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Blended Learning From the Ground Up
Getting Smart recently created this awesome infographic on what schools need to implement blended learning. As the infographic describes, blended learning is more than electronic textbooks and productivity tools. It involves inventing and adopting new learning environments that work better for students...
15 Dec 2013
New tools for educators now live on Partners in Learning!
We would like to introduce you to the cool new tools for educators now available on Partners in Learning . In particular, the featured Windows 8 Apps are a fantastic resource to keep you up to date on the most innovative classroom tools. A top featured App this week is Brain Pop , an App which allows...
10 Dec 2013
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
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...
4 Dec 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...
1 Nov 2013
Apples and Oranges
The following post was originally blogged on The Official Microsoft Blog and is written by Frank Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Communications at Microsoft. We thought it was a fantastic read and are so excited to share it with you. "I’m still over in Abu Dhabi, where the only thing hotter...
29 Oct 2013
Windows 8.1 is here!
You may have heard, Windows 8.1 has been released today! We are very pleased to announce that it is available for free download right here . If you have a PC running Windows 8, there are a huge variety of reasons to upgrade to the new version. This update will introduce you to many useful tools and we...
18 Oct 2013
21 Steps to 21st Century Learning Workshop registrations now open!
Please join us at the complimentary 21 Steps to 21st century learning workshop in November, 2013. This two-day seminar is designed to help school leaders clarify their vision for 1:1 learning and building an executable framework to bring this to life. Facilitated by world education leader, Bruce Dixon...
17 Oct 2013
Microsoft ULearn Surface Pro Winner Announced!
We are very pleased to announce that the winner of the Surface Pro Competition at the ULearn Conference last week is Clint Hawke, Deputy Principal of Taita College. Congratulations Clint! Your new Surface Pro is coming your way very soon. We had a fantastic time at ULearn, and would love hear your...
15 Oct 2013
Partners in Learning School Research Live on PILN!
We are very pleased to announce that Partners in Learning School Research (PILSR) is now available on the Partners in Learning Network . PILSR provides individual schools with an online research tool to measure their own innovative teaching practices that develop the skills students need for life...
10 Oct 2013
Microsoft names three local Surface resellers
We are very pleased to announce that Microsoft New Zealand has this week introduced its Surface portfolio to our local business channel via three partners. Effective from the 1st October 2013, the resellers which will stock the Surface portfolio are New Era, Cyclone Computers and Telco Technology Services...
3 Oct 2013
Virtual University Webcast - Understanding the Learning Strategies of the 21st Century Learner October 23 2013
On October 23rd, 2013, Microsoft Partners in Learning is presenting a virtual University webcast on understanding the learning strategies of the 21st century learner. You can register here , right now! Join this great dialogue on the 5 best strategies every 21st century learner needs to succeed in...
1 Oct 2013
Apply to become an Expert Educator and get the opportunity to win a trip to the Partners in Learning Global Forum 2014 in Barcelona!
Submit your application to become a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert before the September 30th, 2013 deadline to be considered for this exclusive program. Completing and submitting your application means you'll have an opportunity to join the Expert Educator Program and an all-expense paid trip to...
20 Sep 2013
Microsoft Partners in Learning turns 10!
We are very excited to announce that this month marks the tenth anniversary of Microsoft's Partners in Learning ! James Bernard, WW Director, Partners in Learning, this week commemorated the occasion, "Ten years ago, we recognized that education systems around the globe simply weren’t working...
18 Sep 2013
Microsoft NZ's Education Lead speaks about 21st century learning design at the NZ Education Summit
The education team is at the NZ Education Summit today at the Aotea Centre, Auckland. It's been a fantastic day so far, the highlight for us definitely being Education Sector Lead, Evan Blackman, delivering a keynote on Microsoft's 21st century learning design . Blackman spoke about the fantastic...
11 Sep 2013
Bill Gates pitches in for online education resource Graphite
We are excited to announce that Microsoft Chairman, Bill Gates, is backing a new initiative called Graphite , a free online resource to help teachers discover and share education technology! Gates has always publicised his belief that investing in education and digital tools could help solve the world...
27 Aug 2013
Be the first to sign up for our new #MysterySkype community!
Mystery Skype is an educational game played by two classrooms on Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other strategic questions. Mystery Skype can be played by students of all ages. Microsoft ash been working with a team of teachers who love Mystery...
23 Aug 2013
Ministry extends Microsoft Schools Agreement to 2015
We are very excited to announce that the Ministry of Education has extended the Microsoft Schools Agreement through to the end of 2015! This enables chools across New Zealand to have greater access to the most modern e-learning tools. The Microsoft Schools Agreement provides New Zealand Schools with...
8 Aug 2013
Explore the oceans with Skype in the classroom
In October, Skype in the classroom is presenting a month-long celebration of our oceans. Exploring Oceans is a program of free Skype lessons, talks and live experiences, taking your students on an adventure under the sea. Meet the world's leading marine experts, scientists and explorers and open your...
30 Jul 2013
18 Myths of Education
Anthony Salcito, Vice President for Microsoft Education, recently blogged this fantastic infographic by informED and we just had to share it with you. It gives some fantastic insights into some common and not-so-common issues in global education. Tweet us at @MSNZEducation , we want to know what you...
26 Jul 2013
Microsoft NZ Education is now on Twitter!
Microsoft NZ Education is now on Twitter ! We are very excited here in the education team to be able to give you the regular updates on the education sector that you want to know about. We want to hear your thoughts on our news, events and advice. Don't miss out! Follow @MSNZEducation today!
23 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...
11 Jul 2013
Office 365 for Education – Your complimentary trial
Office 365 for Education provides students, teachers, and staff with the enterprise-grade communication and productivity services they need with the power and flexibility your institution requires. Sound inviting? You can get started with your complimentary trial right now. Office 365 for Education...
24 Jun 2013
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...
15 Mar 2013
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...
5 Mar 2013
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