Microsoft Surface – Teacher Feedback

Technology is changing the way education professionals teach. It frees them from their desks and gives them new ways to engage students, energize the classroom, improve the learning experience and deliver results. In the above video, see how teachers from Kerikeri High School and Nelson College use the versatility and intuitiveness of Surface devices and…

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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…

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Artificial Intelligence In The Classroom

This article first appeared in the Interface Magazine March 2018 edition and has been republished with the kind permission of the editors of Interface. You can see the rest of the great articles here. It is an exercise in stating the obvious to say we are living in a rapidly changing world, where technology is…

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Levelling the Playing Field at Manurewa High School with Innovative BYOD Programme

This blog post first appeared on the Microsoft Case Studies website here. Today digital technology is in every aspect of our lives. But what if you’re living in a digital landscape where not everyone has access to the technology they need? For students of Manurewa High, New Zealand’s largest decile one school, this problem is…

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Video: Creating Inclusive Classrooms

This morning I watched Mike Tholfsen’s recent webinar earlier in January with Operation Diversity where he spoke about the power of creating inclusive classrooms through the Microsoft Education tools, specifically the Learning Tools / Immersive Reader found across a range of the Office365 products. The entire video is worth watching above, but I’ve pulled out some of the key…

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Research: Improving Literacy With Learning Tools

This morning I read a research paper entitled Leveling the Playing Field with Microsoft Learning Tools written by Katherine McKnight PhD and was published by the Center for Evaluation & Study of Educational Equity RTI International. The focus is squarely on asking the question “Does the use of Learning Tools improve literacy outcomes, with both reading and…

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Professional Learning Communities Groups in Office365

Back in mid-2016 Microsoft released PLC Groups for Office365 and I have to admit, I completely missed this feature release. You can read the full announcement on the official Office365 blog post here. I guess I’m pretty excited about this for a few reasons, primarily because it links into the professional development model that is…

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