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  • Blog Post: Automating the creation of SharePoint Resources

    The following is a guest post from Richard Young , Director of Digital Learning at Wood Green School Witney, a comprehensive school 10 miles west of Oxford. Wood Green use Salamander Active Directory and Salamander SharePoint for automatic maintenance of Active Directory accounts and SharePoint sites...
  • Blog Post: How will the next Shakespeare create their masterwork?

    Today we celebrate William Shakespeare's 450th birthday, commemorating the life and work of a man whose 36 plays have stood the test of time. Well, he really wrote 38 plays -- 2 of them were left out of the first edition of his collected work. Actually, make that 40 plays, but we've lost 2 of them. Of...
  • Blog Post: Power BI in Education - What is it and what can it do for me?

    Following on from our recent blog post on Power BI within Office 365 Education , we have had a number of questions via both the blog and Twitter seeking some additional information on how Power BI can help you take advantage of the data within your institution, big and small. For those that missed our...
  • Blog Post: Accelerate your Insights Live Event – featuring Power BI for Office 365

    Accelerate your Insights How data and insights are driving innovation All organisations are seeing huge opportunities to use data and insights to create a virtuous engagement cycle with their customers and stakeholders, delivering improved customer value propositions and operational excellence...
  • Blog Post: T&L e-zine: Microsoft IT Academy and DreamSpark – Could this spark a dream?

    Microsoft Teaching & Learning e-zines (online newsletters) feature some great examples of how our Microsoft Innovative Educators and Microsoft Showcase Schools are using technology in the classroom. Hopefully, these little T&L snippets will inspire a little innovation in your own classrooms....
  • Blog Post: T&L e-zine: Maximise the potential of Lync for the Classroom

    The finishing touch to Office 365’s rich mixture of collaboration and communication features is supplied by Lync Online, which adds sophisticated features such as video calls and online meetings. Using Lync Online adds quality to existing collaboration, removing misunderstanding and ensuring all views...
  • Blog Post: T&L e-zine: 365 Outlook Web App saving teacher’s TIME

              Outlook Web App is much more than just email. Learn how to overlay calendars so you can easily arrange revision sessions that don’t clash with other subjects. Or save on another wild goose chase and find out how you can track people down without...
  • Blog Post: T&L e-zine: Office 365 helping students with revision

    With Office 365, SharePoint 2013 becomes available to a much wider range of schools as ‘SharePoint Online’. It gives them the means to push back the limits on learning, provide seamless home-school working and remove barriers between teacher and learner.           ...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Education in the Classroom eBook (now available)

    This new eBook, Office 365 Education in the Classroom, concentrates almost exclusively on how Office 365 Education can help the teacher and the student in their day to day work. We look at a whole list of teaching and learning scenarios, describing some of the ways in which hard- working teachers might...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Education Scenario. Building a portal.

    Monday morning at Golightly Academy, and a teacher on a mission pops in to see the head. ‘Elspeth, Now we have Office 365, I think we could rethink the whole of the school’s online presence. For example, we can have a portal. ‘A whatll?’ ‘A portal. Of you could call it a gateway if you like. I was talking...
  • Blog Post: T&L e-zine: Become an Office 365 expert with the Offperts

    We thought it would be a nice idea to produce weekly ‘Microsoft Teaching & Learning’ e-zines (online newsletters). The series will feature some great examples of how our Microsoft Innovative Educators and Microsoft Showcase Schools are using technology in the classroom. Hopefully, these...
  • Blog Post: What schools need to know about Office 365 Education (and what you can get for free)

    Excerpt from our Office 365 Education supplement developed in association with PC Pro Magazine. Office 365 Education gives teachers and students everything they need to communicate and collaborate, and in doing so aid learning. Over these two pages, we aim to answer all the questions anyone involved...
  • Blog Post: T&L e-zine: Wymondham High School start using Office 365 and Yammer

