Digital classrooms aren’t a distraction. Here’s why.

Many people assume that devices and technology distract students and negatively affect how teachers run their lessons. That’s not the case when implementation is done purposefully, with learning tools that support existing structures in the classroom. In other words, tech doesn’t replace the teacher, but enhances their capabilities in teaching and administration. One of the…


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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Why the pen is mightier than the keyboard: The evidence

When I wrote about “How to help students to remember more” towards the end of last year, I shared a video of my colleague Travis Smith talking about the power of pen-based input for students, over a simple keyboard interface, for key tasks such as note taking. (I recommend either the 15-minute or 60-minute version…

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Research says the pen is mightier than the keyboard – and other useful education research nuggets

Like to talk about pedagogy and ‘research driven education’, but don’t want to read all those long academic research papers? Well, here’s some really important academic research, but in TL;DR format: First, the reason that my colleagues and I often talk about pen input on Windows tablets:   Students who used laptops to take notes…

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The world’s first joint research centre for Social Natural User Interfaces is in Melbourne

Yesterday we have the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces. This is a joint research centre between the University of Melbourne and Microsoft Research, in partnership with the state government of Victoria and Microsoft Australia. The centre will explore applications of Natural User Interfaces—better known as NUI—in social situations. It is the world’s…

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What skills do I need for the future?

When we announced the global Student Advantage programme, it meant that students could get the full Office suite when their institution subscribed for their staff (see ‘The best way to get Office for student BYOD devices’). Part of the reason that supported doing it was some new research from IDC on skills requirements for tomorrow’s…

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