Disruptive Technologies – What’s Now and Next for Education at EduTech Australia 2017

Just a few minutes ago, I finished speaking at the EduTech Conference in Sydney about the impact of disruptive technologies on education. Months ago, I’d agreed to talk in a phone call with a colleague, and because I was overseas travelling at the time, they had provided the conference organisers with a synopsis that was fairly brief and seemed to cover every emerging technology you could imagine:

Disruptive Technologies – What’s Now and Next for Education at EduTech Australia 2017

“With the advent of powerful cloud computing and changing environments, how will emerging and future technologies impact on school based IT, teaching, learning and even buildings and learning spaces?

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Microsoft empowers educators and students creating tomorrow’s world

Digital technologies, the cloud, intelligence and analytics, mixed reality and truly engaging learning platforms have the capacity to transform the digital experience for every teacher, student, school, college and university.

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At Microsoft we understand that one of our most important tasks is to empower students and educators with the tools, experiences and insights to create tomorrow’s world.

Technology helps democratise educational opportunity, and in tandem with dedicated administrators, committed teachers, motivated students and involved parents and communities it can spark creativity and help build a passion for lifelong learning.… Visit the author's original post

How Pilbara Group is helping Australian universities turn knowledge into insight

Guest blog post from Lea Patterson, President & CEO, Pilbara

Students in 2017 - 2 of these are likely to leave by 2018

In any society, the availability of high-quality, affordable education not only determines the prosperity of that country’s knowledge economy, but also its future viability as a key player in our digital world.

This is one of the key reasons why I’ve always been of the belief that everyone, regardless of geography, social or economic status, is entitled to a good education.

Bringing this vision to life is what drives the work we do at Pilbara – an Australian-based global consultancy and software company working with universities and colleges to ensure their courses and programs are sustainable and accessible to all.… Visit the author's original post

Driving decisions through data in Australia’s Higher Education sector

Students in 2017 - 2 of these are likely to leave by 2018

Did you know the current university attrition rate sees one-in-five students leave their course in the first year – resulting in $3.5 billion of lost student lifetime value across the student lifecycle? And that one-in-three university students fail to complete the course they enrolled in within six years of beginning it?

Both trends are impacting Australia’s current higher education sector, and have the potential to adversely impact our country’s future economic prosperity considering fewer skilled graduates are entering the workforce.… Visit the author's original post

How to install Microsoft Classroom in Office 365 Education

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Microsoft Classroom is a free service for managing all classes and assignment workflows for teachers and students, which is available in Office 365 Education. In addition to the web service built into Office 365 Education, there are also iOs and Android apps for your students to get easy access from any of their devices.

 

imageLumagate, one of our Microsoft Education Partners in Norway has written a brilliant guide to deploying Microsoft Classroom (in both English and Norwegian). I know that many Australian customers will find this guide handy, as it steps through every single part of the process to install Microsoft Classroom into your Office 365 Education tenant.… Visit the author's original post

The first Australian space mission, featuring Australian students

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This Friday (9th December), Cuberider will make history when the experiments of 1,000 students from 60 Australian schools will launch into space on board a Japanese H-IIB rocket from Tanegashima Space Station, on the first Australian space mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Cuberider is the first Australian organisation to win government approval to fly a mission to space, and delivers a revolutionary educational program designed to support STEM learning in secondary schools. The experiments will be run with assistance by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) and data beamed back to earth and provided to schools for analysis.… Visit the author's original post

Australia Microsoft Ignite 2017–special pricing for education customers

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Over 4 days next February, more than 2,500 Australian Professional Developers and IT Pros converge on the Gold Coast to preview new technology, build industry skills and be inspired by innovation at Australia’s Microsoft Ignite 2017. It’s an event for the techies, and people obsessed with what they can do with technology. And it’s the chance to meet other people with a similar inquisitive nature. And at the bottom of this post, you’ll find a Microsoft Ignite 2017 promo code for education customers.… Visit the author's original post

From motivated to empowered: digital transformation in education

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You’ve probably heard the terms ‘digital’ and ‘transformation’ bandied about a lot recently. There is good reason for this: digital tools are transforming the world we live in today, and that our students will lead tomorrow. Digital transformation in education is just as critical as in every other industry today, and there’s an urgency driven by the gap between student and staff expectations and their current experiences.

