repost from The Big Picture - George Stavrakakis - Microsoft Australia, Education Lead

We’re always really excited to see, share and collaborate around the innovative ways in which schools are embracing technology and integrating it into their teaching methods, so it’s a pleasure to have had the opportunity to meet with Australian education professionals at this year’s EduTech, education conference in Brisbane.

At this year’s event we announced the launch of an Australian initiative called Mosaic. Mosaic is a free, Office 365 SharePoint template built specifically for schools, to help them create and customise collaborative and engaging, interactive online learning spaces which support and accelerate learning outcomes. Mosaic is your classroom in the cloud.

Built in partnership with Australian company nSynergy, and in consultation with educators from around the country, Mosaic helps schools effectively harness the power of Office 365 Education by providing a modern user experience with intuitive and personalised interactions that inspire discovery.  It creates beautiful learning spaces with simple drag and drop movements to connect the classroom to any student, anywhere and on any device, at any time. Mosaic extends the power of Office 365 to accelerate learning outcomes.

Free to download from the Office Store from the end of June, Mosaic is powered by UI design tool, LiveTiles, and is available on any device, helping schools utilise the tools provided in Office 365 more effectively.

At Microsoft we believe the classroom should enable teaching and learning, and prepare students for the next step - whether that’s deeper learning, high school, university or the workforce. Through Mosaic we’re enabling schools to respond and adapt to changes in the education sector, ensuring that both students and teachers have the best and simplest tools at their disposal to improve their learning experience. Mosaic enables creative learning, allowing users to build beautiful and unique learning spaces to suit different education environments. The ease of use and flexibility to design your own virtual classroom, hands the power back to the teacher to focus on teaching and not trying to manage the tools to teach.

Mosaic helps schools effectively harness the power of Office 365 Education, combining powerful and familiar productivity applications like OneNote, Word, Excel and PowerPoint with cloud-based collaboration services including OneDrive, Yammer and SharePoint. It also makes anytime, anywhere learning a reality by allowing learners and educators to work and collaborate both in and away from the classroom.

To find out more about Mosaic, head to the website where you can view a short video demonstration and register your interest to be contacted upon launch day.