Education Empowered – Book your complimentary Microsoft in Education Seminar today!

Ensure your school leadership team is across the learning opportunities afforded by new technologies, by hosting a Microsoft in Education seminar. What is it? This complimentary seminar will help you explore the tools and technologies available to help educators teach 21st century skills and optimise the classroom for advanced student achievement. It's a great starting…


Office Mix – The Evolution Of The Whiteboard? St Andrew's College Leads the Way in Classroom Innovation Again!

We are very excited to feature another one of Sam McNeil's blog posts, showcasing yet another example of the exciting work St Andrew's College in Christchurch is doing in facilitating 21st century learning in the classroom. You can view his original blog post here. We encourage you to browse through his previous posts too, you…


Students and teachers: You may be eligible to get Office for free!

It was just about a year ago we announced Student Advantage, a benefit that allows eligible students to get Office 365 from their school for free. One drawback to Student Advantage—the onus has been on the school to initiate the service, create an account and order the Office 365 license on behalf of the student….


Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert applications close next week, don't miss out!

Applications close on the 26th September, we don't want you to miss out! We posted all the details last week, but we're posting them again this week – just so you are fully aware of the eligibility requirements and benefits of applying and becoming a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. This is a unique opportunity for…


Your opportunity to apply to join an exclusive community of innovative educators!

We’re looking for top educators, ready to spread the word about the great things they are doing in the classroom from across NZ. The Microsoft Innovative Educator – Expert Program is an exclusive program created to recognise pioneer educators who are using technology to transform education. Microsoft is seeking top innovative educators who are using Microsoft…


New tools and services available for educators, now!

We are very excited to announce that we have now added Phonics supports to our Chekhov cloud services and tools – allowing early-grade teachers (and teachers of English as a foreign language) to create free eBook resources which will read themselves aloud to learners on any Windows or Windows Phone device. Anyone, anywhere can access these…


Your Tuesday Afternoon Watch! Why Teachers and Students are Excited About Microsoft in Education

Hear teachers share their experiences using Windows 8 tablet devices and Microsoft tools and their use has empowered teaching and learning both in and away from the classroom. Happy watching! [View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpRP9yVWZzE:0:0] And most excitingly, a word from the students: [View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eE30AUKCzA:0:0]


Have you tried Office Mix yet?

By now you may have heard of the Office Mix Customer Preview, which makes it simple to create online courses. Office Mix gives superpowers to PowerPoint lessons – it lets you record while you write and draw on them, add video, quizzes and labs, and store them in the cloud. You and other teachers can easily share…


Microsoft announces $1M grant for High Tech Youth Network

Microsoft New Zealand is donating $1 million in cash, software and services investment to the High Tech Youth Network, designed to provide pathways for young, underserved Kiwis into the IT industry. Speaking yesterday at One Tree Hill College in Penrose, Microsoft NZ Managing Director, Paul Muckleston made the announcement in front of Prime Minister John Key, who…


Microsoft Devices and Services in Education: Usage Scenario 1 – Smart Art

Welcome to the first of a weekly blog series for August and September, where we will be providing you with introductory scenarios around 5 learning themes to help exploit the pedagogical value of Windows 8.1 Microsoft devices and Office 365. The purpose of these scenarios is hinged around how to encourage students to question, to research, to create, to…