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Partners in Learning is now the Microsoft Educator Network - and much more!
We are pleased to announce that the Partners in Learning Network has undergone somewhat of a makeover and is now the Microsoft Educator Network ! We'd just like to highlight some of the great new features of the Microsoft Educator Network that will make your experience as an educator even more valuable...
17 Apr 2014
Microsoft World Tour School - Hellerup School, Denmark
Anthony Salcito, Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft, recently blogged about the innovative Hellerup School in Denmark. Hellerup School is one of the Microsoft World Tour Schools in the Innovative Schools Program . The school is operating in one big open classroom environment without walls...
15 Apr 2014
St Andrew's College Creates Student ePortfolios with OneNote and Office365
Sam McNeill, Director of ICT at St Andrew's College, recently blogged about one Year 6 class' fantastic work with OneNote for creating ePortfolios. We enjoyed it so much, we thought we'd share it with you. You can see Sam's full blog post here ! "One of the things I love about...
9 Apr 2014
It's the 8th April and from today, Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP. What does this mean for your school?
Today is April 8th 2014. This is the date that Microsoft has ended support for Windows XP. What does this mean for your school? If your school is still running Windows XP from today, you may be exposed to potential risks. Your school will no longer receive updates for Windows XP from Microsoft...
7 Apr 2014
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...
4 Apr 2014
Announcing the Office you love, now on the iPad!
Over a billion people on the planet use Microsoft Office to get more done at work and at home. Every day we hear from you how important it is to have a great productivity experience on all the devices you use. We take that very seriously – we know that means you want the authentic experience of...
27 Mar 2014
Register your interest now for the 21 Steps to 21st Century Learning Workshop!
Helping school leaders clarify their vision for 1:1 learning and building an executable framework to bring this to life. Microsoft and CORE Education bring you the complimentary 21 Steps to 21st century learning workshop in May 2014. This two-day seminar will explore the planning and implementation...
24 Mar 2014
The Windows 8.1 Deployment Kit is here!
We are very excited to announce that the Windows 8.1 Deployment Kit will this week be arriving on the desks of all NZ State and Integrated Schools, with rolls of less than 700 students. What’s in the kit? The deployment kit contains a ready-made ‘image’ of the latest Microsoft...
19 Mar 2014
OneNote now on Mac, free everywhere, and service powered!
OneNote is the ultimate extension for your brain, but it’s not complete if it’s not instantly available everywhere. We’ve already made a lot of progress in that direction with our mobile, tablet and online web experiences. But there was still a gap. People frequently asked for OneNote...
17 Mar 2014
Greetings from the Global Education Forum!
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14 Mar 2014
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...
7 Mar 2014
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...
4 Mar 2014
St Andrew's College: Increasing Student Engagement & Enthusiasm for Writing with OneNote!
Sam McNeill, Director of ICT at St Andrew's College in Christchurch, recently wrote this fantastic blog post on the school's use of OneNote. We were so delighted to see the increase of student egnagement and enthusiasm for writing with OneNote, that we had to share it with you. You can see the...
26 Feb 2014
Top 100 Education Apps on Windows 8
Let’s face it. Apps are now an integral part of our everyday lives. We use them to check the weather and check into a flight, to see when the next bus is coming, record notes, read books, play games and much more. A great outcome of the app revolution is the transformative learning that apps...
26 Feb 2014
The countdown to the 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum begins!
The 2014 Microsoft in Education Global Forum is fast approaching, and we are very excited. Not only is the Global Forum the best education event of the year; it’s also life-changing for everyone who attends. The Global Forum recognises and celebrates the achievements of educators and school...
19 Feb 2014
Migrate your school's PCs off XP and on to Windows 8 or 8.1 and be in to win $15,000 worth of Dell PCs, laptops and tablets!
On April 8th 2014, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP. That's not far away. What does this mean for your school? If your school is still running Windows XP by this date, you may be exposed to potential risks. Your school will no longer receive updates for Windows XP from Microsoft, including...
18 Feb 2014
Student Advantage: Get Office 365 ProPlus for your students, at no additional cost!
Student Advantage enables every school in New Zealand that licenses Office for staff 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, or are...
14 Feb 2014
Scots College sees Office 365 as a "key factor on BYOD strategy"
Scots College, an independent Presbyterian day and boarding school for boys Years 1 - 13, recently deployed Office 365 as their school wide staff and student productivity tool. After hosting their complimentary Windows in the Classroom Seminar ( http://www.microsoft.com/nz/windowsintheclassroom/), Assistant...
9 Feb 2014
Skype in the Classroom: Mystery Skype
The idea of Mystery Skype is simple: classrooms Skype call each other and try to guess where the other classroom is located either in the United States or in the world. On the day of the call, students use their resources in trying to figure where the other class is calling from via Skype. Pernille...
5 Feb 2014
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...
28 Jan 2014
Choosing Surface for the Classroom: St Patrick's College, London
Continuing on from our blog yesterday, we are delighted to bring you another fantastic example of the success a school has experienced by choosing Surface as their BYOD tablet. St Patrick’s College in London offers industry-standard vocational coursework to a diverse population of students from...
24 Jan 2014
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...
23 Jan 2014
Office 365: Your complete resource guide
Microsoft is committed to the success of every student, and our goal is to help students reach their full potential through the world's leading productivity tools in Office 365. It is important to us that, as educators, using Office 365 is made easy in order to support and facilitate 21st century...
15 Jan 2014
Office 365 for Education versus Google Apps: Everything you need to know
Why Microsoft recently came up with this fantastic infographic, and we had to share it with you! The image gives you excellent insight into how Office 365 for Education can be leveraged in the classroom to help our students gain the 21st century skills so crucial in preparing them for the modern workforce...
9 Jan 2014
Anthony Salcito on how Student Advantage prepares students for the workforce
Futures recently spoke to Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Education at Microsoft, on how the Student Advantage programme will transform the way students learn. The report was written by Kelly Ng and gives fantastic insight into the benefits Microsoft technology is bringing to...
9 Jan 2014
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