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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft launches online education network for New Zealand’s 249 Catholic schools

    This blog post was taken from an announcement on the Microsoft New Zealand News Centre . NZ Catholic Schools to connect with a shared online community The New Zealand Catholic Education Office is set to lead the international Catholic community with the launch of an online education network today...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Top tips to make lesson planning easy with OneNote

    Already have your OneNote Class Notebook set up? Awesome! Here are 5 top tips on how to get more out of OneNote for lesson planning and collaboration! 1. Never forget anything again! Use tags to highlight important information and things you want to follow up on. You can use tags to categorise...
  • Blog Post: "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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Announcing a fantastic OneNote resource for students, teachers and administrators

    The OneNote team at Microsoft have just launched www.onenoteineducation.com ! Due to the positive feedback from teachers using www.onenoteforteachers.com , we've released a similar site for students and administrators too! Now when you go to OneNoteinEducation you will be able to access interactive...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: See what's APPening in maths and science!

    Getting students engaged in maths and science can be difficult at times, right? Luckily, learning apps are here to save the day! Apps are making it easier to get students interested in a subject and passionate about learning. They help take learning to a whole other level by speaking to students in the...
  • Blog Post: Want to extend your IT skills? Take the Know It. Prove It. challenge!

    For the month of February, Microsoft is providing you the chance to accelerate your skills on the tech topic of your choice in the Know It. Prove It. challenge, run through the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Make February the month to extend your knowledge! No matter who you are - an IT pro, a student or...
  • Blog Post: The latest updates on Sway Preview!

    Bored of using PowerPoint for all of your presentations? While PowerPoint is great, sometimes we need a change. So, why not try Sway! Sway is a free tool that doesn't require installation. You simply open Sway.com in any browser on your PC, Mac or tablet, and get creating! Express your ideas in an...
  • Blog Post: Transforming education with holograms and Windows 10

    Introducing the revolutionary Microsoft HoloLens! Recently announced, the HoloLens will be the world's most advanced holographic computing platform. The HoloLens brings high-definition holograms to life as they seamlessly integrate with your physical places, spaces and things. The HoloLens is...
  • Blog Post: The latest news on the OneNote Class Notebook Creator

    There have been blog posts on the OneNote Class Notebook Creator in the past, but going in to the 2015 school year we'd like to take the chance to update you on the app! Aucklander Darrel Webster has put together a presentation using Office Mix titled "Introduction to the OneNote Class...
  • Blog Post: Helping educators get the most out of OneNote with OneNoteforTeachers.com

    By now you have most likely heard about the revolutionary tool called OneNote which is taking the education world by storm! OneNote is an incredibly useful program for teachers and students alike. Here's just a few things that OneNote can do… Educators can create digital notebooks that...
  • Blog Post: Should computer science be a compulsory subject in New Zealand schools?

    Computer science. Most of us don't know what it really entails. What is computer science? How is it taught? How is it used in real life? Quite often it is seen as intimidating, an item for the 'too hard basket'. Because of this most current students, and even more adults, don't know the...
  • Blog Post: Show your class the world with Skype!

    Introducing Mystery Skype, an educational game invented by teachers. It's played by two classrooms using Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions. Mystery Skype is a fun way to get students of all ages learning about different cultures...