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  • Blog Post: Tertiary students may be eligible to get Microsoft Office for free!

    We are excited to announce that the below listed tertiary institutions are providing Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus to every student free of charge . This means the latest version of the full Office productivity suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote are available for offline and online use...
  • Blog Post: The 2015 New Zealand Imagine Cup Competition Is Now Open!

    Calling all students aged 16 years and over ! The 2015 New Zealand Imagine Cup Competition Is Now Open: Register Now ! Microsoft’s premier student technology competition, Imagine Cup, returns for its 13 th year with three big competitions: Games, Innovation and World Citizenship. You could...
  • Blog Post: Australia & New Zealand Expert Educators gathering in Sydney last weekend

    What happens when you bring some of Australia’s most innovative educators together? Well, the Microsoft education team in Australia & New Zealand was looking forward to finding out when the Innovative Educators Expert Program Australia/New Zealand kicks off with a two day forum in the weekend...
  • Blog Post: OneNote in Education: Teachers using OneNote in the classroom

    Take a look at how the teachers at Cary Academy in Cary, North Carolina, seamlessly integrate OneNote into their classrooms to elevate the education of students through presentation, organisation, and real-time collaboration with both students and other educators. But what about a Kiwi school's...
  • Blog Post: Students and teachers: You may be eligible to get Office for free!

    It was just about a year ago we announced Student Advantage , a benefit that allows eligible students to get Office 365 from their school for free. One drawback to Student Advantage—the onus has been on the school to initiate the service, create an account and order the Office 365 license on behalf...
  • Blog Post: OneNote to Rule Them All: St Andrew's College's Innovative use of OneNote in the Classroom

    This post was originally blogged on the St Andrew's College e-Learning Stories blog, here . We are so excited to re-post it here on our blog, as yet another fantastic example of the innovative work St Andrew's College is doing around e-Learning. Enjoy! It started as a way to help her students...
  • Blog Post: Your opportunity to apply to join an exclusive community of innovative educators!

    We’re looking for top educators, ready to spread the word about the great things they are doing in the classroom from across NZ. The Microsoft Innovative Educator - Expert Program is an exclusive program created to recognise pioneer educators who are using technology to transform education. ...
  • Blog Post: New tools and services available for educators, now!

    We are very excited to announce that we have now added Phonics supports to our Chekhov cloud services and tools – allowing early-grade teachers (and teachers of English as a foreign language) to create free eBook resources which will read themselves aloud to learners on any Windows or Windows Phone...
  • Blog Post: Your Tuesday Afternoon Watch! Why Teachers and Students are Excited About Microsoft in Education

    Hear teachers share their experiences using Windows 8 tablet devices and Microsoft tools and their use has empowered teaching and learning both in and away from the classroom. Happy watching! And most excitingly, a word from the students:
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...