Update for Education Apps for Windows 8

With the launch of Windows 8 last week its about time we told you some of the great education apps available. There are currently plenty of Education Apps in the Windows Store so I wont list them all but here are the some of the key apps for teachers and students:   SAS Flash Cards gives you the ability to increase…

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Live@edu to Office 365 for education – it’s that easy

      Many NZ schools have been early cloud technology adopters. They are leveraging the free hosted email, calendar and Skydrive storage for students, staff and alumni provided by Microsoft Live@edu. With the advancements in cloud based productivity services and the appropriateness for schools and institutions to evaluate online hosted services, Microsoft Office 365 is a…


Botany Downs Secondary College first school to kick off the Windows 8 launch in 24 hour Skype-a-thon

Anthony Salcito, Vice President – Worldwide Education at Microsoft, launched Windows 8 in education through a 24 hour Skype-a-thon. The first of the 24 Skype Calls in 24 time-zones around the world was held at Botany Downs Secondary College here in Auckland. Evan Blackman, Microsoft New Zealand’s Education Sector Manager took the 300 students and teachers…

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"Valuable" Sessions for Educators at the Ulearn12 Education Conference

Microsoft had a strong presence at last weeks Ulearn12 education conference, not only as a silver sponsor for the event but by showcasing three of Microsoft’s powerful educational offering; Office 365 for education, the global Partners in Learning Network and Microsoft OneNote. Each workshop was fully subscribed likely due to attendees seeing the value in discovering proven ways of…

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University of Auckland wins at the Microsoft Tertiary ICT Innovation Awards

Last week Microsoft hosted the 2012 Tertiary ICT Innovation Awards Dinner in Christchurch. These awards celebrate ICT excellence within the tertiary education sector. The two categories were Innovation in Integrating Everything for the Organisation and Innovation in Integrating Everything for Students – with the submissions focused on a range of innovations, from processes designed to improve efficiency…

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Last chance to submit your entry for the Innovative Educator Awards!

Today is your last chance to submit your entry for the Innovative Educator Awards! Every year, Microsoft recognises New Zealand’s most innovative educators to highlight and celebrate the great work achieved through utilising ICT in the classroom. Nominate yourself or one of your peers for a Microsoft Innovative Teacher Award.  All current full-time and part-time primary and secondary schools from both private and public schools…

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Weekly Office 365 for Education Tip #7

My last blog post I talked about the Interface article where it was announced that NZ high school Napier Girls High School was amongst one of the first to adopt Office365 for Education. Within this same article, Microsoft NZ Education Lead Evan Blackman also provides six reasons for schools to choose O365. I thought this would be a great…

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New Zealand High School adopts Office365 for Education

Interface Magazine recently published an article on Napier Girls High School adopting Office365 for Education. The reason behind the school taking up the offer was to take advantage of the collaboration and communication services between students and staff. Principal Mary Nixon talked in the article about how her current staff are so familiar with their…

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