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    How robust does a laptop for education have to be?

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    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...
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    Shift Happens and Freezing Frogs

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    One of the most popular pages on this blog is the Shift Happens presentation, which I tailored for a UK audience. The original US version has been viewed on over 3 million times on YouTube now, and I am regularly coming across people who have seen my...
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    SkyDrive - 5GB of free storage

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    I like SkyDrive. Before it was invented, I used to have to load any files I wanted to share onto an FTP site somewhere, and then write clunky links to them. Now, I just drag my files onto my SkyDrive , and then provide a nice graphical link to them, like...
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    What are you responsible for?

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    This might seem like a bizarre subject, because I would guess that most of us have an idea of the scope of our responsibilities. But a recent conversation with Tim Roots from IT Vision was a bit of a surprise for me. We were talking about software licensing...
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    Accessible Technology - A guide for teachers

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    We have recently published a worldwide guide which provides information about accessibility and accessible technology resources, to help teachers ensure that all students have equal access to learning with technology. For teachers new to accessibility...
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    Virtualising IT in Warwickshire

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    I have to admit that I feel a bit of a Luddite when it comes to some of the more technical sides of IT - and my mind was pre-programmed to believe that things that involved "virtualising" anything were too technical for me. But, over the last year I've...
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    RM Asus Minibook news

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    A short snippet - the Windows XP version of the RM Asus minibook (also known as the Asus eeePC) was announced at BETT 2008, with availability scheduled for April. Well the RM website is now accepting orders for them. It comes with a decent specification...
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    Freeing Education from the Rigid Box

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    Nobody can ever accuse Stephen Heppell from stepping back from the brink...or avoiding difficult subjects. And reading through the Partners in Learning 2007 Progress Report (page 102) I noticed that he's at it again. His first two sentences under the...
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    Partners in Learning Progress report

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    The Partners in Learning (PiL) programme from Microsoft has been running for 5 years now (and 3 years in the UK), and has supported a wide range of educational projects in conjunction with government and educational agencies worldwide. In the UK, we've...
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    Learning2Go in Wolverhampton

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    Dave Whyley, in the Wolverhampton E Services team, is well-known in the education community for his passion for projects with mobile learning. The Learning2Go team have been active in Wolverhampton since 2003, and each year they've produced an annual...
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