Which Windows 8 PC is right for your school? Looking at the Surface Pro

The future of educational technology is “Bring Your Own Device”, (BYOD), and we are seeing more and more schools moving away from providing devices for students every day.    BYOD has allowed for there to be a one-to-one ratio of students with a diverse range of technological devices. Here are just a few of the…


Microsoft releases NZ privacy guide for Office 365

New Zealand organisations and educational institutions are quickly deploying cloud computing. The following article, this week published on the Microsoft GovTech blog, explains that while the low prices and convenience of cloud computing are appealing, there are also important questions to ask around privacy, security and data integrity. As a member of the education industry, the answers to these…


Windows in the Classroom Tip #5 – The power of Windows To Go for schools

Windows To Go is one of the excellent new features of Windows 8 in education. As a teacher, regularly preparing class material both at school and at home can be hard to manage. File transferring and saving various versions of the same document isn’t always easy and we end up with the wrong and unsaved…


The IT Cloud Skills Gap

It is no secret that many countries are facing an increasing talent deficit in light of the economic crisis and the current shortage of skills necessary to fill new jobs in the private sector. New Zealand is no exception. Brad Smith, Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel, states “The economy faces a paradox: Too…


Windows in the Classroom Tip #4: Office 365 – Creating consistency in your students’ daily lives

[View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTSn_z3OrpM] Teaching our students to develop time management skills and learn how to prioritise their school, work and personal lives is never an easy task. During Windows in the Classroom seminars, our education specialists teach senior leadership teams and teachers from all over New Zealand how our expectations of students can be better met with…


Partners in Learning offers free tools for educators – sign up now!

[View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qdmqG16rIk0] Microsoft is committed to improving educational outcomes – and that is why we want to welcome you to Partners in Learning. It’s free to educators and schools all over the world – and you can get started today. Partners in Learning is a global support network with professional development training, community discussion, free software,…

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Windows in the Classroom Tip #3 – Co-authoring in Office Web Apps

Last week, we looked at the benefits that Lync can bring students and teachers in creating an online classroom, accessible anywhere and at any time. Today, we are going to give you an insight into the co-authoring features of Office 365 that allow students to analyse data, brainstorm ideas and work collaboratively with their peers,…


Anthony Salcito’s take on the role of Windows 8 in transforming education

Anthony Salcito, Vice President for Microsoft Education, was this week thrilled to give a very informative demo of the innovations that Windows 8 is offering educators worldwide. And we are thrilled to share it. Salcito explains in detail how many of the new features and apps in Windows 8 are part of the solution that is…


Exam preparation is made easy with OneNote

It is no secret to any student that the trick to excelling during exam time lies within the quality of their note keeping throughout the year. The better their notes, the better prepared students are to be tested on the content. The better the test, the higher the grade. It’s a vicious cycle! But OneNote…


Windows in the Classroom Tip #2 – the online classroom

Windows in the Classroom is a two hour, complimentary seminar which explores the tools and technologies available to help educators teach 21st century skills and optimise the classroom for advanced student achievement. This week, we’ll give you an insight into what our education specialists have been demonstrating to school leadership teams all over New Zealand…