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  • Blog Post: Higher Education briefing for Microsoft Partners - 19 August 2014

    Microsoft Australia and CAUDIT - Higher Education Partner Briefing – 19 th August On behalf of the Microsoft Australia Higher Education team and the Council of Australian Directors of IT (CAUDIT), I’d like to invite you to attend a Microsoft Education Partner Briefing specifically for partners focusing...
  • Blog Post: Your opportunity to apply to join an exclusive community of innovative educators

    Richard, who runs our Microsoft Innovative Educator programme in Australia, has asked me to let you know about the opportunity for practising teachers to apply to join the Microsoft Innovative Education Expert program. We’re looking for top educators, ready to spread the word about...
  • Blog Post: Office Apps for Education–Academic Wordsmith plagiarism checker for Word

    In the past I’ve written about the way that developers can now write apps for Office – which means that specialist capabilities can be added to Office to support particular uses. There are now hundreds of apps in the Office Store , which are add-ins for the Office suite – Word, Excel...
  • Blog Post: Explain Everything for Windows 8 - now available

    I’ve been away for a nice holiday, and now that I’m back I’m staring at a huge backlog of blog posts to write up, as there’s been so much happening and announced whilst I’ve been away. And because many schools, TAFEs and universities are heading back next week, I thought I’d better get started… There...
  • Blog Post: Solving the biggest problem with Office 365’s SharePoint in schools

    I’ve come across implementations of SharePoint in schools where it has been rolled out as another vanilla IT service – a bit like a shared network drive, or a plain portal. And the IT team are so overloaded with projects that they haven’t had the time to personalise the look and feel to make it suitable...
  • Blog Post: Technology Enriched Instruction - A Partners in Learning workshop for Higher Education Faculty

    Microsoft and University of New England would like to invite colleagues from other universities and TAFE Institutes to the first Australian hosting of the Technology Enriched Instruction workshop on April 3 and 4 2014 at the UNE Futures Campus in Parramatta . Attendees with a range of teaching experience...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 education app - 21st Century Learning Design app to support curriculum planning

    If you’re designing learning activities, or curriculum planning for 21st Century skills, that require students to demonstrate or develop 21st Century skills, then there’s some help in the form of a new app for Windows 8. 21st Century Learning Design is a tool developed to help teachers in assessing where...
  • Blog Post: Can education customers get Yammer free?

    We announced recently that Yammer for education customers will be free of charge this Spring ( that's, Spring in the Northern Hemisphere, or as we would call it in Australia, 'Autumn/early Winter' ), through your Office 365 for Education subscription (which is also free). Which means that educational...
  • Blog Post: School 1:1 programmes–Miami-Dade County Public Schools announce 100,000 Windows 8 devices

    We’ve just announced that Miami Dade County Public Schools in the USA will be providing 100,000 Windows 8 devices for their students by August 2015, starting this term with HP and Lenovo computers for 13,000 primary and 15,000 middle school students. It is part of the bigger programme of technology...
  • Blog Post: Is School Writing the best Windows 8 education app?

    Demografix is a Queensland-based education software developer producing great apps for schools and students – and they have just produced a Windows 8.1 version of their best-selling School Writing app. And working with them has been fascinating, as they have found extra capabilities in Windows 8 that...
  • Blog Post: The world’s first School in the Cloud

    The most memorable moment of the Microsoft Innovative Education Forum that I attended in the UK in 2010 was hearing Professor Sugata Mitra talking about his Hole in the Wall, and Granny Cloud projects.  Like many inspiring people, I first heard about his work through TED, in his 2008 Ted Talk “...
  • Blog Post: The world’s first joint research centre for Social Natural User Interfaces is in Melbourne

    Yesterday we have the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces . This is a joint research centre between the University of Melbourne and Microsoft Research, in partnership with the state government of Victoria and Microsoft Australia. The centre will explore applications of Natural...
  • Blog Post: Accelerate–the Microsoft Australia Education Newsletter

