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Take part in a Global Enterprise Challenge with other primary schools
I learnt today that a school I used to work with in the UK, Broadclyst Community Primary School, were given a grant by the Microsoft global Education team to fund their Global Enterprise Challenge, to allow them to join 1,000 students from 20 countries together in a challenge for Year 6 students. And...
17 Jul 2014
The world’s first joint research centre for Social Natural User Interfaces is in Melbourne
Yesterday we have the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces . This is a joint research centre between the University of Melbourne and Microsoft Research, in partnership with the state government of Victoria and Microsoft Australia. The centre will explore applications of Natural...
5 Dec 2013
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...
19 Jun 2013
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...
7 Feb 2013
How Deloitte made learning a game–Harvard Business Review
Gamification of learning continues to be a hot topic for education (and as with most things within the education system, there's plenty of divided opinion on how it could be used in the classroom with students). But it's not limited to conventional education systems – we're also seeing gamification being...
2 Jan 2013
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...
26 Dec 2012
Exciting Learning–Using Technology to Improve Education–free ebook
My colleagues in the UK Education team , working with Ollie Bray , an educational leader from Scotland, have produced a brilliant ebook " Exciting Learning: Using Technology to Improve Education " The new eBook aims to address the following: Enhance the understanding of the benefits of ICT...
26 Sep 2012
My top education apps on Windows Phone
The Nokia Lumia phone launch has given Windows Phone a much higher profile in Australia. In the state capitals, it’s been impossible to move around the city centre without seeing Lumia adverts jumping out at you. And around the Microsoft office, it seems impossible to avoid the fact that most of us have...
10 May 2012
Ribbon Hero 2 - free software for teachers in February
Some Free February Appy-ness with a new piece of free software for teachers from Microsoft every day in February. Many of these items are unknown heroes, but they all share two things in common: 1) They are useful for teachers or students and 2) they are free. Ribbon Hero 2 - bringing gaming and...
14 Feb 2012
Kodu- free software for teachers in February
Some Free February Appy-ness with a new piece of free software for teachers from Microsoft every day in February. Many of these items are unknown heroes, but they all share two things in common: 1) They are useful for teachers or students and 2) they are free. Kodu Kodu lets students create games on...
5 Feb 2012
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