Take Your Files (&email!) With You Using OneDrive Graduation

This post shares another answer to commonly asked questions from schools I engage with: How do students take their files with them when they graduate? Here is the answer in a Tweet from the inimitable Mike Tholfsen: NEW! a OneDrive site dedicated to help students take their files ūüď¶with them when they graduate ūüéČ Lots…

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Best Practice For Schools When Creating Microsoft Teams For Education

Almost a year ago I posted some thoughts on SharePoint Design and Office365 layout¬†and I mentioned then that it was one of the most common questions I was asked in my engagements with schools. Now, I’m more likely to be asked: “how should I set up my Microsoft Teams? Should it be one big Team…


Minecraft:Education Edition Arrives In The Cloud – AzureVM Available Now

I’ve been blogging here about Minecraft:Education Edition for a while now,¬†and one of the most requested features I hear from educators and students alike is for a cloud hosted version. At MS Build 2019 the Minecraft:EE team announced this is now possible through an Azure VM: Today at #MSBuild, we announced that an official Minecraft:…


Federated Authentication Links Apple School Manager With AzureAD

As I have blogged about¬†many times before, identity is key to setting up a school successfully to enable seamless single sign on (SSO) into the wide variety of digital tools used in the modern classroom. This morning the awesome¬†David Colville¬†(who largely authored¬†this five part series¬†on managing iPads with Intune) tipped me off to a new…


Adventures With Microsoft AutoPilot On Education Shared Devices (Part 1)

In my job I chat a lot with both school leaders and IT admins about how they can simplify the management of their devices, making it faster and easier for their end users (usually students, teachers and admin staff) to get started and complete the work they need to do on a device. Unlike many…

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Flipped Learning Hacks With Microsoft Teams & Meet Now

Recently, I’ve had a number of conversations with educators and school leaders who have expressed renewed interest in Flipped Learning. Whilst many have experimented with this in the past, for a variety of reasons they’ve pulled back on it from being a regular component of their teaching. Now, however, it seems more are willing to…

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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…