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  • Blog Post: Automating the creation of SharePoint Resources

    The following is a guest post from Richard Young , Director of Digital Learning at Wood Green School Witney, a comprehensive school 10 miles west of Oxford. Wood Green use Salamander Active Directory and Salamander SharePoint for automatic maintenance of Active Directory accounts and SharePoint sites...
  • Blog Post: The Sunday Papers Edition: 17th June

    This week’s roundup of posts - Get started using OneNote How to add a video to a PowerPoint presentation Microsoft UK Education upcoming live webcasts Kodu student activity: editing your world Controlling access on your child’s Windows Phone Supporting numeracy with Kinect...
  • Blog Post: Little Harrowden Primary School–small school, big improvement with technology

    A Northamptonshire primary school reaps the rewards of investing in a whole-school improvement strategy which puts technology at the heart of children’s learning and shows that these 21 st Century approaches are both effective and essential for their children’s future. In the summer of 2008, a new Headteacher...
  • Blog Post: Shameless plug as I am nominated for an Edublog Award

    The Edublog awards have been around since 2004, recognising and rewarding the best blogs in education worldwide. This year my blog has been nominated in the Best Elearning/Corporate Education Blog category, alongside a host of other good education blog sites (all of which can be seen here ). If you've...
  • Blog Post: What other people are saying about the Fun, Free Friday

    Last Friday we ran our Fun, Free Friday at our offices in Reading. The aim of the day was to share some of the free software that Microsoft makes available, and which is useful for teachers and others in schools. It was a very upbeat day, and we all had a lot of fun – partly because we kept the...
  • Blog Post: On your blogs…get set…Go

    Yesterday in discussions about what content goes onto this blog, and the others I write, I promised somebody I’d write a list of Microsoft team blogs that I’d recommend reading. The discussion was started by the question “Does your blog contain everything that’s relevant to education and Microsoft?”...
  • Blog Post: Get updates from the UK Schools blog in your email inbox

    Do you want updates from this blog to arrive with you, instead of having to remember to visit this website? There are two ways to do this – either have updates delivered by email, or subscribe via your RSS reader. Get updates by email To get updates automatically by email, you will need to join the MSDN...
  • Blog Post: Creating school websites – guidelines on usability

    When I wrote the Good Blogging Guide last year, I concentrated on audience, purpose, search and writing like a real person ( I hear voices saying “Look at yourself Ray, you’ve forgotten it all already!”) . What I spent little time on was the technical side of blogging and the web – navigation, usability...
  • Blog Post: How many people are using Windows 7 in UK schools?

    I just had a look at the statistics for visitors to this blog, for UK Schools. It was prompted by the edugeek.net website sharing with me that about a quarter of their visitors are using Windows 7. The answer appears to be over a quarter now. The table is the last fortnight’s visitors. Although I don...
  • Blog Post: New blog header today

    My colleague Ben Nunney (who’s a Live@edu deployment specialist, a blogger , and a tweeter ) sits behind me, and was mortally offended by my suggestion that you could do some nice graphic stuff in PowerPoint, and save yourself some Photoshop grief . I’d pointed out that the blog header was created in...
  • Blog Post: Looking for another Microsoft blog – take a look at the directory

    My colleague Daniel Good, keeps a directory of all of the Microsoft team blogs – those that are run by, or on behalf of, Microsoft teams. It’s a really handy reference if you’ve got a burning interest in a subject, product or programme. It’s just been updated, and checking it out today I realised we...
  • Blog Post: The Innovative Teachers Network is nominated in the BETT Awards

    Yesterday, I learnt that the Innovative Teachers Network has been nominated and reached the shortlist for the BETT Awards 2010 *. Of course, this is great news, and especially for Kristen Weatherby and Stuart Ball who have spent the last two years getting the website going, and building the community...
  • Blog Post: The summer's most popular blog posts

    For those of you who didn’t hang around to upgrade your networks, grapple with new furniture , install audio visual equipment , or enjoy the blissful student-free corridors, welcome back. What did you miss? Well, whilst your back was turned I managed keep on blogging at an increasing rate – and whilst...
  • Blog Post: How fast can Windows 7 go?

