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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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 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: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
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