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  • Blog Post: Staff training for 2015: Work Wonders with Office 365

    Every Tuesday afternoon our Office team run free 15 minute webinars for users of Office 365 with handy hints and tips on getting the most of the Office suite, including handy user tips for PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Lync and Yammer. They run at 2pm AEST (ie perfect for an early-afternoon tea break Sydney...
  • Blog Post: Office DevCamp in Melbourne: Learn how to develop apps for Office and Office 365

    On December 11th, in Melbourne, we’re running a free, full-day Office DevCamp for developers who want to write apps and services for Office or Office 365. It’ll help you to build solutions that can use Office to do things like allow students to read and write from their OneDrive (and save you having...
  • Blog Post: Perth and Melbourne Education Partner Training - places still available for 3/11 December

    Invitation to Microsoft Education Authorised Education Resellers This event is for Microsoft Partner Network members and Microsoft Authorised Education Resellers We’ve had consistent feedback from our partners that our education-focused training for you has been hitting the mark, and you’d like to ensure...
  • Blog Post: How OneNote makes a classroom difference

    I spent some of this weekend with the Microsoft Expert Educators from Australia and New Zealand, as they gathered together to discuss the future of teaching and learning ( to see some of the things they talked about, take a look at their #mseduweekend conversation on Twitter ). One of the tools they...
  • Blog Post: Are you attending the Education Strategy Briefing at the Australia Partner Conference next week?

    Next week we’re hosting the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference in the Gold Coast Convention Centre. It’s a week full of strategic information on key topics across the Microsoft business. On Tuesday 2 September, before the main conference opens later, we are hosting an Education Strategy Briefing...
  • Blog Post: 21st Century Learning Design in Action–two day workshop from ELH

    Are you going to EduTech next week? Would you like to be able to develop practical strategies that help you turn some of the great ideas into concrete plans? The team at Expanding Learning Horizons have created a training  event, running in Brisbane in the two days before EduTech, that’s setup perfectly...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 education app - 21st Century Learning Design app to support curriculum planning

    If you’re designing learning activities, or curriculum planning for 21st Century skills, that require students to demonstrate or develop 21st Century skills, then there’s some help in the form of a new app for Windows 8. 21st Century Learning Design is a tool developed to help teachers in assessing where...
  • 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: It’s in the new Australian Curriculum, but do you need help with 21st Century Learning Design

    Our partnership with Expanding Learning Horizons means that we work together on a range of activities supporting the enhancement of teaching and learning with technology. Some of these (like the Windows in the Classroom program) are free for schools to participate in, whilst other activities are run...
  • Blog Post: NSW Schools Roadshow 2013

    This time next week my colleagues from the NSW Microsoft education team will be running the first of 9 roadshows for schools. They are going to be on the road until the end of the month, visiting Newcastle, Port Macquarie, Tamworth, Wollongong, Sydney, Campbelltown, North Ryde, Wagga Wagga and Dubbo...
  • 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: Webinar: Developing students’ 21st Century skills

    Expanding Learning Horizons , one of our national education partners, is running a webinar next Thursday on “How to develop students’ 21st Century skills”. Fortunately, the first thing on the agenda is to define what those skills are in an Australian context ( I mention this because...
  • Blog Post: A short video for training when rolling out Windows 8 for teachers

    If you are using Windows 8 for teachers’ laptops, then you might want to make a note of this video, from the Windows team. It’s a great way to explain how to use some of the new features of Windows 8, and the way that you can have both existing Windows software as well as the new Windows 8 apps. It’s...
  • Blog Post: Queensland–welcome back from the break

    Good morning Queensland schools. Hope you enjoyed your break I know, work intruded a bit with some planning and prep, and you were only just starting to wind down and suddenly it's back into another semester. Whilst you were away, we planned a few things, so I thought I'd give you a quick post-holiday...
  • Blog Post: There’s a World Championship for Microsoft Office–and you could be going

    Seriously…There’s a World Championship for Microsoft Office, and it's been going for 13 years. Last year students from 52 countries gathered to compete for the coveted title of Worldwide Champions in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.   The competition attracted more than 285,000 unique...
  • Blog Post: Full agenda for the 2013 Microsoft Australia Education Partner Summit

    Last week I announced the date for the 2013 Microsoft Australia Education Partner Summit – on Monday 25th March in Sydney, and the fact that we've got Anthony Salcito kicking off the event with his characteristically engaging story telling on the future of education, and our role in supporting...
  • Blog Post: Training on the new Microsoft Office for partners and customers in Australia

    The new Office has already been made available for our education customers as well as for consumers, and to go with it, there's a pile of new training courses under the 'Ignite' brand for partners and customers coming up in the next couple of months - and some of them are free! The courses are ideal...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office training in Australia in early 2013–for partners and customers

    The new Office has already been made available for our volume licence customers ( yep, that pretty much means every education customer in Australia has been able to install it since early December, so I know what some IT teams will be busy with over the summer holidays ). Well, to go with it, there's...
  • Blog Post: A free course from Charles Sturt University on developing Windows Phone 8 apps

    To coincide with the release of Windows Phone 8, IT Masters are offering a free short course in developing Windows Phone 8 applications.  All facets of the course will be delivered online in 1 1 / 2 hour sessions, with live, after hours Workshops being run by one of the industry’s leading experts...
  • Blog Post: Supporting and Enhancing Office 365 deployments with IT Academy

    Are you using Office 365 for education , or thinking of it? Well, there's some help available in the IT Academy programme to ensure all your staff, students and administrators are using it to its fullest potential. Which, let's face it, can be a huge task for a school or institution. Each individual...
  • Blog Post: Final version - Free Windows 8 programming ebook

    Less than a week ago, I wrote about the free Windows 8 programming ebook " Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript " from Microsoft Press. The link I gave then was to the second version, but five nights have passed, and Microsoft Press have now released the full and finished...
  • Blog Post: IT Academy in Australia–450 institutions delivering technology skills and certifications

    According to the Australia Skills Gap Survey 2012 , 7 out of 10 of organisations find it difficult to find individuals with the correct combination of both technical and generic skills. And we can help with that!  We have a program called Microsoft IT Academy which lets education institutions deliver...
  • Blog Post: Free workshops on Microsoft OneNote - Hands-on Tour at Swinburne

    Yesterday I wrote about the new Lenovo Windows 8 tablets and touch laptops . Today, I've been sent details of workshops being run at Swinburne University of Technology on 24th October, with a chance to spend two and a half hours with a Lenovo Tablet PC and OneNote, learning how to use OneNote to support...
  • Blog Post: New recordings of the free Office webinars every Tuesday

    Doug Thomas is in the part of the Office team that writes help content for Office on the Office.com website, and in the help pages of the software. And he's recently branched out to producing mini webinars to help you discover new parts of the Office suite. They're run every week, but unfortunately for...
  • Blog Post: Get technical training for the new Office and Office 365

    We're offering a series of technical training events for partners, focusing on the new Office and Office 365. They are coming up over the next few months – first in Melbourne in December, and then in Brisbane and Perth in early 2013 ( What, 2013 already. Where's the year gone?). ...
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