Cloud Mobile Device Management Delivers For Schools & Partners

Through the use of cloud-first technologies and modern deployment methodologies Cyclone have supported Christchurch Girls’ High School through a significant device upgrade to Windows 10 over the Christmas 2017 break. This was achieved through using the full suite of services included in the Microsoft Schools Agreement with the Ministry of Education and driven greater efficiencies…

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OneNote On Windows 10 – The One App For The Future

In December last year I wrote a blog entitled “The Future of OneNote in Education” where Mike Tholfsen walked through a lot of the features around accessibility being built into the OneNote Windows 10 app. This week, a new blog post has been written signposting the future of OneNote on Windows 10 more generally and…

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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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Minecraft:Education Edition Webinar

Last month I recorded a 35minute webinar about Minecraft:Education Edition with my colleagues Anne Taylor (Teacher Engagement Manager) and Crispin Lockwood (Microsoft Learning Consultant). You can register and view the webinar here: VIEW WEBINAR HERE We deliberately started the webinar in a very simple way assuming the viewer knew nothing about Minecraft:Education Edition whatsoever and…

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MakeCode.com – Fun With Minecraft:Education Edition

I’ve been doing a fair amount of different things in Minecraft:Education Edition recently, including recording a ‘how to get started’ webinar that will go to air shortly. I’ve also been exploring coding examples using the MakeCode.com Code Connection companion application and Richard from the MakeCode team has helped me out with a fantastic example of coding a…

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When To Use Intune For Education vs Full Intune Standalone

I get asked regularly by schools about which version of Intune they should be using when managing devices in their school: Intune for Education or the full version of Intune standalone. It’s a worthwhile question given the products sound so similar and towards the end of 2017 Ari Schorr wrote a good blog post answering…

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Video: Creating Inclusive Classrooms

This morning I watched Mike Tholfsen’s recent webinar earlier in January with Operation Diversity where he spoke about the power of creating inclusive classrooms through the Microsoft Education tools, specifically the Learning Tools / Immersive Reader found across a range of the Office365 products. The entire video is worth watching above, but I’ve pulled out some of the key…

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Real Stories Of Teaching With Minecraft:EE

Last week I shared a blog post from the Microsoft Australia Education Team about the difference accessibility to devices makes for learners and this week I see they’ve shared an excellent webinar showcasing the work of four teachers from New South Wales. As always, I refer you to the original blog post to read in detail:…

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Making A Difference With Accessibility

I’ve blogged previously about my observation that accessibility is at the heart of product design at Microsoft, particularly in the Windows 10 and Office 365 product suites. This morning I read a great blog post from the Microsoft Australia Education team:   Making a difference – NSW Education and Office 365 changing school culture. It’s…

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Microsoft Whiteboard Finally Arrives (In Preview)

Way back in February of this year I was introduced to a Preview version of Microsoft Whiteboard, an app for Windows 10 devices that was similar to that running on the awesome Surface Hub devices. I was able to show a handful of customers but because it was not available there was a degree of…

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