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  • 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: Common reasons why Learning Platforms fail – Mike Herrity's view

    At the Learning Gateway Conference today, I listened to Mike Herrity talking about the Twynham School’s Learning Gateway, and specifically about how they got people in their school community using it. On one of his first slides, there was a statistic that proved they have been doing things right...
  • Blog Post: Are you going to the Learning Gateway conference in July?

    For those who are going: I’m now writing my presentation on Information Security (where, if I mention losing USB memory sticks, I’ll be very clear to make sure I say Leicester City instead of Leicestershire, unlike this week at the SIMS Conference), and so if you’re going to be there, add a comment,...
  • Blog Post: Digital Literacy Curriculum: Now Available as SCORM Objects

    Great news! The highly successful Digital Literacy Curriculum is now available as SCORM objects that can be deployed in a Learning Platform or as part of a SharePoint/SLK implementation. The resources are free and can be downloaded from: http://cid-2fbbe67743d5177d.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Digital...
  • Blog Post: But apart from that, what have Microsoft done for us?

    This might only make sense, if you read yesterday's post , because I'm going to continue the theme. 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? Here's another...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Education Showcase 21st May

    My colleague Mark has confirmed the full list of SharePoint education partners that will be participating in the free event at our main offices in Reading on 21st May. Over the last few years more and more software and data partners have been integrating their systems into the SharePoint/Learning...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting: Learning Platform - Solution or Framework?

    Following on from the numerous conversations, demonstrations and presentations we had at the BETT show around learning platforms, ePortfolios, VLEs, MLEs, and more, this week's Live Meeting will show you how they can provide the personalised learning experiences that government policies and funding is...
  • Blog Post: Learning Gateway in action in Cheshire

    I came across an interesting case study on the Teksys website (a Microsoft Gold Certified Partners, and a supplier of the Microsoft Learning Gateway for schools & colleges). It features Sir Thomas Boteler school, and talks about their use of the latest version of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server...
  • Blog Post: Chamberlayne Park School - Creating a Resource Bank in SharePoint

    SharePoint is used in many different ways. Take a look at the example below from Chamberlayne Park School in Southampton: Dave Woolcock from Chamberlayne Park School is in the process of setting up each subject on their resource bank so teachers can upload and view files as they can for ICT. So far...
  • Blog Post: Essex school reduces paper trail with digital portal

    As silicon.com puts it: "An end to the 'dog ate my homework' excuse?" Emerson Park School in Romford has kicked off a trial in virtual learning involving 1,000 pupils and staff in line with a government drive to push technology into education. The school has committed 10 per cent of its annual...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2007 - want to really know what it can do for you?

    My colleague, Phil Allen, who's our resident educational-techie, has provided me with a document of links to really good SharePoint resources. Bless him, he wants to help you all find good stuff, but 7 pages of document, with each page containing long link lists! Phew, I think it might take a while working...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint

    Phil Allen's Link-Tastic list of SharePoint Links for Education Microsoft Office Sharepoint 2007 Resources for Education Partners Evaluator Guides and White Papers Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server 2007 Product Guide http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/HA101680161033.aspx...
  • Blog Post: Grava - what's in a codename?

    Is it me, or is there a random code-name generator somewhere in Microsoft. A but like those big clunky ones that sit in the cellars of the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall? (Okay, I know it's not true, but hey) Today's code name is Grava - something which shouldn't really have a codename at this point...
  • Blog Post: Come and visit our campus for the SharePoint Applications Showcase for education – 25th June; Thames Valley Park

    My colleague, Mark A'Bear ran a SharePoint day in March, for schools to hear from different companies that were developing software sitting on top of the SharePoint web portal. In all, 120 schools attended, and he's now running a second day, involving a further 20 partners. They'll be showing examples...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Learning Kit on SharePoint

    Yesterday I wrote about using Moodle on SharePoint, and today I feel the need to share another option for running a Virtual Learning Environment on SharePoint. This is the SharePoint Learning Kit, which is a SCORM 2004-conformant e-learning delivery and tracking application (that sounds good doesn...
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