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12 Free Microsoft Teaching Tools

DigitalChalk eLearning

Microsoft Partners in Learning has created an abundance of resources for professionals and educators around the world to take new approaches to teaching and learning. Learning Suite by Microsoft. The Learning Suite by Microsoft is a set of innovative applications for education that create a robust, creative and collaborative learning environment for students and educators.

Microsoft Office: 2013 Open for Preview

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by AJ George  Last week  Microsoft announced its latest version of Microsoft Office  and opened it for  customer preview. While it does not improve many application features, Office 2013 does clarify what Microsoft plans to do in the cloud to compete with Google's cloud services.  And what about Mac? Don't worry, I'm confused too!)

How Microsoft themselves use SharePoint to help 45,000 employees learn better

SharePoint and Assessment

Thought leader interview with Jim Federico of Microsoft on how Microsoft use SharePoint internally for learning. Director of Operations and Platforms at Microsoft, responsible for training and readiness for the customer facing roles at Microsoft. How does Microsoft use SharePoint for learning? Microsoft is running SharePoint 2010. Jim is a Sr.

How Microsoft themselves use SharePoint to help 45,000 employees learn better

SharePoint and Assessment

Thought leader interview with Jim Federico of Microsoft on how Microsoft use SharePoint internally for learning. Director of Operations and Platforms at Microsoft, responsible for training and readiness for the customer facing roles at Microsoft. How does Microsoft use SharePoint for learning? Microsoft is running SharePoint 2010. Jim is a Sr.

FREE Alternative to Microsoft Project

LearnDash

For those of you who have used, or actively use, Microsoft Project, you know how awesome it is. However, Microsoft Project is pricey, and only comes with some editions of Microsoft Office – so how can you manage that big training development program? Easy: Easy: use the free alternative to Microsoft Project – OpenProj ! Even the menu items are similar.

The last laugh – Microsoft and SWAYAM MOOCs

Viplav Baxi Meanderings

Microsoft may well have the last laugh in the struggle to build SWAYAM – the Indian government’s flagship initiative on MOOCs. There are many important considerations for getting this to work for the long term for Microsoft and SWAYAM. Open Software, Cloud and API: Use of open software and non-proprietary cloud platforms and technologies: It is imperative, for long term sustainability, to ensure that software stacks are open and reusable in different scenarios. This is indeed a positive development for online learning in India. Filed under: 3.0.

Microsoft is Dumping Clip Art. What Are You Going to Do?

Rapid eLearning

Not sure if you saw the news, but Microsoft is going to dump clip art. However, most clip art images offered through the Microsoft site are actually vector illustrations. Many of you work with limited resources so the free clip art vector illustrations that Microsoft made available was important to getting your work done. However that may not be the case. That’s not good.

The Zen principle applied in Software

eFront

What does that have to do with software and e-learning, I hear you say as soon as you read the title of this post. be it a software, an e-learning course, a web service ? There are several software development terms and phrases that speak against that needless complexity, such as YAGNI (You Ain’t Gonna Need It), KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid!), religion (right?) thing?

Three Tips for Teaching Successful Software Training Classes

E-learning Uncovered

Although I learn something new each time I teach a class, here are the three main tips I’ve learned for teaching a successful software training class. 1. The key to learning any software is understanding how you’ll apply it in the real world. For example, I could explain AutoFill in Microsoft Excel and have everyone copy the word “hello” from one cell to the 10 cells below it.

Gamification In Application Software Training

Learnnovators

We are highly excited to see this trend because, like most of you learning professionals, we too believe that the best way to learn new software is by doing real tasks in a real environment, in a fun way. The first one on our list is ‘Ribbon Hero 2’, one of the best examples of application software gamification. What do you think the future of gamification in application software is?

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of PowerPoint

Raptivity

“CUE MUSIC FROM THE MOVIE, THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY” ENTER POWERPOINT The Good Readily available, since it is included in the Microsoft Office software and the most widely used tool for putting together content for presentations Easy [.]. Authoring Tool Education Software eLearning eLearning Software eLearning tools interactive learning PowerPoint rapid learning

Course of the Week: The Complete Microsoft Office 2013 Bundle

OpenSesame

Have you always wanted to be able to indicate "Expert" when describing your Microsoft Office proficiency level? Basic knowledge of Word and Excel is often required for jobs but the work itself typically demands a better understanding of those, and other, Microsoft Office applications. This week only, save 70% and get the Complete Microsoft Office 2013 Bundle for only $19.50 per user.

