NZ Education Blog

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

June, 2012

  • Office 365 for education launches in New Zealand!

    Today Microsoft announced the launch of Office 365 for education. Available at no cost to educators, students and school administrative staff, Office 365 for education provides collaboration tools that expand learning opportunities beyond classroom walls and help educators better prepare students for 21st century jobs.

    Office 365 for Education is a cloud-based suite that includes the familiar Microsoft Office desktop applications, as well as Microsoft Exchange Online, Microsoft SharePoint Online and Microsoft Lync Online (for more information on the available plans visit Office365.com).

    The solution provides educators with powerful tools to create anytime, anywhere learning opportunities across multiple devices in addition to email, calendars, Microsoft Office Web Apps, video and online meetings. There are also advanced document creation features for curriculum planning and student projects.

    The University of Otago have already migrated thousands of their students to Office 365 for Education with great success, check out the case study here.

    See the full press release here and for more information check out the office blog.

    And don’t forget to register for the Office365 for Education Webinar free on Thursday 5th July 2-2:45pm. 

  • A day in the life of a teacher with Office 365 for education

     

    A desire that many school IT administrators, senior leadership, teachers and students have when working with technology that surrounds them in the classroom, at home or in a mobile situation is to know that the technology provider understands the users typical daily work requirements. We have previously showcased some of the fundamental reasons why the Microsoft Office 365 cloud service is built on a robust technology platform that doesn't sacrifice quality just because users are using the power of online services.

    The following WhyMicrosoft post shows an infographic that continues to support this statement by highlighting how Office 365 enables and enhances the daily tasks for a teacher compared to the numerous shortfalls Google Apps has when searching for the same capability.See what a teacher’s experience is like using Office 365 versus using Google Apps especially when preparing their curricula, teaching students, reviewing students work, creating an accessible/safe environment, preparing student for the workforce and developing themselves as a teaching professional.

     

    Teachers using Office 365 are empowered, productive anywhere, and use the latest tools. Using Office 365, teachers can develop lesson plans offline to post on a class website. They can create and share a digital notebook to pass onto their students as a study guide, and they can record lessons in class or elsewhere. -- None of these capabilities are available or supported with Google Apps for education. Next, teachers share recorded lessons on their class site and also with other educators, reaching and inspiring more students in new ways. Competition for jobs among young people is particularly strong, yet teachers using Office 365 foster skills that students will use in the workplace, such as using Word and Excel, and collaborating on group projects with the latest messaging tools.

    With Microsoft Office 365 for education teachers spend more time doing what they care about most – teaching, because Microsoft’s reliable tools help educators work together, prepare for class, and support students’ learning.

     

  • Thanks for joining Anthony Salcito and the Microsoft NZ Education team last week!

    Last week we had Microsoft’s worldwide education leader, Anthony Salcito, visit us here in New Zealand.

    The event took place on Thursday at the University of Auckland and it was great having so many New Zealand leaders in education attend. Anthony spoke about the global trends impacting education and the responses he has seen in other countries. He also touched on the research programmes on 21st century learning which Microsoft is supporting and how these are informing Microsoft's strategy to deliver real impact for education and accelerating the growth potential of evey student, educator and school. Both of the sessions were recorded so we will have these available for you next week!

    Anthony shared some great insight into the various programmes Microsoft offers to all teachers and school leaders to help them improve their personal teaching practises using technology. Sign up to some of these great programmes today!

    Microsoft Partners in Learning: Connects you with a global community of innovative school leaders and gives you access to extensive resources for envisioning change and growing learning opportunities with technology

    Learning Suite by Microsoft: A set of innovative applications for education that create a robust, creative and collaborative learning environment for students and educators. It includes a new, integrated interface that lets you access all these applications in one place, where they are grouped around four categories aligned to how you work

    'Office 365 for Education: Delivers the power of cloud productivity to educational institutions, helping to save time and money while increasing student and faculty productivity

    ..and don't forget to have a look at Anthony Salcito's daily edventures blog.

     

  • Photosynth Even Easier For The Classroom

    We're pleased to announce that the popular Learning Suite tool Photosynth is now available on Windows Phone.

