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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...
29 Oct 2013
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...
28 Oct 2013
Register now for Cyclone's Microsoft Surface for Education Event!
Cyclone is presenting the Surface Education Usage Seminar to give you the opportunity to meet the new Surface range! You'll get the opportunity to say hello to Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 and hear directly from Microsoft on what’s new. You'll also get to hear from local education sites that are...
21 Oct 2013
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...
16 Oct 2013
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...
14 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
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...
2 Oct 2013
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...
30 Sep 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
Announcing Surface 2, Surface Pro 2, and new Surface Accessories
Today, in New York, Microsoft announced the next generation of the Surface family of devices and accessories. You can preorder and find out everything you need to know here about the Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 and the new accessories, all available for preorder in New Zealand soon! Check out the video...
23 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
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
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...
28 May 2013
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...
23 May 2013
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...
17 Mar 2013
Reflecting on 2012 – A year of Education Milestones for Microsoft
2012 has been a year of innovation for Microsoft, with the launch of Windows 8 and Office 365 at the forefront of all the excitement. Here are Microsoft’s top 10 highlights of the year in the Education Sector. We enjoyed them so much, we thought it was only appropriate to share them again. The...
20 Dec 2012
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