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  • Blog Post: The Fat Lady sings

    “Ed the Fed” has written to me again. For those who are new to the blog, Ed’s a legend around here as the Microsoft UK Chief Cyber-Security Advisor. We call him “Ed the Fed”, because of his career history at the FBI and other places – which obviously makes him an ideal person to ask about Information...
  • Blog Post: Know IT All for parents – available again

    A couple of years ago, we worked with Childnet to make the Know IT All series available – a set of CD-ROM resources and matching website – to help teachers, families (and last year, trainee teachers) – to advise children about online safety. In the end, 1 million copies of the CD-ROM were snapped up...
  • Blog Post: Ed The Fed says "Stay safe out there"

    I have a colleague, Ed, who’s a legend around here. He’s the Microsoft UK Chief Security Advisor. Obviously that’s a bit of a mouthful, which is why we call him “Ed the Fed”, because of his career history – which obviously makes him an ideal person to ask about Information Security. ( I was going to...
  • 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: What have Microsoft ever done for us?

    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? If you’re looking for nostalgia, take a look at the Life of Brian script – which doesn’t start with the question...
  • Blog Post: Byron Review Children's Competition

    I know it's half-term. And that means that one of the great things about it is that the corridors are quiet, and you get a chance to hear yourself thinking. But not everybody wants you forgetting your students.... As part of the Byron Review of Children and New Technology, the DCSF have launched a competition...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting - Is your data secure? Top tips for data security

    As Ray's blog last week noted, data security has been a bit of an oxymoron over the last few months and something that schools, governments and individuals alike are struggling with. A question that we should all be asking ourselves is: do we know who can see the data we share? Although data security...
  • Blog Post: Partners in Learning programme relaunched

    For the last 5 years we have been running a programme, called Partners in Learning, to extend and expand the development of learning, and especially the ways that ICT can support learning in schools. Globally this programme has invested £125 million into projects run in partnership with governments,...
  • Blog Post: Is your data at risk?

    2008 hasn't really started any better than 2007 finished - a laptop is stolen from the boot of a car, containing 600,000 personal data records - heaping data disaster upon data disaster . Reality says that laptops will be stolen, even when we think they are secure. I've had a laptop stolen from a hotel...
  • Blog Post: The Shireland Learning Gateway

    At the BETT show the Schools Minister, Jim Knight, opened the exhibition by laying out the DCSF policy initiatives for the future. One of the foci was on the government target for secondary schools to provide access to real-time reporting information, such as attendance and assessment information, for...
  • Blog Post: More Free things - the 6th-7th-8th-9th Days of Christmas

    I'm sorry - for the last three days I have been the victim of a virus doing the rounds here in North Oxfordshire. So instead of sitting behind a keyboard, and giving your more Christmas gifts, I have been behind a duvet, trying to recover (and not infect the family). I don't know what the usual winter...
  • Blog Post: Know IT all - E-safety

    Today sees the launch of Know IT All for Teachers, in conjunction with Becta, the TDA and ChildNet. We've been working with these partners to create a set of valuable resources for e-safety in schools. Called "Know IT All for Teachers", it's a resource pack that provides practical help for trainee teachers...
  • Blog Post: e-Safety in schools - some help for you

    Becta have recommended that each school has a nominated E-Safety officer - which could mean that in staff rooms around the country, people suddenly make themselves busy when the head walks in with a letter in his hand! So, if you've got the job, or one of your colleagues has it and is looking for some...
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