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14 Mar 2014
Countdown to Barcelona: 2014 Global Forum Kicks off Next Week
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...
7 Mar 2014
Getting Microsoft Office for your students has just become easier.
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...
4 Mar 2014
St Andrew's College: Increasing Student Engagement & Enthusiasm for Writing with OneNote!
Sam McNeill, Director of ICT at St Andrew's College in Christchurch, recently wrote this fantastic blog post on the school's use of OneNote. We were so delighted to see the increase of student egnagement and enthusiasm for writing with OneNote, that we had to share it with you. You can see the...
26 Feb 2014
Top 100 Education Apps on Windows 8
Let’s face it. Apps are now an integral part of our everyday lives. We use them to check the weather and check into a flight, to see when the next bus is coming, record notes, read books, play games and much more. A great outcome of the app revolution is the transformative learning that apps...
26 Feb 2014
The countdown to the 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum begins!
The 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum is fast approaching, and we are very excited. Not only is the Global Forum the best education event of the year; it’s also life-changing for everyone who attends. The Global Forum recognises and celebrates the achievements of educators and school...
19 Feb 2014
Migrate your school's PCs off XP and on to Windows 8 or 8.1 and be in to win $15,000 worth of Dell PCs, laptops and tablets!
On April 8th 2014, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP. That's not far away. What does this mean for your school? If your school is still running Windows XP by this date, you may be exposed to potential risks. Your school will no longer receive updates for Windows XP from Microsoft, including...
18 Feb 2014
Student Advantage: Get Office 365 ProPlus for your students, at no additional cost!
Student Advantage enables every school in New Zealand that licenses Office for staff 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...
14 Feb 2014
Scots College sees Office 365 as a "key factor on BYOD strategy"
Scots College, an independent Presbyterian day and boarding school for boys Years 1 - 13, recently deployed Office 365 as their school wide staff and student productivity tool. After hosting their complimentary Windows in the Classroom Seminar ( http://www.microsoft.com/nz/windowsintheclassroom/), Assistant...
9 Feb 2014
Skype in the Classroom: Mystery Skype
The idea of Mystery Skype is simple: classrooms Skype call each other and try to guess where the other classroom is located either in the United States or in the world. On the day of the call, students use their resources in trying to figure where the other class is calling from via Skype. Pernille...
5 Feb 2014
Join us for the College & Career Readiness Virtual Event, February 13 and 18
Join us for a special two-hour virtual College & Career Readiness Event Choose the event time that fits your schedule: Thursday, February 13 | 8:00 – 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time | Add this event to your calendar February 18th from 12:00-14:00 Asia/Singapore/ 15:00-17:00 PM Sydney | Add this...
28 Jan 2014
Choosing Surface for the Classroom: St Patrick's College, London
Continuing on from our blog yesterday, we are delighted to bring you another fantastic example of the success a school has experienced by choosing Surface as their BYOD tablet. St Patrick’s College in London offers industry-standard vocational coursework to a diverse population of students from...
24 Jan 2014
Educators and Students are Choosing Surface and Changing the Classroom
Tablets in the classroom is one of the biggest trends in education today – many schools are in the midst of implementing a “1-device-per-student”-type project, and many teachers are incorporating technology in new and innovative ways into their lesson plans. If you visit your local...
23 Jan 2014
Office 365: Your complete resource guide
Microsoft is committed to the success of every student, and our goal is to help students reach their full potential through the world's leading productivity tools in Office 365. It is important to us that, as educators, using Office 365 is made easy in order to support and facilitate 21st century...
15 Jan 2014
Office 365 for Education versus Google Apps: Everything you need to know
Why Microsoft recently came up with this fantastic infographic, and we had to share it with you! The image gives you excellent insight into how Office 365 for Education can be leveraged in the classroom to help our students gain the 21st century skills so crucial in preparing them for the modern workforce...
9 Jan 2014
Anthony Salcito on how Student Advantage prepares students for the workforce
Futures recently spoke to Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Education at Microsoft, on how the Student Advantage programme will transform the way students learn. The report was written by Kelly Ng and gives fantastic insight into the benefits Microsoft technology is bringing to...
9 Jan 2014
Don't forget to tune in to the Promoting 21st Century Skills Webinar!
It is no secret that students today require skillsets that are hugely different from what was needed to secure jobs a decade ago. We see this change playing out everywhere in the world, and the gap between what employers are looking for and what recent graduates have to offer is only widening. So...
6 Jan 2014
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
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
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
The New Zealand Catholic Education Convention is Underway!
The Catholic Education Convention kicked off yesterday at the Wellington Convention Centre where Microsoft presented the keynote on Building collaborative learning communities – Microsoft’s vision for 21 st Century Learning, presented by Microsoft's Education Lead, Evan Blackman. For those...
8 Aug 2012
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...
5 Jun 2012
Why Microsoft: Office and Office Web Apps, high fidelity documents across desktop and cloud.
Karl de Borst - MSFT
We've been having a lot of discussions with schools regarding their options when wanting to access and edit their Office documents online through a browser. Staff and students are confident and satisfied with a rich interface and tools within Microsoft Office on Windows desktops and Mac's but they desire...
24 May 2012
Do more with Moodle and Live@edu together. Moodlerooms intergrates Microsoft Live@edu with Moodle Learning Management System.
Karl de Borst - MSFT
The Live@edu plug-in for Moodle developed by Moodlerooms was officially released last week to the Moodle community. The plug-in integrates email, calendar, instant messaging and Bing right into the Moodle classroom environment. This Moodlerooms release works for both Moodle 2.0 as well as Moodle 1.9...
28 Feb 2012
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