Innovation in NZ's tertiary education ICT sector recognised

University of Otago virtual student desktop wins Supreme Award at the 2015 Microsoft Tertiary ICT Innovation Awards The University of Otago has taken out the Supreme Award at the Microsoft Tertiary ICT Innovation Awards, held in conjunction with the Tertiary Education ICT Conference. Held in Dunedin on August 27th as part of the 33rd Annual Tertiary…

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Announcing Sway General Availability, Windows 10 app and more!

We are excited to announce that Microsoft's digital storytelling app, Sway, is moving from Preview to General Availability! Sway is also moving beyond First Release and rolling out to all eligible Office 365 for business and education customers worldwide. This makes it possible for many additional businesses, schools and other organisations to start using Sway…

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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 real virtue is not in the tools we create, it is in how we use the tools to create" – an interview with Sir Ken Robinson

Anthony Salcito (Vice President of Education for Microsoft Corp.'s Worldwide Public Sector organisation) recently spoke with Sir Ken Robinson about his thoughts on the explosion of technology in education and what this means for creativity and learning.  For those that have not heard of Sir Ken Robinson, he is an author and speaker, and is…

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Sway Preview expands and delivers more feature improvements!

It’s been only 10 weeks since Sway Preview was launched, and there's already been over one million unique visitors to Sway.com and over 175,000 requests to join, and those numbers grow by thousands daily. On the back of this demand, Sway Preview is now open to everybody – with no waitlist! The Sway team is…

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Update: Sir George Seymour College, Travel Careers & Training and the Southern Institute of Technology are now providing Office to every student for free!

We're very pleased to announce that Sir George Seymour College, Travel Careers & Training and the Southern Institute of Technology have joined the list of New Zealand institutions providing Office to their students for free. There are now 20 tertiary institutions across New Zealand which are providing the Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus benefit to their students free of charge!…

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Quick Tip Videos from Microsoft – tech ideas to use in your classroom!

There is unlimited potential for educators to improve students' learning experiences using the latest Microsoft technologies such as OneNote and Office Mix. Design engaging lessons? Improve collaboration? Get your message across in a new way? Captivate students' imaginations? All of these common goals can be achieved by using technology more effectively in the classroom! However,…

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Spread the word to your friends!

Spread the word to your friends!  Share that you may be eligible to get Office for free through your school/tertiary institution for a chance to win a Surface! Use Vine, Instagram or Twitter and the hashtag #GetOffice365Contest to let your fellow students know that they may be eligible to get Office 365 for free. When you…

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Update: Massey University and Western Institute of Technology – Taranaki are now providing Office to every student for free!

Again, we're very excited to announce the latest additions of Massey University and Western Institute of Technology, which are now too are providing Office to their students for free. As we've posted over the last few weeks, the below listed tertiary institutions are providing Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus to every student free of charge – and now Massey…

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Announcing Office Sway Preview: reimagine how your ideas come to life

[View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jw-g6IuBVJE:0:0] Say hello to Sway! Sway is an entirely different way to express yourself and bring your ideas to life. When your ideas are born, you want to explore, visualize and share them—quickly and easily, wherever you happen to be, and on whatever device you have. You want your ideas to be understood. Sway helps…

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