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  • Blog Post: Behind the Screen – the new computing GCSE project led by e-skills UK

    Behind the Screen is the working title of e-skills UK , a new project to create a computing GCSE. Working with teachers, students, universities and employees, this GCSE has been designed to equip students and young people with a wide range of skills from programming to game design. With more IT employers...
  • 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: 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: Are you certifiable?

    Normally by this point in term, with half-term just around corner, then often the answer is “YES”, but with so many schools closed for so many days these last fortnight, perhaps half-term next week doesn’t quite have the same magic as normal. But, just in case you want something to challenge yourself...
  • Blog Post: Visiting Microsoft Research in Cambridge

    Yesterday was a great day - I’d been looking forward to it for a while, because I went to visit the Microsoft Research offices in Cambridge – our European centre for research linked to universities across the whole of Europe. The meeting (for colleagues from UK education team) was hosted by Andrew Herbert...
  • 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: What are 21st Century Skills?

    A colleague and I were engaged in a debate recently, in a team meeting, when we were discussing plans for BETT 2008. For the show we've added three themes to Microsoft's "Realising Potential" message. Those three themes are: Raising Standards Personalising Learning 21st Century Skills ...
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