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Regular updates from Microsoft in the NZ education sector. Events and advice for education staff.

NZ Education Blog

  • 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 helps you do just that. It’s a new way for you to create a beautiful, interactive, web-based expression of your ideas, from your phone or browser. It is easy to share your creation and it looks great on any screen. Your ideas have no borders, edges, page breaks, cells or slides. Your mind is a continuous canvas, and Sway brings this canvas to life. Sway helps you focus on the human part: your ideas and how they relate to each other. Sway takes care of the design work—a Sway is ready to share with the world as soon as it is born. 

    The good news: While for the rest of the world Sway is invitation-only, in New Zealand the iPhone app is a free download in the iTunes store. Once you sign into Sway from the app, it also unlocks the full web-authoring experience. We are just starting our journey with Sway and want you to help us shape its future.

    Find out more about Sway here and tweet us your thoughts at @MSNZEducation.

  • 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 at no extra cost for all students, faculty and staff.

    Extending the Office 365 ProPlus benefit to faculty and staff ensures that teachers are using the latest versions of Office and the same feature set as their students. It will allow teachers to install full Office on up to five PCs or Macs and unlock the editing capabilities of the Office apps for iPad. It also gives them access to all their Office documents both at school and at home. With Office 365 ProPlus teachers can take advantage of great Office apps and add-ins like Office Mix to record and publish class lectures.

    How does my school take advantage of this benefit you ask?

    This is a benefit of the Ministry of Education’s agreement with Microsoft, where every state and integrated school in New Zealand is eligible to get Office 365 ProPlus software for your students, and soon your teachers and faculty.

    Office 365 ProPlus includes all the familiar and full Office applications, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and offers the ability for these to be locally installed on up to five devices and available offline. This also includes Office for Mac and Office for iPad.

    To enable your students (and soon staff) to get Office software for their personal use, the next steps are:

    If you already have the Office 365 cloud service:

    1. Contact Datacom to add the no-cost student and faculty Office 365 Pro Plus SKU's to your Microsoft agreement (faculty from December 1st)
    2. Assign the Office 365 ProPlus software to your students (in the Office 365 Admin Portal) and staff from December 1st
    3. Download – your students and staff are then able to download the Office 365 ProPlus software to their personal devices

    If you don’t have the Office 365 cloud service:

    1. Contact Datacom to add the no-cost Office 365 Plan A2 and the Office 365 Pro Plus licences to your Microsoft agreement
    2. Deploy Office 365 for your school (quick deployment at www.fasttrack.office.com, or you may need a partner to assist)
    3. Assign the Office 365 ProPlus software to your students and soon staff (in the administration portal in Office 365)
    4. Download – your students and staff are then able to download the Office ProPlus software to their personal devices

    You can contact Datacom to find out more and take these steps at nzschool@datacom.co.nz.

  • 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 every student free of charge - and now NMIT and Waiariki Institute of Technology have joined the list!

    What does this mean again? The latest version of the full Office productivity suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote are available for offline and online use to best prepare you for class. As long as you’re a current student at an eligible institution that has activated the service, you’ll be able to use this software for free.

    • Install on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 tablets (including iPad!)

    • Sync across all your devices with OneDrive

    • Gain valuable skills on the world’s most popular productivity software

    • Use the same programmes as your lecturers and tutors to ensure full file fidelity

    If you are enrolled at an eligible tertiary institution that has activated the service, you can download the software by signing in to Office 365 using your institution login and password. If you’re a student at one of the below tertiary institutions, simply click on the corresponding link and follow the instructions. If your institution isn’t listed below but has activated this service, you can visit this link and sign in using your institution login and password.

    Don’t forget, you’ll need your tertiary institution account login and password to sign in and take up this benefit.

    Did we miss out your tertiary institution? Ask your institution’s IT department about getting Office for free. We’ll keep you updated and provide direct links to other institutions that are providing this exciting benefit in future blog posts.

    DON'T FORGET! Spread the good news to your friends! Share that you may be eligible to get Office for free through your school/tertiary institution for a chance to win a Surface!

    Use Vine, Instagram or Twitter and the hashtag #GetOffice365Contest to let your fellow students know that they may be eligible to get Office 365 for free. When you share you will be entered for a chance to win a Surface Pro 3! One lucky winner each week from now through until December 30th will win. See below for how to enter or read the Official Rules. School students can enter too, as long as they are 13 years or older.

    How to enter:

    You can enter by sharing on Twitter, Instagram or Vine.

    1. Share a video, photo or short statement on Twitter, Instagram or Vine encouraging others to see if they can Get Office 365 for free from their institution (by checking if your institution's name is listed above or asking your school/institution).

    2. Include the hashtag #GetOffice365Contest and a hashtag with the name of your school/tertiary institution.

    3. Include the link to the GetOffice365Contest page at aka.ms/yikrv1

    4. Follow @Office on the social channel you use to share your entry.

  • 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 to best prepare you for class. As long as you’re a current student at an eligible institution that has activated the service, you’ll be able to use this software for free.

    • Install on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 tablets (including iPad!)

    • Sync across all your devices with OneDrive

    • Gain valuable skills on the world’s most popular productivity software

    • Use the same programmes as your lecturers and tutors to ensure full file fidelity

    If you are enrolled at an eligible tertiary institution that has activated the service, you can download the software by signing in to Office 365 using your institution login and password. If you’re a student at one of the below tertiary institutions, simply click on the corresponding link and follow the instructions. If your institution isn’t listed below but has activated this service, you can visit this link and sign in using your institution login and password.

    Don’t forget, you’ll need your tertiary institution account login and password to sign in and take up this benefit.

    Did we miss out your tertiary institution? Ask your institution’s IT department about getting Office for free. We’ll keep you updated and provide direct links to other institutions that are providing this exciting benefit in future blog posts.

    Spread the good news to your friends!

    Share that you may be eligible to get Office for free through your school/tertiary institution for a chance to win a Surface!

    Use Vine, Instagram or Twitter and the hashtag #GetOffice365Contest to let your fellow students know that they may be eligible to get Office 365 for free. When you share you will be entered for a chance to win a Surface Pro 3! One lucky winner each week from now through until December 30th will win. See below for how to enter or read the Official Rules. School students can enter too, as long as they are 13 years or older.

