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  • Blog Post: What does my list of top 10 Education blog posts of 2013 tell me?

    I’ve just finished looking at the statistics for this blog to compile a summary of the top Education blog posts you read during 2013, and thought it might be useful for people if I shared it. And then, at risk of making this a little ‘ inside baseball ’, I wanted to share what I learnt...
  • Blog Post: Baumol's Cost Disease and Education

    I normally avoid controversial subjects here, but today I thought I'd dive in with both feet with a question, and see what happens! This morning in Sydney we're hosting the Australia Education Partner Summit, and I'll be talking at 10 o'clock about where things are going in the future. I thought you...
  • Blog Post: How to win the global Microsoft 2013 Education Partner of the Year Awards

    Every year thousands of worldwide partners get together with Microsoft at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference . In 2013 it’s being held back in the USA in Houston (hint: great week to spend in the northern hemisphere summer rather than the southern hemisphere winter!). And some businesses...
  • Blog Post: What Bill Gates' Saturday Essay made me wonder about university MOOCs

    Bill Gates is no longer involved with the day-to-day business of Microsoft ( even though my children still think that's who I work for ), and instead spends almost his entire time on the work of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation , which focuses on global development and health. And last week he wrote...
  • Blog Post: You can't just airdrop technology

    A principal recently confessed that he'd ordered a bunch of tablets for a whole year group of his students…and hadn't yet told the teachers. I was reminded about the comment when watching Anthony Salcito (Microsoft's global Vice President for Education) talking at the TEDx event in Paris in November...
  • Blog Post: Impacting student retention–the hundred million dollar question

    Across Australia, tens of thousands of students start courses in universities that they never finish. Sometimes it’s because they find their course isn’t quite what they expected, and switch to a more suitable course. And sometimes they find that the university or course doesn’t meet their needs, and...
  • Blog Post: The biggest factor affecting student retention happens before the student arrives

    I've been in a lot of discussions about CRM for student recruitment and student retention systems in the last month, and today I'm spending the day in a planning workshop, so I thought I'd share a controversial thought bouncing around my brain about higher education student attrition: There’s plenty...
  • Blog Post: Can education IT keep up with the speed of innovation?

    Last week the annual EDUCAUSE 2012 conference , for Higher Education IT people, took place in Denver. As usual, there was a buzz of stories that appeared on HE news websites like The Chronicle of Higher Education . What struck me, following the news and discussions, was that there's a real focus on...
  • Blog Post: Selling your things to schools–advice on how to get it right in the long-term

    Doug Woods , an education blogger, trainer and consultant from the UK, recently offered some great advice to ICT companies in his blog post " Selling your things to schools ". Although Doug's advice was specifically for the UK, a large portion of it is directly relevant to Australia. So here's Doug...
  • Blog Post: Will the university business model get turned upside down in five years?

    I've often wondered whether the Twittering classes represent the majority. To be honest, I don't think they do – in the same way that the blogging community don't, or those speakers that enthral us at conferences and TeachMeets. They're more likely to be the innovators with skins thick enough to take...
  • Blog Post: Headline writers versus reality

    The media sometimes seem to use education as a point-scoring football eg in my first 9 months in Australia, I noticed that much of the media focus on education focused on a narrow debate about school funding. (In fact, if I was an alien landing in Australia from deep space, the media and political debate...
  • Blog Post: What would your crystal ball show for education's future?

    I have just read a deeply profound, and shocking, blog post, written by the leader of a significant Australian business. Written after the news that major Australian media organisations Fairfax and News Ltd are dramatically downsizing, and in the year that Encyclopaedia Britannica stopped producing...
  • Blog Post: Top 5 education apps that will be developed in the Cloud with Windows Azure

    Walking down the corridor after I wrote about the Windows Azure DevCamps this morning, a colleague who’d read the post asked me what kind of apps would be developed next in the Windows Azure Cloud for education. So I reeled off the list of apps that I think we’ll see. And he told me that...
  • Blog Post: TAFE funding cuts in Australia–what do you do next?

    The latest state and national budgets are heaping the pressure on TAFE funding. And the media coverage that inevitably follows, like The Australian’s “ TAFEs spell out job losses in meetings with government as feds up pressure against cuts ”, is also pretty depressing too. CALUMO’s...
  • Blog Post: If I can track my pizza order on my phone, how about my children’s learning?

    I can track my pizza order in real time… Pizza Hut have announced the availability of a new app in Australia to allow you to or der your custom-made pizza from your Windows Phone , and in some countries, I can do the same for a Domino’s Pizza . Currently a quarter of all Pizza Hut’s...
  • Blog Post: Entry tips for Australia Education Partner of the Year 2012

    Last year, Janison from NSW, were winner for Australian Education Partner of the Year 2011 . And I’d like all of our education partners to get the chance to do well in this year’s competition – in whichever of the 24 Microsoft Australia Partner Awards categories you choose to enter...
  • Blog Post: How the carbon tax will affect education

    I know there’s a political debate about the carbon tax, and I don’t want to go near that. But I did see the stories earlier this week (eg this one on Sky News ) that the carbon tax is going to increase costs for NSW public sector organisations by nearly $50M, and figures quoted that the 2,177 public...
  • Blog Post: Lessons learned from DER Student Devices

    A few weeks ago, the Inter-American Development Bank released a report on the roll out of the One Laptop Per Child programme in Peru, where the government has put 850,000 laptops into the hands of school students. It created some controversy, especially as The Economist took a negative view on the outcomes...
  • Blog Post: Buying business systems for education

    I’ve been involved in a few conversations recently about business systems with a number of education customers. And there’s a recurring question through these conversations, which is: Should a university/TAFE/school buy a system for its technical capabilities, or for the business problem...
  • Blog Post: How to win Microsoft Education Partner of the Year 2012

    Every year thousands of worldwide partners get together with Microsoft at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference . In 2012 it’s being held in Canada, in the leafy green city of Toronto (hint: great week to spend in the northern hemisphere summer rather than the southern hemisphere winter!) Last year...
  • Blog Post: Snippet - Retiring academics create a problem in Higher Education

    I’ve been collecting interesting snippets (not quite full blog posts) on my Posterous space for a few months. But I thought I’d change the habit and share them on the blog instead. Mainly they comprise an interesting quote and link to an article worth reading, with a short comment to go with...
  • Blog Post: Reasons to blog - I blog to learn

    I’ve had such a hectic week that I’ve not really had the time to sit down and write a detailed blog post about an education initiative today. So I thought I would share a little bit about what’s going on in my head, and it’s a thought that came out of a meeting with a partner in Sydney this morning....
  • Blog Post: 21 things that will become obsolete in education by 2020

    It’s nearly two years since Shelly Blake-Plock wrote “ 21 things that will become obsolete in education by 2020 ” on his TeachPaperless blog. I’d highly recommend it for a mid-week read - and perhaps use it to stimulate some thinking on where you can help your own organisation...
  • Blog Post: The debate between employers and the education system

    I’ve been in Australia for 9 months today, and one of the things that I’ve noticed is that the Australia media only focuses on a few issues in relation to schools - and a lot of it is about political, rather than learning-centric, issues. So I was heartened to open the Sydney Morning Herald today to...
  • Blog Post: Future Works Skills - The challenge for the assessment system

    There are a lot of projects underway around the world looking at the skills that students will need for the future workplace. I’ve just read the “ Future Works Skills 2020 ” report, which was completed by the the Institute For The Future on behalf of the University of Phoenix Research Institute. It’s...
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