Levelling the Playing Field at Manurewa High School with Innovative BYOD Programme

This blog post first appeared on the Microsoft Case Studies website here. Today digital technology is in every aspect of our lives. But what if you’re living in a digital landscape where not everyone has access to the technology they need? For students of Manurewa High, New Zealand’s largest decile one school, this problem is…

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Making A Difference With Accessibility

I’ve blogged previously about my observation that accessibility is at the heart of product design at Microsoft, particularly in the Windows 10 and Office 365 product suites. This morning I read a great blog post from the Microsoft Australia Education team:   Making a difference – NSW Education and Office 365 changing school culture. It’s…

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Aotearoa Awaits – Māori In Minecraft

The following Minecraft content has been posted with the permission of it’s creator Lt_Peanut. It seems almost every day I’m having conversations with schools or education partners about Minecraft and how this can be creatively used to teach students across a wide range of curriculum areas. Today I was super excited when my colleague pointed out…

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Update: Massey University and Western Institute of Technology – Taranaki are now providing Office to every student for free!

Again, we're very excited to announce the latest additions of Massey University and Western Institute of Technology, which are now too are providing Office to their students for free. As we've posted over the last few weeks, the below listed tertiary institutions are providing Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus to every student free of charge – and now Massey…

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Announcing Office Sway Preview: reimagine how your ideas come to life

[View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jw-g6IuBVJE:0:0] Say hello to Sway! Sway is an entirely different way to express yourself and bring your ideas to life. When your ideas are born, you want to explore, visualize and share them—quickly and easily, wherever you happen to be, and on whatever device you have. You want your ideas to be understood. Sway helps…

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Office 365 ProPlus benefit available for faculty and staff starting December 1st!

We're excited to share that that faculty and staff will, as of December 1st, be able to access the same Office 365 ProPlus benefit as their students. This means that any school or tertiary institution licencing Office for all of their faculty and staff can now include an Office 365 ProPlus subscription at no extra cost for all…

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Update: NMIT and Waiariki Institute of Technology are now providing Office to every student for free!

We are delighted to announce that Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and Waiariki Institute of Technology now too are providing Office to their students for free. To reiterate, and as we posted last week, the below listed tertiary institutions are providing Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus to every student free of charge – and now NMIT and Waiariki Institute…

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Tertiary students may be eligible to get Microsoft Office for free!

We are excited to announce that the below listed tertiary institutions are providing Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus to every student free of charge. This means the latest version of the full Office productivity suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote are available for offline and online use to best prepare you for class. As long as…

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The 2015 New Zealand Imagine Cup Competition Is Now Open!

Calling all students aged 16 years and over! The 2015 New Zealand Imagine Cup Competition Is Now Open: Register Now! Microsoft’s premier student technology competition, Imagine Cup, returns for its 13th year with three big competitions: Games, Innovation and World Citizenship. You could win a trip to compete in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., the home of Microsoft…

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OneNote Class NoteBook Creator – making collaboration between students and teachers easy!

[View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODQNOqNeXXI:0:0] In the words of Anthony Salcito, Vice President for Microsoft Worldwide Education, "sometimes all it takes for an amazing project to be born is the ability to listen." "It was March 2013, and Jonathan Grudin was attending the Workshop on the Impact of Pen and Touch Technology on Education (WIPTTE). It’s not immediately apparent…

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