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Blended Learning From the Ground Up
Getting Smart recently created this awesome infographic on what schools need to implement blended learning. As the infographic describes, blended learning is more than electronic textbooks and productivity tools. It involves inventing and adopting new learning environments that work better for students...
15 Dec 2013
New tools for educators now live on Partners in Learning!
We would like to introduce you to the cool new tools for educators now available on Partners in Learning . In particular, the featured Windows 8 Apps are a fantastic resource to keep you up to date on the most innovative classroom tools. A top featured App this week is Brain Pop , an App which allows...
10 Dec 2013
Drawboard PDF - The Perfect Solution to Homework Marking
Currently the #1 PDF app in the App Store, Drawboard PDF has been designed by an Australian developer and is free for a limited time only. You can now view, annotate and manage student PDF documents the easy way! This App is ideal for replacing the pen and paper, avoid printing documents again by using...
9 Dec 2013
Your Guide to Everything BYOD
We are very excited to share with you Microsoft's latest BYOD discussion paper put together by Partners in Learning Australia. This paper is a significant update from the previous version and gives you a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about implementing a BYOD programme in your school...
1 Nov 2013
Microsoft names three local Surface resellers
We are very pleased to announce that Microsoft New Zealand has this week introduced its Surface portfolio to our local business channel via three partners. Effective from the 1st October 2013, the resellers which will stock the Surface portfolio are New Era, Cyclone Computers and Telco Technology Services...
3 Oct 2013
Microsoft NZ's Education Lead speaks about 21st century learning design at the NZ Education Summit
The education team is at the NZ Education Summit today at the Aotea Centre, Auckland. It's been a fantastic day so far, the highlight for us definitely being Education Sector Lead, Evan Blackman, delivering a keynote on Microsoft's 21st century learning design . Blackman spoke about the fantastic...
11 Sep 2013
Be the first to sign up for our new #MysterySkype community!
Mystery Skype is an educational game played by two classrooms on Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other strategic questions. Mystery Skype can be played by students of all ages. Microsoft ash been working with a team of teachers who love Mystery...
23 Aug 2013
Explore the oceans with Skype in the classroom
In October, Skype in the classroom is presenting a month-long celebration of our oceans. Exploring Oceans is a program of free Skype lessons, talks and live experiences, taking your students on an adventure under the sea. Meet the world's leading marine experts, scientists and explorers and open your...
30 Jul 2013
Microsoft NZ Education is now on Twitter!
Microsoft NZ Education is now on Twitter ! We are very excited here in the education team to be able to give you the regular updates on the education sector that you want to know about. We want to hear your thoughts on our news, events and advice. Don't miss out! Follow @MSNZEducation today!
23 Jul 2013
Office 365 for Education – Your complimentary trial
Office 365 for Education provides students, teachers, and staff with the enterprise-grade communication and productivity services they need with the power and flexibility your institution requires. Sound inviting? You can get started with your complimentary trial right now. Office 365 for Education...
24 Jun 2013
Everest ascent 60th anniversary celebrated by Internet Explorer
The 60 th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Everest has special significance for us as New Zealanders. To celebrate the historic ascent, Internet Explorer has teamed up with Mountaineer and filmmaker David Breashears and his foundation GlacierWorks to launch Everest: Rivers of Ice . This immersive...
31 May 2013
EduTech in K-12 - What works?
Technology adoption in K12 classrooms is taking the world by storm. Classrooms world-wide are using cell phones, e-readers, tablets, and smartboards which impact hugely how teachers teach and students learn. However, it is not uncommon to hear teachers’ concerns about the effectiveness of educational...
24 May 2013
Office Web Apps: Collaboration with co-authoring
Have you tried Microsoft’s Office Web Apps? Microsoft has introduced a fully featured, inclusive approach to productivity that spans platforms, devices, browsers, online and offline experiences. Since we launched the Office Web Apps in 2010, we have made various investments in Office Web Apps to...
15 May 2013
CIO Road Test: Microsoft Surface Pro Beats Apple iPad
Kevin Pashuk, Chief Information Officer at Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario Canada, recently featured in a guest post for CRN , where he outlined the immense benefits the Microsoft Surface Pro brings to education. We thoroughly enjoyed what he had to say, and wanted to give you a quick preview. ...
13 May 2013
Which Windows 8 PC is right for your school? Looking at the Surface Pro
The future of educational technology is “Bring Your Own Device”, (BYOD), and we are seeing more and more schools moving away from providing devices for students every day. BYOD has allowed for there to be a one-to-one ratio of students with a diverse range of technological devices. Here...
29 Apr 2013
Windows in the Classroom Tip #2 – the online classroom
Windows in the Classroom is a two hour, complimentary seminar which explores the tools and technologies available to help educators teach 21st century skills and optimise the classroom for advanced student achievement. This week, we’ll give you an insight into what our education specialists have...
27 Mar 2013
“Learning is changing” – hear Anthony Salcito’s view on this
Anthony Salcito , Vice President for Microsoft Education, is mentioned regularly on this blog and it’s not hard to see why. He has an enormous passion for education globally, and is an education leader that is highly recognised and respected. Last month, he travelled to Paris to give this compelling...
22 Jan 2013
The countdown to Windows in the Classroom begins
We are getting closer and closer to kicking off our Windows in the Classroom New Zealand-wide tour and we can’t wait. Give your staff and students the opportunity to benefit from the most innovative tools and technology of today. Beginning at the end of this month, management teams from schools...
15 Jan 2013
Collaboration and the role of technology in the 21st Century Classroom
The 21 st Century has seen technology play a key role in classroom innovation. Have a look at this interesting infographic by Open Colleges . As you can see, the changing dynamics of the classroom have revolutionised the arts of teaching and learning. And it can only get better. More and more,...
7 Jan 2013
Windows To Go - Introducing a more flexible way of teaching
As a teacher, regularly preparing class material both at school and at home can be hard to manage. File transferring and saving various versions of the same document isn’t always easy and we end up with the wrong and unsaved versions. Windows To Go, one of the many new features of Windows 8...
17 Dec 2012
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7 Nov 2012
Weekly Office 365 for Education Tip #7
My last blog post I talked about the Interface article where it was announced that NZ high school Napier Girls High School was amongst one of the first to adopt Office365 for Education. Within this same article, Microsoft NZ Education Lead Evan Blackman also provides six reasons for schools to choose...
3 Oct 2012
A "thought provoking, inspirational" Innovative Schools Workshop Last Week
The two-day workshop at Botany Downs Secondary School reached maximum capacity, as more than 120 educators gathered to discuss, debate and collaborate on the best ways to utilise information communication technologies (ICT) within the classroom. The event was part of the Partners in Learning Programme...
3 Sep 2012
Bring Your Own Device To School Whitepaper
Bruce Dixon, from the Anytime, Anywhere Learning Foundation and Sean Tierney, from the worldwide Microsoft Partners in Learning Programme are both passionate advocates of 1:1 learning programmes and have recently come together to publish their first 'Bring Your Own Device for schools' whitepaper. ...
21 Aug 2012
Celebrating innovative teaching
At the U.S. Partners in Learning Forum this week, over 100 innovative teachers came to together to share how they are incorporating technology into their classrooms. The Microsoft event focuses on showcasing and celebrating educators and the work they are doing for their schools. See the video for...
1 Aug 2012
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