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….

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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…

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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…

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Education Ideas To Support Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2018

Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2018 is fast approaching on May 17th and will the be the seventh year this day is celebrated. The focus is on an audience encouraging the design of technology (both software and hardware) that will be more accessible to every end user, including those with disabilities. To support this day, Microsoft…

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Office365 Groups Going Private By Default

For some readers, this will be an obscure ‘technical post’ on something that they never have to worry about in the course of their work. For those who read this and have Office365 administrative responsibilities then they may well exclaim “at last!” and rejoice over their morning coffee! The ability to set Office365 groups created…

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Cloud Mobile Device Management Delivers For Schools & Partners

Through the use of cloud-first technologies and modern deployment methodologies Cyclone have supported Christchurch Girls’ High School through a significant device upgrade to Windows 10 over the Christmas 2017 break. This was achieved through using the full suite of services included in the Microsoft Schools Agreement with the Ministry of Education and driven greater efficiencies…

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OneNote On Windows 10 – The One App For The Future

In December last year I wrote a blog entitled “The Future of OneNote in Education” where Mike Tholfsen walked through a lot of the features around accessibility being built into the OneNote Windows 10 app. This week, a new blog post has been written signposting the future of OneNote on Windows 10 more generally and…

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AI Technology Assisting Deaf Students

I read a great case study this morning out of New York City’s Rochester Institute of Technology which has 1500 dear of hearing impaired students, and are now using Microsoft Translator to provide real time captioning and translation to support the American Sign Language (ASL) translators in the lectures. Read the entire case study here…

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Research: The Importance Of Digital Inking

I am excited to see that increasing numbers of schools are conducting research on the teaching and learning practices within their own schools and aligning that with external, peer reviewed research. My previous post reflecting on how leadership teams could pivot their focus and prioritize this type of analysis and strategic visioning goes into this…

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Free Training On Microsoft Teams

Last November I linked to the free OneNote Online training that was being co-ordinated by Jared DeCamp and I had very positive feedback about these sessions from the educators that tuned in for them. I see Jared’s now organising a new event that will run from April 3rd to 7th 2018 focusing on how to get the best…

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