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  • Blog Post: Young apprentice is top of class with Microsoft Outstanding Apprenticeship Award 2011 - Zenos Apprenticeships

    With the current employment climate still proving to be difficult for many young adults to find jobs, having a skill set other than qualifications gained from school and college is becoming more important in order to have a C.V that stands out above the rest. I have recently written a blog on student...
  • Blog Post: Exclusive Interview with Rebecca Rickwood, Microsoft Excel 2007 World Champion!

    Being able to see how Microsoft solutions and products can actually make an impact in either the classroom, a group of people or in this instance an individual is the part of my role that I love the most as I can see how young people use it and use it to develop their own skills. Many of you may have...
  • Blog Post: ITA Summit 2011 Slides

    Covering a diverse range of topics from cloud computing to gaming in education, the ITA Summit offered an action packed day for delegates eager to learn more about all the latest developments with IT Academy over the next 12 months. All the slides from the event are available on our Slideshare account...
  • Blog Post: IT Academy Summit Announced

    After an eventful summer, which saw events such as 15 year old Rebecca Rickwood from the UK pulling off a significant shock at the 2011 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office by being crowned 'World Champion in Microsoft Excel', Microsoft's IT Academy programme continues on its quest to add value...
  • Blog Post: British School Girl (15) Wins Microsoft World Championship

    Fighting off stiff global competition, 15 year old Rebecca Rickwood from the UK pulled off a significant shock at the 2011 Worldwide Competition on Microsoft Office by being crowned 'World Champion in Microsoft Excel'. Rebecca, a student at Sawtry Community College (a specialist IT Academy in Cambridgeshire...
  • Blog Post: Software Licensing Training Course at Stockton Sixth Form College, 5th August 2011

    Do you want to know more about EES (Enrolment for Education Solutions)? Do you need to know more about Microsoft licensing, including: Client/Server Licensing What’s a CAL Core CAL Suite Enterprise CAL Suite Device CAL & User CAL Processor Licensing (inc Multi-Core) External Connectors/Internet Licences...
  • Blog Post: Survival of the fittest: how Kent County Council are bucking the trend

        Mark Reynolds (Schools Business Manager) went to the Kent County Council iT11 conference last week, and found out that despite what you might have read, it’s not all doom and gloom for Local Authorities…   There has been a lot of talk recently about the demise of the Local Authority...
  • Blog Post: Some simple guidelines on moving to the cloud

    As more and more schools will be making the change and moving towards cloud technologies over the coming months, Microsoft want to ensure that our customers have the full support and any issues or queries during this transition. Planning, implementing and obtaining the right skills to ensure that this...
  • Blog Post: Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) help schools take advantage of Microsoft IT Academy

    Gerald Haigh, Microsoft’s freelance writer,  recently spent some time with Paul Hynes, Programme Lead for New Technology at the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) to find out how SSAT’s work with their schools and the way they are helping schools to take advantage of IT Academy, following...
  • Blog Post: How many network managers, technicians and EduGeek members does it take…

    … to have have an informative and interesting day at Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park – with cake included? Yesterday Microsoft and EduGeek organised a day at the Microsoft Campus in Thames Valley Park for approximately 50 ICT staff, network managers and EduGeek to look at areas covering: Office...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Academy boosts student skill set for both further education and the working environment

      Microsoft IT Academy , our ready-to-deliver programme  enables educational institutions to add Microsoft’s IT training and qualifications to their portfolio of offerings, proving popular with universities and further education colleges. Not only can they use it to develop their work with...
  • 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: 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: Microsoft IT Academy Licence To Learn Tour

    If you aren’t yet an IT Academy, then it’s definitely something to look into for 2010.  I’ve written about it before – in this blog post – and I think it is a programme which works very well for secondary schools. (In a nutshell it allows you to offer Microsoft certifications to your students, staff...
  • Blog Post: Another take on qualifications – have you thought about the Microsoft IT Academy?

    If you’re running the ICT systems in your school, and NOT running the curriculum ICT, then you may want to forward this onto the ICT Co-ordinator, or to the Deputy Head in charge of Curriculum Development. Although it’s got ‘IT’ in the title, the IT Academy is actually all about curriculum development...
  • Blog Post: Free DreamSpark software downloads for school students

    This is one of those “Are you sure? Really sure?” blog posts. Where somebody tells you something, and you ask “Are you sure? Really sure?” So I have checked this, and now had it confirmed by the announcement of it in a Bill Gates speech this evening. We have announced that the DreamSpark programme is...
  • Blog Post: Another 450,000 students to get IT Academy with the SSAT

    It’s NAACE Conference time again – this year it’s in Blackpool – and we’ve just announced the expansion of the IT Academy programme in partnership with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust ( SSAT amongst friends ). Of course, because NAACE is in Blackpool, the official Microsoft Press Release...
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