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    Next Generation Learning for 30p a year

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    Every now and again I come across a bit of information that I’m not sure about. Like this from a written answer in Parliament : The Next Generation Learning campaign sponsored by Becta is designed to raise the awareness of parents or carers, employers...
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    9 out of 10 children have Internet at home

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    According to government research for the DCSF, 90% of pupils have computer and internet access at home. Even amongst primary school children, it was 88%. The research was part of the “Parental Involvement in Children's Education” report , published in...
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    Road Trip Part 4 - Broadclyst

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    Phew, after the hiccups at the end of the first day of this road trip , I’m still here and writing :-) We awoke in Devon on Friday, to a sunny day and blue skies – and plenty of countryside. Friday’s visit was the polar opposite of Thursday’s , when...
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    Road Trip Part 3 – There’s a job on the line

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    If you’ve been following the last few posts, you’ll know that we’ve been enjoying a trip around a few schools in the UK with a group of high level Microsoft executives from the US who have been in Europe for a couple of weeks. So far they’ve attended...
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    Road Trip Part 2 – Shireland Academy

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    After spending last Thursday morning at Great Barr School, our merry band hopped into a minibus straight over to Shireland Collegiate Academy, on the other side of northern Birmingham, in Smethwick. I’ve written about Shireland before on this blog, and...
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    Taking a road trip

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    Yesterday we were out and about on a West Midlands road trip with a gaggle of colleagues from the global education team. The aim of the trip was to see some of the things that are happening in UK schools, to inform our future directions and policies....
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    Late at night, at BETT

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    Last week, late one evening, we hatched a plan. What about a BETT flashmob? All of those crazy polo shirt colours * suddenly turning up en-bloc at another stand suddenly, performing and disappearing. Sadly, the idea seemed a little bit too much to organise...
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    Photosynths made at points in history

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    Having lived through BETT last week, I had to relive it again this morning when Mark A’Bear showed me his Photosynth of the BETT stand . He’d snapped 278 photos of Olympia, and Photosynth had them stitched them together into an explorable photo model...
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    The London Grid makes a move

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    We made a few announcements in BETT week – and during the course of this week, I’ll make sure I write about them all (if you’re impatient, you can see them all here ). One of the most significant from a product/service perspective was that we announced...
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    Live@edu – mixing software and online services

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    I wrote a little earlier about the LGFL decision to switch LondonMail to the Live@edu service. But I didn’t really explain the context behind the move that is going on for us, towards a range of cloud-based services (don’t ask me why everybody says “Cloud...
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