Surface at St Andrew's College in Christchurch, New Zealand

  We are excited to share with you some of the incredible teaching and learning that is happening at St Andrew's College in Christchurch, New Zealand with Surface. Check the video out below or at aka.ms/STACsurface    Director of ICT, Sam McNeill piloted the Surface Pro 3 at its launch, with the number of teachers using Surface…

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Innovation in NZ's tertiary education ICT sector recognised

University of Otago virtual student desktop wins Supreme Award at the 2015 Microsoft Tertiary ICT Innovation Awards The University of Otago has taken out the Supreme Award at the Microsoft Tertiary ICT Innovation Awards, held in conjunction with the Tertiary Education ICT Conference. Held in Dunedin on August 27th as part of the 33rd Annual Tertiary…

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Should computer science be a compulsory subject in New Zealand schools?

[View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKIu9yen5nc:0:0] Computer science. Most of us don't know what it really entails. What is computer science? How is it taught? How is it used in real life? Quite often it is seen as intimidating, an item for the 'too hard basket'.  Because of this most current students, and even more adults, don't know the first…

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Show your class the world with Skype!

Introducing Mystery Skype, an educational game invented by teachers. It's played by two classrooms using Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions. Mystery Skype is a fun way to get students of all ages learning about different cultures and being engaged in…

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“The real virtue is not in the tools we create, it is in how we use the tools to create" - an interview with Sir Ken Robinson

Anthony Salcito (Vice President of Education for Microsoft Corp.'s Worldwide Public Sector organisation) recently spoke with Sir Ken Robinson about his thoughts on the explosion of technology in education and what this means for creativity and learning.  For those that have not heard of Sir Ken Robinson, he is an author and speaker, and is…

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Sway Preview expands and delivers more feature improvements!

It’s been only 10 weeks since Sway Preview was launched, and there's already been over one million unique visitors to Sway.com and over 175,000 requests to join, and those numbers grow by thousands daily. On the back of this demand, Sway Preview is now open to everybody – with no waitlist! The Sway team is…

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Quick Tip Videos from Microsoft - tech ideas to use in your classroom!

There is unlimited potential for educators to improve students' learning experiences using the latest Microsoft technologies such as OneNote and Office Mix. Design engaging lessons? Improve collaboration? Get your message across in a new way? Captivate students' imaginations? All of these common goals can be achieved by using technology more effectively in the classroom! However,…

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Spread the word to your friends!

Spread the word to your friends!  Share that you may be eligible to get Office for free through your school/tertiary institution for a chance to win a Surface! Use Vine, Instagram or Twitter and the hashtag #GetOffice365Contest to let your fellow students know that they may be eligible to get Office 365 for free. When you…

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Update: Massey University and Western Institute of Technology - Taranaki are now providing Office to every student for free!

Again, we're very excited to announce the latest additions of Massey University and Western Institute of Technology, which are now too are providing Office to their students for free. As we've posted over the last few weeks, the below listed tertiary institutions are providing Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus to every student free of charge – and now Massey…

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