Adventures With Microsoft AutoPilot On Education Shared Devices (Part 1)

In my job I chat a lot with both school leaders and IT admins about how they can simplify the management of their devices, making it faster and easier for their end users (usually students, teachers and admin staff) to get started and complete the work they need to do on a device. Unlike many…

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Trial In A Box Is BACK!

Back by popular demand…. In May/June 2018 Microsoft’s NZ Education Team ran the “Trial in a Box” – a two hour live demo in schools across New Zealand, from as far south as Invercargill all the way up to beautiful Northland (and virtually everywhere in between!). Unfortunately, some schools missed out due to the high…

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10 Ways To Enroll Windows 10 Into Intune

Sometimes, a picture tells a thousand words. In this case, the above graphic illustrates ten different ways to enroll a Windows 10 device into Intune, Microsoft’s Cloud MDM and it’s probably reasonably safe to assume there could be 100 words to describe each of the ten methods, so 1000 words seems about right for the…

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iOS Support Lands In Intune For Education

Intune for Education is a school focused MDM (Mobile Device Management) tool that makes the set up, deployment and management of Windows 10 devices incredibly easy for schools and their IT partners. I’ve probably completed a few hundred demos of it we featured it in our Trial in a Box programme in May and June…

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Why Did The Titanic Sink? Explaining With OneNote & Digital Ink

I do a lot of demonstrations to schools and educational IT partners and one thing I commonly get asked is “can you explain why Digital Inking is so valuable?” Consequently, I decided to create the above video showing how visual ideation looks when using Microsoft OneNote and Digital Inking on my Surface Book and compared…

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How To: Quickly Edit Videos On Windows 10

Teachers often want a quick and simple way to capture, edit and share video moments from their classrooms and the Photos App on Windows 10 allows them to do this very easily. The above 9 minute video shows how to: Import existing video clips Trim video clips in length and arrange the sequence of video…

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You’re Not In 2006 Anymore, Toto: The Future Of Education

Content only gets you so far, but learning skills gets your further. We’ve traditionally viewed school as a place to learn content, however where I see it heading is a place to truly develop skills that stand the test of time. That’s exactly what Newlands Intermediate is doing with their Minidevs programme and instead of…

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Text Suggestions In Windows 10

Anyone who has used a modern smartphone or tablet will be very familiar with the idea of “text suggestions” to speed up the input of text on a software keyboard. Whilst I personally don’t make regular use of this feature, it’s comforting to know it’s there if I should need it.   Of course, those…

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Protect Critical Data With OneDrive & Known Folder Move (KFM)

Despite best intentions, people don’t always follow instructions. When it comes to saving files, we can all be somewhat guilty of saving to the Desktop or Documents folder when we’re in a hurry with the best intentions to move it into a cloud sync’ed folder structure “when we have time”. The reality is, for many…

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