Guest post by Civica, one of our Microsoft Bett 2013 partners

Why should visitors attend the Civica Stand at Bett 2013?

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Because we’re experts in using SharePoint for education

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Through its team of E Learning Consultants, Civica has built one of the most experienced SharePoint in Education services and is ideally placed to support schools and academies with their learning platform.

Civica has a great wealth of experience in supporting schools to use SharePoint technologies to enable effective and engaging learning to take place and also to underpin the administration and management of schools; for example room booking systems, the recording and tracking of lesson observations or the automation of the options process for staff, students and parents.

Come and talk to us about what you want to do in your school with your SharePoint platform and see some inspiring examples of how we’ve used SharePoint for connecting people, systems and technologies to enhance learning and teaching. And find out about our SharePoint service, packed full of ideas, free web tools, webinars and online resources to ensure that your Learning Platform gets fully embedded into the life of your school.

Because we can support your school with Microsoft’s Office 365 for education

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Office 365 for education provides

> secure, anywhere access to email and calendars

> Office Web Apps

> instant messaging

> conferencing

> collaboration and file sharing

> a school web site

All schools that migrate to, or sign up for, the new Office 365 for education service (the replacement for Live@Edu) will get access to many new features, in particular the power of built- in SharePoint, giving fantastic opportunities for collaboration and sharing.

We’ll have E learning advisers on hand to discuss how you can use these tools – you may want a free public facing website for instance or discuss how you could use conferencing to deliver lessons online.

All of the features in Office 365 are free with Education licensing and we’ll show you how to make the most of them in your context.

To see a demo of CloudBase

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Civica has now also fully embedded Office 365 into CloudBase, its own SharePoint Learning Platform, and we can provide you with a site that is fully aligned to your school priorities, facilitates parental engagement and delivers the ideal platform to bring learning to life for your students.

Our E learning team will show you how we’ve used CloudBase. They all have recent classroom experience covering a variety of subjects and educational areas of interest. All are currently engaged in helping schools and teachers to make the most of whatever technology is available to them, and their work is underpinned by a genuine drive to help transform learning for students.

You’ll see examples of custom- designed lesson observation tools, of sites designed by students and for students, of virtual staffrooms that give you all you need when you log on at the beginning of the school day to inform and prepare you for the day ahead.

To stand back and think strategically

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Come and see us first before you sign up to anything or spend any money at Bett 2013.

Civica’s DigiPlan is a systematic approach to ICT planning and development. It helps you to deliver your whole school vision and achieve your goals, providing an effective approach to ICT project management.

It will provide you with

· A full analysis of staff skills and CPD requirements

· An understanding of stakeholders experiences of using ICT

· A detailed report and Action Plan providing clear direction for the Academic year ahead

· A completed NAACE Self Review Framework

· A clear strategy for on-going developments