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  • Blog Post: Edmodo app for Windows 8 available now

    At the ISTE Conference in the US, the team from Edmodo (“the world’s largest, free K-12 social learning network”) released the Windows 8 Edmodo app for teachers and students. With thousands of teachers in Australian schools using Edmodo, it means that learners in Australia can easily access the Edmodo...
  • Blog Post: Explain Everything for Windows 8 - now available

    I’ve been away for a nice holiday, and now that I’m back I’m staring at a huge backlog of blog posts to write up, as there’s been so much happening and announced whilst I’ve been away. And because many schools, TAFEs and universities are heading back next week, I thought I’d better get started… There...
  • 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: 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: Is School Writing the best Windows 8 education app?

    Demografix is a Queensland-based education software developer producing great apps for schools and students – and they have just produced a Windows 8.1 version of their best-selling School Writing app. And working with them has been fascinating, as they have found extra capabilities in Windows 8 that...
  • Blog Post: Snap a whiteboard and bring it into OneNote for Windows 8

    What if there was an app that your students could use to take a photo of anything you write on a whiteboard, store it, convert it to text, and make it easy for them to search back to find a specific word you’d written on the whiteboard last term? And thus mean that you could deliver lessons/lectures...
  • 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: Announcing the Microsoft Australian Teachers Blog

    My colleagues have been talking for a while about creating a more teaching-centric blog for Australia, focusing more on the teaching and learning side of technology. And a couple of weeks ago they launched the Microsoft Australian Teachers Blog , which is all about technology in the classroom. It will...
  • Blog Post: Markbook for Windows 8–a replacement for Mindtrail?

    I’ve written before about Lucas Moffitt , and his Teacher Collection apps for Windows 8 . As a reminder, Lucas has developed 9 different apps to help teachers with typical classroom tasks, like marking, lesson observation, creating curriculum resources and lessons etc. His latest app is Markbook for...
  • Blog Post: How many devices can you install a Windows 8 app on?

    When we first launched Windows 8, we allowed customers to install an app from the Windows Store onto up to five devices. This was similar to other app stores at the time, but personally I quickly found the limit was a challenge. For example, if I was trying out a range of different devices (as an education...
  • Blog Post: GeoGebra for Windows 8 released

    GeoGebra is an open-source mathematics app that is used on over 700,000 classroom Windows computers in Australia alone. And the developers have just released GeoGebra for Windows 8 , so now there’s a touch-based version of GeoGebra for students using tablets, or teachers using interactive whiteboards...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 in Education: Windows Store apps and deployment

    This is part two of a set of articles on Windows 8 deployment in education. To start at the beginning, take a look at yesterday’s “ Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Planning Guide ” The use of Windows 8 on devices in education brings many new benefits, features and technology capabilities. One prominent...
  • Blog Post: Collaborating on Chemistry on a Windows 8 touch slate

    Yesterday I wrote about collaborative learning apps for Windows 8 , and focused on apps for younger students ( because, basically, it’s around my intellectual level ). So I thought I’d share an example of a much more sophisticated collaborative learning app based on touch and multiple students using...
  • Blog Post: Collaborative learning with Windows 8 multi-touch apps– flip the screen over!

    Most of the Windows 8 education apps have been designed for a single user experience – a student sitting at a screen, or using a touch tablet – where the screen is always oriented in one way with a clear ‘top’ and ‘bottom’ of the screen – with the text and graphics designed to be readable in that way...
  • Blog Post: The LifeHacker Education App Winner - Sort It for Windows 8

    Last month Lifehacker announced the winner of the first round of their Developer Challenge, to develop Windows 8 apps. Round 1 was for education apps, and the winning developer was Lucas Moffitt, from NSW, for his free Windows 8 app, Sort It. Sort It app for students and teachers for Windows 8 ...
  • Blog Post: A simple Windows 8 education apps demo

    Today we had our Microsoft Education Partner Summit in Sydney, and one of the things that I talked about was the great range of Australian Windows 8 education apps that have been created already, and are still appearing on the Windows 8 app store. One of the things I demonstrated was a very simple journey...
  • Blog Post: How to get the SAP apps for Windows 8

    Last November, I wrote about the plans from SAP for Windows 8 apps , so that users can access SAP systems and data in a touch-centric interface created for Windows 8. There are many SAP users in Australian education institutions, across schools, TAFE and higher education. Many education organisations...
  • Blog Post: The Mathletics website now on every Windows 8 device

    You may notice that some websites on Windows 8 ask you to open them in the desktop version of Internet Explorer, rather than the modern UI version, because they are written in Flash - even though Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 has an integrated Flash Player, avoiding the need to download and install...
  • Blog Post: The best collaborative Windows 8 education app for primary children - nsquared 'make words'

    All week I've written about new Windows 8 apps for education from nsquared . They're all apps that are designed to be used with touch computers in the classroom, and you can have up to four children using them at the same time. It's a very different learning experience from a single child using a tablet...
  • Blog Post: nsquared herding: free Windows 8 education apps from nsquared

    Another day, another free Windows 8 education app for primary schools from the nsquared team of developers in Sydney! It's designed to be used with touch devices, and can either be used by one child, or up to four sitting at opposite ends of a Windows 8 tablet that's laying flat on a desk. nsquared herding...
  • Blog Post: nsquared letters: free Windows 8 education apps from nsquared

    Here's yet another free Windows 8 education app from nsquared . Like their other apps ( missing card , numbers , and snap ), it's ideal for pre-school and primary school children, and is designed to support collaborative learning – allowing groups of students to work together on a single Windows 8 touch...
  • Blog Post: nsquared missing card: free Windows 8 education apps from nsquared

    Here's another free Windows 8 education app from nsquared. Like their other apps, it's ideal for pre-school and primary school children, and is designed to support collaborative learning – allowing groups of students to work together on a single Windows 8 touch-enabled PC or tablet.   nsquared missing...
  • Blog Post: nsquared numbers: free Windows 8 education apps from nsquared

    In my last blog post I wrote about nsquared , a Sydney-based company producing education software that works with touch devices, and the first of their free apps for Windows 8 – nsquared snap . Today, here's their next free Windows 8 education app – numbers.   nsquared numbers Link nsquared numbers...
  • Blog Post: Snap: free Windows 8 education apps from nsquared

    nsquared is a Sydney-based company that have been producing great interactive classroom software recently. Historically, they have created some great interactive education software for the original Microsoft Surface (the original table-sized interactive computer that is now made by Samsung, and called...
  • Blog Post: Building an engaging Windows 8 education app for teachers

    Developing an education app is about designing an experience, before writing code . One way is to talk to teachers and students. Another way is to look at examples, and that's why we created 'App Idea Books' for Windows 8. They cover different areas – games, entertainment, news, productivity, sports...
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