Windows 10 Fall Creators Update – What’s New?

This week saw the major announcement of the latest iteration of Windows 10 operating system called “Fall Creators Updates” (or 1709 if you prefer to track version numbers!). There is a heap of blog posts about this that touch on the various new features but the overall summary is that this update is still focused…

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SharePoint Migration Tool Preview Available – Move Those Network Shares To The Cloud!

It seems that every week I am having conversations with more schools that are wanting to explore how they can reduce their on-premise servers and leverage the power and flexibility of the cloud more effectively. These conversations usually follow a similar narrative, identifying the “low hanging fruit” – in other words, which servers/services are easiest…

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STEM Jobs Of Tomorrow

Both the Education and the Technology sectors are full of buzz words and acronyms, with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) being one of the biggest ones out there. This morning I’ve returned from a couple of weeks of vacation and seen a new website aimed at linking the jobs of the future with STEM: http://www.makewhatsnext.com/careers/ The interesting…

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Helping The Blind To See – A.I. The All Seeing Eye

I’ve written previously about Microsoft’s commitment to accessibility in the Windows 10 and Office365 products and recently I was presenting with my colleague Vishesh when he introduced me to the “Seeing AI” app from Microsoft Research. What is Seeing AI? Essentially, it is a free app from Microsoft (currently only available on iOS – download here) that allows you to scan objects…

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Diagnosing Dyslexia – Earlier Intervention Through Technology

Technology has made a lot of promises to us over the years, with two of the big ones I commonly hear being: Bringing “future technologies” to us sooner – think George Jetson and flying cars! Processing large volumes of data for earlier intervention or diagnosis. If we look honestly at many of the claims we…

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3 Minute Guide To Minecraft: Education Edition

I have had numerous educators asking me about Minecraft: Education Edition and how they can use this in their classrooms. I’m really pleased to have discovered the 3 minute intro video above to be able to share with school leaders. As per the blog post this came from: Minecraft: Education Edition is an open-world game that…

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Cloud Migration Success: Moving Orere School To The Microsoft Cloud

It’s always exciting to see our Education Partners delivering awesome solutions to schools that assist them in their digital transformation journey. The blog post today is sharing content from New Era IT showcasing their recent cloud migration of Orere Primary School. There is an excellent video interview with the Principal Kerry Forse that you should watch,…

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Co-Authoring In Excel Desktop App Now Available

I think we have all been waiting a LONG time for this one, so when I saw it announced earlier this morning I simply had to post something about it! Given real-time co-authoring was available in virtually every other desktop app in the Office365 ProPlus suite, Excel has lagged behind a little. Nevertheless, it’s here…

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Te Reo and Binary Combine to Win Prime Minister’s Supreme Award

Dr Te Taka Keegan Talks about Māori, Microsoft, and Sharing the Love New Zealand’s top teaching excellence honour was awarded to Dr Te Taka Keegan, senior lecturer in the Computer Science Department at The University of Waikato. Presented by Prime Minister, Bill English, the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award acknowledges Dr Keegan’s sustained commitment to teaching over…

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