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Office Web Apps: Collaboration with co-authoring
Have you tried Microsoft’s Office Web Apps? Microsoft has introduced a fully featured, inclusive approach to productivity that spans platforms, devices, browsers, online and offline experiences. Since we launched the Office Web Apps in 2010, we have made various investments in Office Web Apps to...
14 May 2013
CIO Road Test: Microsoft Surface Pro Beats Apple iPad
Kevin Pashuk, Chief Information Officer at Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario Canada, recently featured in a guest post for CRN , where he outlined the immense benefits the Microsoft Surface Pro brings to education. We thoroughly enjoyed what he had to say, and wanted to give you a quick preview. ...
12 May 2013
Anthony Salcito’s Daily Web Edventures have premiered!
The very first Daily Edventure’s Web Show premiered this week and we are so excited to share it with you. So what’s all the fuss about? Anthony Salcito, Vice President for Microsoft Education, explains, “Every day, I get to see and experience the best practices in education as I...
9 May 2013
Office 365 Education - What's included?
If you are considering using Office 365 Education for your school, you will probably want to know what’s in it for you. Office 365 Education gives you SharePoint collaboration spaces, Exchange Email, web versions of Office apps, Lync communications and SkyDrive storage services. To get the full...
30 Apr 2013
Which Windows 8 PC is right for your school? Looking at the Surface Pro
The future of educational technology is “Bring Your Own Device”, (BYOD), and we are seeing more and more schools moving away from providing devices for students every day. BYOD has allowed for there to be a one-to-one ratio of students with a diverse range of technological devices. Here...
28 Apr 2013
Microsoft releases NZ privacy guide for Office 365
New Zealand organisations and educational institutions are quickly deploying cloud computing. The following article, this week published on the Microsoft GovTech blog , explains that while the low prices and convenience of cloud computing are appealing, there are also important questions to ask around...
25 Apr 2013
Windows in the Classroom Tip #5 – The power of Windows To Go for schools
Windows To Go is one of the excellent new features of Windows 8 in education. As a teacher, regularly preparing class material both at school and at home can be hard to manage. File transferring and saving various versions of the same document isn’t always easy and we end up with the wrong and...
21 Apr 2013
The IT Cloud Skills Gap
It is no secret that many countries are facing an increasing talent deficit in light of the economic crisis and the current shortage of skills necessary to fill new jobs in the private sector. New Zealand is no exception. Brad Smith, Microsoft Executive Vice President and General Counsel, states “The...
16 Apr 2013
Anthony Salcito’s take on the role of Windows 8 in transforming education
Anthony Salcito, Vice President for Microsoft Education, was this week thrilled to give a very informative demo of the innovations that Windows 8 is offering educators worldwide. And we are thrilled to share it. Salcito explains in detail how many of the new features and apps in Windows 8 are part of...
4 Apr 2013
Exam preparation is made easy with OneNote
It is no secret to any student that the trick to excelling during exam time lies within the quality of their note keeping throughout the year. The better their notes, the better prepared students are to be tested on the content. The better the test, the higher the grade. It’s a vicious cycle! But...
2 Apr 2013
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...
26 Mar 2013
OneNote Windows Store app update available now!
Earlier this week the update to the OneNote app in the Windows Store was released – we are so excited! The update brings with it a few brand new features along with a couple of fixes too. Want to get your hands on the download right now? It’s easy. Simply click the Store tile in Windows...
24 Mar 2013
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...
19 Mar 2013
Essay marking is made easy with Windows 8 app
Lucas Moffit is an independent developer who’s focus is on writing Windows 8 apps for educators. His output is impressive, with Class Seater , Lesson Coder and Teacher Professional Standards Evaluator among his portfolio of success. But his most ambitious project, Essay Marker, has just been released...
14 Mar 2013
Office 365 – extending learning beyond the classroom
It is no secret that teachers can now become architects of the classroom experience with the endless possibilities of Office 365 . In his recent blog post, Anthony Salcito , Vice President for Microsoft Education, highlighted the long list of benefits of Office 365 for Education. These benefits are certainly...
12 Mar 2013
Collaboration and the role of technology in the 21st Century Classroom
The 21 st Century has seen technology play a key role in classroom innovation. Have a look at this interesting infographic by Open Colleges . As you can see, the changing dynamics of the classroom have revolutionised the arts of teaching and learning. And it can only get better. More and more,...
6 Jan 2013
Reflecting on 2012 – A year of Education Milestones for Microsoft
2012 has been a year of innovation for Microsoft, with the launch of Windows 8 and Office 365 at the forefront of all the excitement. Here are Microsoft’s top 10 highlights of the year in the Education Sector. We enjoyed them so much, we thought it was only appropriate to share them again. The...
20 Dec 2012
Bring learning to life with a Windows in Classroom Seminar!
Microsoft will be helping to kick off the next academic year with a Windows in the Classroom seminar for your school. There will be two Windows in the Classroom specialists travelling New Zealand delivering Windows in the Classroom seminars to school leadership teams. With these complimentary two-hour...
3 Dec 2012
Why You'll Love Windows 8
Windows 8 is reimagined for learning. It arms schools and teachers with innovations designed to transform students’ learning experiences. It gives students a modern way to consume content and allows them freedom to create, collaborate, produce and share across a range of devices, with touch, mouse...
14 Nov 2012
A "thought provoking, inspirational" Innovative Schools Workshop Last Week
The two-day workshop at Botany Downs Secondary School reached maximum capacity, as more than 120 educators gathered to discuss, debate and collaborate on the best ways to utilise information communication technologies (ICT) within the classroom. The event was part of the Partners in Learning Programme...
3 Sep 2012
Celebrating innovative teaching
At the U.S. Partners in Learning Forum this week, over 100 innovative teachers came to together to share how they are incorporating technology into their classrooms. The Microsoft event focuses on showcasing and celebrating educators and the work they are doing for their schools. See the video for...
1 Aug 2012
Windows 8 Release Preview Available Now
Windows has been reimagined to be more than a PC operating system. Currently available as a Release Preview, Windows 8 delivers the experience that schools and universities need. With new possibilities for mobile productivity and providing IT with a more secure, easy-to-manage infrastructure. This...
4 Jun 2012
SkyDrive - Personal cloud storage for Windows available anywhere
Continuing on with the wave of improvements of the popular SkyDrive cloud storage solution, we are excited to take another big step towards making SkyDrive far more powerful. You can now take your SkyDrive with you anywhere, connect it to any app that works with files and folders, and get all the storage...
7 May 2012
SkyDrive and Office: Student friendly, full-powered collaboration in the cloud across PCs and Macs
Karl de Borst - MSFT
A few months ago, we annouced a wave of improvements for the already popular SkyDrive cloud storage solution. This has led to an even more powerful and streamlined collaboration feature set to sreamline intergration through an app-centric approach to getting work done together. Students now are able...
13 Feb 2012
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