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Introducing Creative Coding through Games and Apps - a free course!
We are excited to announce the availability of a new course to get your students hooked on computer science! Creative Coding through Games and Apps is now available for schools across the world, for free! Creative Coding through Games and Apps engages early-teens in their first extended exploration...
26 Aug 2015
Christchurch's St Andrew's College reflects on Surface Pro 3 use
T his post has been re-blogged from Sam McNeill's StAC e-Learning Stories blog . Microsoft is excited to share this feedback on how the Surface Pro 3 has performed at St Andrew's College, and how it has simplified teaching and learning. As we approach the first anniversary of the Surface Pro...
19 Aug 2015
Announcement: Microsoft Teacher Academies, free online courses for teachers
Microsoft has published a set of new online courses called Microsoft Teacher Academies, which are available for FREE to teachers looking for training and professional development. The online courses are designed to empower educators with the ability to effectively integrate Microsoft's tools in teaching...
13 Aug 2015
Announcing Sway General Availability, Windows 10 app and more!
We are excited to announce that Microsoft's digital storytelling app, Sway , is moving from Preview to General Availability! Sway is also moving beyond First Release and rolling out to all eligible Office 365 for business and education customers worldwide. This makes it possible for many additional...
16 Aug 2015
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...
2 Aug 2015
Tutorials to get you started using Sway
To help you make a start with Sway, the team have put together a couple of tutorial videos to give you some ideas on how to use Sway to express your thoughts in a completely new way! Check them out below! What is Sway? How to make a tutorial How to build a presentation How...
28 Jul 2015
Announcement: Microsoft Class Dashboard for teachers and students
The Office team have recently announced the first phase of a Preview program for the Microsoft Class Dashboard! The Class Dashboard will be available to Office 365 Education users at no additional charge, and will enable students and teachers to communicate and collaborate like never before! What...
21 Jul 2015
Microsoft Event: Teaching with Technology Seminars
Microsoft is excited to announce the return of the Teaching with Technology seminars! On the back of his successful visit to New Zealand in May 2015, Travis Smith returns in September for a week-long tour of the country! Travis will be stopping off in Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Napier and...
5 Aug 2015
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...
29 Jun 2015
Announcement: Office for Android phones and tablets
The Office team are excited to announce the general availability of the new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for Android phones and tablets. You can download Word , Excel and PowerPoint on your Android phone today to get started! It was announced 6 weeks ago that there would be an Office for Android...
10 Jul 2015
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...
29 Jun 2015
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...
8 Jun 2015
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...
4 Jun 2015
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 ...
25 May 2015
"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...
12 May 2015
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...
6 May 2015
Introducing Office 365 Video!
Microsoft is excited to announce that Office 365 Video has now begun its worldwide rollout to Office 365 customers! Video is fast becoming one of the most powerful forms of communication, so this is a very exciting development for Office 365 users. Office 365 Video provides businesses and schools...
22 Apr 2015
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...
16 Apr 2015
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...
25 Mar 2015
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...
20 Mar 2015
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...
11 Mar 2015
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...
6 Mar 2015
Meet Ruby Huang, a 2015 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert
This blog post is taken from Anthony Salcito's 'Daily Edventures' which recently featured New Zealand teacher Ruby Huang. Ruby is a science teacher at Auckland's Howick College. She was recently made a 2015 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert in recognition of her efforts to include...
3 Mar 2015
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...
24 Feb 2015
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...
16 Feb 2015
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