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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...
8 Jun 2015
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...
4 Jun 2015
Top tips to make lesson planning easy with OneNote
Already have your OneNote Class Notebook set up? Awesome! Here are 5 top tips on how to get more out of OneNote for lesson planning and collaboration! 1. Never forget anything again! Use tags to highlight important information and things you want to follow up on. You can use tags to categorise...
15 May 2015
StaffPad, the revolutionary music composition app!
What is StaffPad? StaffPad is the latest innovation in music notation software. StaffPad is designed for use on Microsoft Surface devices and other compatible Windows 8.1 devices. StaffPad requires a device with a touchscreen and an active pen with an eraser button, pressure sensitivity and palm rejection...
29 Apr 2015
New additions to Office Mix!
Office Mix is a wonderful educational tool for making traditional PowerPoint presentations more fun and engaging! With Office Mix you can: Add voice, video and digital ink to your slides Include polls, quizzes and interactive apps Gain insights and analytics into who is viewing your lessons...
16 Apr 2015
Announcing a fantastic OneNote resource for students, teachers and administrators
The OneNote team at Microsoft have just launched www.onenoteineducation.com ! Due to the positive feedback from teachers using www.onenoteforteachers.com , we've released a similar site for students and administrators too! Now when you go to OneNoteinEducation you will be able to access interactive...
31 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
Meet Ruby Huang, a 2015 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert
This blog post is taken from Anthony Salcito's 'Daily Edventures' which recently featured New Zealand teacher Ruby Huang. Ruby is a science teacher at Auckland's Howick College. She was recently made a 2015 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert in recognition of her efforts to include...
3 Mar 2015
Introducing OneNote Staff Notebook for education
Microsoft has created the OneNote Staff Notebook! Teachers and educators in the field suggested that they would like to have the same OneNote platform as their students, and we listened! The OneNote Staff Notebook is designed to cultivate and manage educator collaboration within the school, and the wider...
26 Feb 2015
The amazing impact of a pen interface on learning
Ever wondered which device interface is best for learning? Pen, keyboard, voice, touch? There are a lot of interface options, but some are vastly more effective than others at enabling and enhancing learning. New evidence suggests that some technologies actually create barriers to learning, thinking...
11 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
The latest news on the OneNote Class Notebook Creator
There have been blog posts on the OneNote Class Notebook Creator in the past, but going in to the 2015 school year we'd like to take the chance to update you on the app! Aucklander Darrel Webster has put together a presentation using Office Mix titled "Introduction to the OneNote Class...
28 Jan 2015
PowerPoint gets interactive with OfficeMix
"The Office Mix add-in for PowerPoint is a new way to tell your story with voice, video, inking, screen recording and interactive magic." Bring your lessons to life and personalize students’ learning with Office Mix. There are lots of cool things you can do with Office Mix to turn...
15 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
Office 365 ProPlus benefit available for faculty and staff starting December 1st!
We're excited to share that that faculty and staff will, as of December 1st , be able to access the same Office 365 ProPlus benefit as their students . This means that any school or tertiary institution licencing Office for all of their faculty and staff can now include an Office 365 ProPlus subscription...
18 Nov 2014
Update: NMIT and Waiariki Institute of Technology are now providing Office to every student for free!
We are delighted to announce that Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and Waiariki Institute of Technology now too are providing Office to their students for free. To reiterate, and as we posted last week, the below listed tertiary institutions are providing Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus to...
16 Nov 2014
Tertiary students may be eligible to get Microsoft Office for free!
We are excited to announce that the below listed tertiary institutions are providing Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus to every student free of charge . This means the latest version of the full Office productivity suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote are available for offline and online use...
5 Nov 2014
The 2015 New Zealand Imagine Cup Competition Is Now Open!
Calling all students aged 16 years and over ! The 2015 New Zealand Imagine Cup Competition Is Now Open: Register Now ! Microsoft’s premier student technology competition, Imagine Cup, returns for its 13 th year with three big competitions: Games, Innovation and World Citizenship. You could...
21 Oct 2014
OneNote Class NoteBook Creator - making collaboration between students and teachers easy!
In the words of Anthony Salcito, Vice President for Microsoft Worldwide Education, "sometimes all it takes for an amazing project to be born is the ability to listen." "It was March 2013, and Jonathan Grudin was attending the Workshop on the Impact of Pen and Touch Technology on Education...
15 Oct 2014
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