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  • Blog Post: PhotoMath: Should you ban Windows Phone in the Maths classroom?

    Remember when calculators were banned in the classroom, because it made calculation too easy? Well, in the same spirit there’s going to be a maths teacher somewhere that will decide to ban their students from having a Windows Phone in their maths classroom. And all because of PhotoMath and how...
  • Blog Post: Solving the biggest problem with Office 365’s SharePoint in schools

    I’ve come across implementations of SharePoint in schools where it has been rolled out as another vanilla IT service – a bit like a shared network drive, or a plain portal. And the IT team are so overloaded with projects that they haven’t had the time to personalise the look and feel to make it suitable...
  • 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: Integrating Moodle and Office 365 for Education

    We’re continuing to build the list of integration resources that we provide for Moodle, so that schools, TAFEs and universities can integrate their Moodle platforms more securely with the rest of their existing infrastructure. This is a common goal for central IT teams, where they want to ensure their...
  • Blog Post: Drawboard PDF is currently free in the Windows 8 store

    There’s a new version of the Australian Windows 8 app for education, Drawboard PDF , which is great for teachers to use for marking feedback onto homework, or for students to make notes directly onto PDF documents. It allows the teacher to draw or write – using pen or stylus – on the student’s homework...
  • 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: How to build a buzz about Office 365 for your users

    You know what it’s like – you spend a long time managing a technology implementation project, and then at the last minute you get feedback that users aren’t ready for it. You hear things like “We didn’t know it was coming”, or “We don’t want to change anything because what we’ve got works for us now...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 in Education: How to deploy Windows 8 in education

    This is part five of a set of articles on Windows 8 deployment in education. To start at the beginning, take a look at “ Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Planning Guide ”, then “ Windows 8 in Education: Windows Store apps and deployment ”, followed by “ Windows 8 in Education...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Guide for BYOD in Education

    This is part four of a set of articles on Windows 8 deployment in education. To start at the beginning, take a look at  “ Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Planning Guide ”, then “ Windows 8 in Education: Windows Store apps and deployment ” and finally “ Windows 8 in Education: setting up Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 in Education: setting up Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in education

    This is part three of a set of articles on Windows 8 deployment in education. To start at the beginning, take a look at  “ Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Planning Guide ” and “ Windows 8 in Education: Windows Store apps and deployment ”. One of the challenges for educational institutions is...
  • Blog Post: GeoGebra for Windows 8 released

    GeoGebra is an open-source mathematics app that is used on over 700,000 classroom Windows computers in Australia alone. And the developers have just released GeoGebra for Windows 8 , so now there’s a touch-based version of GeoGebra for students using tablets, or teachers using interactive whiteboards...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 in Education: Windows Store apps and deployment

    This is part two of a set of articles on Windows 8 deployment in education. To start at the beginning, take a look at yesterday’s “ Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Planning Guide ” The use of Windows 8 on devices in education brings many new benefits, features and technology capabilities. One prominent...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Planning guide

    This week I’m going to focus on a new set of guides for Windows 8 deployment in education. So if you’re an IT manager in a school, TAFE or University, and you’re thinking about your project plans for the approaching summer break, then you’re probably going to be rubbing your hands in anticipation of...
  • Blog Post: Using Microsoft translation tools in education

    For years, the challenge of creating and managing translations of content and curriculum has been looked at by people in the academic/tech world as “too hard, I’ll look at it later”. And yet, with $15 billion of revenue for Australian universities and TAFEs coming from international students, perhaps...
  • Blog Post: Office templates to help families of children with autism

    My colleagues in the US have been working with Autism Speaks and the University of Washington Autism Centre to produce a series of free PowerPoint templates that can be customised to explain social situations to children with autism, as well as a series a Word templates of documents and forms for the...
  • Blog Post: Collaborating on Chemistry on a Windows 8 touch slate

    Yesterday I wrote about collaborative learning apps for Windows 8 , and focused on apps for younger students ( because, basically, it’s around my intellectual level ). So I thought I’d share an example of a much more sophisticated collaborative learning app based on touch and multiple students using...
  • 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: Colleague tip: Sports video coaching app for Windows Phone

    I saw a tip today that would be really useful to PE/PD teachers, others who act as sports coaches in their spare time, and also parents like myself. The question was:   Does anyone know of a Windows Phone app that allows you to play back a video frame by frame? I’m trying to help someone improve...
  • Blog Post: A simple Windows 8 education apps demo

    Today we had our Microsoft Education Partner Summit in Sydney, and one of the things that I talked about was the great range of Australian Windows 8 education apps that have been created already, and are still appearing on the Windows 8 app store. One of the things I demonstrated was a very simple journey...
  • 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 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...
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