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  • Blog Post: Hosting Moodle in Azure - TAFE South Australia moves online

    I’ve written before about the work that our technical teams have done to make it simpler to run Moodle on Azure , and the way that you can integrate Office 365 with Moodle to make life easier for teaching staff and students (as well as easing the manage of a potentially-complex IT system). This week...
  • Blog Post: The first university-wide roll out of Windows 10 in the world has started, and it’s in Australia!

    Consumers are often the first to start using new releases of Windows, and large organisations tend to follow more cautiously, taking the time to carefully balance the new features some users want alongside the cry from others to not change anything. But in the case of Windows 10 there are features in...
  • Blog Post: How to migrate large data sets from on-premises disks to Office 365

    School IT teams sometimes face very different challenges to business IT teams (and have to solve them with smaller budgets and less people). Moving services to the cloud is an example, because once you’ve made the decision to do it, you’ve got to deal with moving hundreds of gigabytes of data for thousands...
  • Blog Post: IT Heroes: How to stop parents or students block your parking bays?

    I’ve been talking about machine learning a lot recently - the idea that we can use a bit of computing brain power to look at data, and make predictions, spot patterns and improve the value we can get from data in education. As an example I often talk about how-old.net , that estimates how old you look...
  • Blog Post: Australian Education Case Studies Update - November 2015

    One question that I’m asked frequently about new projects is: “ Who else is doing this? ” In some cases, what people (partners/customers) are looking for is confirmation that they’re going to be at the innovative edge - and that what they are doing hasn’t been done before. But most of the time, they...
  • Blog Post: Student drop out in Australian schools

    Yesterday media around the country reported that one in four Australian school students drop out without completing Year 12. The stories were based on a report from the Mitchell Institute, who published the report “ Educational opportunity in Australia 2015: Who succeeds and who misses out ”, and a detailed...
  • Blog Post: OneNote, SmartBoard and students with autism

    Our global Office blog recently published an excellent article from a teacher in the US, sharing their experiences of using OneNote for students with autism. They found it supported their use of tablets and interactive whiteboards in the classroom, with the OneNote notebook allowing students with autism...
  • Blog Post: Case study - Applying Azure Machine Learning in education to student dropout

    Having recently written two articles about the theory of applying Machine Learning in Education - “ Two ways to use Azure Machine Learning in education ” and “ Making machine learning in education easier for every day users ” - I think it’s time to dive into a specific example of machine learning in...
  • Blog Post: Hololens in education - case study video

    The team working on the Microsoft Hololens are quietly working on creating ambitious new ways of achieving new things - you've hopefully seen some of the demonstrations that they've given at global events like Build and the Windows 10 announcement earlier in the year (if not, jump here). And that includes...
  • Blog Post: How OneNote helps students with assignment, notes and getting organised

    Yesterday I shared a video ( How OneNote makes a classroom difference ) from Carey Academy in North Carolina, who shared how they were using OneNote to support new ways of teaching and learning. Today, I’m going to share the next part of the story, which is their students’ perspective on...
  • Blog Post: Here’s one TAFE institute that’s already changed the face of learning with Yammer

    Shortly all education customers will be able to add the enterprise version of Yammer free to their existing Office 365 Education [ Want to know more about this, and what's in Yammer enterprise ]. But some education customers in Australia have already been using Yammer to support teaching and learning...
  • Blog Post: Building a MOOC in the cloud, using Microsoft Azure

    It would be fair to call MOOCs a phenomenon ( Phenomenon: Something notable: something that is out of the ordinary and excites people's interest and curiosity ). They have created an enormous amount of interest and curiosity – and jumped up to the top of the agenda for ‘EdTech futurists’ and any reports...
  • Blog Post: Using CRM to manage student lifecycles

    We’re just about to enter a new academic year, with just over half a million Australian students just about to start their first year at university. They’ve gone through (or are still going through) a process to select their course and university, and to enrol and be ready for next month’s...
  • 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: Webinar: Developing students’ 21st Century skills

    Expanding Learning Horizons , one of our national education partners, is running a webinar next Thursday on “How to develop students’ 21st Century skills”. Fortunately, the first thing on the agenda is to define what those skills are in an Australian context ( I mention this because...
  • Blog Post: What technology do you need for the Flipped Classroom?

    Caroline Chisholm Catholic College in Melbourne is on the pathway to the Flipped Classroom - a pedagogical model that inverts traditional teaching by delivering instruction online outside of class while moving problem solving (traditionally given as homework) into the classroom. And one of the starting...
  • Blog Post: Stories of Windows 8 early adopters in education

    There are plenty of examples of education customers who have made the switch to Windows 8, putting new touch devices into the hands of students to allow them to get the benefit of three different worlds in one device: the ability to run software from previous versions of Windows (so that there's no need...
  • 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: Starting university with a Windows 8 tablet from Dell

    InformationWeek's Education section is reporting on the South Illinois University's plan to hand new students Windows 8 tablets from Dell as they start. According to the university, they'll be at the centre of a project to support new styles of learning as well as save students money through e-textbooks...
  • Blog Post: Using Lync for emergency contact management in universities

    Last week I wrote about Marquette University, and their Lync 2013 implementation project . One of the aspects l didn't explicitly mention is their use of Lync for emergency contact management - the university's emergency response team are using Lync 2013 to enable collaboration in real time. The university...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading to Lync 2013 in higher education - case study from Marquette University

    Two years ago, I wrote about Lync case study on Marquette University in the US , who switched from a conventional PABX system to Microsoft's Lync system. At the time, the Director of IT Services at Marquette University described succinctly the benefit of choosing Lync, because in addition to a replacement...
  • Blog Post: Australian case study - Using Lync to replace a PABX, to cut costs and improve productivity

    Although this Australian case study is of a local government customer, rather than an education one, I think that it's relevant because there are so many aspects of a council that match education institutions: Hundreds of staff distributed across multiple sites (in Adelaide City Council's case...
  • Blog Post: Helping their university save over $1m–Coventry's IT team

    It's always interesting to read about projects where IT costs have been reduced by the IT team of a university, and I've had this in my 'must share' list for a while. Coventry University saves £1m/$1.5m with virtualised network and management tools As there's a full case study on the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: How to help students fly first class?

    I'm starting to see a number of Windows 8 apps that are creating a personal experience for their users. And the latest, for Emirates - one of the world's fastest growing airlines- made me think about the parallels to education. The Emirates KIS app for Windows 8 Emirates have just announced that they...
  • Blog Post: Box Hill Institute of TAFE and the IT Academy programme

    On Friday, I wrote about the fact that there are now more than 450 education institutions running as IT Academies in Australia , and so over the weekend I dug out a case study of one IT Academy, Box Hill Institute in Victoria . Box Hill Institute prepares students for Australia’s workforce by...
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