Intune For Education Announced at BETT

This week Microsoft has released some major announcements at the annual BETT Show in London. You can read the full announcements on the official blog here, however the one that caught my attention the most was Intune For Education: For me, this is a key solution for schools to consider to simplify the management of Windows…

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Surface in Classrooms: A Distinction in Enabling Transformative Education

This article first appeared in the Microsoft Asia News Center. You can read the original publishing in full here. New Zealand-based St Andrew’s College has been transforming its classrooms with the help of the Microsoft Surface. The school first introduced Surface Pro 3 back in 2014 after the school management received feedback from the teachers…

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Updates for OneNote Class Notebook, Learning Tools and Office Lens—plus stickers!

Another major release from the Microsoft Education team this morning, focusing on more updates for OneNote Class Notebooks, the popular Learning Tools as well as adding some fun with stickers for teachers to motivate students with. Read the official announcement here. The summary updates include (my observations in italics): The availability of Class Notebook Tools…

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How To Keep Your Data Fresh With PowerBI Gateways

PowerBI.com from Microsoft is a great tool for manipulating and visualizing data in powerful ways. There is a desktop client (Windows only currently) and a browser based platform for creating and viewing reports. A number of schools in New Zealand have started exploring how PowerBI can be used and St Andrew’s College in Christchurch have…

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Recording Self-Paced Lessons in OneNote

OneNote is one of the most popular tools being used in education today and a major reason for this is because of how intuitive it is to create content. Most teachers and students are familiar with Microsoft Word and it is this familiarity and simplicity that attracts them to OneNote. Having a rich desktop interface to easily drag…

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Upgrading BYOD Devices To Win10 Education

UPDATE: I have had a number of schools asking me whether this upgrade path below allows students in a BYOD programme with MacBooks to upgrade to Win10 Edu for dual booting. The good news is that the answer is YES. Because Mac OSX / Mac OS is considered a qualifying license for the Windows Volume Licensing programme, students…

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Driving Transformation In Education

On the back of the BETT Asia 2016 conference, Microsoft released the results from over 1000 respondents across APAC surveyed on the topic of what challenges/opportunities they have identified in optimizing technology for the classroom, along with what are the key skills students need to develop. I’m always interested in the results of these types…

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