How students can work together on the same Office documents in real time

The Microsoft Office suite has always had ways for different authors to work on the same document – but the reality for many people is that they often simply circulate a document via email, then people make changes and email the document back to the sender. And then somebody has to bring all the changes…

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Learn more about the Office DevCamps in Sydney and Melbourne

At the beginning of February, we’ve got a team of developers and trainers coming over to Sydney and Melbourne to run free Office DevCamps, for anybody who wants to develop apps for Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint and the Office Web Apps) to get listed in the new Office Store. As the vast majority of…

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Ten of the best - Australian education websites built on SharePoint

Following on from my previous blog posts, ‘Ten of the best SharePoint School websites’ and ‘Ten of the best SharePoint University websites’, then it’s time to get closer to home with Ten of the best Australian school websites built on SharePoint (or best TAFE websites or best University websites). The reason I’m focusing on ‘built…

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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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Google Apps to support modern browsers - only

Not sure what to make of this news this morning, and definitely not sure what comment to add on this. So I’ll go for the completely factual presentation of something I’ve just read on the Google Enterprise Blog. I know this is relevant to education customers and partners, because when we talk about our Live@edu…

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The Microsoft Australia DPE team launch Noise To Signal

One of our teams in Australia is called Developer and Platform Evangelism (or DPE in Microsoft-Acronym-Speak). They work with developers, technical students and software makers, and spend their time getting geeky. They’re also the team that wear the coolest T-shirts (or so they think), and like DPE teams all over the world, like to find…

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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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Five cool web tools for teachers

I spent a week in January at the BETT show in London – the world’s largest Education IT show. I had the luck of presenting with a colleague, Mark Stewart, about some of the websites and products that students use in their social lives, and talking about how they could also be useful for teachers…

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The easiest way to set up a free WordPress server

The Microsoft WebMatrix team have been working for quite a while now on making it easier to setup free web servers, so that you can easily implement a new web project – for example, if somebody in your school or uni asks for a platform for blogging – and especially when they come along with…

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