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The Power of Digital Pen & Surface in Schools - Inking Your Thinking Case Study
This post has been re-blogged from the Australian Teachers Blog Tablet PCs and the use of digital pen enabled devices in schools is nothing new however, with more and more research about the impact of the “power of the pen” on learning, teachers, student and school leaders are increasingly...
27 Sep 2015
8 top Microsoft resources for teachers
"At Microsoft, we create products with teachers in mind and they tell us that products like OneNote , Sway , Minecraft and Skype help them bring new creativity and engagement to the classroom. We are inspired by what’s possible when teachers meet students where they’re at, help them...
4 Oct 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
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
Introducing OneNote Staff Notebook for education
Microsoft has created the OneNote Staff Notebook! Teachers and educators in the field suggested that they would like to have the same OneNote platform as their students, and we listened! The OneNote Staff Notebook is designed to cultivate and manage educator collaboration within the school, and the wider...
26 Feb 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
“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...
6 Jan 2015
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...
1 Oct 2014
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. ...
4 Sep 2014
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:
26 Aug 2014
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...
14 Jul 2014
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...
21 Apr 2014
The countdown to the 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum begins!
The 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum is fast approaching, and we are very excited. Not only is the Global Forum the best education event of the year; it’s also life-changing for everyone who attends. The Global Forum recognises and celebrates the achievements of educators and school...
19 Feb 2014
Anthony Salcito’s Daily Web Edventures have premiered!
The very first Daily Edventure’s Web Show premiered this week and we are so excited to share it with you. So what’s all the fuss about? Anthony Salcito, Vice President for Microsoft Education, explains, “Every day, I get to see and experience the best practices in education as I...
10 May 2013
Anthony Salcito’s take on the role of Windows 8 in transforming education
Anthony Salcito, Vice President for Microsoft Education, was this week thrilled to give a very informative demo of the innovations that Windows 8 is offering educators worldwide. And we are thrilled to share it. Salcito explains in detail how many of the new features and apps in Windows 8 are part of...
5 Apr 2013
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