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    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...
  • Blog Post: Should computer science be a compulsory subject in New Zealand schools?

    Computer science. Most of us don't know what it really entails. What is computer science? How is it taught? How is it used in real life? Quite often it is seen as intimidating, an item for the 'too hard basket'. Because of this most current students, and even more adults, don't know the...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: “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...
  • Blog Post: 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!...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft EduCast: Register to attend Oct 14th Teaching with Technology Webinar

    Teach with Tech: How you can transform your classroom with technology! REGISTER NOW ABOUT THIS EDUCAST As educators, the innovation you bring to the classroom amplifies and influences a generation. Staying ahead of the technology curve is critical to delivering current and compelling lessons...
  • Blog Post: The Mathletics website - now on every Windows 8 device

    You may notice that some websites on Windows 8 ask you to open them in the desktop version of Internet Explorer, rather than the modern UI version, because they are written in Flash - even though Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 has an integrated Flash Player, avoiding the need to download and install...
  • Blog Post: TED Talk of the week: “Every Kid Needs a Champion”

    We’re on somewhat of a role with our TED Talks here in the education team, and this one's arguably the most captivating so far. This week’s inspiration comes from Rita Pierson , a teacher for over 40 years, who has seen all sides of education. Pierson talks in detail about the importance...
  • Blog Post: 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...