Microsoft’s OneNote Staff Notebook for Education app enables school staff collaboration

Microsoft has launched a free tool to help teachers and school staff to collaborate more effectively on curriculum development, administrative duties and internal policies.

OneNote Staff Notebook for Education lets education staff leaders — like principals or faculty heads — set up shared workspaces for teachers and administrators and enable them to organize and share internal information, event and meeting schedules, student progress, parent feedback, lesson plans and more.

The service can be set up and synced using Office 365 or SharePoint 2013, and users can access all content on the OneNote note-taking app across desktops and mobile devices.

The company launched OneNote Class Notebooks for teachers to distribute lesson content to their students last October. Microsoft says it is also working on similar initiatives for business users in the next few months.

From classroom to school–introducing OneNote Staff Notebook for education[Office Blogs]


Google Play Music increases free personal cloud storage to 50,000 songs

While Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody and other music streaming services tout their expansive music catalog and discovery services, what sets Google Play Music apart from the rest of the pack is the ability to upload already owned music into the service’s cloud for free.

Today Google announced that it is upgrading that song storage from 20,000 songs to 50,000 songs. The kicker is that you don’t even have to sign up for Google’s Play Music All Access subscription service. You can just store the music to stream to your devices without using up storage on all your devices.

If you own music that’s unavailable on music streaming services (i.e. some early hip hop and bootlegs from bands like the Grateful Dead), you can couple this with Google’s $9.99 a-month Play Music All Access for a great way to create playlists with a mixture of music you own with a vast library of tracks available through your subscription.

If you want to start storing your music in the cloud for streaming access nearly anywhere, here’s how:

1. Sign in to Google Play Music with your Google account – Go to your computer and visit Sign up if needed.
2. Claim your free storage – If you’d like to try the Google Play music subscription service too, click “Get Started”. Otherwise, click “No Thanks” to continue with the free storage.
3. Add your music collection – The setup process will guide you through adding the Chrome app, which provides seamless uploading. You can choose to simply upload your entire iTunes library or select other music folders. You can upload 50,000 songs for free.
4. Access your music at any time on multiple devices – You can stream or download music to your Android, iPhone, or iPad for easy offline listening. It’s also all available on the web when you’re on your computer.