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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Guest Post: Surprises when using Office 365 in class

Today’s post comes from Mr Ben Hilliam, Head of Junior Maths at St Andrew’s College in Christchurch, New Zealand. In this post he outlines how he is teaching basic programming concepts using Microsoft Excel and also the increasing versatility of Microsoft OneNote through the use of embedded applets that can show and execute Python coding….

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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…

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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…

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Surface in Classrooms: A Distinction in Enabling Transformative Education

This article first appeared in the Microsoft Asia News Center. You can read the original publishing in full here. New Zealand-based St Andrew’s College has been transforming its classrooms with the help of the Microsoft Surface. The school first introduced Surface Pro 3 back in 2014 after the school management received feedback from the teachers…

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How To Keep Your Data Fresh With PowerBI Gateways

PowerBI.com from Microsoft is a great tool for manipulating and visualizing data in powerful ways. There is a desktop client (Windows only currently) and a browser based platform for creating and viewing reports. A number of schools in New Zealand have started exploring how PowerBI can be used and St Andrew’s College in Christchurch have…

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Driving Transformation In Education

On the back of the BETT Asia 2016 conference, Microsoft released the results from over 1000 respondents across APAC surveyed on the topic of what challenges/opportunities they have identified in optimizing technology for the classroom, along with what are the key skills students need to develop. I’m always interested in the results of these types…

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Helping Students Become Global Citizens With Skype

Technology is disrupting education in ways that students and educators could not have conceived, as recently as 10-15years ago. Increasingly, schools are exploring ways to enable their students to become Global Citizens and I love the vision statement from Shirley Boys High School: Kiwi Soul. Global Vision. Technology enables schools to facilitate global connections for…

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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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Office Mix – The Evolution Of The Whiteboard? St Andrew's College Leads the Way in Classroom Innovation Again!

We are very excited to feature another one of Sam McNeil's blog posts, showcasing yet another example of the exciting work St Andrew's College in Christchurch is doing in facilitating 21st century learning in the classroom. You can view his original blog post here. We encourage you to browse through his previous posts too, you…

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