How to build a chat bot in 10 minutes

Written by Natalie Afshar This blog post is inspired by a workshop on Azure and Chatbots by Ray Fleming at the Microsoft Learning Partner Summit in January 2018. It was Arthur C Clarke’s third law that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”  And Ray Kurzweil, who likened modern day technology to the spells…


Episode 4: IT IQ Series – AI will soon power students and schools’ growth. Why?

Summary: AI will not only prove essential as part of students’ learning experiences, but also play a major role in how efficiently Australia’s education sector grows. Will artificial intelligence (AI) make students smarter? AI has already made its way onto the agenda of Australia’s education policymakers, who’ve acknowledged that time is of the essence if…


Mixed Reality for everyone through Windows 10

Written by Natalie Afshar What exactly is mixed reality? And how does it compare with augmented reality and virtual reality? Well, virtual reality (VR) usually involves a fully immersive virtual experience including head mounted displays, while augmented reality (AR) involves an overlay of content on the real world, and mixed reality (MR) takes it one…


Analytics on the go with Power BI

Written by Natalie Afshar With the Power BI app available on phones and tablets, you can quickly seek out answers to the questions you have while on the go. See this video of Broadclyst School in the UK who have been using predictive analytics with Power BI to group students according to specific needs, and…


Episode 3: IT IQ Series – How the cloud multiplies Australian schools’ resources

Summary: Adopting the cloud can help educational institutions slash costs, increase level of security and more importantly, provide future-ready learning outcomes. Can Australian schools keep up with the costs of and demand for digital learning? Today’s educators and staff are incorporating more digital solutions into their lessons and workloads than ever before. That’s putting rising…


Episode 2: IT IQ Series – How to stop classroom devices going out of control

Summary: Increased BYOD spending and device fleets may challenge educators and IT pros, but a robust MDM platform can keep devices of all kinds in good discipline. Are mobile devices bringing chaos to the classroom? Educators and school IT staff certainly face a far greater range and volume of devices than ever before. This year,…