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    This post was taken from Office Blogs Welcome to 2016! You may remember the release of Office 2016 and the new features it brought focused on collaboration. In the new year we will continue to plan, develop and release new features to help you collaborate—especially inside the classroom. Before...
  • Blog Post: Hack The Classroom 2016

    Disr upt. Empower. Transform. In just 8 days' time, on the 30th Jan at 5am (EST) Microsoft in Education is hosting Hack The Classroom! This is the largest free online digital event that Microsoft has hosted and is to help inspire educators and school leaders worldwide! It'll give...
  • Blog Post: Surface at St Andrew's College in Christchurch, New Zealand

    We ar e excited to share with you some of the i ncredible teaching and learning that is happening at St Andrew's Colle ge in Christchurch , New Zealand with Surface . Check the video out below or at aka.ms/STACsurface Director of ICT, Sam McNeill piloted the Surface Pro 3 at its launch...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: OneNote partners with FiftyThree to support Pencil and Paper, plus Shape Recognition coming soon

    Digital handwriting—or inking as we like to call it—is now better than ever in OneNote, with support for a variety of new functionalities for our iPad and Windows 10 users. Pencil and Paper by FiftyThree support OneNote on iPad now supports writing with the Pencil by FiftyThree stylus...
  • Blog Post: Top teacher-requested features added to OneNote Class Notebooks

    This blog post has been taken from the Office Blogs post The OneNote team has some exciting announcements to share! As we mentioned on the Microsoft Education blog earlier this month, OneNote Class Notebooks and OneNote Staff Notebooks are now available for Office 365 customers (teachers and faculty...
  • Blog Post: The Power of Digital Pen & Surface in Schools - Inking Your Thinking Case Study

    This post has been re-blogged from the Australian Teachers Blog Tablet PCs and the use of digital pen enabled devices in schools is nothing new however, with more and more research about the impact of the “power of the pen” on learning, teachers, student and school leaders are increasingly...
  • Blog Post: OneNote adds support for iOS 9 and iPad Pro with multitasking, Spotlight search and Apple Pencil

    The OneNote team are excited to release their newest OneNote for iOS update, which adds support for several new features of iOS 9, spiffs things up for the upcoming iPad Pro and Apple Pencil and—as always—has numerous improvements in response to customer feedback. Twice as nice with...
  • Blog Post: Innovation in NZ's tertiary education ICT sector recognised

    University of Otago virtual student desktop wins Supreme Award at the 2015 Microsoft Tertiary ICT Innovation Awards The University of Otago has taken out the Supreme Award at the Microsoft Tertiary ICT Innovation Awards, held in conjunction with the Tertiary Education ICT Conference. Held in Dunedin...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 8 top Microsoft resources for teachers

    "At Microsoft, we create products with teachers in mind and they tell us that products like OneNote , Sway , Minecraft and Skype help them bring new creativity and engagement to the classroom. We are inspired by what’s possible when teachers meet students where they’re at, help them...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Free tools for teachers on the Microsoft Educator Network

    The Microsoft Educator Network has made it easy for you to find the resources you need for the classroom! Free tools for teachers is a comprehensive library of guides, learning activities, tutorials, and helpful resources to help teachers make the most of their favourite classroom apps and Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Tools to Unlock Learning: The OneNote for Learning Literacy Toolbar

    This post has been taken from the Microsoft in Education Blog On the same day in August 2015, two important announcements were made on different sides of the world. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released a new report on secondary school attainment, showing that progress...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: St Andrew's College using OneNote & Moodle for student assessment

    This post has been re-blogged from Sam McNeill's StAC e-Learning Stories blog . Microsoft is excited to share this fantastic example of technology simplifying and improving everyday processes for teachers and students. One of the great things about Microsoft OneNote is the ease with which teachers...
  • Blog Post: Three new tutorial videos created to help you get started with Office Mix!

    A couple of days ago, the Office Mix Team announced that they have created a new "first run" experience to welcome new users to Office Mix and help them get started using the PowerPoint add-in. Now, when you first download and install the Office Mix add-in and then open PowerPoint for...
  • Blog Post: Quick Tip video featuring New Zealand teacher Rachel Chisnall

    New Zealand's very own Rachel Chisnall features on the latest Microsoft Quick Tip videos! Rachel is a secondary teacher in science and chemistry at Taieri College in Dunedin and a 2015 Microsoft Innovative Educator. It is wonderful to see a New Zealand educator on the world stage! Whilst at...
  • Blog Post: Latest updates to Sway, including roll out to Office 365!

    It’s been an exciting month for Sway! At the U.S Ignite conference, we announced that Sway would roll out to Office 365 business and education customers and add support for more languages. Now we’re excited to announce the start of these rollouts, as well as other changes that expand the...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Office 365 Video!

    Microsoft is excited to announce that Office 365 Video has now begun its worldwide rollout to Office 365 customers! Video is fast becoming one of the most powerful forms of communication, so this is a very exciting development for Office 365 users. Office 365 Video provides businesses and schools...