NZ Education Blog

Updates from Microsoft Education NZ about events, advice and information for educators.

Take Your Files (&email!) With You Using OneDrive Graduation

This post shares another answer to commonly asked questions from schools I engage with: How do...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 05/22/2019

Best Practice For Schools When Creating Microsoft Teams For Education

Almost a year ago I posted some thoughts on SharePoint Design and Office365 layout and I mentioned...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 05/17/2019

Minecraft:Education Edition Arrives In The Cloud - AzureVM Available Now

I've been blogging here about Minecraft:Education Edition for a while now, and one of the most...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 05/10/2019

As I have blogged about many times before, identity is key to setting up a school successfully to...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 03/25/2019

Adventures With Microsoft AutoPilot On Education Shared Devices (Part 2)

Last week I posted Part 1 of this blog series, exploring how schools can automate the configuration...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 03/13/2019

Adventures With Microsoft AutoPilot On Education Shared Devices (Part 1)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrEU84KK2lQ In my job I chat a lot with both school leaders and IT...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 03/08/2019

New Zealand high school transforms learning with cloud technology

When a 2017 discussion at high-performing Southland Girls’ High School in Invercargill, New Zealand,...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 03/04/2019

Flipped Learning Hacks With Microsoft Teams & Meet Now

[caption id="attachment_10935" align="alignleft" width="300"] Using Microsoft Whiteboard to outline...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 02/24/2019

Activate 'Rewa - Joining the Manurewa Community of Learning For A Day

https://youtu.be/7oKFREkmjRo Last week, the Microsoft New Zealand Education team had a chance to...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 02/08/2019

Hidden Chinese Character Mission In Minecraft: Education Edition

[caption id="attachment_5368" align="alignleft" width="300"] Sample code students build after...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 01/16/2019

Top Five Education Blog Posts Of 2018

Around this time last year, I published the top five education blog posts I made on this site which...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 12/18/2018

Podcast: #EduTechTalks #1 - Managing Your School's Devices

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsAiEljj9mI For a while now, my good friend and colleague Amit Pawar...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 12/17/2018

Coding Competition Coming To Minecraft: Education Edition

Computer Science Education Week is less than a month away and this year Microsoft will be getting in...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 11/14/2018

Cloud Attachments In OneNote - Game Changer For Educators

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXUJPHJ2jfE Recording courtesy of Crispin Lockwood - Learning...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 11/13/2018

Explore Microsoft's Redmond Campus In Minecraft:Education Edition

[caption id="attachment_10655" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Have fun exploring the massive...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 10/19/2018

Cultivating a stable learning environment on a resilient cloud

Giving students a firm foundation across key disciplines ranging from the arts to science and...

Author: Anna Lim Date: 10/08/2018

Trial In A Box Is BACK!

Back by popular demand.... In May/June 2018 Microsoft's NZ Education Team ran the "Trial in a Box" -...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 10/03/2018

Minecraft:Education Edition Training

The Minecraft: Education Edition team will be hosting an exclusive, private training for teachers....

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 09/30/2018

Teaching Girls A.I. On 125th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage In New Zealand

For a small country at the bottom of the world, New Zealand has been a world leader and a world...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 09/19/2018

10 Ways To Enroll Windows 10 Into Intune

Sometimes, a picture tells a thousand words. In this case, the above graphic illustrates ten...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 09/04/2018

New Zealand Schools Receive Digital Boost From New Agreement

The renewed Ministry of Education Schools Agreement with Microsoft supports digital learning in Kiwi...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 08/16/2018

iOS Support Lands In Intune For Education

Intune for Education is a school focused MDM (Mobile Device Management) tool that makes the set up,...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 08/16/2018

Teaching Maths With Microsoft HoloLens

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FdmvOmOM4A I've blogged previously about Subash Chandar K exploring...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 08/13/2018