    How to enter:

    You can enter by sharing on Twitter, Instagram or Vine.

    1. Share a video, photo or short statement on Twitter, Instagram or Vine encouraging others to see if they can Get Office 365 for free from their institution (by checking if your institution's name is listed above or asking your school/institution).

    2. Include the hashtag #GetOffice365Contest and a hashtag with the name of your school/tertiary institution.

    3. Include the link to the GetOffice365Contest page at aka.ms/yikrv1

    4. Follow @Office on the social channel you use to share your entry.

  • The 2015 New Zealand Imagine Cup Competition Is Now Open!


    Calling all students aged 16 years and over!

    The 2015 New Zealand Imagine Cup Competition Is Now Open: Register Now!

    Microsoft’s premier student technology competition, Imagine Cup, returns for its 13th year with three big competitions: Games, Innovation and World Citizenship. You could win a trip to compete in Seattle, Washington, U.S.A., the home of Microsoft for the coveted Imagine Cup trophy and $50,000.

    Get your team together, learn about the competitions, and register now!

    We are now accepting submissions to the 2015 competition. Deadline for Phase 1 is the 5th of December – check out http://aka.ms/icnz for more info.

     Phase 1 – Submissions – Oct 21st – Dec 5th

    Phase 2 – Develop Prototype – Dec 10th – Feb 27th

    Phase 3 – National Finals – March 8th – 9th

    Read More On Last Year's Winners - Team Estimeet

    Team Estimeet, our 2014 NZ winning team in the Innovation Category won a place at the Worldwide finals. The team went onto compete against 9 other teams from around the world and took out the top prize in the Innovation Category including $50,000USD in prize money. The team built a solution that improves the way people meet. The solution involved developing a Windows Phone app that help users understand how far people are from a scheduled meeting location, the apps focus was to reduce time spent calling and texting people when running late for meetings.

    Check out the team video

    Learn More about the 2014 Winning Teams
    34 teams of students were flown to Microsoft's hometown of Seattle this past July for the Imagine Cup 2014 Worldwide Finals. The teams competed for the top spot in Games, Innovation or World Citizenship, and then faced off in a live round, on stage before an audience of thousands, with VIP judges including Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella!

    Meet the winning teams and find inspiration for your 2015 project!

  • OneNote Class NoteBook Creator - making collaboration between students and teachers easy!

    In the words of Anthony Salcito, Vice President for Microsoft Worldwide Education, "sometimes all it takes for an amazing project to be born is the ability to listen."

    "It was March 2013, and Jonathan Grudin was attending the Workshop on the Impact of Pen and Touch Technology on Education (WIPTTE). It’s not immediately apparent from his unassuming aura, but Jonathan is actually a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and somewhat of a legend within Microsoft and beyond as a pioneer in computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW). With years of experience and groundbreaking research contributions, Jonathan certainly has a lot to share, but on this day his ability to listen allowed him to truly hear the needs of educators around the world, planting a young seed in his mind that would come to be nurtured by passionate peers in the company to become the OneNote Class Notebook Creator."

    So, what is the OneNote Class Notebook Creator?

    OneNote Class Notebook Creator lets teachers set up an ideal OneNote environment for their classes in minutes. With this SharePoint app for Office 365, teachers will quickly set up a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts, and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities, all within one powerful OneNote notebook. OneNote class notebooks free the teacher to focus on learning, not software or a device. Student work and teacher feedback are exchanged automatically in one place virtually anytime, anywhere.

    This app will create a class notebook, which includes three types of sub-notebooks:

    • Student Notebooks – private notebooks that are shared between each teacher and their individual students. Teachers can access these notebooks at any time, but students cannot see other students’ notebooks.

    • Content Library – a notebook for teachers to share course materials with students. Teachers can add and edit its materials, but for students, the notebook is read-only.

    • Collaboration Space – a notebook for all students and the teacher in the class to share, organize, and collaborate.

    With OneNote powering your class learning experiences, join teachers around the world who:

    • Empower students to take naturally visual notes with ease—place images, text, printouts, tables, ink, screenshots, and files anywhere in OneNote’s “anything, anywhere” freeform canvas

    • Keep tabs on student performance—see exactly which students soar and struggle by observing their full learning process, from note-taking, to problem solving, to submission

    • Revolutionize homework feedback with real-time coaching while students work

    • Encourage collaborative creativity between students with fast synchronization on pages

    • Lead class with OneNote projected in full screen mode as the digital whiteboard

    • Eliminate paper by replacing printouts on paper with printouts to OneNote

    • Organize every lesson, handout, and assignment in flexible shared notebook structure

    • Combine OneNote with the creative power of digital ink to deliver the most natural digital educational experiences possible

    You can find fantastic, easy to follow, step-by-step set up instructions right here. Below is a sneak peak into what you'll get to do. We'd love to hear about your experiences with the OneNote Class NoteBook Creator - tweet us at @MSNZEducation!

     

  • Australia & New Zealand Expert Educators gathering in Sydney last weekend

    What happens when you bring some of Australia’s most innovative educators together? Well, the Microsoft education team in Australia & New Zealand was looking forward to finding out when the Innovative Educators Expert Program Australia/New Zealand kicks off with a two day forum in the weekend just been.

    The Innovative Educator Expert Program is a global Microsoft initiative which recognises pioneer educators who are using technology to transform education.   

    The programme features 37 Australian and 12 Kiwi educators who are coming together to share ideas and the details of how they are using Microsoft technologies to engage students and their peers in innovative ways to positively impact learning.

    Throughout the year-long programme, our ANZ Expert Educators will be sharing their experiences and working together as a community to promote ideas to innovate in teaching and learning.

    As a starting point, our educators used the hashtag #mseduweekend, over the course of the 11 and 12 October so Twitter users could keep an eye out for tweets over the weekend. You can still look at these tweets now - head on over to Twitter and check out @MSNZEducation while you're there. 

    To keep up with our Expert Educators, visit this blog to see their posts and experiences throughout the program! Look out for a post very soon introducing New Zealand's Innovative Educator Experts too.

  • OneNote in Education: Teachers using OneNote in the classroom

    Take a look at how the teachers at Cary Academy in Cary, North Carolina, seamlessly integrate OneNote into their classrooms to elevate the education of students through presentation, organisation, and real-time collaboration with both students and other educators.

