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    Microsoft Bring Your Own Device in Schools whitepaper

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    BYOD in schools whitepaperThere's been a lot said about Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in schools, and plenty of commentary on blogs and the Twittersphere. It's a fast-moving subject, almost like 'building airplanes in the sky' – it sometimes feels like BYOD strategies and vision are being created as we go along.

    And the debate has been joined by two pedagogical leaders who have produced a Microsoft BYOD whitepaper for schools. Bruce Dixon (from the Anytime, Anywhere Learning Foundation) and Sean Tierney (from the worldwide Microsoft Partners in Learning programme) have both been passionate advocates for 1:1 learning programmes for many years, and have just published their first 'Bring Your Own Device for schools' whitepaper. The aim is to examine the potential deployment models from teaching, learning and IT management perspectives.

    As their introduction says:

     

    The ongoing debate regarding the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model in schools warrants deeper analysis to help educators and institutions understand this provisioning model and its potential benefits and pitfalls for learning. This discussion paper sets out to investigate the myths and understand which questions should be addressed when considering allowing students to bring their own devices, and which option might be best suited to a school or system’s culture. It is intended to stimulate discussion around what constitutes best practice 1-to-1 learning.

     

    As well as plenty of detailed analysis and debate within the white paper, there's also a handy table that helps to describe the different capabilities of the various devices that are available for a BYOD scenario:

    BYOD Capability Taxonomy - from page 5

    It's a great way to classify the differing capabilities across a range of current and future devices.

    I think that one of the best aspects of the white paper is that it talks about the alternative models – presenting five potential models, and discussed the benefits and considerations of each. It also goes into five key questions to ask to help you decide whether a BYOD model is right for your school. And then talks through consideration for planning and implementation procedures.

    The conclusion section starts:

     

    BYOD is a trend that needs to be carefully examined in an education context to ensure that the models we deploy are successful. At the heart of good 1-to-1 learning is equity to ensure that all students have equal access to technology-rich experiences, and simplicity to ensure that it is easy to manage and sustain.

     

    and finishes with an absolutely key point:

     

    Schools need to be vigilant and protective of the foundations of equity of access on which all of our education systems are firmly founded. With this in mind, all stakeholders – teachers, parents, students and principals – need to work through the tough decisions early to drive home the best outcomes for all students at all times.

     

    Learn MoreYou can either download the BYOD for schools whitepaper, or if you're in Australia, drop Richard Ryan an email and he'll pop a couple of printed copies in the post

    For more info on Bring Your Own Device, here's a link to related BYOD articles

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    Building education applications for Office, Office 365 for education and SharePoint

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    Apps for Office and SharePoint beta websiteA few weeks ago we made the customer preview available of the new version of Microsoft Office. And one of the many changes that's immediately apparent is the focus that it has on the cloud – and that includes the ability to build cloud applications that integrate with Office, and a marketplace (the Office Store) to make those apps available.

    For education customers and partners, this is good news. Really good news. What it will mean is that customers will be able to add custom applications to their installations of Office or SharePoint easily, without having to do lots of fancy customisations themselves. And create a market for education apps for Office…

    How do Office cloud apps help education?

    I think that over the next few months, building up to release, there are going to be people around the world working away on apps that support specific processes in education – whether it's to handle a process such as submitting information, or lookup information, or publish information. Here are some of the simple ideas that occurred to me within two minutes:

    • Staff Cover booking form – for a school teacher to submit a request to attend a course or other professional development day, and automatically submit it for approval, notify the person that organises lesson cover on approval, and add it automatically to the diary of the teacher, head of department and the substitute teacher.
    • Assignment submitter – automatically saves a read-only version of a student's work into a specific folder for a teacher/lecturer, lets the teacher know that it's been submitted, and updates a tracking list of students
    • Research assistant – that goes to a specific web system for more information on a topic – perhaps one that your institution subscribes to – whilst ignoring others
    • Lesson plan publisher – takes a completed document, saves it in the appropriate format, and publishes it onto a specific library of your school/TAFE/university SharePoint, with appropriate tags so that students and other teachers can easily find it
    • Resource Booker – give you the opportunity to quickly find resources and book them for your lessons, from within your calendar.

    Many of these scenarios are actually possible today already in Office and SharePoint. But the ability to have a simple, single-button way of doing these things through an app would make life much easier for staff, students, and potentially parents (oh, imagine a "permission" app, where all the parent does is read a permission form and click a button to say "Yes", instead of the constant flow of paper that seems to flow between schools and parents and back. Somebody please create one, if only to make my parental life easier!)

    Who is going to create Office cloud apps for education?

