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  • Blog Post: Primary school students learning through video conferencing

    Office Communications Server (OCS) is finding new friends across the educational spectrum – aka Microsoft Lync. We’re hearing good things about it from the University of Plymouth , for example, where it’s used by academics to keep in touch with students away on work placements across the UK and beyond...
  • Blog Post: Road Trip Part 4 - Broadclyst

    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 we visited one of the biggest secondary schools...
  • Blog Post: Road Trip Part 3 – There’s a job on the line

    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 the Learning & Teaching World Forum, with 60 Ministers...
  • Blog Post: The first day of BETT

    Phew, what a day. 6 months of planning, 90 people to co-ordinate with, and suddenly, it arrived. The first day of BETT. As I mentioned earlier in the week, we had a number of exciting things at the show, including a demonstration of the Surface, and a netbook Wall of Cool. I’ll have a few pictures to...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Home Learning Package for Home Access

    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 the Home Access Programme over the last year and a...
  • Blog Post: The Rose Review – looking at primary schools differently

    Although it’s officially called the “Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum”, we’ll all call it the Rose Review won’t we? It’s out*, and the media have already started to produce glorious headlines. Whilst The Times goes with a factual “ Primary school children 'should be taught technology, not...
  • Blog Post: TES - again

    They’ve been at it again in the TES – being nice about the things we do, and especially about some of the clever things that schools do with some of the technology we’ve created. Brave New World This week, Saturday morning’s post brought me cheer when they wrote about the Innovative Schools programme...
  • Blog Post: Innovative Schools – the “trailer” video

    Yesterday, I wrote about the Innovative Schools videos – four schools, two hours of video, 187 pages of supporting documentation and hundreds of ideas. The question from day one of the project was “ How do we make this digestible? ”. You know the situation – somebody has a great series of videos, so...
  • Blog Post: Innovative Schools – what do they do differently?

    Last week, we announced the availability of the Innovative Schools video case studies . Although they were on the web earlier in the year, we weren’t ready to tell everybody about them until we’d completed all of the work on the website. But now, that’s been done, so I can tell you all about what’s there...
  • Blog Post: Broadclyst Community Primary School Case Study

    We seem to be busy at the moment, getting our customer case studies published on Microsoft’s worldwide case study website . This is partly a reflection of the fact that UK schools seem to be leading the world in their adoption of ICT to support learning ( Of course, each country thinks they’re doing...
  • Blog Post: Rethinking the school day

    We're still in the foothills of a transformed education system. The fact that our national programme to create a transformed education system is called "Building Schools for the Future" is a pretty clear sign that we're looking at this from today's perspective Why didn't somebody spot that the words...
  • Blog Post: Broadclyst School

    Broadclyst Community Primary School, in Devon, are well known locally for the way that they use ICT to enhance learning. Knowing that they tend to be at the leading edge of new technologies, we went to look at how they are using Windows Vista to support teaching and learning in their school ...
  • Blog Post: Broadclyst Primary School and Windows Vista

    Broadclyst Community Primary School, in Devon, are well known locally for the way that they use ICT to enhance learning. Knowing that they tend to be at the leading edge of new technologies, I asked a colleague to visit, to look at how they are using Windows Vista to support teaching and learning in...
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