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  • Blog Post: Can education IT keep up with the speed of innovation?

    Last week the annual EDUCAUSE 2012 conference , for Higher Education IT people, took place in Denver. As usual, there was a buzz of stories that appeared on HE news websites like The Chronicle of Higher Education . What struck me, following the news and discussions, was that there's a real focus on...
  • Blog Post: Improving student retention in higher education–the data sources

    Chris Ballard, of Tribal , is an 'Innovation Consultant' working on student administration and management systems, with a focus area on student retention modelling. Earlier this year, at the annual conference for their SITS:Vision student administration system , Chris co-presented with Paul Travill from...
  • Blog Post: Dynamics CRM in Education–10 slides in 10 minutes

    I’ve just provided a brief 10 minute overview to our CRM partners about the use of CRM systems in Education within Australia. It isn’t a detailed presentation that’s intended to provide all the answers to everything – it’s more of a quick introduction into the use of CRM within Education institutions...
  • Blog Post: What are the jobs of the future? Careers in decline and those growing

    Five years ago, I was in the UK when I created a version of Shift Happens for the education system - less about globalisation, more about the challenges for the education system in the UK and worldwide) – which became ‘the video’ of the moment at education conferences etc. You...
  • Blog Post: Can your SharePoint become your Learning Management System?

    Over the last six months I’ve written about Learning Management Systems (LMS) quite a few times. I’ve asked questions like “ Do you really need a Learning Management System? ” and “ Are SharePoint Composites the future of the Learning Management System? ”, and shared...
  • Blog Post: Accessibility workshop for education

      I thought I’d point you towards another resource that will be useful for partners, education trainers, and those who need to get the message across about Accessibility to their colleagues. Teacher Training Workshop on Accessibility It is a complete PowerPoint-based teacher training workshop on...
  • Blog Post: pptPlex - free software for teachers in February

    Some Free February Appy-ness with a new piece of free software for teachers from Microsoft every day in February. Many of these items are unknown heroes, but they all share two things in common: 1) They are useful for teachers or students and 2) they are free. pptPlex pptPlex is an Office Labs experiment...
  • Blog Post: The Consumerisation of IT, and education - presentation slides from Melbourne

    When I was down in Melbourne speaking at a Fujitsu briefing for schools I said that I’d put the slides up onto this blog - and then I forgot. Fortunately, I’d also given out my email address, so I got an email reminding me about my promise…. I had the opportunity to talk at the issues surrounding the...
  • Blog Post: The Education Sessions at Australia Partner Conference - Part nine of nine!

    This is the final part of a series, covering the Education sessions at the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference. Start at part one (The Microsoft Australia Education Team) here... We’re at the end of the write-up of the Education session from the Australia Partner Conference. At the conference...
  • Blog Post: This week’s webcasts - 12-13 September 2011

    Only two webcasts to know about this week - and they are both education-specific ones. There’s the Microsoft Mondays webinar on Lync, and the Tech Tuesday one for school IT managers and elearning leaders, about the work that Janison have been doing in online assessment. All of the timings for the webcasts...
  • Blog Post: The Education Sessions at Australia Partner Conference - Part Eight

    This is part eight of a series, covering the Education sessions at the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference. Start at part one (The Microsoft Australia Education Team) here... How Microsoft Academic licensing helps Microsoft partners One of the questions that new partners often ask is “How...
  • Blog Post: Alan’s Paperless School project

    Alan Richards, the Information Systems Manager at West Hatch High School near London, has been running a ‘Paperless School’ project for the last 18 months. He’s been using the school’s SharePoint in order to reduce the amount of paper being used in the school or being sent home to parents. I wrote about...
  • Blog Post: The Consumerisation of IT, and education - presentation slides

    I’ve been speaking at some events run by Acer and Fujitsu recently, and had the opportunity to look at the issues surrounding the consumerisation of IT - and what it means for schools when you’ve got a broad range of devices arriving on your campus - and they may not all be owned and managed by your...
  • Blog Post: The Education Sessions at Australia Partner Conference - Part Seven

    This is part seven of a series, covering the Education sessions at the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference. Start at part one (The Microsoft Australia Education Team) here … So far, we’ve looked at an overview of the Australian education market. And although this is part seven, we’re...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Mondays for lecturers - Spring 2011

    We started with Tech Tuesdays (for school IT managers), and then Webinar Wednesdays arrived (for developers and technical partners). Now I have pleasure in bringing you Microsoft Mondays for universities. As you can see our creativity lacks no barriers, although we’ve haven’t yet found...
  • Blog Post: The Education Sessions at Australia Partner Conference - Part Six

    This is part six of a series, covering the Education sessions at the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference. Start at part one (The Microsoft Australia Education Team) here … Common objections you’ll meet with education ICT decision makers There’s a common fallacy that CIO’s and their teams in education...
  • Blog Post: The Education Sessions at Australia Partner Conference - Part Five

    This is part five of a series, covering the Education sessions at the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference. Start at part one (The Microsoft Australia Education Team) here … The Decision Making Unit for Australian Education ICT Although there are over 8,500 education institutions in...
  • Blog Post: The Education Sessions at Australia Partner Conference - Part Four

    This is part four of a series, covering the Education sessions at the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference. Start at part one (The Microsoft Australia Education Team) here … What are the top concerns of University CIOs At the conference I only briefly covered the top three issues...
  • Blog Post: The Education Sessions at Australia Partner Conference - Part Three

    This is part three of a series, covering the Education sessions at the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference. Start at part one (The Microsoft Australia Education Team) here … Australian State Education Strategies I talked about the need to ensure that we, and our partners...
  • Blog Post: The Education Sessions at Australia Partner Conference - Part Two

    This is part two of a series, covering the Education sessions at the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference. Read part one (The Microsoft Australia Education Team) here I covered an overview of the Australian Education market - and to the relief of some, I didn’t spend time digging down deeply...
  • Blog Post: The Education Sessions at Australia Partner Conference - Part One

    This week the entire education team has been up in the Gold Coast at the Microsoft Australia Partner Conference 2011 (APC). It was a packed week - hundreds of our partners from right around the country, along with a sizeable chunk of the Microsoft team - which was a busy mix of keynotes, breakout presentations...
  • Blog Post: Education Revolution in Action 4 Conference

    I was invited to present one of a pair of keynotes at the Education Revolution in Action 4 conference yesterday, at John Paul College in Queensland. The 300 attendees were from schools - state and private - from across Australia and New Zealand, and were a mix of practising classroom teachers, school...
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