Category Archives: new zealand

Guest Post: Mr Dekker’s Journey With OneNote & Minecraft

This is a repost of a blog on the official Microsoft Education blog where Mr Wilj Dekkers, a Year 6 teacher at St Andrew’s College and Microsoft Innovative Educator, recaps the journey of his classroom over the last two years with Microsoft … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

PowerBI Supports StAC’s Pastoral Care Programmes

For the last 12 months we have been actively exploring how Microsoft’s Business Intelligence product called PowerBI could be used at St Andrew’s College. I have blogged about our initial experimentations with this here and that post would be a … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Presenting At Microsoft Analyst Summit 2016

This week I’ve had the privilege of attending, as well as co-presenting, at the annual Microsoft Analyst Summit for Asia Pacific, hosted at the St Regis Hotel in Singapore.⊗ The focus of this summit was Fuelling Customer Digital Transformation Through Innovation and was an … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

“Skills and technology are important but with empathy we can make an even better world.” – Chhaya Narayan, New Zealand

Each and every educator we met at the Microsoft E2 Global Educator Exchange in Budapest inspired us. But it’s always nice to hear that the educators were inspired, too. For new Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Chhaya Narayan, it was a life-changing experience.

“Attending E2 was one of the greatest moments for me as I have not had a similar experience,” she says. “Meeting like-minded educators who have similar struggles daily to mine and getting to know their best practices has been the biggest highlight for me.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Video Showcases Innovative Educators

On the 23rd November 2015 Microsoft NZ arranged for a TV crew to film and interview a number of staff and students at St Andrew’s College. The focus of the day was showcasing how the Surface Pro 3 and OneNote … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

#CEM15 Guest Post – Explore The World With Mystery Skype

This post was written for the Christchurch Connected Educators blog as part of Connected Educators Month of October 2015. You can read the original post here. Mystery Skype is a fun activity being played by classrooms all over the world and presents … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

After School Innovation in New Zealand – Matt Richards, New Zealand

Innovative education doesn’t just happen during the traditional school day. Thanks to Matt Richards curious students in New Zealand and around the world are able to explore, create and learn in a unique after-school program.

Richards, who first became interested in education while filling in at an after-school program, has gone beyond his classroom to build experiences for students that will make a life-long impact. After building the first makerspace in Australian schools (on his own time, and with scraped-together resources), Richards and his students were featured on the local news.… Visit the author's original post

Building Skills, Inspiring Students through Hands-on Technology – Troy Smith, New Zealand

With the focus put on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) today, teaching these subjects can be a bit overwhelming. Where do you turn to do it “right”? For Troy Smith, the key is using hands-on, tangible methods that get his students excited. Whether that’s with robotics, Minecraft, or Lego MindStorms, Smith makes sure his students work with real-world technology. And he sees the difference in them – and in himself.

“Each year I become a better teacher and can be proud of the accomplishments of my students,” says Smith.… Visit the author's original post

Team Tether: A New Twist on Social Networking from New Zealand – Team Tether, New Zealand

You know the saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”? Three Imagine Cup students from the University of Auckland in New Zealand — Team Tether — have used that idea to create an app to bring the concept to life.

“Tether is a platform that helps you discover and leverage the talent in your social network,” they say. “With Tether, finding trustworthy and passionate people with the skills you need can be done instantly. You’re also helping those close to you get discovered for what they really love doing.”

As World Finalists in the Innovation category, Team Tether – also known as Alyssa Ong (user interface), Opender Singh (software developer) and Vivien Lei (business and legal) – are tapping into existing social networks to help friends find reliable help or even get discovered.… Visit the author's original post

Teacher Perspectives On The Surface Pro 3

As we approach the first anniversary of the Surface Pro 3 release in New Zealand, I’ve been reflecting on the fact that we now have 26 staff members using them across the school. An earlier update on how how teachers … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Mr Hilliam Attends Microsoft Educator Exchange E2 Conference

At the start of this term, Mr Ben Hilliam, flew to Seattle in the United States as a guest of Microsoft to attend their Global Educator E2 Conference. His attendance was based on his earlier selection as a Microsoft Innovative … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Combining OneNote & Moodle For Assessment Submissions

