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  • Blog Post: Creating a leading edge ICT platform to support teaching and learning

    Charteris Microsoft technologies case study The Edinburgh Academy may be nearly 200 years old, but its use of technology is completely up-to-date. With support from Charteris, this prestigious independent school for boys and girls has implemented the latest Microsoft desktop and server operating systems...
  • Blog Post: Quick results and longer term strategies for cost saving in schools

    Decide on priorities Your aim is to save some money for the school by making good decisions about ICT. It’ll be important to show how that can be done. So it’s time to decide where to start. One imperative, and it’s more to do with management than technology, is to weigh the balance...
  • Blog Post: Get Online@Home–real life examples from those who have already benefited

    Gerald Haigh, independent writer to Microsoft,  has written up this blog post following on from the recent post on Get Online@Home , 13th June 2012.  Gerald was able to interview some of those who had benefited from the Microsoft backed scheme and took a look at how, with the help of refurbished...
  • Blog Post: Harper Green School back up to date with Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES)

    Keeping technology and software up to date can sometimes feel like a daunting task – especially when quite often it feels as though the next best, fastest, coolest software is just around the corner. When Richard Pycroft began his role in ICT at Harper Green School in July 2011, the school was using...
  • Blog Post: Cloud computing for education checks

    For IT professionals and leaders in education, there is a lot to consider when choosing to take advantage of cloud services. Yes, it’s cost saving, time saving and has lots of other great benefits, but there are important things to check with your service provider to make sure you get the best...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft partners with YHGfL on regional approach to saving money for schools

    Guest post from Sean O’Shea , Schools Business Manager (North). One of the nice parts of my role is to work with amazing people that are dedicated and committed to education. Phil Moore, and his team at Yorkshire and Humber Grid for Learning, are a great example. Several months ago, Phil and I sat down...
  • Blog Post: Cost saving with MultiPoint Server and solar energy at Cadoxton Primary School

    It’s not often that we write blog posts around MultiPoint Server and how it is implemented in the classroom, especially ones that then link into solar energy, using very low energy to then enhance the use of ICT and save money. Cadoxton Primary School   in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan has done exactly...
  • Blog Post: School in a Box Reception – House of Commons, 29th February 2012

    On 29th February, Microsoft were at the House of Commons, Westminster for the School in a Box Reception hosted by Reading MP Rob Wilson. The event provided a high profile opportunity for schools and Microsoft Partners to show how they are working together to provide high quality, flexible and scalable...
  • Blog Post: Help your organization using Microsoft Hyper-V

    Dave Coleman from SharePointEduTech Ltd ,user and ‘guru’ of Microsoft Hyper-V Microsoft Hyper-V and virtulization, has written a guest blog post on the benefits and commonly asked questions in regards to moving your old servers to virtual servers.   I always think that it is a good idea to look...
  • Blog Post: Free School Norwich breaks out of the classroom with Civica’s CloudBase

    You may have heard references to Free Schools that are now opening up around the country, in response to communities who feel, they are needed in order to improve education for children local to them. I recently met with Bob Pigott, Sales Director in the Education Division, for Microsoft partner Civica...
  • Blog Post: Better virtual communication with Selection and Microsoft BPOS

    We can all appreciate that the everyday running of a school with lesson planning, meetings between staff and communications, as well as many other aspects, are all extremely important to ensure a productive experience for both staff and students. So what happens if productivity begins to falter due to...
  • Blog Post: Saving money with Microsoft School in a Box

    Still striving to find ways to help cost save in schools, the new School in a Box is software-as-a-service (SaaS) providing infrastructure from a Microsoft cloud giving opportunities to deliver ICT in a new way. Not only are significant cost savings made as cloud technology means the school only pays...
  • Blog Post: Spread the word about Windows 7 Computers from just £95!

    There are 9 million citizens in the UK who do not have regular access to a PC and are not enjoying the benefits of the internet. For many of your customers, and in many of the communities you support, the last significant barrier to getting people connected is the cost of a PC at home.  BBC research...
  • Blog Post: No-Code Designer Solutions for SharePoint 2010 training course

    One of our partners, Collabco Software , have written a post I would like to share with you on SharePoint 2010 and the opportunity for a course on creating no-code SharePoint Designer Solutions. Please take a look below and if interested, details on how to enrol are given at the end. Information Technology...
  • Blog Post: West Hatch High School - becoming that step closer to being ‘’paperless’’

    Remember the days when you would organise a school trip and not just have to organise the coach, but let everyone else know that for one day, there would be a large number of students and teachers needing a packed lunch rather than hot meal in the canteen?   Collect all students permission...
  • Blog Post: Saving money with Microsoft Hyper-V

    Overview More and more schools are starting to look at server virtualisation as a way of reducing cost, through hardware and energy savings. Since 2008, Microsoft’s virtualisation solution Hyper-V has been included as part of the Windows Server operating system, and is therefore a cost-effective yet...
  • Blog Post: New academic year brings fresh new technology to Havant Academy

    I recently spoke to Richard Markey IT Director at Havant Academy , formerly Sport Staunton Community Sports College, to understand a bit more about how and why they refreshed their IT Infrastructure to meet the changing needs of their transition to become an Academy. “Good communication is a base component...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft bring to you more live meetings on cost saving - join one today!

    Recent changes to Microsoft Schools licensing have given schools the opportunity to not only save money, but to do more with less. Join Microsoft and selected Education Resellers as we explore how the software included as part of the Enterprise CAL can help to reduce cost and improve the teaching and...
  • Blog Post: Lync Education Event 4th March 2011 summary

    Robin Chan, Voice TSP, UK Incubation at Microsoft Reading ran the Lync Education event on 4th March 2011 at Cardinal Place, London. Here is his summary of the event. This event was the first we have run dedicated to Lync 2010 for the education segment and very well received and extremely popular. The...
  • Blog Post: London Grid for Learning to migrate 2200 to faster broadband connections with Virgin Media

    Last week, Mark Reynolds, Schools Business Manager, Microsoft,  attended the launch of ‘’London Grid for Learning 2.0’’ to gain an understanding of the new contract between them and Virgin Media Business. The London Grid for Learning has been serving London schools for over 10 years. Yes, they’re...
  • Blog Post: Continue professional development using innovative and cost effective solutions

    Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in schools for all staff including teachers, teacher assistants, administrators and technical staff is a priority although, how many actually have a dedicated room or area for training with books, hardware and software?  Alan Stevens, Associate Principal...
  • Blog Post: Lync Server 2010 Event, Cardinal Place, 4th March 2011

    How Microsoft Lync evolves the education experience, improve staff & student learning/collaboration while driving down costs I am delighted to invite you and your colleagues to join us at Microsoft London (Cardinal Place) for a Lync education event on the 4 th March 2011. Modern education establishments...
  • Blog Post: ICT and saving money, 10th February 2011. West Hatch High School show you how

    Education ICT – The Future Developing ICT in education and cost saving  were a couple of the hot topics presented at the recent BETT show at the Olympia, London which are now featuring in schools across the UK and are fast becoming part of the education future. One of Microsoft’s success stories...
  • Blog Post: BETT 2011– a roundup of my first experiences

          Wow! After months of planning the Microsoft stand, finding presenters  and schools to share their  success stories, hunting down staff to work on the demo pods and theatre stand and even down to the colour of the Microsoft Education polo shirts, my first BETT (and my first...
  • Blog Post: Cost saving with ICT

    As budgets decrease schools are looking at innovative ways to cut costs and save money using ICT.  Check out  how from the two infographics presenting key industry statistics and Microsoft information on the Future Workforce research. Cost of ICT in Education Access to ICT in Education
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