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    What do you do when students arrive with their laptops

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    Talking with the University of Aberdeen, they thought that hey had one of the biggest student wireless networks in Europe. There to allow their students to connect to the VLE and the Internet, wherever they are on campus – from their own laptops. The drive to provide ever-improving services to students has been on for a while, and continues to accelerate. Looking outside the UK is often useful – the demand-led, student-as-a-customer mindset has been around on US campuses for years longer than here.

    There’s no doubt that there are increasing expectations from students about the connectivity and services you’ll offer them through your ICT services (I read that Nottingham University are just about to experiment with WiMax), and if it isn’t already, it’s likely to end up on your IT development plan.

    Whilst searching for something else, I came across the La Trobe University case study from Australia, where they have implemented Network Access Protection, a feature of Windows Server 2008, to detect and manage the health of systems connecting to their network – including Windows, Linux and Apple computers. And that allows them to safely manage student laptops connecting to their network. If you’re interested in the subject, you may want to read their case study, or better still, watch the video

    You can read their full case study here, and read more about Network Access Protection (NAP) here

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    Shift Happens/Did You Know?

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    Over the last few months, a PowerPoint presentation has been doing the rounds, which has a strong message for educational audiences. It works as an opener for conferences or events where the future of education and learning is under discussion, or where you want to provoke a discussion about learning.

    • Karl Fisch, of Arapahoe High School in the US, conceived and created the first version of this presentation for a staff development day. And published it on the web via his website. He released it and gave permission for others to modify it under a Creative Commons licence.
    • Scott McLeod modified it, to make it more relevant to an audience in a wider context. And published it on the web with a Creative Commons licence
    • After conversations with Karl & Scott, I modified Scott's version to include UK-relevant content (it was quite US-centric)
    • And then Jeff Brenman, of Apollo Ideas, applied the creative design to Scott's version. And published it on the web via SlideShare where, incidentally, it won the competition for the "World's Best Slideshow"
    • And finally, with Jeff's permission, I modified his with the UK context. And published it on the web 

     Right Click and "Save Target As..." to download Shift Happens UK version (25MB)

     The best way to show it is with a sound track (lasting 6 mins, 3 seconds).

     

     

     If you'd like to know where I got my audio track that we used on the day, please drop me an email (ray.fleming@microsoft.com

     



    If you modify this version, and following the norm of the Creative Commons Licence, we’d all ask that you share it on the web too, so that others can benefit.

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    Future Impact of Technology on Teaching and Learning

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    When considering the future impact of technology on teaching and learning there is an element of crystal ball gazing. That being said, working for an organisation such as Microsoft offers me some unique insights into the plethora of new technologies that are becoming available, which, in turn, allows me to make the odd educated guess on this subject. We are all learning, though, and it would be great to get your thoughts and suggestions in terms of how teaching and learning will be impacted as a result of emerging technologies.

    Before looking into the impact of future technologies on teaching and learning, though, I thought it would be useful to look at some examples and scenarios of how we are going to be using technology in the near future. Microsoft's Productivity Future Vision, shown below, does an interesting job of showing how some of the technologies we are already using, such as mobile, touch interfaces and location based services, are going to potentially evolve and add even great value to our lives in the future.

    With some of the examples shown in the video already being realised both in our day to day lives and in the classroom, there are also number of trends developing that are creating the perfect environment for some significant changes in terms of teaching and learning, but also learning environments themselves.

    Trends

    The current economic climate, and the resulting budget cuts, is one of the most significant trends currently impacting the sector. As a result of the budget cuts, and the challenges and opportunities associated with these, schools are being required to do more with less.

    Furthermore, with the changes with the global economy as a whole, education, more than ever, needs to evolves and become more relevant. STEM based skills are a prime example of this. The IDC predicts that in the next decade, 77% of all jobs will require technical skills yet there are many countries that are not producing STEM graduates to fill those jobs. With this in mind, the education sector as a whole, combined with industry partners, clearly needs to step up to the challenge to address these gaps!

    Another core trend that is impacting the sector, and society as a whole, is the concept of social connections. Through web apps such as Facebook and Twitter, the world is becoming increasingly interconnected and economies and cultures intertwine more and more. It is not uncommon, for example, for students and faculty in completely different geographic locations to connect virtually.

    Additionally, social media now dominates as a real time feed for news, stories and world sentiment and you only need to look at the Arab Spring uprising to see the real impact of the power of social media.