    I believe that we'll see three major sources of Office cloud apps for education customers:

    • Companies
      There are plenty of companies that already do equivalents of these Office cloud apps today, and sell them to education customers. But they can be difficult to find and sometimes difficult to configure and install on your SharePoint. With the creation of an Office Store for apps, suddenly it makes it much easier for a company to create an app that adds an educational feature to Office, and is easy to find and distribute.
    • Education users
      I think we'll also see free Office cloud apps developed by keen education users – for example, schools that develop an app that they are happy to share in the marketplace for others to use for free.
    • Individual developers
      Reflecting the way that apps can be developed using standard web technologies - HTML, CSS and Java – it will be possible for an individual developer, or a keen teacher of techie, to develop a useful education app and release it themselves. And it might well become an evening and weekend hobby/job for some people.

    Hopefully, if you're still with me, I've got you interested in the idea – and you want to know where to get more information.

    Building education applications for Office, Office 365 for education and SharePoint

    Rather than repeating details from elsewhere, this is where I'm going to send you over to some other places to get the detailed info. The first starting point is the Apps for Office and SharePoint Blog, which has is publishing increasing amounts of information on how to develop and use these apps.

    I'd recommend starting on these blog posts:

    1. Introducing the new Office cloud app model 
      An overview of how apps are built, and the way that are designed around web standards, security, performance, consistency and flexibility.
    2. Anatomy of apps for Office
      Explains how the apps are basically a web page integrated into Office as custom content
    3. Building apps for SharePoint and Office 365
      A step-by-step guide to create a simple app, and a walk-through of how to actually publish apps
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    Meet with the Education Account Managers at APC 2012

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    APC 2012 logo

    The Microsoft Australia Partner Conference 2012 is in three weeks (4-6 Sept). To help our education partners get more from the three days, we’ve decided to get the whole Microsoft Australia education sales team up there, to give you the chance to have 1:1 meetings with our customer account managers. If you are working in particular parts of the country, or segments of the market, then booking 1:1 sessions with some of the team has got to be one of the best ways to get really specific advice to help your sales strategy. As we discovered last year, it's also a very big opportunity for you to ensure our account teams know about your solutions, and can talk to their customers about them.

    Meet the Microsoft Australia Education Team at APC 2012


    Government Schools

    Jane Mackarell, Microsoft New South Wales Government Schools & TAFEs

    Jane Mackarell is the new Microsoft Account Manager for New South Wales Department for Education and Communities (DEC). In a 1:1 session, Jane will be able to share information on the way that the new NSW DEC licensing will help partners to implement new solutions at a lower cost to the customer, and what software is available to each school and TAFE licensed in NSW. NSW has 2,176 state schools and 11 TAFEs    
    Mark Tigwell , the Account Technology Specialist (ATS) for NSW education, will also be at APC to meet with you. 


    Emilio Parente, MicrosoftVictoria Government Schools & TAFEs

    Trudi Grant is the Microsoft Account Manager for Victoria’s Department for Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD). Although she's on holiday during APC, the other member of the team, Emilio Parente, the ATS for Victoria Education will be at APC and available for meetings. During a 1:1 session, Emilio can share how our current agreements can be used by partners to offer new business solutions to DEECD, and how the licensing model reduces the cost of these solutions at DEECD, school or TAFE level. Victoria has 1,548 state schools and 18 TAFEs.     


    Lance Baldwin, MicrosoftQueensland Government Schools & TAFEs

    Lance Baldwin, the Account Technology Strategist for the Queensland Department for Education and Training (DET), will be available for meetings, as Mark Kenny, the previous Account Manager has moved on to a new Microsoft role. Lance can provide a good overview of the Queensland state education market, and insight into the ICT projects that we have been involved in. Queensland has 1,235 state schools, and 13 TAFEs.



    Higher Education

    This year we have made changes to the way we manage our university accounts, which has increased the amount of account management each university customer will get. It means that we've now got three account managers covering higher education – rather than just one! Two of the account managers – Joseph Alvarez and Ken Rankins - will be at APC, and between them they'll cover the accounts of Lucy Segal, who'll be travelling overseas that week.


    Joseph Alvarez, MicrosoftJoseph Alvarez is the Higher Education Account Manager for the 14 larger universities across Australia (yep, you guessed it he's friends of the Frequent Flyer clubs!). Joe also works closely with CAUDIT (which is an industry wide group of the IT Directors/CIOs of all universities in Australia), so has a great insight to share on the current trends in higher education and the practicalities of our licensing arrangements for universities.  


