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…

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Microsoft Trial in a Box

Thinking about the future of your school device platform? Let us show you how easy it is with Windows10 and powerful low-cost devices….and you can keep the devices! Schools have been telling us they’re looking for easy to manage and great low-cost devices for their students and classrooms.   Microsoft NZ is pleased to offer you…

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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…


Minecraft:Education Edition Webinar

Last month I recorded a 35minute webinar about Minecraft:Education Edition with my colleagues Anne Taylor (Teacher Engagement Manager) and Crispin Lockwood (Microsoft Learning Consultant). You can register and view the webinar here: VIEW WEBINAR HERE We deliberately started the webinar in a very simple way assuming the viewer knew nothing about Minecraft:Education Edition whatsoever and…


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…


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…


Top 5 Education Posts of 2017

The year has rushed past and I’ve been looking through the statistics of this blog and found some interesting trends. I’ve decided to collate the top five posts (by number of views) to share what you, the reader, have found most interesting and useful from this year. One: Autopilot – Even Easier Device Enrollment &…

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