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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
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
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
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
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
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
Partners in Learning offers free tools for educators – sign up now!
Microsoft is committed to improving educational outcomes – and that is why we want to welcome you to Partners in Learning . It’s free to educators and schools all over the world - and you can get started today. Partners in Learning is a global support network with professional development...
12 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
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
How an Australian School is using Kinect and Happy Action Theater to Reach Children with Autism
Mathieu Marunczyn, a teacher at Jackson School in Victoria, has integrated the Xbox Kinect into the classroom routine of children with autism spectrum disorders. The Kinect, along with Happy Action Theater , has allowed the children to immerse themselves in play, and in doing so they can begin to...
26 Nov 2012
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