Hosting Moodle in Azure – TAFE South Australia moves online

I’ve written before about the work that our technical teams have done to make it simpler to run Moodle on Azure, and the way that you can integrate Office 365 with Moodle to make life easier for teaching staff and students (as well as easing the manage of a potentially-complex IT system). This week, TAFE…

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How to migrate large data sets from on-premises disks to Office 365

School IT teams sometimes face very different challenges to business IT teams (and have to solve them with smaller budgets and less people). Moving services to the cloud is an example, because once you’ve made the decision to do it, you’ve got to deal with moving hundreds of gigabytes of data for thousands of users…

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IT Heroes: How to stop parents or students block your parking bays?

I’ve been talking about machine learning a lot recently – the idea that we can use a bit of computing brain power to look at data, and make predictions, spot patterns and improve the value we can get from data in education. As an example I often talk about how-old.net, that estimates how old you…

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Australian Education Case Studies Update – November 2015

One question that I’m asked frequently about new projects is: “Who else is doing this?” In some cases, what people (partners/customers) are looking for is confirmation that they’re going to be at the innovative edge – and that what they are doing hasn’t been done before. But most of the time, they are looking for…

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Student drop out in Australian schools

Yesterday media around the country reported that one in four Australian school students drop out without completing Year 12. The stories were based on a report from the Mitchell Institute, who published the report “Educational opportunity in Australia 2015: Who succeeds and who misses out”, and a detailed factsheet about completion in senior schools. There…

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OneNote, SmartBoard and students with autism

Our global Office blog recently published an excellent article from a teacher in the US, sharing their experiences of using OneNote for students with autism. They found it supported their use of tablets and interactive whiteboards in the classroom, with the OneNote notebook allowing students with autism to engage in interactive exercises, and bringing together…

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Case study – Applying Azure Machine Learning in education to student dropout

Having recently written two articles about the theory of applying Machine Learning in Education – “Two ways to use Azure Machine Learning in education” and “Making machine learning in education easier for every day users” – I think it’s time to dive into a specific example of machine learning in education where it is being…

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Hololens in education – case study video

The team working on the Microsoft Hololens are quietly working on creating ambitious new ways of achieving new things – you’ve hopefully seen some of the demonstrations that they’ve given at global events like Build and the Windows 10 announcement earlier in the year (if not, jump here). And that includes working on uses for…

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How OneNote helps students with assignment, notes and getting organised

Yesterday I shared a video (How OneNote makes a classroom difference) from Carey Academy in North Carolina, who shared how they were using OneNote to support new ways of teaching and learning. Today, I’m going to share the next part of the story, which is their students’ perspective on how they use OneNote to support…

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