    Earlier in the week PC Pro ran an article stating that Windows 7 is “ already used on 1% of PCs ”. This was lifted from some Internet metrics measured by NetApplications. It’s easy to do – each time you visit a website, your browser tells the website what version it is, and what operating system it is...
  • Blog Post: At last, the UK Education website gets a makeover

    I’ve got two daughters who think that the best things on TV are reality makeover programmes (our TV at home seems to alternate between Grand Designs and Gok’s Fashion Fix), but they didn’t get as excited as I did about our makeover project – taking the Microsoft UK Education site and adding a pile of...
  • Blog Post: The Good Blogging Guide - PDF version now available

    After a little bit of prompting, and a few requests, I’ve pulled the chapters of the “ Good Blogging Guide ” into a complete PDF booklet. You can now download the whole thing as a PDF and read it at your leisure, and share with colleagues. Chapter One – Writing for your audience Chapter Two...
  • Blog Post: The Good Blogging Guide

    Since last summer, when I’d somehow won the Computer Weekly “Public Sector IT Blog of the Year” award for 2008 (for the UK Schools blog ), I’d been asked to run a series of internal, and then external, workshops, and been invited to speak at others’ events on my approach...
  • Blog Post: Good Blogging Guide – Part Six – When things go wrong

    Hopefully this is the chapter you’ll never need. So I’ll make it short! Imagine the scenario. You have been blogging for a while, and you have the support and encouragement of other people in your school/local authority. Things are looking good. What could possibly go wrong? One of the common...
  • Blog Post: Good Blogging Guide – Part Five – No lawyers please

    This isn’t a reference to litigation, or any of the legalities of blogging (for things of that flavour, read Friday’s post on a blogging code of practice ). Nope, this is about writing style. It’s about being clear and simple. The title ‘No Lawyers Please’ comes from people I’ve worked with in...
  • Blog Post: Good Blogging Guide - Did I get onto the first page of Google?

    On Wednesday I wrote a blog post on how to improve your blog’s position in search engines , as part of my “Good Blogging Guide” series. It was all about search engine optimisation for blogs , and gave some simple to follow strategies. My goal was to demystify Search Engine Optimisation (SE) by writing...
  • Blog Post: Good Blogging Guide – Part Four – Code of Practice

    We’re moving along now on the ‘Good Blogging Guide’, having looked at audience , objectives , and search engine optimisation for blogs . But these three areas are about things that you do. There’s another aspect that is important too – about the environment that you blog in. For example, do you blog...
  • Blog Post: Good Blogging Guide – Part Three – Getting onto Page One of Google

    I think this chapter of my “Good Blogging Guide” could be a book in it’s own right – and there are plenty of books which just cover this subject - in fact, there are plenty of companies whose sole purpose is to sell you the answer to doing this. And I know I’m not in their league! So this chapter is...
  • Blog Post: Good Blogging Guide - Part One – Write for the Audience

    This week, instead of enjoying a trip to Seattle, I’m sitting in the UK with some free time in my diary (although not as much as I hoped, as people have moved quickly to fill it!) . The result is that I can get around to some of those “ I really want to do it but don’t have the time ” blogging jobs....
  • Blog Post: How to Blog Better in education with MirandaMod

    I have spent the afternoon and evening today at the Institute of Education in London, participating in a series of workshops about blogging practice in education – specifically in the context of schools. I had been invited to talk about my experiences of blogging both personally and professionally, and...
  • Blog Post: Bing and StatCounter

    I use a web service called StatCounter on this blog, to keep an eye on where my readers are coming from, and what they are interested in. As well as detailed stats, it also gives me interesting maps like this, which shows me where the readers are located: Search Engines – in the US and Europe...
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