NZ Education Blog

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

Video: Creating Inclusive Classrooms

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9dKwqFsOnA This morning I watched Mike Tholfsen’s recent webinar...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 01/29/2018

Retention Policies In Office365

I've been having a few conversations recently with both partners and school leaders about what to do...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 01/16/2018

Become A Microsoft Certified Educator & Prove 21st Century Teaching Skills

In a world where we are increasingly encouraged to be "life long learners", it is common place for...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 01/11/2018

Use PowerShell To Manage Microsoft Teams

The above image may not mean much to many users, but to those responsible for ICT administration it...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 12/21/2017

New Zealand Government's View On Moving To The Cloud

The New Zealand Government has some of the more progressive, proactive and permissions policies in...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 12/20/2017

Real Stories Of Teaching With Minecraft:EE

Last week I shared a blog post from the Microsoft Australia Education Team about the difference...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 12/19/2017

Measuring And Driving Usage Of Teams For Education

If you value it, you measure it. If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. The above two quotes...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 12/15/2017

Video: Simplifying Attendance With Flow & PowerBI

I love PowerBI and have blogged about it quite a bit here already, as well as led some projects...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 12/15/2017

The Future Of OneNote In Education

Mike Tholfsen – The Future of OneNote in Education from Jared DeCamp on Vimeo. For anyone that...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 12/14/2017

Top 5 Education Posts of 2017

The year has rushed past and I've been looking through the statistics of this blog and found some...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 12/13/2017

Connecting Communities Across Languages

Technology can break down barriers in many different ways and I’ve blogged previously about...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 12/12/2017

Making A Difference With Accessibility

I've blogged previously about my observation that accessibility is at the heart of product design at...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 12/11/2017

Minecraft: Education Edition and STEAM Training

Minecraft: Education Edition is an excellent platform to deliver game based learning in your...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 12/11/2017

Microsoft Whiteboard Finally Arrives (In Preview)

Way back in February of this year I was introduced to a Preview version of Microsoft Whiteboard, an...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 12/08/2017

Teaching With Ink Strategies

The “power of the pen” is already well established as an effective technique to improve student...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 12/04/2017

Tracking Office365 ProPlus Activation In Your School

I confess that I’m a bit of a reporting nerd when it comes to technology. I love to see a great...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 12/01/2017

Using e-Discovery In Microsoft Teams

https://youtu.be/OF65_p_07cE?t=4m25s With many schools trialing Microsoft Teams in anticipation of...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 11/28/2017

Minecraft: Education Edition Roadshow Across New Zealand

Join the Microsoft Education Team for a presentation on how you can incorporate Minecraft: EE into...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 11/07/2017

Deploy & Code In Minecraft

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMpLMXnFzXU Minecraft has become something of a global phenomenon,...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 11/02/2017

Differences In OneNote - Cross Platform Support

One of the coolest things about Microsoft OneNote is that it is on virtually any platform or...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 10/30/2017

Research: Improving Literacy With Learning Tools

This morning I read a research paper entitled Leveling the Playing Field with Microsoft Learning...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 10/24/2017

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update - What's New?

This week saw the major announcement of the latest iteration of Windows 10 operating system called...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 10/20/2017

SharePoint Migration Tool Preview Available - Move Those Network Shares To The Cloud!

It seems that every week I am having conversations with more schools that are wanting to explore how...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 10/10/2017

STEM Jobs Of Tomorrow

Both the Education and the Technology sectors are full of buzz words and acronyms,...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 10/09/2017

Helping The Blind To See - A.I. The All Seeing Eye

[caption id="attachment_8647" align="alignleft" width="300"] The Eye of Sauron from Lord Of The...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 09/19/2017

Diagnosing Dyslexia - Earlier Intervention Through Technology

Technology has made a lot of promises to us over the years, with two of the big ones I commonly hear...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 09/18/2017

3 Minute Guide To Minecraft: Education Edition

I have had numerous educators asking me about Minecraft: Education Edition and how they can use this...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 09/14/2017

