Australian School holiday dates – 2012-2013

An update on my previous blog post, to give you “Australian school holiday dates 2012”, with all of the term dates for each state in Australia. It’s a quick guide, if you are planning events or marketing activities with schools. As you’ll see all of the Australian school holiday dates don’t coincide, so you’ll find…

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The Big Picture Experience in Sydney this Thursday

Hopefully, if you’re based near Sydney, you’ve already registered to come along to The Big Picture Experience. The Sydney day for customers is this Thursday, the 1st December. The event is run as an ‘experience’, rather than as a conventional conference, so we’ve thrown away the usual long, dry agenda with the audience sitting down…

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Briefing for Education Partners in Sydney on Wednesday 30th November

If you’re Sydney-based, and working for a Microsoft partner, then I’m hoping that you’re planning to come down to The Big Picture partner day this Wednesday, at the Sydney Convention centre at Darling Harbour. Although you can drop it at any time during the day, I’m hosting a specific briefing session for our education partners…

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Financial changes at the University of Sydney

The Conversation, and other media, are carrying the story today of the cuts at the University of Sydney. Basically, what’s been announced is that they are to cut staff costs by $53m (7.5%) by reducing academic and general staff. The underlying causes are a need to make investments in buildings maintenance and IT systems, and…

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Using the Cloud for research in Higher Education

After two weeks of discussions with various groups in universities in Australia about using the Cloud for research in higher education, here’s a couple of press items that caught my eye that are relevant to the discussions: CSIRO to mesh Azure Cloud with HPC infrastructure According to ComputerWorld, CSIRO are integrating its high performance computing…

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Student Recruitment – social media in student recruitment

Varsity Outreach, a US-based marketing agency specialising in Facebook marketing for colleges and universities in North America, has just released a survey ‘Facebook in Admissions’ from 150 colleges across the US. The survey, called ‘Facebook and admissions’ contains a good insight into the use and management of social media in student recruitment. It makes interesting…

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How many Live@edu users are there?

One question I do get asked frequently is “How many Live@edu users are there?”, or more generally “How many education customers use the Microsoft Cloud?”. Often the answer I have to give is outdated – at BETT in 2011, we announced that it had now reached a total of 15M students using Live@edu, up from…

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The Big Picture Experience for education partners

In diesem Video wird als eine WMV anzeigen. <div><img alt=”DCSIMG” id=”DCSIMG” width=”1″ height=”1″ src=”http://m.webtrends.com/dcsygm2gb10000kf9xm7kfvub_9p1t/njs.gif?dcsuri=/nojavascript&WT.js=No” /></div> Hopefully, if you’re based near either Melbourne or Sydney, you’ve already registered to come along to The Big Picture Experience. There are two separate dates in each city: Melbourne 22nd November for Microsoft partners 23rd November for all customers Sydney…

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Business Intelligence Bootcamp for Microsoft partners

Sarah Arnold, over on the Australian Partner blog, has just announced that there’s extra help available for partners who are aiming to get the Business Intelligence competency for Microsoft Partners at Silver level. If you’re a partner that’s deeply engaged with education customers, you’ll know how much data education institutions collect, and how much useful…

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Another take on qualifications – thought about the Microsoft IT Academy?

If you’re running the ICT systems in your school, and NOT running the curriculum ICT, then you may want to forward this onto the ICT Curriculum Co-ordinator. Although it’s got ‘IT’ in the title, the IT Academy is actually all about curriculum development and helping your students/staff to gain commercially valuable qualifications. I’ve mentioned the…

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