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  • Blog Post: BETT 2012: All the slides from our Theatre Stand

    With the dust now settling after a great BETT 2012, we thought it might be useful to post all the slides from our presentations at the show to our blog. If you attended one of our sessions, wish you had done or maybe didn’t make to Kensington for the final BETT at Olympia, all the slides can be viewed...
  • Blog Post: The BETT Futures Presentation

    For three days now at BETT 2011 I've been presenting with a colleague, Mark Stewart, about some of the websites and products that students use in their social lives, and talking about how they could also be useful for teachers and schools. As it has been such a busy week, I've not had chance to get this...
  • Blog Post: Slides from the Learning Gateway Conference 2010

    Yesterday, Chris Rothwell, who leads our work on Live@edu in the UK, was talking to schools at the Learning Gateway Conference in London. I asked Chris for the slides from his talk so that I can share them. But first here’s the background from Chris: I was lucky enough...
  • Blog Post: The NAACE Annual Conference

    For the last three days I’ve been at the NAACE Conference in Blackpool, with over 300 others. NAACE is the “professional association for those who are concerned with advancing education through the appropriate use of information and communications technology (ICT)” – which means that the conference attendees...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips – 1 – Server Virtualisation

    Each day I’ll write a short piece about each one of the money saving ideas in my BETT 2010 presentation. Are you old enough to remember the first time that you realised that you needed a room to put the server in? Rather than just leaving it in the corner of a classroom or the technician’s office...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips

    At the BETT Show in London in January 2010, I have the luck of telling the story in our theatre called “Top 10 Money Saving Tips”. Of course, I had a few weeks to prepare, and a lot of help from individual schools who looked at their use of ICT and pointed out how it had helped save their school money...
  • Blog Post: Slides from the Windows 7 in Education event in Reading

    We had a Windows in Education workshop at our main offices in Reading today, with about 50 IT managers and network managers. We spent the whole day talking about how and why schools, colleges and universities might roll out Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. It was quite a geeky day and also quite...
  • Blog Post: Managing Costs at Microsoft using IT – An insider’s view

    I was in a training session on Friday, when we were joined by the Microsoft IT team – the clever chaps that keep our IT network running right across the business, seemingly in the face of all of the odds. I believe that the odds really are stacked heavily against keeping the IT system stable, because...
  • Blog Post: Steve Beswick’s keynote from the Learning Gateway conference

    At last week’s Learning Gateway Conference, organised by Alex Pearce and Richard Willis, Steve Beswick, gave the opening keynote where he talked about a general overview of the Microsoft UK Education business, and some of the strategies for our engagement with education, and considerations for the future...
  • Blog Post: Information Security presentation from the Learning Gateway Conference

    At today’s Learning Gateway Conference, I talked about the Becta Information Security guidelines. My perspective was “here’s the Becta official advice, and here’s my take on an action plan for you”. Even though the subject was Information Security, and it was after lunch, the hour seemed to whizz by...
  • Blog Post: Good Blogging Guide – Part Two – Have an objective

    On we go, after yesterday’s Chapter One, on Audience, let’s hit Chapter Two – “ Have an objective ” This is going to be a very short chapter, because there are some very simple rules that you can follow to make sure that there’s actually an objective (or “point”!) to your blog posts. There are two questions...
  • Blog Post: How to Blog Better in education with MirandaMod

    I have spent the afternoon and evening today at the Institute of Education in London, participating in a series of workshops about blogging practice in education – specifically in the context of schools. I had been invited to talk about my experiences of blogging both personally and professionally, and...
  • Blog Post: Shift Happens to students

    Of course, you’ll have seen the UK version of Shift Happens that I created in 2007 too many times already. But recently, I’ve been asked by various people to create mini-versions for specific events. And finally, the penny has dropped that I can share them with you if I used a copyright-free soundtrack...
  • Blog Post: MasterClass at NAACE 2009

    Last night at the NAACE Conference, my colleague Leighton Searle delivered the Masterclass “What will they think of next? Part 2”, following on from last year’s presentation which I gave with Chris Poole. Although I couldn’t make it this year, Leighton was joined by Steve Gillott of Wootton Bassett School...
  • Blog Post: Martin Bean at NAACE 2009

    Martin Bean is my favourite Microsoft presenter. He delivers his presentations with fantastic passion,and really grabs you at an emotional level. In some ways, he always leaves me feeling inadequate, either because I aspire to reach his level of presentation skills, or because I sit thinking “What am...
  • Blog Post: Improving Information - and controlling it - Capita’s One Conference

    Yesterday, Jason Burton and I went along to the Capita One conference in Leicestershire to talk about “Business Intelligence” and “Information Rights Management”. In real English, that means "how do we turn this mass of data into real information” and “how do we keep some control over how people...
  • Blog Post: Jersey e-Learning Day

    Yesterday I went to (not so) sunny Jersey, where the roads are narrower than my rural broadband pipe! Although I was only there for 24 hours, I got to see the whole island – mainly as a result of the air display, which forced me to return to the airport via the “long” route. It was a great day, with...
  • Blog Post: Shift Happens UK download

    It's been quite a while since I posted up the UK Shift Happens presentation,and UK Shift Happens download. For some reason, whilst checking the pages this evening, the server seems to be having a problem with the page. So, to ensure that everybody can still get it, here it is all over again: Shift...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Showcase - Presentations Now Available

    Last week the Education team hosted a SharePoint Showcase Event at Microsoft in Reading. The idea was to present a different partner solution for SharePoint every 12 minutes! A bit like speed dating. The format seemed to be popular, at least from the feedback we got on the day! With 23 partner presentations...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Day slides

    Today was ‘SharePoint Partner day’ at our offices – we invited 21 different SharePoint partners to present to about 100 schools – which meant a whirlwind of presentations. In all, there are now 95 educational software applications which have been integrated into SharePoint and the Microsoft Learning...
  • Blog Post: East Sussex - Harnessing Whole School Technology Conference

    I went to the seaside today - or at least, I went near the sea. According to my satnav I was within a few hundred yards, but I stopped short of it when I arrived at the Kings Centre in Eastbourne, venue of the East Sussex local authority's "Harnessing Whole School Technology" conference. As somebody...
  • Blog Post: What will they think of next? NAACE 2008

    Chris Poole and I were at the NAACE conference this afternoon, having been invited to talk about the future of technology - the title was "What will they think of next? Future technologies, opportunities and challenges". But rather than spend our time looking at all of the technologies that haven't yet...
  • Blog Post: The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Presentations

    I had a down trip to Wales today (from rural Oxfordshire), visiting the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching ( CELT ), part of the University of Glamorgan. I was invited to talk with the Blended Learning course, on the subject of "Transformed Education", and later to talk to an audience from...
  • Blog Post: BETT 2008 Presentation downloads

    If you missed BETT 2008, or you made it to BETT and want to use some of the presentation materials you saw, then you can now download all of the presentations we gave on the stand during the week. Most of the presentations were given by our customers, telling their stories about how they have used ICT...
  • Blog Post: FREE Training: Education Live Meetings Series

    There will be a number of sessions running on the 1 st and 3 rd Monday of every month, however look out for a number of specialist topics that will run on an ad-hoc basis. Check back here on a regular basis Monday sessions – 10.00am -10.45am · Windows Vista in Education – Monday 5 th November...
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