    A third major trend impacting the sector, and arguably most relevant to the topic of this post, is technology itself. Recent advances in technology have created a wide range of new and exciting ways to engage with content and interact with our devices.

    Natural User Interface (NUI) is a great example of this and the Kinect device has helped brought NUI to a mass audience that is extending much further than just gaming. The video below offers a great overview of this.

    Touch and gesture is another major technology trend and you only need to look at how children as young as 2-3 can pick up a touch based device and instinctively navigate around the environment. Amazing!

    Additionally from a technology trend perspective, the cloud is a massive development and is changing the way that we consume and purchase software and services.

    The impact of many of these trends on education and learning is huge. The cloud and more ubiquitous connectivity is driving a significant increase in the blending of informal and formal learning. Driven by the digital content revolution, powered by eBooks and apps etc, many students are studying when and where they choose and , in many cases, coming into the classroom already pre-wired with content.

    Web services such as the Khan Academy, MIT Open Course Ware and a personal favourite, the Code Academy, is helping drive this. We still have a long way to go, though, in terms of how are taking advantage of technology within the classroom.

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    Advances in cars, planes and even mobile phones have not been replicated in education, with some exceptions clearly. This is quite a broad brush statement, but if you look at a classroom from a 100 years ago and compare with one today, its almost like a game of spot the difference. They are almost identical.

    In some ways, our current use of technology in the education is actually a way for telling us far we haven't come.

    Outside of the classroom, students use a wide range of devices to stay connected. When they step into the classroom, though, in many ways its like boarding a plane. They file in, buckle up, put their seat tables up and turn off all their devices. They are cut off from the outside world for the duration of the class and the use of social media and mobile devices, in particular, is off the table.

    Back to the Future

    Even when we do look at how technology is being used in the classroom, much of the recent developments have been around automating/digitising traditional ways of learning. While these uses, such as eBooks, add value, I would argue that we need to go beyond just automation and digitisation to realise the full benefit of technology in education.

    Social connections and the web should play a key role in achieving this, but, if managed effectively, technology should actually be changing what we learn and how we teach.

    Role of the teacher

    So if young learners are coming to class/lectures already pre-wired with content and connecting with peers all over the world, what is the future of the teacher in all this?

    With so much amazing (and not so great) content available, the role of the teacher is changing to act more like a curator or guide. The aim of which is to develop opportunities for young learners to have a more emotional connection with their learning material. With this in mind, the role of the teacher is more important than ever!

    But what about the role of the device on all this? You often read headlines along the lines of 'digital devices have improved attainment in a particular school by 20%'. When I read that, I must admit a little part of me dies inside.

    It wasn't the device that made the learner smarter. It was the teacher and student that improved attainment. The technology just serviced the journey.

    Therefore, It could be said that technology and bad teachers has no impact and little scale, whereas technology and great teachers have the ability to help the learner achieve their full potential. Food for thought...

    So what's the next step?

    Creating emotional and personalized experiences using technology rather than simply digitizing traditional methods is going to be key.

    There are many example of how technology is being used to create more engaging and emotional connections with learning materials, a great reflection of which is gaming in education. Gaming focuses on emotion. You can have funny games, scary games, adrenalin inducing games, and I believe that we need to get to this same place with the use of tech in education.

    Games offer a wide range of benefits that are well suited to education, such as challenge, progression, reward and access to personalised real-time experiences. What's not to like!

    Furthermore, within traditional education, failure is seen as a negative thing. In games, however, failure is seen as a positive part of the gaming experience. With a new game, you die/fail often. With experience, you improve until you eventually become an expert and conquer the game. Why is it not the same in education? A radical change in the assessment process would be needed, but this would be more reflective of the workplace and would be particularly relevant in a world that is needing to encourage and nurture more entrepreneurial tendencies.

    In her book, Reality is Broken, Jane McGonical talks about the need to play more games to address global challenges, including education. Jane explains this concept far better than I can in the video below, and I highly recommend taking the time to watch the first 3-4 minutes in particular where she talks about the 'epic-win' face.

    That’s where we need to reach with education in general and technology can play a significant role.

    Impact on Teaching and Learning

    Ultimately, technology is going to have a significant impact on teaching and learning. The power of the cloud and more consumer orientated devices are going to make anytime, anywhere learning more commonplace and accessible to all. Furthermore, with access to free, or very cost effective, learning content now becoming ubiquitous, the role of the teacher is going to evolve and become more important than ever.

