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  • Blog Post: Windows InTune beta – something to put on your ICT strategy roadmap?

    After writing the summary this morning on the cloud-based services from Microsoft, it’s now out of date. This afternoon we’ve launched Windows InTune as a beta. At the moment this isn’t available in the UK, so I’m including it on the blog so that you can think about its place in your future ICT strategy...
  • Blog Post: A new way to add interactivity and quizzes to PowerPoint presentations

    A few years ago I bought a keypad set so that I could create polls and quizzes in PowerPoint. But over time, I drifted away from using them, as it became increasingly difficult to set them up. But I’ve come across something that might well re-ignite my interest in doing talks and presentations with interactive...
  • Blog Post: Download the Office 2010 Beta and find out what makes it good for the classroom

    The Office 2010 Beta is available for free download from the Microsoft website , and it’s something that you could install on one of your school computers to see what’s in it, and how it helps your staff and students. Remember how sometimes you felt smug when you were running Windows 7 Beta at least...
  • Blog Post: Where to get a Windows 7 DVD – all gone now!

    Sorry, they have now all gone. I’ve laid my hands on some ‘Windows 7 Release Candidate’ DVDs. So if you’re interested in spending a little more time understanding what Windows 7 does, and have a spare computer hanging around, then email me and I’ll pop one in the post to you . Four interesting things...
  • Blog Post: Something for the weekend to-do list?

    Stuck at home today/this weekend? Want something to do with your broadband connect? For thousands of schools, it’s another day of disruption . And the forecast says this weather will continue over the weekend. I’m snowed in and working from home, which is normally not a problem because my kids...
  • Blog Post: But apart from that, what have Microsoft done for us?

    This might only make sense, if you read yesterday's post , because I'm going to continue the theme. All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have th e Romans ever done for us? Here's another...
  • Blog Post: Online file storage - Windows Live SkyDrive

    500MB of free online storage that can be private, shared or public. This has been coming for a little while, and then when it arrived, it was initially only for users in the US. But now, it has been activated for customers in the UK. And this has some really useful applications in education. SkyDrive...
  • Blog Post: Homework Helper - a new way of using a search engine

    James, a colleague of mine, has just told me about the beta release of Homework Helper he's been working on the project team of. It's a web site which is designed to help 12-16 year old students find the help they need for assignments and homework on the major subjects in England (It works for Wales...
  • Blog Post: Mash Up anybody?

    I've been hearing all about Web 2.0 for quite a while now, and seen it increasingly used within education to reflect a change that's happening to the web and the way that users interact with it. No sooner have I become comfortable with that idea, then along comes the concept of "Mash Ups", which were...
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