Category Archives: Cloud

Education Technology – Reviewing the success of the Microsoft Cloud

The Microsoft Cloud has revolutionised education technology. One of the most important outcomes from using The Cloud is employability. Across different sectors, there are thousands of different jobs, varying from Data Scientist to Cloud Solution Architect.  However, this is simply one of the benefits of using the Cloud...… Visit the author's original post

One Hour Could Kick Start Your Students’ Coding

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How many people write code worldwide?

During Computer Science Education Week, from Dec. 5 to 11, there will be many millions. They’ll be all ages, they’ll code in more than 45 natural languages, and they’ll do their coding from over 180 countries as they participate in the fourth annual Hour of Code.

The founders of Hour of Code, tech entrepreneurs Hadi and Ali Partovi, believed that not enough people know how to write code, that everybody should, and that everybody could, just by giving it a try for an hour.… 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

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

Microsoft invests in new and expanded version of Minecraft for the classroom, opens public preview of Learning Tools for OneNote

In case you missed it on the One Microsoft Blog, here are some major announcements coming from Microsoft at the BETT Show! - We all walk to our own beat and there’s no exception for the way we learn – no matter our age or where we live...(read more)Visit the author's original post

Microsoft and the Department for Education agree new Education Cloud Transition Agreement for UK schools

Microsoft and the DfE have entered into an Education Cloud Transition Agreement enabling existing school customers who have Subscription Agreements (EES, OVS-ES, School Agreements) to transition under special terms to a new agreement, upon expiry of their existing one.

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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 key export industry for Australia, and it also creates new challenges for education institutions - especially as the plan is for the number and diversity of international students to grow rapidly by 2020.… Visit the author's original post

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 key export industry for Australia, and it also creates new challenges for education institutions – especially as the plan is for the number and diversity of international students to grow rapidly by 2020.… Visit the author's original post

Guest blog by Helen Gooch – Microsoft Fellow and Master Trainer: Office Mix, a Must Tool for Educators

Are you new to teaching?  Is this your first or second year in the field?  There are more teachers than ever today in our classrooms who have been in education five or fewer years.  High on the list of activities you most likely are involved in as a new teacher are driving student achievement and using data to validate your classroom effectiveness.  Office Mix, simply, really should be one of the teaching tools you employ on a regular basis to achieve those goals.  Let’s think inside and outside the box for the next few minutes.… Visit the author's original post

Still using paper forms for parent permission slips? Time to do a risk analysis?

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: One of my pet hates is paper permission slips from my daughter’s school (and even more so now that they have switched to emailing me the slips, and I have to print them, sign them and send them back in my daughter’s hands. Double pet hate now!)

So I’m genuinely delighted to share a summary of an article from ParentPaperwork, which gives some extra compelling reasons to abandon paper forms and head online

 

How risky are paper forms in schools?

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Still using paper forms for parent permission slips? Time to do a risk analysis?

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: One of my pet hates is paper permission slips from my daughter’s school (and even more so now that they have switched to emailing me the slips, and I have to print them, sign them and send them back in my daughter’s hands. Double pet hate now!)

So I’m genuinely delighted to share a summary of an article from ParentPaperwork, which gives some extra compelling reasons to abandon paper forms and head online

 

How risky are paper forms in schools?

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Hosting Moodle in Azure – TAFE South Australia moves online

I’ve written before about the work that our technical teams have done to make it simpler to run Moodle on Azure, and the way that you can integrate Office 365 with Moodle to make life easier for teaching staff and students (as well as easing the manage of a potentially-complex IT system).

imageThis week, TAFE South Australia have announced they have moved their Moodle LMS to Microsoft Azure in the cloud, in order to improve the level of service delivered to their students.… Visit the author's original post

Join the Global Skype-a-Thon, December 3-4, 2015

You and your students are invited to take part in an historic global event. Starting on December 3rd and going through December 4th, Microsoft's Global Skype-a-Thon will attempt to travel a million virtual miles in 48 hours! It's an ambitious goal, and one that only Skype in the Classroom (with your help!) can accomplish. Read more and register your classroom!

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Dynamics CRM Online certification to Australian government security requirements

Six months ago we announced the important news confirming the Certification of Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure by the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) via Australian Government’s Independent Registered Assessors Program (IRAP).

Australian government certification for Microsoft cloud services

This certification is for the handling of unclassified but sensitive data, known as Unclassified (DLM) within Australian government. This includes the majority of state and federal government data including private and personally identifiable information.

ASD established a Certified Cloud Services List and published a revised Information Security Manual (ISM) that provides a streamlined and effective way to verify the security of cloud services.

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How to migrate large data sets from on-premises disks to Office 365

School IT teams sometimes face very different challenges to business IT teams (and have to solve them with smaller budgets and less people). Moving services to the cloud is an example, because once you’ve made the decision to do it, you’ve got to deal with moving hundreds of gigabytes of data for thousands of users from your on-premise servers to the cloud. There are a number of different approaches for how to migrate large data sets from on-premises disks to Office 365, and so a case study of a school approach to this will be useful.… Visit the author's original post

Introducing: Microsoft Office 365 for Moodlerooms

Moodlerooms, from Blackboard, is now integrated to Office 365, so that studentsstaff can use Office 365 identity for a smooth single sign on experience, sync info to their Outlook calendars, store files on OneDrive for Business, and submit assignments and feedback through OneNote.

