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“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
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!...
22 Dec 2014
Quick Tip Videos from Microsoft - tech ideas to use in your classroom!
There is unlimited potential for educators to improve students' learning experiences using the latest Microsoft technologies such as OneNote and Office Mix. Design engaging lessons? Improve collaboration? Get your message across in a new way? Captivate students' imaginations? All of these common...
16 Dec 2014
Update: Massey University and Western Institute of Technology - Taranaki are now providing Office to every student for free!
Again, we're very excited to announce the latest additions of Massey University and Western Institute of Technology, which are now too are providing Office to their students for free . As we've posted over the last few weeks, the below listed tertiary institutions are providing Microsoft Office...
3 Dec 2014
Announcing Office Sway Preview: reimagine how your ideas come to life
Say hello to Sway ! Sway is an entirely different way to express yourself and bring your ideas to life. When your ideas are born, you want to explore, visualize and share them—quickly and easily, wherever you happen to be, and on whatever device you have. You want your ideas to be understood. Sway...
19 Nov 2014
Office 365 ProPlus benefit available for faculty and staff starting December 1st!
We're excited to share that that faculty and staff will, as of December 1st , be able to access the same Office 365 ProPlus benefit as their students . This means that any school or tertiary institution licencing Office for all of their faculty and staff can now include an Office 365 ProPlus subscription...
18 Nov 2014
Update: NMIT and Waiariki Institute of Technology are now providing Office to every student for free!
We are delighted to announce that Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and Waiariki Institute of Technology now too are providing Office to their students for free. To reiterate, and as we posted last week, the below listed tertiary institutions are providing Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus to...
16 Nov 2014
Tertiary students may be eligible to get Microsoft Office for free!
We are excited to announce that the below listed tertiary institutions are providing Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus to every student free of charge . This means the latest version of the full Office productivity suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote are available for offline and online use...
5 Nov 2014
The 2015 New Zealand Imagine Cup Competition Is Now Open!
Calling all students aged 16 years and over ! The 2015 New Zealand Imagine Cup Competition Is Now Open: Register Now ! Microsoft’s premier student technology competition, Imagine Cup, returns for its 13 th year with three big competitions: Games, Innovation and World Citizenship. You could...
21 Oct 2014
OneNote Class NoteBook Creator - making collaboration between students and teachers easy!
In the words of Anthony Salcito, Vice President for Microsoft Worldwide Education, "sometimes all it takes for an amazing project to be born is the ability to listen." "It was March 2013, and Jonathan Grudin was attending the Workshop on the Impact of Pen and Touch Technology on Education...
15 Oct 2014
Australia & New Zealand Expert Educators gathering in Sydney last weekend
What happens when you bring some of Australia’s most innovative educators together? Well, the Microsoft education team in Australia & New Zealand was looking forward to finding out when the Innovative Educators Expert Program Australia/New Zealand kicks off with a two day forum in the weekend...
13 Oct 2014
OneNote in Education: Teachers using OneNote in the classroom
Take a look at how the teachers at Cary Academy in Cary, North Carolina, seamlessly integrate OneNote into their classrooms to elevate the education of students through presentation, organisation, and real-time collaboration with both students and other educators. But what about a Kiwi school's...
9 Oct 2014
Microsoft EduCast: Register to attend Oct 14th Teaching with Technology Webinar
Teach with Tech: How you can transform your classroom with technology! REGISTER NOW ABOUT THIS EDUCAST As educators, the innovation you bring to the classroom amplifies and influences a generation. Staying ahead of the technology curve is critical to delivering current and compelling lessons...
6 Oct 2014
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
Student Advantage: Your next steps on how to get Office 365 ProPlus at no additional licensing cost!
With Student Advantage, your school can enable all your students to have the full Microsoft Office software for personal use, at no additional licensing cost*. This is a benefit of the Ministry of Education’s agreement with Microsoft, where every state and integrated school in New Zealand...
29 Sep 2014
Office Mix – The Evolution Of The Whiteboard? St Andrew's College Leads the Way in Classroom Innovation Again!
We are very excited to feature another one of Sam McNeil's blog posts, showcasing yet another example of the exciting work St Andrew's College in Christchurch is doing in facilitating 21st century learning in the classroom. You can view his original blog post here . We encourage you to browse...
26 Sep 2014
Students and teachers: You may be eligible to get Office for free!
It was just about a year ago we announced Student Advantage , a benefit that allows eligible students to get Office 365 from their school for free. One drawback to Student Advantage—the onus has been on the school to initiate the service, create an account and order the Office 365 license on behalf...
23 Sep 2014
Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert applications close next week, don't miss out!
Applications close on the 26th September, we don't want you to miss out! We posted all the details last week, but we're posting them again this week - just so you are fully aware of the eligibility requirements and benefits of applying and becoming a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. This...
14 Sep 2014
OneNote to Rule Them All: St Andrew's College's Innovative use of OneNote in the Classroom
This post was originally blogged on the St Andrew's College e-Learning Stories blog, here . We are so excited to re-post it here on our blog, as yet another fantastic example of the innovative work St Andrew's College is doing around e-Learning. Enjoy! It started as a way to help her students...
7 Sep 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
New tools and services available for educators, now!
We are very excited to announce that we have now added Phonics supports to our Chekhov cloud services and tools – allowing early-grade teachers (and teachers of English as a foreign language) to create free eBook resources which will read themselves aloud to learners on any Windows or Windows Phone...
1 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
Has your school taken advantage of Yammer Enterprise yet?
In case you didn't know, educational institutions across New Zealand now have free access to Microsoft’s networking platform, Yammer Enterprise. Yammer Enterprise offers schools a sophisticated version of the social networking platform. Within a school’s internal online environment...
25 Aug 2014
Skype in the Classroom brings together classes in New Zealand and California
How do you make a lesson plan come alive? It’s a question teachers ask themselves almost daily. More and more are finding their answer through our Skype in the classroom community, which has opened up a world of virtual field trips to teachers and their students. While teachers already know...
18 Aug 2014
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...
11 Aug 2014
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