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  • Blog Post: Focus school: Baradene College, New Zealand

    Today we are excited to place the spotlight on Baradene College and the wonderful work the school is doing in incorporating technology into the classroom. Baradene is one of New Zealand's leading schools in its level of technology adoption and integration, and it is having a visible impact on the...
  • Blog Post: New Zealand MIE Experts create a sensational Food For Life project for their students!

    Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts and Howick College science teachers, Steve Martin and Ruby Huang, created a visionary project for their Year 9 students earlier in 2015. Students were required to investigate the science of food nutrition, and used technology to go about this process. The...
  • Blog Post: St Andrew's College using OneNote & Moodle for student assessment

    This post has been re-blogged from Sam McNeill's StAC e-Learning Stories blog . Microsoft is excited to share this fantastic example of technology simplifying and improving everyday processes for teachers and students. One of the great things about Microsoft OneNote is the ease with which teachers...
  • Blog Post: Three new tutorial videos created to help you get started with Office Mix!

    A couple of days ago, the Office Mix Team announced that they have created a new "first run" experience to welcome new users to Office Mix and help them get started using the PowerPoint add-in. Now, when you first download and install the Office Mix add-in and then open PowerPoint for...
  • Blog Post: Quick Tip video featuring New Zealand teacher Rachel Chisnall

    New Zealand's very own Rachel Chisnall features on the latest Microsoft Quick Tip videos! Rachel is a secondary teacher in science and chemistry at Taieri College in Dunedin and a 2015 Microsoft Innovative Educator. It is wonderful to see a New Zealand educator on the world stage! Whilst at...
  • Blog Post: Latest updates to Sway, including roll out to Office 365!

    It’s been an exciting month for Sway! At the U.S Ignite conference, we announced that Sway would roll out to Office 365 business and education customers and add support for more languages. Now we’re excited to announce the start of these rollouts, as well as other changes that expand the...
  • Blog Post: Reflections and learnings from the E2 Global Educator Exchange conference

    The five New Zealand MIE Experts at Microsoft, Redmond. From left: Ben Hilliam, Nikkie Laing, Rachel Chisnall, Steve Martin, Shane Mann From April 28 - May 1, Microsoft NZ's Schools and Academic Programmes manager Anne Taylor accompanied a group of five talented Microsoft Innovative Educator ...
  • Blog Post: "Power Up Your Pedagogy With Office 365"

    Using Technology Better is holding a unique 1 day event at the Microsoft Offices in Auckland! This day will showcase how Office 365 and Microsoft supports the latest research on intrinsic motivation with students. You will learn some great skills and leave with ideas for how you can use these tools in...
  • Blog Post: Office 2016 Mac Preview is available!

    Office 2016 for Mac is the traditional Office that you know and love, but with a bunch of improvements! The new Office 2016 for Mac includes updated versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook. We’ve modernized the user experience and made it easier to get things done. The redesigned...
  • Blog Post: New additions to Office Mix!

    Office Mix is a wonderful educational tool for making traditional PowerPoint presentations more fun and engaging! With Office Mix you can: Add voice, video and digital ink to your slides Include polls, quizzes and interactive apps Gain insights and analytics into who is viewing your lessons...
  • Blog Post: Simplify marking and assessment with OneNote - a case study of St Andrew's College, New Zealand

    This blog post has been adapted from "Technology enables efficiency in English marking" by Sam McNeill, Director of ICT at St Andrew's College, New Zealand. The above video shows how English teacher, Ms Helaina Coote, uses OneNote to mark English portfolio work and give feedback. Ms...
  • Blog Post: Enhance the classroom experience with the Surface Pro 3

    Today we are placing the spotlight on the amazing Surface Pro 3. This device is perfect for the education context - portable, fast, interactive, long battery life, powerful. Teachers can use the Surface Pen to make notes on assignments, take notes in their own handwriting, give students feedback and...
  • Blog Post: Create fun, interactive classroom projects with Minecraft

    Minecraft is quickly becoming one of the most popular tools in the classroom, as it is fun and engaging for students of all ages. Minecraft provides a great platform to encourage creativity, computing skills, and collaboration with their classmates. Using Minecraft, students will learn to: Collaborate...
  • Blog Post: Using Microsoft technologies for Special Education

    Students often have particular learning needs that are difficult to manage in a classroom setting. Every child has a different learning style, and it can be challenging for teachers to support each of their students' individual needs. This is especially important in Special Education, where a teacher...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Office 365 self-service download portal!

    As of February 23, Microsoft has enabled auto-licensing and self-signup for all students and staff at New Zealand schools and tertiary institutions, so they can get Office free of charge! The self-service portal will make it easier for students and teachers to get the free Office subscription they are...
  • Blog Post: Register now for the Microsoft EduCast webinars!

    Microsoft IT Academy and the Microsoft Educator Network have put together a series of complimentary webinars, led by global experts. The EduCast webinars let you know about some of the most exciting changes and innovations in education, in an exciting interactive format. Microsoft EduCast brings...
  • Blog Post: The amazing impact of a pen interface on learning

    Ever wondered which device interface is best for learning? Pen, keyboard, voice, touch? There are a lot of interface options, but some are vastly more effective than others at enabling and enhancing learning. New evidence suggests that some technologies actually create barriers to learning, thinking...
  • Blog Post: See what's APPening in maths and science!

    Getting students engaged in maths and science can be difficult at times, right? Luckily, learning apps are here to save the day! Apps are making it easier to get students interested in a subject and passionate about learning. They help take learning to a whole other level by speaking to students in the...
  • Blog Post: Want to extend your IT skills? Take the Know It. Prove It. challenge!

    For the month of February, Microsoft is providing you the chance to accelerate your skills on the tech topic of your choice in the Know It. Prove It. challenge, run through the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Make February the month to extend your knowledge! No matter who you are - an IT pro, a student or...
  • Blog Post: Helping educators get the most out of OneNote with OneNoteforTeachers.com

    By now you have most likely heard about the revolutionary tool called OneNote which is taking the education world by storm! OneNote is an incredibly useful program for teachers and students alike. Here's just a few things that OneNote can do… Educators can create digital notebooks that...
  • Blog Post: PowerPoint gets interactive with OfficeMix

    "The Office Mix add-in for PowerPoint is a new way to tell your story with voice, video, inking, screen recording and interactive magic." Bring your lessons to life and personalize students’ learning with Office Mix. There are lots of cool things you can do with Office Mix to turn...
  • Blog Post: Should computer science be a compulsory subject in New Zealand schools?

    Computer science. Most of us don't know what it really entails. What is computer science? How is it taught? How is it used in real life? Quite often it is seen as intimidating, an item for the 'too hard basket'. Because of this most current students, and even more adults, don't know the...
  • Blog Post: Show your class the world with Skype!

    Introducing Mystery Skype, an educational game invented by teachers. It's played by two classrooms using Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions. Mystery Skype is a fun way to get students of all ages learning about different cultures...
  • Blog Post: “The real virtue is not in the tools we create, it is in how we use the tools to create" - an interview with Sir Ken Robinson

    Anthony Salcito (Vice President of Education for Microsoft Corp.'s Worldwide Public Sector organisation) recently spoke with Sir Ken Robinson about his thoughts on the explosion of technology in education and what this means for creativity and learning. For those that have not heard of Sir Ken Robinson...
  • Blog Post: Quick Tip Videos from Microsoft - tech ideas to use in your classroom!

    There is unlimited potential for educators to improve students' learning experiences using the latest Microsoft technologies such as OneNote and Office Mix. Design engaging lessons? Improve collaboration? Get your message across in a new way? Captivate students' imaginations? All of these common...