    Ken Rankins, Microsoft

    Ken Rankins is the second of our Higher Education Account managers that is going to be at APC too. Ken is the account manager for a dozen of the universities around the country (Lucy manages the other 11). Although Ken's worked in the Microsoft Education team for a while, he's new to the world of universities, so he'd really appreciate meeting up with partners already working with higher education customers.


    If your business is working with a number of universities, then you'll probably want to meet all of the account managers at APC. Or, if there are just one or two universities that you want to talk about, then let me know which ones, and I'll schedule a session with the specific account manager(s).


    Non-Government Schools

    Vanessa Gage, MicrosoftVanessa Gage is the account manager for Catholic Education across Australia. Most of our work on this is done with the peak bodies for Catholic schools around the country, and Vanessa will be able to share how the schools across each of the Catholic consortia are able to access their respective Microsoft licensing programmes, and what schools are already licensed for (this is especially useful if you're looking to support schools to roll out cloud or on-premise infrastructure projects)


    Ken Rankins, MicrosoftKen Rankins gets to appear twice as he is also our national sales lead for all 2,815 private schools. His team work with the larger schools individually, as well as with the peak bodies for private schools. The importance of this group of schools is that most of them make their own independent decisions about ICT procurement.


    As many partners know, it can be tricky to get time with our Account Teams during the year, and they are rarely (if ever) all together and available. So this is a great networking opportunity, to learn more about the Australian Education marketplace, as well as to put faces to names (on both sides!)

    How to book your 1:1 meetings

    imageIf you are going to be at the Australian Partner Conference 2012, then you can book 1:1 meetings with the relevant members of our Education Account Manager team in advance.  

    It’s simple to do - Just email me, and let me know:  

    • Who you would like to meet (multiple meetings are okay)
    • Whether there are times when you can’t meet (all meetings will be scheduled during the tea/lunch breaks in the conference on the 5th and 6th September)
    • If there are specific subjects you want to discuss (helps the account managers prepare)  

    Not booked for APC yet? Do it here

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    All Australian Universities on Twitter

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    Twitter polaroidAs you know, I've been doing some research, to look at which universities in Australia are using Twitter. I couldn't find a list of them nationally, so I've had to go look up each one individually. I started with some of the states, but have now completed the full list for Australia.

    Some universities had lots of different Twitter accounts, for different faculty/departments/teams, so in each case I've listed the one that I think is the 'main' university Twitter account. Happy to hear of mistakes and corrections in the comments section below.

    If you're looking to follow a particular university, or simply want to follow a bunch of them to see what it is that the universities are talking about, then hopefully this list is useful for you. The accounts all have a slightly different focus – some are focused on prospective students, some are focused on students already on campus, and some are feeds of news releases etc from the university.

    If you can't see the one you're looking for in the alphabetical listing, have a look under T's for "The University of…" too

