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  • Blog Post: The Accessibility Guide for Windows 10 and Office 2016 - helping students with special needs

    Last week we released the Accessibility Guide for Educators for Windows 10 and Office 2016 . And I put it onto my ‘ must share that sometime ’ list. But it wasn’t a priority for me, because in the past I’ve written a lot about accessibility with Microsoft products and services , including things like...
  • Blog Post: The first university-wide roll out of Windows 10 in the world has started, and it’s in Australia!

    Consumers are often the first to start using new releases of Windows, and large organisations tend to follow more cautiously, taking the time to carefully balance the new features some users want alongside the cry from others to not change anything. But in the case of Windows 10 there are features in...
  • Blog Post: Australian Education Case Studies Update - November 2015

    One question that I’m asked frequently about new projects is: “ Who else is doing this? ” In some cases, what people (partners/customers) are looking for is confirmation that they’re going to be at the innovative edge - and that what they are doing hasn’t been done before. But most of the time, they...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Australia Education Partner Summits - September 2015

    We have just announced dates and venues for our 2015 Education Partner Summits in September, in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. As usual, the invitations are open for Microsoft Education Authorised Resellers and our other partners who deal with education customers. This year’s education...
  • Blog Post: Silly Competition Winner - and The Wisdom of Crowds

    Thursday’s competition for Windows 10 rock was won by Robert Matthews (@AskMrM on Twitter) from Wyong in New South Wales. So he’s now got a stack of sweets and a Targus laptop bag on the way: What’s really interesting to me, is that The Wisdom of Crowds - which in simple terms says that if you ask a...
  • Blog Post: How to make Windows 10 rock - Silly Competition Time

    Yesterday our office celebrated the arrival of Windows 10 with jars of Windows 10 sugary confections. My colleagues here in Australia call it a lolly jar, and I’d call it seaside rock - it’s the kind of sweet that’s made with huge volumes of sugar, and then coloured and rolled , ending up with the words...
  • Blog Post: 2015 Back To School Surface 3 discount for students

    Hot off the press: Harvey Norman have just launched their Back to School student/teacher offer for the Surface Pro 3, with a 10% discount available to those who have an “.edu.au” email address. All the details are on their website here The offer is very simple to use – you supply your email address ending...
  • Blog Post: Providing advice for parents on BYOD

    With the end of the federal funding for computers, the move to BYOD in Australian schools has been rapid and decisive. With parents’ and students’ expectations raised by the DER programme, the gap in funding is now being filled by schools asking students to bring along the right device for their return...
  • Blog Post: Which Windows device do I buy for students (or recommend for BYOD)?

    After writing about the $90 7” Windows tablet two days ago (called the Pendo Pad) being sold by Coles , I thought I should spend a little more time on the range of options available for students/schools this summer, because there’s such a range of different devices, and I really don’t think that there...
  • Blog Post: Adelaide workshop on learning technolgoy

    We're running a workshop for teachers and school leaders in Adelaide in late November, and based on feedback from previous events, I can recommend it as a great way to get up to speed with ideas for how the technology already in your classroom can help boost teaching and learning (plus there’ll...
  • Blog Post: Perth and Melbourne Education Partner Training - places still available for December

    Invitation to Microsoft Education Authorised Education Resellers This event is for Microsoft Partner Network members and Microsoft Authorised Education Resellers We’ve had consistent feedback from our partners that our education-focused training for you has been hitting the mark, and you’d like to ensure...
  • Blog Post: Could Cortana in education help students and teachers?

    Cortana is the intelligent voice-activated assistant on a Windows Phone - described as ‘your personal assistant in your phone’ - and it provides a new way of interacting with other people and your phone. I’ve been using Cortana on my phone for a while now, using the Developer Preview of Windows 8.1 and...
  • Blog Post: Are you attending the Education Strategy Briefing at the Australia Partner Conference next week?

    Next week we’re hosting the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference in the Gold Coast Convention Centre. It’s a week full of strategic information on key topics across the Microsoft business. On Tuesday 2 September, before the main conference opens later, we are hosting an Education Strategy Briefing...
  • Blog Post: Are you running Windows XP or Office 2003 anywhere?

    I was in a government medical clinic two weeks ago, where they had rolled out a brand new system for managing their customer workflow and medical records. And every single computer, with this brand new software system, was running on Windows XP. They had built a brand-new mission critical IT system on...
  • 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 3: Microsoft Surface RT Education offer in Australia

    One of the most frequent questions that we’ve been asked about the Microsoft Surface RT offer for education customers in Australia (the offer is for education institutions to be able to order the Microsoft Surface RT from AU$219) is “can I get the Surface RT Education offer in stores, rather...
  • 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: Microsoft seminars for schools in Sydney on Thursday 9 May

    After the Brisbane and Melbourne events, at the end of next week, we're running a pair of seminars in Sydney for schools too on Thursday 9 May. It gives you a chance to look at Windows 8 and Office 365 Education, as well as chat with Microsoft staff and colleagues from other schools. And there's specific...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft seminars for schools in Melbourne on Monday 6th May

    At the beginning of next week, we're running a pair of seminars in Melbourne for schools, to give you a chance to look at Windows 8 and Office 365 Education, as well as chat with Microsoft staff and colleagues from other schools. And there's specific sessions for school leaders, IT managers, and classroom...
  • Blog Post: When does Windows XP support end? Less than a year

    If you've got any computers running Windows XP around your school, TAFE or university, then you've got less than a year to do something serious about it. Windows XP is more than 12 years old now, as it was launched in 2001 - and like all good things, it's coming to an end. In less than a year in fact...
  • Blog Post: Starting university with a Windows 8 tablet from Dell

    InformationWeek's Education section is reporting on the South Illinois University's plan to hand new students Windows 8 tablets from Dell as they start. According to the university, they'll be at the centre of a project to support new styles of learning as well as save students money through e-textbooks...
  • 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: Building an engaging Windows 8 education app for students

    Earlier I wrote about building a Windows 8 education app for teachers , and here's part  two - building an interactive, engaging Windows 8 education app for students. We pick up where I left off earlier – where teachers have assigned an assignment to a group of students. Creating an immersive Windows...
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