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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OneDrive Files On Demand – Perfect For BYOD

Over the last couple of years it has been evident that increasing numbers of BYOD laptops have transitioned to Solid State Disks (SSD) which is terrific since they are significantly faster than traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDD), have lower failure rates and also improve battery life. However, due to their higher price point, the actual…

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Digital Inking – Improves Teaching & Learning

I have visited a number of schools and demonstrated many of the natural hand gestures for editing and Ink Replay available in Office365 and the response is always very positive. I have recently found the above infographic showing independent research from Sharon Oviatt, an expert in human centered interfaces,multi-modal interfaces and use of pen inputs…

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Microsoft’s May Education Event – Overview

As many readers will have caught up on, Microsoft had a major education event yesterday with the key announcements of a new member of the Surface device family, Surface Laptop, and a new variation on Windows 10, called Windows 10 S. Keen readers can watch the entire launch event here however the 101 second summary is…

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Device Based Activation for Office365 ProPlus – Great For Education

I wrote a recent blog post with the best practice guide to how to deploy Office365 ProPlus in various scenarios. Some of the feedback on that post was how would this work in a shared device environment such as a school computer lap or shared laptops in a COW (Computers on Wheels). The guide does…

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Major OneNote Class NoteBook Announcement: Sharing With Parents

One of the things that has really impressed me over the last couple of years has been the responsiveness from the Microsoft Education team to the requests of teachers and how they want to use OneNote in their classes. Today, in a new blog post that you can read here, the OneNote team have announced…

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Windows 10 Creators Update Is Here

Many of you will have been waiting for the official release date of the Windows 10 Creators Update last week and now that it is launched the best place to get an overview of the new features is the official Windows Blog. You can read the post introducing Creators Update here. For a visual overview,…

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Guest Post: Cultivate Collaborative Learning With OneNote

This post originally appeared in the Interface Magazine, April 2017 edition and has been republished with permission. You can see the online edition by clicking here. Spade … check. Seeds … check. Compost … check. Watering can … check. OneNote … er … um … what? Three teachers and a group of Year 10 students at…

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Azure Media Analytics – Search EVERYTHING In Your Videos

Last week I was in Singapore at the Microsoft APAC Education Partner Summit where over 140 partners attended two days of sessions. One that really stood out for me was a session on Azure Media Analytics. The idea behind this service is to deliver deeper insights into the media content of an organisation, far beyond…

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Supporting The Literacy of ALL Learners With Learning Tools

One of the most popular features of OneNote Class Notebooks was the “Learning Tools” which have enabled students of all abilities to process content more easily: The Learning Tools for OneNote help everyone improve their reading and writing skills, including gifted learners, students with learning differences or a combination of any of the broad range…

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