Adventures With Microsoft AutoPilot On Education Shared Devices (Part 1)

In my job I chat a lot with both school leaders and IT admins about how they can simplify the management of their devices, making it faster and easier for their end users (usually students, teachers and admin staff) to get started and complete the work they need to do on a device. Unlike many…

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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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Activate ‘Rewa – Joining the Manurewa Community of Learning For A Day

Last week, the Microsoft New Zealand Education team had a chance to join the teachers across the Manurewa Community of Learning for a fun day of STEM related activities. Anne Taylor (Education Lead) and Sam McNeill (Education Solution Specialist) presented one of the keynotes, whilst Otako Kaufusi (Teacher Engagement Manager) and Sam also ran breakout…

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Podcast: #EduTechTalks #1 – Managing Your School’s Devices

For a while now, my good friend and colleague Amit Pawar and I have been talking about launching a podcast to talk about the crossover of technology and education. After a bit of back and forth, we have finally made it happen (with a lot of help from Liezl Milan!) In this first episode, we…

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Trial In A Box Is BACK!

Back by popular demand…. In May/June 2018 Microsoft’s NZ Education Team ran the “Trial in a Box” – a two hour live demo in schools across New Zealand, from as far south as Invercargill all the way up to beautiful Northland (and virtually everywhere in between!). Unfortunately, some schools missed out due to the high…

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New Zealand Schools Receive Digital Boost From New Agreement

The renewed Ministry of Education Schools Agreement with Microsoft supports digital learning in Kiwi schools New Zealand, 13 August, 2018 – The Ministry of Education has renewed its software technology agreement with Microsoft providing state and state-integrated schools in New Zealand free access to Microsoft’s standard suite of learning and collaboration tools. The latest agreement, which…

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Why Did The Titanic Sink? Explaining With OneNote & Digital Ink

I do a lot of demonstrations to schools and educational IT partners and one thing I commonly get asked is “can you explain why Digital Inking is so valuable?” Consequently, I decided to create the above video showing how visual ideation looks when using Microsoft OneNote and Digital Inking on my Surface Book and compared…

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How To: Quickly Edit Videos On Windows 10

Teachers often want a quick and simple way to capture, edit and share video moments from their classrooms and the Photos App on Windows 10 allows them to do this very easily. The above 9 minute video shows how to: Import existing video clips Trim video clips in length and arrange the sequence of video…

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You’re Not In 2006 Anymore, Toto: The Future Of Education

Content only gets you so far, but learning skills gets your further. We’ve traditionally viewed school as a place to learn content, however where I see it heading is a place to truly develop skills that stand the test of time. That’s exactly what Newlands Intermediate is doing with their Minidevs programme and instead of…

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