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…


Imagine Cup Earth, an exciting new contest for students!

  Code With NASA Science! Imagine Cup Earth is a new contest for students ages 6-18 in which you’ll use computer programming to create a game, simulation, or story inspired by the kinds of earth science that NASA and other researchers do every day. 18 winning students will win prizes totaling $36,000! You can read…


Introducing Creative Coding through Games and Apps – a free course!

We are excited to announce the availability of a new course to get your students hooked on computer science! Creative Coding through Games and Apps is now available for schools across the world, for free!  Creative Coding through Games and Apps engages early-teens in their first extended exploration of computer science. Students learn how to code by…


Announcing Sway General Availability, Windows 10 app and more!

We are excited to announce that Microsoft's digital storytelling app, Sway, is moving from Preview to General Availability! Sway is also moving beyond First Release and rolling out to all eligible Office 365 for business and education customers worldwide. This makes it possible for many additional businesses, schools and other organisations to start using Sway…


Top tips to make lesson planning easy with OneNote

Already have your OneNote Class Notebook set up? Awesome! Here are 5 top tips on how to get more out of OneNote for lesson planning and collaboration!    1. Never forget anything again! Use tags to highlight important information and things you want to follow up on. You can use tags to categorise your notes,…


"Power Up Your Pedagogy With Office 365"

Using Technology Better is holding a unique 1 day event at the Microsoft Offices in Auckland! This day will showcase how Office 365 and Microsoft supports the latest research on intrinsic motivation with students. You will learn some great skills and leave with ideas for how you can use these tools in your classroom and school….


Office 2016 Mac Preview is available!

Office 2016 for Mac is the traditional Office that you know and love, but with a bunch of improvements! The new Office 2016 for Mac includes updated versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. We’ve modernized the user experience and made it easier to get things done. The redesigned ribbon intuitively organises features so…


New additions to Office Mix!

[View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLR031KMda0#t=18:0:0] Office Mix is a wonderful educational tool for making traditional PowerPoint presentations more fun and engaging! With Office Mix you can: Add voice, video and digital ink to your slides Include polls, quizzes and interactive apps Gain insights and analytics into who is viewing your lessons, and for how long Enable students to playback the lesson…


Announcing a fantastic OneNote resource for students, teachers and administrators

The OneNote team at Microsoft have just launched www.onenoteineducation.com! Due to the positive feedback from teachers using www.onenoteforteachers.com, we've released a similar site for students and administrators too! Now when you go to OneNoteinEducation you will be able to access interactive training guides, tips and tricks and additional resources designed specifically for students, teachers or…


Simplify marking and assessment with OneNote – a case study of St Andrew's College, New Zealand

[View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHeYaTu3ggA:0:0] This blog post has been adapted from "Technology enables efficiency in English marking" by Sam McNeill, Director of ICT at St Andrew's College, New Zealand. The above video shows how English teacher, Ms Helaina Coote, uses OneNote to mark English portfolio work and give feedback. Ms Coote is the English Head of Department at St Andrew's…