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  • Blog Post: Linking SkyDrive and Moodle together

    Moodle, a popular Learning Management System, is widely used across education. And Microsoft's SkyDrive is also widely used by both teachers and students (although in some government systems, the access is blocked to SkyDrive when in school) as a cloud-based storage drive. So you may be interested to...
  • Blog Post: Hosting your Moodle on Windows Azure

    Moodle hosting in the Cloud via Windows Azure There are two projects currently available for hosting Moodle on Windows Azure, both on CodePlex (Microsoft's open source project hosting site, which hosts over 200,000 projects currently): http://moodle2azure.codeplex.com/ This is a port of Moodle 2.x Course...
  • Blog Post: The easy way to install WordPress

    Do you remember a couple of weeks ago I mentioned WebMatrix , which gives you an easy way to install a bunch of web applications – like WordPress, Moodle and Joomla! – on a standard Microsoft platform (which means you can more easily fit into the rest of your ICT infrastructure). Well, I just read an...
  • Blog Post: WebMatrix - making it easier to deploy Moodle, Joomla! and WordPress

    I noticed last week that Scott Guthrie announced the release of the beta of WebMatrix . Basically, it’s an easy and free way to get started building Web sites on Windows. WebMatrix is a tool for building, customising and deploying your Web sites in one common, straightforward way. The idea is that WebMatrix...
  • Blog Post: More Moodle advice – The Moodle on SharePoint white paper

    The team over at the Microsoft Education Labs have been busy over the last few weeks. If you’re new to it, Education Labs was created by the Microsoft Education Products Group to build and release new product prototypes and useful add-ons, specifically for education use. Following on from the Office...
  • Blog Post: Launch Announcement - New Moodle Integration for Office

    The Microsoft Education Labs team have just launched the Office Add-in for Moodle (or should it be the Moodle Add-in for Office?). This launch builds upon the success of the availability of the Microsoft Live Services Plug-in for Moodle which launched last July.  The idea behind the add-in is simple...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Further Education Briefing 2010

    Bookings are now open for our Further Education Briefing day, which this year falls on 19th March in London. Microsoft will be holding our annual Further Education Briefing on 19th March 2010 at our London offices in Victoria. The agenda for the event runs from 9:45 to 3:00 with breaks to catch up with...
  • Blog Post: Integrating Moodle with Microsoft Live services

    Who’d have thought it, not only would I be looking for the Moodle logo for the blog, but other strange things have been happening this week: We’ve released two projects under the open source GPL v2 licence for the first time ever Following on from the experimental OfficeLabs project, we’ve launched Education...
  • Blog Post: Free Podcasting Kit for SharePoint 2007

    A few days ago, the Podcasting Kit for SharePoint was released on CodePlex (our open source project hosting web site). And, for colleges, it’s an opportunity to move into a multimedia, web 2.0 world in a more controlled way. Up until now, many of the ways that people have used podcasting, and many other...
  • Blog Post: Free stuff for Moodlers

    I'm over in the US this week, with a number of our educational IT partners, and have heard about some of the things happening here that may be of interest to UK FE colleges. One of them, {Open Source} Heroes Happen Here , is for those who are using or developing Open Source applications which also link...
  • Blog Post: Talking with College Principals

    We held a briefing today for a small group of college principals, following on from a focus group meeting we held last year. The aim of the day was to share some of our work and thoughts on how technology could support the learning and business processes of an FE college, and to allow the principals...
  • Blog Post: IT FORUM: Windows Server 2008 in education

    I'm at the IT Forum event this week - it's a week long tech-fest about current and future technologies from Microsoft. This year's event has 5,200 delegates and we're all sitting in a conference centre on the shores of Mediterranean in Barcelona ( not quite as wonderful as it sounds - it was 10-degrees...
  • Blog Post: Dysg e-Learning Conference Presentations

    I had a great time at the Dysg e-learning conference today, sponsored by the Welsh Assembly Government. The sessions throughout the day looked at what colleges and schools were doing to take e-learning forward, with a large focus on virtual learning environments and collaborative working between schools...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2007 - want to really know what it can do for you?

    My colleague, Phil Allen, who's our resident educational-techie, has provided me with a document of links to really good SharePoint resources. Bless him, he wants to help you all find good stuff, but 7 pages of document, with each page containing long link lists! Phew, I think it might take a while working...
  • Blog Post: Grava - what's in a codename?

    Is it me, or is there a random code-name generator somewhere in Microsoft. A but like those big clunky ones that sit in the cellars of the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall? (Okay, I know it's not true, but hey) Today's code name is Grava - something which shouldn't really have a codename at this point...
  • Blog Post: Moodle on SharePoint

    A recent survey, by Becta, showed that around 40% of colleges are using Moodle for their virtual learning environment (VLE). If you are one of those who use it, are you aware that there are a bunch of webparts available that integrate it into SharePoint? What's the point of that, you may ask? Well, for...
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