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Navigating New Skies: The Next Trends in Education Technology

One of the most difficult challenges for an educational leader is to filter, shield and straight out destroy some of the internal and external noise that exists. Most of this noise is well-intentioned, however the sheer volume of it in education alone can make for littl…

October 31, 2017

Not My Business: Five Reasons Schools Are Not Businesses

After having spent a few years out of Senior Leadership role in a school and now with some experience under my belt helping run a commercial business, I feel like it is time to share. I do not exaggerate when I say that I have heard in one form or another “…schools …

July 27, 2017

The Windows 10 Creators Update is Here

The Windows 10 Creators update was released on the 11th of April and is now available to New Zealand schools through the Microsoft Schools Agreement. The Creators Update is the next free update to Windows 10 and includes a number of new features. Dive Into 3D Now with t…

Microsoft Teams Now Available for Education

Microsoft has announced that the chat-based Microsoft Teams is now available for education customers. Teams is the chat-based workspace in Office 365 Education. Teams brings people, conversations and content—along with the tools schools need—together in one place so…

May 10, 2017

Demystifying the Cloud: School’s Top Questions

What is the Cloud? The “Cloud” is a network of servers hosted online to deliver services to your school. Cloud servers can replace onsite servers, substituting what you already have at school through solutions such as Microsoft’s Azure platform or New Era’s EduS…

May 10, 2017

Develop ICT Practice in your School this Term

New Era IT partner to deliver PLD with the aim to keep educators at the forefront of developments in eLearning and contemporary pedagogies. Cognition Education PLD New Era IT is proud to partner with Cognition to offer leading edge ProfessionalLearning and Development t…

May 10, 2017

Say Hello to Google G Suite

Google has introduced a new name for GAFE: G Suite for Education. Google has introduced a number of new features, marking the start of a new chapter for its collaboration tools for schools. The new name and logo will now appear in the admin console, online help, and ema…

April 18, 2017

Google Drive for Teams Announced

Keeping track of shared documents has historically been a challenge with cloud services aimed at single users with shared documents. As staff arrive and depart, documents and links can be lost when their drive is moved or removed. Drive for teams will enable staff to sh…

April 18, 2017

Don’t Smile ’til Easter: Routines & Relationships

There aren’t any shortcuts for establishing routines and relationships writes Tony. Upon joining the teaching profession more than few years ago, I was given a lot of advice. Undoubtedly, this was similar as many of you fellow educators. One of the more interesting pi…

March 24, 2017

The Commercial Realities of School ICT

There’s a good chance that some people will not like me writing the following, but I genuinely feel that I have a responsibility to share some of what I have learnt moving from a senior management position in a school to the same in the commercial world. There may be …

March 17, 2017