Microsoft has been steadily adding features to the Draw tab across all their programs, online and desktop.  Most new features get their start in OneNote and spread form there.  As with everything else in OneNote, the specific features vary somewhat between OneNote 2016, the OneNote app and OneNote online, and as usual, the online version offers the fewest overall features, but it does have some amazing tools for math that we will examine in another post soon. So let’s get drawing. Welcome to Day 7 of 365 Days of Ideas for Office 365. Today we will scratch the surface of the Draw tab in OneNote,Read More →

In case you don’t know, Microsoft OneNote is a digital binder.  It’s great for note taking, organization, and portfolio.  It has some of the best accessibility tools imaginable (how many other digital platforms have both text to speech and speech to text built in? And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.) Welcome to Day 6 of 365 Ideas for Office 365. This week we will transition from ideas for PowerPoint to OneNote Notebooks. If you’ve never used it, here’s what it looks like, in all three versions (OneNote 2016 program, OneNote app, and OneNote online.  There is also a more advanced type of OneNoteRead More →

There are many ways you can format images within PowerPoint.  One of my favorites is the Remove Background tool. Welcome to Day 5 of 365 ideas for #Office 365.   We’re wrapping up the first week, which has highlighted some nifty tricks in PowerPoint Simply select the image, and click on the Format tab.  (You won’t see the Format tab until you select the object you want to format. Click on Remove Background, in the far left. This opens the image in a window with these controls.  PowerPoint uses artificial intelligence to initially estimate what is background and what isn’t.  Sometimes it just gets it rightRead More →

Merge Shapes There is a unique and useful tool in PowerPoint that allows you to select multiple shapes and merge (combine) them in 5 different ways, with varying effects. You can choose Union Combine Fragment Intersect Subtract Welcome to Day 4 of 365 Ideas for Office 365.  (You didn’t think I’d make it this far, did you?) We’re continuing week One’s focus on PowerPoint gems. Types of Merges Union is like laying one on top of another and gluing them together. Combine is similar, but it deletes anywhere that one shape overlaps the other. Fragment breaks them into three pieces- the part of shape 1Read More →

There are several tools that specialize in creating a timeline.  Some require accounts and logins, which are tricky with CIPA and COPPA, and some just aren’t free.  Then there’s PowerPoint, which you and your students probably already have complete access to.  Welcome to Day 3 of 365 Ideas for Office 365. This week we’re looking at some tools built into PowerPoint. PowerPoint online has 1 style of Timeline and the desktop version of PowerPoint has 2 styles of Timeline, Basic and Circle Accent.  In both cases, they are under the Insert tab, under Smart Art. PowerPoint Desktop PowerPoint Online Basic versus Circle Accent The BasicRead More →

Did you know Microsoft has a library of 3D models?  Did you know you can search that library from within PowerPoint and insert them into your PowerPoints?  You can also add your own 3D creations from 3D Paint and 3D Builder, or even Minecraft! Welcome to Day 2 of 365 Ideas for Office 365. Simply click on the Insert tab, and click on the dropdown next to 3D Models and choose “From Online Sources” to access Microsoft’s library.  Choose from a file to insert your own 3D images from any of the Windows 3D apps. Remix 3D is the name of the library, and thisRead More →

Day One I’ve been meditating on the idea of doing 365 ideas for Office 365, and I’m ready to dive in.¬† I realize that my “Chrome Extension of the Week” idea lasted for like, four or five weeks, and that was once a week, and this ¬†idea is every day for a year, but I think I’m ready for the challenge. (Update- I just finished Day 101, and I’m about 13 months in. So, it’s not daily, but it is 2-3 posts/week and there’s no shortage of ideas in sight!) So, join me on this adventure! Terminology To start, let’s clarify some terminology.  Strictly speaking,Read More →