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  • Blog Post: New Moodle integrations with Microsoft technology are on the way

    Over the last couple of years I’ve written a number of times about integration points between Moodle and Microsoft, to help education customers understand what the opportunities are to be able to integrate two of their key tools for students and staff. This turns out to be important even for universities...
  • Blog Post: Office DevCamp in Melbourne: Learn how to develop apps for Office and Office 365

    On December 11th, in Melbourne, we’re running a free, full-day Office DevCamp for developers who want to write apps and services for Office or Office 365. It’ll help you to build solutions that can use Office to do things like allow students to read and write from their OneDrive (and save you having...
  • Blog Post: Developing education solutions in Office 365

    With so many education customers using Office 365 globally (now in the tens of millions of education uses), there's continuing interest by developers in creating services for customers, running on top of Office. This could mean developing an app for Word, Excel, PowerPoint; or could be developing a system...
  • Blog Post: Could Cortana in education help students and teachers?

    Cortana is the intelligent voice-activated assistant on a Windows Phone - described as ‘your personal assistant in your phone’ - and it provides a new way of interacting with other people and your phone. I’ve been using Cortana on my phone for a while now, using the Developer Preview of Windows 8.1 and...
  • Blog Post: Education DevCamp in Sydney – Building apps for Office 365 and SharePoint

    On 14/15 May 2014 we’re running a training event for developers of education applications and services in Sydney. It is a two-day detailed training workshop that will help partners to develop for the Office 365, Office and SharePoint platform. The workshop is for developers and architects, and will mix...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 - Ignite Technical Training in Sydney–April 2014

    Office 365 Education is based on exactly the same platform as the full-blown enterprise-grade Office 365 system used by companies globally. One of the benefits of this is that you get the same Service Level Agreements for the cloud service that one of Australia’s ASX50 companies would get. And another...
  • Blog Post: Developing apps in Office–ideas to help education users of Office

    I first wrote about developing Office Apps for education last year, with ideas for our partners to think about some of the processes that education customers do all of the time and asking if they could be made easier with Office Apps (things like developing simple forms for staff absence, student assignment...
  • 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: New resources for building education apps for the new Office and SharePoint

    With the launch of the new Office for consumers, and Office 365 for education customers, there's also a new batch of resources to help partners who are developing apps for Office, Office 365 for education, and SharePoint. With the new Office, publishers can create apps that can be sold through the Office...
  • Blog Post: Building an engaging Windows 8 education app for students

    Earlier I wrote about building a Windows 8 education app for teachers , and here's part  two - building an interactive, engaging Windows 8 education app for students. We pick up where I left off earlier – where teachers have assigned an assignment to a group of students. Creating an immersive Windows...
  • Blog Post: Building an engaging Windows 8 education app for teachers

    Developing an education app is about designing an experience, before writing code . One way is to talk to teachers and students. Another way is to look at examples, and that's why we created 'App Idea Books' for Windows 8. They cover different areas – games, entertainment, news, productivity, sports...
  • 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: Learn more about the Office DevCamps in Sydney and Melbourne

    At the beginning of February, we've got a team of developers and trainers coming over to Sydney and Melbourne to run free Office DevCamps, for anybody who wants to develop apps for Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint and the Office Web Apps) to get listed in the new Office Store. As the vast...
  • Blog Post: Update 8-Windows 8 Education Apps from Australian developers

    Last week I wrote about Lucas Moffitt, an Australian developer of Windows 8 education apps . Well, his latest two apps have been released into the Windows Store 'Education' category, and they are both apps for teachers to use. They are designed around the idea of creating very simple apps that help teachers...
  • Blog Post: Developing education apps for Office? Download the updated Office Developer Tools

    The new model for creating apps for Microsoft Office will mean that in the future teachers and lecturers will become familiar with simply downloading or buying small apps to improve the way they work with Office – and I believe it will lead to a burst of apps that will be written specifically to help...
  • Blog Post: Where the Microsoft research and development budget goes

    I've just finished reading a great article on PCWorld, titled " Meet Microsoft, the world's best kept R&D secret ", about the hidden work going on in the Microsoft research and development labs – and some of the projects that are being delivered in return for the $9.6 billion being invested...
  • 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: Getting started with building a sophisticated student support app for Windows 8

    The Education section of the Windows 8 store is packed with new apps, as people are busy developing Windows 8 education apps. One of the things I've noticed is that many of them are intended to do just one job well – they're not really creating a whole learning journey for a student, but enabling...
  • Blog Post: Free training for Office app developers in Sydney and Melbourne

    Pretty sure the future belongs to people who write apps, not people who just use apps. These words are from a tweet by Alfred Thompson , an ex-colleague who used run the academic developer programmes for Microsoft in the US. He's worth following on Twitter for all things computer...
  • 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: Free DevCamps for aspiring developers of Office apps

    If you are a software developer for education, then you'll already know about the app marketplaces for different devices – like the Windows Store for Windows 8 apps, the iTunes store for iPad/iPod apps and Google Play for Android apps. It's become another route to market for developers, and been a way...
  • Blog Post: Win prizes for building apps for Office and SharePoint

      We're in the middle of a competition for partners or individuals to build apps for the new Office and SharePoint. With the new model of creating, selling, distributing and running apps in Office, and the creation of the new Office Store to promote apps, there's plenty of potential for developers...
  • Blog Post: A free course from Charles Sturt University on developing Windows Phone 8 apps

    To coincide with the release of Windows Phone 8, IT Masters are offering a free short course in developing Windows Phone 8 applications.  All facets of the course will be delivered online in 1 1 / 2 hour sessions, with live, after hours Workshops being run by one of the industry’s leading experts...
  • Blog Post: How to get a Flash website working smoothly on Windows 8 and Windows RT

    This blog post is for developers, designers, and content publishers who have created websites that use Flash Player, and want to know what the right steps to take are to get those sites running smoothly on Windows 8 devices. This is pretty important in education, where there have historically been lots...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure–training for education developers in Brisbane

    If you're a developer, and you're wondering how to start using cloud services to help build a more scalable, or more easily deployable application, then make a date for 10th December in Brisbane. Our developer evangelists are running a free three day workshop for Developers, Architects and Development...
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