    Available already for the iPhone and now phones running Windows Phone 7.5 or higher. This app is perfect for the classroom where sometimes a single photo - even a wide angle photo - doesn't do a place justice. Whether your demonstrating the depth of the Grand Canyon or showing the inside an incredible cathedral, this app is perfect for places that cry out for a full 360 panorama. Photosynth is the only mobile app that can stitch a full sphere. That's 360 degrees horizontally and vertically. Get Photosynth for free from the Windows Phone Marketplace.

    Start it up, move the camera around, and watch your panorama fill in. Make a 360 revolution and watch it join up. Capture the floor and ceiling too. When you're done the shots are automatically stitched together, and the results are beautiful and immersive. Next, you can publish your panorama to the Photosynth site and onwards to Bing, or you can share it via Facebook and Twitter.

     

    If you have a Windows Phone running WP 7.5*, go to the Windows Phone Marketplace and install it now or see the Photosynth webpage for more information.

     

  • Don't forget to register for the FREE seminar next week!

    Microsoft's worldwide Education leader, Anthony Salcito, is visiting New Zealand next week and is taking time to speak with New Zealand leaders in Education. This is a rare opportunity to hear about the global trends impacting education and the responses to this in other countries. Anthony will touch on the research programmes into 21st Century learning which Microsoft is supporting, and how these are informing Microsoft’s strategy to deliver real impact for education and accelerate the growth potential of every student, educator and school.

    There will be two seminars focused on Primary and Secondary Schools, and also the Tertiary Education sector. See below for registration details:

    For Primary and Secondary Schools
    Thursday 21st June, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Register Here

    For Tertiary Education
    Thursday 21st June, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Register Here

    See you there!

     

  • Don't miss this opportunity to hear from the worldwide leader in Education! Register today.

    Microsoft's worldwide Education leader, Anthony Salcito, is visiting New Zealand next week and is taking time to speak with New Zealand leaders in Education. This is a rare opportunity to hear about the global trends impacting education and the responses to this in other countries. Anthony will touch on the research programmes into 21st Century learning which Microsoft is supporting, and how these are informing Microsoft’s strategy to deliver real impact for education and accelerate the growth potential of every student, educator and school.

    There will be two seminars focused on Primary and Secondary Schools, and also the Tertiary Education sector. See below for registration details:

    For Primary and Secondary Schools
    Thursday 21st June, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Register Here

    For Tertiary Education
    Thursday 21st June, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Register Here

    See you there!

  • Windows 8 Release Preview Available Now

    Windows has been reimagined to be more than a PC operating system.

    Currently available as a Release Preview, Windows 8 delivers the experience that schools and universities need. With new possibilities for mobile productivity and providing IT with a more secure, easy-to-manage infrastructure. This is our final pre-release, and includes Internet Explorer 10, new Windows 8 apps for connecting to Hotmail, SkyDrive, and Messenger (and many more), and hundreds of new and updated apps in the Windows Store.

    Windows 8 represents a reimaging of Windows. As you can see in the above video, it delivers a fast, fluid and no-compromise experience. Reinvented from a solid core of Windows 7 speed and reliability. With an all-new touch interface. It's a new Windows for new devices. And it's easy to try now—whether you're installing it for the first time, or moving from Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Download here or find out more from the Windows homepage.

  • Join us for the "21st Century Learning: Microsoft’s View" Seminar with Anthony Salcito!

    Anthony Salcito is Microsoft’s worldwide leader for Education, and  you have the opportunity to hear him discuss the global trends impacting education and the responses he is seeing in other countries.  Anthony will touch on the research programmes into 21st Century learning which Microsoft is supporting, and how these are informing Microsoft’s strategy to deliver real impact for education and accelerate the growth potential of every student and educator.  

    The event will be held at the University of Auckland (see registration link for details), and will also be available live on the internet. Please register your attendance today.

    For Primary and Secondary Schools
    Thursday 21st June, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Register Here

    For Tertiary Education
    Thursday 21st June, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Register Here

    See you there!