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  • Blog Post: 21st Century Learning Design in Action–two day workshop from ELH

    Are you going to EduTech next week? Would you like to be able to develop practical strategies that help you turn some of the great ideas into concrete plans? The team at Expanding Learning Horizons have created a training  event, running in Brisbane in the two days before EduTech, that’s setup perfectly...
  • Blog Post: Webinar: How Office 365 Education helps students learn

    We’ve got a webinar coming up in two weeks for Australian schools: The subject of our next school-focused webinar is “ How do you give your students better learning experiences with a rich, interactive collaborative environment that will prepare them for the demands of a 21st century workforce? ” We...
  • 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: 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: It’s in the new Australian Curriculum, but do you need help with 21st Century Learning Design

    Our partnership with Expanding Learning Horizons means that we work together on a range of activities supporting the enhancement of teaching and learning with technology. Some of these (like the Windows in the Classroom program) are free for schools to participate in, whilst other activities are run...
  • 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: How students can work together on the same Office documents in real time

    The Microsoft Office suite has always had ways for different authors to work on the same document – but the reality for many people is that they often simply circulate a document via email, then people make changes and email the document back to the sender. And then somebody has to bring all the changes...
  • 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: Is there academic pricing for Windows Azure? No, but there's something better…free Azure

    For many of our products and services, there's special education pricing – these typically give education customers up to an 80% discount on normal prices, or even go so far as providing some services (like Office 365) free for education customers. It doesn't apply to Windows Azure, as there...
  • Blog Post: Update 10 on Windows 8 Education apps - Corinth Micro Plant

    There's a rapidly growing list of Windows 8 education apps in the Windows Store – simply too many to keep up with, so what I'm now keeping my eye open for are ones that are completely different, and especially those that take advantage of the touch interface of Windows 8 to create an immersive experience...
  • Blog Post: The Mathletics website now on every Windows 8 device

    You may notice that some websites on Windows 8 ask you to open them in the desktop version of Internet Explorer, rather than the modern UI version, because they are written in Flash - even though Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 has an integrated Flash Player, avoiding the need to download and install...
  • Blog Post: The best collaborative Windows 8 education app for primary children - nsquared 'make words'

    All week I've written about new Windows 8 apps for education from nsquared . They're all apps that are designed to be used with touch computers in the classroom, and you can have up to four children using them at the same time. It's a very different learning experience from a single child using a tablet...
  • Blog Post: nsquared herding: free Windows 8 education apps from nsquared

    Another day, another free Windows 8 education app for primary schools from the nsquared team of developers in Sydney! It's designed to be used with touch devices, and can either be used by one child, or up to four sitting at opposite ends of a Windows 8 tablet that's laying flat on a desk. nsquared herding...
  • Blog Post: nsquared letters: free Windows 8 education apps from nsquared

    Here's yet another free Windows 8 education app from nsquared . Like their other apps ( missing card , numbers , and snap ), it's ideal for pre-school and primary school children, and is designed to support collaborative learning – allowing groups of students to work together on a single Windows 8 touch...
  • Blog Post: nsquared missing card: free Windows 8 education apps from nsquared

    Here's another free Windows 8 education app from nsquared. Like their other apps, it's ideal for pre-school and primary school children, and is designed to support collaborative learning – allowing groups of students to work together on a single Windows 8 touch-enabled PC or tablet.   nsquared missing...
  • Blog Post: nsquared numbers: free Windows 8 education apps from nsquared

    In my last blog post I wrote about nsquared , a Sydney-based company producing education software that works with touch devices, and the first of their free apps for Windows 8 – nsquared snap . Today, here's their next free Windows 8 education app – numbers.   nsquared numbers Link nsquared numbers...
  • Blog Post: Snap: free Windows 8 education apps from nsquared

    nsquared is a Sydney-based company that have been producing great interactive classroom software recently. Historically, they have created some great interactive education software for the original Microsoft Surface (the original table-sized interactive computer that is now made by Samsung, and called...
  • Blog Post: Update 9–Windows 8 education apps from Australia

    I've written before about Lucas Moffitt , an independent developer who's writing Windows 8 apps to help teachers.  He's turning them out pretty quickly – Australian Teacher Professional Standards Evaluator , Class Seater and Lesson Coder – and he's just had his most ambitious project published in...
  • Blog Post: Developing Windows 8 education apps–How Lucas Moffitt does it

    In December, I came across Lesson Coder , a Windows 8 educational app to help teachers record their own lesson observations, and check them against the NSW Quality Teaching Framework. It's a professional development tool for both experienced and trainee teachers, and it made a lot of sense to use on...
  • Blog Post: Update 7–Windows 8 Education Apps from Australian developers

    As promised yesterday, here's some another Windows 8 Education app developed in Australia. Lesson Coder Link Lesson Coder , is from Lucas Moffitt , who's a developer in Newcastle (the Australian version, not the English one). It's an app designed to allow teachers (or other lesson observers...
  • Blog Post: Update 6-Windows 8 Apps for Education from Nathan Burgess

    Time to look a bit closer to home for the sixth update of Windows 8 Education Apps. There's an array of Australian developers that are working on education apps, and some of them have now hit the store. So here's my small selection of Windows 8 Australian apps for education users from just one developer...
  • Blog Post: Update 5–Windows 8 Education Apps

    It's been a long while since I posted an update on Windows 8 Education Apps, and I feel guilty for the gap. So here's a bumper list of apps for Windows 8 for teachers and students. The list of apps is growing rapidly, and I'm not claiming that this list is any way definitive, as it's just nice (and free...
  • Blog Post: Supporting and Enhancing Office 365 deployments with IT Academy

    Are you using Office 365 for education , or thinking of it? Well, there's some help available in the IT Academy programme to ensure all your staff, students and administrators are using it to its fullest potential. Which, let's face it, can be a huge task for a school or institution. Each individual...
  • Blog Post: Update 5: Windows 8 apps for education – ClickView Windows 8 app

    The first Australian education apps are starting to appear, and the charge is being led by ClickView , which is used by thousands of schools around the country. The native Windows 8 ClickView Player app allows you to search and playback videos, podcasts and vodcasts from the ClickView library, and the...
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