    But what about a Kiwi school's experience? Shane Mann, physics and science teacher at Rathkeale College in Masterton, recently sent us a fantastic email sharing his experiences with OneNote in the classroom. We thought we'd share it with you!

    "I have been using the tool with my Year 9 Science class for the past 5 weeks and it is fantastic. As a teacher, it is extremely easy to share content and monitor student progress. My students have not needed to use a pen and paper at all! The feedback from students is very positive. They are desperate to continue using the technology for the rest of the year and have found lessons to be far more interesting and engaging. In addition to this, I have found myself becoming more of a facilitator of learning helping the students to work through the content at their own pace.

    During the trial I had most students using the original Surface Pro with the stylus pen. At the moment we have 70 of these devices that form 2 COW trollies and a number that are issued from the Library. This was by far the best device as it enabled students to complete the tasks while getting the most out of the technology without limits. The use of the pen was very popular and became a normal function of every lesson. We also had 2 iPad minis, 1 iPad, 1 Windows 8 laptop, 1 MacBook Air and a Samsung Galaxy tablet. All of these other devices had limits and were not as functional as the Surface Pros."

    We are delighted to hear of Shane's positive and exciting experience with OneNote and Surface in the Classroom. Got a story like Shane's to share? Email us at nzeducation@microsoft.com.

    Want to learn more about how to set up OneNote in your classroom? Check out this awesome link - Getting Started with the OneNote Class Notebook Creator: A Walkthrough for Teachers.

  • Microsoft EduCast: Register to attend Oct 14th Teaching with Technology Webinar

    Teach with Tech: How you can transform your classroom with technology!  

    REGISTER NOW

    ABOUT THIS EDUCAST

    As educators, the innovation you bring to the classroom amplifies and influences a generation. Staying ahead of the technology curve is critical to delivering current and compelling lessons that help students earn certifications critical to college and career goals. In this webcast, hear from educators including Katherine Schmit who has used technology to help her students compete at the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championships and award-winning science teacher, author, and researcher Steve Martin and Katherine Schmit on how teaching and innovation can come together to advance students’ skill sets in the most effective and engaging way.

    October 14th, 2014 at 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Pacific

    For start and end times in other locations, please click HERE

     Steve Martin

    Steve Martin is a science teacher at Howick College in Auckland, New Zealand. He is an author, honorary lecturer and researcher who has won awards for both teaching and innovation.

     Katherine Schmit

    Katherine came to teaching through the Washington State Career and Technical Education Business Route, employed as a library assistant when the school saw her technical skills and asked her to become a teacher. She uses her 20+ years of business experience to quantify her college experience in conjunction with 2 years of CTE teacher courses and is in the 7th year of teaching Business and Technology at Kalama High School

    Upcoming Microsoft EduCast webinars. Register for the series today!

    NOV 11, 2014:  Let's Get Creative!: Learning with Bing and Office Mix

    DEC 9, 2014:  Collaborative Classrooms: Using O365 to learn together

    JAN 14, 2015:  Flip This Classroom! Creating deeper learning experiences with personalised learning

    FEB 10, 2015: Wow, Windows 8!: Now Windows 8 can simplify and amplify student learning experiences 

    MAR 10, 2015: Job Well Done! Prepping students with 21st century college career

    APR 14, 2015:  Up in the Clouds: Using the cloud to deliver engaging and immersive learning experiences

    MAY 12, 2015:  Winning in a Digital World: Helping your students succeed in technology

    JUN 9, 2015:  Blended Learning 101: A technology toolkit for 21st century classrooms

  • Education Empowered - Book your complimentary Microsoft in Education Seminar today!

    Ensure your school leadership team is across the learning opportunities afforded by new technologies, by hosting a Microsoft in Education seminar.

    What is it?

    This complimentary seminar will help you explore the tools and technologies available to help educators teach 21st century skills and optimise the classroom for advanced student achievement.

    It's a great starting point for any school considering or enhancing their 1-to-1 learning programme, and it allows you to see the diversity of Microsoft software and HP devices applied to learning. Windows 8.1 will also be demonstrated through learning how it can be used to inspire students and improve educational outcomes.

    Your end-to-end solution begins here.


    In this seminar you will:

    • See rich curriculum samples and global examples of best practices that demonstrate how technology can enhance teaching, learning, and assessment for students.
    • Understand how technology and devices enable consumption, creation, and collaboration for students, educators, and parents.
    • See how students can continue learning where they left off - at home, in the library, or at the park.
    • Discover how students can organise their learning, take notes, and become highly efficient in the way they study.
    • Learn where to get free tools that spark imagination and inspire learning.

    Booking:

    To book a Microsoft in Education Seminar at your school or for more information, email nzeducation@microsoft.com. You can also find out more by visiting microsoft.co.nz/educationseminars.

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  • Student Advantage: Your next steps on how to get Office 365 ProPlus at no additional licensing cost!

    With Student Advantage, your school can enable all your students to have the full Microsoft Office software for personal use, at no additional licensing cost­*.

    This is a benefit of the Ministry of Education’s agreement with Microsoft, where every state and integrated school in New Zealand is eligible to get Office 365 ProPlus software for your students.   

    Office 365 ProPlus includes all the familiar and full Office applications, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and offers the ability for these to be locally installed on up to five devices and available offline. This also includes Office for Mac and Office for iPad.

    To enable your students to get Office software for their personal use, the next steps are:

    If you already have the Office 365 cloud service:

    1. Contact Datacom to add the no-cost Office 365 Pro Plus SKU to your Microsoft agreement
    2. Assign the Office 365 ProPlus software to your students (in the Office 365 Admin Portal)
    3. Communicate this benefit to your students and parents (using the ready-made communications templates, see the link below)
    4. Download – your students are then able to download the Office 365 ProPlus software to their personal devices

    If you don’t have the Office 365 cloud service:

    1. Contact Datacom to add the no-cost Office 365 Plan A2 and the Office 365 Pro Plus licences to your Microsoft agreement
    2. Deploy Office 365 for your school (quick deployment at www.fasttrack.office.com, or you may need a partner to assist)
    3. Assign the Office 365 ProPlus software to your students (in the administration portal in Office 365)
    4. Communicate this benefit to your students and parents (using the ready-made communications templates, see the link below)
    5. Download – your students are then able to download the Office ProPlus software to their personal devices

    You can contact Datacom to find out more and take these steps at nzschool@datacom.co.nz.

