The 5 factors which affect school performance

As I mentioned on Friday, I’m currently reading “School performance in Australia: results from analyses of school effectiveness”, a research report published in 2004. When the report starts to take a look at the comparisons between secondary schools, using the main data sets that they have available for school-level analysis, there are five factors which…

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Integrating Moodle and Office 365 for Education

Please note that this information has now been superseded by further announcements and code releases. More information here http://blogs.msdn.com/b/education/archive/2015/01/20/moodle-integration-with-office-365-how-to-get-it.aspx     We’re continuing to build the list of integration resources that we provide for Moodle, so that schools, TAFEs and universities can integrate their Moodle platforms more securely with the rest of their existing infrastructure….

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5.5m students in Australia can get Office 365 ProPlus free

In 2013 we announced that students can download Office 365 ProPlus free (that’s the suite of Office apps including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher etc) onto their personal devices – Windows PCs, Macs, phones, tablets etc. We called this programme “Student Advantage”, and it applied to every education institution which had licensed Office for their…

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Ten of the best – SharePoint University websites

After the list of school websites built on SharePoint from earlier in the week, here’s another handy (and subjective!) list of Ten University SharePoint websites. These websites are all public facing, and by building them on SharePoint, it means the universities can manage the content in exactly the same way as they manage their other…

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One in six schools block Wikipedia

This morning’s Sydney Morning Herald ran an education story "Teaching the Facebook Generation". The overall piece looks at how social media impacts on the relationship between students and teachers, and is worth a read to understand some of the issues faced in today’s school environment, where Web 2.0 has both upsides and downsides. What caught…

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Update 3: Microsoft Surface RT Education offer in Australia

One of the most frequent questions that we’ve been asked about the Microsoft Surface RT offer for education customers in Australia (the offer is for education institutions to be able to order the Microsoft Surface RT from AU$219) is “can I get the Surface RT Education offer in stores, rather than ordering online from Microsoft?”…

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Creating surveys with the Excel Web App in Office 365 for education

The free version of Office 365 for education includes web versions of the main Office software – Word, Excel and PowerPoint – in addition to the email, collaboration and communication capabilities included within the online Exchange, SharePoint and Lync services. Of course, that’s great for editing and working on documents, spreadsheets and presentations, and the…

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Ten of the best – SharePoint School websites

A colleague asked me to recommend some school websites built on SharePoint, that they could share with others. After I’d finished it for him, I thought I’d pop it into a PowerPoint for others – and then go further by popping up a quick blog post too. Here’s my take on 10 School SharePoint websites…

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PhotoMath: Should you ban Windows Phone in the Maths classroom?

Remember when calculators were banned in the classroom, because it made calculation too easy? Well, in the same spirit there’s going to be a maths teacher somewhere that will decide to ban their students from having a Windows Phone in their maths classroom. And all because of PhotoMath and how it makes it too easy…

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More Moodle advice – The Moodle on SharePoint white paper

Following on from the Office Add-In for Moodle earlier in the week, there’s some further advice and support from the Education Labs team for Moodle that may be useful to you – Moodle on SharePoint. If you’re either using Moodle, or considering it, then you may want to consider how you set it up. Because…

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