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  • 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: SharePoint in Education Event - Register now!

    SharePoint in Education - your invitation! If you are from the education sector, and would like to learn more about SharePoint and specifically how it is used in Schools, then this is for you! Microsoft is hosting an afternoon get-together with a few presentations followed by networking and drinks...
  • 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”...
  • Blog Post: Kiwi students set to compete in the 2014 Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals

    Four University of Auckland students who designed an innovative social interaction app for mobile devices have been selected to compete in the Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle, USA, next month. Hayden Do (19), Jason Wei (19), Chris Duan (30), and Derek Zhu (22) beat out more than 150...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Office Mix: Online lessons made simple.

    We are very excited to bring to you Office Mix , helping you to make online lessons simple! Turn your PowerPoint presentation into an interactive online lesson. We call this a mix. Everything you need to create and share your mix is included. Add audio and video of yourself giving your presentation...
  • Blog Post: Infographic: Teachers are heroes!

    It's almost Friday and we thought we'd boost your spirits. The infographic below was posted on the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education blog. Check it out, share it and tweet us your thoughts. More importantly, take a minute to pat yourself on the back! Kiwi teachers...
  • Blog Post: Top Windows 8.1 apps for the classroom - how many are you using?

    Microsoft UK recently blogged about the top Education Apps in the Windows Store. We thought it was such a fantastic list, we wanted to share it with you. The post was written by Stuart Ball, the Partners in Learning UK manager, and gives a refreshingly honest insight into the benefits of these apps in...
  • Blog Post: Registrations are almost full for the 21 Steps to 21st Century Learning Workshop - don't miss out!

    Helping school leaders clarify their vision for 1:1 learning and building an executable framework to bring this to life. Microsoft and CORE Education bring you the complimentary 21 Steps to 21st Century Learning Workshop in May 2014. That's not far away! Registrations are almost full for both...
  • Blog Post: It's here! We bring to you Anthony Salcito’s 2014 Global Forum Keynote Speech

    Can you believe it's been a whole month since the 2014 Global Forum in Barcelona? We are still buzzing and in a timely fashion, Anthony Salcito's Keynote Speech has officially been released! Since the Forum, Anthony's blog Daily Edventures has shared some incredible stories. Anthony...
  • Blog Post: Partners in Learning is now the Microsoft Educator Network - and much more!

    We are pleased to announce that the Partners in Learning Network has undergone somewhat of a makeover and is now the Microsoft Educator Network ! We'd just like to highlight some of the great new features of the Microsoft Educator Network that will make your experience as an educator even more valuable...
  • Blog Post: St Andrew's College Creates Student ePortfolios with OneNote and Office365

    Sam McNeill, Director of ICT at St Andrew's College, recently blogged about one Year 6 class' fantastic work with OneNote for creating ePortfolios. We enjoyed it so much, we thought we'd share it with you. You can see Sam's full blog post here ! "One of the things I love about...
  • Blog Post: It's the 8th April and from today, Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. What does this mean for your school?

    Today is April 8th 2014. This is the date that Microsoft has ended support for Windows XP. What does this mean for your school? If your school is still running Windows XP from today, you may be exposed to potential risks. Your school will no longer receive updates for Windows XP from Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: A Celebration of Innovation in Action: A Look Back at the 2014 Global Forum

    "I have often said that education has the power to transform the world. After the incredible week we had at the 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona, I know this adage could not be more true. Over 1,100 educators, school leaders, government officials, education leaders and students...
  • Blog Post: The Windows 8.1 Deployment Kit is here!

    We are very excited to announce that the Windows 8.1 Deployment Kit will this week be arriving on the desks of all NZ State and Integrated Schools, with rolls of less than 700 students. What’s in the kit? The deployment kit contains a ready-made ‘image’ of the latest Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to Barcelona: 2014 Global Forum Kicks off Next Week

    The 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona, Spain is next week! For the Expert Educators and Mentor School leaders we’ll be celebrating, this event is the culmination of many years of hard work on the front lines of education reform. Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Getting Microsoft Office for your students has just become easier.

    Student Advantage enables every school in New Zealand that licenses Office for staff and to be eligible to get Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost. You can get it now! This supports the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or 1:1 learning programmes that you may be looking at implementing...
  • Blog Post: Student Advantage: Get Office 365 ProPlus for your students, at no additional cost!

    Student Advantage enables every school in New Zealand that licenses Office for staff to be eligible to get Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost! You can get it now! This supports the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or 1:1 learning programmes that you may be looking at implementing, or are...
  • Blog Post: Scots College sees Office 365 as a "key factor on BYOD strategy"

    Scots College, an independent Presbyterian day and boarding school for boys Years 1 - 13, recently deployed Office 365 as their school wide staff and student productivity tool. After hosting their complimentary Windows in the Classroom Seminar ( http://www.microsoft.com/nz/windowsintheclassroom/), Assistant...
  • Blog Post: Skype in the Classroom: Mystery Skype

    The idea of Mystery Skype is simple: classrooms Skype call each other and try to guess where the other classroom is located either in the United States or in the world. On the day of the call, students use their resources in trying to figure where the other class is calling from via Skype. Pernille...
  • Blog Post: Join us for the College & Career Readiness Virtual Event, February 13 and 18

    Join us for a special two-hour virtual College & Career Readiness Event Choose the event time that fits your schedule: Thursday, February 13 | 8:00 – 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time | Add this event to your calendar February 18th from 12:00-14:00 Asia/Singapore/ 15:00-17:00 PM Sydney | Add this...
  • Blog Post: Educators and Students are Choosing Surface and Changing the Classroom

    Tablets in the classroom is one of the biggest trends in education today – many schools are in the midst of implementing a “1-device-per-student”-type project, and many teachers are incorporating technology in new and innovative ways into their lesson plans. If you visit your local...
  • Blog Post: Office 365: Your complete resource guide

    Microsoft is committed to the success of every student, and our goal is to help students reach their full potential through the world's leading productivity tools in Office 365. It is important to us that, as educators, using Office 365 is made easy in order to support and facilitate 21st century...