    Communicating to Students and Parents

    • We’ve prepared a set of materials that include email templates, posters and web banners you can re-purpose to communicate with your students.  Click here for details.
    • A step-by-step guide to downloading Office 365 Pro Plus can be found here

    *Datacom may charge an administration fee, for further details please contact Datacom at nzschool@datacom.co.nz.

  • Office Mix – The Evolution Of The Whiteboard? St Andrew's College Leads the Way in Classroom Innovation Again!

    We are very excited to feature another one of Sam McNeil's blog posts, showcasing yet another example of the exciting work St Andrew's College in Christchurch is doing in facilitating 21st century learning in the classroom. You can view his original blog post here. We encourage you to browse through his previous posts too, you won't be disappointed! Love your work Sam!

    "We are fortunate at St Andrew’s College that there are a number of teachers that are “flipping the classroom” in various ways and using a number of different technologies to support this. Examples already blogged about include:

    One of the common tools that has been used by a number of these teachers is the ageing Microsoft product called Community Clips. This has been a reliable piece of software for creating screencasts however it has struggled with new devices, failing to support the native resolution of the Surface Pro3 devices we are trialling with a number of teachers in various classrooms.

    Enter Office Mix.

    This relatively new product is a free plugin for Microsoft Powerpoint that allows you to record your screen, voice and video all at the same time. Additionally, it allows your Powerpoint to become interactive, with students able to complete quizzes directly within a slideshow.

    The key feature that appealed to Mr Hilliam was the recording of his screen in full, native resolution and the ease with which he was able to launch recording. Whilst the older Community Clips also allowed you to select a section of the screen to record, this is far easier in Office Mix.

    Because Office Mix records native resolutions the files can become quite large – it’s not unusual for these to get up to around 400MB for a 10minute video clip. However, because most of the teachers at St Andrew’s College subsequently upload them to YouTube.com the size is less relevant. YouTube automatically streams the best quality video that the user’s internet connection supports, so those with high speed can comfortably watch in HD.

    I recently asked Mr Hilliam to demonstrate this combination of Microsoft OneNote and Office Mix recording to a visiting delegation of Principals and Senior Leaders from the Independent Schools of New Zealand and this is the video he made on the fly:

    Year 9 class solving algebraic problems

    SUMMARY:

    St Andrew’s College has interactive whiteboards in every classroom in the Preparatory School from Years 4-8 and these are used widely by the teachers and students. However, these units, projectors and associated software are expensive to purchase and install.

    It’s intriguing to see how alternative configurations can deliver equivalent functionality, but also extend on it in two important ways:

    1. The teacher is not “tethered” to the front of the room – with Miracast technology they can roam around the room, allowing students to write on a tablet and have that displayed on the “whiteboard” at the front of the room for all students in the class to see.
    2. Through shared OneNote notebooks, all students get a copy of the examples, working and dictation from the teacher (if the Office Mix recording is uploaded to YouTube and the link shared in the Notebook).

    Whilst SurfacePro3 tablets are not cheap, we are currently trialling them with five classroom teachers across Maths, English and the Preparatory School. The initial feedback is that they would happily hand back their school-supplied laptop and use the SurfacePro3 as their primary and only device full time.

    I was pleased to hear this, especially after I have set the challenge of writing school reports on the 12″ screen of the SurfacePro3 and only using the web interface of our Student Management System (Synergetic).We have also pre-ordered a number of ScreenBeam Pro for Education miracast units. These units have additional security enhancements for classrooms, and also come with a VGA / HDMI converter so existing older style VGA projectors do not need to be replaced immediately.

    From what we have seen these units also hold the wireless connection more reliably and are easier to connect to than the existing miracast units we currently use.

    These technological advancements are definitely contributing to a smarter, and more evolved version of the traditional whiteboard."

    Again, you can access Sam's full post and other fantastic work here. Awesome stuff!

  • Students and teachers: You may be eligible to get Office for free!

    It was just about a year ago we announced Student Advantage, a benefit that allows eligible students to get Office 365 from their school for free. One drawback to Student Advantage—the onus has been on the school to initiate the service, create an account and order the Office 365 license on behalf of the student.

    Today we’re making it easier on the school IT department with a new self-serve model for students that lets them sign up for the free service on their own.

    If students are 13 years-old of age or older, here’s what they can do the check your eligibility and get Office for free:

    1. Go to Office 365 for Students.
    2. Enter a valid school-provided email address.

    Here’s what qualified students will receive:

    • The latest versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access and Publisher
    • Installation on up to five PCs or Macs, and Office apps on other mobile devices including Windows tablets and iPad
    • 1 Terabyte of OneDrive cloud storage
    • Office Online

    Sign-up for students is available in the U.S. today, and will expand worldwide later this year.

    In order to be eligible for this benefit, the student must attend a school that has purchased Office organization-wide for all faculty/staff via the Microsoft Volume Licensing program.

    These changes not only make it easier for students to get Office, but it makes managing the services easier on school IT. In the past, organizations were required to initiate the service, create accounts and order the free licenses on behalf of their students. All this needed to be done prior to students being able to access Office and OneDrive. The new self-service model removes all of that unnecessary friction and delay by simply allowing eligible students to sign up for the service themselves, while maintaining the same level of control, flexibility and security institutions have come to expect from Office 365.

    Office 365 ProPlus benefit available for faculty and staff starting December 1, 2014

    We have even more great news to share—we’re also announcing that faculty and staff will soon be able to access the same Office 365 ProPlus benefit as their students. This means that any organization purchasing Office for all of their faculty and staff can now include an Office 365 ProPlus subscription at no extra cost for all students, faculty and staff.

    Extending the Office 365 ProPlus benefit to faculty and staff ensures that teachers are using the latest versions of Office and the same feature set as their students. It will allow teachers to install full Office on up to five PCs or Macs and unlock the editing capabilities of the Office apps for iPad. It also gives them access to all their Office documents both at school and at home. With Office 365 ProPlus teachers can take advantage of great Office apps and add-ins like Office Mix to record and publish class lectures.

