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O365 and SharePoint 4 Schools - Essentials. Register now!
Microsoft NZ and ShareThePoint bring you "Office 365 and SharePoint 4 Schools Essentials" - Register now! Description This one-day intensive course is an introduction for people who are new to SharePoint 2013 and want to use it for staff intranets, classroom sites, class blog sites, document...
11 Jul 2014
Trading In The Whiteboard for OneNote and a Surface Pro
Once again, Sam McNeill, the Director of ICT at St Andrew’s College, has blown us away with his innovative and creative use of technology in the classroom. Sam runs the St Andrew's College "eLearning Stories" blog which provides a virtual “look through the classroom window”...
2 Jul 2014
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...
29 May 2014
Top Windows 8.1 apps for the classroom - how many are you using?
Microsoft UK recently blogged about the top Education Apps in the Windows Store. We thought it was such a fantastic list, we wanted to share it with you. The post was written by Stuart Ball, the Partners in Learning UK manager, and gives a refreshingly honest insight into the benefits of these apps in...
8 May 2014
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...
2 May 2014
Registrations are almost full for the 21 Steps to 21st Century Learning Workshop - don't miss out!
Helping school leaders clarify their vision for 1:1 learning and building an executable framework to bring this to life. Microsoft and CORE Education bring you the complimentary 21 Steps to 21st Century Learning Workshop in May 2014. That's not far away! Registrations are almost full for both...
23 Apr 2014
It's here! We bring to you Anthony Salcito’s 2014 Global Forum Keynote Speech
Can you believe it's been a whole month since the 2014 Global Forum in Barcelona? We are still buzzing and in a timely fashion, Anthony Salcito's Keynote Speech has officially been released! Since the Forum, Anthony's blog Daily Edventures has shared some incredible stories. Anthony...
21 Apr 2014
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...
17 Apr 2014
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...
7 Apr 2014
Register your interest now for the 21 Steps to 21st Century Learning Workshop!
Helping school leaders clarify their vision for 1:1 learning and building an executable framework to bring this to life. Microsoft and CORE Education bring you the complimentary 21 Steps to 21st century learning workshop in May 2014. This two-day seminar will explore the planning and implementation...
24 Mar 2014
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...
19 Mar 2014
OneNote now on Mac, free everywhere, and service powered!
OneNote is the ultimate extension for your brain, but it’s not complete if it’s not instantly available everywhere. We’ve already made a lot of progress in that direction with our mobile, tablet and online web experiences. But there was still a gap. People frequently asked for OneNote...
17 Mar 2014
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...
7 Mar 2014
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...
4 Mar 2014
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...
5 Feb 2014
Choosing Surface for the Classroom: St Patrick's College, London
Continuing on from our blog yesterday, we are delighted to bring you another fantastic example of the success a school has experienced by choosing Surface as their BYOD tablet. St Patrick’s College in London offers industry-standard vocational coursework to a diverse population of students from...
24 Jan 2014
Announcing the Surface in the Classroom Accessory Design Challenge
Today we are very excited to announce the launch of the Surface in the Classroom Design Challenge ! Calling all designers, teachers, students & parents! We want your ideas for how classrooms can evolve to support 1:1 learning with Surface tablets. Submit a design sketch and a description of your...
21 Nov 2013
Register now for Cyclone's Microsoft Surface for Education Event!
Cyclone is presenting the Surface Education Usage Seminar to give you the opportunity to meet the new Surface range! You'll get the opportunity to say hello to Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 and hear directly from Microsoft on what’s new. You'll also get to hear from local education sites that are...
21 Oct 2013
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...
29 Aug 2013
Mairangi Bay School Principal reviews his Surface RT experience
Bruce Warren, Principal at Auckland's Mairangi Bay School, recently took a Microsoft Surface RT with him on a two-week study tour of Korea. This recent article by Interface Magazine gives us a fantastic run down of his thoughts, feelings and experiences towards the device. But here's a few of Bruce's...
11 Sep 2013
Partners in Learning School Research Live on PILN!
We are very pleased to announce that Partners in Learning School Research (PILSR) is now available on the Partners in Learning Network . PILSR provides individual schools with an online research tool to measure their own innovative teaching practices that develop the skills students need for life...
10 Oct 2013
21 Steps to 21st Century Learning Workshop registrations now open!
Please join us at the complimentary 21 Steps to 21st century learning workshop in November, 2013. This two-day seminar is designed to help school leaders clarify their vision for 1:1 learning and building an executable framework to bring this to life. Facilitated by world education leader, Bruce Dixon...
17 Oct 2013
Apply to become an Expert Educator and get the opportunity to win a trip to the Partners in Learning Global Forum 2014 in Barcelona!
Submit your application to become a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert before the September 30th, 2013 deadline to be considered for this exclusive program. Completing and submitting your application means you'll have an opportunity to join the Expert Educator Program and an all-expense paid trip to...
20 Sep 2013
Learning set to accelerate in two Auckland schools as Microsoft NZ awards classroom sets of Surface RTs
Two of New Zealand’s most tech-savvy schools, both in Auckland, have been awarded classroom sets of Microsoft Surface RTs in recognition of their leadership in digital learning. Microsoft New Zealand is giving Botany Downs Secondary College and Ferguson Intermediate School in Otara 25 Surface...
29 Oct 2013
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...
24 Sep 2013
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