    With a eye on making education more relevant to the workplace, and with a focus on STEM based skills, building emotional and engaging connections with learning materials is going to be the key part in the next phase of development for teaching and learning and gaming in education is going to be a underlining theme throughout!

    This blog post is based on the presentation I delivered at the recent Capita SIMS Independent Schools conference. The slides from the session are shown below.

    Tim

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    Product launch invitation: Office Communications Server 2007

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    Here's another launch that might be of interest to you. This one is for our Office Communications Server 2007, which shifts the convergence of phone, email, fax, IM, web conferencing and voice over IP.  You will have seen how different mechanisms of communication are multiplying - in both our personal and professional lives - and this product launch takes a step forward in finding ways to integrate these mechanisms and helping individuals to manage their communications more flexibly. As an example, I'm working from home today, but you wouldn't know it - if you call me on my office number, your call will be automatically rerouted to my mobile number or my IP phone on my PC. In fact, it is so seamless that sometimes, when I'm unavailable, people ring my office number and leave me a message - and then call my mobile with the same message. They hadn't realised that their first call had been rerouted to the same device - and I end up with two identical messages.

    The agenda provides a good look at the general direction of unified communications, and ways of delivering Voice Over IP (VOIP), provide a single identity system, and improve universal communications security. There are also two great customer references, Tayside Fire and Rescue (watch their video) & United Bristol Health Care Trust, both of whom will be presenting on the day.

    The Event takes place on the 17th of October in London and there are two events, a whole day event for Technical Decision Makers, and a shorter 'breakfast briefing' for Business Decision Makers:

    Business Decision Maker information and registration

    Technical Decision Maker information and registration 

    Not sure which one to attend? If you understand this:

    "Deliver VoIP without needing to rip and replace your existing BX and telecommunications infrastructure. OCS 2007 works with legacy PBXs and connects to the PSTN through an IP/PBX gateway."

    then you should probably go to the Technical one!

     For further details of Office Communications Server 2007


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    Academic pricing on Surface RT

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    Microsoft is pleased to offer special pricing on Surface RT directly to schools and universities for a limited time between 19th June 2013 and 31st August 2013. Our mission in education is to help schools and universities, students and educators realise their full potential. One way we do this is by offering software, hardware and services at affordable prices to education institutions.

    Surface RT is a terrific tool for teaching and learning and we want students and educators to have the best technology on the market today.

    Our exclusive direct to institution pricing is as follows:  

    • Surface RT (32GB) - £133 + VAT
    • Surface RT (32GB) with Touch Keyboard Cover - £168 + VAT
    • Surface RT (32GB) with Type Keyboard Cover - £196 + VAT

    Please note, this offer is exclusively available direct to institutions, and not to students or educators directly. If you have any questions regarding the offer, or would like to place an order, please contact educationuk@microsoft.com

    The order form can be viewed/downloaded here.

     

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    Over 18 million students and staff to benefit from faster, more secure cloud-computing

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    As part of our ongoing commitment to add value to the education community we serve, we are thrilled to be working with Janet to provide additional support and services to their user base.

    Janet provides and develops a network infrastructure to support world-class research and education to over 18 million end users and helps academic institutions to better communicate, collaborate and co-operate, globally.

    With the Janet network now peered with the our datacentre, both Microsoft and Janet can build on this strong and unique foundation to add additional services that reduce costs and help make the community more competitive.

    With the Cloud Services for Education agreement service already helping institutions, such as Goldsmiths, save in excess of £20,000 in legal due diligence, we are excited about the next stage in the evolution of our work with Janet which is focused around Azure.

    The press release from Janet below covers these exciting developments in more detail, but in essence, with our joint dedication to the sector, Janet and Microsoft is able to offer improved access to infrastructure and application services such as websites, virtual learning environments and research projects.

    A launch event for the strategic agreement, where a formal signing of the agreement will take place, is scheduled for the 21st May at Goldsmiths, University of London, and the full press release from Janet is shown below.

    We look forward to sharing additional updates and successes associated with our work with Janet on the blog over the coming weeks and months.

    Over 18 million students and staff to benefit from faster, more secure cloud-computing

    More than 18 million students, staff and researchers at institutions across the UK could start to benefit from a faster and more secure connection when using their institution’s cloud-based IT services, thanks to a new peering arrangement between Microsoft and Janet, the UK’s research and education network.

