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  • 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: Office 365 ProPlus benefit available for faculty and staff starting December 1st!

    We're excited to share that that faculty and staff will, as of December 1st , be able to access the same Office 365 ProPlus benefit as their students . This means that any school or tertiary institution licencing Office for all of their faculty and staff can now include an Office 365 ProPlus subscription...
  • 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: OneNote Class NoteBook Creator - making collaboration between students and teachers easy!

    In the words of Anthony Salcito, Vice President for Microsoft Worldwide Education, "sometimes all it takes for an amazing project to be born is the ability to listen." "It was March 2013, and Jonathan Grudin was attending the Workshop on the Impact of Pen and Touch Technology on Education...
  • 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: Microsoft EduCast: Register to attend Oct 14th Teaching with Technology Webinar

    Teach with Tech: How you can transform your classroom with technology! REGISTER NOW ABOUT THIS EDUCAST As educators, the innovation you bring to the classroom amplifies and influences a generation. Staying ahead of the technology curve is critical to delivering current and compelling lessons...
  • Blog Post: Education Empowered - Book your complimentary Microsoft in Education Seminar today!

    Ensure your school leadership team is across the learning opportunities afforded by new technologies, by hosting a Microsoft in Education seminar . What is it? This complimentary seminar will help you explore the tools and technologies available to help educators teach 21st century skills and optimise...
  • Blog Post: Office Mix – The Evolution Of The Whiteboard? St Andrew's College Leads the Way in Classroom Innovation Again!

    We are very excited to feature another one of Sam McNeil's blog posts, showcasing yet another example of the exciting work St Andrew's College in Christchurch is doing in facilitating 21st century learning in the classroom. You can view his original blog post here . We encourage you to browse...
  • 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: Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert applications close next week, don't miss out!

    Applications close on the 26th September, we don't want you to miss out! We posted all the details last week, but we're posting them again this week - just so you are fully aware of the eligibility requirements and benefits of applying and becoming a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. This...
  • 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: Have you tried Office Mix yet?

    By now you may have heard of the Office Mix Customer Preview, which makes it simple to create online courses. Office Mix gives superpowers to PowerPoint lessons – it lets you record while you write and draw on them, add video, quizzes and labs, and store them in the cloud. You and other teachers...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces $1M grant for High Tech Youth Network

    Microsoft New Zealand is donating $1 million in cash, software and services investment to the High Tech Youth Network, designed to provide pathways for young, underserved Kiwis into the IT industry. Speaking yesterday at One Tree Hill College in Penrose, Microsoft NZ Managing Director, Paul Muckleston...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Devices and Services in Education: Usage Scenario 1 - Smart Art

    Welcome to the first of a weekly blog series for August and September, where we will be providing you with introductory scenarios around 5 learning themes to help exploit the pedagogical value of Windows 8.1 Microsoft devices and Office 365. The purpose of these scenarios is hinged around how to encourage...
  • Blog Post: OneNote for Mac and iOS get dressed for school!

    We are thrilled to announce today four major updates for OneNote for Mac , OneNote for iPad and OneNote for iPhone . Building on our recent updates in May , these enhancements make OneNote the best choice for taking notes and staying organized at school. Addressing customers top requests, we added...
  • Blog Post: The complimentary SharePoint in Education event is next week - don't forget to register!

    We are only one week away from the SharePoint in Education event, held at Microsoft New Zealand! It's going to be a fantastic afternoon and we are all very excited to hear the amazing Lou Zulli Jr give his insights on Office 365 in Education. Click here to Register now! More information below: ...
  • 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: O365 and SharePoint 4 Schools - Essentials. Register now!

    Microsoft NZ and ShareThePoint bring you "Office 365 and SharePoint 4 Schools Essentials" - Register now! Description This one-day intensive course is an introduction for people who are new to SharePoint 2013 and want to use it for staff intranets, classroom sites, class blog sites, document...
  • Blog Post: Yammer Enterprise now included in Office 365 Education plans!

    As of 7th July, Yammer Enterprise was made available to all academic institutions at no additional cost. Yammer basic was always available for free as an enterprise social network option but did not allow for granular management of this environment as many organisations require. Yammer Enterprise...
  • Blog Post: Office Mix is a Game-Changer for Teachers

    Last month, we announced the customer preview of Office Mix , a tool designed to make it easier for teachers to incorporate online content into their lesson plans. Since then, we’ve been gathering feedback about what educators find most useful about the tool and how to make it even better, and...
  • Blog Post: Trading In The Whiteboard for OneNote and a Surface Pro

    Once again, Sam McNeill, the Director of ICT at St Andrew’s College, has blown us away with his innovative and creative use of technology in the classroom. Sam runs the St Andrew's College "eLearning Stories" blog which provides a virtual “look through the classroom window”...