Helping The Blind To See – A.I. The All Seeing Eye

I’ve written previously about Microsoft’s commitment to accessibility in the Windows 10 and Office365 products and recently I was presenting with my colleague Vishesh when he introduced me to the “Seeing AI” app from Microsoft Research. What is Seeing AI? Essentially, it is a free app from Microsoft (currently only available on iOS – download here) that allows you to scan objects…

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Diagnosing Dyslexia – Earlier Intervention Through Technology

Technology has made a lot of promises to us over the years, with two of the big ones I commonly hear being: Bringing “future technologies” to us sooner – think George Jetson and flying cars! Processing large volumes of data for earlier intervention or diagnosis. If we look honestly at many of the claims we…

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3 Minute Guide To Minecraft: Education Edition

I have had numerous educators asking me about Minecraft: Education Edition and how they can use this in their classrooms. I’m really pleased to have discovered the 3 minute intro video above to be able to share with school leaders. As per the blog post this came from: Minecraft: Education Edition is an open-world game that…

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Cloud Migration Success: Moving Orere School To The Microsoft Cloud

It’s always exciting to see our Education Partners delivering awesome solutions to schools that assist them in their digital transformation journey. The blog post today is sharing content from New Era IT showcasing their recent cloud migration of Orere Primary School. There is an excellent video interview with the Principal Kerry Forse that you should watch,…

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Co-Authoring In Excel Desktop App Now Available

I think we have all been waiting a LONG time for this one, so when I saw it announced earlier this morning I simply had to post something about it! Given real-time co-authoring was available in virtually every other desktop app in the Office365 ProPlus suite, Excel has lagged behind a little. Nevertheless, it’s here…

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Te Reo and Binary Combine to Win Prime Minister’s Supreme Award

Dr Te Taka Keegan Talks about Māori, Microsoft, and Sharing the Love New Zealand’s top teaching excellence honour was awarded to Dr Te Taka Keegan, senior lecturer in the Computer Science Department at The University of Waikato. Presented by Prime Minister, Bill English, the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award acknowledges Dr Keegan’s sustained commitment to teaching over…

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Measuring The Impact Of PowerBI: Usage Analytics By User

Having led the design and launch of a major PowerBI project in K-12 in a former life, one of the things that bugged me was the difficulty in truly measuring how much impact and usage of these new reports was actually happening amongst the staff. At the time, I cobbled together a few filters on our Fortigate firewall to…

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Solving Rooming & Timetabling Problems With Azure IoT

If you have worked in schools for long enough, you will know there is always a premium placed on being as efficient and smart as possible with available room space. Often, it’s the Head of Mathematics who is tasked with the annual challenge of assigning the enormous number of permutations around organizing all of classes…

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Configure Single Sign On (SSO) From Azure Activity Directory Into Google Suite In Only 2 Minutes

It’s a reality that many schools are running both Office365 (with Azure Activity Directory) and G Suite (formerly Google Apps For Education) side by side in their schools. A question I am commonly asked is how can students and faculty log into both cloud services with a single set of credentials. Enter: Azure Active Directory Integration…

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