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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync 2010 - De Montfort University, Leicester

      It’s becoming increasingly clear that Lync   can be a real game-changer for universities. Among the higher education institutions we’ve talked to about this recently is De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester. There, the Information Technology and Media Services (ITMS) team, led by their...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync 2010 at De Montfort University, Leicester.

      It’s becoming increasingly clear that Lync   can be a real game-changer for universities. Among the higher education institutions we’ve talked to about this recently is De Montford University (DMU) in Leicester. There, the Information Technology and Media Services (ITMS) team, led by their...
  • Blog Post: Tech·Ed 2010 - Download the presentation videos free

    If you've ever been lucky enough to get to Tech·Ed, you'll know that some of the best technical presenters are there, presenting some of the most useful technical content for IT managers. Each year over 100 people from UK educational institutions travel out to it (this year, it was in Berlin), but I...
  • Blog Post: Need some support for deploying Windows 7?

    Although I'm afraid I can't offer to send you a top-techie from Microsoft to help you with rolling out Windows 7 in your college, I can offer a good second best, thanks to the TechNet team. They got together with some of the product and support gurus on Windows 7, and created a big batch of videos on...
  • Blog Post: Capita’s FHE National Conference 2010

    On Tuesday and Wednesday, I was at the Capita FHE National Conference 2010 in Warwickshire, which was a good opportunity to hear other people’s views about the future for Further Education. Predictably there was plenty of gloom about future education budgets, with a prediction from KPMG that colleges...
  • Blog Post: What is our CIO thinking about?

    If you are responsible for IT in a large organisation, then one of the biggest challenges you face is the huge pressure from internal and external forces for constant change – and also to reduce your budgets. The Microsoft Chief Information Officer Tony Scott is no different. I recommend taking ten minutes...
  • Blog Post: Saving power on the go – getting your laptop battery to last all day

    The beauty of saving power, is that you’re also saving money. And in the case of laptops, that applies to home use as well as use on campus. So there’s an incentive for staff to want to manage their power use more effectively. So maybe this article will be of use for your internal IT newsletters too...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure in four minutes

    This blog post is definitely for the techies amongst you! Things are changing very rapidly in the way that ICT services can be delivered and used in education. Although most of the developments from major ICT providers aren’t specific to education, they are addressing the issues that education faces...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 – in Tony Hart mode

    This collection of videos is very clever – as you work your way through it, you’ll see that you eventually end up with some screencasts showing particular features of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. But what is riveting on the journey is the way that you navigate your way around the videos – using...
  • Blog Post: OneNote and Learning Styles

    Last year, I wrote about the booklet on OneNote and Learning Styles produced by Ole Lauridsen from the Aarhus School of Business, Denmark. Late last year, Ole visited the Microsoft Campus in Seattle and gave a talk about his project, and explained more of the background to supporting different learning...
  • Blog Post: Digital Inclusion at the AOC Conference

    As promised to the delegates, here are the presentation resources from my session at the AOC Annual Technology Conference. (AOC is the Association of Colleges, and their IT conference is a way for people to focus specifically on the way that IT can be used to support learning in colleges). My story,...
  • Blog Post: Shift Happens at AOC

    I've been at the AOC Annual Technology Conference for the last two days, which is themed "Digital Natives, Digital Spaces". I was speaking on the first afternoon, and my sense of relaxation disappeared in the first 5 minutes of the conference, as it opened with my Shift Happens video presentation. Aargh...
  • Blog Post: Darwinian Databases on video

    The Windows Server launch team have made available the video of the Cambridge University team, who are using modern database technologies to solve a centuries-old data analysis problem. If you're into databases, and their uses, then this is a good video to watch now. But if you're like me, and the mysteries...
  • Blog Post: How robust does a laptop for education have to be?

    Imagine. You're designing a laptop specifically for use in education . How robust do you have to make it? Is this robust enough? The engineers at RM took theirs into the car park, and then drove cars over one, to see how much abuse it could survive. Three cars later (and car number 2 definitely...
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