Microsoft Renews Support for Partners in Learning Programme

Yesterday at the Partners in Learning Global Forum in Prague, it was announced that an additional US$250 million in funding has been provided to extend Partners in Learning (PiL) over the next five years. In 2003, the PiL programme was established to make a valuable impact to the learning outcomes of students around the world. Currently it’s in 119 countries, and has…

0

Upgrade from Live@edu today!

The upgrade to Office 365 for education is happening! By September next year, all Live@edu customers will need to complete the upgrade to Office 365 for education The Office 365 upgrade builds on your existing Live@edu deployment—mailboxes, calendars, and contacts do not move, and there is no need to re-provision accounts. Microsoft provides the tools…

0

How an Australian School is using Kinect and Happy Action Theater to Reach Children with Autism

Mathieu Marunczyn, a teacher at Jackson School in Victoria, has integrated the Xbox Kinect into the classroom routine of children with autism spectrum disorders.   The Kinect, along with Happy Action Theater, has allowed the children to immerse themselves in play, and in doing so they can begin to communicate with others, be physical, and practice their social and language…

1

Windows 8 Devices for Next Academic Year

To help you with your device plan for next year, this blog post is about the new devices running Windows 8! Typically, in most education institutions, there’s a need for a range of different devices for different users and scenarios. Whatever the scenario you’re buying for, you’re going to find a computer that’s been tailored…

1

Technology and the Maori Language Awards 2012

Last week, the Maori Language Awards 2012 were held in Tauranga, where Microsoft received the award for ICT. The event celebrated the contributions of 30 individuals and organisations who have contributed to te reo Maori through their work. Microsoft has collaborated with language experts to bring te reo Maori to Windows, Office, and Internet Explorer. To add…

0

Why You’ll Love Windows 8

Windows 8 is reimagined for learning. It arms schools and teachers with innovations designed to transform students’ learning experiences. It gives students a modern way to consume content and allows them freedom to create, collaborate, produce and share across a range of devices, with touch, mouse and keyboard or pen. Teachers can now use these capabilities…

3

New Releases for Partners in Learning Network

The Partners in Learning Network launched some exciting new features last week. There are two features in particluar I would like to call out: The new Teaching with Technology curriculum helps any teacher develop the knowledge and skills needed to integrate ICT into their teaching, which is critical to helping students develop 21st century skills. This…

0

Experience the Whole Web with Windows 8

One of the greatest features of the new Windows 8 is Internet Explorer 10. A faster and more fluid experience, Windows 8 has focused on fully embracing the standards for the modern web including HTML5 and Javascript. The experience is immersive due to the touch screen capabilities and it changes the conversation from an apps only discussion to…

1

10 Reasons Why BYOD is a Good Idea

Thank you to one of our subscribers for sending this link through to me. Recently I blogged about the BYOD for Schools Whitepaper, where Bruce Dixon from the Anytime, Anywhere Learning Foundation and Sean Tierney from the Worldwide Microsoft Partners in Learning Programme set out to examine the potential deployment models from teaching, learning and IT management perspectives. A recent…

1