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  • Blog Post: Warwickshire County Council move 185 schools to the cloud

    You might remember a guest post by Mark Reynolds earlier this year about how Warwickshire County Council were moving their schools to the cloud. Well six months on, here is a detailed story by Harvey Woodall (Warwickshire E-Learning Adviser) about why this project came about, the migration to Office...
  • Blog Post: Get a custom solution for SharePoint 2010 as a free gift

    Do you want to be in with a chance of getting your own custom built SharePoint 2010 solution? One or our partners is offering just that. For no charge at all they will design and develop the web part based on your requirements. How it works: · You submit an idea for a custom SharePoint 2010 web part...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 – An Overview for Education

    Watch this recording presented by Dave Coleman, SharePoint MVP, as he gives an overview of SharePoint 2010. During this recording, Dave explores how SharePoint can address key needs within education institutions and by making use of existing licensing agreements, SharePoint can also help to remove cost...
  • Blog Post: With the release of LP+4 comes new opportunities to unleash the power of blogging using SharePoint 2010

    Schools in the UK are riding the crest of the blogging wave, using a range of different often free or open source tools to publish work and ideas and capture the power of ‘audience’.  Whilst this approach to blogging is clearly having a great impact in some schools, it is often limited to the public...
  • Blog Post: School in a Box Reception – House of Commons, 29th February 2012

    On 29th February, Microsoft were at the House of Commons, Westminster for the School in a Box Reception hosted by Reading MP Rob Wilson. The event provided a high profile opportunity for schools and Microsoft Partners to show how they are working together to provide high quality, flexible and scalable...
  • Blog Post: BETT 2012: Thoughts on Openhive and VLE’s

    Guest post from freelance writer, Gerald Haigh. Gerald writes regularly for the Microsoft Education blogs. On the final Saturday of BETT 2012, I found myself among old friends on the Capita stand. Having followed the SIMS story since the earliest days, I thought I’d kept up with most of what they’ve...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync 2010 at De Montfort University, Leicester.

      It’s becoming increasingly clear that Lync   can be a real game-changer for universities. Among the higher education institutions we’ve talked to about this recently is De Montford University (DMU) in Leicester. There, the Information Technology and Media Services (ITMS) team, led by their...
  • Blog Post: So what exactly are the Microsoft team showing off at BETT 2012?

    I can honestly say that the last couple of months has kept me extremely busy with organising the Microsoft stand at BETT 2012! With everything from staff, to entertainment, to presenters and presentations, demo kit right the way through to the colour of the polo shirts (dark blue as apparently Steve...
  • Blog Post: Primary and Secondary schools bought together with SPTA

    The IT team serving a large Academy Trust use Microsoft Technologies to realise economies of scale. They are promoting collaboration and making a significant contribution to school improvement across the Trust schools. Part of our mission in these blogs is to share the message that a well led IT team...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Search for education

    Continuing on from recent posts around Data Management and How many ways you can use SharePoint 2010 , Alex Pearce, Most Valuable Professional (MVP), has written a guest post on his thoughts around using SharePoint Search and how this can benefit you in keeping your information and documents stored and...
  • Blog Post: Free School Norwich breaks out of the classroom with Civica’s CloudBase

    You may have heard references to Free Schools that are now opening up around the country, in response to communities who feel, they are needed in order to improve education for children local to them. I recently met with Bob Pigott, Sales Director in the Education Division, for Microsoft partner Civica...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft UK Hosts the Launch of LP+4

    A month or so ago we described the continuing development of LP+4 , the latest version of the LP+ cloud-based SharePoint based learning platform from Learning Possibilities. Now, a major milestone has been reached in the form of the official product launch, which was hosted by Microsoft at their Reading...
  • Blog Post: Online Forms in SharePoint – Live Meeting

    At West Hatch High School in Essex, Alan Richards, the Information Systems Manager, has transformed the way the School works and 18 months ago started a paperless School project that has saved the School significant amounts of money while also increasing the availability of data to staff and parents...
  • Blog Post: Information Architecture …. what is it?

    And why would you need to know anything about it for your school? Basically it’s all about the data you have in your school. Where is it? How is it used? How can it be structured to be more useful to you? How can it work for you? Data is everywhere in your school. From the staff room notice board, emails...
  • Blog Post: How many ways can you use SharePoint?

    Alex Pearce , SharePoint Most Valuable Professional (MVP) gives some thoughts to utilizing the many ways SharePoint can make for productive leaning in the classroom. Have a read and see what you think. There are many ways to get SharePoint 2010 in your school, whether you’re using it as part of a package...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 and Parental Engagement at Blatchington Mill School

    Gerald Haigh, independent writer to Microsoft took a visit to Blatchington Mill School, down in Hove to see their work on SharePoint and parental engagement. Here in his own words details his trip. I took the opportunity recently to visit Blatchington Mill School and Sixth Form College , a very large...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award

    Before I leave for my holiday, I thought I would share with you this bit of news, from July, for those of you who don’t know Alan Richards, Information Systems Manager at West Hatch High School or didnt know the great award he has achieved. Alan writes regularly on his blog “ Education Technology Now...
  • Blog Post: Some major historical events reimaged with Office 2010 – some Friday fun

    Here’s some Friday fun for you. My colleague Rich Lane, Account Technology Strategist, came across these short films  (whilst actually searching for something else and shared it with the team.) I loved them so much, I wanted to share them with you.   The Wright Brothers   Houston and Apollo...
  • Blog Post: No-Code Designer Solutions for SharePoint 2010 training course

    One of our partners, Collabco Software , have written a post I would like to share with you on SharePoint 2010 and the opportunity for a course on creating no-code SharePoint Designer Solutions. Please take a look below and if interested, details on how to enrol are given at the end. Information Technology...
  • Blog Post: Survival of the fittest: how Kent County Council are bucking the trend

        Mark Reynolds (Schools Business Manager) went to the Kent County Council iT11 conference last week, and found out that despite what you might have read, it’s not all doom and gloom for Local Authorities…   There has been a lot of talk recently about the demise of the Local Authority...
  • Blog Post: West Hatch High School - becoming that step closer to being ‘’paperless’’

    Remember the days when you would organise a school trip and not just have to organise the coach, but let everyone else know that for one day, there would be a large number of students and teachers needing a packed lunch rather than hot meal in the canteen?   Collect all students permission...
  • Blog Post: Free Webinar- Using SharePoint 2010 to create a highly developed Learning Gateway for education.

    Many of you will have heard bits of the story of Twynham School and their creation of a well-established learning platform using SharePoint. Through various case studies and presentations at conferences around the world over the last 5 years Twynham have been very fortunate to be able to show  work...
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