Microsoft Next Level Learning workshops - November 2015

This week we’re starting to pack our bags, as the team head out to Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia for the free Microsoft Next Level Learning workshops for teachers and school IT managers. There’s a Teacher Track with themes around engaging students, gamification of learning, collaboration and learning analytics, plus a parallel…

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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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Supporting BYOD in education– Outlook everywhere for students and staff

There’s no doubt that the trend towards BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in education for students is gathering pace. According to The Australian yesterday, 30% of schools have moved to BYOD, and for universities we’re pretty much at 100% already. And it’s happening rapidly for staff too – even if it’s not always BYOD, it’s…

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Providing advice for parents on BYOD

With the end of the federal funding for computers, the move to BYOD in Australian schools has been rapid and decisive. With parents’ and students’ expectations raised by the DER programme, the gap in funding is now being filled by schools asking students to bring along the right device for their return to school next…

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Which Windows device do I buy for students (or recommend for BYOD)?

After writing about the $90 7” Windows tablet two days ago (called the Pendo Pad) being sold by Coles, I thought I should spend a little more time on the range of options available for students/schools this summer, because there’s such a range of different devices, and I really don’t think that there’s a single…

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A Windows 8 tablet for under $90?

This seems incredible to me! Coles have a 7” Windows 8 touch tablet, with Office 365 Personal, for $89. It’s just one of a few surprises that I have seen this year, as more and more low-cost laptops, tablets and convertibles (tablets with detachable keyboards) have been appearing. But I never expected a tablet under…

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Updated: Microsoft Bring Your Own Device to School Discussion Paper

Since we produced our first ‘BYOD to School’ whitepaper last year, there’s been a lot said about Bring Your Own Device in schools, and plenty of different views expressed about which model is best. From all those discussions, I and my colleagues are convinced there’s not a simple solution – there’s definitely not a ‘once…

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What software is included in Office 365 ProPlus as part of Student Advantage

Last week I wrote about the announcement of Student Advantage, which allows you to provide Office Pro Plus at no additional cost to all of your students, as long as all your staff are licensed for Office appropriately. I’ve been asked what’s included in the Office Pro Plus licence, and what devices can students use…

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Update 2: Microsoft Surface RT for education in Australia

There are a few new details to let you know about the Microsoft Surface RT offer for education customers in Australia which we announced nearly a month ago (the offer is for education institutions to be able to order the Microsoft Surface RT from AU$219). In the first update on the Surface education offer, I…

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Update 1: The Microsoft Surface offer for schools, TAFEs and universities in Australia

I published the key info yesterday on the Microsoft Surface RT offer for education customers in Australia, which allows schools, TAFEs and universities to buy Surface RT from AU$219. Overnight I’ve had a couple of questions from people about the offer, and I’ve also laid my hands on the full Surface RT Offer FAQ document…

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