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Innovative teacher taking learning to the next level at Kerikeri High School
At Microsoft we love hearing from awesome, real-life educators in the New Zealand community. Today we are placing the spotlight on Bridget Crooks, an inspirational teacher in the far north of New Zealand. Bridget is a Drama and Performing Arts Technology teacher at Kerikeri High School. On a daily...
23 Nov 2015
Latest OneNote updates —Embed video, record audio, insert files and more
This post has been taken from Office Blogs . We’re excited to announce that we added a lot of great capabilities including some of our top education and OneNote Online requests —the ability to add audio and file attachments to your notes! Audio recording Listen up. Whether you’re...
25 Nov 2015
Minecraft meets Hour of Code
We are excited to announce a Minecraft tutorial is now available for this year's Hour of Code, delivered by Code.org . This is a great opportunity to get students of any age involved in coding, using gamification to ensure that it is fun and interesting! Designers and developers from Mojang and...
16 Nov 2015
Bud-e Reading joins the Windows education app family!
To welcome Bud-e Reading to the line-up of Windows apps for education, Microsoft and Bud-e are providing an exclusive offer for New Zealand schools! Every school in New Zealand is eligible to receive a FREE version of the Bud-e Reading digital program until the end of 2015! To make the most of this...
11 Nov 2015
New Zealand teacher featured on a Quick Tip video using Office Mix
We love seeing the fantastic things New Zealand teachers are doing with Microsoft technologies to improve learning outcomes on a daily basis. Rachel Chisnall is a teacher at Dunedin's Taieri College, and is a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert. Rachel has been using Office Mix extensively...
10 Nov 2015
OneNote Class Notebook and Office Mix announce new LMS integration features
The recent announcement on blogs.office.com discusses how the OneNote and Office Mix teams are been working together to integrate with all major Learning Management Systems (LMS).This is will bring a multitude of benefits to educators! The team released three key announcements: OneNote and Office...
28 Oct 2015
10 ways to get ahead with Windows 10 in the classroom
We want to help make teacher's lives a little bit easier! Here are some simple tips and tricks on how the new features in Windows 10 (free to upgrade ) save time for teachers and make learning more fun for students. For more extensive training on using Windows 10 in the classroom, check out our Quick...
27 Oct 2015
OneNote partners with FiftyThree to support Pencil and Paper, plus Shape Recognition coming soon
Digital handwriting—or inking as we like to call it—is now better than ever in OneNote, with support for a variety of new functionalities for our iPad and Windows 10 users. Pencil and Paper by FiftyThree support OneNote on iPad now supports writing with the Pencil by FiftyThree stylus...
20 Oct 2015
Introducing the new Online Educator Community
We have taken an exciting step toward fulfilling this mission by launching the new Microsoft online educator community website , a centralised resource and engagement tool for educators that makes it easy to access a global network of educators, free interactive training and best practices. Microsoft's...
18 Oct 2015
Top teacher-requested features added to OneNote Class Notebooks
This blog post has been taken from the Office Blogs post The OneNote team has some exciting announcements to share! As we mentioned on the Microsoft Education blog earlier this month, OneNote Class Notebooks and OneNote Staff Notebooks are now available for Office 365 customers (teachers and faculty...
11 Oct 2015
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
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
Tools to Unlock Learning: The OneNote for Learning Literacy Toolbar
This post has been taken from the Microsoft in Education Blog On the same day in August 2015, two important announcements were made on different sides of the world. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released a new report on secondary school attainment, showing that progress...
31 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
New Zealand MIE Experts create a sensational Food For Life project for their students!
Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Experts and Howick College science teachers, Steve Martin and Ruby Huang, created a visionary project for their Year 9 students earlier in 2015. Students were required to investigate the science of food nutrition, and used technology to go about this process. The...
29 Jun 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
Microsoft launches online education network for New Zealand’s 249 Catholic schools
This blog post was taken from an announcement on the Microsoft New Zealand News Centre . NZ Catholic Schools to connect with a shared online community The New Zealand Catholic Education Office is set to lead the international Catholic community with the launch of an online education network today...
11 Jun 2015
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
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