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  • Blog Post: Updated: Microsoft Bring Your Own Device to School Discussion Paper

    Since we produced our first ‘BYOD to School’ whitepaper last year, there’s been a lot said about Bring Your Own Device in schools, and plenty of different views expressed about which model is best. From all those discussions, I and my colleagues are convinced there’s not a simple solution – there’s definitely...
  • Blog Post: What software is included in Office 365 ProPlus as part of Student Advantage

    Last week I wrote about the announcement of Student Advantage , which allows you to provide Office Pro Plus at no additional cost to all of your students, as long as all your staff are licensed for Office appropriately. I’ve been asked what’s included in the Office Pro Plus licence, and what devices...
  • Blog Post: Update 2: Microsoft Surface RT for education in Australia

    There are a few new details to let you know about the Microsoft Surface RT offer for education customers in Australia which we announced nearly a month ago (the offer is for education institutions to be able to order the Microsoft Surface RT from AU$219). In the first update on the Surface education...
  • Blog Post: Update 1: The Microsoft Surface offer for schools, TAFEs and universities in Australia

    I published the key info yesterday on the Microsoft Surface RT offer for education customers in Australia , which allows schools, TAFEs and universities to buy Surface RT from AU$219. Overnight I’ve had a couple of questions from people about the offer, and I’ve also laid my hands on the full Surface...
  • Blog Post: Australia Microsoft Surface RT offer for Education

    You may have heard about the worldwide launch of a great Microsoft Surface offer for schools and tertiary education customers. It is exclusively for education institutions, to buy Microsoft Surface RT tablets at a reduced price for a limited time. The good news is that I can share with you the details...
  • Blog Post: What does a CIO in education make of Surface Pro?

    The Surface Pro hits the shops in Australia tomorrow, 30 May, for the first time. The Surface Pro is the version of Surface that gives you a full PC as well as a touch-tablet. Which means that for teachers and students, they can run all of their existing Windows software, and use their curriculum resources...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Education Breakfast Briefing for school leaders–Leading Contemporary Learning

    In addition to the sessions for teachers and IT managers I mentioned earlier today , we're also running early-start sessions for school leaders in the next few weeks. They are a fast-paced 90 minute look at some of the key strategic opportunities and issues that schools are facing right now with technology...
  • Blog Post: Ask the Experts–Tomorrow's BYOD in Education Webinar for partners

    Every month we run a Microsoft "Ask the Experts" webinar for Microsoft Education Partners in Australia, and on tomorrow's webinar we're going to do a deep dive into BYOD in schools (BYOD=Bring Your Own Device). I've got expert colleagues joining the webinar, and they'll talk about some of the...
  • Blog Post: Ask the Experts–February Education Webinar for partners

    Every month we run a Microsoft "Ask the Experts" webinar for Microsoft Education Partners in Australia, and following the first one this morning the attendees have voted for next month's to dive deeply into BYOD in schools (BYOD=Bring Your Own Device). I've already lined up expert colleagues...
  • Blog Post: Getting serious about security–Windows To Go in education

    Two weeks ago I wrote about Windows To Go in education – outlining some of the scenarios that it could be used for, such as allowing students to access your standard Windows applications from their home computer, or to make BYOD in education easier ( see the original article ). Windows To Go gives you...
  • Blog Post: Getting ready for Windows 8 and getting off Windows XP

    There's significantly less than two years to go before Windows XP is unsupported , and of course if you're still running Windows XP in your school, it's worth remembering that Windows XP was probably born before some or many of your students . But for schools making the shift to Windows 8, there's still...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Bring Your Own Device in Schools whitepaper

    There'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...
  • Blog Post: What's new for education in the latest Intune release?

    Yesterday, I wrote about Intune for BYOD in education , specifically for device management in education networks. But I didn't dive into much detail about the product, and what it can do. Although there's plenty of information on the Intune website, you might be interested in reading the guide to what...
  • Blog Post: Using Samsung Series 7 slates in the classroom in Australia

    St Catherine's School is a girls school in Sydney with nearly 1,000 students and a 1:1 programme for their students. They are using Samsung Series 7 slates , running Windows and Microsoft OneNote to support learning right across the curriculum. What that means is that they can run all of their existing...
  • Blog Post: BYOD in education–TechNet Jump Start training to help your planning

    BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in education is a recurring topic that is coming up in conversations, and pops up in the media regularly too. There isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to BYOD in education, as each institution has different needs, policies, attitudes and current position. For some education...
  • Blog Post: My top education apps on Windows Phone

    The Nokia Lumia phone launch has given Windows Phone a much higher profile in Australia. In the state capitals, it’s been impossible to move around the city centre without seeing Lumia adverts jumping out at you. And around the Microsoft office, it seems impossible to avoid the fact that most of us have...
  • Blog Post: Lessons learned from DER Student Devices

    A few weeks ago, the Inter-American Development Bank released a report on the roll out of the One Laptop Per Child programme in Peru, where the government has put 850,000 laptops into the hands of school students. It created some controversy, especially as The Economist took a negative view on the outcomes...
  • Blog Post: Students and Technology - what can we learn from US research?

    Somehow I missed this at the time, but have just caught up with The ECAR National Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology Report from 2011 , published by EDUCAUSE (an education group from the United States). They surveyed 3,000 students from 1,179 colleges and universities in...
  • Blog Post: Bring Your Own Device in education – will this workshop help with your planning?

    I know that there’s a lot of interest in Bring Your Own Device in education, especially in BYOD in schools. And whilst there’s plenty of buzz, the case studies I’m seeing at the moment appear to be driven by lots of enthusiasm and innovation – and with plenty of ‘learning experiences’ happening during...
  • Blog Post: Bring Your Own Device–what it means in education

    There’s a lot of interest in Bring Your Own Device in education, as many believe BYOD is going to be an increasing trend moving down from higher education into schools. But today, there aren’t many exemplars that we can look at to see how it might work. I have come across some stuff that might be useful...
  • Blog Post: Bring Your Own Device in schools - one school’s experience

    School IT budgets will come under pressure, as the DER programme reaches it’s zenith, and overall spending on education continues to be in flux. Although we’ve now reached the point of every Year 9-12 student having a laptop, there’s still plenty of schools where the teachers and students don’t have...
  • Blog Post: Managing non-Microsoft devices on your education network

    Last week, at the Microsoft Management Summit 2011, Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President for the Management & Security Division unveiled some news in his speech that would be of interest to any university, TAFE or school. It was all about the extension of the System Center family to manage more...
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