Microsoft Teams Adds Guest Access

A really exciting announcement this morning from the MSFT General Manager Lori Wright – Guest Access...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 09/12/2017

Cloud Migration Success: Moving Orere School To The Microsoft Cloud

It's always exciting to see our Education Partners delivering awesome solutions to schools that...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 09/11/2017

Co-Authoring In Excel Desktop App Now Available

I think we have all been waiting a LONG time for this one, so when I saw it announced earlier this...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 09/01/2017

Te Reo and Binary Combine to Win Prime Minister’s Supreme Award

Dr Te Taka Keegan Talks about Māori, Microsoft, and Sharing the Love New Zealand’s top teaching...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 08/31/2017

Measuring The Impact Of PowerBI: Usage Analytics By User

Having led the design and launch of a major PowerBI project in K-12 in a former life, one of the...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 08/31/2017

Solving Rooming & Timetabling Problems With Azure IoT

If you have worked in schools for long enough, you will know there is always a premium placed on...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 08/25/2017

Configure Single Sign On (SSO) From Azure Activity Directory Into Google Suite In Only 2 Minutes

It’s a reality that many schools are running both Office365 (with Azure Activity Directory) and G...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 08/24/2017

Using AzureAD Groups To Quickly Populate Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is the new digital classroom platform from Microsoft and I’ve already reviewed the...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 08/09/2017

Aotearoa Awaits – Māori In Minecraft

The following Minecraft content has been posted with the permission of it’s creator Lt_Peanut. It...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 08/08/2017

Microsoft Education Cloud Solution: End To End Guide For Deployment

2017 has been the year that has seen the various pieces of Microsoft’s Education offerings come...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 08/03/2017

Nayland College Case Study: $150,000 Savings Moving To Microsoft Cloud Platforms

This blog is re-posted content from the original Microsoft Case Study that you can read by clicking...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 07/25/2017

Guest Posts: Modern Methodologies For Classroom IT Management

I am going to link back to a series of five upcoming blog posts from Microsoft Education that are...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 07/19/2017

Autopilot – Even Easier Device Enrollment & Deployment In Windows 10 Out Of The Box

With Windows 10 Creators Update you can now configure and deploy devices even easier, thanks to...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 06/30/2017

Microsoft Teams For Education Is Here – And It Is Awesome

Big news from over the weekend is that Microsoft Teams, already available in commercial Office365...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 06/26/2017

Accessibility Is At The HEART Of Microsoft & Office365

Recently I’ve been working with a partner that has a school for deaf and hearing impaired students...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 06/21/2017

Planning To Deploy MS Teams? Check This Resource First

With many businesses already deploying Microsoft Teams, and many educational institutes looking to...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 06/20/2017

Windows 10 S Has Arrived With Launch of Surface Laptop

The Windows 10 official blog has posted a new overview this morning of Windows 10 S and has placed a...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 06/16/2017

Guest Post: Integrating technology in class for great results: 6 tips from an expert

For many teachers, effectively integrating technology into their classes is the start of a journey...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 06/14/2017

School Is Finishing – How Do I Keep A Copy Of My OneNote Class NoteBooks?

One of the most common questions that I get asked my students and teachers is “How do I keep my...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 06/09/2017

Azure AD B2B – Simplifying Collaboration With Users Outside Your Organisation

Collaboration is a buzz word that is hard to avoid in virtually every sphere of life these days,...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 05/25/2017

Microsoft Release New Surface Pro

Overnight Microsoft announced the new Surface Pro device, replacing the previous model Surface Pro...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 05/24/2017

OneDrive Files On Demand - Perfect For BYOD

Over the last couple of years it has been evident that increasing numbers of BYOD laptops have...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 05/15/2017

Digital Inking - Improves Teaching & Learning

I have visited a number of schools and demonstrated many of the natural hand gestures for editing...

Author: Sam McNeill Date: 05/09/2017

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