Getting started with Microsoft tools

UDL and Digital Inking Webinars

Come join us for two great webinars throughout June.

Thursday June 23rd3.30pm - 5.00pm

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

In this session brought to you by Microsoft Surface and Office365, Sam will introduce you to Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an educational framework based on research in learning sciences. During the session, you will explore what UDL is and how its application makes teaching and learning more inclusive and accessible for all students. Finally, Sam will showcase practical tools available from Office 365 and Microsoft that you can begin to use now that can make your classroom a more inclusive and accessible learning environment.

This workshop is designed to showcase how digital tools can not only lead to a more personalised learning experience but also can develop student agency over their learning. This session is appropriate for teachers of students of any age, stage or background who are regularly using Microsoft Tools or the Office365 suite.

Thursday June 30th3.30pm - 5.00pm

Think in Ink!

Think in Ink! - In this session brought to you by Microsoft Surface, Sam Harris, PLD Facilitator at Cyclone will challenge you to think critically about the types of digital inputs that you are using when planning a teaching and learning experience. How does a mouse and keyboard compare to a stylus and touchscreen when you are engaging with students in a lesson?

What is digital ink and what is the point of using it as a student or teacher? How do I even get started with digital inking if I find myself teaching with a device that is capable of utilising it?

All of these questions will be answered and attendees will receive a OneNote book full of resources to help them get started on their digital inking journey.

Meet Sam Harris

Sam is a registered secondary teacher, who has worked in schools as a teacher in charge of History as well as an Across School Teacher within a Kāhui Ako (community of learning). In these roles, Sam has worked extensively with teachers on their use of digital technologies in the classroom and has worked collaboratively to establish localised teaching and learning opportunities that are connected and relevant to students lives.

Sam has a postgraduate qualification in digital and collaborative learning and has been a Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator (MIEE). Sam is passionate about curriculum design and is particularly excited about the role that digital technologies can play in transforming teaching and learning experiences through the New Zealand Curriculum refresh and coming NCEA changes.

Below are some of the areas that he can help support within your school:

  • Office 365 for education
  • Aotearoa New Zealand Histories Curriculum
  • Senior Social Sciences curriculum development – History
  • Digital Technologies: Hangarau Matihiko
  • Digital fluency across the curriculum
  • New Zealand Curriculum Refresh & NCEA Changes
  • Middle Leadership mentoring and coaching
  • Working across Kāhui Ako (Communities of Learning)