Building dynamic staff, student and parent portals

Webvine (http://www.webvine.com.au) are an Office 365, SharePoint and Dynamics CRM consultancy with large and small clients, including a number of education customers in Australia. Next week they are running a breakfast briefing on Thursday 30 June, in our offices in North Ryde, to talk about the examples of school projects they have completed in NSW….

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Getting started with Power BI–a free e-book from Microsoft Press

If you’re a follower of this blog, or you’ve met me or seen me present in the last year, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Power BI – the very clever and powerful service that makes Self-Service BI a sudden reality. When I show people Power BI I see their eyes light up, as…

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Windows 10–full day Melbourne workshop to get ready for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

There are a number of improvements coming to the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 that are specifically focused on supporting education customers. These include: Faster, easier set-up: Shared devices in the classroom are the norm in some schools. With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update we are introducing a ”Set Up School PCs” app that allows…

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Learning Data Science through a free online course

Last year I shared information on the Machine Learning course I took on edX, which taught me how to implement Azure Machine Learning services, and allowed me to build predictive data models. I’ve subsequently spoken with people who took the course on my recommendation, and have built interesting predictive models for student behaviour. One person…

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3P Learning win Microsoft Worldwide Education Partner of the Year

It’s a pretty exciting day for the team at 3P Learning, who have just been given the award for Microsoft Worldwide Education Partner of the Year 2016! And they made Finalist in the Technology for Good category too, which is a double success. I’m particularly pleased that they’ve been recognised for the great work that…

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Your Digital Partner workshop – Sydney 9 May 2016

We are excited to invite you to our school executive leadership workshop to be held at Microsoft Head office in Sydney, with special guest speaker, Ross McSwan, a barrister and accredited mediator. Ross advises executive leaders on practical strategies to manage critical incidents involving social media and the implications for students, parents and staff. Education…

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Creating effective learning videos – lessons I’ve learnt

I’ve just recently finished delivering an online course for my colleagues, where I used Office Mix to create resources (Office Mix is an add-in to PowerPoint, and a set of smart web services that make it easy to create an online learning resource, mixing PowerPoint, video, audio, assessment questions and other interactive resources). And I…


Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Education – a glimpse of what that might mean

Last year, when I wrote “Two ways to use Azure Machine Learning in education” and “Making machine learning in education easier for every day users‎”, I imagined a future where the power of the Project Oxford services could help education institutions with scenarios like face recognition (Who’s in my classroom today? Is anybody smiling in…

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Analysing NAPLAN is only the beginning of improving learning with data

Mark Stanley from Literatu
Mark Stanley from Literatu

I recently met up with Mark Stanley, the Managing Director of Sydney-based Literatu, whose NAPLAN Explorer enables teachers to deep dive into analysing NAPLAN assessment data and to identify trends in learning. It’s one thing to make sense of NAPLAN reports, but another journey altogether to improve learning with data. Mark’s a ’Big Data in…

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Hololens at TED 2016 – Alex Kipman points towards some interesting scenarios for Hololens in education

Alex Kipman at TED 2016
Alex Kipman at TED 2016

At TED 2016 , Alex Kipman from the Microsoft Hololens team, talked about how we see the future of 3D holograms. We have talked about Hololens before – there are some great videos on the Hololens website – and we have demonstrated scenarios for Hololens in education the past. The TED presentation hinted again at what an interesting…

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