You’re Not In 2006 Anymore, Toto: The Future Of Education

Content only gets you so far, but learning skills gets your further. We’ve traditionally viewed school as a place to learn content, however where I see it heading is a place to truly develop skills that stand the test of time. That’s exactly what Newlands Intermediate is doing with their Minidevs programme and instead of…


Text Suggestions In Windows 10

Anyone who has used a modern smartphone or tablet will be very familiar with the idea of “text suggestions” to speed up the input of text on a software keyboard. Whilst I personally don’t make regular use of this feature, it’s comforting to know it’s there if I should need it.   Of course, those…


All Teachers Are Welcome: Immersion Session 14th July

In July, the NZ MIE Experts will hold their inaugural hui. This event will bring experts from across New Zealand, and speakers from across the world to Microsoft House in Auckland for a weekend of professional learning, collaboration and networking. We’re opening the doors to all TEACHERS on Saturday 14 July from 1.15 through to…


Protect Critical Data With OneDrive & Known Folder Move (KFM)

Despite best intentions, people don’t always follow instructions. When it comes to saving files, we can all be somewhat guilty of saving to the Desktop or Documents folder when we’re in a hurry with the best intentions to move it into a cloud sync’ed folder structure “when we have time”. The reality is, for many…


Minecraft: Education Edition Extravaganza by Cyclone

Minecraft: Education Edition Extravaganza by Cyclone This month, Cyclone are hosting an informative and hands-on session for Minecraft: Education Edition! You don’t want to miss out! When students work together, it builds positive classroom climate, teaches the benefits of collaboration and facilitates teamwork in a way that’s more organic than, say, being assigned to work…


Updated Documentation For M365 Education

I have done a lot of live demos over the last couple of months to customers, partners, school leaders and IT admins. I have found that one of the best ways to prepare for these is to ensure I’m following best practice direct from the source. In my case this is the official Microsoft Education documentation….


Get Trained & Certified In Microsoft Teams

I have completed a number of courses via edX, an online training platform originally founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012. The model of learning is easy, flexible and self-paced and best of all, the courses are generally all free. That said, if you wish to certify your knowledge and training you can pay for…


Microsoft Surface – Teacher Feedback

Technology is changing the way education professionals teach. It frees them from their desks and gives them new ways to engage students, energize the classroom, improve the learning experience and deliver results. In the above video, see how teachers from Kerikeri High School and Nelson College use the versatility and intuitiveness of Surface devices and…


VR + maths = mind blowing!

This article first appeared in the Interface Magazine May 2018 edition and has been republished with the kind permission of the editors of Interface. You can see the rest of the great articles here. Known for his digital innovation and creativity in teaching, the Microsoft HoloLens team knew Subash Chandar K was just the person…


Education Ideas To Support Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2018

Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2018 is fast approaching on May 17th and will the be the seventh year this day is celebrated. The focus is on an audience encouraging the design of technology (both software and hardware) that will be more accessible to every end user, including those with disabilities. To support this day, Microsoft…