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  • Blog Post: Research in Practice seminars: Learning and Thriving in a hyper-connected world

    The Principals Australia Institute and the Microsoft Australia Education team are collaborating on a series of breakfast briefings around Australia from mid-March to early April, as part of PAI’s established Research in Practice series. The series puts principals and educators in touch with the latest...
  • Blog Post: Accelerate–the Microsoft Australia Education Newsletter

    We've just launched the sign-up page for the customer newsletter from the Microsoft Australia Education team. It’s designed for teaching and learning staff in schools and colleges across Australia, and will be sent out monthly in 2014. This is in addition to any of the other newsletters you may receive...
  • Blog Post: What skills do I need for the future?

    When we announced the global Student Advantage programme, it meant that students could get the full Office suite when their institution subscribed for their staff (see ‘ The best way to get Office for student BYOD devices ’). Part of the reason that supported doing it was some new research from IDC on...
  • Blog Post: University of New England heads to Lync for 23,000 students and staff

    Last week we were able to announce the news that the University of New England, in Armidale in northern New South Wales, has become the latest big education customer to use Microsoft Lync for real-time communications. It will become the way that their 23,000 students and staff can collaborate and communicate...
  • Blog Post: Starting university with a Windows 8 tablet from Dell

    InformationWeek's Education section is reporting on the South Illinois University's plan to hand new students Windows 8 tablets from Dell as they start. According to the university, they'll be at the centre of a project to support new styles of learning as well as save students money through e-textbooks...
  • Blog Post: SAP announces Windows 8 app plans

    This caught my eye because there are so many SAP users in Australian education institutions, across schools, TAFE and higher education. Many education organisations are using SAP for their financial and HR systems, and a challenge for these conventional ERP systems is to make them more user-friendly...
  • Blog Post: Universities - A thousand year old industry on the cusp of profound change

    Wow, Ernst and Young aren't pulling any punches in their latest report on universities are they? They've just published " University of the Future ", and it hits pretty hard at the current model of universities in Australia, with its subtitle of " A thousand year old industry on the cusp of profound...
  • Blog Post: Building education applications for Office, Office 365 for education and SharePoint

    A few weeks ago we made the customer preview available of the new version of Microsoft Office. And one of the many changes that's immediately apparent is the focus that it has on the cloud – and that includes the ability to build cloud applications that integrate with Office, and a marketplace ( the...
  • Blog Post: Integrating a learning platform with Office 365–LP+

    I just got an embargoed press release from the UK Learning Possibilities team for 15th June – and luckily for us, I can write about it already as we’re half a day ahead of the UK In a nutshell, LP+ is a rich Virtual Learning Environment for schools built on SharePoint 2010, which is...
  • Blog Post: Total spend on ICT in education in Australia to reach $3.2 billion by 2015

    IDC have released a report on the Australian Education ICT market ( you can buy it here, if you’ve got a spare $4,500 ), and a matching press release ( which is free fortunately ). The headline numbers are: The Australian Education ICT market size is $2.8bn this year, expecting to grow to reach $3.2bn...
  • Blog Post: Video conferencing in Australian schools

    The Polycom education newsletter has just dropped into my email inbox, and I wondered if you already know about it? The Microsoft partnership with Polycom extends the use of video conferencing and audio conferencing in education across a wide range of scenarios, from remote 1:1 teaching, to professional...
  • Blog Post: Education ministers back new national standards in four subjects

    The Education Review website carried the story this week that the state and federal education ministers have agreed a common set of future assessments standards to go with the new Australian curriculum:   State and federal education ministers have endorsed assessment standards for the new Australian...
  • Blog Post: The winner of the Microsoft Australian Education Partner of the Year is…

    This week, it’s the week of the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference. There are nearly 1,000 people gathered in the Gold Coast to learn together about Microsoft’s future strategy, from both a technology and market perspective. (From a distance, you can get a bit of a flavour by seeing what people have...
  • Blog Post: And the APC Education Partner of the Year Finalists are…

    The Microsoft Australian Partner Conference is getting closer - and so are the Australian Partner Awards. We’ve just released the list of the Awards finalists, and the Microsoft Australia “Education Partner of the Year” Finalists are three partners who have each been able to make spectacular contributions...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Australia University newsletter

    The Australian Education team at Microsoft includes a Higher Education Account team - a group that looks after all of our university customers across the country. Each quarter, they circulate a newsletter, Ozmosis, which contains relevant news on a range of subjects. The next edition is due to be coming...
  • Blog Post: Get the Education blog on your Windows Phone 7

    I have to admit, I thought my days of programming were behind me. But thanks to AppMakr and the Windows Phone 7 App Hub , I’m reliving the heady days of my first job (whilst in Sixth Form) of being a programmer. And I’ve created a free app that gives you this Education blog on your Windows Phone 7, along...
  • Blog Post: Feeling nostalgic? Your students may not be

    Over in Los Angeles, there are thousands of Microsoft partners gathered together for the Microsoft World Partner Conference (you can follow along on the DigitalWPC website ). The big events like this often produce new product announcements, but what has caught me eye is an announcement linked to both...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 - Curtin University moves first

    In the last week of June, we launched Office 365. As the next wave of Cloud-based applications, it’s a service that will grow over time. The first university using Office 365? According to iTnews Curtin University were the first Australian customer to start to move to Office 365, and plan...
  • Blog Post: South Korea to go ‘all digital’ for textbooks by 2015

    The South Korean government have announced that by 2015, they will move from physical textbooks across to digital content, and will move their national academic tests online too. The plan is to digitise all primary school subjects by 2014, and high schools by 2015. That’s not the only disruptive activity...
  • Blog Post: Google Apps to support modern browsers - only

    Not sure what to make of this news this morning, and definitely not sure what comment to add on this . So I'll go for the completely factual presentation of something I've just read on the Google Enterprise Blog . I know this is relevant to education customers and partners, because when we talk about...
  • Blog Post: What the future holds - The Horizon Report 2011 Schools Edition

    After the publication of the Horizon report in March , the new 2011 Schools Edition (or 'K-12 Edition' as it's really called, as it originates in the US) has just been published, and provides a really useful insight into emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, research...
  • Blog Post: The Top 10 Education blog posts

    I've been writing this Education Blog for the last four months - since February 2011 - and so I thought it would be a good point to look back over what's been said, and find out what's useful/popular. In total, there have been over 125,000 readers of the 112 education blog posts that I've written. And...
  • Blog Post: Curtin University using Microsoft CRM to connect students to industry

    You have to hand it to Curtin University - they must have a pretty savvy PR team, because they always seem to pop up in industry news sites. Today they've done it again - appearing on the global ZDNet site for their use of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online for managing their student engagements. Although...
  • Blog Post: Australian Government ICT Strategic Vision 2011 - draft

    The Australian Government draft ICT Strategic Vision has just been published for consultation and feedback. They've published on the AGIMO blog , which is where they've invited public comments. I'm going to have a detailed read today, but a quick scan over the weekend highlighted what a well written...
  • Blog Post: MIS Magazine's Cloud Computing special

    I have a few spare copies of the March edition of Australian MIS magazine , which is a Cloud computing special. You can see my morning routine perfectly in this picture - get into the office early, then set to on coffee, email and filling my brain with interesting reading before the day shift arrives...
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