In education, we’re becoming familiar with many forms of digital technology and change. This includes laptops and pervasive Wi-Fi in classrooms, online courses and peer-to-peer collaboration, and real-time support for students’ learning based on accessible data.… Visit the author's original post

Power BI Dashboard in A Day

Power BI headerI love Power BI (really, it’s still my favourite service, 18 months after I first fell in love with it). And I am often caught sharing ways that it can be used in education – whether it’s for simple dashboards, or as a decision support tool for meetings, or for a live stream map of student movement around your university campus. And I like hearing stories about how other people are using it to tell stories – stories uncovered by looking at data in new ways.… Visit the author's original post

An event in Manly: Hololens, AR and the future of Business Intelligence

I know that this blog gets readers from all around the country, and the world, but I’d kick myself if I didn’t share this event, which is going to be just down the road from the centre of Sydney, in Manly

Microsoft HoloLens

The team at Lakeba and 360dgrees are doing some really smart stuff with 360 degree video and Hololens in a range of industries, including in education (their emerging scenarios for using both in education are fascinating). And on Thursday 17th November, at 6PM, they will be hosting a free evening filled with big ideas and great applications of Microsoft HoloLens.… Visit the author's original post

Developing cloud solutions for public sector – Free developer training–Sydney 10-11 November 2016

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Microsoft is dedicated to helping our partners develop the skills and capacity to leverage our technology platforms. Part of that support is about helping developers to get up to speed with the opportunity to more rapidly build applications and services for customers. So next month, we are offering Microsoft partners developing solutions for Public Sector organisations access to free, face-to-face, 300-level, hands-on training focused on Microsoft Azure and Office 365 development. One of Microsoft’s global trainers will be delivering the training, so that we can provide deep insight into development strategies and opportunities.Visit the author's original post

Australian Office 365 Education customers: you have 2 weeks left to opt-in to be moved to the Australian datacentre

This is a really important reminder for our education customers here in Australia. Please, please check that you have requested to move your Office 365 Education service to the Australian datacentres, if your service was originally setup elsewhere. The deadline for requests is the end of Monday 31st October 2016, and after that time you will have missed your chance for migration from overseas to Australia.

The request period has been open since August 1, 2016 and the process is available on the Office 365 Admin Center (detailed instructions here).… Visit the author's original post

Are you coming to the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference 2016?

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It’s only 4 weeks until the Microsoft Annual Partner Conference in the Gold Coast on the 5th to 8th September 2016. I thought I’d have a good long look at the agenda, and pull out the critical sessions that I think will be invaluable to Microsoft partners who sell into Education – both for this year’s sales, and longer term strategy. There’s nearly 100 different sessions happening during the four day conference, with specific sessions for sales or marketing professionals, directors and strategists.… Visit the author's original post

Building dynamic staff, student and parent portals

Webvine (http://www.webvine.com.au) are an Office 365, SharePoint and Dynamics CRM consultancy with large and small clients, including a number of education customers in Australia. Next week they are running a breakfast briefing on Thursday 30 June, in our offices in North Ryde, to talk about the examples of school projects they have completed in NSW.

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  Here’s the invitation details:

Does your school have disparate systems and a poor ability to communicate easily with staff, students and parents?
For example schools typically struggle with:

  • Paper notices – on boards, in schoolbags – everywhere
  • Events – where do parents, staff and students find out what’s on and where
  • Information held in systems like Moodle and Edumate are isolated
  • Lack of collaboration between staff, students and parents
  • Being seen as disorganised in the eyes of parents

Join Gold partner WebVine for an Education focused breakfast seminar.

