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    Home Access Programme Approved Suppliers

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    This post refers to the pilot of the Home Access Programme, for 2009, which has now finished. There's now an updated blog post all about the Home Access Programme Suppliers for 2010 , which is much more useful to you! A little earlier I got my ...
  • Microsoft UK Schools blog

    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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    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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    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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    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...
  • Microsoft UK Schools blog

    Home Access Programme – the basics

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    I was just starting a blog post to update everybody on the Home Access Programme, and the latest news. But then I stopped. I wondered “Well, do people know what the Home Access Programme is?” – and a couple of quick phone calls to schools and I realised...
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    The netbook Wall of Cool at BETT

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    One of the things that is new on our BETT stand this year is a netbook “Wall of Cool”, with a dozen netbooks to look at and compare. Although there are loads of suppliers at BETT, all showing off their latest mini laptops, you can’t visit a stand elsewhere...
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    The Microsoft Home Learning Package for Home Access

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    Keeping up on the Home Access Programme ? Am I making sense so far? Wondering what’s next? Asking what exactly we’re going to do about it? Wonder no longer! Along with a number of other companies, we’ve been involved in the Ministerial Task Force for...
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    The Internet isn’t working

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    My favourite humbug phrase is “ The Internet is down ”. It’s a phrase people use, but it winds me up. Somebody walks in and says “ The Internet is down ” or “ The Internet isn’t working ”. I ask you? Like 3 billion nodes, millions of switches/hubs/routers...
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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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