Hidden Chinese Character Mission In Minecraft: Education Edition

One of the best parts of my job is meeting amazing educators who think up new and creative ways to engage learners on their educational journey. I was talking recently with Annelise Borger, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert (MIE-E) who shared with me how she had been using Minecraft: Education Edition and the Code Builder feature…


Podcast: #EduTechTalks #1 – Managing Your School’s Devices

For a while now, my good friend and colleague Amit Pawar and I have been talking about launching a podcast to talk about the crossover of technology and education. After a bit of back and forth, we have finally made it happen (with a lot of help from Liezl Milan!) In this first episode, we…


Trial In A Box Is BACK!

Back by popular demand…. In May/June 2018 Microsoft’s NZ Education Team ran the “Trial in a Box” – a two hour live demo in schools across New Zealand, from as far south as Invercargill all the way up to beautiful Northland (and virtually everywhere in between!). Unfortunately, some schools missed out due to the high…


10 Ways To Enroll Windows 10 Into Intune

Sometimes, a picture tells a thousand words. In this case, the above graphic illustrates ten different ways to enroll a Windows 10 device into Intune, Microsoft’s Cloud MDM and it’s probably reasonably safe to assume there could be 100 words to describe each of the ten methods, so 1000 words seems about right for the…


iOS Support Lands In Intune For Education

Intune for Education is a school focused MDM (Mobile Device Management) tool that makes the set up, deployment and management of Windows 10 devices incredibly easy for schools and their IT partners. I’ve probably completed a few hundred demos of it we featured it in our Trial in a Box programme in May and June…


Teaching Maths With Microsoft HoloLens

I’ve blogged previously about Subash Chandar K exploring the possibilities of Microsoft HoloLens with his maths students and now there is a great video above capturing the enthusiasm of his students. After the experience, one of Subash’s students commented: “We are a generation that learns through examples and visualisation, not explanation and reading, and HoloLens is supportive…


Why Did The Titanic Sink? Explaining With OneNote & Digital Ink

I do a lot of demonstrations to schools and educational IT partners and one thing I commonly get asked is “can you explain why Digital Inking is so valuable?” Consequently, I decided to create the above video showing how visual ideation looks when using Microsoft OneNote and Digital Inking on my Surface Book and compared…


Updated Documentation For M365 Education

I have done a lot of live demos over the last couple of months to customers, partners, school leaders and IT admins. I have found that one of the best ways to prepare for these is to ensure I’m following best practice direct from the source. In my case this is the official Microsoft Education documentation….


Get Trained & Certified In Microsoft Teams

I have completed a number of courses via edX, an online training platform originally founded by Harvard and MIT in 2012. The model of learning is easy, flexible and self-paced and best of all, the courses are generally all free. That said, if you wish to certify your knowledge and training you can pay for…


Microsoft Surface – Teacher Feedback

Technology is changing the way education professionals teach. It frees them from their desks and gives them new ways to engage students, energize the classroom, improve the learning experience and deliver results. In the above video, see how teachers from Kerikeri High School and Nelson College use the versatility and intuitiveness of Surface devices and…