Artificial Intelligence In The Classroom

This article first appeared in the Interface Magazine March 2018 edition and has been republished with the kind permission of the editors of Interface. You can see the rest of the great articles here. It is an exercise in stating the obvious to say we are living in a rapidly changing world, where technology is…


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…


Hybrid Cloud Printing Via AzureAD Is Here

I’ve talked to a lot of schools and system integrators about using AzureAD and Microsoft Intune to manage their devices more efficiently, particularly with the announcement in 2017 of the release of Intune for Education. One of the final pieces of the cloud puzzle has been released this month with the announcement of hybrid cloud…

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Connecting Communities Across Languages

Technology can break down barriers in many different ways and I’ve blogged previously about accessibility in Office365 as well as the amazing Seeing AI Appthat helps the blind to “see.” When it was first announced, Microsoft Translator was a Garage project, meaning it was something of a passion project for Microsoft developers and was not as yet, not a…

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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…


Teaching With Ink Strategies

The “power of the pen” is already well established as an effective technique to improve student comprehension and deepening their knowledge and conceptual understanding. In this blog post I want to share some resources from the MSAU Education Team: A free downloadable OneNote NoteBook full of tips and tricks for effective teaching with Digital Ink. A series of…


Deploy & Code In Minecraft

Minecraft has become something of a global phenomenon, engaging users of all ages both in and out of the education sector. The official Minecraft site lists sales figures of the original Java edition exceeding 27 million, and this won’t include Minecraft on other platforms or the Education Edition released earlier this year that adds some unique…


SharePoint Migration Tool Preview Available – Move Those Network Shares To The Cloud!

It seems that every week I am having conversations with more schools that are wanting to explore how they can reduce their on-premise servers and leverage the power and flexibility of the cloud more effectively. These conversations usually follow a similar narrative, identifying the “low hanging fruit” – in other words, which servers/services are easiest…

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Co-Authoring In Excel Desktop App Now Available

I think we have all been waiting a LONG time for this one, so when I saw it announced earlier this morning I simply had to post something about it! Given real-time co-authoring was available in virtually every other desktop app in the Office365 ProPlus suite, Excel has lagged behind a little. Nevertheless, it’s here…


Te Reo and Binary Combine to Win Prime Minister’s Supreme Award

Dr Te Taka Keegan Talks about Māori, Microsoft, and Sharing the Love New Zealand’s top teaching excellence honour was awarded to Dr Te Taka Keegan, senior lecturer in the Computer Science Department at The University of Waikato. Presented by Prime Minister, Bill English, the Prime Minister’s Supreme Award acknowledges Dr Keegan’s sustained commitment to teaching over…