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  • Blog Post: Boost for Kiwi students as Microsoft NZ helps hone digital skills

    Graduates from the Microsoft IT Academy’s ‘Microsoft Office Specialist’ course have earned special recognition from Hekia Parata, Education Minister, as well as digital skills to aid their future. The nine students from Mana College in Porirua were presented with graduation certificates...
  • Blog Post: NCEA Hub: The coolest new Education app in the Windows Store!

    We are very excited to announce the NZ created , NCEA Hub app, which is only available in the Windows Store ! Students are now able to track their progress towards achieving an NCEA qualification throughout the school year and look up information on NCEA standards and subjects. The app allows...
  • Blog Post: Kiwi students set to compete in the 2014 Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals

    Four University of Auckland students who designed an innovative social interaction app for mobile devices have been selected to compete in the Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle, USA, next month. Hayden Do (19), Jason Wei (19), Chris Duan (30), and Derek Zhu (22) beat out more than 150...
  • Blog Post: A Celebration of Innovation in Action: A Look Back at the 2014 Global Forum

    "I have often said that education has the power to transform the world. After the incredible week we had at the 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona, I know this adage could not be more true. Over 1,100 educators, school leaders, government officials, education leaders and students...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 21 Steps to 21st Century Learning Workshop registrations now open!

    Please join us at the complimentary 21 Steps to 21st century learning workshop in November, 2013. This two-day seminar is designed to help school leaders clarify their vision for 1:1 learning and building an executable framework to bring this to life. Facilitated by world education leader, Bruce Dixon...
  • Blog Post: Virtual University Webcast - Understanding the Learning Strategies of the 21st Century Learner October 23 2013

    On October 23rd, 2013, Microsoft Partners in Learning is presenting a virtual University webcast on understanding the learning strategies of the 21st century learner. You can register here , right now! Join this great dialogue on the 5 best strategies every 21st century learner needs to succeed in...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Learning set to accelerate in two Auckland schools as Microsoft NZ awards classroom sets of Surface RTs

    Two of New Zealand’s most tech-savvy schools, both in Auckland, have been awarded classroom sets of Microsoft Surface RTs in recognition of their leadership in digital learning. Microsoft New Zealand is giving Botany Downs Secondary College and Ferguson Intermediate School in Otara 25 Surface...
  • Blog Post: The future of education technology

    Anthony Salcito, Vice President for Microsoft Education, recently blogged about how he envisions the future of educational technology. He talks about how “nothing is constant but change” in the world of education and how education technology such as flipped classrooms, smart boards, social...
  • Blog Post: Game based learning – what it is and why everyone is talking about it

    Game based learning, commonly referred to as “gamification”, is predicted to take the education sector by storm as the awareness of 21 st Century learning increases throughout the world. So what is this phenomenon? Game-based learning is a powerful new way of thinking for students. When...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Apples and Oranges

    The following post was originally blogged on The Official Microsoft Blog and is written by Frank Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Communications at Microsoft. We thought it was a fantastic read and are so excited to share it with you. "I’m still over in Abu Dhabi, where the only thing hotter...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft ULearn Surface Pro Winner Announced!

    We are very pleased to announce that the winner of the Surface Pro Competition at the ULearn Conference last week is Clint Hawke, Deputy Principal of Taita College. Congratulations Clint! Your new Surface Pro is coming your way very soon. We had a fantastic time at ULearn, and would love hear your...
  • Blog Post: 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...