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  • 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: Behind the Screen – the new computing GCSE project led by e-skills UK

    Behind the Screen is the working title of e-skills UK , a new project to create a computing GCSE. Working with teachers, students, universities and employees, this GCSE has been designed to equip students and young people with a wide range of skills from programming to game design. With more IT employers...
  • Blog Post: Young apprentice is top of class with Microsoft Outstanding Apprenticeship Award 2011 - Zenos Apprenticeships

    With the current employment climate still proving to be difficult for many young adults to find jobs, having a skill set other than qualifications gained from school and college is becoming more important in order to have a C.V that stands out above the rest. I have recently written a blog on student...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Academy developing student skill sets at Birmingham City University

    It isn’t only schools nowadays that are feeling the stretch of limited budgets, but also universities around the UK and are looking at ways to save money without comprising  high quality in learning for students and still provide opportunity to achieve industry recognised certification and prepare...
  • Blog Post: Another take on qualifications – have you thought about the Microsoft IT Academy?

    If you’re running the ICT systems in your college, and NOT involved with delivering the ICT curriculum, then you may want to forward this onto somebody in charge of curriculum side. Although it’s got ‘IT’ in the title, the IT Academy is actually all about curriculum development and helping your students...
  • Blog Post: Do you know your GPO from your AD?

    If you don’t, then this may not be for you! Microsoft Learning have put together a new online game which is designed to help (and encourage!) system managers or developers to consider certification ( as in, Microsoft certification, rather than men-in-white-coats-certification. Hmm, I wonder if over the...
  • Blog Post: Partners in Learning programme relaunched

    For the last 5 years we have been running a programme, called Partners in Learning, to extend and expand the development of learning, and especially the ways that ICT can support learning in schools. Globally this programme has invested £125 million into projects run in partnership with governments,...
  • Blog Post: What are 21st Century Skills?

    A colleague and I were engaged in a debate recently, in a team meeting, when we were discussing plans for BETT 2008. For the show we've added three themes to Microsoft's "Realising Potential" message. Those three themes are: Raising Standards Personalising Learning 21st Century Skills ...
  • Blog Post: Sheffield College's Microsoft IT Academy

    The Microsoft IT Academy scheme has been around for quite a while now, and with almost 600 colleges and schools accredited, it has been growing quickly recently. The basic idea is that a college can apply to become an IT Academy in order to offer courses and certification to local businesses, and even...
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