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  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Collabco at ALT-C 2012

    Guest post by Max Holden from Collabco. ALT-C is an annual conference for learning technologists. This year it will be held at the University of Manchester on 11th – 13th September and Microsoft and Collabco will be exhibiting here for the first time! Collabco will be supporting the Microsoft exhibition...
  • Blog Post: Linking SkyDrive and Moodle together

    Moodle, a popular Learning Management System, is widely used across education. And Microsoft's SkyDrive is also widely used by both teachers and students (although in some government systems, the access is blocked to SkyDrive when in school) as a cloud-based storage drive. So you may be interested to...
  • Blog Post: Hosting your Moodle on Windows Azure

    Moodle hosting in the Cloud via Windows Azure There are two projects currently available for hosting Moodle on Windows Azure, both on CodePlex (Microsoft's open source project hosting site, which hosts over 200,000 projects currently): http://moodle2azure.codeplex.com/ This is a port of Moodle 2.x Course...
  • Blog Post: The easy way to install WordPress

    Do you remember a couple of weeks ago I mentioned WebMatrix , which gives you an easy way to install a bunch of web applications – like WordPress, Moodle and Joomla! – on a standard Microsoft platform (which means you can more easily fit into the rest of your ICT infrastructure). Well, I just read an...
  • Blog Post: WebMatrix - making it easier to deploy Moodle, Joomla! and WordPress

    I noticed last week that Scott Guthrie announced the release of the beta of WebMatrix . Basically, it’s an easy and free way to get started building Web sites on Windows. WebMatrix is a tool for building, customising and deploying your Web sites in one common, straightforward way. The idea is that WebMatrix...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft software for schools, from the Fun and Free Friday event

    Today, we had a fantastic day at the office, when we hosted the “ Fun, Free Friday for Schools ”. Just over 100 schools attended, and we had an absolutely packed agenda, as we demonstrated lots of the free Microsoft software available for schools to use. All of the links to the various...
  • Blog Post: How the Office Add-In for Moodle works

    I’ve found a couple of interesting videos for the Office Add-In for Moodle , which are worth watching if you’re considering whether it will help you in your school: An introduction to the Office Add-In for Moodle , which shows you what it does, and how it works A ‘before’ and ‘after’ video , which shows...
  • Blog Post: More Moodle advice – The Moodle on SharePoint white paper

    The team over at the Microsoft Education Labs have been busy over the last few weeks. If you’re new to it, Education Labs was created by the Microsoft Education Products Group to build and release new product prototypes and useful add-ons, specifically for education use. Following on from the Office...
  • Blog Post: Launch Announcement - New Moodle Integration for Office

    The Microsoft Education Labs team have just launched the Office Add-in for Moodle (or should it be the Moodle Add-in for Office?). This launch builds upon the success of the availability of the Microsoft Live Services Plug-in for Moodle which launched last July.  The idea behind the add-in is simple...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Further Education Briefing 2010 – London 19th March

    Does your school have a sixth form? If so, then it’s worth repeating this, in case you may have missed this announcement on our Further Education Blog The booking deadline is approaching for our Further Education Briefing day, which this year falls on 19th March in London. If you haven’t registered yet...
  • Blog Post: Integrating Moodle with Microsoft Live services

    Who’d have thought it, not only would I be looking for the Moodle logo for the blog, but other strange things have been happening this week: We’ve released two projects under the open source GPL v2 licence for the first time ever Following on from the experimental OfficeLabs project, we’ve launched Education...
  • Blog Post: Top Ten Blog Posts

    I had a look back at my blog statistics this morning, and thought you might be interested to see the Top 10 blog posts from this blog – just in case you missed any of them Rank Date Title Link #1 June 07 Shift Happens/Did you Know This was #1 by a mile! View ...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2007 - want to really know what it can do for you?

    My colleague, Phil Allen, who's our resident educational-techie, has provided me with a document of links to really good SharePoint resources. Bless him, he wants to help you all find good stuff, but 7 pages of document, with each page containing long link lists! Phew, I think it might take a while working...
  • Blog Post: Grava - what's in a codename?

    Is it me, or is there a random code-name generator somewhere in Microsoft. A but like those big clunky ones that sit in the cellars of the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall? (Okay, I know it's not true, but hey) Today's code name is Grava - something which shouldn't really have a codename at this point...
  • Blog Post: Moodle on SharePoint

    A recent survey, by Becta, showed that around 40% of colleges are using Moodle for their virtual learning environment (VLE). I don't know of published figures for schools, but believe that the use is significantly lower - single digit percentages. If you are one of those who use it, are you aware that...
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