The Kinect Effect – it’s only just starting in education

It’s amazing to think that Kinect is only a year old. It’s set the Guinness World Record for the fastest selling consumer device. And while it started its life as a device for games, it’s now being used by surgeons, teachers, musicians, data analysts for ideas the Kinect’s inventors hadn’t imagined. And here’s a one…

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What skills do your students need to work in the world’s greatest workplaces?

Hopefully it’s the same for you, but I rarely get that ‘Monday Morning’ downer. Of course, weekends are rarely long enough, but I can live with that. Maybe part of the reason for that is highlighted by the latest Great Place To Work survey, which highlights the 25 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces 2011. Out of…

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This week’s webcasts for education customers and partners 31 Oct – 4 November 2011

There are two webcasts to know about this week – one education-specific one (the Tech Tuesday) and one general one for technical teams. All of the timings for the webcasts are AEST (Australia East Coast time). See ** below for more details on how the webcasts work This week’s webcasts Tech Tuesday – IT Academy…

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How many ways can you use SharePoint in education?

Alex Pearce, is a SharePoint Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in the UK who works with education customers, and writes extensively about SharePoint in Education on his blog at BFC Networks. In this guest blog post, Alex gives some thoughts on the many ways SharePoint can make for productive learning in the classroom:   There are…

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Using video conferencing to connect disaster-hit learning communities in Japan, New Zealand and Australia

On Wednesday TVNZ One News broadcast the story of students from three schools from disaster hit areas – Christchurch, Brisbane and Fukushima – using video conferencing to connect their schools together, share experiences and extend their learning. You can watch the news report on the TVNZ website The connection was arranged by Polycom (Microsoft’s Unified…

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Business Intelligence in education – webinar recording

I’ve been spending a lot of time recently talking about Business Intelligence in Education – both internally and with external organisations. Some of the work I’ve been sharing has come from colleagues in other countries, and I wanted to share some of the information further. I have two colleagues in the US Education team –…

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Why social media matters in student recruitment – CRM in education

We’ve just updated our Microsoft Dynamics CRM system to include a range of new capabilities focusing on social features – engaging with social communities, which can be both internal and external – as part of sales, marketing and customer service delivery. For CRM in education, this brings a much-needed set of capabilities for universities and…

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How do I set up Windows on a touch PC?

The Microsoft IT team are the people responsible for keeping the Microsoft internal IT systems running and providing the users with support – in the same way that IT teams in schools/TAFEs/universities do. (And in the case of some universities, on a similar scale!) Part of their role is providing training and user documentation for…

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Do you need a new job title in ‘the Cloud’?

Amidst all the noise and fervour associated with the Cloud in education one question I have not, till now, seen properly addressed is what does the Cloud mean for the skills and responsibilities of IT professionals?  The team over at Microsoft Learning have just addressed this with a white paper Cloud Computing: What IT Professionals…

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SharePoint Composites – the future of the Learning Management System?

I’ve been reading quite a few articles recently about the future of Learning Management Systems (LMS). These have attempted to look over the horizon – beyond today’s monolithic LMS – for a future where it’s likely that these systems will be comprised of a mash-up of different ‘best in class’ components, highly integrated. Although the…

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