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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Anthony Salcito’s Daily Web Edventures have premiered!
The very first Daily Edventure’s Web Show premiered this week and we are so excited to share it with you. So what’s all the fuss about? Anthony Salcito, Vice President for Microsoft Education, explains, “Every day, I get to see and experience the best practices in education as I...
9 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
Integrating Kinect into classrooms around the world! Teachers bring learning to life with engaging and immersive experiences for students.
Karl de Borst - MSFT
Capturing students’ interest and making concepts come alive in a personalised way can be a challenge for educators in this technology and gadget-driven world. The popularity of gaming outside the classroom makes it an appealing and exciting platform for kids inside the classroom. Gaming can be...
11 Mar 2012
Kinect for Windows SDK beta available for download
Ian Morrish - ILDS
It is finally here! Great for students working on human interface technology
16 Jun 2011
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