Surface in Classrooms: A Distinction in Enabling Transformative Education

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This article first appeared in the Microsoft Asia News Center. You can read the original publishing in full here. New Zealand-based St Andrew’s College has been transforming its classrooms with the help of the Microsoft Surface. The school first introduced Surface Pro 3 back in 2014 after the school management received feedback from the teachers…

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Updates for OneNote Class Notebook, Learning Tools and Office Lens—plus stickers!

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Another major release from the Microsoft Education team this morning, focusing on more updates for OneNote Class Notebooks, the popular Learning Tools as well as adding some fun with stickers for teachers to motivate students with. Read the official announcement here. The summary updates include (my observations in italics): The availability of Class Notebook Tools…

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How To Keep Your Data Fresh With PowerBI Gateways

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PowerBI.com from Microsoft is a great tool for manipulating and visualizing data in powerful ways. There is a desktop client (Windows only currently) and a browser based platform for creating and viewing reports. A number of schools in New Zealand have started exploring how PowerBI can be used and St Andrew’s College in Christchurch have…

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Recording Self-Paced Lessons in OneNote

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OneNote is one of the most popular tools being used in education today and a major reason for this is because of how intuitive it is to create content. Most teachers and students are familiar with Microsoft Word and it is this familiarity and simplicity that attracts them to OneNote. Having a rich desktop interface to easily drag…

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Upgrading BYOD Devices To Win10 Education

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UPDATE: I have had a number of schools asking me whether this upgrade path below allows students in a BYOD programme with MacBooks to upgrade to Win10 Edu for dual booting. The good news is that the answer is YES. Because Mac OSX / Mac OS is considered a qualifying license for the Windows Volume Licensing programme, students…

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Driving Transformation In Education

On the back of the BETT Asia 2016 conference, Microsoft released the results from over 1000 respondents across APAC surveyed on the topic of what challenges/opportunities they have identified in optimizing technology for the classroom, along with what are the key skills students need to develop. I’m always interested in the results of these types…

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Helping Students Become Global Citizens With Skype

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Technology is disrupting education in ways that students and educators could not have conceived, as recently as 10-15years ago. Increasingly, schools are exploring ways to enable their students to become Global Citizens and I love the vision statement from Shirley Boys High School: Kiwi Soul. Global Vision. Technology enables schools to facilitate global connections for…

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Youth, Technology & Disruption

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This week, Microsoft New Zealand released a whitepaper entitled Youth, Technology & Disruption that examines the situation young  people face in New Zealand when it comes to education and future work opportunities. There are a number of points in the whitepaper and you can read the original copy by clicking here, with Managing Director of Microsoft NZ…

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Microsoft Teacher Talks

We’re hosting informal gatherings for teachers across the country to come together and share best practice, as well as the latest news in the education space. This gives teachers like yourself, a chance to hear updates from our Teacher Ambassadors and Expert educators about how Microsoft technology can enable better learning experiences for your students….

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COMMENT: It takes a tech sector to raise a digital child

This post has been taken from: Microsoft NZ News Centre. The government’s decision to embed digital education in the NZ school curriculum is a vital step forward, says Evan Blackman (Education Sector Director for Microsoft New Zealand) but government needs to look to the NZ tech sector for partnerships that will deliver the vision. If there’s…

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