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  • Blog Post: Supporting BYOD in education– Outlook everywhere for students and staff

    There’s no doubt that the trend towards BYOD ( B ring Y our O wn D evice) in education for students is gathering pace. According to The Australian yesterday, 30% of schools have moved to BYOD, and for universities we’re pretty much at 100% already. And it’s happening rapidly for staff too – even if it...
  • Blog Post: Free - Teacher Dashboard for Office 365 Education

    Teacher Dashboard is an app for Office 365 Education that lets you easily share files and assignments with your students, and then allows you to grade them and provide feedback. It’s a web-based classroom manager tool for Office 365 that customises your school’s system to support the teaching...
  • Blog Post: 2015 Back To School Surface 3 discount for students

    Hot off the press: Harvey Norman have just launched their Back to School student/teacher offer for the Surface Pro 3, with a 10% discount available to those who have an “.edu.au” email address. All the details are on their website here The offer is very simple to use – you supply your email address ending...
  • Blog Post: Moodle integration with Office 365–how to get it

    Last month, when I wrote that new Moodle integrations with Microsoft technology were on the way, I didn’t have an exact date, but forecast ‘late January’. And how time flies – because they’ve just arrived! Overnight, the work from our Microsoft Open Technologies team and the Remote Learner team (a Moodle...
  • Blog Post: Safeguarding student privacy

    Over on the Microsoft Australia blog , Pip Marlow, Microsoft Australia’s Managing Director, has written about our commitments to privacy of student data online: Technology has the unique power to influence and transform how we teach and learn. While the use of cloud...
  • Blog Post: Providing advice for parents on BYOD

    With the end of the federal funding for computers, the move to BYOD in Australian schools has been rapid and decisive. With parents’ and students’ expectations raised by the DER programme, the gap in funding is now being filled by schools asking students to bring along the right device for their return...
  • Blog Post: Collaborating on professional development–Office 365 in Omaha

    I’ve been away for four weeks, enjoying a cold Christmas in Europe, and attending a very traditional English wedding set in a beautiful country house. But while I’ve been away I’ve kept up with my reading, and bookmarked an interesting set of articles and resources to share. So now that I’m back in Sydney...
  • Blog Post: Get support from Microsoft for accessibility questions via the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk

    The Microsoft Support team run the “ Microsoft Disability Answer Desk ” service, and have just announced that it’s now available for Australian customers, to allow you to get telephone support from Microsoft for accessibility questions. This service allows you to call a toll-free number and speak with...
  • Blog Post: Staff training for 2015: Work Wonders with Office 365

    Every Tuesday afternoon our Office team run free 15 minute webinars for users of Office 365 with handy hints and tips on getting the most of the Office suite, including handy user tips for PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Lync and Yammer. They run at 2pm AEST (ie perfect for an early-afternoon tea break Sydney...
  • 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: Dynamics CRM and Office 365 in Australian datacentres

    This morning we made an announcement that will be especially interesting to Australian education customers. The news is that we’re going to be running Dynamics CRM and Office 365 in Australia datacentres by March. This follows our launch two months ago of the two Microsoft Azure datacentre services ...
  • Blog Post: New Moodle Mobile app released for Windows 8 and Windows Phone

    Moodle for Windows 8 and Windows Phone has been available as an app since August this year – through the “Moodle Mobile” app. Just last week, the latest version was released – Moodle Mobile 1.9 – which has a updated look and feel and is designed to be more user friendly. It allows your students to access...
  • Blog Post: edX and Microsoft partnership for teachers

    edX is an online learning environment which is extensively used for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), founded as a non-profit partnership between Harvard and MIT. They’ve just announced a partnership with Microsoft to help online course creators to develop content with Office Mix . Many faculty currently...
  • 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: Perth and Melbourne Education Partner Training - places still available for 3/11 December

    Invitation to Microsoft Education Authorised Education Resellers This event is for Microsoft Partner Network members and Microsoft Authorised Education Resellers We’ve had consistent feedback from our partners that our education-focused training for you has been hitting the mark, and you’d like to ensure...
  • Blog Post: Which Windows device do I buy for students (or recommend for BYOD)?

    After writing about the $90 7” Windows tablet two days ago (called the Pendo Pad) being sold by Coles , I thought I should spend a little more time on the range of options available for students/schools this summer, because there’s such a range of different devices, and I really don’t think that there...
  • Blog Post: A Windows 8 tablet for under $90?

    This seems incredible to me! Coles have a 7” Windows 8 touch tablet, with Office 365 Personal, for $89. It’s just one of a few surprises that I have seen this year, as more and more low-cost laptops, tablets and convertibles (tablets with detachable keyboards) have been appearing. But I never expected...
  • Blog Post: Update on running Moodle in the cloud on Microsoft Azure

    There’s been quite a bit of news around integration work for Moodle on the Microsoft Azure cloud recently, so I have gathered together some update info. This post is about running Moodle in the cloud. Next week, I’ll pull some bits together on integration with other Microsoft technologies. Fully supported...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft joins-up with UTS and NSW Government to hatch Sydney talent

    Exciting news shared yesterday on the Microsoft Australia 'The Big Picture' blog . Sarah Vaughan, our Director for Developer Evangelism and Experience at Microsoft Australia, talked about a new project we are part of with the University of Technology, Sydney. It’s all about growing compelling student...
  • Blog Post: How to help students remember more

    My colleague Travis Smith is an ex-deputy principal, and an enthusiastic pedagogue. His time is spent obsessing about how to enhance teaching and learning with technology, and the ways that it can support deeper learning by students. One challenge is that we need to focus on helping students remember...
  • Blog Post: Why a Surface Pro 3 is different

    For some reason, this advert was out nearly 3 months ago but I never noticed it. Maybe it's because at the time I didn't have a Surface Pro ( in the same way that you don't notice how many identical cars there are on the road until you get one that's the same ). Or maybe at the moment I'm following a...
  • Blog Post: Adelaide workshop on learning technolgoy

    We're running a workshop for teachers and school leaders in Adelaide in late November, and based on feedback from previous events, I can recommend it as a great way to get up to speed with ideas for how the technology already in your classroom can help boost teaching and learning (plus there’ll...
  • Blog Post: Paradyne briefing for schools in Melbourne–12 November

    The team over at Paradyne are running an education briefing at our offices in Melbourne early in November, which will cover Office 365 Education and the ways that other schools are using it to support their teaching and learning goals. They are also going to feature Docusign to talk about one of my pet...
  • Blog Post: Perth and Melbourne Education Partner Training - places still available for December

    Invitation to Microsoft Education Authorised Education Resellers This event is for Microsoft Partner Network members and Microsoft Authorised Education Resellers We’ve had consistent feedback from our partners that our education-focused training for you has been hitting the mark, and you’d like to ensure...
  • Blog Post: Open Data in Education–Sydney Open Data Day

    Two of our partners, Socrata (based in Seattle, they’re an organisation with deep expertise in open data) and Altis (a Sydney-based data  specialist who have completed a huge range of data projects with Australian education organisations) are running the “ Sydney Open Data Day ” briefing on 6 November...
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