Minecraft meets Hour of Code

We are excited to announce a Minecraft tutorial is now available for this year's Hour of Code, delivered by Code.org. This is a great opportunity to get students of any age involved in coding, using gamification to ensure that it is fun and interesting!  Designers and developers from Mojang and Microsoft teamed up with Code.org to create a…

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Bud-e Reading joins the Windows education app family!

To welcome Bud-e Reading to the line-up of Windows apps for education, Microsoft and Bud-e are providing an exclusive offer for New Zealand schools! Every school in New Zealand is eligible to receive a FREE version of the Bud-e Reading digital program until the end of 2015! To make the most of this special offer,…

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Announcement: a new tool for educators, Snip

Snipping is an everyday task for millions of Office users. They paste screenshots into emails, documents, presentations, notebooks, etc., and write text explaining the concept that the screen snips help illustrate. But imagine if you could dictate that story—in your own voice—and save it as part of the snip. Or you could explain an idea…

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Christchurch's St Andrew's College reflects on Surface Pro 3 use

This post has been re-blogged from Sam McNeill's StAC e-Learning Stories blog. Microsoft is excited to share this feedback on how the Surface Pro 3 has performed at St Andrew's College, and how it has simplified teaching and learning.  As we approach the first anniversary of the Surface Pro 3 release in New Zealand, I’ve…

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Microsoft launches online education network for New Zealand’s 249 Catholic schools

This blog post was taken from an announcement on the Microsoft New Zealand News Centre.  NZ Catholic Schools to connect with a shared online community The New Zealand Catholic Education Office is set to lead the international Catholic community with the launch of an online education network today that will give over 4,000 teachers the…

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Simplify marking and assessment with OneNote – a case study of St Andrew's College, New Zealand

[View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHeYaTu3ggA:0:0] This blog post has been adapted from "Technology enables efficiency in English marking" by Sam McNeill, Director of ICT at St Andrew's College, New Zealand. The above video shows how English teacher, Ms Helaina Coote, uses OneNote to mark English portfolio work and give feedback. Ms Coote is the English Head of Department at St Andrew's…

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Create fun, interactive classroom projects with Minecraft

Minecraft is quickly becoming one of the most popular tools in the classroom, as it is fun and engaging for students of all ages. Minecraft provides a great platform to encourage creativity, computing skills, and collaboration with their classmates.  Using Minecraft, students will learn to: Collaborate and communicate with their peers Self-direct their learning in…

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Using Microsoft technologies for Special Education

Students often have particular learning needs that are difficult to manage in a classroom setting. Every child has a different learning style, and it can be challenging for teachers to support each of their students' individual needs. This is especially important in Special Education, where a teacher may have to accommodate many different learning disabilities…

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Announcing the Office 365 self-service download portal!

As of February 23, Microsoft has enabled auto-licensing and self-signup for all students and staff at New Zealand schools and tertiary institutions, so they can get Office free of charge! The self-service portal will make it easier for students and teachers to get the free Office subscription they are entitled to. To help students get the most…

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The amazing impact of a pen interface on learning

Ever wondered which device interface is best for learning? Pen, keyboard, voice, touch? There are a lot of interface options, but some are vastly more effective than others at enabling and enhancing learning. New evidence suggests that some technologies actually create barriers to learning, thinking, creating and problem-solving. In the past couple of days, Microsoft…

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