NZ Education Blog

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

July, 2012

  • BYOD in education–TechNet Jump Start training to help your planning

    BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in education is a recurring topic that is coming up in conversations, and pops up in the media regularly too. There isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to BYOD in education, as each institution has different needs, policies, attitudes and current position. For some education customers, they are considering whether they’ll allow access to email from staff smartphones, whereas others may have been providing connections for students’ own laptops for years.

    From an IT management point of view, there are many, many moving parts to implementing any kind of BYOD strategy, no matter how simple your plans. If you’re responsible for a BYOD strategy in a school, polytechnic or university, then you may find the TechNet Jump Start training useful. The training is actually labelled ‘Consumerisation of IT’, which seems to be the phrase used in the US instead of Bring Your Own Device in education.

    Take the training here.

  • Do I.T. Days!

    We all have days when it is hard to remember what it was about teaching, education and ICT that got us involved in the first place. Then something drops into your mailbox and the feeling returns, the batteries
    recharge and you are ready to take on the world again! 

    As some of you know Microsoft, in association with IC Central, our Academic Support Partner (MASP), have been sponsoring “Do I.T Days”.  The days are an opportunity for students and teachers to try out the internationally recognised Microsoft Office Specialist certification program.

    When was the last time your students were lining up and asking to sit exams?!  That is what happened at the Do I.T Days and it is something that will be repeated as more schools look to adopt and integrate the Microsoft Digital Literacy, Microsoft Office Specialist and MTA certifications into internally selected Grade 9 and 10 curriculum programs.   Fully resourced, easy to implement, internationally validated, and incredibly cost effective these programs provide a comprehensive supported learning pathway and are an ideal solution to your ICT curriculum needs. 

    For further information about this or other Microsoft programs email or visit the Microsoft IT Academy website.

  • Register for this years NZ Catholic Education Convention

    Microsoft is a prime sponser at this years New Zealand Catholic Education Covention.

    This event brings together people from 239 schools, 30 Early Childhood Services and various tertiary institutions providing new possibilities and experiences to enhance learning processes within education.  
    The theme of the Convention is Nga Taonga – living the treasure.

     Microsoft will be presenting at four of the sessions, topics include:

    • Lifting educator capability for 21st Century learning - Partners in Learning plus more research, resources and tools for the classroom
    • Collaboration and the Cloud – Office 365 for Education
    • Anytime, anywhere access to learning – Bring Your Own Device programmes
    • Getting real value from technology – Microsoft Schools Agreement

    The event takes place 8 - 10 August at the Wellington Convention Centre.

    For more information see the website or register to attend here.

  • The new Microsoft Surface perfect for school BYOD strategies!

    In case you missed it, Microsoft has announced the new Microsoft Surface device. For schools wishing to implement a BYOD (bring your own device) strategy this is perfect! The Surface has the ability to provide students and teachers with a device that has the power and flexibility to create, collaborate and consume in order to provide the best possible learning experiences. Have a look at the press announcement or visit the Surface website for more information.

  • Microsoft unveils the new Office

    Yesterday Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the customer preview of the new Microsoft Office, available at The next release features an intuitive design that works beautifully with touch, stylus, mouse or keyboard across new Windows devices, including tablets. The new Office is social therefore perfect for the classroom and unlocks modern scenarios in reading, note-taking and communications and will be delivered to subscribers through a cloud service that is always up to date.

    For more information see the Office website.