DevCorner: Microsoft TechEd 2014 – Recap and Major Takeaways

Visual Lounge

DevCorner is where we talk about all things software development-related  from inside TechSmith. This is the place for i nterviews with our devs, source code samples, and an inside peek at some of the cool stuff we’re working on… TechSmith recently sent fourteen of its own to attend Microsoft’s TechEd 2014 conference in Houston. Everyone was encouraged to contribute.

Social Tools Collide with Talent Management Software

Learning on the Leading Edge

When we started studying this space in 2007 we looked hard at tools like Jive (corporate social networking), Sharepoint (content management and integrated Microsoft platform), Yammer (acquired by Microsoft), Socialtext , Chatter (Salesforce.com), and others to understand their impact on the corporate learning market. Microsoft announced the acquisition of Yammer for $1.2

Microsoft Project for the Thrifty Project Manager: 3 Free (or Almost-Free) Alternatives

Social Learning

With what free time I have at work, I’ve lately been on a mission to find a project management suite that can reproduce the best features of Microsoft Project, add on others, and cost less than $30/month all-together.  As with many of the business-software applications Microsoft produces, Project contains a whole bunch of nuanced features that are cool and add to the “neat” factor, but which the average training-project PM probably won’t need very often.  So… on to the quest! These include: • timeline and tasks. issues tracking. collaboration. Why three, you ask? 

INFOGRAPHIC: Microsoft Word vs Google Docs vs LibreOffice

OpenSesame

One of these tools is document software. Specifically software that fulfills all your company’s document, report, and collaborative needs. Microsoft Word is the most familiar software of the type, but it is far from the only option. While every company needs this kind of software, the specifics of their needs differ. Let''s compare! Infographics Technology Posts

Salman Khan Uses Microsoft Paint to Inspire Learning

ZaidLearn

While at MIT, Sal was the recipient of the Eloranta Fellowship which he used to develop web-based math software for children with ADHD. As far as I know, his formula to create learning content is quite unique: Microsoft Paint is his blackboard (Who needs PowerPoint?), He records the narrated lessons using a screen recording software ( Here are a few free ones !).

11 Free Game Creation Software Programs (At least for 30 Days)

Kapp Notes

If you are thinking of creating an educational game but don't want to invest a lot of money, you can try out these free software programs (or free for 30 days in some cases), some are 2D and some are 3D. Adventure Maker Adventure Maker Asset Management Screen Adventure Maker : Toolkit to create point-and-click games and multimedia software without any scripting or programming.

Head to Head: INFOGRAPHIC: Microsoft Word vs Google Docs vs LibreOffice

OpenSesame

One of these tools is document software. Specifically software that fulfills all your company’s document, report, and collaborative needs. Microsoft Word is the most familiar software of the type, but it is far from the only option. While every company needs this kind of software, the specifics of their needs differ. Let''s compare! Infographics Technology Posts

Is Microsoft Surface a Major Step Backward for mLearning?

Bottom-Line Performance

The tech world has been buzzing about Microsoft’s announcement of the new Surface tablet. Microsoft Surface is supposed to do everything and more… but did Microsoft miss the point when it comes to creating a truly “mobile” experience? This makes plenty of sense if you consider Microsoft’s largest customer base: businesses. Mini-Display port.

Is Microsoft Surface a Major Step Backward for mLearning?

Bottom-Line Performance

The tech world has been buzzing about Microsoft’s announcement of the new Surface tablet. Microsoft Surface is supposed to do everything and more… but did Microsoft miss the point when it comes to creating a truly “mobile” experience? This makes plenty of sense if you consider Microsoft’s largest customer base: businesses. Mini-Display port.

Social Tools Collide with Talent Management Software

Learning on the Leading Edge

When we started studying this space in 2007 we looked hard at tools like Jive (corporate social networking), Sharepoint (content management and integrated Microsoft platform), Yammer (acquired by Microsoft), Socialtext , Chatter (Salesforce.com), and others to understand their impact on the corporate learning market. Microsoft announced the acquisition of Yammer for $1.2

From Humble Beginnings to Support for the World’s Leading Software Apps

Ancile Learning

Out of the need to help our consultants – and increase our efficiency executing projects – was born Info Pak, the first software solution of its kind to record and publish procedural learning content. In fact, uPerform can drive adoption and technology ROI on virtually any Microsoft Windows- or web-based application. In 1999, we released Info Pak. At that time, many of us here at ANCILE were working at RWD, providing consulting services to organizations around the globe. Many of those organizations were implementing SAP. Does [Your Application Here] work with uPerform?

