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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


All Teachers Are Welcome: Immersion Session 14th July

In July, the NZ MIE Experts will hold their inaugural hui. This event will bring experts from across New Zealand, and speakers from across the world to Microsoft House in Auckland for a weekend of professional learning, collaboration and networking. We’re opening the doors to all TEACHERS on Saturday 14 July from 1.15 through to…


Updated Documentation For M365 Education

I have done a lot of live demos over the last couple of months to customers, partners, school leaders and IT admins. I have found that one of the best ways to prepare for these is to ensure I’m following best practice direct from the source. In my case this is the official Microsoft Education documentation….


Education Ideas To Support Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2018

Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2018 is fast approaching on May 17th and will the be the seventh year this day is celebrated. The focus is on an audience encouraging the design of technology (both software and hardware) that will be more accessible to every end user, including those with disabilities. To support this day, Microsoft…