    This new agreement enables improved access to infrastructure and application services such as websites, virtual learning environments and research projects. Janet has recently become part of the Jisc group, the UK’s champion for digital technology in research and education.

    Connecting the networks privately eliminates the need to traverse data over the public internet. This enables a high bandwidth connection for students and staff to use Windows Azure. Bandwidth is managed, ensuring high-speed delivery with no delay or latency.

    The move to peer the Microsoft Windows Azure data centre to the Janet network comes as part of a new strategic alliance between the two organisations, being signed at Goldsmiths, University of London on Tuesday 21 May (press welcome to attend by prior arrangement).

    Professor Anne Trefethen, Chief Information Officer, University of Oxford: “In the UK, higher education institutions are fortunate to have high speed network services as provided by Janet. The capability afforded by Janet’s peering with Microsoft’s Azure Cloud with high-bandwidth secure connections creates new opportunities for researchers and the University community as a whole.”

    Professor of Computing Science at Newcastle University Paul Watson comments: “Cloud computing has the potential to revolutionise research by offering vast compute resources on-demand. At Newcastle University, we already have over £20M of research projects that are supported by the cloud. However, one of the major barriers holding back further cloud adoption is the time it takes to transfer large datasets from the lab to the cloud for analysis. This new link between Janet and the Azure Cloud removes this barrier, and will allow a far greater range of research projects to fully exploit the benefits of cloud computing.”

    The alliance agreement also means any UK education institution can benefit from standard terms and conditions on Microsoft’s cloud-based productivity software suite Office 365, negotiated by Janet.

    An early beneficiary of this arrangement is Goldsmiths, which is also one of a select group of institutions responsible for initiating work on the alliance. Basem El-Haddadeh, Director of IT Services at Goldsmiths said: “The work on Office 365 will save the sector considerable time and money in legal due diligence and speed up adoption of Office 365. We’re really pleased with the roll-out at Goldsmiths and our staff and students are already enjoying using the new system. I’m looking forward to the benefits the strategic alliance can bring.”

    “Through the peering and strategic alliance, we are demonstrating our commitment to UK research and education institutes’ increasing desire to access cloud technologies and we are complementing our world class fibre network with Microsoft’s leading technologies to support the sector,” said Dan Perry, Director of Product and Marketing at Janet.

    Steve Beswick, Director of Education, Microsoft Ltd said: “We are delighted to be working with Janet to provide additional value-added products and services to the research and education community. We have a long-standing relationship with this sector and are looking forward to more collaborative working with Janet to grow our offering.”

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    Free ebooks: Great content from Microsoft Press that won’t cost you a penny

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    Originally posted on the Microsoft Press Blog.

    Quick blog post to showcase some of our free ebooks. Covering topics from SQL Server 2012, Office 2010 and Windows Phone, there is something here for everyone. 

    Many of our free ebooks are offered in three formats - PDF, Mobi (Kindle) and epub. Hope you find them useful!

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    Gartner Case Study on Unified Communication in Higher Education

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    conference call Thanks to some research I’m doing on behalf of a university in North East England, one of my colleagues in the US passed on details of the University of Kentucky and the project to implement a unified communications platform.  This has surfaced both a Microsoft and Gartner case study.

    In summary the Gartner study shows how the university implemented a Unified Communications solution to:

    • Cut costs – no surprise there
    • Enhance communications
    • Provide a uniformity for communications across the university

    The Gartner case study is stated as being explicitly for the UK, which is interesting to note.  Naturally, the technology deployed is my current favourite – Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007.  In the UK, getting on for forty universities now have the software licences to deploy OCS across their campus which means that these could already be achieving the savings, efficiencies and enhancements that is written about in the case studies.  In addition to this, those universities could also federate to enhance communication and collaboration with other HE institutions, research partners/funders, employers and students.

    Gartner’s assessment is here: http://www.enablingtechcorp.com/Portals/0/case_study_university_of_ken_165580.pdf

    Microsoft’s write up is here:

    http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/d/d/7dde979d-2cd7-4104-a4da-5274a763d130/UofKentucky_OCS_Final.doc

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    Upgrade your Windows and get a new view on your world! (Guest Post)

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    Guest post By Alan Richards, Senior Consultant at Foundation SP and SharePoint MVP.

