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Innovative teacher taking learning to the next level at Kerikeri High School
At Microsoft we love hearing from awesome, real-life educators in the New Zealand community. Today we are placing the spotlight on Bridget Crooks, an inspirational teacher in the far north of New Zealand. Bridget is a Drama and Performing Arts Technology teacher at Kerikeri High School. On a daily...
23 Nov 2015
Latest OneNote updates —Embed video, record audio, insert files and more
This post has been taken from Office Blogs . We’re excited to announce that we added a lot of great capabilities including some of our top education and OneNote Online requests —the ability to add audio and file attachments to your notes! Audio recording Listen up. Whether you’re...
25 Nov 2015
Minecraft meets Hour of Code
We are excited to announce a Minecraft tutorial is now available for this year's Hour of Code, delivered by Code.org . This is a great opportunity to get students of any age involved in coding, using gamification to ensure that it is fun and interesting! Designers and developers from Mojang and...
16 Nov 2015
Bud-e Reading joins the Windows education app family!
To welcome Bud-e Reading to the line-up of Windows apps for education, Microsoft and Bud-e are providing an exclusive offer for New Zealand schools! Every school in New Zealand is eligible to receive a FREE version of the Bud-e Reading digital program until the end of 2015! To make the most of this...
11 Nov 2015
10 ways to get ahead with Windows 10 in the classroom
We want to help make teacher's lives a little bit easier! Here are some simple tips and tricks on how the new features in Windows 10 (free to upgrade ) save time for teachers and make learning more fun for students. For more extensive training on using Windows 10 in the classroom, check out our Quick...
27 Oct 2015
Introducing the new Online Educator Community
We have taken an exciting step toward fulfilling this mission by launching the new Microsoft online educator community website , a centralised resource and engagement tool for educators that makes it easy to access a global network of educators, free interactive training and best practices. Microsoft's...
18 Oct 2015
Top teacher-requested features added to OneNote Class Notebooks
This blog post has been taken from the Office Blogs post The OneNote team has some exciting announcements to share! As we mentioned on the Microsoft Education blog earlier this month, OneNote Class Notebooks and OneNote Staff Notebooks are now available for Office 365 customers (teachers and faculty...
11 Oct 2015
The Power of Digital Pen & Surface in Schools - Inking Your Thinking Case Study
This post has been re-blogged from the Australian Teachers Blog Tablet PCs and the use of digital pen enabled devices in schools is nothing new however, with more and more research about the impact of the “power of the pen” on learning, teachers, student and school leaders are increasingly...
27 Sep 2015
OneNote adds support for iOS 9 and iPad Pro with multitasking, Spotlight search and Apple Pencil
The OneNote team are excited to release their newest OneNote for iOS update, which adds support for several new features of iOS 9, spiffs things up for the upcoming iPad Pro and Apple Pencil and—as always—has numerous improvements in response to customer feedback. Twice as nice with...
29 Sep 2015
Innovation in NZ's tertiary education ICT sector recognised
University of Otago virtual student desktop wins Supreme Award at the 2015 Microsoft Tertiary ICT Innovation Awards The University of Otago has taken out the Supreme Award at the Microsoft Tertiary ICT Innovation Awards, held in conjunction with the Tertiary Education ICT Conference. Held in Dunedin...
22 Sep 2015
8 top Microsoft resources for teachers
"At Microsoft, we create products with teachers in mind and they tell us that products like OneNote , Sway , Minecraft and Skype help them bring new creativity and engagement to the classroom. We are inspired by what’s possible when teachers meet students where they’re at, help them...
4 Oct 2015
Announcement: a new tool for educators, Snip
Snipping is an everyday task for millions of Office users. They paste screenshots into emails, documents, presentations, notebooks, etc., and write text explaining the concept that the screen snips help illustrate. But imagine if you could dictate that story—in your own voice—and save it...
