Windows Azure–training for education developers in Brisbane

If you’re a developer, and you’re wondering how to start using cloud services to help build a more scalable, or more easily deployable application, then make a date for 10th December in Brisbane. Our developer evangelists are running a free three day workshop for Developers, Architects and Development Leads to learn about our Windows Azure…

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Final version – Free Windows 8 programming ebook

Less than a week ago, I wrote about the free Windows 8 programming ebook "Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript" from Microsoft Press. The link I gave then was to the second version, but five nights have passed, and Microsoft Press have now released the full and finished version. So if you’re…

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Update 4: Windows 8 apps for education

After last week’s launch of Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface, it’s no surprise that there’s more interest in education apps. And there’s plenty of new Windows 8 apps for education being added to the Windows Store. I’ve actually got too many for one blog post, so I’m working on another blog post even as…

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Box Hill Institute of TAFE and the IT Academy programme

On Friday, I wrote about the fact that there are now more than 450 education institutions running as IT Academies in Australia, and so over the weekend I dug out a case study of one IT Academy, Box Hill Institute in Victoria. Box Hill Institute prepares students for Australia’s workforce by ensuring that they have…

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IT Academy in Australia–450 institutions delivering technology skills and certifications

According to the Australia Skills Gap Survey 2012, 7 out of 10 of organisations find it difficult to find individuals with the correct combination of both technical and generic skills. And we can help with that!  We have a program called Microsoft IT Academy which lets education institutions deliver global standard technical training to all…

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Updated – Free Windows 8 programming ebook

Those nice people at Microsoft Press released an update in August to their free ebook – it’s a preview version of “Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS and JavaScript”. And it seems perfect timing to highlight it (being absolutely transparent, I didn’t read it when it came out, but I’ve started to read it…

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Universities – A thousand year old industry on the cusp of profound change

Wow, Ernst and Young aren’t pulling any punches in their latest report on universities are they? They’ve just published “University of the Future“, and it hits pretty hard at the current model of universities in Australia, with its subtitle of “A thousand year old industry on the cusp of profound change“. Of course, there’s plenty…

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Technology roadshow for NSW schools in November

This feels like a first – instead of announcing events that are focused on the biggest city in a few stated, or webinars that you can attend from anywhere (but can be impersonal), it’s great to announce a series of events that are going to cover the regional NSW too! Having once spent a holiday…

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Update 3: Windows 8 Education apps in the Windows Store

NB You can see a complete list of my previous recommendations of new Windows 8 apps for teachers and students on the Windows 8 Education Apps page, that I published on this blog earlier, and which I update regularly. And all of the apps I’ve highlighted so far are free. Windows 8 Education apps I…

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Listing your existing Windows educational software in the Windows Store

A typical Windows computer in a teaching classroom or computer lab has a wide range of applications installed (I’ve seen schools with over 100 apps installed on their computers). And every time there’s a new version of Windows, education users always take a look at the software they have in use, and what new software…

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