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  • Blog Post: Surface at St Andrew's College in Christchurch, New Zealand

    We ar e excited to share with you some of the i ncredible teaching and learning that is happening at St Andrew's Colle ge in Christchurch , New Zealand with Surface . Check the video out below or at aka.ms/STACsurface Director of ICT, Sam McNeill piloted the Surface Pro 3 at its launch...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to our Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts!

    We would like to extend a special welcome to our new Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts! New Zealand now has 58 MIE Experts! This is a real testament to the outstanding work that New Zealand teachers are doing with technology innovation in their classrooms. We are looking forward to working...
  • Blog Post: Latest OneNote updates —Embed video, record audio, insert files and more

    This post has been taken from Office Blogs . We’re excited to announce that we added a lot of great capabilities including some of our top education and OneNote Online requests —the ability to add audio and file attachments to your notes! Audio recording Listen up. Whether you’re...
  • Blog Post: 10 ways to get ahead with Windows 10 in the classroom

    We want to help make teacher's lives a little bit easier! Here are some simple tips and tricks on how the new features in Windows 10 (free to upgrade ) save time for teachers and make learning more fun for students. For more extensive training on using Windows 10 in the classroom, check out our Quick...
  • Blog Post: OneNote partners with FiftyThree to support Pencil and Paper, plus Shape Recognition coming soon

    Digital handwriting—or inking as we like to call it—is now better than ever in OneNote, with support for a variety of new functionalities for our iPad and Windows 10 users. Pencil and Paper by FiftyThree support OneNote on iPad now supports writing with the Pencil by FiftyThree stylus...
  • Blog Post: Download free Office 2016 Quick Start Guides

    To coincide with the recent release of Office 2016 , we put together a set of handy Quick Start Guides that introduce you to the newest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. Whether you’re coming from previous versions of your favorite apps and want a quick orientation...
  • Blog Post: The new Office is here!

    It’s here! Yesterday was the worldwide release of Office 2016 for Windows. This marks a milestone in delivering new value for Office 365 subscribers with a focus on collaboration, apps that work for you, a perfect pairing with Windows 10, and security features businesses will love. It also marks...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: a new tool for educators, Snip

    Snipping is an everyday task for millions of Office users. They paste screenshots into emails, documents, presentations, notebooks, etc., and write text explaining the concept that the screen snips help illustrate. But imagine if you could dictate that story—in your own voice—and save it...
  • Blog Post: Free tools for teachers on the Microsoft Educator Network

    The Microsoft Educator Network has made it easy for you to find the resources you need for the classroom! Free tools for teachers is a comprehensive library of guides, learning activities, tutorials, and helpful resources to help teachers make the most of their favourite classroom apps and Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Tools to Unlock Learning: The OneNote for Learning Literacy Toolbar

    This post has been taken from the Microsoft in Education Blog On the same day in August 2015, two important announcements were made on different sides of the world. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released a new report on secondary school attainment, showing that progress...
  • 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: Announcement: Microsoft Teacher Academies, free online courses for teachers

    Microsoft has published a set of new online courses called Microsoft Teacher Academies, which are available for FREE to teachers looking for training and professional development. The online courses are designed to empower educators with the ability to effectively integrate Microsoft's tools in teaching...
  • 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: The journey of a U.S. school integrating OneNote

    This blog post has been taken from the Office Blog , written by Michael Smith and Palie Cantu of the Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Washington State. When the Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart began a 1:1 program back in 1996, the earliest educational technology beneficiaries were...
  • Blog Post: Focus school: Baradene College, New Zealand

    Today we are excited to place the spotlight on Baradene College and the wonderful work the school is doing in incorporating technology into the classroom. Baradene is one of New Zealand's leading schools in its level of technology adoption and integration, and it is having a visible impact on the...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Office for Android phones and tablets

    The Office team are excited to announce the general availability of the new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for Android phones and tablets. You can download Word , Excel and PowerPoint on your Android phone today to get started! It was announced 6 weeks ago that there would be an Office for Android...
  • 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: 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: StaffPad, the revolutionary music composition app!

    What is StaffPad? StaffPad is the latest innovation in music notation software. StaffPad is designed for use on Microsoft Surface devices and other compatible Windows 8.1 devices. StaffPad requires a device with a touchscreen and an active pen with an eraser button, pressure sensitivity and palm rejection...
  • 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...