Microsoft Webinar - Get hands on with Minecraft

Digital Learning

Get hands on with Minecraft: Education Edition

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Date:

Thursday, 14th October 2021
10:00AM – 12:00PM

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A Hands-on workshop with Minecraft Education Edition

This workshop is for teachers who are curious about using Minecraft Education in the classroom and would like to experience being in a collaborative Minecraft world.

Who should attend:

Minecraft Education is a fantastic tool for creativity, design thinking and even computational thinking.

Nathan will run a short presentation on the benefits of using Minecraft: Education Edition in the classroom.

He will then host a Minecraft world and you will have time to play and collaborate in this world.

This workshop is suitable for beginners.

Join us for a two-hour workshop run by one of our our expert Minecraft facilitators, Nathan Scott.

Empowering teachers to transform their classrooms with training, tools, and resources.

As schools around Aotearoa work to reimagine education, it’s become more important than ever to make technology accessible, safe, and engaging for all students and educators. Affordable and secure, Windows 10 devices are built for education to create a consistent learning experience no matter the environment—remote or hybrid. When combined with powerful tools like Minecraft, Microsoft Teams and Office 365 for Education, these devices can help teachers make online learning a personalized and engaging experience.

Even more confidence can come from mastering technology, and Cyclone offers a variety of free resources to support professional development. From free tailored virtual webinars with certified trainers to specifically tailored IT training programs, schools can rely on us to help them build the skills they need to support their students in any environment.


Microsoft Webinar - Bring stories to life in Minecraft.

Digital Learning

Learn how to create fun, interactive stories 

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Date:

Wednesday, 13th October 2021
11:00AM

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Learn how to create fun, interactive stories where the player makes choices that determine their actions and the plot’s outcomes. 

Who is this for: 

Educators who want to integrate computational thinking and Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes into their literacy programme. 

Teachers who want to engage students to write narrative stories in different settings. 

This hands on workshop is suitable for those who have used  Minecraft before 

Empowering teachers to transform their classrooms with training, tools, and resources.

As schools around Aotearoa work to reimagine education, it’s become more important than ever to make technology accessible, safe, and engaging for all students and educators. Affordable and secure, Windows 10 devices are built for education to create a consistent learning experience no matter the environment—remote or hybrid. When combined with powerful tools like Minecraft, Microsoft Teams and Office 365 for Education, these devices can help teachers make online learning a personalized and engaging experience.

Even more confidence can come from mastering technology, and Cyclone offers a variety of free resources to support professional development. From free tailored virtual webinars with certified trainers to specifically tailored IT training programs, schools can rely on us to help them build the skills they need to support their students in any environment.


Microsoft Webinar - Make Code with Micro:bits

Digital Learning

Bring education into a real-life context.  

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Wednesday, 6th October 2021
9:00AM

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Micro:bit is a cost-effective, pocket-size computer that opens up your coding to real life contexts. In this workshop, we will use Microsoft make Code to create a stepper in PE and a moisture detector for science.  

Who is this for:  

  • Educators wanting to integrate technology into their daily class using real life contexts. 
  • Be hands on with technology 
  • Integrate the new technology areas into their classroom.  

Empowering teachers to transform their classrooms with training, tools, and resources.

As schools around Aotearoa work to reimagine education, it’s become more important than ever to make technology accessible, safe, and engaging for all students and educators. Affordable and secure, Windows 10 devices are built for education to create a consistent learning experience no matter the environment—remote or hybrid. When combined with powerful tools like Minecraft, Microsoft Teams and Office 365 for Education, these devices can help teachers make online learning a personalized and engaging experience.

Even more confidence can come from mastering technology, and Cyclone offers a variety of free resources to support professional development. From free tailored virtual webinars with certified trainers to specifically tailored IT training programs, schools can rely on us to help them build the skills they need to support their students in any environment.


Microsoft Webinar - Tips and Tricks with Office 365

Digital Learning

Top 10 things every teacher should know in Office 365

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Date:

Friday, 8th October 2021
10:00AM

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Count them down with our Microsoft Certified Trainer Danny Bedingfield. 

10 Top tips and tricks in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook online.

Also covered will be the range of accessibility tools now at our disposal that can make a difference for all students.

You don’t know what you don’t know. Attend and get in the know!

If you can’t make it on the day, register for the webinar and receive a recording of the session.

Empowering teachers to transform their classrooms with training, tools, and resources.