Why Did The Titanic Sink? Explaining With OneNote & Digital Ink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfjT5OL8O7w I do a lot of demonstrations to schools and educational...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 08/05/2018

How To: Quickly Edit Videos On Windows 10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKlHajAyavg Teachers often want a quick and simple way to capture,...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 07/30/2018

You're Not In 2006 Anymore, Toto: The Future Of Education

Content only gets you so far, but learning skills gets your further. We’ve traditionally viewed...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 07/11/2018

Text Suggestions In Windows 10

[caption id="attachment_5093" align="alignleft" width="169"] The text suggestion feature on an...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 07/09/2018

All Teachers Are Welcome: Immersion Session 14th July

In July, the NZ MIE Experts will hold their inaugural hui. This event will bring experts from across...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 06/29/2018

Protect Critical Data With OneDrive & Known Folder Move (KFM)

Despite best intentions, people don't always follow instructions. When it comes to saving files, we...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 06/29/2018

Minecraft: Education Edition Extravaganza by Cyclone

Minecraft: Education Edition Extravaganza by Cyclone This month, Cyclone are hosting an informative...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 06/12/2018

Updated Documentation For M365 Education

I have done a lot of live demos over the last couple of months to customers, partners, school...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 05/30/2018

Get Trained & Certified In Microsoft Teams

I have completed a number of courses via edX, an online training platform originally founded by...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 05/25/2018

Microsoft Surface - Teacher Feedback

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYZQXGjKsbE Technology is changing the way education professionals...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 05/14/2018

VR + maths = mind blowing!

This article first appeared in the Interface Magazine May 2018 edition and has been republished with...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 05/11/2018

Education Ideas To Support Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2018

Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2018 is fast approaching on May 17th and will the be the seventh...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 05/07/2018

Microsoft Trial in a Box

Thinking about the future of your school device platform? Let us show you how easy it is with...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 05/04/2018

Office365 Groups Going Private By Default

For some readers, this will be an obscure 'technical post' on something that they never have to...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 04/30/2018

Cloud Mobile Device Management Delivers For Schools & Partners

Through the use of cloud-first technologies and modern deployment methodologies Cyclone have...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 04/23/2018

OneNote On Windows 10 - The One App For The Future

In December last year I wrote a blog entitled "The Future of OneNote in Education" where Mike...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 04/20/2018

Friday Fun: Project Zanzibar Blurs Boundaries of Physical & Digital Worlds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Gl6iaVXZu0 My colleague shared this article with me yesterday from...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 04/13/2018

AI Technology Assisting Deaf Students

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxBM09zxnN8 I read a great case study this morning out of New York...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 04/06/2018

Research: The Importance Of Digital Inking

I am excited to see that increasing numbers of schools are conducting research on the teaching and...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 03/26/2018

Free Training On Microsoft Teams

Last November I linked to the free OneNote Online training that was being co-ordinated by Jared...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 03/20/2018

Minecraft:Education Edition Webinar

Last month I recorded a 35minute webinar about Minecraft:Education Edition with my colleagues Anne...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 03/15/2018

Artificial Intelligence In The Classroom

This article first appeared in the Interface Magazine March 2018 edition and has been republished...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 03/02/2018

True Guest Access Comes To Microsoft Teams

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g21Hcqdl5tI Ever since Microsoft Teams For Education was first...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 03/01/2018

MakeCode.com - Fun With Minecraft:Education Edition

I've been doing a fair amount of different things in Minecraft:Education Edition recently, including...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 02/23/2018

Levelling the Playing Field at Manurewa High School with Innovative BYOD Programme

This blog post first appeared on the Microsoft Case Studies website here. Today digital technology...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 02/15/2018

When To Use Intune For Education vs Full Intune Standalone

I get asked regularly by schools about which version of Intune they should be using when managing...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 02/08/2018

Hybrid Cloud Printing Via AzureAD Is Here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvt1L--lqE4 I've talked to a lot of schools and system integrators...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 02/07/2018

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