Flipped Learning Hacks With Microsoft Teams & Meet Now

Recently, I’ve had a number of conversations with educators and school leaders who have expressed renewed interest in Flipped Learning. Whilst many have experimented with this in the past, for a variety of reasons they’ve pulled back on it from being a regular component of their teaching. Now, however, it seems more are willing to…

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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…


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…

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AI Technology Assisting Deaf Students

I read a great case study this morning out of New York City’s Rochester Institute of Technology which has 1500 dear of hearing impaired students, and are now using Microsoft Translator to provide real time captioning and translation to support the American Sign Language (ASL) translators in the lectures. Read the entire case study here…


Connecting Communities Across Languages

Technology can break down barriers in many different ways and I’ve blogged previously about accessibility in Office365 as well as the amazing Seeing AI Appthat helps the blind to “see.” When it was first announced, Microsoft Translator was a Garage project, meaning it was something of a passion project for Microsoft developers and was not as yet, not a…

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Making A Difference With Accessibility

I’ve blogged previously about my observation that accessibility is at the heart of product design at Microsoft, particularly in the Windows 10 and Office 365 product suites. This morning I read a great blog post from the Microsoft Australia Education team:   Making a difference – NSW Education and Office 365 changing school culture. It’s…


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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Helping The Blind To See – A.I. The All Seeing Eye

I’ve written previously about Microsoft’s commitment to accessibility in the Windows 10 and Office365 products and recently I was presenting with my colleague Vishesh when he introduced me to the “Seeing AI” app from Microsoft Research. What is Seeing AI? Essentially, it is a free app from Microsoft (currently only available on iOS – download here) that allows you to scan objects…


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…


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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