As schools around Aotearoa work to reimagine education, it’s become more important than ever to make technology accessible, safe, and engaging for all students and educators. Affordable and secure, Windows 10 devices are built for education to create a consistent learning experience no matter the environment—remote or hybrid. When combined with powerful tools like Minecraft, Microsoft Teams and Office 365 for Education, these devices can help teachers make online learning a personalized and engaging experience.

Even more confidence can come from mastering technology, and Cyclone offers a variety of free resources to support professional development. From free tailored virtual webinars with certified trainers to specifically tailored IT training programs, schools can rely on us to help them build the skills they need to support their students in any environment.


Home Learning with Seesaw

Digital Learning

An introduction to Seesaw

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What is Seesaw?

Seesaw is a platform for student engagement. Teachers can empower students to create, reflect, share, and collaborate. Students “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. It’s simple to get student work in one place and share with families, and nothing is shared without teacher approval

Logging in using a home learning code

Communicating with students and families

Accessing home learning codes

Using the creative tools

Talk to us today to help with the solutions that are right for your organisation

Our office hours are 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Give us a call on 0800 686 686 or email us with the form below.


Google Meet Top Tips

Digital Learning

Google Meet is a place where you can host real-time meetings by Google.

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Microsoft Teams

Digital Learning

Keeping in touch with Microsoft Teams Chat and Meetings

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Using Teams Chat

  • In chats you can have a One on One and group chats
  • You can make a video and audio call directly from Chat – Making Calls
  • You can pin your chats so that they sit at the top of your Chat Feed – you can pin up to 15 chats. (See above)
  • You can hide a chat if it is no longer relevant and you can delete a message you just sent
  • You can share your screen in a Chat
  • Creating Chat Groups
  • You can search for messages within Teams in the command box at the top of Teams.

 

Why Chat is important?

A lot of remote workers find the thing they miss the most about the office is casual conversations. Chats keep us connected. Be deliberate about reaching out and connecting with your co-workers.

Think of chat messages as your virtual watercooler and set yourself a reminder to check in with people regularly. Emojis, GIFs, and stickers are a fun way to keep in touch.

 

Meetings and Calls

Meetings in Teams include audio, video, and screen sharing.

Teams meetings are best when you create and join them from the Teams app. The PLD Team recommend creating meeting using the Calendar within Teams. The meetings synchronize with your Outlook Calendar.

Schedule a Meeting from the Calendar within teams

  • Select New meeting
  • Type in a meeting title
  • An online meeting is created by default
  • Choose a start and end time and add details if needed
  • Enter names in the ‘invite people’ box to add them to the meeting

 

View Meetings

  • Select Calendar to view your appointments and meetings for the day or work week
  • These appointments stay synchronized with your Outlook calendar
  • Select a meeting invite to see what the meeting’s about, who’s attending, and to respond to the meeting.

 

Joining Meetings

You can join from a link, the Calendar within Teams (recommended), from a Chat and from a Channel.

 

Video on Joining a Team

 

In a Meeting

  • We encourage you to turn your video on for the meetings if you feel comfortable. The face-to-face interaction goes a long way to help us feel connected
  • When you join a meeting, you can set your audio and video settings- turning video/audio on or off and blurring your background
  • Once the meeting has started you can change these settings. You may want to mute your mic when you are not talking but remember to turn it back on when you are speaking.

 

  • Teams tries to anticipate what you’ll want to see in a meeting. When someone starts speaking, Teams shows them. When someone shares content, Teams shows that.
  • A crowded call can make it difficult for people to share their opinions and contribute.
  • Whoever is leading the meeting – pause frequently to allow time for questions and people can use the chat window to share their thoughts during the meeting. An agenda for the meeting is also very helpful.
  • You can also use a Digital Collaborative Whiteboard (it is integrated into Teams) during a meeting.

 

Sharing your Screen during a Meeting

 

Record your Meetings

Record your meetings in Teams to capture audio, video, and screen sharing activity. Team members wo aren’t able to join can watch the meeting later. That way, people can easily review anything they missed or need repeated.

For more details on Meetings, see: Microsoft Teams Help and Learning

 

Blurring your Background during a Meeting

In Microsoft Teams, you can show your desktop, a specific app, presentation, or any file while in a meeting.

  • Select Share
  • Select what you want to share:
    – Desktop lets you show everything on your screen
    – Window lets you show a specific app
    – PowerPoint lets you show a presentation
    – Browse lets you find the file you want to show
  • After you select what you want to show, a red border surrounds what you’re sharing
  • Select Stop sharing to stop showing your screen.

Talk to us today to help with the solutions that are right for your organisation

Our office hours are 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Give us a call on 0800 686 686 or email us with the form below.