    Teachers in the U.S. can sign up for Office 365 ProPlus in October and expand to worldwide teachers later this year.

    You can contact Datacom to find out more by emailing nzschool@datacom.co.nz.

     

  • Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert applications close next week, don't miss out!


    Applications close on the 26th September, we don't want you to miss out!

    We posted all the details last week, but we're posting them again this week - just so you are fully aware of the eligibility requirements and benefits of applying and becoming a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. This is a unique opportunity for Kiwi talent, and we are so excited to showcase the some of the most innovative educators in New Zealand in this prestigious and global program.

    We’re looking for top educators, ready to spread the word about the great things they are doing in the classroom from across NZ. The Microsoft Innovative Educator - Expert Program is an exclusive program created to recognise pioneer educators who are using technology to transform education.

    Microsoft is seeking top innovative educators who are using Microsoft technologies to engage students and their peers in innovative ways to positively impact learning. We’re particularly interested in educators who are actively mentoring others, active in social media and have a passion for and a desire to share their experiences.

    As a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert, you will be asked to advocate and share your experiences with peers and policy makers on effective use of technology in education. The NZ MIE Expert community will also provide access to fellow innovative educators to share valuable experiences, lessons and best practices and work together as a community to promote ideas to innovate in teaching and learning.

    This is a non-paid, ambassador program, however you will receive some fantastic benefits as an MIE Expert. Benefits include your own Windows 8 tablet, mentoring from experienced innovative educators in the MIE community, and other rewards such as a chance to attend the Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Microsoft HQ, Seattle, in March 2015.

    Applicants will be evaluated based on their learning activity, application form and interview if called. Click here to apply.

    Please note, this job advert says for Auckland - but teachers from all over the country may apply! Applications close 26th September.

    What we need you to be

    • Full-time educator in Y1-13 or in a higher education faculty of education
    • Energised, with a friendly and outgoing personality
    • Able to work autonomously and within a team
    • Display confident and articulate presentation and written communication skills
    • Full-time educator in K-12 or in a higher education faculty of education
    • A fan of Windows devices and services – 3+ years’ experience on a Windows device using Microsoft Office and other key Microsoft applications

    What you’ll be doing

    • Advocating Microsoft technologies in the context of the classroom from October 2014
    • Representing Microsoft and sharing your experiences through social channels (blogs, communities) online engagements (webinars) and presenting at local events
    • Using a Windows 8 device and other Microsoft products and services
    • Mentoring and training other educators in applying the use of Microsoft technologies to learning
    • Providing input in professional development content for educators
    • Collaborating with other MIE - Experts and Microsoft on your experiences
    • Reporting weekly reporting on your activities

    What you’ll get

    • Training at a workshop in Sydney in October 2014
    • A Windows 8 device with Microsoft Office 365
    • Unique MIE Expert presentation and event collateral
    • Monthly incentives for the top MIE Experts
    • Select MIE Experts will receive the opportunity to attend the Microsoft in Education Global Forum in March 2015
    • Access to an exclusive community of educators with monthly webinars from education specialists, Microsoft technology and education specialists and a private online community
    • Mentoring from Microsoft and experienced education specialists

    What’s the next step?

    As part of the application you will be asked to provide details of a particular learning activity that is a good example of your Microsoft in the Classroom story as well as a simple cover letter and program relevant resume.

    We’re inviting educators from the all over New Zealand to apply for the MIE Expert program today. Click here to apply. Please note, this job advert says for Auckland - but teachers from all over the country may apply! Applications close 26th September.

  • OneNote to Rule Them All: St Andrew's College's Innovative use of OneNote in the Classroom

    This post was originally blogged on the St Andrew's College e-Learning Stories blog, here. We are so excited to re-post it here on our blog, as yet another fantastic example of the innovative work St Andrew's College is doing around e-Learning. Enjoy!

    It started as a way to help her students organise their notes, but Year 11 Dean and English teacher Jacqueline Yoder quickly found that Microsoft’s OneNote had a lot more potential.

    “It has an extensive collaborative capability which allows students access to all my folders, and lets me see their work,” she says.

    By using OneNote, an electronic version of a traditional binder, Jacqueline can access students’ online exercise books so if a student has a question she can see what they are working on and make suggestions, especially if she notes they are going off track.

    “I didn’t want a place just for storing documents. I wanted kids to interact, not to struggle to use their devices, and to have a ring binder in the sky.”

    With some help from Director of ICT, Sam McNeill, Jacqueline created a folder on OneDrive to which she uploads everything.

    “My two English classes don’t have books they only use OneNote – that’s their method of storing all of their work and assessments.”

    Jacqueline also does all her marking online making her classroom effectively paperless.

    “The students hand in nothing. I do a lot of colour coding in my feedback so they get back a far more visually enhanced assignment. I am also experimenting with oral feedback.”

    This involves inserting a video into her feedback providing a medium for more detailed analysis. It’s a different way of marking and works for students who struggle with English and find it difficult to read a marking schedule.

    But does it make better English students?

    “The evidence of my first trial group who have gone into Year 11 is that teachers say they are doing very well at NCEA. OneNote doesn’t replace teaching, it’s a tool to help students organise their work so they can find everything they need. It gives me a way of providing more informative feedback on a regular basis because I can literally comment immediately.”

    It’s this combination of staying organised and engaging feedback consistently over time rather than
    just at the end of an assignment, that Jacqueline says makes the difference.

    Another attraction is the software’s collaborative potential. Because work is stored in the cloud, it offers opportunities for students to work together. Jacqueline’s Māori students are working on shared presentations and movies.

    While the thought of adopting technology can be daunting, Professional Learning Groups are available. Jacqueline is keen to share the knowledge among StAC teachers that the software is more than just a word processor.

    “It makes learning seamless. When it’s time to write reports I have all the information at my fingertips through those shared notebooks. Parents have real time access to their child’s learning so they can see what they’ve done during the day. It’s a triangle of student, teacher, parent, which is a powerful way to make learning happen.”

    For Jacqueline, using technology such as OneNote is about the student owning the learning – transferring the ownership of the learning from being teacher centred to student centred.

    “It’s a move from where the teacher owns all the information on the student in a folder to the student having the ownership of the learning and being able to access to look and learn from it in real time.”

