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  • Blog Post: Embracing the cloud in education with LP+4

    This blog post was written by freelance writer, Gerald Haigh. Gerald writes regularly for the Microsoft Education blogs. The SharePoint- based learning platform LP+, from Learning Possibilities , is already well known in many UK schools and authorities. This autumn, however, sees the launch...
  • Blog Post: Learning Possibilities: New Platform Coming Soon

    News comes in of a new Microsoft-based, learner-centred Learning Platform. We here, on the Microsoft Schools Blog , will be keeping a close eye on it. A little over two years ago, Ray Fleming quoted some thoughts here from Twynham School’s Mike Herrity on “Common reasons why Learning Platforms fail”...
  • Blog Post: Looking for the Next BRIT thing – now open for entries…

    Posted on behalf of Radiowaves, Microsoft UK Education Partner: Next BRIT thing – www.nextbritthing.com Next BRIT thing is a national music competition for all 11-19 year olds in UK running between September 2011 and March 2012. Young people are invited to upload their audio or video...
  • Blog Post: November webinars for schools

    Secrets of Successful Desktop Virtualisation: The Optimised Desktop VDI is a hot topic at the moment but what actually is it? When is it the right solution … and when not? Given the challenges nowadays – making the right choices is even more critical than ever. In this Microsoft Education live meeting...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips – 14 – Save your software budget

    So here we are the very last part of the series of Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips for schools , based on my BETT 2010 presentation. It’s taken me a while to get all of these written down, because although I know the story behind each of these money saving tips, to actually structure it in a way that makes...
  • Blog Post: Building a school website in SharePoint

    SharePoint has become an established standard across a large number of schools, local authorities and Regional Broadband Consortia. It is the platform underneath Glow in Scotland, and many of the learning platforms in use in schools. I think one of the key reasons it because it can provide a way to integrate...
  • Blog Post: Why is buying a licence so complicated

    I don’t think I’m letting out any secrets when I say that it can be complicated to buy software – there are so many different licensing schemes from so many different suppliers. And so it can sometimes be easy to get tripped up by the process. I know that people are looking for easier answers – last...
  • Blog Post: Want to see a laptop factory – next week?

    Ergo Computing have written to me to let me know that they’ve got an open day next week at their headquarters in Nottingham. There are two scheduled sessions – morning (10-12) and afternoon (2-4) – and in two hours you’ll get the chance to take a look at their latest products, as well as a tour of their...
  • Blog Post: A Virtual Desktop?

    entrustIT is a Microsoft Gold partner, based in Hampshire, who have introduced a model of managing ICT in schools which helps primary schools to cope with the challenge of providing a flexible ICT system, without having to have IT technicians on tap 24 hours a day. In a nutshell, it is a service where...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Showcase - May 21

    The popularity of Learning Gateway and SharePoint in Education continues, and a growing number of Microsoft Partners now have applications that integrate with SharePoint. In the past year, we've run a series of events to provide a chance for schools to get up to date with new technology changes, On...
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