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  • Blog Post: GUEST POST: Surface 3 in education – a student’s view

    Contained within last week’s blog post announcing the 10% educational discount on the Surface 3 , was a case-study video shot at Wymondham High Academy , all about the effects of such a device on the day to day endeavours of a student. Harry Traynor, a Microsoft Global Ambassador and student at...
  • Blog Post: Prime Minister David Cameron visits Microsoft Global Showcase School Sandymoor

    With less than two weeks to go until polling stations all over the United Kingdom open their doors to voters in what is being described as the most tightly run election in a generation, incumbent MPs and those looking to oust them from their seats are hitting the campaign trail in a final push to win...
  • Blog Post: Minecraft tutorial videos from Ray Chambers – setting up servers and information blocks

    Ray Chambers is one of our Microsoft Expert Educators, and a leading force for driving the educational use of Minecraft in classrooms all over the UK. You may have even seen last month’s TechRadar article How Minecraft is helping kids learn code one block at a time , which is all about the sessions...
  • Blog Post: Tweetmeet with Anthony Salcito this Thursday – MIE Minute newsletter

    It’s been a couple of weeks since we last shared content from the MIE Minute newsletter with you, but fear not, a new edition is hot off the press and we’re here to bring you the latest from the world of our Expert Educators. The big news this week is that Anthony Salcito, VP of Worldwide...
  • Blog Post: Work towards M.Ed qualifications through Microsoft, Tablet Academy and Lamar University global partnership

    Microsoft has recently announced a global partnership with Lamar University, the largest teacher training University in the United States, in order for teachers world-wide to gain post-graduate academic recognition for their participation in continued personal development courses provided by Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: First time authoring and publishing enhancements for Office Mix

    Last month we published a new eBook – ‘MIXing it up’ – all about using Office Mix to improve learning . As well as introducing the ways that Office Mix can give additional functionality to PowerPoint presentations, the eBook contains some contextual examples and advice specifically...
  • Blog Post: Sandymoor School using Office 365 to create an ‘Anytime, anywhere collaborative space for learning'

    The following is a guest post from Gerald Haigh . In the Spring of this year I visited Sandymoor Free School in Runcorn and wrote a blog about their commitment to Office 365 as what principal Andrew Howard described as an ‘ Anytime, anywhere collaborative space for learning ’. Recently...
  • Blog Post: Unlimited OneDrive storage now available for free to all Office 365 subscribers

    Following last week’s blog post detailing the new version of Outlook for Mac , we have more good news for teachers and students using Office 365. OneDrive and OneDrive for Business now offer unlimited storage , which comes at no additional cost to Office 365 subscribers. At school, college or...
  • Blog Post: Automating the creation of SharePoint Resources

    The following is a guest post from Richard Young , Director of Digital Learning at Wood Green School Witney, a comprehensive school 10 miles west of Oxford. Wood Green use Salamander Active Directory and Salamander SharePoint for automatic maintenance of Active Directory accounts and SharePoint sites...
  • Blog Post: How Remembrance Day Can Bring Your Teaching To Life

    Two academic subjects taught at all levels of education that share more than the odd similarity are History and English literature. Diaries written centuries ago are not seen purely as items of historical record, but also as literary works of significance in their own right. Celebrated playwrights and...
  • Blog Post: Hour of Code - offering teachers free resources to allow students to learn basic coding skills

    Last year, over 100 organisations joined forces to launch the largest education event in history: the Hour of Code . Digital skills are set to add £3bn to the economy in the next five years, and it is important that the next generation doesn’t miss out on the potential the digital world...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Supports the iDEA Programme in Partnership with the Duke of York

    Getting young people into the digital industry and entrepreneurship Microsoft Ventures in the UK recently announced a new partnership with the Nominet Trust and the Duke of York to help support the iDEA Programme , which aims to support more than one million young people to pursue their own ideas...
  • Blog Post: Join us for a live Q&A on Student Advantage

    Since the recent announcement introducing Student Advantage almost a fortnight ago we’ve been inundated with questions. I’m super excited at the response to the news. As a result, we’d like you to join us for a live Q&A on Student Advantage at midday (GMT) on 31/10 on Twitter. Live Q&A We’ll...
  • Blog Post: The sky’s no longer the limit now that the Cloud is a real option for Education…

    Microsoft Azure and Janet Alliance have combined forces and invite you to join them to discuss the recent developments between Microsoft and Janet, Windows Azure for research and how to develop a hybrid cloud strategy. risual is a leading Microsoft Cloud Partner with four Microsoft Gold competencies...
  • Blog Post: Tablets in Education: Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

    Guest post by Gerald Haigh. Gerald writes regularly for the education series of blogs. In their haste to keep up with the advance of tablets, schools don’t always choose their devices on the basis of carefully assessed functionality. It’s not that they buy duds -- they have more nous than that. No, it...
  • Blog Post: Tablets in education: Acer W510

    In the first in a series of device orientated HeadsUp videos, Mark Reynolds gives us a detailed, but non-technical, overview of the Acer W510 running Windows 8 Pro. The Acer 510 is a highly portable dockable tablet, with 9 hours of battery life, that is available via Shape the Future for £395 and includes...
  • Blog Post: Intel Atom processor-based Windows 8 tablet (Acer W510) vs. Apple iPad

    The popularity of tablet devices in FE is rising as students and staff require portable devices that can be used for both content consumption and content creation on campus, and beyond. In a recent Principled Technologies Labs test, commissioned by Intel, the Acer W510 was benchmarked against the...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 - the basics using keyboard and mouse (video)

    Another useful video from Schools Business Manager, Mark Reynolds, covering a great introductory overview of Windows 8 using keyboard and mouse, rather than a touch enabled device. If you are looking at upgrading to Windows 8 on non-touch hardware, this video is a great resource to allow you to hit the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure - Interesting Data Points (Infographic)

    To celebrate the launch of Windows Azure IaaS, Virtual Networking and Active Directory, Dotnet Solutions have released an awesome infographic with some great Azure related data points. Some of these are shown below and the full infographic is available via Dotnet Solutions website . The points about...
  • Blog Post: Tablets in education: Which one should you choose?

    Since the launch of Windows 8, a wide range of tablet and hybrid devices are now available, but which one is right for you? Whether you are a student, educator or a member of the senior management team, there is now a touch enabled device to suit almost every need. For example, Seton Hall University...
  • Blog Post: BYOD in Education: What is Bring Your Own Device?

    Except from our BYOD in Education eBook written by Ollie Bray. BYOD or Bring Your Own Device is the simple idea that young people and school staff are allowed to bring their own Internet enabled device into school and use it to help them work, learn and (if appropriate) socialise. The impact of this...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 in education: Student Demos - Elizabeth

    In the 3rd in our series of Windows 8 student demo videos, Elizabeth shares some insight into how she carries out research using the unique characteristics of Windows 8.
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 in education: Student Demo - Hailey

    Following on from yesterday’s student demo video featuring Mike and Mustafa, in this video Hailey talks about how she personalises her Windows 8 Start Screen and also how she takes notes in class and uses her mobile phone to access important documents.
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Education Student Portal at UWL

    Great video from the team at University of West London talking about their 2012 UCISA-Eduserv Award for Excellence winning Office 365 Education project. The University set out to harness the powerful collaboration capabilities within Office 365 Education to create a personalised, interactive and social...
  • Blog Post: Flash in Windows 8

    Originally posted on the IE Blog . We have updated Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 and Windows RT to enable Flash content to run by default. On Windows 8, all Flash content continues to be enabled for IE on the desktop. As we have seen through testing over the past several months, the vast majority...
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