I've mentioned Long Eaton before - they have everybody in school using Office 2007, and almost all of their laptops and desktop computers are running Windows Vista. And their commitment to the use of ICT to enhance curriculum delivery is backed with an exceptional level of funding from their core budget.
On the video Richard Vasey, the head teacher, starts by saying "I believe that if you've got an engaging and vibrant learning environment, then students will be more engaged and enthused", and the video looks at how that has been created by using ICT to support learning.
Richard finishes the video with a reflection on how ICT helps to personalise the curriculum, and has supported their academic achievement - from 52% A-C's 5 years ago to 70% last year.
Watch the video online, or download a zipped copy in lower or higher resolution.
I am interested to know how easy Vista and Office 2007 were to implement across a school - was it done on a school wide scale or slowly filtered into the school?
My only concerns are the hardware needs for Vista and the user interface of Office 2007 for staff and low technically literate pupils - how did Long Eaton get around these two issues?
Take a look at the Stoke College case study (you can find it from the tags on the left). They reported that they only had a couple of support calls when they switched to Office 2007.
I've heard similar stories from other schools - does anybody else have an opinion?
ps One thing I've learnt from other schools - you'll need to tell the admin staff that "Print" is under the little circle in the top left hand corner!