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You're invited to the Windows Learning Series
This exclusive series will show you why now is the best time to modernize your schools with Windows 8.1 and the new Office, and how you can leverage this technology to drive better learning. Dec 19: Migrating from Windows XP in education Jan 16: Using digital ink in the classroom to drive better...
5 Dec 2013
Student Advantage now available – the best way to get Office for your students
It is our pleasure to announce that, beginning 1 st December 2013, every school in New Zealand that licences Office for staff and faculty is eligible to get Office 365 Pro Plus for students at no additional cost . The Student Advantage benefit will support schools’ BYOD and 1:1 Learning programmes...
3 Dec 2013
21 Steps to 21st Century Learning Workshop - a success!
Last week saw the exciting launch of Microsoft NZ’s first series of the 21 Steps to 21 st Century Learning Workshop. We are so excited to announce that both the Wellington workshop (held at Scots College) and the Auckland workshop (held at Botany Downs Secondary College) were a huge success. Over...
25 Nov 2013
SharePoint Online introduces the Touch Design mobile experience
We are so excited to announce that the new SharePoint now allows for more innovative interactions with SharePoint sites and content on mobile devices: contemporary views , device channels , and new native apps ( SkyDrive Pro apps and SharePoint Newsfeed apps ). Mark Kashman, a Senior Product Manager...
19 Nov 2013
Announcing the 2014 Expert Educators and Mentor Schools
Last week, Anthony Salcito had the honour of announcing Microsoft’s 2014 Expert Educators and Mentor Schools . Members of both programs are part of an exclusive, year-long program designed to recognize educators and schools that are on the leading edge of education innovation. Expert Educators...
17 Nov 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...
31 Oct 2013
Partners in Learning School Research Live on PILN!
We are very pleased to announce that Partners in Learning School Research (PILSR) is now available on the Partners in Learning Network . PILSR provides individual schools with an online research tool to measure their own innovative teaching practices that develop the skills students need for life...
9 Oct 2013
Tutorial: Adding resources to your OneNote notebook
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...
25 Sep 2013
Apply to become an Expert Educator and get the opportunity to win a trip to the Partners in Learning Global Forum 2014 in Barcelona!
Submit your application to become a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert before the September 30th, 2013 deadline to be considered for this exclusive program. Completing and submitting your application means you'll have an opportunity to join the Expert Educator Program and an all-expense paid trip to...
19 Sep 2013
Microsoft Partners in Learning turns 10!
We are very excited to announce that this month marks the tenth anniversary of Microsoft's Partners in Learning ! James Bernard, WW Director, Partners in Learning, this week commemorated the occasion, "Ten years ago, we recognized that education systems around the globe simply weren’t working...
17 Sep 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...
10 Sep 2013
Mairangi Bay School Principal reviews his Surface RT experience
Bruce Warren, Principal at Auckland's Mairangi Bay School, recently took a Microsoft Surface RT with him on a two-week study tour of Korea. This recent article by Interface Magazine gives us a fantastic run down of his thoughts, feelings and experiences towards the device. But here's a few of Bruce's...
10 Sep 2013
How to take advantage of the Surface RT Offer for education institutions
We've had an excellent response on our Surface RT offer for schools and tertiary education institutions! Haven't heard about it? Until September 30, 2013, Microsoft is pleased to offer the following special pricing on Surface RT to New Zealand schools and higher education institutions, through...
28 Aug 2013
Mana College launches Microsoft IT Academy
This week was a very exciting one for Mana College, as they launched the Microsoft IT Academy programme. Microsoft NZ's Education Sector Lead, Evan Blackman, travelled to the school to mark the occasion. What is Microsoft IT Academy? It's a program which provides industry-leading technology skills...
28 Aug 2013
Bill Gates pitches in for online education resource Graphite
We are excited to announce that Microsoft Chairman, Bill Gates, is backing a new initiative called Graphite , a free online resource to help teachers discover and share education technology! Gates has always publicised his belief that investing in education and digital tools could help solve the world...
26 Aug 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...
22 Aug 2013
Major Updates For OneNote On iPad, iPhone, & Android
We are very excited to announce that OneNote has released a major “version 2.0″ update for iPad, iPhone, and Android. These apps deliver a full-powered OneNote experience across each device with more reliable sync, via SkyDrive. Engineering changes in the backend will allow Microsoft to make...
15 Aug 2013
Ministry extends Microsoft Schools Agreement to 2015
We are very excited to announce that the Ministry of Education has extended the Microsoft Schools Agreement through to the end of 2015! This enables chools across New Zealand to have greater access to the most modern e-learning tools. The Microsoft Schools Agreement provides New Zealand Schools with...
7 Aug 2013
10 advantages of taking up the Surface RT offer for education institutions
The fantastic Microsoft Surface offer for schools and tertiary education customers is still available, and there are now more reasons than ever before to take up this limited time only offer. Between July 15, 2013 and September 30, 2013, Microsoft is pleased to offer the following special pricing...
1 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...
29 Jul 2013
18 Myths of Education
Anthony Salcito, Vice President for Microsoft Education, recently blogged this fantastic infographic by informED and we just had to share it with you. It gives some fantastic insights into some common and not-so-common issues in global education. Tweet us at @MSNZEducation , we want to know what you...
25 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!
22 Jul 2013
Te reo Māori choice for Windows 8, Office 2013, and the Internet
In preparation for Māori Language Week 2013, Microsoft has announced that the choice to use te reo Māori in Windows 8, Office 2013, Outlook.com, and Internet Explorer 10 is available now. "We are thrilled to continue our support for te reo Maori," says Paul Muckleston, Managing Director of Microsoft...
30 Jun 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...
23 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...
30 May 2013
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