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  • 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: Ten communication technology trends shaping education

    Today, after a colleague finished reading the article “ 10 communication technology trends shaping education ”, they challenged me to come up with answers of which Microsoft products were relevant to the list. And they gave me two minutes to come up with the answers. It felt like I was sitting a very...
  • 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: What a 21st Century career looks like in the UK

    Want to inspire students with their career options (and also demonstrate how pervasive technology is going to be in their future lives?) This video, from the UK Surface team , is very different from what you’d expect from a Careers guidance session at school. In fact, there’s a bunch of things in here...
  • 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: 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: Case study - Applying Azure Machine Learning in education to student dropout

    Having recently written two articles about the theory of applying Machine Learning in Education - “ Two ways to use Azure Machine Learning in education ” and “ Making machine learning in education easier for every day users ” - I think it’s time to dive into a specific example of machine learning in...
  • Blog Post: Two ways to use Azure Machine Learning in education

    You can't read anything about technology trends these days without reading about Big Data and the power of algorithms. It pops up in education with lots of discussions of education analytics/learning analytics and a pile of other acronyms.  I think that the discussion is so intense in education...
  • Blog Post: Ways for schools and universities to manage inappropriate web content

    For six years, the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit has been working on PhotoDNA technology – a way of detecting illegal online child sexual abuse photos. It is used by a wide range of social media and photo sharing companies, like Facebook, Twitter and Flipboard, to scan user-generated images as...
  • Blog Post: Wired: Pens are making a high-tech comeback

    Last week, Wired ran a story on the research team working on next generation of digital pens and software experiences at Microsoft. It's a great read, because it raises some thoughtful questions about the way that we use computers, and the impact on learning and retention of information in our brains...
  • Blog Post: Uses for Hololens in education

    Less than 100 days ago, we revealed Hololens during the Windows 10 announcement, and since then we’ve all been waiting for a second chance to see it… Hololens in Education Well, last night, that finally happened at the \\Build\ conference as the team revealed what they have been working on, and especially...
  • 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: Sway for publishing curriculum resources–helpful updates for teachers in April

    When the Office team launched Sway, the newest member of the Microsoft Office family, I wrote about how helpful it would be for teachers and students . The simplest way I can describe Sway is that it lets you publish visually attractive materials, including multimedia elements, that will look good on...
  • 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: Why the pen is mightier than the keyboard: The evidence

    When I wrote about “ How to help students to remember more ” towards the end of last year, I shared a video of my colleague Travis Smith talking about the power of pen-based input for students, over a simple keyboard interface, for key tasks such as note taking. (I recommend either the 15-minute or 60...
  • 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: 2015 Back To School Surface 3 discount for students

    Hot off the press: Harvey Norman have just launched their Back to School student/teacher offer for the Surface Pro 3, with a 10% discount available to those who have an “.edu.au” email address. All the details are on their website here The offer is very simple to use – you supply your email address ending...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Safeguarding student privacy

    Over on the Microsoft Australia blog , Pip Marlow, Microsoft Australia’s Managing Director, has written about our commitments to privacy of student data online: Technology has the unique power to influence and transform how we teach and learn. While the use of cloud...
  • Blog Post: Providing advice for parents on BYOD

    With the end of the federal funding for computers, the move to BYOD in Australian schools has been rapid and decisive. With parents’ and students’ expectations raised by the DER programme, the gap in funding is now being filled by schools asking students to bring along the right device for their return...
  • Blog Post: Collaborating on professional development–Office 365 in Omaha

    I’ve been away for four weeks, enjoying a cold Christmas in Europe, and attending a very traditional English wedding set in a beautiful country house. But while I’ve been away I’ve kept up with my reading, and bookmarked an interesting set of articles and resources to share. So now that I’m back in Sydney...
  • Blog Post: Get support from Microsoft for accessibility questions via the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk

    The Microsoft Support team run the “ Microsoft Disability Answer Desk ” service, and have just announced that it’s now available for Australian customers, to allow you to get telephone support from Microsoft for accessibility questions. This service allows you to call a toll-free number and speak with...
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