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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: 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: 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: SharePoint Best Bred for Education?

    Post originally featured on the SharePoint and Assessment Blog from Questionmark . Thought leader interview with Ray Fleming of Microsoft Australia about SharePoint’s place and future in Education. Ray, what do you do at Microsoft? I’ve worked in education IT for 25 years, and for the last 5 years, I...
  • Blog Post: Free SharePoint 2010 Webinar from Alan Richards (SharePoint MVP)

    Guest post from Alan Richard’s from West Hatch High School : If you have ever read my own blog ( www.edutechnow.com ) or seen any of the posts on here then you will know that I have a passion for cost cutting. In the current climate cost cutting in Schools is very much still on the agenda but...
  • 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: 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: Partner Event: Microsoft Office 365 prep for Education Providers

    At Microsoft in general, but especially in the UK we have a fantastically rich partner ecosystem, and within the education space alone there is a huge number of partner companies out there who can help with all sorts of projects. Oxford Computer Group, experts in identity and access management, are one...
  • Blog Post: Using SharePoint and Office 2010 to analyse student data - at Marsh Academy

    Every now and again, I ask Gerald Haigh to write up the stories of some of the schools that we work closely with. And a few weeks ago, he mentioned what's happening with data at Marsh Academy, and how they are using SharePoint and Office 2010 to aid better understanding of their school data. I'll let...
  • Blog Post: Continuing learning when snow closes the school

    Monkseaton High School , Tyne and Wear are one of the many schools across the UK to have been badly hit by the weather. For them it was worse than just another snow day. Their building suffered, resulting in the three of its 100 roof panels becoming distorted - allowing water to come through and damage...
  • Blog Post: Do you want to download Windows 7 in Welsh?

    Did you know that we run a worldwide 'local language programme' which provides language packs for a range of our software? And that if you're in Wales, you can use them to run Windows and Office in Welsh natively? Welsh is one of Europe's oldest languages, and is growing, with over half a million speakers...
  • Blog Post: Schools spend more money on printer paper than on ICT

    How much does your school spend on reprographics - paper, toner, printers, photocopiers, and the staff to run them and keep them running? I'm sure that the average secondary school is spending more on reprographics than they do on their whole ICT budget. Mike Herrity, at Twynham School, found out his...
  • Blog Post: A free tool for creating SCORM learning materials yourself

    Have you heard of the free Microsoft Learning Content Development System? We’ve just updated it to version 2.5, which now supports more complex content, and is Firefox and Silverlight 4 compatible. It is a free tool that lets you create high-quality, interactive, online courses, and publish them in SCORM...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Saturday comes to the UK

    Just a quick note to point SharePoint lovers towards the SharePoint Saturday , being held on October 2nd in Birmingham. At a time when training budgets are shrinking, then you’ll be cheered up to know that it is free to attend, and is being run by a group of SharePoint enthusiasts, very focused on sharing...
  • Blog Post: What does SIMS Learning Gateway mean to parents?

    I was at Capita’s SIMS Annual Conference in Nottingham in June, talking about the future of technology, and how it will impact the workplace over the next decade. I’ve been invited to give this presentation at a wide range of conferences this summer, partly because it is one way of thinking about the...
  • Blog Post: Twynham School and SharePoint 2010

    Twynham School, in Christchurch in Dorset, are a school which tends to be at the leading edge of technology – they are often one of the first schools in the UK to implement a school-wide deployment of new Microsoft releases, and the ICT team in the school always seem to be champing at the bit to take...
  • Blog Post: Can you describe what SharePoint does in one sentence?

      Possibly the most difficult job I get asked to do is to describe SharePoint succinctly. It’s not because I don’t know what SharePoint is, and what it does – in fact, I use it extensively myself for lots of different purposes, and I see it in regular use in schools, colleges and universities. But...
  • Blog Post: Learning Gateway Conference 2010–14th July

    Alex Pearce has dropped me a note to remind me that it’s exactly one month until the Learning Gateway Conference 2010 , on 14th July. Last year it was at The Belfry, this time it’s moved to Church House, in Westminster. Last year’s conference was well attended, and everybody I met during the day was...
  • Blog Post: Things I learned this week #1

    Last weekend, Doug Belshaw’s “ Things I learned this week #17 ” mentioned this blog ( although with some fake reluctance ), and the post that contained the What’s new in PowerPoint 2010 for teachers video. I often read Doug’s blog , as well as listening to the EdTechRoundUp podcast , which Doug takes...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 releases – and a UK school is first to deploy

    Overnight the full released version of Office 2010 appeared on the Volume Licensing Service Centre , and I’ve already seen a few comments from people who’ve been busily downloading it. As well as Office 2010, we’ve also released SharePoint 2010, and I was really chuffed to read a blog post from the team...
  • Blog Post: it’s learning moves towards the cloud with Microsoft

    There’s a new press release on the it’s learning website. it’s learning are a Becta approved Learning Platform provider , and have recently signed an agreement with us to offer their customers our cloud computing services, via our Live@edu service. That means that if you are an it’s learning customer...
  • Blog Post: Twynham School and the Learning Gateway – free e-book and web part

    Twynham School has increasingly developed a reputation for their use of SharePoint to create a Learning Gateway for their students, parents and staff. They have been using SharePoint since 2007 and in early 2008 the systems team at Twynham School wrote a guide to the work they were doing with their Learning...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips – 7 – Stop printing so much

    Part seven of the series of Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips for schools , based on my BETT 2010 presentation. Late last year, I was chatting with a group of senior leaders in schools about the amount of paper that is used in a typical school (it had been partially prompted by me, when I realised that...
  • Blog Post: BETT 2010 Freebies list

    It’s only a day away – and still a lot to do to get ready! However, I have managed to get together the freebie list from our stand – mainly because I know that there are some people who plan their BETT visit around scooping up the freebies, so here’s the list (in all cases, you’ll find these things on...
  • Blog Post: How to make a beautiful school SharePoint site

    On Monday I shared some UK Education SharePoint websites that I described as beautiful, and which had been created by UK education establishments. And the opinion around the office was that the Twynham School Sixth Form website was the most astonishing one (in fact, half a dozen times I was asked by...
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