Activate ‘Rewa – Joining the Manurewa Community of Learning For A Day

Last week, the Microsoft New Zealand Education team had a chance to join the teachers across the Manurewa Community of Learning for a fun day of STEM related activities. Anne Taylor (Education Lead) and Sam McNeill (Education Solution Specialist) presented one of the keynotes, whilst Otako Kaufusi (Teacher Engagement Manager) and Sam also ran breakout…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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How To: Quickly Edit Videos On Windows 10

Teachers often want a quick and simple way to capture, edit and share video moments from their classrooms and the Photos App on Windows 10 allows them to do this very easily. The above 9 minute video shows how to: Import existing video clips Trim video clips in length and arrange the sequence of video…

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You’re Not In 2006 Anymore, Toto: The Future Of Education

Content only gets you so far, but learning skills gets your further. We’ve traditionally viewed school as a place to learn content, however where I see it heading is a place to truly develop skills that stand the test of time. That’s exactly what Newlands Intermediate is doing with their Minidevs programme and instead of…

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