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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Australia Education Partner of the Year Finalists 2013

    We’ve just announced the finalists for the Microsoft Australia Partner Awards (MAPA) for 2013 , with 66 finalists across 22 categories. This year’s entries for the Education Partner of the Year were particularly strong, with some fascinating stories of innovations created by our partners to help our...
  • Blog Post: The LifeHacker Education App Winner - Sort It for Windows 8

    Last month Lifehacker announced the winner of the first round of their Developer Challenge, to develop Windows 8 apps. Round 1 was for education apps, and the winning developer was Lucas Moffitt, from NSW, for his free Windows 8 app, Sort It. Sort It app for students and teachers for Windows 8 ...
  • Blog Post: One week to deadline for Australian Microsoft Education Partner of the Year entries

    You’ve got until the end of the week to enter for the Australia Microsoft Education Partner of the Year award. And I know that every year a bunch of you sit down with your keyboards and screens, and craft a carefully worded entry to give it your best shot – something I see because every year I read every...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Australia Partner Awards 2013–winning Education Partner of the Year

    It’s that time again – your opportunity to gain fame and fortune for your business and for the great projects you have done in the Australian education market this year. Yep, we’ve opened entries for the 2013 Microsoft Australia Partner Awards , and yet again there’s an entry category for ‘ Australian...
  • Blog Post: Building a personalised student portal on Office 365 Education

    The University of West London won the UCISA-Eduserv Award for Excellence for their student portal, which provides a personalised experience for each student with easy access to the university services like their email, blogs, academic documents, library services etc. And it allows students to connect...
  • Blog Post: How to win the global Microsoft 2013 Education Partner of the Year Awards

    Every year thousands of worldwide partners get together with Microsoft at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference . In 2013 it’s being held back in the USA in Houston (hint: great week to spend in the northern hemisphere summer rather than the southern hemisphere winter!). And some businesses...
  • Blog Post: How Deloitte made learning a game–Harvard Business Review

    Gamification of learning continues to be a hot topic for education (and as with most things within the education system, there's plenty of divided opinion on how it could be used in the classroom with students). But it's not limited to conventional education systems – we're also seeing gamification being...
  • Blog Post: Australia's most innovative company (and our most innovative sector?)

    ClickView – who provide a brilliant video streaming and library service used by loads of schools in Australia - has just been labelled " Australia's Most Innovative Company " by BRW. ClickView's digital video solution for schools , is designed to support learning the classroom by providing...
  • Blog Post: Another amazing day for students in Australia, and around the world

    This time last year, a group of four students from the University of Melbourne, got together as Team StethoCloud to enter the Imagine Cup – a Microsoft competition for students to innovate with technology to solve real-world problems. StethoCloud set out to solve a big real-world problem – the fact that...
  • Blog Post: The Imagine Cup team that made it into Time's Best Inventions of the Year 2012

    In TIME magazine's Tech website , they've recently published the Best Inventions of the Year 2012 , which includes indoor clouds , a drifting fish farm , the MakerBot Replicator 2 , the Tesla Model S and Enable Talk gloves . Enable Talk gloves and the Imagine Cup The fact that the Enable Talk gloves...
  • Blog Post: The 2013 Innovative Teacher Awards for Australia are now open

    When I was in the UK, I had a couple of years as a judge on the UK Innovative Teacher Awards, run as part of the Partners in Learning programme. It was a definite highlight of each year, as we saw some fabulous examples of inspiring and motivational classroom practice. Although it was always difficult...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Australia Partner Awards 2012 – Everyone's a winner

    Remember yesterday, when I said that ClickView won the Microsoft Australia Education Partner of the Year 2012 in the Microsoft Australia Partner Awards? And I mentioned that the judging was very tight. But there can only be one winner. Well, it turns out you can have more than one winner! These were...
  • Blog Post: 2012 Microsoft Australia Education Partner of the Year