    We've just launched the sign-up page for the customer newsletter from the Microsoft Australia Education team. It’s designed for teaching and learning staff in schools and colleges across Australia, and will be sent out monthly in 2014. This is in addition to any of the other newsletters you may receive...
  • Blog Post: The education offer for Microsoft Surface ended–but JB Hi-Fi have a special deal…

    Lots of education customers in Australia took advantage of the special Surface RT Education offer , but when it finished at the end of September, there were plenty of people who asked if it would be extended as they’d just missed the deadline. Although at the time the answer was a sad ‘no’, I just saw...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Microsoft Australian Teachers Blog

    My colleagues have been talking for a while about creating a more teaching-centric blog for Australia, focusing more on the teaching and learning side of technology. And a couple of weeks ago they launched the Microsoft Australian Teachers Blog , which is all about technology in the classroom. It will...
  • Blog Post: Student Advantage–the best way to get Office for student BYOD devices

    Last week we announced Student Advantage, a new benefit to qualifying institutions that brings Microsoft Office to more students worldwide. This is a global programme that most Australian education institutions will already qualify for. And for Australian schools, universities and TAFEs, it comes at...
  • Blog Post: How many devices can you install a Windows 8 app on?

    When we first launched Windows 8, we allowed customers to install an app from the Windows Store onto up to five devices. This was similar to other app stores at the time, but personally I quickly found the limit was a challenge. For example, if I was trying out a range of different devices (as an education...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Education Partner Summits in Australia – register now

    Next month we’re loading the Microsoft Education team, and a big pile of equipment, into an appropriate vehicle* and setting off on a road trip – heading out to five capital cities across the country to meet up with our Microsoft education partners and resellers. And here’s your invitation to book yourself...
  • Blog Post: GeoGebra for Windows 8 released

    GeoGebra is an open-source mathematics app that is used on over 700,000 classroom Windows computers in Australia alone. And the developers have just released GeoGebra for Windows 8 , so now there’s a touch-based version of GeoGebra for students using tablets, or teachers using interactive whiteboards...
  • Blog Post: How big is the Office 365 for education mailbox?

    Up until last Friday, the answer to “How big is the Office 365 for education mailbox?” was 25GB ( remember, that’s every education user of the free Office 365 for Education service getting a free 25GB mailbox storage limit ). But as of Friday, we’ve announced we’re rolling out increases, doubling the...
  • Blog Post: Are you running Windows XP or Office 2003 anywhere?

    I was in a government medical clinic two weeks ago, where they had rolled out a brand new system for managing their customer workflow and medical records. And every single computer, with this brand new software system, was running on Windows XP. They had built a brand-new mission critical IT system on...
  • Blog Post: University of New England heads to Lync for 23,000 students and staff

    Last week we were able to announce the news that the University of New England, in Armidale in northern New South Wales, has become the latest big education customer to use Microsoft Lync for real-time communications. It will become the way that their 23,000 students and staff can collaborate and communicate...
  • Blog Post: Update 3: Microsoft Surface RT Education offer in Australia

    One of the most frequent questions that we’ve been asked about the Microsoft Surface RT offer for education customers in Australia (the offer is for education institutions to be able to order the Microsoft Surface RT from AU$219) is “can I get the Surface RT Education offer in stores, rather...
  • Blog Post: The new Microsoft Authorised Education Reseller website

    Microsoft globally sells academic licences for our software and services exclusively through Authorised Education Resellers (AERs). It’s an authorisation programme that ensures that customers are able to get the appropriate advice about the best licensing option for a particular scenario, and ensures...
  • Blog Post: What does Power BI for Office mean for education customers?

    Over the last year I’ve shared a fair amount of information on the use of business intelligence (BI) in education , with examples of ways that useful information can be unlocked from educational data, as well as looking at the new tools being created to help users get better views of their data. The...
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