Reflecting on 2012 – A year of Education Milestones for Microsoft

2012 has been a year of innovation for Microsoft, with the launch of Windows 8 and Office 365 at the forefront of all the excitement. Here are Microsoft’s top 10 highlights of the year in the Education Sector. We enjoyed them so much, we thought it was only appropriate to share them again. The Launch…

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Windows To Go – Introducing a more flexible way of teaching

As a teacher, regularly preparing class material both at school and at home can be hard to manage. File transferring and saving various versions of the same document isn’t always easy and we end up with the wrong and unsaved versions. Windows To Go, one of the many new features of Windows 8 Enterprise, provides…

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Teaching 21st Century Skills has never been so easy – get in now!

Have you booked your Windows in the Classroom seminar yet? Spaces are filling up, and fast! Give your staff and students the opportunity to benefit from the most innovative tools and technology of today. From February 2013, senior management teams from schools all over New Zealand will experience a complimentary two-hour seminar delivered by two…

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Find out what your students really think!

Last month, Microsoft launched Excel Surveys in SkyDrive. This survey feature of the Excel Web App in SharePoint Online is a great way to collect up-to-the-minute information in a classroom or lecture hall setting. Getting real time feedback from your students and staff can be a challenge. This is a great way to encourage students…

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Bring learning to life with a Windows in Classroom Seminar!

  Microsoft will be helping to kick off the next academic year with a Windows in the Classroom seminar for your school.  There will be two Windows in the Classroom specialists travelling New Zealand delivering Windows in the Classroom seminars to school leadership teams.  With these complimentary two-hour seminars your school leadership team will explore tools…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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