    Increasing use of technology also fits in with the school’s commitment to lifelong learning.

    “Because technology is evolving all the time, you can’t think you’ve ever mastered something. It’s exciting to push the system and discover where it will take you next.”

    Rector Christine Leighton says it is exciting to see how St Andrew’s teachers are embracing opportunities through e-Learning.

    “Teacher voices are really powerful and to be able to share that voice with other teachers, as well as parents and greater numbers of students is very effective. Teaching is not staying enclosed in a classroom.”

  • Your opportunity to apply to join an exclusive community of innovative educators!

    We’re looking for top educators, ready to spread the word about the great things they are doing in the classroom from across NZ. The Microsoft Innovative Educator - Expert Program is an exclusive program created to recognise pioneer educators who are using technology to transform education.

    Microsoft is seeking top innovative educators who are using Microsoft technologies to engage students and their peers in innovative ways to positively impact learning. We’re particularly interested in educators who are actively mentoring others, active in social media and have a passion for and a desire to share their experiences.

    As a Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert, you will be asked to advocate and share your experiences with peers and policy makers on effective use of technology in education. The NZ MIE Expert community will also provide access to fellow innovative educators to share valuable experiences, lessons and best practices and work together as a community to promote ideas to innovate in teaching and learning.

    This is a non-paid, ambassador program, however you will receive some fantastic benefits as an MIE Expert. Benefits include your own Windows 8 tablet, mentoring from experienced innovative educators in the MIE community, and other rewards such as a chance to attend the Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Microsoft HQ, Seattle, in March 2015.

    Applicants will be evaluated based on their learning activity, application form and interview if called. Click here to apply.

    What we need you to be

    • Full-time educator in Y1-13 or in a higher education faculty of education
    • Energised, with a friendly and outgoing personality
    • Able to work autonomously and within a team
    • Display confident and articulate presentation and written communication skills
    • Full-time educator in K-12 or in a higher education faculty of education
    • A fan of Windows devices and services – 3+ years’ experience on a Windows device using Microsoft Office and other key Microsoft applications

    What you’ll be doing

    • Advocating Microsoft technologies in the context of the classroom from October 2014
    • Representing Microsoft and sharing your experiences through social channels (blogs, communities) online engagements (webinars) and presenting at local events
    • Using a Windows 8 device and other Microsoft products and services
    • Mentoring and training other educators in applying the use of Microsoft technologies to learning
    • Providing input in professional development content for educators
    • Collaborating with other MIE - Experts and Microsoft on your experiences
    • Reporting weekly reporting on your activities

    What you’ll get

    • Training at a workshop in Sydney in October 2014
    • A Windows 8 device with Microsoft Office 365
    • Unique MIE Expert presentation and event collateral
    • Monthly incentives for the top MIE Experts
    • Select MIE Experts will receive the opportunity to attend the Microsoft in Education Global Forum in March 2015
    • Access to an exclusive community of educators with monthly webinars from education specialists, Microsoft technology and education specialists and a private online community
    • Mentoring from Microsoft and experienced education specialists

    What’s the next step?

    As part of the application you will be asked to provide details of a particular learning activity that is a good example of your Microsoft in the Classroom story as well as a simple cover letter and program relevant resume.

    We’re inviting educators from the all over New Zealand to apply for the MIE Expert program today. Click here to apply. Please note, this job advert says for Auckland - but teachers from all over the country may apply! Applications close 26th September.

  • New tools and services available for educators, now!

    We are very excited to announce that we have now added Phonics supports to our Chekhov cloud services and tools – allowing early-grade teachers (and teachers of English as a foreign language) to create free eBook resources which will read themselves aloud to learners on any Windows or Windows Phone device.  Anyone, anywhere can access these Azure-based services and create a new eBook in a matter of minutes. Every book they create can be published as a Windows 8 App, a Windows Phone App and as a free print-on-demand PowerPoint file. Educators (and students) can add their text, illustrations/photos and recorded audio - which will now include narrated audio for the phonemes which construct each word, which as we know is of huge educational value to beginning readers.


    • Download a sample App from Diana Sharp here and encourage your fellow educators to access the free Chekhov tools at the www.lit4life.net website.
    • For a short video tutorial showing how to use the Chekhov tools to create your own eBooks go here.
    • You can also create an eBook directly from your Windows Phone! Simply download the Chekhov Story Author App here.
  • Your Tuesday Afternoon Watch! Why Teachers and Students are Excited About Microsoft in Education

    Hear teachers share their experiences using Windows 8 tablet devices and Microsoft tools and their use has empowered teaching and learning both in and away from the classroom. Happy watching!

    And most excitingly, a word from the students:

  • Has your school taken advantage of Yammer Enterprise yet?

    In case you didn't know, educational institutions across New Zealand now have free access to Microsoft’s networking platform, Yammer Enterprise.

    Yammer Enterprise offers schools a sophisticated version of the social networking platform. Within a school’s internal online environment, Yammer Enterprise provides seamless, open sharing and cross collaboration opportunities. It is a transformational technology which has changed the way students and staff work. It promotes sharing ideas, thoughts, finding information and asking questions to innovate and collaborate. The service is being offered as an extension to the free Office 365 for Education plan. Up until now, Office 365 offered only Yammer Basic to New Zealand educational institutions.

    Opportunities to utilise Yammer Enterprise within the educational environment are plentiful! The platform can be used for tasks such as making school announcements and keeping in contact with Alumni students. It can also provide a platform for external communications and collaborations with researchers, companies and other educational institutions.

    Teachers and students of Auckland’s Avondale College are already realising how Yammer can play a vital role within the school environment. The school is using the platform as part of its Innovation Programme, helping students to get used to collaboration as a key part of their learning process.

    “Yammer is fundamental for how we transition practitioner and student behaviour from old paradigm education into a new paradigm of creativity, with agile, project-based learning processes,” Paul McClean, Information Technology teacher, says. “We are looking forward to Yammer Enterprise, as a more advanced tool for communication, student and practitioner support, event coordination and success profiling, to forming an integral role with our ongoing Innovation Programme.”

