Use PowerShell To Manage Microsoft Teams

        The above image may not mean much to many users, but to those responsible for ICT administration it will be very welcome – a way to use PowerShell to easily automate the deployment and management of Microsoft Teams. The addition of 23 cmdlets in PowerShell to manage Teams was announced at the…

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New Zealand Government’s View On Moving To The Cloud

The New Zealand Government has some of the more progressive, proactive and permissions policies in the world when it comes to the adoption of the public cloud and they have received published some new guidelines that you can read here. These were issued by the Government’s Chief Digital Officer (GCDO) Colin MacDonald and are in addition to earlier…

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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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SharePoint Migration Tool Preview Available – Move Those Network Shares To The Cloud!

It seems that every week I am having conversations with more schools that are wanting to explore how they can reduce their on-premise servers and leverage the power and flexibility of the cloud more effectively. These conversations usually follow a similar narrative, identifying the “low hanging fruit” – in other words, which servers/services are easiest…

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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…

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Diagnosing Dyslexia – Earlier Intervention Through Technology

Technology has made a lot of promises to us over the years, with two of the big ones I commonly hear being: Bringing “future technologies” to us sooner – think George Jetson and flying cars! Processing large volumes of data for earlier intervention or diagnosis. If we look honestly at many of the claims we…

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Measuring The Impact Of PowerBI: Usage Analytics By User

Having led the design and launch of a major PowerBI project in K-12 in a former life, one of the things that bugged me was the difficulty in truly measuring how much impact and usage of these new reports was actually happening amongst the staff. At the time, I cobbled together a few filters on our Fortigate firewall to…

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Solving Rooming & Timetabling Problems With Azure IoT

If you have worked in schools for long enough, you will know there is always a premium placed on being as efficient and smart as possible with available room space. Often, it’s the Head of Mathematics who is tasked with the annual challenge of assigning the enormous number of permutations around organizing all of classes…

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Configure Single Sign On (SSO) From Azure Activity Directory Into Google Suite In Only 2 Minutes

It’s a reality that many schools are running both Office365 (with Azure Activity Directory) and G Suite (formerly Google Apps For Education) side by side in their schools. A question I am commonly asked is how can students and faculty log into both cloud services with a single set of credentials. Enter: Azure Active Directory Integration…

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Using AzureAD Groups To Quickly Populate Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is the new digital classroom platform from Microsoft and I’ve already reviewed the key features recently here, but if you’re unfamiliar with it here is the official overview video: I have recently been asked by a few secondary schools and tertiary institutes what is the quickest way to populate students into a Team. You…

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