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  • Blog Post: Why a Surface Pro 3 is different

    For some reason, this advert was out nearly 3 months ago but I never noticed it. Maybe it's because at the time I didn't have a Surface Pro ( in the same way that you don't notice how many identical cars there are on the road until you get one that's the same ). Or maybe at the moment I'm following a...
  • Blog Post: How OneNote helps students with assignment, notes and getting organised

    Yesterday I shared a video ( How OneNote makes a classroom difference ) from Carey Academy in North Carolina, who shared how they were using OneNote to support new ways of teaching and learning. Today, I’m going to share the next part of the story, which is their students’ perspective on...
  • 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: Business Intelligence in schools–a short demonstration of setting up alerts

    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: Teachers and Windows 8 in education

    Each year teachers from around the world come together at the Partners in Learning Global Forum . This year, the camera crew that go along to the event asked those teachers for their thoughts on Windows 8, and the result is the compact YouTube video below. There's a great sound-bite halfway through from...
  • Blog Post: How to join Skype in the classroom - like 38,000 other teachers

    Did you know that your students can use Skype to connect with a range of fabulous organisations that can broaden the classroom experience for your class – like NASA, museums, and expedition groups? Last week the team from 'Skype in the classroom' announced an expansion of their programme to...
  • 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–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: BYOD in education–TechNet Jump Start training to help your planning

    BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in education is a recurring topic that is coming up in conversations, and pops up in the media regularly too. There isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to BYOD in education, as each institution has different needs, policies, attitudes and current position. For some education...
  • Blog Post: Is this the end for interactive whiteboards in the classroom?

    Over the last few weeks, 11 startups have begun work on some amazing projects using the Kinect for Windows system, and developing new ways to interface with information, games, devices and computers. You can read more about this, and the background to the projects, on the Next at Microsoft blog . Steve...
  • Blog Post: Using Skype in the classroom

    28,731 teachers, from 190 countries, are already part of the Skype in the Classroom project. It’s a way to connect Skype’s free video services to your curriculum and teaching – and connecting with teachers and learners right around the world. And the team at Skype have just announced a new wave of partnerships...
  • 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 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: Mathematics Add-in for Word - 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. Mathematics Add-in for Word Microsoft Mathematics...
  • Blog Post: Manage the student lifecycle in Higher Education with Dynamics CRM

    I’ve just been watching a video case study I thought was worth sharing, of Liberty University, in the US, who have been using the Dynamics CRM system to manage their student lifecycle - from recruitment, to their time on campus, and then through to alumni. It’s interesting to hear the university staff...
  • Blog Post: What are the PISA tests?

    Every now and then you’ll read that Australia has done well/badly/averagely in the “PISA tests” - and there’s often an assumption about what that means ( Variously: schools are doing well/badly/averagely; teachers need more help/money/inspiration; learners can/can’t read...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence in Education - visualising learning data - part 2

    Yesterday, I ran a '”Business Intelligence (BI) in Education” webinar - which included a number of examples of system-wide dashboards around the world. But the highlight (once we’d managed to sort out his microphone) was hearing from Rod Colledge of StrataDB - and ideas of how data could be made more...
  • Blog Post: What does the word ‘Learn’ mean to you?

    In your head imagine a one minute video on the word ‘ Teach’ . Hmm, interesting… So how about changing to another angle. How about a one minute video on the word ‘ Learn’ ? That’s exactly what STA Travel have done. Once you’ve watched it, have another go… Imagine a one minute video on the word ‘Teach...
  • Blog Post: BI in Education - Brisbane Catholic Education case study from StrataDB

    Business Intelligence (BI) in education is going to become an interesting topic over the next couple of years in Australia. Although there has always been a discussion about the use of data, and various projects that have looked at ways to analyse and use student learning data more effectively, I predict...
  • Blog Post: What does a cloud data centre look like?

    Sometimes it is difficult to imagine what the ‘Cloud’ looks like. We know it means that the data is somewhere out there in ‘the Cloud’, and that means a data centre somewhere is looking after it. And we use those Cloud services all the time - whether that’s to check our email, search the web, use a social...
  • Blog Post: Halo Spartan on a US campus

    The video below is an advert from the US, advertising the student PC offer Halo Spartan promotes the US Student offer - buy a PC, get an Xbox free It’s a shame we don’t get adverts like this - or offers like this - in Australia… I know this is slightly off topic - but then it is Friday afternoon, and...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence in Education - Visualising learning data

    I’ve written before about the ways that data can be visualised to help teachers and leaders understand the story of learners within their own school. And one of the examples I have used is PivotViewer, which helps to focus on individual students - and groups of students - in a very visual one ( see this...
  • Blog Post: The NSW Online Science testing pilot–using the Microsoft Cloud

    Whoops – despite me talking about this project frequently, I forgot to put anything on the blog…which came to light when I was writing about Janison being a finalist in the Microsoft Partner Awards . So let me put it right Last year Janison worked with the New South Wales Department of Education and...
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