Windows 10 Fall Creators Update – What’s New?

This week saw the major announcement of the latest iteration of Windows 10 operating system called “Fall Creators Updates” (or 1709 if you prefer to track version numbers!). There is a heap of blog posts about this that touch on the various new features but the overall summary is that this update is still focused…


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…


Azure AD B2B – Simplifying Collaboration With Users Outside Your Organisation

Collaboration is a buzz word that is hard to avoid in virtually every sphere of life these days, whether that is education, work environments and right through to team building exercises. This week I learnt about Azure AD B2B a new feature in Azure Active Directory that went into general availability in April 2017. This feature…


Windows 10 Creators Update Is Here

Many of you will have been waiting for the official release date of the Windows 10 Creators Update last week and now that it is launched the best place to get an overview of the new features is the official Windows Blog. You can read the post introducing Creators Update here. For a visual overview,…


Guest Post: Cultivate Collaborative Learning With OneNote

This post originally appeared in the Interface Magazine, April 2017 edition and has been republished with permission. You can see the online edition by clicking here. Spade … check. Seeds … check. Compost … check. Watering can … check. OneNote … er … um … what? Three teachers and a group of Year 10 students at…


Editing With Natural Hand Gestures & Digital Inking

Over the last couple of years I have had innumerable conversations with teachers who love the power of OneNote for editing student work quickly and easily, especially when combining the digital inking experience on a tablet such as a Surface Pro. Perhaps the best example of this was the recorded conversation I had with the…


Professional Learning Communities Groups in Office365

Back in mid-2016 Microsoft released PLC Groups for Office365 and I have to admit, I completely missed this feature release. You can read the full announcement on the official Office365 blog post here. I guess I’m pretty excited about this for a few reasons, primarily because it links into the professional development model that is…


Microsoft Teacher Talks

We’re hosting informal gatherings for teachers across the country to come together and share best practice, as well as the latest news in the education space. This gives teachers like yourself, a chance to hear updates from our Teacher Ambassadors and Expert educators about how Microsoft technology can enable better learning experiences for your students….


E2 Education Conference

Collaboration post between Jenny Gilbert and Nikkie Laing.   Recently 6 Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts travelled to Budapest to represent New Zealand at the Microsoft Global Education Conference – E2. For those who do not know the E2 Education Conference is where 240 of the most innovative educators and fellows from 79 countries attend a week-long conference somewhere around…


Imagine Cup Junior Competition

Do you know any students who are interested in a career in the ICT industry? Here is their chance to build their own game and take away the trophy for the inaugural Imagine Cup Junior Competition! This is the first year it is being run, and is open to all students from Year 7 to…