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  • Blog Post: Three new tutorial videos created to help you get started with Office Mix!

    A couple of days ago, the Office Mix Team announced that they have created a new "first run" experience to welcome new users to Office Mix and help them get started using the PowerPoint add-in. Now, when you first download and install the Office Mix add-in and then open PowerPoint for...
  • Blog Post: Quick Tip video featuring New Zealand teacher Rachel Chisnall

    New Zealand's very own Rachel Chisnall features on the latest Microsoft Quick Tip videos! Rachel is a secondary teacher in science and chemistry at Taieri College in Dunedin and a 2015 Microsoft Innovative Educator. It is wonderful to see a New Zealand educator on the world stage! Whilst at...
  • 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: Introducing Office 365 Video!

    Microsoft is excited to announce that Office 365 Video has now begun its worldwide rollout to Office 365 customers! Video is fast becoming one of the most powerful forms of communication, so this is a very exciting development for Office 365 users. Office 365 Video provides businesses and schools...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Register now for the Microsoft EduCast webinars!

    Microsoft IT Academy and the Microsoft Educator Network have put together a series of complimentary webinars, led by global experts. The EduCast webinars let you know about some of the most exciting changes and innovations in education, in an exciting interactive format. Microsoft EduCast brings...
  • Blog Post: The amazing impact of a pen interface on learning

    Ever wondered which device interface is best for learning? Pen, keyboard, voice, touch? There are a lot of interface options, but some are vastly more effective than others at enabling and enhancing learning. New evidence suggests that some technologies actually create barriers to learning, thinking...
  • 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: PowerPoint gets interactive with OfficeMix

    "The Office Mix add-in for PowerPoint is a new way to tell your story with voice, video, inking, screen recording and interactive magic." Bring your lessons to life and personalize students’ learning with Office Mix. There are lots of cool things you can do with Office Mix to turn...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: “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...
  • Blog Post: Sway Preview expands and delivers more feature improvements!

    It’s been only 10 weeks since Sway Preview was launched, and there's already been over one million unique visitors to Sway.com and over 175,000 requests to join, and those numbers grow by thousands daily. On the back of this demand, Sway Preview is now open to everybody - with no waitlist!...
  • Blog Post: Update: Sir George Seymour College, Travel Careers & Training and the Southern Institute of Technology are now providing Office to every student for free!

    We're very pleased to announce that Sir George Seymour College , Travel Careers & Training and the Southern Institute of Technology have joined the list of New Zealand institutions providing Office to their students for free . There are now 20 tertiary institutions across New Zealand which are...