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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...
27 Sep 2015
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...
29 Sep 2015
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...
9 Sep 2015
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...
4 Oct 2015
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...
13 Sep 2015
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...
7 Sep 2015
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...
26 Aug 2015
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...
19 Aug 2015
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...
16 Aug 2015
Focus school: Baradene College, New Zealand
Today we are excited to place the spotlight on Baradene College and the wonderful work the school is doing in incorporating technology into the classroom. Baradene is one of New Zealand's leading schools in its level of technology adoption and integration, and it is having a visible impact on the...
2 Aug 2015
Announcement: Microsoft Class Dashboard for teachers and students
The Office team have recently announced the first phase of a Preview program for the Microsoft Class Dashboard! The Class Dashboard will be available to Office 365 Education users at no additional charge, and will enable students and teachers to communicate and collaborate like never before! What...
21 Jul 2015
Microsoft Event: Teaching with Technology Seminars
Microsoft is excited to announce the return of the Teaching with Technology seminars! On the back of his successful visit to New Zealand in May 2015, Travis Smith returns in September for a week-long tour of the country! Travis will be stopping off in Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch, Napier and...
5 Aug 2015
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...
29 Jun 2015
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...
17 Jun 2015
Reflections and learnings from the E2 Global Educator Exchange conference
The five New Zealand MIE Experts at Microsoft, Redmond. From left: Ben Hilliam, Nikkie Laing, Rachel Chisnall, Steve Martin, Shane Mann From April 28 - May 1, Microsoft NZ's Schools and Academic Programmes manager Anne Taylor accompanied a group of five talented Microsoft Innovative Educator ...
25 May 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
"Power Up Your Pedagogy With Office 365"
Using Technology Better is holding a unique 1 day event at the Microsoft Offices in Auckland! This day will showcase how Office 365 and Microsoft supports the latest research on intrinsic motivation with students. You will learn some great skills and leave with ideas for how you can use these tools in...
12 May 2015
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...
22 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
Simplify marking and assessment with OneNote - a case study of St Andrew's College, New Zealand
This blog post has been adapted from "Technology enables efficiency in English marking" by Sam McNeill, Director of ICT at St Andrew's College, New Zealand. The above video shows how English teacher, Ms Helaina Coote, uses OneNote to mark English portfolio work and give feedback. Ms...
25 Mar 2015
Enhance the classroom experience with the Surface Pro 3
Today we are placing the spotlight on the amazing Surface Pro 3. This device is perfect for the education context - portable, fast, interactive, long battery life, powerful. Teachers can use the Surface Pen to make notes on assignments, take notes in their own handwriting, give students feedback and...
20 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
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
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