How Deloitte made learning a game–Harvard Business Review

Gamification of learning continues to be a hot topic for education (and as with most things within the education system, there’s plenty of divided opinion on how it could be used in the classroom with students). But it’s not limited to conventional education systems – we’re also seeing gamification being used in the world of…

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Today’s online ESSA Science test in New South Wales

It’s on again, the annual online science assessment (the ESSA test) that brings all year 8 students, in all Government, Catholic and Private Schools in NSW, together on one day to do an online science assessment. And it’s happening right now, with help from Microsoft’s cloud services. Each year this assessment happens online through a…

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Microsoft Australia Partner Awards 2012 – Everyone’s a winner

Remember yesterday, when I said that ClickView won the Microsoft Australia Education Partner of the Year 2012 in the Microsoft Australia Partner Awards? And I mentioned that the judging was very tight. But there can only be one winner. Well, it turns out you can have more than one winner! These were the three finalists…

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Finalists for Microsoft Australia Education Partner of the Year 2012

The biggest event for Microsoft’s partners in Australia is the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference 2012, which will be in Brisbane from the 4-6 September. As well as the full conference experience, we also use it as the opportunity to announce the winners of the Microsoft Australia Partner Awards. (Of course, being Microsoft, we couldn’t go…

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Janison–the people behind online ESSA

I’ve written a few times about one of our partners, Janison, who worked with the New South Wales Department of Education to produce the ESSA online science test for all students across their government, catholic and private schools. And whenever I meet Wayne Houlden, the Janison CEO, I’m always interested to learn of other projects…

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The NSW Science ESSA test – the background monitoring service

Yesterday I wrote “Why put assessment in the Cloud?” about the project last year for students in New South Wales in Australia to complete the statutory Science examinations online – replacing a paper-based system that had been used for years. As well as the time-saving and paper-saving, one of the other significant benefits was the…

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Why put assessment in the Cloud?

One of the often-quoted benefits of using Cloud computing is that you can provide for big bursts of activity by using the flexibility of massive datacentres being built around the world for this. And that if you want to use this service, you simply pay for the bit you use. It means that you can…

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The winner of the Microsoft Australian Education Partner of the Year is…

This week, it’s the week of the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference. There are nearly 1,000 people gathered in the Gold Coast to learn together about Microsoft’s future strategy, from both a technology and market perspective. (From a distance, you can get a bit of a flavour by seeing what people have been tweeting about). The…

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And the APC Education Partner of the Year Finalists are…

The Microsoft Australian Partner Conference is getting closer – and so are the Australian Partner Awards. We’ve just released the list of the Awards finalists, and the Microsoft Australia “Education Partner of the Year” Finalists are three partners who have each been able to make spectacular contributions to the success of their educational customers over…

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Why is the Cloud so important to software developers?

Imagine you’re a big IT supplier. You build a successful business by being responsive to your customers, and giving them what they need. If the customer is a big one, then normally their budget is too. And so, their list of requirements is big too. Which means that when they want to do IT projects,…

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