Connecting Communities Across Languages

Technology can break down barriers in many different ways and I’ve blogged previously about accessibility in Office365 as well as the amazing Seeing AI Appthat helps the blind to “see.” When it was first announced, Microsoft Translator was a Garage project, meaning it was something of a passion project for Microsoft developers and was not as yet, not a…


STEM Jobs Of Tomorrow

Both the Education and the Technology sectors are full of buzz words and acronyms, with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) being one of the biggest ones out there. This morning I’ve returned from a couple of weeks of vacation and seen a new website aimed at linking the jobs of the future with STEM: The interesting…


Diagnosing Dyslexia – Earlier Intervention Through Technology

Technology has made a lot of promises to us over the years, with two of the big ones I commonly hear being: Bringing “future technologies” to us sooner – think George Jetson and flying cars! Processing large volumes of data for earlier intervention or diagnosis. If we look honestly at many of the claims we…


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….


COMMENT: It takes a tech sector to raise a digital child

This post has been taken from: Microsoft NZ News Centre. The government’s decision to embed digital education in the NZ school curriculum is a vital step forward, says Evan Blackman (Education Sector Director for Microsoft New Zealand) but government needs to look to the NZ tech sector for partnerships that will deliver the vision. If there’s…


Teachers gain better visibility of student learning as Hapara launches on Microsoft Office 365

  Engaging students online and tailoring individual learning just got easier for educators worldwide with the launch of New Zealand-developed education software Hapara on the Microsoft Office 365 platform. Previously only available on Google Apps, Hapara now integrates with Office 365 and OneNote, providing students and educators on the Microsoft platform with a new tool…


MIE Expert Applications Now Open

Attention educators from around New Zealand! The Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert applications are now open! For those who do not know the Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert program is an exclusive program created to recognize global educator visionaries who are using technology to pave the way for their peers in effective use of technology for…


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…


Auckland Teacher Ambassador Sessions

Already sick of your holidays and want to go back to school? Or you just like to further your knowledge of technology in the classroom? The Teacher Ambassadors are planning a catch up in Auckland during the school holidays! We will use this time to connect with other teachers using Office 365, share ideas and…


Teacher Ambassadors in Dunedin April 20th

Listen up educators from around Dunedin! Microsoft is coming your way! Our Teacher Ambassadors will be in Dunedin on Wednesday 20th April 2016 at Taieri College. They will be doing a free all-day session there and all educators/teachers are welcome to come along! In case you haven't been to a Teacher Ambassador session before I'll give…