New Education Category in Visio Pro for Office 365

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Years of research suggest students learn best when presented new material in diverse and interactive ways. Gone are the days of lecture-only classrooms; today, educators incorporate a variety of methods to boost learning outcomes. One of those methods, of course, is visual. We’re excited to announce new Microsoft and third-party templates for Visio Pro for Office 365 to help educators present information in highly visual and exciting ways, while helping students better engage across subjects.

New Education templates

Visio Pro for Office 365 is adding more than 20 education templates and sample diagrams that span core subjects, including algebra, trigonometry, chemistry, and physics. These tools bring subjects to life and boost comprehension. For example, in algebra, students can move pre-built shapes to better understand the Pythagorean theorem. Additionally, Visio’s latest offerings include templates and diagrams for curriculum planning, games, sports, hobbies, and music, giving institutions a breadth of solutions for driving a well-rounded education.

Interactive Learning

Visio shapes have customizable options that enable visuals to respond intelligently to changes in size and context. For example, teachers can use Visio’s smart shapes to illustrate trigonometry concepts by interacting with diagrams to change the underlying information in real time.
Here is another interactive way to learn about the Pythagorean theorem:

Powerful ecosystem

Now you can access third-party content directly from within Visio Pro for Office 365 for your specialized diagramming needs. For the initial launch, we will deliver access to eight templates and five sample diagrams from our trusted content partners. We’re also enabling even greater interactive learning with partner solutions for OneNote. Companies like GeoGebraDesmos, and Quizlet now enable ready-made content that integrates with OneNote, helping students learn through hands-on visuals in the virtual notebooks they use every day.


Updates to the OneNote Class Notebook add-in—read/unread indicators in Review Student Work and more

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Since the school year started, we’ve been making improvements to the Class Notebook add-in for OneNote on the desktop. Here is a summary of the highlights—as well as details for the update releasing today. To update your OneNote Class Notebook add-in, just click the Update button on your toolbar to download and install the latest version. If you’ve never installed the Class Notebook add-in, you can get it from the OneNote Class Notebook website.

Improvements to Review Student Work

The most exciting new feature is being released today. Teachers now can quickly and easily see updates made by students in the Review Student Work pane.
Some common requests from teachers have been to:
  • Easily see when students have started their work in a distributed page or assignment.
  • Quickly see which pages you, the teacher, have already reviewed.
  • See if a student added any new content after a teacher has already reviewed or graded a page.
These requests are all now possible with the new OneNote Class Notebook add-in (version and use the familiar bold convention to denote the unread status.
Read/unread support in the Review Student Work pane.

Improvements to notebook and student mapping

  • Notebook mapping—If your notebook name and LMS/SIS course name match, the Class Notebook add-in will automatically map the two together.
  • Student mapping—If the format of your students is <LASTNAME>, <FIRSTNAME>, the student names will be automatically mapped.

A few more improvements and detailed summary

We have provided additional LMS support for SEQTA by adding assignment and grading integration. Also, we made some performance improvements to help speed up page distribution.
Here is a detailed summary of all the new capabilities and improvements to the Class Notebook add-in over the last few months. This list can also be found at the bottom of the Class Notebook add-in support page.
Version—September 2016
  • SEQTA assignment/grading integration.
  • Automatic mapping of Class Notebooks.
  • Automatic mapping of students by last name, first name.
  • Refresh tokens so teachers only need to sign in to the LMS/SIS once.
  • Display a warning when distributing pages that contain attachments.
  • Apostrophes in section names now preserved correctly during page distribution.
Version—September 2016
  • Fixed an issue with grading in MS Classroom courses with many assignments.
Version—October 2016
  • Fixed issue affecting Schoology sign-in.
Version—October 2016
  • Fixed issue preventing student mappings from getting saved.
Version—November 2016
  • Fixed bugs that happened with certain content types for page distribution.
Version—December 2016
  • Read/unread state for Review Student Work assignments and distributions.
  • Performance improvements for page distribution.



New vs. old in back-to-school gear

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Ultrathin laptops help you find information, but writing things down, on paper, in a notebook, helps you learn and remember. Wireless headphones make your music better and more portable, but earplugs ensure sleep. And though your smartphone is the camera you always have with you, an instant camera creates actual moments you share with just one person, not the world (on purpose or accidentally).
In short: You’re heading to school with a lot of trendsetting new gear, but you still need the stuff that generations of students lugged along, too. At Wirecutter, we research and test both the cutting-edge and the old and solid, and we think these items are the best buys for your college days.
Notebook (silicon) and notebook (paper)