    Yammer Enterprise is now free under Office 365 for Education A2, A3 & A4 plans! The Office 365 A2 plan is the free plan available for staff and students. Our Office 365 for Education offering was recently enhanced with additional no-cost Office application downloads for students through Student Advantage and will now include Yammer Enterprise. All existing Office 365 Education plan schools will receive licenses for Yammer Enterprise. Please email nzeducation@microsoft.com for any questions.

  • Skype in the Classroom brings together classes in New Zealand and California

    How do you make a lesson plan come alive? It’s a question teachers ask themselves almost daily. More and more are finding their answer through our Skype in the classroom community, which has opened up a world of virtual field trips to teachers and their students.

    While teachers already know the value of hands-on learning, logistical and fiscal constraints often get in the way. Enter Skype in the classroom, which gives teachers everywhere direct access to explorers, artists, scientists and even business leaders around the world. These real-time experiences take place without ever leaving the classroom, and enrich learning while broadening students’ perspectives of the world around them.

    It thrills us to see students bursting with excitement as they prepare to call their peers across the Atlantic and teachers filled with pride knowing that their classroom efforts are expanding the horizons of today’s youth.

    We thought you would enjoy a glimpse of how some teachers are using Skype in their classrooms to enrich learning. And a video call between young students at Farm Cove Intermediate School in Auckland and Covington Elementary School in Los Altos, California is a wonderful example.

    Not only does the call give students a modern-day lesson in public speaking, but it enables them to compare notes and collaborate with kids around the globe. Ultimately, students are using explorative thinking while celebrating cultural differences. And the kids are learning about each other’s culture, not by reading about it, but by speaking directly with one another.

    Watch what happened when the classes met for the first time on Skype:

    When asked why Mrs. Croft, the 5th grade teacher at Covington Elementary School, chose to use Skype, she told us that she found it to be an exceptionally easy and effective educational tool. But most importantly, her students love it. When she told them they would be making a Skype video call to Mr. D’Ambrosio’s classroom in Auckland, the kids jumped out of their seats with excitement.

    That’s the type of enthusiasm is shared in classrooms around the globe by students whose teachers are leveraging Skype in creative ways.

    We would love to hear from you about how Skype is helping you engage with the digital natives filling the seats in your classrooms. Share your feedback with us in the Skype in the classroom community, on Twitter at @SkypeClassroom, or on Facebook.

    This was originally posted on the Skype Blog.

  • We invite you to join the Microsoft in Education Cloud Forum!

    The Microsoft NZ Education team has created the Microsoft in Education Cloud Forum, a place for Kiwi educators and school IT decision makers to collaborate on all things cloud. The forum is designed to aid conversation and engagement around how to best utilise the cloud in improving learning outcomes and facilitating 21st century learning.

    It's a great channel to ask questions, provide and find recommendations and best practices from other schools and generally become more familiar about what's happening with the cloud in education. Current subgroups include "SharePoint as a Learning Management System (LMS) for education", "HELP with Office 365", "Upcoming Events" and "Learn Yammer". Some schools have even created school cluster discussion pages within the group.

    Having been running for a few months now, we're building up a fantastic membership of schools who have deployed Office 365 and are looking to learn more about its functions. We're loving watching this forum grow, and would like to invite readers of the NZ Education Blog to request an invitation if you are interested in joining!

  • Have you tried Office Mix yet?


    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 can easily share their “mixed” lessons with students, who can play them on nearly any device. Teachers can also easily see results and analytics for every student, quiz, and slide. 

     Please ask your fellow teachers to:

    1. GO

    Head to the Gallery for some great inspiration. Watch how-tos, or learn about the electrifying Ohm’s Law, why Air is Squishy, or Rational Exponents

    2. INSTALL

    1. If you need PowerPoint 2013, then download the free 180-day trial .
    2. Download and install the free Office Mix add-in from right here. (Note: sign in is required). 

    3. CREATE YOUR OWN

    Use an existing lesson, or create a new one. We’re looking for mixes across math, science, language arts, technology, art, and history, but what you create is completely up to you. After you’re done, upload your mix, share it, and please email us to tell us all about it!

    If you have any questions, head over to the support forums or follow @OfficeMixTeam.

  • 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 made the announcement in front of Prime Minister John Key, who joined students and the CEO of the High Tech Youth Network for the official ground-breaking for the construction of a new High Tech Youth Studio and Academy.

    The One Tree Hill College Academy is the latest site set for development by the High Tech Youth Network to offer vocational and education pathways for students into high-performance digital learning and training.

    There are currently six High Tech Youth Studios, located in West Auckland, Manukau City, Hamilton, Tauranga, Moerewa (Northland) and Whakatane. Sites in Dunedin, Fiji and Hawaii are also currently in development.

    The studios target young people aged 8 – 25 years in underserved communities, providing NCEA and industry related secondary and tertiary credentialing, as well as workplace internships and mentoring of young people in the High-Tech and Digital Media industries.

    At the studios, young people learn project management and technical skills such as computer game design, electronic publishing, Photoshop, animation and 3D graphic design.

    Muckleston believes that initiatives like the High Tech Youth Network will help secure the future of young New Zealanders with pathways into the tech sector.

    “The High Tech Youth Network has paved the way to address the technology capability gap,” he says.

    “This is why Microsoft is an enthusiastic long term supporter of the High Tech Youth Network, because our goals closely align.

    “We want to empower young people and communities to help bridge the technology gap to ensure equity of access, skills, and opportunities for all New Zealanders.”

    Muckleston says Microsoft’s investment in the High Tech Youth Network is part of a wider commitment to building a smart, connected, competitive New Zealand, in which all New Zealanders have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

    “Through our partnership with the High Tech Youth Network, we hope to inspire young New Zealanders to imagine and build a better future for themselves – all while building a skilled and innovative workforce in New Zealand that is equipped to prosper in the global economy,” he adds.

    Muckleston says the million-dollar grant – made under Microsoft’s global YouthSpark programme – includes a commitment of investment to providing ICT industry credentialing opportunities, industry mentors and 4 -10 week work placements through High Tech Youth Academies for young people aged 16-24 years.

    “The High Tech Youth Network answers the calls of politicians and business leaders for educators and industry to work together to provide tangible pathways for young New Zealanders into long-term careers through training, mentoring and internships,” he adds.

    “It is education aligned to workplace requirements and job opportunities.”