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Getting started with Power BI–a free e-book from Microsoft Press

If you’re a follower of this blog, or you’ve met me or seen me present in the last year, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Power BI – the very clever and powerful service that makes Self-Service BI a sudden reality. When I show people Power BI I see their eyes light up, as they imagine the way it could help them unlock information from all of the data held in their organisation. In my experience, schools, TAFEs and universities in Australia have massive amounts of data – and staff are often frustrated because they can’t take advantage of it.… Visit the author's original post

Windows 10–full day Melbourne workshop to get ready for the Windows 10 Anniversary Update

There are a number of improvements coming to the Anniversary Update for Windows 10 that are specifically focused on supporting education customers. These include:

Faster, easier set-up: Shared devices in the classroom are the norm in some schools. With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update we are introducing a ”Set Up School PCs” app that allows teachers to set up a device themselves in a simple three-step process – in minutes. We’ve also made significant performance improvements for affordable devices. On a shared device, we expect the average first login to take 26 seconds, with subsequent logins of 6 seconds when the student uses that machine again.… Visit the author's original post

Learning Data Science through a free online course

Last year I shared information on the Machine Learning course I took on edX, which taught me how to implement Azure Machine Learning services, and allowed me to build predictive data models. I’ve subsequently spoken with people who took the course on my recommendation, and have built interesting predictive models for student behaviour. One person created a model that used the data in their Student Information System to predict which students would fail a course – and which is 90% accurate!… Visit the author's original post

3P Learning win Microsoft Worldwide Education Partner of the Year

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It’s a pretty exciting day for the team at 3P Learning, who have just been given the award for Microsoft Worldwide Education Partner of the Year 2016! And they made Finalist in the Technology for Good category too, which is a double success. I’m particularly pleased that they’ve been recognised for the great work that they have done in supporting millions of students around the world through the World Education Games, a free competition for students from 20,000 schools around the world, where they were challenged to compete against students from 166 countries to become the world champion for literacy, maths and science.… Visit the author's original post

Your Digital Partner workshop – Sydney 9 May 2016

imageWe are excited to invite you to our school executive leadership workshop to be held at Microsoft Head office in Sydney, with special guest speaker, Ross McSwan, a barrister and accredited mediator. Ross advises executive leaders on practical strategies to manage critical incidents involving social media and the implications for students, parents and staff.

Education institutions are grappling with communicating in the ever-changing landscape of technology and social media. To address this growing concern, this collaborative initiative by Microsoft, Schoolzine, Datacom, and other education leaders has formed the Your Digital Partner workshop as a solution.… Visit the author's original post

Creating effective learning videos – lessons I’ve learnt

imageI’ve just recently finished delivering an online course for my colleagues, where I used Office Mix to create resources (Office Mix is an add-in to PowerPoint, and a set of smart web services that make it easy to create an online learning resource, mixing PowerPoint, video, audio, assessment questions and other interactive resources). And I found that creating effective learning videos is much more than just pointing a camera at me and a screen, and starting to talk. I’ve never been a teacher, however I’m often asked to talk in lecture-style settings, and I’ve learnt that doing an effective in-person presentation to a room of 100 people is a very different challenge from making online learning more effective.… Visit the author's original post

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Education – a glimpse of what that might mean

Last year, when I wrote “Two ways to use Azure Machine Learning in education” and “Making machine learning in education easier for every day users‎”, I imagined a future where the power of the Project Oxford services could help education institutions with scenarios like face recognition (Who’s in my classroom today? Is anybody smiling in this picture?), speech processing (Who’s speaking in the lecture now?), visual analysis (Does this image contain inappropriate material?Visit the author's original post

Analysing NAPLAN is only the beginning of improving learning with data

imageI recently met up with Mark Stanley, the Managing Director of Sydney-based Literatu, whose NAPLAN Explorer enables teachers to deep dive into analysing NAPLAN assessment data and to identify trends in learning. It’s one thing to make sense of NAPLAN reports, but another journey altogether to improve learning with data.

Mark’s a ’Big Data in Education’ explorer — he thinks non-stop about how schools can get the most out of linking together all of their data, to help students improve.… Visit the author's original post

Holens at TED 2016 – Alex Kipman points towards some interesting scenarios for Hololens in education

At TED 2016 , Alex Kipman from the Microsoft Hololens team, talked about how we see the future of 3D holograms. We have talked about Hololens before – there are some great videos on the Hololens website – and we have demonstrated scenarios for Hololens in education the past. The TED presentation hinted again at what an interesting future we’re going to see when Hololens starts to be used in education.