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If you need an ultra-portable laptop before school starts, and a Mac isn’t a requirement, you should get a Dell XPS 13 (late-2015 model), the best Windows ultrabook for most people. It has a big, beautiful screen, the longest battery life of any lightweight Windows laptop we tested, a keyboard second only to ThinkPads in quality, a solid trackpad, and the best-designed body.
If you need to save some money, the Asus ZenBook UX305UA is a fantastic Windows ultrabook for its price; it has a little less battery life (though still great), and a slightly lesser keyboard and trackpad, but those are reasonable sacrifices.
We’d like to recommend a MacBook, but the timing is terrible right now, thanks to a conspicuous lack of current-generation processors and USB-C ports across nearly the whole MacBook line. If you specifically need OS X (soon to be macOS) for school or work, you should try to wait until Apple updates its lineup, which we expect very soon. If you need a Mac now, check out our “Which MacBook Should I Buy” guide.
As for the other notebooks—the kind you don’t charge—we recommend the Mead Five Star as the perfect choice for an affordable, single-subject spiral-bound notebook. We picked the Five Star after subjecting some of the most popular notebooks to everyday writing, and then heavy abuse (such as throwing them down stairs and soaking them in water). You can write smoothly and crisply on the Five Star using an array of pens and pencils, with minimal bleed-through with all but the wettest of inks. And because it’s both perforated and hole punched, you can easily remove clean-edged pages or snap the whole thing into a binder. If you’re looking for something a little more affordable (especially if you find it on sale), the basic Mead Spiral has similar paper quality without the bonuses.
If you need a pen to take notes in class or to write exam essays, the one to grab is the Uni-ball Jetstream. It’s widely available and it creates one of the smoothest, quickest-drying lines you can find. And if you need a mechanical pencil to go with it, we recommend the Uni-ball Kuru Toga. Unlike any other widely available pencil, the Kuru Toga has a unique ratcheting internal mechanism, so each time you lift the pencil from the page, the lead rotates a tiny amount. What does that mean? The sharpest point of your lead will always touch the paper, and you won’t constantly fidget to rotate the pencil in your hand.
Headphones and earplugs

Jabra’s Move Wireless headphones sound better than headphones costing twice as much, and are more comfortable than most. Photo: Michael Zhao

A set of comfortable, closed, on-ear headphones is great for enjoying music, videos, or games without disturbing your roommate, or for jamming through a study session at the library. After researching 93 models and testing the 55 best-reviewed and newest models, our headphone experts picked the Jabra Move Wireless as a great set at a great price.
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Of the Bluetooth headphones we tested in this price range, the Move pair was among the best sounding, beating out models that cost almost twice as much. In fact, it sounded about 75 percent as good as our luxury pick, at less than one-fifth the price. Unlike other Bluetooth headphones, which tend to be full of confusing buttons, the Move offers easy-to-use, easy-to-understand controls and a comfortable feel on your head. Best of all, it’s affordable: You can usually find it for a good amount less than its $100 MSRP.
If you need to hear less music (or phone calls, or hall noise) to study or sleep, keep a trusty pair of disposable earplugs handy. We spent several hours researching contenders, tested four top-rated models, and slept in a house next to an airport. Mack’s Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs emerged as the best earplugs for most people. These earplugs’ 32-decibel noise-reduction rating was one of the highest among the models we tested. According to safety-equipment distributor Cooper Safety, that’s enough to reduce the volume of a gas lawnmower to that of a normal conversation. What also makes Mack’s earplugs so effective is their ability to stay in your ear through a whole night and remain comfortable, unlike some of the competition.
Messenger bag and backpack
The Waterfield Vitesse looks great and holds up in school, city, and outdoor environments. Photo: Michael Hession

The Waterfield Vitesse looks great and holds up in school, city, and outdoor environments. Photo: Michael Hession

The Waterfield Vitesse is a great choice whether you get to school via bike, foot, bus, or crowded subway car, and need a stylish bag that can transition well into night use. The Vitesse is surprisingly roomy and tough, with a sleek appearance that looks natural at a party or out to dinner.
Its waxed-canvas finish is durable, it’s lightweight at just 1.9 pounds, and though not technically waterproof, it sheds stains and water easily, and cleans up with just a simple wipe-down. The Vitesse has an unpadded laptop pocket that can accommodate a 15-inch MacBook Pro (though you can add your own sleeve), an accessible front zip pocket, and three small organizing pockets that are perfect for your keys, wallet, and other miscellany.
If you prefer the classic look of a backpack, we recommend the L.L.Bean Quad. Compared with similarly priced competitors, our pick balances comfort and a smart blend of school storage and hiking comfort features at a nice price. You can find cheaper bags that’ll hold up fine for a few years at school, and pricier options that might serve you better on a mountain trail, but the Quad is a pick that’s tough, versatile, and affordable. We particularly love its large, zippered exterior pouch that gives you almost instant access to anything from a notebook to a fully packed bag lunch. Its ventilated and mesh-padded back also won’t leave you with a too-sweaty back after a walk in the summertime.
Rice cooker and microwave
Danby’s Designer Stainless microwave will last you all through college, and maybe even longer (unlike your textbooks). Photo: Katie Hausenbauer-Koster

