Hale School showcases benefits of fusing heritage with innovation

Hale School may be the oldest boys’ school in Western Australia, but it has a thoroughly modern outlook. Hale is a Microsoft Showcase School and a Surface School. It runs a one-to-one Surface program and has embraced digital pens both for the learning flexibility they promise and the opportunity to encourage handwriting and support traditional…


Seymour College discovers formula for creating ‘Girls of Steel’

There’s a formula for creating ‘Girls of Steel’; it involves mixing together equal parts science, technology, electrical engineering and English literature and allowing students’ natural creativity to take hold. ‘Girls of Steel’ is just one example of the transformation taking place in the education of young women today at Seymour College. It is being championed…


Kearnan College students learn skills to ensure they thrive in the classroom and beyond

  Kearnan College has almost 450 students spread across Kindergarten to Year 12. Located in Manjimup, 300 Km south of Perth, the school has a relatively large catchment area and many older students travel by bus, some for over an hour. Mindful that today’s students’ learning horizons need to extend beyond the four walls of…


Peninsula Grammar amplifies learning impact by applying technology to evidence-backed pedagogy

The window in Dean Pearman’s office looks out over the bay of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. It’s a glorious vista – but it’s not the water views that inspire him each day, instead it’s the opportunity to transform teaching and learning, harnessing technology to help students achieve their full potential. Pearman is the Director of Learning…


Andrew Balzer unlocks the learning potential of classroom technology

When the students at Swansea High School wanted to put more benches around the school, Andrew Balzer suggested they conduct a digital experiment. First the students built the benches using Minecraft Education Edition, then used the mixed reality app on the Microsoft Surface to locate the benches around the school – under trees, in hallways…


Getting Started with Microsoft in the Classroom

Want to get started with Microsoft in the classroom? We’ve pulled together a list of upcoming training sessions hosted by Microsoft Learning Design Specialists Troy Waller & Megan Townes. In these session you will get to know how you can make the most of Microsoft in your classroom. Getting Started with Office 365 Tuesday 4th…

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Innovation centre fires imaginations and boosts digital skills for Glenwood High School students

MIE Expert Noelene Callaghan share’s her vision and expertise applying technology in education. There was a time when school computer labs often resembled ghost towns – filled with ancient, dusty kit, they were sparsely populated apart from the clutch of tumbleweeds rolling down the aisles. Not on Noelene Callaghan’s watch. Callaghan runs the innovation centre – known…


Lisa Plenty – OneNote Class Notebook – Differentiating Teacher Professional Learning

This is a guest blog from Lisa Plenty, Director of Digital Learning and Innovation at Radford College, Canberra. Our College started using OneNote Class Notebook around two and a half years ago, and whilst the uptake and enthusiasm was initially slow, teachers began to realise the power OneNote allows for teachers and students to manage…


Dr Terry Byers: how different digital devices affect pedagogies, student cognition and learning experiences.

A profound understanding of ‘learning’ (the spiral process and the outcomes) highlights those skills that students need to succeed in the classroom of today and navigate a radically transformed tomorrow. Besides a proficiency in traditional subject areas, students will need to develop an understanding of how they learn and collaborate to be better critical thinkers,…

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EduTECHAU 2018 Wrap Up

Every year, the EduTECH Australia conference brings together the best and brightest minds in classroom innovation to compare, share, and learn from one another. Here are some of the highlights and top insights that we at the Microsoft stand got to experience this year: The future of learning: it’s predictive, and it’s personalised For all…