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  • Blog Post: We invite you to join the Microsoft in Education Cloud Forum!

    The Microsoft NZ Education team has created the Microsoft in Education Cloud Forum , a place for Kiwi educators and school IT decision makers to collaborate on all things cloud. The forum is designed to aid conversation and engagement around how to best utilise the cloud in improving learning outcomes...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: In Education, the Device Doesn’t Matter… Until it’s the Wrong Device.

    This blog was originally posted by Jacqueline Russell , Microsoft Surface Education Manager, on the Microsoft Surface Blog . Jacqueline gives such fantastic insight into the benefits enjoyed by Cincinnati Country Day School, the first school to adopt the Surface Pro 3 as their 1:1 student computing device...
  • Blog Post: Don't Forget to Register for the Next CAA Webinar!

    Don't Forget to Register for the Next CAA Webinar: What’s the problem? A Cambridge guide to developing, managing and assessing collaborative Math problem-solving in the Primary classroom. The Collaborative Assessment Alliance welcomes Claudia Bickford-Smith, Director of the International...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with the OneNote Setup Tool for Teachers: A Walkthrough for Teachers

    This post was originally blogged on the Microsoft Office website. You can access it here . The OneNote Setup Tool for Teachers is an App for SharePoint Online that helps you set up OneNote in your class. This tool will create a class notebook, which includes three types of sub-notebooks...
  • Blog Post: Thailand selects Office 365 for every student nationwide!

    This week, Thailand’s Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) is announcing a sweeping cloud education partnership with Microsoft, one that will provide 8 million students and 400,000 teachers throughout the country with free access to the world's best cloud-enabled productivity software...
  • 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: BYOD Case Study: The Surface Pro's Seamless Integration into Tuckahoe School

    We are very excited to share with you this fantastic case study of Tuckahoe School's adoption of the Surface Pro in their BYOD program. Check out the video and tweet us your thoughts! @MSNZEducation Not sure where to start with BYOD? Want to learn more? Download our discussion paper which investigates...
  • 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: Microsoft World Tour School - Hellerup School, Denmark

    Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft, recently blogged about the innovative Hellerup School in Denmark. Hellerup School is one of the Microsoft World Tour Schools in the Innovative Schools Program . The school is operating in one big open classroom environment without walls...
  • 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: 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: Migrate your school's PCs off XP and on to Windows 8 or 8.1 and be in to win $15,000 worth of Dell PCs, laptops and tablets!

    On April 8th 2014, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP. That's not far away. What does this mean for your school? If your school is still running Windows XP by this date, you may be exposed to potential risks. Your school will no longer receive updates for Windows XP from Microsoft, including...
  • 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...