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    Martin Bean at NAACE 2009

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    Martin Bean is my favourite Microsoft presenter. He delivers his presentations with fantastic passion,and really grabs you at an emotional level. In some ways, he always leaves me feeling inadequate, either because I aspire to reach his level of presentation...
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    What’s that icon Dad?

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    Both of my children (9 & 13) are fluent with technology – it is simply a part of their life, in the way that TV was a part of mine. It is often a challenge to keep up – they were into interactive online communities before I got truly understood their...
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    What do I think?

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    Yesterday, a colleague sent me an email asking “Off the top of your head, if there were three things that you’d love to say to a chief education policymaker, what would they be?” I was on a train at the time, had 5 minutes to respond, so it’s not terribly...
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    The Home Access pilot starts

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    You may remember that in January, I wrote about the DCSF’s Home Access Programme – providing free home computers for students from disadvantaged families - and reinforcing to all families the importance of access to an Internet-connected computer to support...
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    Blogging over free breakfast

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    Last year I was surprised and pleased to learn that I’d somehow made it to become the Computer Weekly 2008 Public Sector blogger of the year (for this very blog). And it led to me running a few internal training sessions for Microsoft people, talking...
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    Free DreamSpark software downloads for school students

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    This is one of those “Are you sure? Really sure?” blog posts. Where somebody tells you something, and you ask “Are you sure? Really sure?” So I have checked this, and now had it confirmed by the announcement of it in a Bill Gates speech this evening....
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    Another TheyWorkForYou nugget – Thin Client doesn’t equal energy efficient

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    I like “ They Work for You ”, a website which tracks things which go on in Parliament. I use the RSS feeds of education ministers to keep an eye on news I’ve missed (such as new statistics published like these , or progress on big programmes like BSF...
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    Another 450,000 students to get IT Academy with the SSAT

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    It’s NAACE Conference time again – this year it’s in Blackpool – and we’ve just announced the expansion of the IT Academy programme in partnership with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust ( SSAT amongst friends ). Of course, because NAACE...
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    MasterClass at NAACE 2009

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    Last night at the NAACE Conference, my colleague Leighton Searle delivered the Masterclass “What will they think of next? Part 2”, following on from last year’s presentation which I gave with Chris Poole. Although I couldn’t make it this year, Leighton...
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    Information Security – how the other half live

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    This Friday, my colleague Ian McKenzie, is hosting a Live Meeting on “Information Governance and Assurance in the Public Sector”. It’s one of a series that he’s been running, and I thought it would be worth telling you about this one because it has relevance...
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