The New Microsoft Surface Tablet and the Rear-view Mirror Effect [Mobile]

mLearning Revolution

And I saw this effect again yesterday as I watched Microsoft unveiled their upcoming Tablet called Surface. admire the fact that in designing and manufacturing a Tablet, Microsoft chose not to “copycat” the iPad and instead took a chance with a bold new approach to Tablet computing. We look at the present through a rear view mirror. We march backwards into the future.”.

e-Learning software made with passion and PHP

eFront

As with any successful recipe, there are several key ingredients we use in creating our software here at Epignosis HQ: a passion for creating things; an understanding of the e-learning market and our customers needs; hard work and long hours; hard-core programming chops; ketchup (just kidding). The post e-Learning software made with passion and PHP appeared first on eFront Blog.

What Microsoft’s Elimination of Employee-Ranking Program Means for eLearning

OpenSesame

Microsoft’s controversial employee-ranking program met its end this week as the company strives to build a more collaborative culture. Microsoft leadership and employees alike have blamed the ranking program for the cannibalistic and turbulent atmosphere at the software giant over the last decade. One-Size-Fits-One. How has implementing elearning affected your company culture?

Systems of Engagement vs. Systems of Record - About HR software, design. and Workday

Learning on the Leading Edge

There's an ongoing discussion in the enterprise software world about "systems of record" vs. "systems of engagement." And one way to make sense out of the HR software market is to try to categorize vendors by these two categories. One of the problems with HR software in general, as I discussed in an earlier blog this week , is that employees don't use it.

Microsoft Announces Plan to Train Veterans For Tech Jobs

CLO Magazine

The Microsoft Software and Systems Academy consists of a 16-week course to prepare U.S. Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced a new program to provide software development training and testing to U.S. The Microsoft Software and Systems Academy aims to offer U.S. The Microsoft Software and Systems Academy consists of a 16-week course to prepare U.S. The Microsoft Software and Systems Academy was inspired by the "VOW to Hire Heroes Act," legislation that was signed into law in 2011. Source: Microsoft Corp Redmond, Wash.

Let the Good Times Roll at Microsoft TechEd!

Visual Lounge

Chris McQueen, Instructional Designer, Adam Marks, Lead Snagit Developer, Donald Cook, Sales, and I are heading down to the Big Easy, New Orleans this weekend for Microsoft's TechEd. have some TechSmith sporks and software with me to share! "Laissez le bon temp rouler" as they say in New Orleans. Let the good times roll! You can see our full tradeshow calendar here.

My Thoughts on Microsoft Bringing back the Start button and the need for Change in eLearning

mLearning Revolution

On the other hand you have Microsoft, which appears to be bringing back the old Start button and enabling users to boot directly to the old desktop view, in the upcoming Windows 8.1 software later this month. ” via Microsoft Windows Blue Will Bring User Improvements and Support for Smaller Tablets to Windows 8 – ABC News. image credit: technobuffalo.com.

The Average Joe imperative

E-Learning Provocateur

While I can’t hack into NASA, I’m confident enough to give any software a go and not be put off by shiny new toys. For example, everyone says that Articulate Storyline looks and feels like Microsoft PowerPoint. There once was a time when I thought Second Life was going to take over the world. – that I saw it as an unstoppable force. Second Life was different.

My Top 10 Productivity Mobile Apps for 2014

Learn and Lead

synced Microsoft Exchange for my office calendar. If you aren''t already using a software to organize your notes, I would highly recommend OneNote. Online drives ( Microsoft OneDrive , Google Drive , Dropbox ) : I am a late user of online drives that have been around for a while now. Based on your preference, you can use Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive or Dropbox.

Do You Walk To Work or Carry Your Lunch? Putting Content Into Context. Part II.

Social Learning

When verbally describing performance support I have referred to it as a Microsoft-Help- that-actually-works.  I don’t know about you – but I have used Microsoft Help only a couple of times and it is a very frustrating exercise.  performance support EPSS Microsoft Help mobile applications mobile learningLearners will give up.  They are frustrated. What they need is access. 

Microsoft Goes SaaSy and Social With Next Office Release

Learning on the Leading Edge

How many of us spend most of our days in Microsoft Office? In May, in a visit to Microsoft’s campus with executives from PageUp People, we were able to see prototypes of the new Microsoft Office product. “It’s now your Office, not your machine’s Office,” Chris Pratley, General Manager of Microsoft Office Labs, Planning and Design, told Wired Magazine Alexandra Chang. Yammer offers integration with SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics. know I do. And – dare I say it – it looked pretty cool. Today in San Francisco,Mr. •Skype.

