Adventures With Microsoft AutoPilot On Education Shared Devices (Part 1)

In my job I chat a lot with both school leaders and IT admins about how they can simplify the management of their devices, making it faster and easier for their end users (usually students, teachers and admin staff) to get started and complete the work they need to do on a device. Unlike many…

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New Zealand high school transforms learning with cloud technology

When a 2017 discussion at high-performing Southland Girls’ High School in Invercargill, New Zealand, revealed frustration with the current state of the school’s technology, faculty and staff moved quickly to implement a substantial tech transformation. By the summer of 2018, the school had migrated to the cloud. Today, Southland Girls’ High School is thriving with…

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Flipped Learning Hacks With Microsoft Teams & Meet Now

Recently, I’ve had a number of conversations with educators and school leaders who have expressed renewed interest in Flipped Learning. Whilst many have experimented with this in the past, for a variety of reasons they’ve pulled back on it from being a regular component of their teaching. Now, however, it seems more are willing to…

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Activate ‘Rewa – Joining the Manurewa Community of Learning For A Day

Last week, the Microsoft New Zealand Education team had a chance to join the teachers across the Manurewa Community of Learning for a fun day of STEM related activities. Anne Taylor (Education Lead) and Sam McNeill (Education Solution Specialist) presented one of the keynotes, whilst Otako Kaufusi (Teacher Engagement Manager) and Sam also ran breakout…

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Hidden Chinese Character Mission In Minecraft: Education Edition

One of the best parts of my job is meeting amazing educators who think up new and creative ways to engage learners on their educational journey. I was talking recently with Annelise Borger, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIE-E) who shared with me how she had been using Minecraft: Education Edition and the Code Builder feature…

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Top Five Education Blog Posts Of 2018

Around this time last year, I published the top five education blog posts I made on this site which provided an easy way for readers to get insights into what was trending in education over the year. With 2018 almost completed, I thought I would do the same. ONE: Explore Microsoft’s Redmond Campus In Minecraft:…

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Podcast: #EduTechTalks #1 – Managing Your School’s Devices

For a while now, my good friend and colleague Amit Pawar and I have been talking about launching a podcast to talk about the crossover of technology and education. After a bit of back and forth, we have finally made it happen (with a lot of help from Liezl Milan!) In this first episode, we…

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Coding Competition Coming To Minecraft: Education Edition

Computer Science Education Week is less than a month away and this year Microsoft will be getting in on the action by running a coding competition for students using Minecraft: Education Edition and the Code Connection capabilities inside of this hugely popular game based learning platform. Partnering with EmpireCode, students will get access to guides and…

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Cloud Attachments In OneNote – Game Changer For Educators

Recording courtesy of Crispin Lockwood – Learning Delivery Specialist OneNote remains one of the best tools in the classroom and, when used in combination with MS Teams for Education, it can be a real game changer. In late October a blog post referred to new “Cloud Attachments” for OneNote and I’ve been waiting to see…

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