    This time last year the computing worlds view of Microsoft Windows changed forever, Windows 8 changed the way we interact with not only our PC’s but also our laptops, phones and tablet devices. Windows 8 was not only a new operating system for your PC but it was also a new way of working, a single consistent interface across all your Windows based devices with the ability to have all your settings, document, images & videos accessible from any Windows device you logged onto.

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    Now that was the really cool bit, suddenly all my Windows devices were personal to me, I took a photo on my Windows phone and it was immediately available on all my other devices, no more emailing it to myself. This was just cool, no other description for it.

    So a year on, everything has settled down and the release of Windows 8.1 has been and gone, have you made the move yet? Perhaps, it’s now time you took that step and upgrade all your devices to Windows 8. Let’s look at your options in three distinct areas; hardware requirements, ways to upgrade & licensing

    Hardware Requirements

    The hardware requirements for Windows 8 varies depending on what device you want to run it on; do you want touch, do you want game level graphics or do you simply want a device to get some work done.

    The basic hardware requirements are very reasonable, in fact if you have a device that runs Windows 7 it will quite easily run Windows 8.

    The table below shows the system requirements for Windows 7 & 8

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    If you still have Windows XP and are looking to upgrade you may very well need to buy a new Windows 8 device, of which there are numerous choices as you can see from the images scattered around this article. From normal PC’s & laptops to convertible devices, from tablet devices to all in one computers.

    Upgrading To Windows 8

    So you are going to take the plunge and get your new view on the world, personalise your device experience and why not, upgrading is easy. Let’s look at the options; if you are simply upgrading your personal device then you can simply get an anytime upgrade if you have a compatible current Windows OS, or you could go out and buy the DVD and install it on to your device. If you want to check in advance then why not use the Windows 8 upgrade advisor, a nifty little tool supplied by Microsoft, check out the page here

    If you are a large organisation then you have a few more choices because, let’s face it, running around 100’s of devices with a DVD is not really an option.Surface Pro 2 RHS

    Network Install

    This one is a bit like a DVD install but you upload the contents of your volume licensed Windows 8 media and do an in place upgrade of your current version of Windows, assuming of course that your current version has a direct upgrade path (use the upgrade advisor to find out) Only really any good for a small number of devices, I really wouldn’t recommend this for 100’s of devices.

    Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

    This toolkit brings together various pieces of software such as the Windows Automated Installation to provide a system which can capture and deploy images of Windows to both bare bones devices & devices that already have a Windows installation. The toolkit is downloadable from Microsoft for free using this link.

    Install it onto a server with Windows Deployment Services and you have a system from which you can create base devices, sysprep them, capture the image over the network and then deploy the image to multiples of devices.

    The toolkit also has the ability to preload drivers to ensure the Windows installation goes without a hitch, all you need is the driver software to load up to the management interface of the toolkit.

    All of the deployment options are configured using scripts which you can adjust to meet your needs. You can have a deployment that asks the end user all the usual installation questions right the way up to a completely zero touch installation.

    System Center

    This beast of a piece of software is the installation gold standard. In essence it gives you the same functionality as the Deployment Toolkit in that you can capture & deploy images and do it all using scripts. However the big difference is the functionality and control you have over the installation. System Center gives you so much more, allowing you to send packages to the machines once they are installed. Automating the installation of applications & service packs, allowing you to view the hardware of devices, check upgrade statuses.

    If you are licensed for its use then System Center should be your choice for full control over your devices.

    Licensing

    Unfortunately something this good doesn’t come free but Microsoft licensing makes it fairly simple to get your hands on Windows 8. How you license your copy of Windows will depend on your personal circumstances; individual, business or education.

    For individuals you can purchase an upgrade version of Windows 8 asclip_image007[3] long as you are currently using a licensed version of a previous version of Windows. If you currently don’t use Windows or are using a version that doesn’t fulfil the upgrade requirements you will need to purchase the full versions from an IT store.

    Businesses & education have a multitude of ways to purchase Windows 8, you can purchase the full version or upgrade in the same way that individuals can, however, they can also use their current licensing arrangements to purchase their upgrade to Windows 8. Volume licensing with software assurance allows you access to the latest software for your organisation and so upgrading to Windows 8 is as simple as checking your hardware meets the requirements and then downloading the install package. Do remember though that software assurance only allows you to install an upgrade version of Windows and so the device you are installing it to must already have a fully licensed previous version of Windows.