    We thought it would be a nice idea to produce weekly ‘Microsoft Teaching & Learning’ e-zines (online newsletters). The series will feature some great examples of how our Microsoft Innovative Educators and Microsoft Showcase Schools are using technology in the classroom. Hopefully, these little T&L...
  • Blog Post: Let the techies do the tech. You, with your colleagues, are leaders of learning

    Guest Post by Education Writer Gerald Haigh It’s clear that because Office 365, cloud-based, is licensed free to education, many more school leaders are going to be attracted by rich possibilities that they may previously have thought unaffordable. The savings on servers and maintenance alone can run...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Education: Ask the Expert

    Excerpt from our Office 365 Education supplement developed in association with PC Pro Magazine. ALEX PEARCE IS FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF BFC NETWORKS, AND A SHAREPOINT MVP SPECIALISING IN THE USE OF MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGIES IN EDUCATION. HERE, ALEX ANSWERS SOME OF THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS SCHOOLS HAVE ABOUT...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Education: 6 great reasons to sign up

    Excerpt from our Office 365 Education supplement developed in association with PC Pro Magazine. #1 You’ll never lose homework again Each staff and student account comes with 50GB of free storage for emails, documents, presentations and associated photos and media. That’s more than...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Education: Teaching and Learning Scenario - Lync

    Guest blog post from Gerald Haigh. Gerald writes regularly for the Microsoft Education series of blog. Ramandeep has been absent from school for five weeks following a road accident. Recovery is slow, and there’s still no firm date for her return. The school sends work home with her brother, but, as...
  • Blog Post: Join us for a live Q&A on Student Advantage

    Since the recent announcement introducing Student Advantage almost a fortnight ago we’ve been inundated with questions. I’m super excited at the response to the news. As a result, we’d like you to join us for a live Q&A on Student Advantage at midday (GMT) on 31/10 on Twitter. Live Q&A We’ll...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Education: Introducing New Student Advantage

    Further to our recent Student Advantage announcement , we now have a new set of resources that can help walk you through the key components of this new benefit for students. We shared a set of FAQ’s via the blog last week and we now have a new Student Advantage deck describes the offering in more detail...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft offers students at eligible educational institutions access to full Office productivity suite for no additional cost

    As part of our ongoing commitment to education, we are thrilled to announce Student Advantage, a new benefit to qualifying institutions which will make it easy for students to use the latest and best version of full Office at their education institution and at home. So what does this mean? From 1st December...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Education: Shared Calendars

    Guest post by Gerald Haigh. Gerald writes regularly for the education series of blogs. Summer Term 2012, and your year eleven groups were on study leave. They were mainly a diligent, hard-working lot, and you smile when you think of them. So keen were they, in fact, that some of them couldn’t keep away...
  • Blog Post: The Start of my Office 365 Education Journey

    Guest post from Gerald Haigh. Gerald writes regularly for the Microsoft Education series of blogs. One of the first things I did when I decided to learn more about the capabilities of Office 365 Education was to have a meeting with Alex Pearce of BFC Networks . Alex is always good value – generous with...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Education Top User Tips #10 – Blogging in SharePoint Online

    Originally posted by James B Marshall on the UK Education Cloud Blog . It’s time for our final post in the top user tips series, and today it’s all about blogging in SharePoint Online. You might also want to check out top tip #2 about social networking , and top tip #7 about following content in SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Education Top User Tips #9 – Multiple Co-Authoring in Office Web Apps

    Originally posted by James B Marshall on the UK Education Cloud Blog . In the eighth installment of our top user tips we looked at Excel Surveys using the Excel Web App , and today we’re going to look at the co-authoring features that can help you analyse that data, brainstorm ideas, and work collaboratively...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Education Top User Tips #8 – Excel Surveys

    Originally posted by James B Marshall on the UK Education Cloud Blog . We’re into the final three top user tips in our series , and today it’s all about a topic we covered back in August last year : Excel Surveys! Available in both Office 365 Education, and the consumer SkyDrive service...
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