    Muckleston, together with the Prime Minister and Ken Whitney, ASB Community Trust’s Chair, jointly launched the network’s Academy program in late 2012, with initial investment from Microsoft and ASB Community Trust.

    The government’s 2013 Budget also provided $1.9M to enable the High Tech Youth Network to develop two new studios – including the One Tree Hill College site – and to continue to support young people enrolled at existing studios.

    Mike Usmar, CEO of the High Tech Youth Network, expressed his deep gratitude for the new grant of support which he says will enable the Network to expand its reach further than ever before.

    “With Microsoft working alongside us as our most valued partner, the future for the High Tech Youth Network is strong, and will be positioned to serve more than 37,000 youth and whanau in the Oceania region towards developing IT skills that will impact them for a lifetime,” he adds.

    The High Tech Youth Network has four core objectives, these are:

    - To empower young people and communities to become more capable, creative and confident lifelong learners.

    - To foster the growth of a learning community, through the sharing of ideas and support.

    - To encourage in young people the development of a positive identity and belief in their potential, through linking cultural knowledge and values with technology.

    - To champion, support, manage, research and implement services and projects that will further the above objectives within New Zealand and the Pacific.

    This blog post is the original press release, which you can find here

    For more information on the High Tech Youth Network, visit: http://hightechyouth.org/.

  • 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 students to question, to research, to create, to organise and to collaborate/share. Tweet us your thoughts! @MSNZEducation.

    Here's a snapshot of what's to come:

    Usage Scenario 1 - "Question" - Smart Art

    Aspect of Teaching and Learning Cycle:     

    Design a template document in Word or PowerPoint using Smart Art to enable students to record their thinking and structure their thinking relating to an area of study or concept.This Smart Art template could be embedded within either PowerPoint or Word. You could use it to document student thinking and/or understanding before after or during the lesson or unit of work. The progression below shows how this idea can be introduced and developed so that eventually students can choose from a range of visual organisers available within Smart Art to assist the development of their Knowledge skills and understanding.To integrate the device, one template could require the student to use the on-board imaging hardware to insert images directly into the picture enabled Smart Art template.

    Example of Learning Activity Context Basic Radial Smart Art template example– What do you want to find out about?

    A cross curricular tool to be used in all areas of learning, in particular for the introduction of project based learning.

    Higher order thinking skill enabled* –Remembering (Recalling what they already know about a concept or unit of study), Applying (suggesting questions and a sequence for further study or enquiry), Evaluating (Reviewing what they have learned).

    21st Century skill** enabled – Collaboration (Pair for review), Knowledge Construction (use of prior documented knowledge to formulate questions for further study), Use of ICT for learning (using imaging capability of hardware to complete task).

    Microsoft Devices, Software & Services – Windows 8.1 devices (in particular Windows Surface Pro and RT – Partner 2in1 devices), Microsoft Word 2013 (Word Web App), Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 (PowerPoint Web App).

    Staff skills required - Construct Word or PowerPoint file which has a Smart art template already adapted by the teacher with titles appropriate to the subject. Ability to add to, edit and format Smart Art.

    More to come in the coming weeks!

  • 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 several new features in this release including the ability to:

    1. Access your work or school notebooks on your Mac stored on OneDrive for Business or SharePoint Online (on Office 365).
    2. Open and insert files, including PDF files, into your notebook pages.
    3. View your password protected sections.
    4. Improved organization, capturing content, and sharing of notes.

    These updates and more are available to download in the App Stores today. Below are some of the details on the updates.

    Access notebooks on OneDrive for Business and Office 365

    We know many of you using OneNote for Mac have been asking for the ability to access your work or school notebooks hosted on OneDrive for Business. With this update you should be good to go! You can now open, sync, and create personal or shared project or class notebooks on OneDrive for Business. Additionally, if you are using OneNote just for work or school, we made it easier for you to get started with OneNote by directly signing in with your organizational account upon opening OneNote.

    Mac - OneDrive for Business

    Insert and view file attachments

    Whether you are a professional preparing for a big meeting with the boss or a student getting ready for a new school year, we’ve added new capabilities to help you stay organized and keep all your notes and related documents together in your notebook. Now you can insert and view files, including PDF printouts, in your notebooks on Mac, iPad and iPhone. For example, on Mac you can drag and drop a PowerPoint deck or a Word document into your notes, as an attachment, and then view it in the OS built-in, Quick Look, or in the app itself.

    Iron Age

    On iPad or iPhone you can insert pictures or documents you receive in Mail or other apps by selecting ‘Open in OneNote.’ That way, even on the go, you are never losing track of important documents relevant to the project you are working on within OneNote.

    iPhone Insert File

    In addition, if you have a PDF file, you can insert it as a printout in your notes, making it easy to annotate with your own notes, whether they be meeting or lecture slides, research papers or class readings.

    Mac PDF Printout

    Unlock password protected sections

    We received many requests for the ability to access password protected sections created on OneNote for Windows. Now you can do so on Mac, iPhone and iPad. Simply navigate to the section and enter your password to access your private notes. Once you have reviewed or edited the notes you can easily lock the section, or after a few minutes it will lock automatically. That way, a confidential company note or study guide remains for your eyes, and your eyes only.

    PPS

    Organize and re-arrange your notes

    As you add more sections, section groups, and pages to your notebooks you may want to reorder or move items to keep your notes organized. This is especially handy when you’re sharing notebooks with colleagues or students and new content is added by others in different locations of your shared notebook. You can now keep your notebooks organized from Mac and iOS devices.

     

    iPad - Move pages

    Copy and paste enhancements

    To enhance your experience of capturing content in to OneNote we’ve introduced additional copy and paste improvements this release for both iOS and Mac. If you are doing some research for a project at home, school or work, you can now copy formatted content from websites or other apps and paste in to your notes on any of your devices.

    Email page enhancements

    In addition to the ability to send your notes as PDF attachments in OneNote for Mac, you can now choose to send your notes in the message body. This can be handy when sending meeting or class notes to others.

    Mac - Email page

    Try out these updates today and tell us what you think. We appreciate your feedback as it helps us improve OneNote and deliver on your top requests. Check out our new and recently launched feedback site where you can post your own suggestions and vote for others. We would love to hear from you.

    To learn more about OneNote and download OneNote apps for all your devices go to OneNote.com