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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...
7 Mar 2014
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...
4 Mar 2014
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...
14 Feb 2014
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...
9 Feb 2014
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...
5 Feb 2014
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...
28 Jan 2014
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...
23 Jan 2014
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...
15 Jan 2014
Don't forget to tune in to the Promoting 21st Century Skills Webinar!
It is no secret that students today require skillsets that are hugely different from what was needed to secure jobs a decade ago. We see this change playing out everywhere in the world, and the gap between what employers are looking for and what recent graduates have to offer is only widening. So...
6 Jan 2014
Blended Learning From the Ground Up
Getting Smart recently created this awesome infographic on what schools need to implement blended learning. As the infographic describes, blended learning is more than electronic textbooks and productivity tools. It involves inventing and adopting new learning environments that work better for students...
15 Dec 2013
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...
4 Dec 2013
Announcing the Surface in the Classroom Accessory Design Challenge
Today we are very excited to announce the launch of the Surface in the Classroom Design Challenge ! Calling all designers, teachers, students & parents! We want your ideas for how classrooms can evolve to support 1:1 learning with Surface tablets. Submit a design sketch and a description of your...
21 Nov 2013
Apples and Oranges
The following post was originally blogged on The Official Microsoft Blog and is written by Frank Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Communications at Microsoft. We thought it was a fantastic read and are so excited to share it with you. "I’m still over in Abu Dhabi, where the only thing hotter...
29 Oct 2013
Microsoft ULearn Surface Pro Winner Announced!
We are very pleased to announce that the winner of the Surface Pro Competition at the ULearn Conference last week is Clint Hawke, Deputy Principal of Taita College. Congratulations Clint! Your new Surface Pro is coming your way very soon. We had a fantastic time at ULearn, and would love hear your...
15 Oct 2013
Partners in Learning School Research Live on PILN!
We are very pleased to announce that Partners in Learning School Research (PILSR) is now available on the Partners in Learning Network . PILSR provides individual schools with an online research tool to measure their own innovative teaching practices that develop the skills students need for life...
10 Oct 2013
Microsoft names three local Surface resellers
We are very pleased to announce that Microsoft New Zealand has this week introduced its Surface portfolio to our local business channel via three partners. Effective from the 1st October 2013, the resellers which will stock the Surface portfolio are New Era, Cyclone Computers and Telco Technology Services...
3 Oct 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...
18 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...
11 Sep 2013
Bill Gates pitches in for online education resource Graphite
We are excited to announce that Microsoft Chairman, Bill Gates, is backing a new initiative called Graphite , a free online resource to help teachers discover and share education technology! Gates has always publicised his belief that investing in education and digital tools could help solve the world...
27 Aug 2013
Be the first to sign up for our new #MysterySkype community!
Mystery Skype is an educational game played by two classrooms on Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other strategic questions. Mystery Skype can be played by students of all ages. Microsoft ash been working with a team of teachers who love Mystery...
23 Aug 2013
Microsoft NZ Education is now on Twitter!
Microsoft NZ Education is now on Twitter ! We are very excited here in the education team to be able to give you the regular updates on the education sector that you want to know about. We want to hear your thoughts on our news, events and advice. Don't miss out! Follow @MSNZEducation today!
23 Jul 2013
New Zealand Microsoft Surface RT offer for Education
You may have heard about the worldwide launch of the fantastic Microsoft Surface offer for schools and tertiary education customers. It is exclusively for education institutions, to buy Microsoft Surface RT tablets at a reduced price for a limited time. We’re excited to announce that this offer...
11 Jul 2013
Office 365 for Education – Your complimentary trial
Office 365 for Education provides students, teachers, and staff with the enterprise-grade communication and productivity services they need with the power and flexibility your institution requires. Sound inviting? You can get started with your complimentary trial right now. Office 365 for Education...
24 Jun 2013
OneNote Windows Store app update available now!
Earlier this week the update to the OneNote app in the Windows Store was released – we are so excited! The update brings with it a few brand new features along with a couple of fixes too. Want to get your hands on the download right now? It’s easy. Simply click the Store tile in Windows...
25 Mar 2013
Reflecting on 2012 – A year of Education Milestones for Microsoft
2012 has been a year of innovation for Microsoft, with the launch of Windows 8 and Office 365 at the forefront of all the excitement. Here are Microsoft’s top 10 highlights of the year in the Education Sector. We enjoyed them so much, we thought it was only appropriate to share them again. The...
20 Dec 2012
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