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  • Blog Post: Lock a Windows 8 computer to one app for controlled assessments or information screens

    Do you ever need to be able to limit users to a single application reliably and securely? Or you have a display computer which you want to limit to a single application (eg an information booth PC)? One of the features of Windows 8 that will be useful for education customers is Kiosk, or Assigned Access...
  • Blog Post: Drawboard PDF is currently free in the Windows 8 store

    There’s a new version of the Australian Windows 8 app for education, Drawboard PDF , which is great for teachers to use for marking feedback onto homework, or for students to make notes directly onto PDF documents. It allows the teacher to draw or write – using pen or stylus – on the student’s homework...
  • 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: 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: Wednesday's Webinar–Tablets in schools

    This week's webinar "Tablets in Schools" is on Wednesday 5th December from 1 – 2pm. Cooper Wearne, the host, promises:   Everything your school needs to know about Windows 8 hardware. We will be looking at the emerging role tablets are playing in schools and we will highlight our recommended...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 for education training videos

    Last week I posted a series of blog posts of Office 365 for education videos, produced by my colleagues in the US, sharing some of the things that Office 365 makes possible. And I realised that it would be helpful to stick them all onto one page, rather than four separate ones. They were created to help...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 for education video–the online classroom

    Office 365 for education enables teachers to give online presentations so their students can learn from anywhere. These presentations can be interactive with the students and saved for future viewing. This short video, the fourth in a series of four produced by my colleagues in the US, aims to describe...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 for education video–Outlook and Lync

    Office 365 for education has Outlook and Lync built in, which enable instantaneous collaboration and communication between students and teachers, with email, IM, voice and video calls between users. This short video, produced by my colleagues in the US, aims to describe the whole process in just two...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 for education video–Classroom on the go

    Office 365 for education means that students and teachers can be productive on the go by having access to class calendars, documents, and assignments all on their mobile devices. This short video, the second in a series of four produced by my colleagues in the US, aims to describe the whole process in...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 for education video–collaborating with a class website

    With Office 365 for education , you can collaborate from anywhere through SharePoint class websites. Students and teachers can simultaneously work together on the same document and share project and assignment information through their class site. This short video, produced by my colleagues in the US...
  • Blog Post: Moving to Windows 8. My top tip

    Every few months, I seem to get a new computer to try out, and this year I’ve also got to try out a few versions of a new operating system. Which means that I’ve got used to switching all of my files between computers. Sometimes I’m installing a temporary computer (eg to give it...
  • Blog Post: WorkSmart Guides - Updated ready-made IT user documentation

    When I started working at Microsoft, I hadn’t been in such an open, technology rich culture before. And with so many IT systems around, and so many different software resources, my head was buzzing. In fact, I remember that at the end of the first week, the number of links in my Favourites was massive...
  • Blog Post: What you need to tell your teachers and students next week about new SkyDrive

    Once again, we’ve just released a bunch of new features for Windows Live SkyDrive – the cloud storage system that’s part of Windows Live, and the Live@edu email service used by millions of teachers and students. You can read all of the detail on the Building Windows 8 blog , and...
  • Blog Post: Three steps to create talking books for students with Word

    To improve accessibility for students, did you know that you can create talking books for students with visual and learning disabilities, using Microsoft Word? The system using a worldwide standard for creating accessible digital resources, called DAISY (the Digital Accessible Information System). And...
  • Blog Post: Classroom Interactive Whiteboards and Windows 8

    I watched this video and wondered: Do we still need lots of extra special software to work with interactive whiteboards, when there is now so much standard software (and lots more coming around the corner) that uses touch capabilities? I know we used to - in the days of Windows XP, you had to have special...
  • Blog Post: Accessibility workshop for education

      I thought I’d point you towards another resource that will be useful for partners, education trainers, and those who need to get the message across about Accessibility to their colleagues. Teacher Training Workshop on Accessibility It is a complete PowerPoint-based teacher training workshop on...
  • Blog Post: Something for your parent or student newsletter? Avoiding scams

    While he was working from home, a friend of mine recently got a phone call, from "Microsoft support", claiming to want to help him fix his PC. Fortunately, he's the suspicious type. And he's right to be. It's a scam. I’ve even received the call myself at home - and I've been prompted to write...
  • Blog Post: Video conferencing in Australian schools

    The Polycom education newsletter has just dropped into my email inbox, and I wondered if you already know about it? The Microsoft partnership with Polycom extends the use of video conferencing and audio conferencing in education across a wide range of scenarios, from remote 1:1 teaching, to professional...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Writer- free software for teachers in February

    Some Free February Appy-ness with a new piece of free software for teachers from Microsoft every day in February. Many of these items are unknown heroes, but they all share two things in common: 1) They are useful for teachers or students and 2) they are free. Windows Live Writer At long last, we’ve...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live Movie Maker - free software for teachers in February

    Some Free February Appy-ness with a new piece of free software for teachers from Microsoft every day in February. Many of these items are unknown heroes, but they all share two things in common: 1) They are useful for teachers or students and 2) they are free. Windows Live Movie Maker Windows Live Movie...
  • Blog Post: Photosynth - free software for teachers in February

    Some Free February Appy-ness with a new piece of free software for teachers from Microsoft every day in February. Many of these items are unknown heroes, but they all share two things in common: 1) They are useful for teachers or students and 2) they are free. Photosynth Photosynth takes your photos...
  • Blog Post: The most popular blog posts on the Office in Education blog 2011

    I keep an eye on the ‘ Office in Education’ blog , which is run by the team that create Microsoft Office over in the States. If you’ve got a list of blogs you read through an RSS reader, it’s worth adding their RSS feed to keep in touch with their news and ideas. For an idea of the kind of content they...
  • Blog Post: OneNote on iPad and iPod - how to use it with the web and PC version for teaching and learning

    Earlier today I wrote about the release of OneNote for iPad and iPod , and I promised I’d describe a scenario of using it in teaching and learning. I’ve tried to describe how it can be used by a teacher to make their teaching easier, share more information with their students, and support out of school...
  • Blog Post: How do I set up Windows on a touch PC?

    The Microsoft IT team are the people responsible for keeping the Microsoft internal IT systems running and providing the users with support - in the same way that IT teams in schools/TAFEs/universities do. ( And in the case of some universities, on a similar scale!) Part of their role is providing training...
  • Blog Post: Tips for reducing help desk calls when upgrading to Office 2010

    CIO magazine published a useful article last week, “ Supporting Office 2010: Tips for preventing help desk calls ”, which contains four specific tips to make the roll out of Office 2010 easier for users (and therefore for you). The timing coincided with the first anniversary of Office 2010, and the news...
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