Microsoft Partners in Learning Canada Newsletter
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May 2014
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Hi Everyone,

We’re in the home stretch now – the end of the school year is upon us, and I hope you’ve all had a successful year with your students. I know you will all have great plans for the summer, and will also reflect on what you can do better next year. As you this, I invite you to take advantage of the resources in the Partners in Learning program and the Educator Network Take the first step to joining us at next year’s Global Forum by becoming a Microsoft Expert Educator (MEE) and participate in our Expert Educator Contest. Read all about MEE Leah Obach’s success below in the PiL Teacher Spotlight and you won’t want to miss this opportunity. Check out all our stories and find ways to pump up your pedagogy with technology like Bing for Schools, Dreamspark, O365 and Windows 8 devices.

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Lia De Cicco Remu
Director, Partners in Learning Canada
Connect 2014 Conference Highlights
An inspiring story of The Social Express, an engaging, educational app for children and young adults with social learning challenges
The University of Manitoba Leverages Microsoft Office 365 to Replace an Outdated Email Solution
DreamSpark - Giving students developer and designer tools at no cost
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Connect 2014 Highlights
In May, Microsoft was a proud sponsor of the Connect 2014 Conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario on May 8th-9th. There we had the pleasure to meet educators from across Canada. Complete with a device booth and Windows in the Classroom, Office 365 training sessions.

Check it out!

Spotlights & Best Practices

Leah Obach- Why become a Microsoft Expert Educator?
Meet Leah Obach representing Canada as one of Microsoft Expert Educators at this year's Microsoft Global Educator Forum. She's a real teacher with a lot of things to do and little time to do them. Read why she can honestly say that joining the program is worth your time! Read why Leah feels the tools, professional development and support that Microsoft provides for educators has helped her transform the teaching and learning in her classroom. .

Read Leah's full story

Greater Essex County District School Board
Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB) is implementing Microsoft Office 365. When asked why Microsoft Office 365, John Howitt, Superintendent of Education and responsible for Information Technology responded “We wanted One Stop - One Spot”. With Microsoft Office 365 Greater Essex would have one place to access “it all” on any device and any browser anytime. “We also liked the fact that Microsoft is not mining data".

Read Greater Essex's full story

Ron Canuel – CEO of the Canadian Education Assoc.
Ron Canuel was a member of the Microsoft Canada Team that attended the 2014 Microsoft Global Education Forum at Barcelona, Spain in March. He is President and CEO of the Canadian Education Association. Prior to assuming this position, Ron was the Director General of the Eastern Townships School Board (ETSB), Quebec, Canada since November 1999. Ron is very familiar with innovation, being the principal architect of Canada’s first and still only system-wide 1:1 laptop deployment for all students-teachers in the district. Read Ron's full story
Educational Programs
DreamSpark - Giving students Microsoft professional-level developer and designer tools at no cost
DreamSpark is a Microsoft Program that supports technical education by providing access to Microsoft software for learning, teaching and research purposes

Help give your students a jump start to their career today!
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Training Offer & Events
Technology in the Digital Age of Learning
This event is specifically geared to the K-12 IT group. Focus is on infrastructure, servers, storage, security, networking, system management, curricular use of technology and all other technical related areas.

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The Latest in Flipped Learning- Webinar
Microsoft in Education and ISTE are proud to sponsor this complimentary webinar called 'The Latest in Flipped Learning' This session will focus on new trends and developments in flipped learning. Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams cofounders of Flipped Learning will present their thinking.

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Bing Translator for Education
The Bing Translator App for Windows is your companion when you need to quickly translate what you are looking at. Use your camera or just type the text you want to translate. Text and camera translation work offline with downloadable language packs, so you can get the power of Bing Translator on-the-go, even when you don't have an Internet connection. Download the App today!
Microsoft Store Learning Suite Kinect for Windows SkyDrive Office 365
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How to use Bing Translator on Windows 8   BrainPOP on Windows 8   Fresh Paint App for Windows 8
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