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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
A New Era of Windows 10 Devices from Microsoft
Last week, Microsoft made an exciting announcement regarding a range of innovative new Windows 10 devices! The team's approach to devices is to create and reinvent categories - like they did with Xbox and Xbox Live, with Surface being the tablet that can replace your laptop, with Lumia and Continuum...
14 Oct 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
Innovation in NZ's tertiary education ICT sector recognised
University of Otago virtual student desktop wins Supreme Award at the 2015 Microsoft Tertiary ICT Innovation Awards The University of Otago has taken out the Supreme Award at the Microsoft Tertiary ICT Innovation Awards, held in conjunction with the Tertiary Education ICT Conference. Held in Dunedin...
22 Sep 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
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
Tutorials to get you started using Sway
To help you make a start with Sway, the team have put together a couple of tutorial videos to give you some ideas on how to use Sway to express your thoughts in a completely new way! Check them out below! What is Sway? How to make a tutorial How to build a presentation How...
28 Jul 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
Announcement: Office for Android phones and tablets
The Office team are excited to announce the general availability of the new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for Android phones and tablets. You can download Word , Excel and PowerPoint on your Android phone today to get started! It was announced 6 weeks ago that there would be an Office for Android...
10 Jul 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
Should computer science be a compulsory subject in New Zealand schools?
Computer science. Most of us don't know what it really entails. What is computer science? How is it taught? How is it used in real life? Quite often it is seen as intimidating, an item for the 'too hard basket'. Because of this most current students, and even more adults, don't know the...
12 Jan 2015
Show your class the world with Skype!
Introducing Mystery Skype, an educational game invented by teachers. It's played by two classrooms using Skype. The aim of the game is to guess the location of the other classroom by asking each other questions. Mystery Skype is a fun way to get students of all ages learning about different cultures...
7 Jan 2015
“The real virtue is not in the tools we create, it is in how we use the tools to create" - an interview with Sir Ken Robinson
Anthony Salcito (Vice President of Education for Microsoft Corp.'s Worldwide Public Sector organisation) recently spoke with Sir Ken Robinson about his thoughts on the explosion of technology in education and what this means for creativity and learning. For those that have not heard of Sir Ken Robinson...
6 Jan 2015
Sway Preview expands and delivers more feature improvements!
It’s been only 10 weeks since Sway Preview was launched, and there's already been over one million unique visitors to Sway.com and over 175,000 requests to join, and those numbers grow by thousands daily. On the back of this demand, Sway Preview is now open to everybody - with no waitlist!...
22 Dec 2014
Quick Tip Videos from Microsoft - tech ideas to use in your classroom!
There is unlimited potential for educators to improve students' learning experiences using the latest Microsoft technologies such as OneNote and Office Mix. Design engaging lessons? Improve collaboration? Get your message across in a new way? Captivate students' imaginations? All of these common...
16 Dec 2014
Teachers using OneNote to enhance classroom activities and encourage student creativity!
Students often find creative writing a challenge, right? Not anymore! Using OneNote and other tools, a child can extend their imagination and surprise themselves with their own creativity. OneNote provides a new way to draw the best out of your class! Mr Dekker, a teacher at St. Andrew's College...
10 Dec 2014
Update: Massey University and Western Institute of Technology - Taranaki are now providing Office to every student for free!
Again, we're very excited to announce the latest additions of Massey University and Western Institute of Technology, which are now too are providing Office to their students for free . As we've posted over the last few weeks, the below listed tertiary institutions are providing Microsoft Office...
3 Dec 2014
Announcing Office Sway Preview: reimagine how your ideas come to life
Say hello to Sway ! Sway is an entirely different way to express yourself and bring your ideas to life. When your ideas are born, you want to explore, visualize and share them—quickly and easily, wherever you happen to be, and on whatever device you have. You want your ideas to be understood. Sway...
19 Nov 2014
Office 365 ProPlus benefit available for faculty and staff starting December 1st!
We're excited to share that that faculty and staff will, as of December 1st , be able to access the same Office 365 ProPlus benefit as their students . This means that any school or tertiary institution licencing Office for all of their faculty and staff can now include an Office 365 ProPlus subscription...
18 Nov 2014
Update: NMIT and Waiariki Institute of Technology are now providing Office to every student for free!
We are delighted to announce that Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and Waiariki Institute of Technology now too are providing Office to their students for free. To reiterate, and as we posted last week, the below listed tertiary institutions are providing Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus to...
16 Nov 2014
Tertiary students may be eligible to get Microsoft Office for free!
We are excited to announce that the below listed tertiary institutions are providing Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus to every student free of charge . This means the latest version of the full Office productivity suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote are available for offline and online use...
5 Nov 2014
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