    List of universities in Australia on Twitter

    University

    Official Twitter Feed

    Australian Catholic University

    https://twitter.com/StudyTeaching

    Bond University

    https://twitter.com/BondUniversity

    Central Queensland University

    https://twitter.com/DVC_CQUni

    Charles Darwin University

    https://twitter.com/CDUni

    Charles Sturt University

    https://twitter.com/CharlesSturtUni

    Curtin University of Technology

    https://twitter.com/CurtinUni

    Deakin University

    https://twitter.com/Deakin

    Edith Cowan University

    https://twitter.com/ECU

    Griffith University

    https://twitter.com/Griffith_Uni

    James Cook University

    https://twitter.com/jcu

    La Trobe University

    https://twitter.com/latrobe

    Macquarie University

    https://twitter.com/Macquarie_Uni

    Monash University

    https://twitter.com/MonashUni

    Murdoch University

    https://twitter.com/MurdochUni

    Queensland University of Technology

    https://twitter.com/QUTmedia

    RMIT University

    https://twitter.com/RMIT

    Southern Cross University

    https://twitter.com/SCUonline

    Swinburne University of Technology

    https://twitter.com/Swinburne

    The Australian National University

    https://twitter.com/ANUmedia

    The Flinders University of South Australia

    https://twitter.com/Flinders

    The University of Adelaide

    https://twitter.com/UniofAdelaide

    The University of Melbourne

    https://twitter.com/unimelb

    The University of New England

    https://twitter.com/#!/UniNewEngland

    The University of New South Wales

    https://twitter.com/UNSW

    The University of Newcastle

    https://twitter.com/UoNALUMNI

    The University of Notre Dame Australia

    https://twitter.com/UNDAFreo

    The University of Queensland

    https://twitter.com/uqnewsonline

    The University of Sydney

    https://twitter.com/Sydney_Uni

    The University of Western Australia

    https://twitter.com/uwanews

    University of Ballarat

    https://twitter.com/BallaratUni

    University of Canberra

    https://twitter.com/UniCanberra

    University of South Australia

    https://twitter.com/UniversitySA

    University of Southern Queensland

    https://twitter.com/USQNews

    University of Tasmania

    https://twitter.com/UTAS_

    University of Technology, Sydney

    https://twitter.com/UTSEngage

    University of the Sunshine Coast

    https://twitter.com/usceduau

    University of Western Sydney

    https://twitter.com/UWSNews

    University of Wollongong

    https://twitter.com/uownews

    Victoria University

    https://twitter.com/victoriauninews

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    Western Australia Universities on Twitter

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    Twitter polaroidI've just been doing some research, to look at which universities in Australia are using Twitter. I couldn't find a list of them nationally, so I've had to go look up each one individually. I've started with universities on Twitter in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland, and have now sorted this list for WA. 

    Some universities had lots of different Twitter accounts, for different faculty/departments/teams, so in each case I've listed the one that I think is the 'main' university Twitter account. Happy to hear of mistakes and corrections in the comments section below.

    If you're looking to follow a particular university, or simply want to follow a bunch of them to see what it is that the universities are talking about, then hopefully this list is useful for you. The accounts all have a slightly different focus – some are focused on prospective students, some are focused on students already on campus, and some are feeds of news releases etc from the university.

    Universities in Western Australia on Twitter

    University

    Official University Twitter Feed

    Curtin University of Technology

    https://twitter.com/CurtinUni

    Edith Cowan University

    https://twitter.com/ECU

    Murdoch University

    https://twitter.com/MurdochUni

    The University of Notre Dame Australia

    https://twitter.com/UNDAFreo

    The University of Western Australia

    https://twitter.com/uwanews

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    Queensland Universities on Twitter

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    Twitter polaroidI've just been doing some research, to look at which universities in Australia are using Twitter. I couldn't find a list of them nationally, so I've had to go look up each one individually. I've started with New South Wales universities on Twitter, then covered Victoria universities on Twitter, and have now done Queensland too.

    Some universities had lots of different Twitter accounts, for different faculty/departments/teams, so in each case I've listed the one that I think is the 'main' university Twitter account. Happy to hear of mistakes and corrections in the comments section below.

    If you're looking to follow a particular university, or simply want to follow a bunch of them to see what it is that the universities are talking about, then hopefully this list is useful for you. The accounts all have a slightly different focus – some are focused on prospective students, some are focused on students already on campus, and some are feeds of news releases etc from the university.

    Universities in Queensland on Twitter

    University

    Official University Twitter Feed

    Bond University

    https://twitter.com/BondUniversity

    Central Queensland University

    https://twitter.com/DVC_CQUni

    Griffith University

    https://twitter.com/Griffith_Uni

    James Cook University

    https://twitter.com/jcu

    Queensland University of Technology

    https://twitter.com/QUTmedia

    The University of Queensland

    https://twitter.com/uqnewsonline

    University of Southern Queensland

    https://twitter.com/USQNews

    University of the Sunshine Coast

    https://twitter.com/usceduau

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    Victoria Universities on Twitter

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    Twitter polaroidI've just been doing some research, to look at which universities in Australia are using Twitter. I couldn't find a list of them nationally, so I've had to go look up each one individually. I started with university Twitter accounts for New South Wales, and now have moved on to Victoria.

    Some universities had lots of different Twitter accounts, for different faculty/departments/teams, so in each case I've listed the one that I think is the 'main' university Twitter account. Happy to hear of mistakes and corrections in the comments section below.

    If you're looking to follow a particular university, or simply want to follow a bunch of them to see what it is that the universities are talking about, then hopefully this list is useful for you. The accounts all have a slightly different focus – some are focused on prospective students, some are focused on students already on campus, and some are feeds of news releases etc from the university.

    Australian Universities in Victoria on Twitter

    University

    Official University Twitter Feed

    Deakin University

    https://twitter.com/Deakin

    La Trobe University

    https://twitter.com/latrobe

    Monash University

    https://twitter.com/MonashUni

    RMIT University

    https://twitter.com/RMIT

    Swinburne University of Technology

    https://twitter.com/Swinburne

    The University of Melbourne

    https://twitter.com/unimelb

    University of Ballarat

    https://twitter.com/BallaratUni

    Victoria University

    https://twitter.com/victoriauninews

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    New South Wales Universities on Twitter

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    Twitter polaroidI've just been doing some research, to look at which universities in Australia are using Twitter. I couldn't find a list of them nationally, so I've had to go look up each one individually. I've started with New South Wales, but will look for the other states too.

