Guest Posts: Modern Methodologies For Classroom IT Management

I am going to link back to a series of five upcoming blog posts from Microsoft Education that are aimed at helping school ICT administrators manage and secure their environments more effectively. The five blog topics are as follows: How to protect school data and uphold access policies School devices in a multi-platform, access-from-anywhere world…

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Autopilot – Even Easier Device Enrollment & Deployment In Windows 10 Out Of The Box

With Windows 10 Creators Update you can now configure and deploy devices even easier, thanks to the newly announced Autopilot and Intune (part of the EMS suite). Autopilot is similar to Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP), in that you can pre-register a unique hardware identifier before the device is even turned on. When the device is shipped to the…

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Microsoft Teams For Education Is Here – And It Is Awesome

Big news from over the weekend is that Microsoft Teams, already available in commercial Office365 Tenants, has arrived in Education with all of the new features dedicated to making this app the “one stop shop” for students and educators. Read the official launch blog post here. There are a number of major differences in Teams…

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Accessibility Is At The HEART Of Microsoft & Office365

Recently I’ve been working with a partner that has a school for deaf and hearing impaired students as a customer. It’s been really interesting exploring how technology is used in environments like this, where the need for video communication to enable sign language is paramount. As a result, I’ve been digging into the accessibility options…

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Planning To Deploy MS Teams? Check This Resource First

With many businesses already deploying Microsoft Teams, and many educational institutes looking to follow along once Teams for Education in Office365 is officially launched, the following website is a great starting point to successfully start planning: Success With Microsoft Teams The website aims to provide practical guidance on best practice tips for deploying Teams and…

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Windows 10 S Has Arrived With Launch of Surface Laptop

The Windows 10 official blog has posted a new overview this morning of Windows 10 S and has placed a strong emphasis on how this will help students across all ages, from primary through secondary schools and into university years as well. Here is a summary video showcasing some of the best features of Windows…

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Guest Post: Integrating technology in class for great results: 6 tips from an expert

For many teachers, effectively integrating technology into their classes is the start of a journey in transforming their teaching practices. Most find challenges along the way, however there is always successes to be enjoyed when students engage meaningfully with their learning through the use of technology. Today’s post is a link to a recent article…

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School Is Finishing – How Do I Keep A Copy Of My OneNote Class NoteBooks?

One of the most common questions that I get asked my students and teachers is “How do I keep my Class OneNote Notebooks when the school year finishes?” It’s a legitimate query given this was pretty easy in a non-digital age: you simply walked off with your ring binder folder or exercise book. In a…

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Azure AD B2B – Simplifying Collaboration With Users Outside Your Organisation

Collaboration is a buzz word that is hard to avoid in virtually every sphere of life these days, whether that is education, work environments and right through to team building exercises. This week I learnt about Azure AD B2B a new feature in Azure Active Directory that went into general availability in April 2017. This feature…

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Microsoft Release New Surface Pro

Overnight Microsoft announced the new Surface Pro device, replacing the previous model Surface Pro 4. With this new model the numbering has gone, i.e. this is not a Surface Pro 5, rather it is simply known as a Surface Pro. These are available for pre-order today from as low as NZ$1214,10 including GST for the…

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