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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

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

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

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

Deploy a Moodle Cluster on Azure, using Ubuntu

Moodle logoI’ve just finished a conversation with our team in the US who are working on lots of smart Moodle integrations to various Microsoft technologies (like the Office 365 integration with Moodle components and the Moodle virtual images for Azure) and they mentioned that there are now also complete quick start templates for deploying a scalable Moodle cluster, on a LAMP stack, on Microsoft Azure. It’s a quick way to get Moodle in the cloud.

Why is cloud-hosted Moodle important?

Often, many Moodle installations start off at small scale as an open source project, and then grow to become a critical tool in a school or universities’ system.… Visit the author's original post

Deploy a Moodle Cluster on Azure, using Ubuntu

Moodle logoI’ve just finished a conversation with our team in the US who are working on lots of smart Moodle integrations to various Microsoft technologies (like the Office 365 integration with Moodle components and the Moodle virtual images for Azure) and they mentioned that there are now also complete quick start templates for deploying a scalable Moodle cluster, on a LAMP stack, on Microsoft Azure. It’s a quick way to get Moodle in the cloud.

Why is cloud-hosted Moodle important?

Often, many Moodle installations start off at small scale as an open source project, and then grow to become a critical tool in a school or universities’ system.… Visit the author's original post

Free edX Power BI course – starts next week

imageThere’s a brand new free edX course starting next week - “Analysing and Visualising Data with Power BI”, taught by Will Thompson. It is the perfect opportunity to learn how you can start to build an education analytics system for your schoolTAFEuniversity. I am a massive fan of using Power BI in education, because of the potential it offers to unlock institutional data and put the power  of analysis into the hands of users (rather than conventional BI systems that have concentrated on putting ‘reports’ into users hands).… Visit the author's original post

5.5m students in Australia can get Office 365 ProPlus free

In 2013 we announced that students can download Office 365 ProPlus free (that’s the suite of Office apps including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher etc) onto their personal devices – Windows PCs, Macs, phones, tablets etc. We called this programme “Student Advantage”, and it applied to every education institution which had licensed Office for their staff. But because each customer had to enable the service for their students, and order the free licences from us, it meant that some students who qualified couldn’t get it, and every school/TAFE/university had a different sign-up page for students.… Visit the author's original post

PhotoMath: Should you ban Windows Phone in the Maths classroom?

Remember when calculators were banned in the classroom, because it made calculation too easy? Well, in the same spirit there’s going to be a maths teacher somewhere that will decide to ban their students from having a Windows Phone in their maths classroom. And all because of PhotoMath and how it makes it too easy to solve mathematical expressions.

It’s really simple to use….

Point your phone at a maths equation:

Photomath (1)

PhotoMath shows you the solution:

 

Photomath (2)

..and the steps to solve it:

PhotoMath (3)

OneNote and stylus to the rescue for creating complex equations!

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