Last week at EDUCAUSE, Blackboard announced the integration of the Microsoft Office 365 plugins with Moodlerooms.

 

General consumers today have high expectations on the web. They want simplicity, elegance, and engagement. And learners are no different – they expect their learning experience to be delightful, with tools that they are used to and that help them achieve their goals.

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Australian Education Case Studies Update – November 2015

Education Case Studies iconOne question that I’m asked frequently about new projects is:

Who else is doing this?

In some cases, what people (partners/customers) are looking for is confirmation that they’re going to be at the innovative edge - and that what they are doing hasn’t been done before. But most of the time, they are looking for reassurance that somebody else has taken the journey before them!

So I collate a list of public education case studies and examples from within Australia, which will help answer the question.… Visit the author's original post

Guest blog by Stacy Ryan, teacher: Skype, Snip and Sway to transform your class today!

Guest blog by Stacy Ryan, USD 385 Andover Schools, classroom teacher in Andover, Kansas It's no secret that the best and most impactful learning happens when student engagement is high. For years, Skype has been a central part of engaging students...(read more)Visit the author's original post

Cloudy or clear skies – education must go on

Over the last twelve months I have seen a lot of effort by technology companies and a lot of reference by educators about the move to the “cloud” and “cloud computing” being a game changer for the education space.  I totally agree.

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Becoming totally reliant the “cloud” is a really bad thing.  It is important that the devices, apps and software all are able to work in their own right, whether connected or not.  Technology companies and education decision makers are forgetting that education MUST go on, regardless. … Visit the author's original post

Guest Post by: Michelle Zimmerman, Educator: Sway It: Save Time, Communicate Better, Connect School and Home

Sway allows you to create polished presentations, portfolios and communication in minutes. Teacher Michelle Zimmerman shares a few ways educators can use Sway for teaching and student learning. 

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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 Mathletics with their Office 365 Education identity.

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Here’s the news straight from the Mathletics team:

 

Mathletics has evolved… to integrate with Office365! The multi award-winning e-learning platform now has integration with Office365 Active Directory, so you can sign into Mathletics using your Office365 account!

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Case study – Applying Azure Machine Learning in education to student dropout

Having recently written two articles about the theory of applying Machine Learning in Education - “Two ways to use Azure Machine Learning in education” and “Making machine learning in education easier for every day users” - I think it’s time to dive into a specific example of machine learning in education where it is being used to support education outcomes in schools. The story comes from my colleagues on the Machine Learning blog.

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The example is from Washington State, in the US, where Tacoma Public Schools has been using it as part of their ongoing initiative to prevent student dropout for school students.… Visit the author's original post

Making machine learning in education easier for every day users

Last week I wrote “Two ways to use Azure Machine Learning in education”, which started exploring the use of algorithms, alongside cloud-based machine learning in education to solve some of the key challenges facing education institutions. The problem is that it all sounds so very geeky. Hey, I just wrote “algorithms” and “machine learning” in the first sentence, which kind of proves the geekiness. Although this kind of technology is making huge differences to our online lives (like protecting us from spam email and giving us just the 3 out of 100 emails that aren't spam) it’s also something that has been the domain of technical wizards.… Visit the author's original post

Ways for schools and universities to manage inappropriate web content

For six years, the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit has been working on PhotoDNA technology – a way of detecting illegal online child sexual abuse photos. It is used by a wide range of social media and photo sharing companies, like Facebook, Twitter and Flipboard, to scan user-generated images as they are uploaded onto their web services. Any organisation that hosts user-generated content – video, images, text – carries a risk of users uploading offensive or illegal materials. PhotoDNA provides a way to deal with the most extreme examples, and there are associated services that provide ways for schools, TAFEs and universities to manage inappropriate web content being posted on their own services.Visit the author's original post

Coming soon-new ways to achieve more in your classroom


Today, we are announcing the first phase of a Preview program for two new Education services: Microsoft Class Dashboard and Microsoft School Information Sync, which will be available to Office 365 Education users at no additional charge. Class Dashboard and School Information Sync simplify connections between systems, and simplify communication and collaboration between teachers and students. As a result, teachers have more time to focus on what they love—engaging with students—using Microsoft Office tools that they use every day.

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El Paso Independent School District “Powers Up” Students, Teachers with Microsoft Technology

The El Paso Independent School District, where 80 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, worked closely with Microsoft to determine and deliver the devices and tools necessary to make the digital transition and give El Paso schools. Their “Power Up” initiative will transform education and provide a Windows-based laptop running Office 365 for every student and teacher in the district. Read how this program started with a philosophy of transformed learning in El Paso classrooms, including project-based learning, flipped classrooms and ubiquitous collaboration. 

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Guest post by Colby Clark, Director of Information Technology at Manteca Unified School District: Using Bing in the Classroom Lessons for Safe, Educational Lessons

Guest post by Colby Clark, Director of Information Technology at Manteca Unified School District At Manteca Unified School District, we care enormously about supporting digital literacy in the classroom, so our students learn the skills they need to...(read more)Visit the author's original post

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 you to do is create a video portal within your Office 365 Education service, and create channels (eg for specific curriculum subjects or special interest groups) for users to watch.… Visit the author's original post