Developing cloud solutions for public sector - Free developer training–Sydney 10-11 November 2016

Microsoft is dedicated to helping our partners develop the skills and capacity to leverage our technology platforms. Part of that support is about helping developers to get up to speed with the opportunity to more rapidly build applications and services for customers. So next month, we are offering Microsoft partners developing solutions for Public Sector…

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Australian Office 365 Education customers: you have 2 weeks left to opt-in to be moved to the Australian datacentre

This is a really important reminder for our education customers here in Australia. Please, please check that you have requested to move your Office 365 Education service to the Australian datacentres, if your service was originally setup elsewhere. The deadline for requests is the end of Monday 31st October 2016, and after that time you…

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Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Education - a glimpse of what that might mean

Last year, when I wrote “Two ways to use Azure Machine Learning in education” and “Making machine learning in education easier for every day users‎”, I imagined a future where the power of the Project Oxford services could help education institutions with scenarios like face recognition (Who’s in my classroom today? Is anybody smiling in…

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Translating resources for international students - and talking to your watch

Australia continues to grow our international student education sector, with a record $18.8 billion of revenue in 2014-15 from the nearly half a million international students who study at our universities, TAFEs and schools. In universities international students make up a quarter of all students, and come from over 150 countries. It makes education a…

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Still using paper forms for parent permission slips? Time to do a risk analysis?

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: One of my pet hates is paper permission slips from my daughter’s school (and even more so now that they have switched to emailing me the slips, and I have to print them, sign them and send them back in my daughter’s hands. Double pet hate…

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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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Dynamics CRM Online certification to Australian government security requirements

Six months ago we announced the important news confirming the Certification of Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) via Australian Government’s Independent Registered Assessors Program (IRAP). Australian government certification for Microsoft cloud services This certification is for the handling of unclassified but sensitive data, known as Unclassified (DLM) within…

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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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Introducing: Microsoft Office 365 for Moodlerooms

Moodlerooms, from Blackboard, is now integrated to Office 365, so that students\staff can use Office 365 identity for a smooth single sign on experience, sync info to their Outlook calendars, store files on OneDrive for Business, and submit assignments and feedback through OneNote. Last week at EDUCAUSE, Blackboard announced the integration of the Microsoft Office…

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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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