Alex shows how Hololens will allow users to “explore a speculative digital world without screens in this fanciful demo, a mix of near reality and far-future possibility.… Visit the author's original post

Adelaide workshop: Using Power BI for Education Analytics – a free primer workshop

Look, this might be a bit awkward – I’m hosting an event in Adelaide next week, and that’s why the invite below talks about me in the third-person. If you can get over that, and you’re in Adelaide, then I’d love to see you in person!

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Microsoft offices, Adelaide, Thursday 24th March, 11AM

We’re seeing a rapid growth in the amount of data that’s available to schools to use for improving the teaching and learning journey. As we move from historical analysis to predictive analysis, leaders and teachers expect to become more empowered to look at their own data, and data on their students, and connect it to published internal and external data sources.… Visit the author's original post

Where to get free and paid Power BI training in Australia

Over the last month, I think I’ve answered the same question about half a dozen times: “Where can I get Power BI training”. Normally, if I get asked the same question just twice it’s enough of a hint for me to write a blog post, and point people towards it, but as you’ll have noticed, I’ve not had much of a chance to blog for a while…because I’ve been answering questions…which means I haven’t been able to write blog posts with answers…okay, let me stop the infinite loop.… Visit the author's original post

Australia Office Developer webinar – 11AM today

Following on from last week's well attended webinar, introducing the subject of developing for Office 365, Andrew Coates will start to dig into the specific topics. This week, at 11AM he will cover the basics of getting started with the Office 365 APIs, as you learn how you can build on top of Office 365 to create new services and features for your users.

The webinar runs today (Wednesday 26th Jan) at 11AM AEST (ie 11AM in Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne; 10AM in Brisbane; 10:30AM in Adelaide; and an early 8AM in Perth)

Make a dateAdd this webcast to your diary

 

 

 

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There’s over a billion Office users, and over 200 million education customers using Office 365.… Visit the author's original post

Australia Office Developer webinar – 11AM today

Following on from last week’s well attended webinar, introducing the subject of developing for Office 365, Andrew Coates will start to dig into the specific topics. This week, at 11AM he will cover the basics of getting started with the Office 365 APIs, as you learn how you can build on top of Office 365 to create new services and features for your users.

The webinar runs today (Wednesday 26th Jan) at 11AM AEST (ie 11AM in Sydney, Canberra & Melbourne; 10AM in Brisbane; 10:30AM in Adelaide; and an early 8AM in Perth)

Make a dateAdd this webcast to your diary

 

 

 

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There’s over a billion Office users, and over 200 million education customers using Office 365.… Visit the author's original post

Webcast – Developing on Office 365 in Education – Wednesday 20th January

There’s over a billion Office users, and over 200 million education customers using Office 365. And with the shift to the cloud with Office 365, Office has become a platform for developers, as well as a set of tools for users. Customers expect apps and web services to use their existing tools, rather than create a new one for each different system they use (things like email services, or calendars). So we have been working hard for a few years on making sure that Office provides ways for developers to create and integrate with it.… Visit the author's original post

Webcast – Developing on Office 365 in Education – Wednesday 20th January

There’s over a billion Office users, and over 200 million education customers using Office 365. And with the shift to the cloud with Office 365, Office has become a platform for developers, as well as a set of tools for users. Customers expect apps and web services to use their existing tools, rather than create a new one for each different system they use (things like email services, or calendars). So we have been working hard for a few years on making sure that Office provides ways for developers to create and integrate with it.… Visit the author's original post

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.

imageOn Wednesday, students who received an early offer from the University received a Surface 3 device as part of the University’s ‘Connect and Collect Day’ held at the Parramatta campus. Students receiving the Surface 3 device are studying a range of courses from across the School of Science and Health, Social Sciences and Psychology, and School of Nursing and Midwifery.

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