Microsoft Goes SaaSy and Social With Next Office Release

Learning on the Leading Edge

How many of us spend most of our days in Microsoft Office? In May, in a visit to Microsoft’s campus with executives from PageUp People, we were able to see prototypes of the new Microsoft Office product. “It’s now your Office, not your machine’s Office,” Chris Pratley, General Manager of Microsoft Office Labs, Planning and Design, told Wired Magazine Alexandra Chang. Yammer offers integration with SharePoint and Microsoft Dynamics. know I do. And – dare I say it – it looked pretty cool. Today in San Francisco,Mr. •Skype.

Microsoft Word: To Track or Not to Track Changes

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

by Jennie Ruby Track Changes in Microsoft Word is an indispensible tool for editing, but it is not the best tool for the job in every editorial situation. Even if a reviewer of the edited document wanted Power Point to be printed with a space, you would not allow it, because PowerPoint is the proper name of the software. Tags: Microsoft Word You may find that both tiny details and big-picture edits cause you-and your reviewers-to want less tracking, not more. Deleting the space with Track Changes turned on will create a mark that looks like this: Power-Point.

Adobe Presenter Video Express: Creating Software Demos

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

want to be able to list the changes in 2013 from the 2010 version of the software, and show just a quick mini-vid of things that have been changed. From the options displayed, I choose Export to PowerPoint. I've decided to create a slide show of the Microsoft Word updates, with a mini-video of each change. by Jennie Ruby. If you've tried Adobe Presenter with Video Express , you are probably aware that you can create a video of yourself as you present your PowerPoint slides, and then display either yourself, your slides, or both in the published project. on this one! Sweet!

Great FREE Software Downloads

The eLearning Coach

I don’t mean to sound dated, but sometimes I use the type of software that installs on my hard drive rather than an online application. And every so often, some great software comes along that saves time and frustration and can be downloaded for free. This is supposed to work more smoothly than the software that comes with Windows for burning CDs and DVDs. Audacity.

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Hone Your Technical Skills with the MCTS Microsoft Certifications

OpenSesame

Did you know that more than 80% of the world’s computers run a Microsoft operating system? This means that almost everyone from small businesses owners to Fortune 500 companies are using Microsoft software in their daily operations. Obtaining a Microsoft certification is the easiest and best way to get a job or promotion in the information technology industry.

Corporate MOOCs Reveal How Badging Can Boost Your Brand

Web Courseworks

White Paper Case Study : Microsoft’s Corporate MOOC. From the White Paper case study on Microsoft’s Corporate MOOC: Transforming training to increase seller engagement, results show how Microsoft used a MOOC for sales team members to implement training for their new business approach. Microsoft’s new “yesterday” vs. “tomorrow” business strategy. Structure. link].

Microsoft Surface Launched

Upside Learning

Microsoft Surface was formally launched and is now available in 12 countries. Surface will probably be the first in a long line of products that include software and hardware for touch and gestures. school in the UK used it for a day; here’s what they did with it: Such technology opens up a paradigm of interaction that been under-utilized in learning. It’ll only get better from here.

Microsoft Office 2013

E-learning Uncovered

Unless you’ve been buried so deep in an e-learning project you haven’t come up for air, you’re probably aware that Microsoft released to consumers the new version of Office last week. I’ve heard a lot of questions about the different versions and purchase options, so I thought I’d try and clear up some of the confusion surrounding the new Office suite. Most questions about the new Microsoft Office sound something like this, “Are Office 365 and Office  2013 the same thing? Are you buying the new Microsoft Office? If not, what’s the difference?” The price? But should you?

10 (Free!) Stock Photo Resources for eLearning

DigitalChalk eLearning

Microsoft Office is a great tool for simple clip art, quality photos and animations. eLearning Tools Online Training Software eLearning Resources PowerPoint Stock Photos When it comes to creating an eLearning project , you can easily invest a lot of time in finding the perfect images. And of course, many of you work with tight budgets, limited resources, and little time.

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Three Steps for Teaching Software

Kapp Notes

Teaching procedural software calls for strategies other than the sink-or-swim. Try these to help learners grasp software and to become computer literate. Often with teaching technology or a software, we teach by menus instead of tasks. No one really wants to learn a word processing software, what they want is to write a letter, or draft a report, or write a paper. So, with software, I start with a task. When teaching software, first provide an overview of the task you are teaching. It is a great technique for software training. Teach to a Task.

iPad App Software Value Pricing

eContent

This would makes no sense, when it costs the same amount ($14.99) for the QuickOffice app  which allows one to view and edit Microsoft Office files. With respect to Microsoft Office, many of us may feel that Quick Office is only giving us the ability to use / view files we already created via our much more expensive PC / Mac full featured versions. Do you create iPad apps?