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  • Blog Post: Will the current generation of UK students shape the future of business?

    I've no doubt it’s an important question to look at - and one that businesses in the UK need to address now if we are to ensure today’s students are skilled effectively. Today's students may not revolutionise the UK and the entire world (although many may think they will!), but the unique skills and...
  • Blog Post: Do Network Managers and Teachers have to clash?

    I’ve asked Gerald Haigh, a freelance journalist and author of a number of educational leadership books, to take some time out to share his thoughts on some of the topical education issues you’ll have seen on this blog or elsewhere. This week, he’s been thinking about some research...
  • Blog Post: Network Managers and Teachers have a relationship problem

    We’re thinking about how our activities online (like this blog, our other education blogs , the Partners in Learning Network , and the main Microsoft UK Education website ) can be developed to support schools more – and meet the needs of different people within a school. Within our small team we’ve got...
  • Blog Post: How and why students use the internet

    There’s some fascinating data in the latest Ofcom “ UK Children’s media literacy ” report, which gives an insight into the lives of children between the ages of 5 and 15. Rather than being a survey which lumps all children together, this report breaks down the data into three age ranges (5-7, 8-11 and...
  • Blog Post: Problem solving with ICT – the language barrier solved?

    A few times recently I’ve talked at conferences about the future of technology, and what the world will look like when today’s Year 7 students arrive in the workplace. I’ve shown our Productivity Future Vision video , and then discussed the technology and ideas behind the scenarios, including looking...
  • Blog Post: Ofsted report The safe use of new technologies

    According to the BBC News this morning: Blocking pupils' access to unsuitable websites does not encourage them to take responsibility for their safety online, Ofsted inspectors say. "Managed" online systems were more successful than "locked" ones at safeguarding pupils' safety, they...
  • Blog Post: Get off Facebook, Dad, I need to finish my homework

    At BETT we issued a press release on parental views towards ICT , at home and at school. This was suppored by research done during December 2009 and surveyed 500 parents of secondary-school age children, so it is recent, and it will be representative. I’ve held back on publishing it on the blog...
  • Blog Post: Looking for school customers to share opinions on licensing

    Each year we have about 80-90 interns that join Microsoft for a year, normally after their second year at university. They work all over the business, and each year we have two that work in the education team. One of last year’s interns, Mitch, worked on support for education licensing ( Oh, I can hear...
  • Blog Post: Are teachers really losing confidence with ICT?

    Earlier in the year, BESA reported that teachers confidence with using ICT had fallen by 10%. Which sounds dramatic, and was described by some writers as ‘alarming’. But is it? Well, here’s the data for the last 11 years – from research done by the old DfES until 2004, and data from BESA from 2002...
  • Blog Post: Online learning is better than face-to-face learning?

    The US Department of Education sponsored the Center for Technology in Learning to look into the effectiveness of online learning – and to specifically compare the effectiveness of using online learning compared to face to face learning. The results, published in May, are on the www.ed.gov website, for...
  • Blog Post: 9 out of 10 children have Internet at home

    According to government research for the DCSF, 90% of pupils have computer and internet access at home. Even amongst primary school children, it was 88%. The research was part of the “Parental Involvement in Children's Education” report , published in 2007, and page 25 gives the statistics for Internet...
  • 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: Innovative Schools – what do they do differently?

    Last week, we announced the availability of the Innovative Schools video case studies . Although they were on the web earlier in the year, we weren’t ready to tell everybody about them until we’d completed all of the work on the website. But now, that’s been done, so I can tell you all about what’s there...
  • 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: Partners in Learning Progress report

    The Partners in Learning (PiL) programme from Microsoft has been running for 5 years now (and 3 years in the UK), and has supported a wide range of educational projects in conjunction with government and educational agencies worldwide. In the UK, we've been working with organisations including the TDA...
  • Blog Post: Handheld Learning Conference 2007 - Slides

    Steve Beswick, Microsoft UK's Education Director, was on stage yesterday at the Handheld Learning 2007 Conference in London, in the plenary "Technologies for Learning 2012". Steve looked at the world of work, home & education in 2012, and explored the impact of change, and technology, on each of...
  • Blog Post: BBC News: Computers 'can raise attainment'

    Becta have just released news of the final report of 4-year study into the £34m ICT Test Bed projects, run in three deprived areas of England. The outcomes showed gains in some GCSE and primary school test scores. The BBC news report does an excellent job of telling a story which can sometimes be passionately...
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