Uses for Hololens in education

Less than 100 days ago, we revealed Hololens during the Windows 10 announcement, and since then we’ve all been waiting for a second chance to see it… Hololens in Education Well, last night, that finally happened at the \\Build\ conference as the team revealed what they have been working on, and especially focused on Hololens…


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…


Business Intelligence in schools - mapping data with Report Builder

Rod Colledge, is a Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) for SQL Server, and an expert on the technology side of the use of Business Intelligence in education in Australia. For a living, he helps Microsoft customers with their own business intelligence projects, through his business at StrataDB. But in his role as a Microsoft MVP…


You can't just airdrop technology

A principal recently confessed that he’d ordered a bunch of tablets for a whole year group of his students…and hadn’t yet told the teachers. I was reminded about the comment when watching Anthony Salcito (Microsoft’s global Vice President for Education) talking at the TEDx event in Paris in November. He described ‘air drop technology’ where…


Social media and student recruitment–why is it so important?

Remember Shift Happens, from five years ago? Of course, it spawned a lot of similar style presentations, and they’re still rolling on today – many with the same soundtracks. Here’s an interesting one that would wake up the start of a conference or meeting, from Erik Qualman (author of socialnomics), about the impact of social…


Windows 8 for education–a look at Windows To Go

One of the clever additions to Windows is the Windows To Go, which is really helpful if you’re considering using Windows 8 in education. It gives you a fully manageable corporate Windows 8 desktop on a bootable external USB stick. This could allow support for “Bring Your Own PC” and give access to your IT…


Office 365 for education video–Outlook and Lync

Office 365 for education has Outlook and Lync built in, which enable instantaneous collaboration and communication between students and teachers, with email, IM, voice and video calls between users. This short video, produced by my colleagues in the US, aims to describe the whole process in just two minutes:


Going from 'Did You Know' to 'Do You Realise'

This is an incredibly smooth video – from the New Brunswick education system in Canada – that builds on the essence of Shift Happens/Did You Know (the UK version of Shift Happens, which I created 5 years ago, focused on the intersection with education, and has been watched over 200,000 times on YouTube). Like Shift…


Why 99 milliseconds matters to students

This is annoying. I’d never cared about milliseconds before. But as soon as I’d seen this video, I suddenly cared. And although a tablet with a pen feels more natural to students than a tablet with just straight finger touch, I think we’re not going to get a completely fluid touch experience until we’ve removed…


The power of TED for education – coming to your classroom in condensed form

I love listening to TED talks. I only wish I had enough time when I was sitting in front of a screen and could watch more of them. Today I discovered that they have started releasing their first batch of Ted Education talks – very short videos that are ideal as a classroom plenary, or…