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  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence in schools - mapping data with Report Builder

    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: 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: Social media and student recruitment–why is it so important?

    Remember Shift Happens , from five years ago? Of course, it spawned a lot of similar style presentations, and they're still rolling on today - many with the same soundtracks. Here's an interesting one that would wake up the start of a conference or meeting, from Erik Qualman (author of socialnomics)...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 for education–a look at Windows To Go

    One of the clever additions to Windows is the Windows To Go, which is really helpful if you're considering using Windows 8 in education. It gives you a fully manageable corporate Windows 8 desktop on a bootable external USB stick. This could allow support for “Bring Your Own PC” and give access to your...
  • 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: Going from 'Did You Know' to 'Do You Realise'

    This is an incredibly smooth video – from the New Brunswick education system in Canada – that builds on the essence of Shift Happens/Did You Know (the UK version of Shift Happens , which I created 5 years ago, focused on the intersection with education, and has been watched over 200,000 times...
  • Blog Post: Why 99 milliseconds matters to students

    This is annoying. I’d never cared about milliseconds before. But as soon as I’d seen this video, I suddenly cared. And although a tablet with a pen feels more natural to students than a tablet with just straight finger touch, I think we’re not going to get a completely fluid touch experience until we...
  • Blog Post: The power of TED for education – coming to your classroom in condensed form

    I love listening to TED talks . I only wish I had enough time when I was sitting in front of a screen and could watch more of them. Today I discovered that they have started releasing their first batch of Ted Education talks – very short videos that are ideal as a classroom plenary, or to plant a seed...
  • 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: Ideas for using Kinect for Windows in education

    Kinect - it’s amazing to think what one small sensor could do for teaching and learning. Yesterday I wrote about the education pricing for Kinect for Windows that’s due later in the year, and mentioned some examples of how it might be used in schools, TAFEs and universities. And I also mentioned the...
  • Blog Post: A hint of immersive learning for the future? Behind the doors of Building 99

    At the Microsoft campus in Redmond, every building has a number. It makes it easier to find your way around the 100+ buildings that teams work in. In one of those, Building 99, you’ll find part of the Microsoft Research team - who get to experiment on the bleeding edge of technology. Lots of their...
  • Blog Post: Homework is all about learning - yours and theirs

    I think I’m a pretty dab hand at PowerPoint, but that hasn’t stopped my kids showing me some pretty impressive things I’ve learnt from. So, whilst the video below is an advert, I reckon it’s happening in real life in households all around Australia on a regular basis. Next time you’re preparing a presentation...
  • Blog Post: The Kinect Effect - it’s only just starting in education

    It’s amazing to think that Kinect is only a year old. It’s set the Guinness World Record for the fastest selling consumer device. And while it started its life as a device for games, it’s now being used by surgeons , teachers , musicians , data analysts for ideas the Kinect’s...
  • Blog Post: Using video conferencing to connect disaster-hit learning communities in Japan, New Zealand and Australia

    On Wednesday TVNZ One News broadcast the story of students from three schools from disaster hit areas - Christchurch, Brisbane and Fukushima - using video conferencing to connect their schools together, share experiences and extend their learning. You can watch the news report on the TVNZ website The...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence in education - webinar recording

    I’ve been spending a lot of time recently talking about Business Intelligence in Education - both internally and with external organisations. Some of the work I’ve been sharing has come from colleagues in other countries, and I wanted to share some of the information further. I have two colleagues...
  • Blog Post: What's Next at Microsoft

    Microsoft is a big place - with tens of thousands of people designing, creating, coding and building things around the world. There’s simply too much going on to keep up with it all. With just under 100,000 staff, it’s the equivalent of trying to keep up with what’s happening in every...
  • Blog Post: The value of data visualisation in education

    By all accounts, we’re already, or soon going to be, drowning in a sea of data. The amount of data being generated every day, hour, minute or millisecond continues to climb exponentially. This is true whether we’re talking about our home lives or professional lives. There is so much data we can barely...
  • Blog Post: How many Internet-connected devices do your students have at home?

    Of course, we all know we’re living in a connected world, with ‘always on’ technology. Our students have never known a different one. My children live in a fairly high-tech household, but even I was shocked when I realised we’ve got 13 internet connected devices in our household - all squeezing data...
  • Blog Post: nsquared - putting all your technology together for one purpose

    I’m meeting up with the nsquared people again on Monday, to take a look at some of their education applications. They’re an innovative software developer in Sydney who I first met in London when they were doing clever things with the Microsoft Surface. Now they have moved deeper into creating immersive...
  • 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: CRM in Education - University of Teesside video case study

    When I think about CRM in education, my first reaction tends towards managing the student relationship - a version of a super Student Management System. But the more case studies I come across, the more I realise that there is a very broad spread of uses for a CRM system in education (like Kiel’s and...
  • Blog Post: Desire2Learn talk about learning analytics and student mobility

    We’ve just finished the Microsoft World Partner Conference in Los Angeles, which included handing over the Worldwide Education Partner of the Year Award to Desire2Learn for their Learning Management System. The Desire2Learn solution covers a wide range of areas - including learning management, analytics...
  • Blog Post: Education Revolution in Action 4 Conference

    I was invited to present one of a pair of keynotes at the Education Revolution in Action 4 conference yesterday, at John Paul College in Queensland. The 300 attendees were from schools - state and private - from across Australia and New Zealand, and were a mix of practising classroom teachers, school...
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