Danby’s Designer Stainless microwave will last you all through college, and maybe even longer (unlike your textbooks). Photo: Katie Hausenbauer-Koster

You can cobble together a decent dinner using only your rice cooker, and it helps stretch precious student funds. After testing five top-rated rice cookers with a panel of Japanese chefs, we recommend the Hamilton Beach Digital Simplicity Deluxe Rice Cooker/Steamer for quick meals and dining-hall avoidance.
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Despite retailing for less than half the price of some competitors, the Digital Simplicity earned the top spot in our taste tests for white rice. Its speed was also impressive, as it produced a 3-cup batch of white rice in less than 38 minutes and brown rice in 1 hour, 20 minutes—12 and 25 minutes faster, respectively, than the higher-end Zojirushi NS-TSC10. A delayed-start option, a dedicated steam mode, and a boil-then-simmer function add to the Digital Simplicity’s versatility.
Microwaves enable the enjoyment of late-night leftovers, piping-hot popcorn, and even full meals for one in the comfort of your dorm room. After 18 hours of research and considering eight popular models, we think the Danby Designer Stainless is the best microwave for dorm rooms because it has a handle instead of the more common, ever-breaking push-button door mechanism.
The Danby also has a start button that doubles as an “add 30 seconds” button—we learned this was a must-have feature for many people when we researched the best full-size microwaves. At about 17 by 14 by 10 inches, this 0.7-cubic-foot, 700-watt microwave fits perfectly on top of a mini fridge and uses less power than the more common 1,000-watt models, which means it’s less likely to trip your breaker when it’s sharing a circuit with a kettle, the fridge, and your laptop.
Desk lamp and book light
The Anker Lumos swivels, folds up, and has four color temperatures at five levels each. Photo: Kevin Purdy

The Anker Lumos swivels, folds up, and has four color temperatures at five levels each. Photo: Kevin Purdy

Dorm desks aren’t renowned for their expansive surfaces, so the best desk lamp for a first-year student should be compact, adjustable in height, and sufficiently bright for late-night cram sessions. If you study in the very early morning or late at night—as students are known to do—the Anker Lumos LED Desk Lamp can add the right light mixture to your space.
The Lumos has four color modes (Reading, Studying, Relax, and Bedtime) and five brightness levels. Its base rotates 180 degrees, pivots at three points, and has a decent-looking control panel with a sleep timer―all handy features if you’ve got books spread out, or need to accommodate a sleeping roommate. Most lamps with all of those modes and options cost $10 to $30 more than the Lumos. And the Lumos beams its light in a wide, even glow from a continuous panel, not a strip with visible tiny bulbs.
The Anker does look a little techy, and though it’s a great value, its price could be a turnoff to those on a tighter budget. For them, the IKEA Forså (available in store only) is an adjustable, attractive, very affordable alternative. It looks better than any multiple-setting LED lamp we saw at a reasonable price, it has a 6-foot-long cord, and a small weighted base that frees up desk pace.
The drawback: IKEA sells bulbs for the Forså only with a 2,700-kelvin “warm daylight” temperature, and LED candelabra bulbs with a cooler temperature are uncommon and somewhat pricey. That limitation is fine if you use the Forså exclusively for calm reading or nighttime work. If you use it as your main desk light, your other lighting must be warm, or the conflicting temperatures (colors) may cause discomfort.
For reading in bed after a roommate is asleep, a reading light (aka book light) is more discreet. After testing three top-rated lights, we recommend the Mighty Bright XtraFlex2. Compare it with the competition, and you’ll see why the XtraFlex2 is the multiyear best-selling book light on Amazon. On its low brightness setting, it emits just enough light for personal reading, but not so much it leaks beyond the book. And on its high brightness setting, the light is perfect for late-night object searches.


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iPhone lenses and instant camera
The Instax Mini 50S captures the moment better than most instant cameras, and you can easily order more film. Photo: Gregory Han

The Instax Mini 50S captures the moment better than most instant cameras, and you can easily order more film. Photo: Gregory Han

Taking better, more interesting iPhone photos can be done at a very reasonable price. For $45, the CamKix Camera Lens Kit provides four lenses―fisheye, combo macro, wide-angle lens, and 8x tele―and a mini-tripod. Though the image quality isn’t the best available, it’s better than anything else at that price, and good for someone who wants to mess around with different lens types. We were initially extremely skeptical of the looks and quality of the multi-lens assortment, especially the shot-glasslike 8x tele. But we were pleasantly surprised by the reasonably good photo quality.
Sharing photos to dozens or hundreds of people from a smartphone is easy, but to create something tangible and exclusive, an instant film camera is an analog throwback still worth the price. The best instant film camera we’ve found is the Fujifilm Instax Mini 50S. It’s easy (and fun) enough to use that you can pass it around at a party, and it takes better photos than most instant cameras. The Instax film it uses is still widely available, too, and if you want to put more time and effort into it, you still have plenty of manual controls to fiddle around with.


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