clip_image001Parabola, one of our Gold partners, is running a free SharePoint 2010 event for colleges, here at the Microsoft Campus in Reading on Tuesday 18th May 2010.

It’s an opportunity for you to further understand what SharePoint 2010 can offer to a college, and to put your questions to experts at Microsoft and Parabola. David Lloyd, Director of ILT Development of Esher College will also be talking about their use of SharePoint (you may remember that I singled them out last year as one of the best looking educational SharePoint sites). And the agenda leaves time to network with other colleges and compare notes.

At the end of the afternoon, there is also a session on Microsoft’s cloud computing strategy, and specifically Windows Azure. This session will help you to plan your future IT strategy, and to understand a little more about our future direction.

The draft agenda is:

9.00-9.30

Arrival and Refreshments

9.30-9.45

Introduction - Amanda Bicknell (Further Education Business Manager, Microsoft)

9.45-10.00

Introduction - Richard Gray (Managing Director, Parabola Software)

10.00-11.00

SharePoint 2010 Demo - New Features and Enhancements from 2007 Richard Lane(Technology Specialist, Microsoft)

11.00-11:15

Break for refreshments

11.15-12.00

SharePoint 2010 - How FE colleges can take advantage of the new features - Parabola

12.00-12.45

Moodle/ SharePoint 2010/ Live@edu integration  - Chris Rothwell  (Product Manager Live @edu , Microsoft)

12.45-13.30

Lunch and networking

13.30-14.30

Live Case Study on experiences with SharePoint - David Lloyd (Director of ILT Development, Esher College)

14.30-15.15

Cloud Computing and Azure for Education – Simon Karn (Windows Azure Specialist, Microsoft)

15.15-15.45

Question and Answer Session

15.45

Wrap up and close


Registration: To register, or for more details, drop an email to Adam McCarthy at Parabola  with the attendee(s) full name, position, college name and contact number. Places are limited to a maximum of 2 per college.