Australia Microsoft Ignite 2017–special pricing for education customers

Over 4 days next February, more than 2,500 Australian Professional Developers and IT Pros converge on the Gold Coast to preview new technology, build industry skills and be inspired by innovation at Australia’s Microsoft Ignite 2017. It’s an event for the techies, and people obsessed with what they can do with technology. And it’s the…

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From motivated to empowered: digital transformation in education

You’ve probably heard the terms ‘digital’ and ‘transformation’ bandied about a lot recently. There is good reason for this: digital tools are transforming the world we live in today, and that our students will lead tomorrow. Digital transformation in education is just as critical as in every other industry today, and there’s an urgency driven…

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Power BI Dashboard in A Day

I love Power BI (really, it’s still my favourite service, 18 months after I first fell in love with it). And I am often caught sharing ways that it can be used in education – whether it’s for simple dashboards, or as a decision support tool for meetings, or for a live stream map of…

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Windows 10–full day Melbourne workshop to get ready for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

There are a number of improvements coming to the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 that are specifically focused on supporting education customers. These include: Faster, easier set-up: Shared devices in the classroom are the norm in some schools. With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update we are introducing a ”Set Up School PCs” app that allows…

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Learning Data Science through a free online course

Last year I shared information on the Machine Learning course I took on edX, which taught me how to implement Azure Machine Learning services, and allowed me to build predictive data models. I’ve subsequently spoken with people who took the course on my recommendation, and have built interesting predictive models for student behaviour. One person…

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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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Western Sydney University gives 5,000 Surface 3’s to new students

This education news from the Microsoft News Centre was good to see: Western Sydney University will provide 5,000 Microsoft Surface 3 devices to commencing students this year, as it continues to provide innovative and highly engaging learning opportunities and cements its reputation as one of Australia’s most progressive educational institutions. On Wednesday, students who received…

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Free Power BI training sources

I’ve written about the Microsoft Power BI service a few times over the last year, and shared some of the work that I’ve done with it. If you have any interest in data and turning it into information, then I’m an absolute fan of Power BI. And if you want to share in some of…

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Deploy a Moodle Cluster on Azure, using Ubuntu

I’ve just finished a conversation with our team in the US who are working on lots of smart Moodle integrations to various Microsoft technologies (like the Office 365 integration with Moodle components and the Moodle virtual images for Azure) and they mentioned that there are now also complete quick start templates for deploying a scalable…

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