    Windows 8.1 has now been released, so we should look at the licensing arrangements around the latest upgrade. Well the simple answer is - its free!!

    If you are a personal user already running Windows 8, then simply update your device to the latest Windows 8.1 version.

    If you are a business or education customer who buys copies of windows outright then the same process applies as per an individual user however if you have a volume licensing agreement with software assurance you can download the Windows 8.1 upgrade to install as an ISO onto your devices, remembering of course that they must have a fully licensed copy of a previous version of windows.

    In Summary

    Windows 8 is new, it’s different, and it’s personal. Now all your files and settings follow you from device to device. There are also plenty of new devices ready to take advantage of the greatest features of Windows 8. However with the reasonable hardware specifications it’s easy for you to use your current device and upgrade clip_image004[3]to Windows 8 using any of the easy to access licensing methods, whether that’s as an individual, business or education.

    So in summary, go out and get rid of that old version of Windows and upgrade to Windows 8 and open up a new view in your world.

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    Microsoft Mobility Briefing

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    The Microsoft Mobility Briefing July 10th 2007

    Microsoft Campus, Reading, RG6 1WG

    In conjunction with several leading figures in the field of Mobile Learning, the Microsoft Education team would like to invite Educational professionals and IT professionals to explore the developments and potential of the Mobile Learning in light of exciting changes to both the technology and the broader Educational landscape.

    10.00 – 10.25 Arrival, coffee & registration

    10.25 – 10.30 Welcome, Introduction and agenda

    An introduction to the briefing, and setting of the agenda for the day.

    10.30 – 11.15 Keynote speech

    Professor Angela McFarlane is one of the foremost contributors to the field of Mobile Learning. Professor McFarlane is the Professor of Education & Director of Learning Technology at the University of Bristol. Having worked for Becta and as a teacher, she brings a diverse range of experience that contributes to the strides she has made for ICT in Education.

    11.15 – 12.00 The future of Mobile Learning

    Jason Langridge is Microsoft’s Mobility Manager for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Jason will be looking at how Mobile technologies have matched the challenge put forward by learning, and how future developments will go further, and bridge the shortfalls.

    12.00 – 12.55 Lunch

    12.55 – 13.00 Introduction to the breakout rooms

    You can participate in one, two, or three of the below breakout sessions, or use the time for further networking. Each session will last for approximately 30 minutes.

    13.00 – 14.30 Breakout rooms, session 1 (Each Breakout session last 30 minutes)

    A) Jason Langridge, Microsoft. A dive into the technological developments Microsoft has made in Mobile technologies.

    B) Paul Butler, SMIS. Paul is the Strategic Director at Sandwell’s Schools Management Information System unit, and will be discussing the recent PiE (PDA’s in Education) project.

    C) James George, Samsung. James will be discussing Samsung’s strides in Education and discussing the much publicised ‘Q1’ devices.

    D) Sheila Crew, Bristol LEA. Sheila Crew and Andy Menzies will be discussing their experiences of their PDA project at Bristol, spanning 160 teachers and 350 students – the results were included in a recent Becta report.

    14.30 – 14.45 Coffee break

    14.45 – 16.15 Breakout rooms, session 2 (Each Breakout session last 30 minutes)

    E) Graham Brown-Martin, Handheld Learning. Graham’s vision at Handheld Learning is simple “Within the next 5 years every learner will have access to a mobile digital companion that may be used as a powerful learning tool.” Understand how Graham believes this is feasible.

    F) Gerry Gray, Courtmoor School & Jo Verrier, Newline Learning. Two very different schools share their experiences of mobile learning.  One at the beginning of the journey, the other ½ way to achieving 1 - 1 ratio of mobile device per student. These two practitioners share their experiences, and offer advice and guidance.

    G) Dave Whyley, Wolverhampton LEA. Dave will be discussing the well-regarded Learning2Go partnership project in Wolverhampton. Understand what has been learnt from the largest collaborative mobile learning project for pupils in the UK.

    H) Aidan Pryor, Steljes. One of the key partners of the Learning2Go partnership; understand the strategy for one of the leading organisations in the mobile learning arena.

    16.15 – 16.30 Wrap-up, prize giving, and close of briefing.

    Your opportunity for an open Q & A session, a wrap up to the day, prize-giving and close to the briefing.

    Location:

    Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading, RG6 1WG.

    0870 60 10 100

    To confirm your place, please email Lewis Isaacs: v-lewisi@microsoft.com

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