Guest Posts: Modern Methodologies For Classroom IT Management

I am going to link back to a series of five upcoming blog posts from Microsoft Education that are aimed at helping school ICT administrators manage and secure their environments more effectively. The five blog topics are as follows: How to protect school data and uphold access policies School devices in a multi-platform, access-from-anywhere world…

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Accessibility Is At The HEART Of Microsoft & Office365

Recently I’ve been working with a partner that has a school for deaf and hearing impaired students as a customer. It’s been really interesting exploring how technology is used in environments like this, where the need for video communication to enable sign language is paramount. As a result, I’ve been digging into the accessibility options…

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Planning To Deploy MS Teams? Check This Resource First

With many businesses already deploying Microsoft Teams, and many educational institutes looking to follow along once Teams for Education in Office365 is officially launched, the following website is a great starting point to successfully start planning: Success With Microsoft Teams The website aims to provide practical guidance on best practice tips for deploying Teams and…

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Guest Post: Integrating technology in class for great results: 6 tips from an expert

For many teachers, effectively integrating technology into their classes is the start of a journey in transforming their teaching practices. Most find challenges along the way, however there is always successes to be enjoyed when students engage meaningfully with their learning through the use of technology. Today’s post is a link to a recent article…

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School Is Finishing – How Do I Keep A Copy Of My OneNote Class NoteBooks?

One of the most common questions that I get asked my students and teachers is “How do I keep my Class OneNote Notebooks when the school year finishes?” It’s a legitimate query given this was pretty easy in a non-digital age: you simply walked off with your ring binder folder or exercise book. In a…

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Azure AD B2B – Simplifying Collaboration With Users Outside Your Organisation

Collaboration is a buzz word that is hard to avoid in virtually every sphere of life these days, whether that is education, work environments and right through to team building exercises. This week I learnt about Azure AD B2B a new feature in Azure Active Directory that went into general availability in April 2017. This feature…

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Microsoft Release New Surface Pro

Overnight Microsoft announced the new Surface Pro device, replacing the previous model Surface Pro 4. With this new model the numbering has gone, i.e. this is not a Surface Pro 5, rather it is simply known as a Surface Pro. These are available for pre-order today from as low as NZ$1214,10 including GST for the…

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OneDrive Files On Demand - Perfect For BYOD

Over the last couple of years it has been evident that increasing numbers of BYOD laptops have transitioned to Solid State Disks (SSD) which is terrific since they are significantly faster than traditional Hard Disk Drives (HDD), have lower failure rates and also improve battery life. However, due to their higher price point, the actual…

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Microsoft's May Education Event - Overview

As many readers will have caught up on, Microsoft had a major education event yesterday with the key announcements of a new member of the Surface device family, Surface Laptop, and a new variation on Windows 10, called Windows 10 S. Keen readers can watch the entire launch event here however the 101 second summary is…

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Device Based Activation for Office365 ProPlus – Great For Education

I wrote a recent blog post with the best practice guide to how to deploy Office365 ProPlus in various scenarios. Some of the feedback on that post was how would this work in a shared device environment such as a school computer lap or shared laptops in a COW (Computers on Wheels). The guide does…

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