Ensure your school leadership team is across the opportunity afforded by new technologies, by hosting a complimentary Windows in the Classroom seminar. Find out more information by visiting our website. To book a Windows in the Classroom personal development seminar at your school or for more information, please email email@example.com.
Microsoft Partners in Learning is a $500 million global initiative working with schools and educators to improve teaching and learning practices; optimize the use of technology within pedagogy to improve learning outcomes; and help every student receive an excellent education and gain the skills they need in work and life. To sign up now, visit http://www.pil-network.com.
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Over a billion people on the planet use Microsoft Office to get more done at work and at home. Every day we hear from you how important it is to have a great productivity experience on all the devices you use. We take that very seriously – we know that means you want the authentic experience of Office, made right for the device you’re using.
Starting today, you can download Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad from the App Store.
The apps have the robust capabilities and familiar look and feel that is unmistakably Office, while offering a fantastic touch experience built from the ground up for iPad. With the free versions of the apps, you can read your Word documents, view your Excel data and present with PowerPoint.
Your documents will look as good as they do on your PC and Mac®, and better than ever on your iPad. With an Office 365 subscription, you can edit and create new documents with the iPad. When you edit a document, you can be sure that content and formatting will be maintained across Office on PC, Mac, tablet and phone. And, you always have access to your up-to-date documents in OneDrive.
Your Office 365 subscription not only gets you the Office for iPad apps installed on up to 5 tablets, but also 5 copies across Office for your PCs and Macs. With one subscription all of your devices are covered, so you can work the way you want.
You can find out more and read the FAQ right here!
Helping school leaders clarify their vision for 1:1 learning and building an executable framework to bring this to life.
Microsoft and CORE Education bring you the complimentary 21 Steps to 21st century learning workshop in May 2014.
This two-day seminar will explore the planning and implementation of 1:1 learning in your school. Facilitated by world education leader, Bruce Dixon, the workshop is designed to support school Principals and eLearning leaders to work together. We recommend two leaders attend from each school.
"The presenter was completely engaging, and a master of his knowledge. It was a privilege to be led by somebody who has been there with devices in the classroom since their inception." – Stephen Hensman, Principal, Taradale High School.
We invite you to register your interest to attend the workshop in Christchurch: 12th-13th May, or in Auckland: 15th-16th May.
In the workshop you will work through the 5 Phases that outline the Design and Deployment Guide to 1:1 learning:
Phase 1 – The Compelling Case for Change: Create a solid foundation for a 1:1 initiative, with a clear vision and actionable, measurable goals.
Phase 2 – Redesign Learning and teaching: Focusing on rethinking and redesigning all aspects of teaching practice and the learning experience, based on the information garnered and ideas developed in Phase One.
Phase 3 – Lead the Shift: The vision and goals have been set. It’s time to turn the vision into reality, and theory to practice. This phase develops strategies in the key areas of stakeholder engagement, financial models, equity of access, community buy-in and teacher professional growth to support your initiative.
Phase 4 – Manage Implementation: Once all the strategies for change are in place and being put into action, schools are ready to plan the actual 1:1 implementation. This implementation covers a range of tasks, including managing the budget, creating a 21st century learning environment, conducting a readiness assessment and establishing critical partnerships, culminating in the actual start
Phase 5 – Evaluate Continuously: Effective evaluation of your initiative is the backbone of its success. Without any genuine commitment to such a process, the impact of the previous 20 Steps can be marginal. It underpins the ongoing development of a program and ensures the best possible outcomes for students, staff and the school.
We are very excited to announce that the Windows 8.1 Deployment Kit will this week be arriving on the desks of all NZ State and Integrated Schools, with rolls of less than 700 students.
What’s in the kit?
The deployment kit contains a ready-made ‘image’ of the latest Microsoft computer operating system and Ofﬁce productivity tools, as well as a ‘plain English’ installation guide. This disk allows your school to deploy Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Ofﬁce 2013 across all your school-owned computers when you are ready. You will ﬁnd all the documentation necessary to complete a full deployment of the latest Windows and Microsoft Ofﬁce desktop.
What should you do now?
OneNote is the ultimate extension for your brain, but it’s not complete if it’s not instantly available everywhere. We’ve already made a lot of progress in that direction with our mobile, tablet and online web experiences. But there was still a gap. People frequently asked for OneNote on Mac, and for more ways to capture content.
Today we’re very excited to complete the OneNote story with three major developments:
Go to www.onenote.com to get OneNote for free for your Mac, PC or other devices, and try out the new OneNote service connected experiences.
You can learn more about these fantastic developments, right here!
Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Education for Microsoft.
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New Zealand's very own Expert Educators, Theresa Bosch of Baradene College and Steve Martin of Howick College.
The 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona, Spain is next week! For the Expert Educators and Mentor School leaders we’ll be celebrating, this event is the culmination of many years of hard work on the front lines of education reform.
Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Microsoft Worldwide Education, describes the scale of the event perfectly.
"When we bring together the world’s most innovative educators – this year, a group of 1100 teachers, school leaders, higher-education faculty and government officials representing 97 countries – we will see living, breathing proof of Aristotle’s assertion that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The combined energy and enthusiasm of these education innovators always translates into new ideas and inspiration that is then transmitted to the attendees’ schools, their countries and beyond. The Global Forum also creates life-long professional development networks among participants, leading to continuous growth, long after the closing keynote."
Don't forget that New Zealand will be represented by Theresa Bosch from Baradene College and Steve Martin from Howick College will attend the Global Forum, as part of being selected to take part in the Microsoft Expert Educator Program! Our very own Anne Taylor, Schools and Academic Programs Manager, will be there reporting back too.
We'll keep you updated on the exciting happenings at the forum, but you can also follow along on Twitter through #MicrosoftGF and #MSExpertEducator.
Student Advantage enables every school in New Zealand that licenses Office for staff and to be eligible to get Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost. You can get it now!
This supports the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or 1:1 learning programmes that you may be looking at implementing, or are currently running in your school. Office 365 Pro Plus is the full version of Office and allows each student to install the full version of Office on up to five PCs or Macs.
To take up this benefit, the next steps are:
Please contact your Microsoft Reseller for more details:
▪ For schools enrolled in the Microsoft Schools Agreement with the Ministry of Education, please contact Datacom on firstname.lastname@example.org.
• For all other schools, please contact your Academic Reseller or partner.