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  • Blog Post: Australia Office Developer webinar - 11AM today

    Following on from last week's well attended webinar, introducing the subject of developing for Office 365, Andrew Coates will start to dig into the specific topics. This week, at 11AM he will cover the basics of getting started with the Office 365 APIs, as you learn how you can build on top of Office...
  • Blog Post: Webcast - Developing on Office 365 in Education - Wednesday 20th January

    There’s over a billion Office users, and over 200 million education customers using Office 365. And with the shift to the cloud with Office 365, Office has become a platform for developers, as well as a set of tools for users. Customers expect apps and web services to use their existing tools,...
  • Blog Post: Free Power BI training sources

    I’ve written about the Microsoft Power BI service a few times over the last year, and shared some of the work that I’ve done with it. If you have any interest in data and turning it into information, then I’m an absolute fan of Power BI. And if you want to share in some of the data fun, then you might...
  • Blog Post: How to buy academic Power BI licences - a step-by-step guide

    There are a number of ways of buying A cademic Power BI li cences, so I thought I’d write a quick summary to help people, as I have had the question a few times recently from customers and partners. We make it easy to buy Power BI licences for commercial customers straight from the Power BI website,...
  • Blog Post: Most in demand skills of 2015?

    I remember in 2013 I wrote “ What skills do I need for the future? ”, about the most in-demand skills for all occupations, and in the future what employers will be looking for from today’s students. The top five skills employers were looking for in 2013 were: Oral and written communication skills Detail...
  • Blog Post: Hosting Moodle in Azure - TAFE South Australia moves online

    I’ve written before about the work that our technical teams have done to make it simpler to run Moodle on Azure , and the way that you can integrate Office 365 with Moodle to make life easier for teaching staff and students (as well as easing the manage of a potentially-complex IT system). This week...
  • Blog Post: The first university-wide roll out of Windows 10 in the world has started, and it’s in Australia!

    Consumers are often the first to start using new releases of Windows, and large organisations tend to follow more cautiously, taking the time to carefully balance the new features some users want alongside the cry from others to not change anything. But in the case of Windows 10 there are features in...
  • Blog Post: How to migrate large data sets from on-premises disks to Office 365

    School IT teams sometimes face very different challenges to business IT teams (and have to solve them with smaller budgets and less people). Moving services to the cloud is an example, because once you’ve made the decision to do it, you’ve got to deal with moving hundreds of gigabytes of data for thousands...
  • Blog Post: Introducing: Microsoft Office 365 for Moodlerooms

    Moodlerooms, from Blackboard, is now integrated to Office 365, so that students\staff can use Office 365 identity for a smooth single sign on experience, sync info to their Outlook calendars, store files on OneDrive for Business, and submit assignments and feedback through OneNote. Last week at EDUCAUSE...
  • Blog Post: Australian Education Case Studies Update - November 2015

    One question that I’m asked frequently about new projects is: “ Who else is doing this? ” In some cases, what people (partners/customers) are looking for is confirmation that they’re going to be at the innovative edge - and that what they are doing hasn’t been done before. But most of the time, they...
  • Blog Post: Edu DevCamp Sydney - Building education apps for Office and SharePoint

    Apply for participation in our free DevCamp for Education Partners in Sydney, and work alongside Microsoft experts to learn how to integrate your solution with Office 365 Office 365 Education is experiencing great momentum today, with more than 200 million users in education worldwide today, free entry...
  • Blog Post: Learn how to do Single Sign On with Office 365, and more: Office DevCamps in Australia

    Developers : We've got a series of (free!) DevCamps coming up in the next few weeks, for software developers who want to develop apps that integrate to Office 365 (for web, Windows, iOS or Android) and/or that want to integrate to the Office 365 identity using Azure Active Directory. This course is relevant...
  • Blog Post: edX and Microsoft Office integration - Office Mix and Office 365

    Last year I wrote about the Microsoft partnership with edX to develop services to help teachers, including integration between edX and Office Mix - to allow teachers to quickly and easily create multimedia content using PowerPoint. Open edX is an open source platform teaching and learning, and is used...
  • Blog Post: OneNote, SmartBoard and students with autism

    Our global Office blog recently published an excellent article from a teacher in the US, sharing their experiences of using OneNote for students with autism. They found it supported their use of tablets and interactive whiteboards in the classroom, with the OneNote notebook allowing students with autism...
  • Blog Post: OneNote for Learning - Microsoft Hackathon 2015 winner

    During the last week of July Microsoft employees around the world participated in our //oneweek Hackathon, where teams create projects with technology to solve small and big problems. Some of the ideas are just fun things that go nowhere, and others end up being built into products that you then end...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Australia Education Partner Summits - September 2015

    We have just announced dates and venues for our 2015 Education Partner Summits in September, in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. As usual, the invitations are open for Microsoft Education Authorised Resellers and our other partners who deal with education customers. This year’s education...
  • Blog Post: Login to Mathletics with Office 365 Single Sign On

    Yesterday I wrote about the way to make Single Sign On easier for staff and students by using their Office 365 Education login on third-party websites . This week one of the most popular student learning websites in Australia (and elsewhere) has been added to the list, as your students and staff can...
  • Blog Post: Making things easier for your users: Single Sign On with Office 365

    Over the last year, we have been working with software and website developers to make it easier for students and staff to login to their services by allowing them to login with their Office 365 username. This means that students don’t need to remember yet another login identity and password, but simply...
  • Blog Post: Uses for Office 365 Video in education

    A few months ago we announced the Office 365 Video service , which is an internal video publishing service on Office 365, and we recently confirmed that it is now rolling out to all of our Office 365 Enterprise customers (that automatically includes Office 365 Education services, with plan E1 and E3...
  • Blog Post: 2015 Microsoft NSW Schools Roadshow - Next Level Learning

    Each year we've worked with other partners to run a regional Microsoft NSW schools roadshow right around the state. And it's back again...the team road trip, just in time for winter! Basically, we're running quality, free, relevant and hands-on education technology workshops, which don't happen often...
  • Blog Post: How to write a NSW School plan using the 5P strategic planning template

    Here’s a question: If you’ve got a deadline just around the corner for creating a strategic school plan, what’s the best way to do it in a way that is still collaborative and inclusive – and hits the deadline? It’s a conversation we had with the Goal Huddle team about school planning templates for NSW...
  • Blog Post: 5.5m students in Australia can get Office 365 ProPlus free

    In 2013 we announced that students can download Office 365 ProPlus free (that’s the suite of Office apps including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher etc) onto their personal devices – Windows PCs, Macs, phones, tablets etc. We called this programme “ Student Advantage ”, and it applied to every...
  • 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: 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...
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