Microsoft Whiteboard Finally Arrives (In Preview)

Way back in February of this year I was introduced to a Preview version of Microsoft Whiteboard, an app for Windows 10 devices that was similar to that running on the awesome Surface Hub devices. I was able to show a handful of customers but because it was not available there was a degree of…

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Teaching With Ink Strategies

The “power of the pen” is already well established as an effective technique to improve student comprehension and deepening their knowledge and conceptual understanding. In this blog post I want to share some resources from the MSAU Education Team: A free downloadable OneNote NoteBook full of tips and tricks for effective teaching with Digital Ink. A series of…


Tracking Office365 ProPlus Activation In Your School

I confess that I’m a bit of a reporting nerd when it comes to technology. I love to see a great dashboard of data revealing how my network is performing, where users are consuming content and what devices they are connecting. I’ve blogged previously about the rapid improvements in the Office365 Admin Reporting using PowerBI to give…


Using e-Discovery In Microsoft Teams

With many schools trialing Microsoft Teams in anticipation of the new school year in 2018, I’m having quite a few questions asked around security and also visibility of “teacher-to-teacher” chats, but also “teacher-to-student” and “student-to-student” chats. The great news is that Microsoft Teams is fully compliant with Microsoft’s e-Discovery tools to deliver enterprise level compliance…


Minecraft: Education Edition Roadshow Across New Zealand

Join the Microsoft Education Team for a presentation on how you can incorporate Minecraft: EE into your classroom. Hear from the Microsoft Learning Consultants and Expert Educators on all things Microsoft in Education with a specific focus on how Minecraft: EE can support Computational Thinking for Digital Technologies and Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes. Methven:…


Deploy & Code In Minecraft

Minecraft has become something of a global phenomenon, engaging users of all ages both in and out of the education sector. The official Minecraft site lists sales figures of the original Java edition exceeding 27 million, and this won’t include Minecraft on other platforms or the Education Edition released earlier this year that adds some unique…


Differences In OneNote – Cross Platform Support

One of the coolest things about Microsoft OneNote is that it is on virtually any platform or Operating System you choose to use these days. That can, however, lead to some confusion as to whether key features you’ve come to know and love and rely on in your daily workflows is available or not. Thankfully,…


Research: Improving Literacy With Learning Tools

This morning I read a research paper entitled Leveling the Playing Field with Microsoft Learning Tools written by Katherine McKnight PhD and was published by the Center for Evaluation & Study of Educational Equity RTI International. The focus is squarely on asking the question “Does the use of Learning Tools improve literacy outcomes, with both reading and…

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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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