Australia & New Zealand

Anthony Salcito, Microsoft

Anthony Salcito, Microsoft

As Microsoft's vice president of worldwide education, Anthony Salcito travels the world talking to teachers and working to leverage technology to improve education. "One of the biggest problems with educational innovation is that it's often hidden, because good teachers are not allowed to teach 'outside the curriculum' and are often fighting administrators for innovation. So we find potentially valuable technologies underused or just plain misused." His key point was that technology is just part of a holistic approach to education and shouldn't be considered in isolation. Worst of all, too much focus on acquiring devices (what he calls "access aspiration") distracts people from making improvements in teaching.In assessing the value of technology and teaching he asks "Are you collecting data that's easy to get or data that will drive innovation? Once a decision is made, the 'data' that led to it is often forgotten." He proposed a change to the Federal government's "earn or learn" mantra: "Get rid of 'or'. Everyone earning needs to keep learning." Read more at Anthony's blog, Daily Edventures. This blog post was powered by Intel®.

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Sugata Mitra at EduTECH 2014

Sugata Mitra at EduTECH 2014

If you were ever in doubt about the power of computers and the internet to change the world, Sugata Mitra will convince you. He started in 1999 with an informal experiment to answer the question: "Could the poorest children benefit from a computer?", putting an internet-connected PC into a literal hole in the wall of slum next door to his New Delhi office. He hoped it would do some good, but half-expected it to be ignored, vandalised or stolen. Instead, he was astounded when the slum children quickly worked out how to use it. And started learning. Much, much more and much, much faster than he or anyone predicted. Sugata's opening keynote at EduTECH took us through the research that started with this impromptu experiment and the progress he's made since winning the TED Prize in 2013, developing his vision for self-organised learning environments (SOLEs) and a global "School in the Cloud". His research also challenges the way we organise our education systems. As he points out, the principles underpinning the schools of the Western world were developed in the 19th century to train people for a very different world. As Sugata puts it "Our education system is very efficient. But it's obsolete, because it doesn't produce the creative and imaginative people the world needs today." And he asks, "How do we fix it?". His School in the Cloud is intended to help answer this question. The applause for Sugata's talk at EduTECH showed that plenty...

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Lenovo stand at EduTECH

Lenovo stand at EduTECH

Last week 5,615 educators and technologists converged on Brisbane to hear from 243 speakers in nine congresses covering the full range of education. It's the place to learn about educational technology. And with 220 exhibitors, the accompanying exhibition featured the full range of Australia's educational technology suppliers, from one-person startups to "the big guys" (including, of course, Lenovo...Australia's number one educational PC supplier). For us, it was a great opportunity to meet the people using our products, building our understanding of their needs and what we can do to meet them. Paul Hutchings, Lenovo's new education lead for Australia, was excited by the conversations he had: "Unfortunately, we don't often get a chance to talk directly to teachers. As they are the ones who have to use the technology to enhance the learning experience of students, it’s critical to understand what really matters to them. With over 5,000 educators here, EduTECH gave us a perfect opportunity to have detailed conversations about what they need to deliver real educational value with technology." At the core of the show were the keynotes and workshops, including over 200 speakers. Over the next few posts, we'll bring you some of the highlights. This blog post was powered by Intel®.  

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Introducing the new X1 Carbon!

Introducing the new X1 Carbon!

Lenovo Australia has unleashed the New ThinkPad X1 Carbon – the world’s lightest 14-inch ultrabook. Perfect for business users who want a laptop with high performance technology, mobility and durability, the New ThinkPad X1 Carbon joins Lenovo’s premium business portfolio. We've pulled together the top reasons that make the New X1 Carbon the perfect Professional Redefined Ultrabook. 1. Uncompromisingly Thin  Starting at 1.28 kg, the new X1 Carbon is the lightest 14″ Ultrabook™ on the planet.* And at just 17.72 mm thin, it's the thinnest ThinkPad ever. Yet even with a slimmer profile, we still boosted battery life and cooling. 2. Enduring Power The new X1 Carbon delivers up to 8.6 hours of battery life on a single charge.* And if you do run low, don't fret: with RapidCharge you get 80% battery restored in just under an hour. 3. Patently Cool Even with its ultrathin design, the new X1 Carbon stays cooler than ever. In fact, we re-engineered our patented fan blades—so X1 Carbon provides the same cool and quiet performance you expect from a ThinkPad. 4. Unbelievably Vivid ColorBurst display with WQHD, IPS, and an anti-glare screen mean text is crisper, images are brighter, and colors are truer on the new X1 Carbon. 5. Impossibly Precise X1 Carbon's 10–point multitouch screen improves accuracy, making touch–browsing and selecting more responsive. Plus it's anti–smudge....

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Going back to school has almost arrived and most schools these days use technology in the classroom. Whether doing presentations, creating videos, accessing the school intranet or playing Minecraft, we have the right PC for students. The perfect laptop or tablet is the one that’s great for both school and home and ours are fast enough, tough enough and cool enough for any kid. We’ve compiled a list of the best laptops and tablets Lenovo has to offer for school, home and play. ThinkPad X131e - durable but light Designed for durability in the rigorous K-12 school system, the 11.6-inch ThinkPad X131e is made to endure whatever's thrown its way. A rubber bumper cushions the top cover for added protection, while hinges and ports are further strengthened. Explore Features.   ThinkPad Yoga - the ultimate Multimode Ultrabook The ThinkPad Yoga delivers flexibility. Its 12.5" display rotates 360 degrees to offer four different usage modes: Laptop, Tablet, Tent and Stand. Boasting legendary ThinkPad reliability and a range of security features, it's the ultimate multimode Ultrabook. Explore Features.  

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