to compete in a global economy, they need to be technologically fluent as they lean towards greater creation rather than consumption. Microsoft encourages greater creativity through its various Office 365 tiles like Sway, Yammer and OneNote.

To learn more about the power of OneNote, please visit http://www.onenoteforteachers.com.

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