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Drawboard PDF - The Perfect Solution to Homework Marking
Currently the #1 PDF app in the App Store, Drawboard PDF has been designed by an Australian developer and is free for a limited time only. You can now view, annotate and manage student PDF documents the easy way! This App is ideal for replacing the pen and paper, avoid printing documents again by using...
9 Dec 2013
You're invited to the Windows Learning Series
This exclusive series will show you why now is the best time to modernize your schools with Windows 8.1 and the new Office, and how you can leverage this technology to drive better learning. Dec 19: Migrating from Windows XP in education Jan 16: Using digital ink in the classroom to drive better...
5 Dec 2013
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...
3 Dec 2013
21 Steps to 21st Century Learning Workshop - a success!
Last week saw the exciting launch of Microsoft NZ’s first series of the 21 Steps to 21 st Century Learning Workshop. We are so excited to announce that both the Wellington workshop (held at Scots College) and the Auckland workshop (held at Botany Downs Secondary College) were a huge success. Over...
25 Nov 2013
Microsoft Announces the 2014 NZ Expert Educators and Mentor Schools
Following on from our blog last week, Announcing the 2014 Expert Educators and Mentor Schools , Microsoft NZ is excited to announce that New Zealand's very own Theresa Bosch of Baradene College and Steve Martin of Howick College have been selected as Expert Educators . Added to this, Baradene College...
24 Nov 2013
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...
20 Nov 2013
SharePoint Online introduces the Touch Design mobile experience
We are so excited to announce that the new SharePoint now allows for more innovative interactions with SharePoint sites and content on mobile devices: contemporary views , device channels , and new native apps ( SkyDrive Pro apps and SharePoint Newsfeed apps ). Mark Kashman, a Senior Product Manager...
19 Nov 2013
Announcing the 2014 Expert Educators and Mentor Schools
Last week, Anthony Salcito had the honour of announcing Microsoft’s 2014 Expert Educators and Mentor Schools . Members of both programs are part of an exclusive, year-long program designed to recognize educators and schools that are on the leading edge of education innovation. Expert Educators...
17 Nov 2013
Your Guide to Everything BYOD
We are very excited to share with you Microsoft's latest BYOD discussion paper put together by Partners in Learning Australia. This paper is a significant update from the previous version and gives you a comprehensive guide to everything you need to know about implementing a BYOD programme in your school...
31 Oct 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
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...
10 Sep 2013
10 advantages of taking up the Surface RT offer for education institutions
The fantastic Microsoft Surface offer for schools and tertiary education customers is still available, and there are now more reasons than ever before to take up this limited time only offer. Between July 15, 2013 and September 30, 2013, Microsoft is pleased to offer the following special pricing...
1 Aug 2013
The Surface RT offer for education institutions has been extended!
We're very pleased to announce that the Surface RT offer for schools and tertiary education institutions (see previous blog post) has been extended until the 30th September, 2013! Now, between July 15, 2013 and September 30, 2013, Microsoft is pleased to offer the following special pricing on Surface...
17 Jul 2013
New Zealand Microsoft Surface RT offer for Education
You may have heard about the worldwide launch of the fantastic Microsoft Surface offer for schools and tertiary education customers. It is exclusively for education institutions, to buy Microsoft Surface RT tablets at a reduced price for a limited time. We’re excited to announce that this offer...
10 Jul 2013
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