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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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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The Accessibility Guide for Windows 10 and Office 2016 – helping students with special needs

Last week we released the Accessibility Guide for Educators for Windows 10 and Office 2016. And I put it onto my ‘must share that sometime’ list. But it wasn’t a priority for me, because in the past I’ve written a lot about accessibility with Microsoft products and services, including things like: The Microsoft Disability Answer…

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Most in demand skills of 2015?

I remember in 2013 I wrote “What skills do I need for the future?”, about the most in-demand skills for all occupations, and in the future what employers will be looking for from today’s students. The top five skills employers were looking for in 2013 were: Oral and written communication skills Detail oriented Microsoft Office…

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Login to Mathletics with Office 365 Single Sign On

Yesterday I wrote about the way to make Single Sign On easier for staff and students by using their Office 365 Education login on third-party websites. This week one of the most popular student learning websites in Australia (and elsewhere) has been added to the list, as your students and staff can now sign into…

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Wired: Pens are making a high-tech comeback

Last week, Wired ran a story on the research team working on next generation of digital pens and software experiences at Microsoft. It’s a great read, because it raises some thoughtful questions about the way that we use computers, and the impact on learning and retention of information in our brains. We’ve had a stubborn focus…

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5.5m students in Australia can get Office 365 ProPlus free

In 2013 we announced that students can download Office 365 ProPlus free (that’s the suite of Office apps including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher etc) onto their personal devices – Windows PCs, Macs, phones, tablets etc. We called this programme “Student Advantage”, and it applied to every education institution which had licensed Office for their…

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2015 Back To School Surface 3 discount for students

Hot off the press: Harvey Norman have just launched their Back to School student/teacher offer for the Surface Pro 3, with a 10% discount available to those who have an “.edu.au” email address. All the details are on their website here The offer is very simple to use – you supply your email address ending…

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Moodle integration with Office 365–how to get it

Last month, when I wrote that new Moodle integrations with Microsoft technology were on the way, I didn’t have an exact date, but forecast ‘late January’. And how time flies – because they’ve just arrived! Overnight, the work from our Microsoft Open Technologies team and the Remote Learner team (a Moodle partner), was released as…

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