    The biggest event for Microsoft's partners in Australia is the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference in Brisbane. This year, over 1,000 people packed out the conference centre, and the awards ceremony for the Microsoft Australia Partner Awards was a great way to open the conference. For the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Finalists for Microsoft Australia Education Partner of the Year 2012

    The biggest event for Microsoft's partners in Australia is the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference 2012, which will be in Brisbane from the 4-6 September. As well as the full conference experience, we also use it as the opportunity to announce the winners of the Microsoft Australia Partner Awards...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft global Education Partner of the Year 2012

      The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference , in Toronto this month, was a chance to celebrate the success of partners who'd been crowned as Microsoft Partner of the Year in the global awards. A long term education partner, Dell , was recognised this year as our Global Education Partner of the...
  • Blog Post: Registration for Microsoft Australia Partner Conference 2012 now open

    Registrations have just opened for the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference 2012 (APC 2012). And the good news is that the tickets are discounted if you register before 13th July – saving you nearly $200 off the normal fee. Even better news, Australian Gold Competency Partners get two free...
  • Blog Post: Deadline for Microsoft Australian Partner Awards extended by a day

    Already entered? Then, this is for you: Look, I know it’s a holiday weekend for most of you. And you’ve got better things to be doing (like getting home to see your family). But if there’s one thing to do before you log off tonight, you should hit ‘Submit’ on your...
  • Blog Post: Entry tips for Australia Education Partner of the Year 2012

    Last year, Janison from NSW, were winner for Australian Education Partner of the Year 2011 . And I’d like all of our education partners to get the chance to do well in this year’s competition – in whichever of the 24 Microsoft Australia Partner Awards categories you choose to enter...
  • Blog Post: Enter the Microsoft Australia Partner Awards to become Education Partner of the Year

    It’s that time again – your opportunity to gain fame and fortune for your business and for the great projects you have done in the Australian education market this year. Yep, we’ve opened entries for the 2012 Microsoft Australia Partner Awards , and yet again there’s an entry category for ‘ Australian...
  • Blog Post: Writing your entry for the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Awards 2012

    After writing my opinion on creating a winning entry for the global Microsoft Education Partner of the Year Award 2012 , how about some more help from the team here in Sydney? We’re running a webinar for Australian partners this Wednesday 14th March, from 12-1, with the straightforward title “ Worldwide...
  • Blog Post: How to win Microsoft Education Partner of the Year 2012

    Every year thousands of worldwide partners get together with Microsoft at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference . In 2012 it’s being held in Canada, in the leafy green city of Toronto (hint: great week to spend in the northern hemisphere summer rather than the southern hemisphere winter!) Last year...
  • Blog Post: Imagine changing the world - Imagine Cup 2012

    Imagine changing the world - Imagine Cup 2012 One of my most inspiring days of 2011 was spent watching the Australian finalists pitching their ideas and software to the judges in the PowerHouse Museum in Sydney, and feeling so proud of the team that won the right to take their entry to New York to compete...
  • Blog Post: Using Kinect in the classroom for music teaching

    Gareth Ritter, who’s a music teacher from Wales, was one of the teachers who took part in the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum , in Washington last month. When I met Gareth last year he was talking about the work that he’d been doing with his students, weaving technology throughout his teaching...
  • Blog Post: What skills do your students need to work in the world’s greatest workplaces?

    Hopefully it’s the same for you, but I rarely get that ‘Monday Morning’ downer. Of course, weekends are rarely long enough, but I can live with that. Maybe part of the reason for that is highlighted by the latest Great Place To Work survey , which highlights the 25 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces...
  • Blog Post: Victoria DEECD staff email is IT project of the year

    After making it to the finals of the Microsoft Australia Education Partner of the Year, more good news for OBS , who have just been awarded the Australian Institute of Project Management ( AIPM ) Information Technology Project of the Year Award in Victoria for their project management of the implementation...
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