13 Sep 2015
Tools to Unlock Learning: The OneNote for Learning Literacy Toolbar
This post has been taken from the Microsoft in Education Blog On the same day in August 2015, two important announcements were made on different sides of the world. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released a new report on secondary school attainment, showing that progress...
31 Aug 2015
Christchurch's St Andrew's College reflects on Surface Pro 3 use
T his post has been re-blogged from Sam McNeill's StAC e-Learning Stories blog . Microsoft is excited to share this feedback on how the Surface Pro 3 has performed at St Andrew's College, and how it has simplified teaching and learning. As we approach the first anniversary of the Surface Pro...
19 Aug 2015
Announcing Sway General Availability, Windows 10 app and more!
We are excited to announce that Microsoft's digital storytelling app, Sway , is moving from Preview to General Availability! Sway is also moving beyond First Release and rolling out to all eligible Office 365 for business and education customers worldwide. This makes it possible for many additional...
16 Aug 2015
Focus school: Baradene College, New Zealand
Today we are excited to place the spotlight on Baradene College and the wonderful work the school is doing in incorporating technology into the classroom. Baradene is one of New Zealand's leading schools in its level of technology adoption and integration, and it is having a visible impact on the...
2 Aug 2015
Office 2016 Mac Preview is available!
Office 2016 for Mac is the traditional Office that you know and love, but with a bunch of improvements! The new Office 2016 for Mac includes updated versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. We’ve modernized the user experience and made it easier to get things done. The redesigned...
6 May 2015
Introducing Office 365 Video!
Microsoft is excited to announce that Office 365 Video has now begun its worldwide rollout to Office 365 customers! Video is fast becoming one of the most powerful forms of communication, so this is a very exciting development for Office 365 users. Office 365 Video provides businesses and schools...
22 Apr 2015
Enhance the classroom experience with the Surface Pro 3
Today we are placing the spotlight on the amazing Surface Pro 3. This device is perfect for the education context - portable, fast, interactive, long battery life, powerful. Teachers can use the Surface Pen to make notes on assignments, take notes in their own handwriting, give students feedback and...
20 Mar 2015
Meet Ruby Huang, a 2015 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert
This blog post is taken from Anthony Salcito's 'Daily Edventures' which recently featured New Zealand teacher Ruby Huang. Ruby is a science teacher at Auckland's Howick College. She was recently made a 2015 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert in recognition of her efforts to include...
3 Mar 2015
Introducing OneNote Staff Notebook for education
Microsoft has created the OneNote Staff Notebook! Teachers and educators in the field suggested that they would like to have the same OneNote platform as their students, and we listened! The OneNote Staff Notebook is designed to cultivate and manage educator collaboration within the school, and the wider...
26 Feb 2015
The amazing impact of a pen interface on learning
Ever wondered which device interface is best for learning? Pen, keyboard, voice, touch? There are a lot of interface options, but some are vastly more effective than others at enabling and enhancing learning. New evidence suggests that some technologies actually create barriers to learning, thinking...
11 Feb 2015
See what's APPening in maths and science!
Getting students engaged in maths and science can be difficult at times, right? Luckily, learning apps are here to save the day! Apps are making it easier to get students interested in a subject and passionate about learning. They help take learning to a whole other level by speaking to students in the...
9 Feb 2015
The latest updates on Sway Preview!
Bored of using PowerPoint for all of your presentations? While PowerPoint is great, sometimes we need a change. So, why not try Sway! Sway is a free tool that doesn't require installation. You simply open Sway.com in any browser on your PC, Mac or tablet, and get creating! Express your ideas in an...
3 Feb 2015
Transforming education with holograms and Windows 10
Introducing the revolutionary Microsoft HoloLens! Recently announced, the HoloLens will be the world's most advanced holographic computing platform. The HoloLens brings high-definition holograms to life as they seamlessly integrate with your physical places, spaces and things. The HoloLens is...
29 Jan 2015
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