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Innovative teacher taking learning to the next level at Kerikeri High School
At Microsoft we love hearing from awesome, real-life educators in the New Zealand community. Today we are placing the spotlight on Bridget Crooks, an inspirational teacher in the far north of New Zealand. Bridget is a Drama and Performing Arts Technology teacher at Kerikeri High School. On a daily...
23 Nov 2015
Minecraft meets Hour of Code
We are excited to announce a Minecraft tutorial is now available for this year's Hour of Code, delivered by Code.org . This is a great opportunity to get students of any age involved in coding, using gamification to ensure that it is fun and interesting! Designers and developers from Mojang and...
16 Nov 2015
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...
27 Oct 2015
Imagine Cup Earth, an exciting new contest for students!
Code With NASA Science! Imagine Cup Earth is a new contest for students ages 6-18 in which you’ll use computer programming to create a game, simulation, or story inspired by the kinds of earth science that NASA and other researchers do every day. 18 winning students will win prizes totaling...
9 Sep 2015
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...
13 Sep 2015
Introducing Creative Coding through Games and Apps - a free course!
We are excited to announce the availability of a new course to get your students hooked on computer science! Creative Coding through Games and Apps is now available for schools across the world, for free! Creative Coding through Games and Apps engages early-teens in their first extended exploration...
26 Aug 2015
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...
19 Aug 2015
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...
16 Aug 2015
Microsoft launches online education network for New Zealand’s 249 Catholic schools
This blog post was taken from an announcement on the Microsoft New Zealand News Centre . NZ Catholic Schools to connect with a shared online community The New Zealand Catholic Education Office is set to lead the international Catholic community with the launch of an online education network today...
11 Jun 2015
Simplify marking and assessment with OneNote - a case study of St Andrew's College, New Zealand
This blog post has been adapted from "Technology enables efficiency in English marking" by Sam McNeill, Director of ICT at St Andrew's College, New Zealand. The above video shows how English teacher, Ms Helaina Coote, uses OneNote to mark English portfolio work and give feedback. Ms...
25 Mar 2015
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...
11 Mar 2015
Using Microsoft technologies for Special Education
Students often have particular learning needs that are difficult to manage in a classroom setting. Every child has a different learning style, and it can be challenging for teachers to support each of their students' individual needs. This is especially important in Special Education, where a teacher...
6 Mar 2015
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...
24 Feb 2015
See what's APPening in maths and science!
Getting students engaged in maths and science can be difficult at times, right? Luckily, learning apps are here to save the day! Apps are making it easier to get students interested in a subject and passionate about learning. They help take learning to a whole other level by speaking to students in the...
9 Feb 2015
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...
3 Feb 2015
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...
29 Jan 2015
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...
19 Jan 2015
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...
7 Jan 2015
“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
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...
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
Spread the word to your friends!
Spread the word to your friends! Share that you may be eligible to get Office for free through your school/tertiary institution for a chance to win a Surface! Use Vine, Instagram or Twitter and the hashtag #GetOffice365Contest to let your fellow students know that they may be eligible to get...
10 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
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