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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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. ...
  • 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: NCEA Hub: The coolest new Education app in the Windows Store!

    We are very excited to announce the NZ created , NCEA Hub app, which is only available in the Windows Store ! Students are now able to track their progress towards achieving an NCEA qualification throughout the school year and look up information on NCEA standards and subjects. The app allows...
  • 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: Building formative assessment into game-based learning - an innovative example!

    Game-based learning (GBL) is an innovative practice that is working to engage kids in learning important 21st century skills and content. In this sixth grade classroom at Quest to Learn, ongoing feedback is embedded throughout the course of a collaborative geography game called Galactic Mappers. Check...
  • Blog Post: How to take advantage of the Surface RT Offer for education institutions

    We've had an excellent response on our Surface RT offer for schools and tertiary education institutions! Haven't heard about it? Until September 30, 2013, Microsoft is pleased to offer the following special pricing on Surface RT to New Zealand schools and higher education institutions, through...
  • Blog Post: Optimising the Flipped Classroom with Office 365

    The Flipped Classroom was pioneered by Jonathan Bergmann, Lead Technology Facilitator at Kenilworth School District, Illinois, USA. The Flipped Classroom revolves around the central idea of changing the dynamics of the classroom. In his own words, Bergmann believes in “changing the pedagogy with...
  • Blog Post: Top Eight Educational apps on Windows 8

    Windows 8 has been reimagined for learning. The new Windows 8 educational applications revolutionise classroom learning and student productivity. Now your students can experience the full educational benefits behind months of programming and design. Teaching is made easy - ask your students to sketch...
  • Blog Post: Windows in the Classroom Tip #1 - making Windows 8 your own

    Over the next 5 weeks we will be giving you a sneak peek into the tips and tricks school leadership teams across New Zealand are learning at their complimentary Windows in the Classroom seminar. This week we’ll cover the basics – teaching your students to customise their own start screen...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft names three local Surface resellers

    We are very pleased to announce that Microsoft New Zealand has this week introduced its Surface portfolio to our local business channel via three partners. Effective from the 1st October 2013, the resellers which will stock the Surface portfolio are New Era, Cyclone Computers and Telco Technology Services...
  • Blog Post: The countdown to Windows in the Classroom begins

    We are getting closer and closer to kicking off our Windows in the Classroom New Zealand-wide tour and we can’t wait. Give your staff and students the opportunity to benefit from the most innovative tools and technology of today. Beginning at the end of this month, management teams from schools...
  • Blog Post: Partners in Learning offers free tools for educators – sign up now!

    Microsoft is committed to improving educational outcomes – and that is why we want to welcome you to Partners in Learning . It’s free to educators and schools all over the world - and you can get started today. Partners in Learning is a global support network with professional development...
  • Blog Post: Windows in the Classroom Tip #2 – the online classroom

    Windows in the Classroom is a two hour, complimentary seminar which explores the tools and technologies available to help educators teach 21st century skills and optimise the classroom for advanced student achievement. This week, we’ll give you an insight into what our education specialists have...
  • Blog Post: Game based learning – what it is and why everyone is talking about it

    Game based learning, commonly referred to as “gamification”, is predicted to take the education sector by storm as the awareness of 21 st Century learning increases throughout the world. So what is this phenomenon? Game-based learning is a powerful new way of thinking for students. When...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Surface 2, Surface Pro 2, and new Surface Accessories

    Today, in New York, Microsoft announced the next generation of the Surface family of devices and accessories. You can preorder and find out everything you need to know here about the Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 and the new accessories, all available for preorder in New Zealand soon! Check out the video...
  • Blog Post: Student Advantage now available – the best way to get Office for your students

    It is our pleasure to announce that, beginning 1 st December 2013, every school in New Zealand that licences Office for staff and faculty is eligible to get Office 365 Pro Plus for students at no additional cost . The Student Advantage benefit will support schools’ BYOD and 1:1 Learning programmes...