Microsoft Teacher Talks

We’re hosting informal gatherings for teachers across the country to come together and share best practice, as well as the latest news in the education space. This gives teachers like yourself, a chance to hear updates from our Teacher Ambassadors and Expert educators about how Microsoft technology can enable better learning experiences for your students….


Teachers gain better visibility of student learning as Hapara launches on Microsoft Office 365

  Engaging students online and tailoring individual learning just got easier for educators worldwide with the launch of New Zealand-developed education software Hapara on the Microsoft Office 365 platform. Previously only available on Google Apps, Hapara now integrates with Office 365 and OneNote, providing students and educators on the Microsoft platform with a new tool…


E2 Education Conference

Collaboration post between Jenny Gilbert and Nikkie Laing.   Recently 6 Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts travelled to Budapest to represent New Zealand at the Microsoft Global Education Conference – E2. For those who do not know the E2 Education Conference is where 240 of the most innovative educators and fellows from 79 countries attend a week-long conference somewhere around…


Teacher Ambassadors in Dunedin April 20th

Listen up educators from around Dunedin! Microsoft is coming your way! Our Teacher Ambassadors will be in Dunedin on Wednesday 20th April 2016 at Taieri College. They will be doing a free all-day session there and all educators/teachers are welcome to come along! In case you haven't been to a Teacher Ambassador session before I'll give…


Surface at St Andrew's College in Christchurch, New Zealand

  We are excited to share with you some of the incredible teaching and learning that is happening at St Andrew's College in Christchurch, New Zealand with Surface. Check the video out below or at    Director of ICT, Sam McNeill piloted the Surface Pro 3 at its launch, with the number of teachers using Surface…


Minecraft meets Hour of Code

We are excited to announce a Minecraft tutorial is now available for this year's Hour of Code, delivered by This is a great opportunity to get students of any age involved in coding, using gamification to ensure that it is fun and interesting!  Designers and developers from Mojang and Microsoft teamed up with to create a…


Bud-e Reading joins the Windows education app family!

To welcome Bud-e Reading to the line-up of Windows apps for education, Microsoft and Bud-e are providing an exclusive offer for New Zealand schools! Every school in New Zealand is eligible to receive a FREE version of the Bud-e Reading digital program until the end of 2015! To make the most of this special offer,…


New Zealand teacher featured on a Quick Tip video using Office Mix

We love seeing the fantastic things New Zealand teachers are doing with Microsoft technologies to improve learning outcomes on a daily basis.  Rachel Chisnall is a teacher at Dunedin's Taieri College, and is a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert. Rachel has been using Office Mix extensively in her classroom to communicate key lessons to students…


10 ways to get ahead with Windows 10 in the classroom

We want to help make teacher's lives a little bit easier! Here are some simple tips and tricks on how the new features in Windows 10 (free to upgrade) save time for teachers and make learning more fun for students. For more extensive training on using Windows 10 in the classroom, check out our Quick…


OneNote partners with FiftyThree to support Pencil and Paper, plus Shape Recognition coming soon

Digital handwriting—or inking as we like to call it—is now better than ever in OneNote, with support for a variety of new functionalities for our iPad and Windows 10 users. Pencil and Paper by FiftyThree support OneNote on iPad now supports writing with the Pencil by FiftyThree stylus. Use Pencil to write, draw and erase…