    Some universities had lots of different Twitter accounts, for different faculty/departments/teams, so in each case I've listed the one that I think is the 'main' university Twitter account. Happy to hear of mistakes and corrections in the comments section below.

    If you're looking to follow a particular university, or simply want to follow a bunch of them to see what it is that the universities are talking about, then hopefully this list is useful for you. The accounts all have a slightly different focus – some are focused on prospective students, some are focused on students already on campus, and some are feeds of news releases etc from the university.

    Universities in New South Wales on Twitter

    University

    Official University Twitter Feed

    Charles Sturt University

    https://twitter.com/CharlesSturtUni

    Macquarie University

    https://twitter.com/Macquarie_Uni

    Southern Cross University

    https://twitter.com/SCUonline

    The University of New England

    https://twitter.com/#!/UniNewEngland

    The University of New South Wales

    https://twitter.com/UNSW

    The University of Newcastle

    https://twitter.com/UoNALUMNI

    The University of Sydney

    https://twitter.com/Sydney_Uni

    University of Technology, Sydney

    https://twitter.com/UTSEngage

    University of Western Sydney

    https://twitter.com/UWSNews

    University of Wollongong

    https://twitter.com/uownews

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    Office 365 for education training videos

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    Last week I posted a series of blog posts of Office 365 for education videos, produced by my colleagues in the US, sharing some of the things that Office 365 makes possible. And I realised that it would be helpful to stick them all onto one page, rather than four separate ones.

    They were created to help people not using Office 365 for education, to show them what is possible, and I think they would be really useful for schools, TAFEs and universities who are rolling out Office 365 to staff and students – they make great introductory videos for training – allowing you to start a session by demonstrating what users will be able to do at the end of a hands-on training hour!

    So here's all four videos:

    Office 365 for education – using Outlook and Lync

    Office 365 for education has Outlook and Lync built in, which enable instantaneous collaboration and communication between students and teachers, with email, IM, voice and video calls between users.

    This short video, produced by my colleagues in the US, aims to describe the whole process in just two minutes:

    Classroom on the go

    Office 365 for education means that students and teachers can be productive on the go by having access to class calendars, documents, and assignments all on their mobile devices.

    This short video, the second in a series of four, aims to describe the whole process in less than two minutes:

    Collaborating with a class website

    With Office 365 for education, you can collaborate from anywhere through SharePoint class websites. Students and teachers can simultaneously work together on the same document and share project and assignment information through their class site.

    This short video describes the whole process in just one and a half minutes:

    The Online Classroom

    Office 365 for education enables teachers to give online presentations so their students can learn from anywhere. These presentations can be interactive with the students and saved for future viewing.

    This short video, the last in a series of four, aims to describe the whole process in less than three minutes:

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    Windows Intune in education–a step by step guide to implementing Intune

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    A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Windows Intune for education, and the relevance of its new features to education customers. Of course, listing a set of new features with a single bullet point probably isn't enough to help you to understand how those features would actually work in an education network. For example, one of the new features I wrote about was the ability to deploy software applications with Intune - "Software application downloads – to allow you to make internal apps available to your users automatically on their mobile devices". But what does that actually mean you can do?

    If you really want to understand the capabilities, then can I recommend reading the Windows Intune 2012 Getting Started Guide, which has been updated for the June 2012 release.

    In the case of the software downloads I mentioned above, there's a detailed section on what is and isn't possible:

     

    Working with Licensed Software

    Windows Intune enables you to deploy and install licensed software applications to managed computers or make these applications available to selected user groups. In addition, this release of Windows Intune lets you upload licensed software and make it available to selected user groups. After you upload the software and make it available to selected user groups, users to whom the software is targeted can sign in to the Windows Intune company portal or the Windows Intune mobile company portal and view the licensed software applications that you have made available for them. They can then select the software applications that they want to download and install on their devices, and you can track software adoption across your organization. For example, after you make a mobile device application available for employees, you can monitor the number of users to whom the application is targeted, the number of users who attempted to install the application, and view details about each of the users 

     

    And, like other sections, it includes a screenshot of how it looks.

    The sections in the Getting Started Guide include:

    • How to configure your environment
    • How to add computers, users and mobile devices
    • How to assess the health of your IT environment and assist end users

    Learn MoreDownload the Windows Intune Getting Started guide here


    Want more info? There's always the Windows Intune Product Guide, (it's an easier, higher level, read than the Getting Started Guide)
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