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  • Blog Post: Digitise everything - Office Lens and teachers.

    The Office team have been doing some great work recently with adding new features to the Office suite of products, that are especially useful for teachers and students. OneNote has been getting a lot of attention on mobile devices including for iOS, Android and Windows phones. For example, this week...
  • Blog Post: Office Apps for Education–Academic Wordsmith plagiarism checker for Word

    In the past I’ve written about the way that developers can now write apps for Office – which means that specialist capabilities can be added to Office to support particular uses. There are now hundreds of apps in the Office Store , which are add-ins for the Office suite – Word, Excel...
  • Blog Post: Education DevCamp in Sydney – Building apps for Office 365 and SharePoint

    On 14/15 May 2014 we’re running a training event for developers of education applications and services in Sydney. It is a two-day detailed training workshop that will help partners to develop for the Office 365, Office and SharePoint platform. The workshop is for developers and architects, and will mix...
  • Blog Post: What does Office Online mean for students?

    We made an announcement at the end of last week about the name and easier access to the online versions of Office. I think this is important for Australian students and teachers, as it is now much easier for students and staff to be able to use Office on the web. Anybody can do it – they don’t...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 - Ignite Technical Training in Sydney–April 2014

    Office 365 Education is based on exactly the same platform as the full-blown enterprise-grade Office 365 system used by companies globally. One of the benefits of this is that you get the same Service Level Agreements for the cloud service that one of Australia’s ASX50 companies would get. And another...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 sales training for partners

    What's your diary like for April? How about investing one of your spare days in training for you and/or colleagues on Office 365, with a focus on strengthening your customer conversations about the transformation from traditional desktop software to cloud-delivered software services? On 28th April...
  • Blog Post: Snap a whiteboard and bring it into OneNote for Windows 8

    What if there was an app that your students could use to take a photo of anything you write on a whiteboard, store it, convert it to text, and make it easy for them to search back to find a specific word you’d written on the whiteboard last term? And thus mean that you could deliver lessons/lectures...
  • 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: Have you signed up for the Brisbane Education Partner Summit this Friday?

    Our last Education Partner Summit is in Brisbane this Friday, 1st November, and there are still places available for partners to attend. We’re meeting with Microsoft Education Partners including the Microsoft Authorised Education Resellers, to provide an in-depth training programme to help our...
  • 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: What software is included in Office 365 ProPlus as part of Student Advantage

    Last week I wrote about the announcement of Student Advantage , which allows you to provide Office Pro Plus at no additional cost to all of your students, as long as all your staff are licensed for Office appropriately. I’ve been asked what’s included in the Office Pro Plus licence, and what devices...
  • Blog Post: Student Advantage–the best way to get Office for student BYOD devices

    Last week we announced Student Advantage, a new benefit to qualifying institutions that brings Microsoft Office to more students worldwide. This is a global programme that most Australian education institutions will already qualify for. And for Australian schools, universities and TAFEs, it comes at...
  • Blog Post: Top ten tips for using Office 365 education

    Earlier this year my colleague James Marshall, from the UK , wrote 10 posts on his Education in the Cloud blog , each covering one of his top tips for Office 365 Education. He’s also helpfully summarised all top 10 tips in one handy place – which I’ve reproduced below: Office 365 Education is constantly...
  • 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: What does Power BI for Office mean for education customers?

    Over the last year I’ve shared a fair amount of information on the use of business intelligence (BI) in education , with examples of ways that useful information can be unlocked from educational data, as well as looking at the new tools being created to help users get better views of their data. The...
  • Blog Post: Developing apps in Office–ideas to help education users of Office

    I first wrote about developing Office Apps for education last year, with ideas for our partners to think about some of the processes that education customers do all of the time and asking if they could be made easier with Office Apps (things like developing simple forms for staff absence, student assignment...
  • 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: How students can work together on the same Office documents in real time

    The Microsoft Office suite has always had ways for different authors to work on the same document – but the reality for many people is that they often simply circulate a document via email, then people make changes and email the document back to the sender. And then somebody has to bring all the changes...
  • Blog Post: What technology do you need for the Flipped Classroom?

    Caroline Chisholm Catholic College in Melbourne is on the pathway to the Flipped Classroom - a pedagogical model that inverts traditional teaching by delivering instruction online outside of class while moving problem solving (traditionally given as homework) into the classroom. And one of the starting...
  • Blog Post: Reducing friction for international student recruitment with unified communications

    Two weeks ago I explained why Lync and Skype are joined together , and some examples of how it will be useful in education. In a nutshell, it allows you (and your external users) to connect conversations between your own Lync system and consumer Skype users – typically the kind of software students and...
  • Blog Post: Why are Lync and Skype joined together?

    We’ve just announced that Lync and Skype can be joined together: Join – often called ‘federation’, it allows the two different systems to talk to each other, so that somebody on Skype can chat with somebody on Lync & vice versa Lync – Microsoft’s service for unified communications for businesses...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence in schools–PowerPivot and PowerView in Excel 2010/2013

    Rod Colledge , is a Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) for SQL Server, and an expert on the technology side of the use of Business Intelligence in education in Australia. For a living, he helps Microsoft customers with their own business intelligence projects, through his business at StrataDB ...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft seminars for schools in Sydney on Thursday 9 May

    After the Brisbane and Melbourne events, at the end of next week, we're running a pair of seminars in Sydney for schools too on Thursday 9 May. It gives you a chance to look at Windows 8 and Office 365 Education, as well as chat with Microsoft staff and colleagues from other schools. And there's specific...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft seminars for schools in Melbourne on Monday 6th May

    At the beginning of next week, we're running a pair of seminars in Melbourne for schools, to give you a chance to look at Windows 8 and Office 365 Education, as well as chat with Microsoft staff and colleagues from other schools. And there's specific sessions for school leaders, IT managers, and classroom...
  • Blog Post: What's included in Office 365 education? How much storage do you get?

    If you're considering using Office 365 Education - which gives you web versions of Office apps, as well as SharePoint collaboration spaces, Exchange email, Lync communications and SkyDrive storage services – you'll probably love reading about the 'software boundaries and limits' – or what...
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