Free DevCamps for aspiring developers of Office apps

If you are a software developer for education, then you’ll already know about the app marketplaces for different devices – like the Windows Store for Windows 8 apps, the iTunes store for iPad/iPod apps and Google Play for Android apps. It’s become another route to market for developers, and been a way to reach a…

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How to succeed in Education Technology

I’ve just finished reading an excellent article, "How to Succeed in Education Technology" written by the cofounders of Wikispaces, to provide advice and support for people running companies producing education technology products and services – or people thinking of starting one. It’s clear, concise (even though it’s lengthy!) and it contains some absolute gems of…

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Win prizes for building apps for Office and SharePoint

 We’re in the middle of a competition for partners or individuals to build apps for the new Office and SharePoint. With the new model of creating, selling, distributing and running apps in Office, and the creation of the new Office Store to promote apps, there’s plenty of potential for developers to create new apps that…

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Analytics and Business Intelligence in US education–what are the lessons for Australian universities?

Nearly two thirds of universities in the US reported in June 2012 that analytics (or business intelligence*) was a major priority for their institution, or some departments within their institution. And 84% reported that it was more important to them than two years ago. As a single fact, that doesn’t seem significant – what’s really…

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The biggest factor affecting student retention happens before the student arrives

I’ve been in a lot of discussions about CRM for student recruitment and student retention systems in the last month, and today I’m spending the day in a planning workshop, so I thought I’d share a controversial thought bouncing around my brain about higher education student attrition: There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that the…

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How education customers can use licence mobility with Dynamics CRM

Last year, I wrote about changes in our licensing, which introduced Licence Mobility, which arrived last July. This gave customers much more flexibility in their decisions about deploying applications on-premise, and in shared data centres in the cloud – both Microsoft datacentres and those run by our partners. For example, you can now use their…

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Accessibility in Office 365 for education

The Microsoft Accessibility team  run a wide range of initiatives, including a global network of Accessibility centres, an online Accessbility tutorial programme for Windows, Office and Office 365, which includes Office 365 for education. They also publish a comprehensive range of general guides for specific types of impairments: Vision Impairments Dexterity and Mobility Impairments       Hearing…

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A free course from Charles Sturt University on developing Windows Phone 8 apps

To coincide with the release of Windows Phone 8, IT Masters are offering a free short course in developing Windows Phone 8 applications.  All facets of the course will be delivered online in 11/2 hour sessions, with live, after hours Workshops being run by one of the industry’s leading experts in Mobile Applications Development.  The…

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How to help students fly first class?

I’m starting to see a number of Windows 8 apps that are creating a personal experience for their users. And the latest, for Emirates – one of the world’s fastest growing airlines- made me think about the parallels to education. The Emirates KIS app for Windows 8 Emirates have just announced that they are using…

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The Imagine Cup team that made it into Time’s Best Inventions of the Year 2012

In TIME magazine’s Tech website, they’ve recently published the Best Inventions of the Year 2012, which includes indoor clouds, a drifting fish farm, the MakerBot Replicator 2, the Tesla Model S and Enable Talk gloves. Enable Talk gloves and the Imagine Cup The fact that the Enable Talk gloves are in TIME’s Best Inventions of…

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