One of the great things about Microsoft OneNote is the ease with which teachers can provide feedback to students on their work, helping them to develop their ideas towards the submission of assessment. This was explained in detail by Ms … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Mystery Skype With Russia Extends Students’ Borders

Today the Year 6 students at St Andrew’s College had a unique experience, engaging in a game of Mystery Skype with students from a school in the very remote location of Sakhalin Island International School, off the east coast of Russia … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Bridget Crooks: Can You Change Your Presentation Style? Challenge Accepted!

by Bridget Crooks
Expert Educator Columnist, New Zealand

Part of my teaching job is presenting workshops to staff and students.

Each term I typically run two sessions a week – covering everything from using Outlook effectively to using social media in the classroom. I try lots of different things to attract teachers and students to these workshops – and admit that towards the end of the term I get tired and run out of energy to impart the amazing things that technology can do in our classrooms.… Visit the author's original post

Bridget Crooks: Creating a Student Technical Team

by Bridget Crooks
Expert Educator Columnist, New Zealand

I am a great believer in collaboration and co-construction.

As a teacher I am only one part of the education equation.

So, when our school was undertaking the change to WiFi and byod, it seemed axiomatic that we should share some of the leadership with the students.

It took a bit of searching to find out what form this would take – but we settled on a team of student experts – who would bridge the gap between the staff and the student body.… Visit the author's original post

Bridget Crooks: Being a Connected Learner

by Bridget Crooks
Expert Educator Columnist, New Zealand

I stumbled upon the above quote last week.

Well, it came up on my facebook feed – shared by a wonderful teacher I know. And it really made me think.

I live in a small town and work closely with one other colleague who teaches the same subject I do. What do I do when the answer isn’t in the room with me? What do I do when I don’t understand a concept?… Visit the author's original post

Bridget Crooks: Redefining My Classroom in 2015

by Bridget Crooks
Expert Educator Columnist, New Zealand

Redefining – to change the meaning of something or to make people think about something in a new or different way.

I am sure most of us have heard of the SAMR model for the integration of technology into our classrooms.

Developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, this model (see image above) shows a progression (or ladder) that teachers often follow as they use technology in their classrooms. What I like best about SAMR is that it supports teachers to design, develop and create innovative learning opportunities in the classroom.… Visit the author's original post

Ruby KL Huang: It’s in the Sway you say it!

Steve Martin, Expert Educator Columnist, New Zealand- In my first blog entitled ‘There are no rainbows without rain’ I outlined the intention of sharing the story of a group of teachers within the Science Department who are building success through technology. What follows is an inspiring article written by Ruby Huang, a second year teacher who is also a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert at Howick College.

The Conjugation of Sway: I Sway, You Sway, He Sways, She Sways, They Sway, We Sway

By Ruby KL Huang
Expert Educator Columnist, New Zealand

“Hey, have you seen the latest Microsoft programme called Sway?”

“Sway?… Visit the author's original post

Bridget Crooks: The Student Voice- Top 5 Tech Tools for 2014

by Bridget Crooks
Expert Educator Columnist, New Zealand

It is very easy to see the value in a tech tool as a teacher. We see the learning in our classrooms clearly. We are very aware of the learning that needs to take place and the movement we have to take to get there.

But sometimes we forget to actually ask our students what they like to use. And most importantly what adds value to their education; what’s easy and intuitive to use; what fits their learning and their lives.… Visit the author's original post

Bridget Crooks: AKO- Teaching and Learning Together

by Bridget Crooks
Expert Educator Columnist, New Zealand

AKO is a Maori term from New Zealand. It is about recognising that both teachers and learners bring knowledge into the classroom – and that powerful learning grows out of these shared experiences.

I’m Bridget. I teach Drama and Performing Arts Technology in Kerikeri, New Zealand.

Every other Friday I will be posting about what I am doing in and around my classroom.

What I have shared with my students – and what they have shared with me.… Visit the author's original post