Category Archives: Power BI

Partner Case Study: How Microsoft Power BI is helping Swalcliffe Park School safeguard students

Swalcliffe Park School caters for boys aged 11 to 19 who have a diagnosis of autism spectrum conditions, and also functions as a children’s home. All students have statements of special educational needs or education health care plans, with a large number of local authorities placing students in the school. The children’s homes and school have both been judged to be outstanding. The internet is a key resource for learning and plays an important part of the recreational activities of the students who live on-site, so it's vitally important for the Safeguarding of the students that internet access and content barriers are suitably and adequately managed.… Visit the author's original post

Music and data go together beautifully in my classroom

Data has a place in any classroom, even if you’re teaching music. I have been using Microsoft’s Power BI to visualize data that represents how my students hear pitch intonations, and to show them how accurately they tune their string instruments.

Although it is normally marketed as a business analytics tool, Power BI is available to educators using an Office 365 for Education license. Just like its Office 365 siblings, Power BI provides a canvas and the tools I need for me to be creative, except now I’m working with data.… Visit the author's original post

Education Technology – Painting pictures with data, by #MIEExpert Paul Dredge

This latest extract from Education Technology is written by Paul Dredge, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert,  who explains how Power BI makes data interactive and brings your information to life. Wouldn’t it be great if you could see your data in an interactive, visual way? Well, Power BI does just that! Power BI enables you to produce reports and analyse your data in real time. It gives you the ability to input data and transform it into visual graphs and charts. Power BI connects a large range of data through easy to use dashboards, interactive reports and visualisations that bring your information to life.… Visit the author's original post

TES Education Hub – Smart working for school leaders: how to digitally transform your school processes

In partnership with TES we have recently launched a new educational hub, packed with tips and resources designed to improve your school processes. TES is an organisation dedicated to supporting the world’s teachers, with a mission to enable great teaching by helping educators to find the tools and technology they need to excel and by supporting them throughout their career and professional development. They are home to the worlds largest online community of teachers, with 7.9 million registered users.Visit the author's original post

Day One @ BETT 2017 – All you need to know

As the legs begin to show signs of fatigue, you’ve lost count of the number of coffees you’ve drunk, and the constant background noise quietens to the point where you can almost make out individual voices, there is no escaping the fact that BETT 2017 is here, it’s happening, and it’s bigger and better than ever!

It’s been a busy day on all fronts for the Microsoft team, and across all corners of the exhibition floor there has been something for everyone!… Visit the author's original post

BETT 2017 – The Microsoft Partner Campus

Ahead of next week’s BETT 2017 show at the ExCel, Gerald Haigh offers a rundown of who’s who in the Microsoft Partner Campus, and what you can expect to find dotted around Stand C300.

The Microsoft Partner Campus is an outward expression of the strong practical and creative two-way bond which exists between Microsoft and their partners, who are regarded as contributors to development as well as the ‘sharp end’ deliverers of solutions.

This year 21 partners, summarised below, have stands in the Campus, and in addition, a number of partners will contribute as speakers in the Campus Theatre.… Visit the author's original post

BETT 2017 Guest Post: “2017 – the Year of Education Data Unification?” – Matthew Woodruff, Coscole Ltd

All throughout January as we move towards BETT 2017, we will be sharing a number of guest posts that feature contributions from Microsoft Partners who are exhibiting, Microsoft Showcase Schools, MIEEs, Teacher Ambassadors or Microsoft product specialists.

Today we are pleased to hear from Matthew Woodruff, who many of you will have seen presenting on the Microsoft Stand last year.

Matthew has helped education institutions leverage value form their investments in technology over the last 12 years. Through his work with Microsoft in the UK and internationally, Matthew understands that schooling systems are often data rich but information poor.Visit the author's original post

Australia Microsoft Ignite 2017–special pricing for education customers


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

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

Leveraging Power BI on a University Campus to Efficiently Track Student Success

Guest post by Ken Nelson, MD, MS who is the Associate Director of the Office of Educational Effectiveness and the Institutional Researcher at Loma Linda University in California.  

The benefits of academic dashboards are frequently presented, yet the high cost of many solutions leave small institutions struggling to find a viable option. The university I am associated with was no different. Loma Linda University (LLU) has an annual enrollment of about 5,000 students. In looking for a method to deploy dashboards, and with the understanding of existing budgetary constraints, we looked at what was currently available on campus.… 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

Meet UK Snr Director of Education, Steve Beswick

The following post originally appeared in the Issue 6 of #TheFeed, and was written by Gerald Haigh, Freelance Journalist, following his interview with Steve Beswick. As discussed in the post below, Steve is well known in the Microsoft UK Education business as his position as Senior Director spans across sales, marketing, partner development and so much more. Anyone who has been to our #RedefineLearn events will likely have heard from Steve Beswick, but if not, now is your chance to get to know him…

I hadn’t been in conversation with Steve Beswick for long before I recognised there was something in the way he spoke both about his work and Microsoft.… 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

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!


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

Free Power BI training sources

I’ve written about the Microsoft Power BI service a few times over the last year, and shared some of the work that I’ve done with it. If you have any interest in data and turning it into information, then I’m an absolute fan of Power BI. And if you want to share in some of the data fun, then you might want to spend a little time learning about what’s possible. So here’s my list of go-to places for free Power BI training!… Visit the author's original post

Free Power BI training sources

I’ve written about the Microsoft Power BI service a few times over the last year, and shared some of the work that I’ve done with it. If you have any interest in data and turning it into information, then I’m an absolute fan of Power BI. And if you want to share in some of the data fun, then you might want to spend a little time learning about what’s possible. So here’s my list of go-to places for free Power BI training!… Visit the author's original post

How to buy academic Power BI licences – a step-by-step guide

There are a number of ways of buying Academic Power BI licences, so I thought I’d write a quick summary to help people, as I have had the question a few times recently from customers and partners. We make it easy to buy Power BI licences for commercial customers straight from the Power BI website, but for education customers, there’s a different route that gets you the special discounted license. (BTW I’m not a licensing expert, so there may be other ways of buying academic Power BI licences that I’ve not covered, so feel free to add more info via comments on this blog post!)

I’ll start by assuming you know what Power BI is, or you’ve been working with the free version available at

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