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    By now you may have heard of the Office Mix Customer Preview, which makes it simple to create online courses. Office Mix gives superpowers to PowerPoint lessons – it lets you record while you write and draw on them, add video, quizzes and labs, and store them in the cloud. You and other teachers...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft announces $1M grant for High Tech Youth Network

    Microsoft New Zealand is donating $1 million in cash, software and services investment to the High Tech Youth Network, designed to provide pathways for young, underserved Kiwis into the IT industry. Speaking yesterday at One Tree Hill College in Penrose, Microsoft NZ Managing Director, Paul Muckleston...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Devices and Services in Education: Usage Scenario 1 - Smart Art

    Welcome to the first of a weekly blog series for August and September, where we will be providing you with introductory scenarios around 5 learning themes to help exploit the pedagogical value of Windows 8.1 Microsoft devices and Office 365. The purpose of these scenarios is hinged around how to encourage...
  • Blog Post: OneNote for Mac and iOS get dressed for school!

    We are thrilled to announce today four major updates for OneNote for Mac , OneNote for iPad and OneNote for iPhone . Building on our recent updates in May , these enhancements make OneNote the best choice for taking notes and staying organized at school. Addressing customers top requests, we added...
  • Blog Post: The complimentary SharePoint in Education event is next week - don't forget to register!

    We are only one week away from the SharePoint in Education event, held at Microsoft New Zealand! It's going to be a fantastic afternoon and we are all very excited to hear the amazing Lou Zulli Jr give his insights on Office 365 in Education. Click here to Register now! More information below: ...
  • Blog Post: Boost for Kiwi students as Microsoft NZ helps hone digital skills

    Graduates from the Microsoft IT Academy’s ‘Microsoft Office Specialist’ course have earned special recognition from Hekia Parata, Education Minister, as well as digital skills to aid their future. The nine students from Mana College in Porirua were presented with graduation certificates...
  • Blog Post: NCEA Hub: The coolest new Education app in the Windows Store!

    We are very excited to announce the NZ created , NCEA Hub app, which is only available in the Windows Store ! Students are now able to track their progress towards achieving an NCEA qualification throughout the school year and look up information on NCEA standards and subjects. The app allows...
  • Blog Post: O365 and SharePoint 4 Schools - Essentials. Register now!

    Microsoft NZ and ShareThePoint bring you "Office 365 and SharePoint 4 Schools Essentials" - Register now! Description This one-day intensive course is an introduction for people who are new to SharePoint 2013 and want to use it for staff intranets, classroom sites, class blog sites, document...
  • Blog Post: Trading In The Whiteboard for OneNote and a Surface Pro

    Once again, Sam McNeill, the Director of ICT at St Andrew’s College, has blown us away with his innovative and creative use of technology in the classroom. Sam runs the St Andrew's College "eLearning Stories" blog which provides a virtual “look through the classroom window”...
  • Blog Post: Kiwi students set to compete in the 2014 Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals

    Four University of Auckland students who designed an innovative social interaction app for mobile devices have been selected to compete in the Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle, USA, next month. Hayden Do (19), Jason Wei (19), Chris Duan (30), and Derek Zhu (22) beat out more than 150...
  • Blog Post: Thailand selects Office 365 for every student nationwide!

    This week, Thailand’s Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) is announcing a sweeping cloud education partnership with Microsoft, one that will provide 8 million students and 400,000 teachers throughout the country with free access to the world's best cloud-enabled productivity software...
  • Blog Post: Top Windows 8.1 apps for the classroom - how many are you using?

    Microsoft UK recently blogged about the top Education Apps in the Windows Store. We thought it was such a fantastic list, we wanted to share it with you. The post was written by Stuart Ball, the Partners in Learning UK manager, and gives a refreshingly honest insight into the benefits of these apps in...
  • Blog Post: BYOD Case Study: The Surface Pro's Seamless Integration into Tuckahoe School

    We are very excited to share with you this fantastic case study of Tuckahoe School's adoption of the Surface Pro in their BYOD program. Check out the video and tweet us your thoughts! @MSNZEducation Not sure where to start with BYOD? Want to learn more? Download our discussion paper which investigates...
  • Blog Post: A Celebration of Innovation in Action: A Look Back at the 2014 Global Forum

    "I have often said that education has the power to transform the world. After the incredible week we had at the 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona, I know this adage could not be more true. Over 1,100 educators, school leaders, government officials, education leaders and students...
  • Blog Post: Greetings from the Global Education Forum!

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  • Blog Post: Countdown to Barcelona: 2014 Global Forum Kicks off Next Week

    The 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona, Spain is next week! For the Expert Educators and Mentor School leaders we’ll be celebrating, this event is the culmination of many years of hard work on the front lines of education reform. Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Getting Microsoft Office for your students has just become easier.

    Student Advantage enables every school in New Zealand that licenses Office for staff and to be eligible to get Office 365 ProPlus for students at no additional cost. You can get it now! This supports the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or 1:1 learning programmes that you may be looking at implementing...
  • Blog Post: Join us for the College & Career Readiness Virtual Event, February 13 and 18

    Join us for a special two-hour virtual College & Career Readiness Event Choose the event time that fits your schedule: Thursday, February 13 | 8:00 – 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time | Add this event to your calendar February 18th from 12:00-14:00 Asia/Singapore/ 15:00-17:00 PM Sydney | Add this...
  • Blog Post: Educators and Students are Choosing Surface and Changing the Classroom

    Tablets in the classroom is one of the biggest trends in education today – many schools are in the midst of implementing a “1-device-per-student”-type project, and many teachers are incorporating technology in new and innovative ways into their lesson plans. If you visit your local...
  • Blog Post: Don't forget to tune in to the Promoting 21st Century Skills Webinar!

    It is no secret that students today require skillsets that are hugely different from what was needed to secure jobs a decade ago. We see this change playing out everywhere in the world, and the gap between what employers are looking for and what recent graduates have to offer is only widening. So...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Bill Gates delivers captivating TED Talk - "Our teachers deserve better"

    Bill Gates recently presented an extremely inspiring TED Talk, focusing not only on professional development for teachers, but heavily on the importance of feedback. We want to share it with you. Gates believes that “everyone needs a coach”. “We all need people who will give us feedback...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: EduTech in K-12 - What works?

    Technology adoption in K12 classrooms is taking the world by storm. Classrooms world-wide are using cell phones, e-readers, tablets, and smartboards which impact hugely how teachers teach and students learn. However, it is not uncommon to hear teachers’ concerns about the effectiveness of educational...
  • Blog Post: 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...