The Surface RT offer for education institutions has been extended!

We’re very pleased to announce that the Surface RT offer for schools and tertiary education institutions (see previous blog post) has been extended until the 30th September, 2013! Now, between July 15, 2013 and September 30, 2013, Microsoft is pleased to offer the following special pricing on Surface RT to New Zealand schools and higher education…

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EduTech in K-12 – What works?

Technology adoption in K12 classrooms is taking the world by storm. Classrooms world-wide are using cell phones, e-readers, tablets, and smartboards which impact hugely how teachers teach and students learn. However, it is not uncommon to hear teachers’ concerns about the effectiveness of educational technology on student learning. For example, while 76% of teachers surveyed…

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Microsoft releases NZ privacy guide for Office 365

New Zealand organisations and educational institutions are quickly deploying cloud computing. The following article, this week published on the Microsoft GovTech blog, explains that while the low prices and convenience of cloud computing are appealing, there are also important questions to ask around privacy, security and data integrity. As a member of the education industry, the answers to these…


The IT Cloud Skills Gap

It is no secret that many countries are facing an increasing talent deficit in light of the economic crisis and the current shortage of skills necessary to fill new jobs in the private sector. New Zealand is no exception. Brad Smith, Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel, states “The economy faces a paradox: Too…


Windows in the Classroom Tip #1 – making Windows 8 your own

Over the next 5 weeks we will be giving you a sneak peek into the tips and tricks school leadership teams across New Zealand are learning at their complimentary Windows in the Classroom seminar. This week we’ll cover the basics – teaching your students to customise their own start screen. Students can maximise productivity by…

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More than 4.5 million Catholic School Students to Receive Microsoft Office 365 for Education

Today, the Catholic International Education Office (OIEC) took an exciting step toward delivering a brighter future for Catholic students around the world, demonstrating there is no greater resource to invest in than that of youth. Recognising changes were needed to provide their students with the 21st century skills they’ll need in their future careers, OIEC…

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Microsoft Solutions for Research Management

If you are tasked with helping make your institution’s research activity more productive, we recommend you explore Microsoft Solutions for Research Management. With Cloud delivery (Windows Azure) and in-house Sharepoint solutions, these Research Management Solutions from Microsoft are smart and affordable platforms as well as tools that can help IT decision makers. These are designed…


Australia NSW Department of Education uses Azure to deliver online science assessment

The Essential Secondary Science Assessment (ESSA) test was delivered simultaneously to all secondary schools in a single day. Using 300 Azure instances cost ~ $40 per hour. The alternative was to purchase 60 physical servers. This video was shown in the keynote at the Education Leaders Briefing in London on January 12, 2011 by Orlando Ayala….