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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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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Measuring And Driving Usage Of Teams For Education

If you value it, you measure it. If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. The above two quotes are pretty common in modern business practices and yet ironically for institutions that are used to assessing students on a regular basis,  I don’t always see schools regularly measuring the impact of their eLearning initiatives…

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Video: Simplifying Attendance With Flow & PowerBI

I love PowerBI and have blogged about it quite a bit here already, as well as led some projects using it in the K-12 space in previous roles. The above video is really worth checking out if you’re a school looking to simplify the process of taking attendance as well as if you’re a software developer working in the schooling…

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Tracking Office365 ProPlus Activation In Your School

I confess that I’m a bit of a reporting nerd when it comes to technology. I love to see a great dashboard of data revealing how my network is performing, where users are consuming content and what devices they are connecting. I’ve blogged previously about the rapid improvements in the Office365 Admin Reporting using PowerBI to give…

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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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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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Azure Media Analytics – Search EVERYTHING In Your Videos

Last week I was in Singapore at the Microsoft APAC Education Partner Summit where over 140 partners attended two days of sessions. One that really stood out for me was a session on Azure Media Analytics. The idea behind this service is to deliver deeper insights into the media content of an organisation, far beyond…

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