# NZ Education Blog

Regular updates from Microsoft in the NZ education sector including events and advice for education staff.

# August, 2010

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• #### Microsoft Interactive Classroom Video

A real world example using PowerPoint and Tablet computer in the classroom (click image to play).

• #### Windows Live Sync Beta for Mac

Windows Live Sync beta for Mac brings Live Mesh and the previous version of Windows Live Sync together into one product. With Windows Live Sync beta for Mac, you can keep the folders you choose in sync across your computers (Mac and PC) so the files you need are always right there with you.

This is particularly good for Live@EDU students who can use this to share files via Skydrive across platforms.

• #### Free: Microsoft Mathematics Add-In for Word and OneNote released

Microsoft Mathematics is a set of tools that you can use to perform mathematical operations on expressions or equations in your Word documents and OneNote notebooks. Download from http://bit.ly/nzedu1

You can use the extensive collection of mathematical symbols and structures to display clearly formatted mathematical expressions. You can also quickly insert commonly used expressions and math structures by using the Equation gallery.

You can use Microsoft Mathematics to perform the following tasks:

• Compute standard mathematical functions, such as roots and logarithms
• Compute trigonometric functions, such as sine and cosine
• Find derivatives and integrals, limits, and sums and products of series
• Perform matrix operations, such as inverses, addition, and multiplication
• Perform operations on complex numbers
• Plot 2-D graphs in Cartesian and polar coordinates, and 3-D graphs in Cartesian, cylindrical, and spherical coordinates
• Solve equations and inequalities
• Calculate statistical functions, such as mode and variance, on lists of numbers
• Factor polynomials or integers
• Simplify or expand algebraic expressions

The really cool thing is that you can insert the graphs directly into the document. e.g.

Watch this video to see how it works

Almost makes me want to go back to school :-)

• #### Example of school artwork captured as a Photosynth

Created by Botany Downs Secondary College

• #### Windows Optimized Desktop for Education Ebook

A vital need for students, faculty, staff and administrators in education today is effective, productive access to and control of technology. For end-users, that translates to productivity in accessing information and transforming it into knowledge and supporting collaboration. For administrators, effectiveness is providing a resilient infrastructure that supports the success of students and faculty and their broader education goals. And for information technology and system administrators, that means supporting education technology needs in a way that maximizes results from the scarce budget and people resources of their school or campus.

http://www.microsoft.com/education/WindowsOptimizedDesktop/ebook/index.html

• #### New Case Study: St Andrews College using Live@EDU

St Andrew’s College revamped their software solution, moving to a virtualised platform running Microsoft 2008 R2 Server, Windows 7 and Live@Edu

Read the full case study here...