September, 2013

  • Tech4Good Webinar Series:: Office 365 for Nonprofits

    Microsoft Corporate Citizenship, Connecting Up and TechSoup Asia are proud to bring you Part II of our 2013 Tech4Good Webinar Series. 

    Tune in online and listen to free presentations on technology for nonprofits.  You will also have the chance to ask questions to our presenters during each webinar.

    View the webinar schedule below and click on the link to register for your free spot. Places are limited so make sure you don’t miss out!

    All webinars will start at 12:00 pm Singapore time. Click here to view the time in your region.  

    Office 365 for Nonprofits

    Thursday, 3 October 2013
    12:00 pm –1:00 pm SGT

    Explore Office 365 and whether it is right for your organisation and how to leverage the cloud to reduce your costs and boost productivity.

    During this webinar you will learn:

    • how other nonprofits use Office 365 in their organisations;
    • the components of Office 365 – Lync, Exchange Online and Sharepoint;
    • how to assess whether Office 365’s privacy and security controls are right for your nonprofit;
    • ten top tips to implement Office 365 successfully and;
    • tips and tricks to build the business case to transition to Office 365

    Register for the Office 365 for Nonprofits webinar now!

    Upcoming webinars topics include:

    • Social Media for Social Good
    • Youth Organisations Harnessing Technology
    • Tips & Tricks in Excel, Word & PowerPoint

    Subscribe to the Tech4Good e-newsletter to hear about upcoming webinar dates.

    For more information or any enquiries on the webinars, please email events@techsoup.asia.

  • Networked Nonprofit: An Interview with Beth Kanter

    Over the last few years, Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific has been supporting Connecting Up's annual nonprofit technology conference. This year, we also caught up with two of this year’s keynote speakers in a short series of interviews at the Gold Coast in Australia. 

    Following John Kenyon's interview, we are also putting up this exclusive four part series with Beth Kanter, a Master Trainer, Author and Nonprofit Blogger. Beth brings to us insights from her 34 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and her passion for social change.

    In the first part, she gives us a brief introduction about herself and her work in the nonprofit industry, and also the highlights of her latest book, Measuring the Networked Nonprofit. She also touches on what a networked nonprofit is. 

    Stay tuned for the next three parts and visit Beth Kanter's blog to view more blog stories of her own.  

  • Hong Kong and Microsoft Drive Collaborative Learning through Cloud Computing

    The Hong Kong Education Bureau (EDB) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft to empower students, educators and schools through mobile, interactive and self-directed learning. Lasting for five years, it extends a relationship between EDB and Microsoft that has existed since 2004.

    This latest MoU is the third stage of Microsoft’s Partners in Learning programme (PiL 3.0) with the EDB, bringing cloud computing technology to Hong Kong’s schools. It enables an integrated cloud-based learning platform, providing support for educators and students to teach and learn anytime and anywhere.

    Eddie Ng Hak-kim, Secretary for Education, Hong Kong Government, says, “We believe that the cloud-based learning model and practice will help teachers to prepare more interactive and collaborative learning programs for the students, thus enabling the local education sector to harness the power of modern IT and meet the increasing need of knowledge management in the society.”

    Under PiL 3.0, 1000 primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong will be provided with Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud service over three years, benefitting 50,000 teachers and 800,000 students. This new technology will enable self-directed learning opportunities for the students and build professional capacity of the teachers.

    Principal of C&MA Sun Kei Primary School, Kenneth Cheng Kin Man believes that cloud technology can enable tools for collaborative learning and teaching and streamlining teachers’ administrative work.

    The cloud-based education platform allows students to “learn, discuss and collaborate on group projects, engage in instant discussions and co-edit their documents online, which teachers can mark and share more timely feedback on”.

    “Teachers can upload teaching resources to the cloud anytime, anywhere for better diversity and flexibility as they prepare for the lessons. Office 365 also simplifies school administration, for instance keeping our school calendar updated and providing meeting documents and records,” added Cheng.

    Office 365 will also accommodate the use of mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones in education. Moreover, schools will benefit from the subscription model of cloud computing technology, as they no longer have to worry about hardware resources.

    In order to effectively use the new technology, the MoU also covers IT-related human resource development. 50,000 teachers will receive online training and overseas exchange opportunities through the PiL Network. 10,000 faculty members will be provided with more than 2000 hours of face-to-face training on e-learning solutions.

    The Most Valued Teachers (MVT) programme, which provides select teachers with further training, will be expanded to benefit more than 10,000 teachers. 500 IT technicians will provide the schools with around 200 hours of hands-on technical training. The EDB will provide support by connecting with schools and teachers, and providing training venues.

    Hong Kong introduced Microsoft’s first stage of PiL in 2004, initially providing 11,000 educators and 80,000 students with software and training support. The second stage, launched in 2008, saw the introduction of the MVT programme. A comprehensive e-learning pilot programme was introduced at Fung Kai Innovative School. E-schoolbags and e-learning platform were also introduced at Hong Kong Institute of Education Jockey Club Primary School and Salesian School.

    According to Becky Lo, Education Lead, Public Sector Group at Microsoft Hong Kong, the goal is to introduce Office 365 to one-third of the Hong Kong schools this year. In the next five years, the PiL 3.0 programme will invest US$ 250 million in the global education sector.

  • Microsoft Tools for Nonprofits: An Interview with John Kenyon

    Over the last few years, Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific has been supporting Connecting Up's annual nonprofit technology conference. This year, we also caught up with two of this year’s keynote speakers in a short series of interviews at the Gold Coast in Australia.

    Join John Kenyon once again on this third and final video where he shares with us his recommended Microsoft tools for nonprofits, as well as some last tips as a wrap up to this 2 part video series. I am sure we all agree that this series has been very insightful, especially with John generously sharing with us his experiences and thoughts.

  • Online Safety Program ThinkUKnow Awarded as ‘Outstanding Preventive Initiative'

    Microsoft Australia’s long term commitment to keeping children safe online has been recognised at the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) ‘Play Your Part’ Awards Breakfast. The team were honoured to receive the ‘Outstanding Preventive Initiative’ award from the National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, for the ThinkUKnow programme.

    ThinkUKnow is a collaborative project initiated in 2009 involving Microsoft and the Australian Federal Police, proudly supported by Datacom and ninemsn. Their 260 volunteers are dedicated to creating a secure online environment for children through educating their parents and carers on how to guide their children to learn and interact safely online and on their smartphones. They also encourage caregivers and their children to include the Internet and their activities revolving around it as part of their daily conversations.

    ThinkUKnow is an initiative that focuses its efforts on the parents and carers resulting in the safety and security of children online. This direction ties in with this year’s National Child Protection Week theme, “Protecting children is everybody’s business; play your part”. As long as more than 10 adults have indicated an interest towards this area, 2 volunteers will be sent down to conduct a presentation covering topics like Social Networking, Sexting, Cyber Bullying as well as where to go if help is required. With the use of Digital technologies, presentations can be delivered to every corner of the country.

    Ann Stratham (Datacom), Paul De Araujo (Microsoft), Dr Jenny Cartwright (High Tech Crimes, AFP), Megan Mitchell (National Children’s Commissioner, James Braithwaite (Federal Agent, AFP)
    Also in attendance was the Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services, The Hon. Linda Jean BURNEY as well as other child protection authorities and organisations.

     

     

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