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    "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: Office 365 Education - What's included?

    If you are considering using Office 365 Education for your school, you will probably want to know what’s in it for you. Office 365 Education gives you SharePoint collaboration spaces, Exchange Email, web versions of Office apps, Lync communications and SkyDrive storage services. To get the full...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Surface in the Classroom Accessory Design Challenge

    Today we are very excited to announce the launch of the Surface in the Classroom Design Challenge ! Calling all designers, teachers, students & parents! We want your ideas for how classrooms can evolve to support 1:1 learning with Surface tablets. Submit a design sketch and a description of your...
  • Blog Post: Mana College launches Microsoft IT Academy

    This week was a very exciting one for Mana College, as they launched the Microsoft IT Academy programme. Microsoft NZ's Education Sector Lead, Evan Blackman, travelled to the school to mark the occasion. What is Microsoft IT Academy? It's a program which provides industry-leading technology skills...
  • Blog Post: You're invited to the Windows Learning Series

    This exclusive series will show you why now is the best time to modernize your schools with Windows 8.1 and the new Office, and how you can leverage this technology to drive better learning. Dec 19: Migrating from Windows XP in education Jan 16: Using digital ink in the classroom to drive better...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the 2014 Expert Educators and Mentor Schools

    Last week, Anthony Salcito had the honour of announcing Microsoft’s 2014 Expert Educators and Mentor Schools . Members of both programs are part of an exclusive, year-long program designed to recognize educators and schools that are on the leading edge of education innovation. Expert Educators...
  • Blog Post: Top Eight Educational apps on Windows 8

    Windows 8 has been reimagined for learning. The new Windows 8 educational applications revolutionise classroom learning and student productivity. Now your students can experience the full educational benefits behind months of programming and design. Teaching is made easy - ask your students to sketch...
  • Blog Post: Windows in the Classroom Tip #1 - making Windows 8 your own

    Over the next 5 weeks we will be giving you a sneak peek into the tips and tricks school leadership teams across New Zealand are learning at their complimentary Windows in the Classroom seminar. This week we’ll cover the basics – teaching your students to customise their own start screen...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Reflecting on 2012 – A year of Education Milestones for Microsoft

    2012 has been a year of innovation for Microsoft, with the launch of Windows 8 and Office 365 at the forefront of all the excitement. Here are Microsoft’s top 10 highlights of the year in the Education Sector. We enjoyed them so much, we thought it was only appropriate to share them again. The...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...