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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Uses for Office 365 Video in education

A few months ago we announced the Office 365 Video service, which is an internal video publishing service on Office 365, and we recently confirmed that it is now rolling out to all of our Office 365 Enterprise customers (that automatically includes Office 365 Education services, with plan E1 and E3). What the service allows…

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How do other education institutions solve their storage problems? Webinar

Education customers have vast quantities of data to be stored – and demand for more storage from users is growing all the time. There are three basic choices: Keep adding storage in-house in your own datacentre (even if you’re a smaller school with a little stack of servers, it’ll quickly grow to become a datacentre!)…

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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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Spending your holidays working in the office? There is another way

Loryan Strant, who’s a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for Office 365, is also CEO of Paradyne, one of our Office 365 for Education partners in Australia. It’s tricky, running a business and creating a work-life balance, which Loryan wrote about on his blog in September in ‘Focus on fatherhood’, and followed it up with…

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Student Advantage–the best way to get Office for student BYOD devices

UPDATE: The details below have been superseded by the February 2015 announcement – see here for details of the easier way to get Office for student BYOD devices (and every other device they have!)   Last week we announced Student Advantage, a new benefit to qualifying institutions that brings Microsoft Office to more students worldwide….

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Reducing friction for international student recruitment with unified communications

Two weeks ago I explained why Lync and Skype are joined together, and some examples of how it will be useful in education. In a nutshell, it allows you (and your external users) to connect conversations between your own Lync system and consumer Skype users – typically the kind of software students and future students…

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Why are Lync and Skype joined together?

We’ve just announced that Lync and Skype can be joined together: Join – often called ‘federation’, it allows the two different systems to talk to each other, so that somebody on Skype can chat with somebody on Lync & vice versa Lync – Microsoft’s service for unified communications for businesses – instant messaging, video calling,…

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Upgrading to Lync 2013 in higher education – case study from Marquette University

Two years ago, I wrote about Lync case study on Marquette University in the US, who switched from a conventional PABX system to Microsoft’s Lync system. At the time, the Director of IT Services at Marquette University described succinctly the benefit of choosing Lync, because in addition to a replacement telephone system, they also got…

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