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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Helping The Blind To See – A.I. The All Seeing Eye

I’ve written previously about Microsoft’s commitment to accessibility in the Windows 10 and Office365 products and recently I was presenting with my colleague Vishesh when he introduced me to the “Seeing AI” app from Microsoft Research. What is Seeing AI? Essentially, it is a free app from Microsoft (currently only available on iOS – download here) that allows you to scan objects…

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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…

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Measuring The Impact Of PowerBI: Usage Analytics By User

Having led the design and launch of a major PowerBI project in K-12 in a former life, one of the things that bugged me was the difficulty in truly measuring how much impact and usage of these new reports was actually happening amongst the staff. At the time, I cobbled together a few filters on our Fortigate firewall to…

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Configure Single Sign On (SSO) From Azure Activity Directory Into Google Suite In Only 2 Minutes

It’s a reality that many schools are running both Office365 (with Azure Activity Directory) and G Suite (formerly Google Apps For Education) side by side in their schools. A question I am commonly asked is how can students and faculty log into both cloud services with a single set of credentials. Enter: Azure Active Directory Integration…

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Using AzureAD Groups To Quickly Populate Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is the new digital classroom platform from Microsoft and I’ve already reviewed the key features recently here, but if you’re unfamiliar with it here is the official overview video: I have recently been asked by a few secondary schools and tertiary institutes what is the quickest way to populate students into a Team. You…

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Aotearoa Awaits – Māori In Minecraft

The following Minecraft content has been posted with the permission of it’s creator Lt_Peanut. It seems almost every day I’m having conversations with schools or education partners about Minecraft and how this can be creatively used to teach students across a wide range of curriculum areas. Today I was super excited when my colleague pointed out…

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Microsoft Education Cloud Solution: End To End Guide For Deployment

2017 has been the year that has seen the various pieces of Microsoft’s Education offerings come together in a more cohesive, end-to-end offering that can now be deployed very easily by schools or their ICT partners. Naturally, this is centered around Office365 and the power of the Azure cloud identity with Azure Active Directory, combined…

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Guest Posts: Modern Methodologies For Classroom IT Management

I am going to link back to a series of five upcoming blog posts from Microsoft Education that are aimed at helping school ICT administrators manage and secure their environments more effectively. The five blog topics are as follows: How to protect school data and uphold access policies School devices in a multi-platform, access-from-anywhere world…

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