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  • Blog Post: Let the techies do the tech. You, with your colleagues, are leaders of learning

    Guest Post by Education Writer Gerald Haigh It’s clear that because Office 365, cloud-based, is licensed free to education, many more school leaders are going to be attracted by rich possibilities that they may previously have thought unaffordable. The savings on servers and maintenance alone can run...
  • Blog Post: Surface RT– Academic Offer

                                            Students with a valid academic email address can now save 10% when they purchase any Surface RT device through Microsoft Store! The offer is available for students...
  • Blog Post: Exciting Learning: Interactive lessons

    For the students of today, technology is highly captivating and engaging. It makes learning exciting, creates a buzz about lessons and work assignments and supports both you as a teacher and your students as learners. We encourage the use of technology in education, but ultimately understand that a good...
  • Blog Post: Student-Developed Windows Phone Apps

    The Underground app is all about student developers and the great experiences they create for Windows Phone. If you don’t know about this app yet – we will fill you in. The Underground app was created to feature apps and games developed by students. Support your peers, learn from them and join the student...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft IT Academy in Schools, Colleges and Universities

    The Microsoft IT Academy Program can provide benefits to all parts of a school or college. Here are a few of the core functions and the potential benefits that will be most relevant. Here is a set of current questions which the UK Academic and Education teams have received: The Head of School · I need...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup worldwide finals 2012

    This weekend, students from 75 countries have been competing at the Imagine Cup worldwide finals – each team aiming to win in the finals tomorrow. It's a massive event – hundreds of students showcasing their technology innovations and ideas for making the world a better place. Sadly, the Australian Team...
  • Blog Post: Improved communication in education with Microsoft Lync 2010

    With any luck we will soon be into summer, when we can (normally!) rely on good weather conditions for travel into school and work. But winter 2012 again saw more extreme weather conditions. These continued to increase school closure days and education institutions suffered the effects from unforeseen...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark for students – here’s what you can do

    Imagine you want to build your own house; you’ve managed to acquire your piece of land, got your planning permission and grabbed a few raw materials. Now, do you grab your trowel and bricks cementing away with just a vague idea of what you want your finished house to look like? Of course you wouldn’t...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark – your questions answered

    Since its introduction in 2001, students and educators around the world have utilised DreamSpark to support and advance their learning and skills through technical design, technology, maths, science and engineering activities. This software equips them with the tools they need to succeed during their...
  • Blog Post: What is DreamSpark?

    DreamSpark is a platform that offers free software and tools to support students - it’s the place to get all our developer and designer tools for free. In this video, students, lecturers and IT Professionals explain what DreamSpark is and how it can be used. What is DreamSpark?
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office Competition for Students ...

    How would you visualise this English-language panagram ‘’The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.’’ ? Microsoft has teamed up with Student Beans to give a student the chance to win a state-of-the-art HP Pavilion dv6-3125sa Entertainment Laptop. All you need to do is enter with an imaginative and...
  • Blog Post: The new RM Slate PC

    I was away at the end of last week, so I didn't see that details on RM's upcoming slate PC had made their way onto their website . Called the RM Slate, it does exactly what you'd expect - a fully functioning PC running Windows, in the style of a pad/tablet/slate device. You can read more details on Merlin...
  • Blog Post: How do I get a job at Microsoft?

    You may not be surprised to learn that it’s a frequent question that I get asked. And in the summer holidays I know that people’s thoughts often turn to their future, so I thought it was time to share the answer more widely. The answer is partially straightforward – you watch http://careers.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Free anti-virus protection for home computers – good news for staff and students

    I was suprised to discover I hadn’t blogged this before. So if you’ve renewed an anti-virus subscription for your home computer since last October, when this was launched, then I’m sorry! We have launched a free anti-virus programme, Microsoft Security Essentials , which is for Windows XP, Windows Vista...
  • Blog Post: Who will be the next Bill Gates

    XMA and Toshiba have launched a competition, called “ The next Bill Gates ”. In a world of competitions and campaigns all the time, it’s a bit of a “ does what it says on the tin ” competition. It’s for students who’ll be applying for university next year, and students enter by recording a 60-second...
  • Blog Post: Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for Direct Access

    The TechNet site has a growing series of Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for all kinds of areas – virtualisation, Windows Server 2008, SQL Server, Online Services and the Optimised Desktop. The one that jumped out as me was the IPD Guide for DirectAccess in Windows 7. This is especially useful...
  • Blog Post: Special Student Deals on Office and Windows

    You know what it’s like – you have a brilliant plan, and then something gets in the way. And this term, we’d hatched a brilliant plan to launch our Ultimate Steal offer on the International Talk Like a Pirate Day . Which is why we went with a nice Piratey theme for the launch. Oh, how we were going to...
  • Blog Post: Improving student services, and saving money - How Brockenhurst College did it

    I hope that you’ve already heard about the Live@edu service, which provides a free, hosted email service for your students, based on Exchange 2010. It allows you to provide each learner with a free 10GB inbox as well as an additional 25GB of online storage space. Over the last couple of years, 10% of...
  • Blog Post: Student Competition - Code to the Power of Windows 7

    I’ve just heard about our Code 7 competition , for students. The European finalist prize is a paid trip to the PDC09 event in Los Angeles in November - plus a snazzy award – and there are a bunch of other prizes. And there’s 6 weeks until the closing date on 10th October. If you’ve got students in your...
  • Blog Post: Typing in Arabic on a Qwerty keyboard – a simple free download

    In my local library I often pass by the computer section, where people are sitting typing away into Hotmail in languages I don’t understand (I live in rural Oxfordshire, so much of the time I think it’s eastern European languages). And I guess they’ve become fluent in finding the key combinations to...
  • Blog Post: When students lose memory sticks

    You must have seen them – plaintive, desperate or just plain panic. It hasn’t taken long for the USB memory stick to turn into something that everybody has (and yet, I can still remember that sense of satisfaction when I was given my first freebie memory stick with 16MB of memory!). Now it’s not uncommon...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate student offer ends soon

    You probably have heard about the Ultimate Steal before. It’s the offer where students with a .ac.uk email address can buy a copy of Office 2007 Ultimate edition, for £38.95 UK students have some of the highest rates of usage of Microsoft Office in the world, and also one of the highest rates of ‘mis...
  • Blog Post: The Ultimate Steal – Student Office offer is finishing soon

    After I forgot to do this last week, John reminded me to tell you: Don’t miss the boat – Office for £38.95 is ending soon If this is your last year at Uni or College, don’t miss out on this special students-only deal on Microsoft Office Ultimate 2007 for only £38.95. You can only get it at www.theultimatesteal...
  • Blog Post: Saving money on software at Christmas

    Santa Claus is coming – and this year he’s going to have to cope with the credit crunch! There will still be loads of PCs bought this Christmas, and given the offers by retailers at the moment, there will be some great deals around. It might be a good time to remind your students & staff that...
  • Blog Post: What do you do when students arrive with their laptops?

    Here are two problem statements I heard from a college recently: Our staff and students expectations are rising – they expect us to provide them all with a laptop and we simply can’t afford it. We have a problem that students (and staff) arrive on campus with their own laptops, and are expecting...
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