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  • Blog Post: A Windows 8 tablet for under $90?

    This seems incredible to me! Coles have a 7” Windows 8 touch tablet, with Office 365 Personal, for $89. It’s just one of a few surprises that I have seen this year, as more and more low-cost laptops, tablets and convertibles (tablets with detachable keyboards) have been appearing. But I never expected...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Australia Education Partner Summits 2014

    In the first week of August we are running half-day partner training events for Microsoft Education partners in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. This year’s education ICT buying season is almost underway, and it promises to be like no buying season in history. There are significant...
  • 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: 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: 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: Have you signed up for the Brisbane Education Partner Summit this Friday?

    Our last Education Partner Summit is in Brisbane this Friday, 1st November, and there are still places available for partners to attend. We’re meeting with Microsoft Education Partners including the Microsoft Authorised Education Resellers, to provide an in-depth training programme to help our...
  • 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: Windows 8 in Education: How to deploy Windows 8 in education

    This is part five of a set of articles on Windows 8 deployment in education. To start at the beginning, take a look at “ Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Planning Guide ”, then “ Windows 8 in Education: Windows Store apps and deployment ”, followed by “ Windows 8 in Education...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Guide for BYOD in Education

    This is part four of a set of articles on Windows 8 deployment in education. To start at the beginning, take a look at  “ Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Planning Guide ”, then “ Windows 8 in Education: Windows Store apps and deployment ” and finally “ Windows 8 in Education: setting up Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 in Education: setting up Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in education

    This is part three of a set of articles on Windows 8 deployment in education. To start at the beginning, take a look at  “ Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Planning Guide ” and “ Windows 8 in Education: Windows Store apps and deployment ”. One of the challenges for educational institutions is...
  • 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: Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Planning guide

    This week I’m going to focus on a new set of guides for Windows 8 deployment in education. So if you’re an IT manager in a school, TAFE or University, and you’re thinking about your project plans for the approaching summer break, then you’re probably going to be rubbing your hands in anticipation of...
  • Blog Post: How to choose the right device in education

    The search for the right device for both yourself and your school, TAFE or university can be challenging. What type of device will I get? What do all the specs mean? Which device will best cater for my needs? The problem is, with the broad collection of Windows devices now available, and the vast price...
  • Blog Post: Update 2: Microsoft Surface RT for education in Australia

    There are a few new details to let you know about the Microsoft Surface RT offer for education customers in Australia which we announced nearly a month ago (the offer is for education institutions to be able to order the Microsoft Surface RT from AU$219). In the first update on the Surface education...
  • Blog Post: Update 1: The Microsoft Surface offer for schools, TAFEs and universities in Australia

    I published the key info yesterday on the Microsoft Surface RT offer for education customers in Australia , which allows schools, TAFEs and universities to buy Surface RT from AU$219. Overnight I’ve had a couple of questions from people about the offer, and I’ve also laid my hands on the full Surface...
  • Blog Post: Australia Microsoft Surface RT offer for Education

    You may have heard about the worldwide launch of a great Microsoft Surface offer for schools and tertiary education customers. It is exclusively for education institutions, to buy Microsoft Surface RT tablets at a reduced price for a limited time. The good news is that I can share with you the details...
  • 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: TGIF–I’m a PC

    Remember those “ I’m a Mac, and I’m a PC ” adverts? If you do, then you’ll appreciate the humour in the new Microsoft TV ads from the US. (It’s Friday afternoon here in Sydney, and I’m feeling a little TGIF, so I thought I could share this). So here’s another...
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