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  • Blog Post: Civica at Bett 2013

    Guest post by Civica , one of our Microsoft Bett 2013 partners Why should visitors attend the Civica Stand at Bett 2013? Because we’re experts in using SharePoint for education Through its team of E Learning Consultants, Civica has built one of the most experienced SharePoint in Education services and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft at ALT-C 2012

    On the 11th – 13th September we are excited to be exhibiting at ALT-C 2012, which is taking place at the University of Manchester. ALT is a registered educational charity in the learning technology field who aim to ensure that the use of learning technology is effective and efficient, by bringing together...
  • 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: 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 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: 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: Microsoft staff and interns help raise public awareness at Brookfields School

      Brookfields School is a community special school in West Berkshire with a proven track record of providing high quality and innovative education to young people with special needs, recognised regionally, nationally and internationally. OfSTED continues to judge Brookfields School to be one of...
  • Blog Post: Learning Possibilities Plus & Parklands Primary School - How to make the most of your Learning Gateway

    Mark Stewart, our very own Strategic Partner Manager in the Education team, recently had the opportunity to visit Parklands Primary School and join their event with Learning Possibilities Plus (LP+) to understand how they are making the most of their Learning Gateway. Here is his post. It was with extreme...
  • Blog Post: Continue professional development using innovative and cost effective solutions

    Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in schools for all staff including teachers, teacher assistants, administrators and technical staff is a priority although, how many actually have a dedicated room or area for training with books, hardware and software?  Alan Stevens, Associate Principal...
  • Blog Post: ICT and saving money, 10th February 2011. West Hatch High School show you how

    Education ICT – The Future Developing ICT in education and cost saving  were a couple of the hot topics presented at the recent BETT show at the Olympia, London which are now featuring in schools across the UK and are fast becoming part of the education future. One of Microsoft’s success stories...
  • 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: Efficiency using Microsoft SharePoint Free Event - Walsall College, 9.30am-15.30pm, 28th January 2011

      Walsall College would like to invite you to a free event on 28th January 2011  showing efficiency of using Microsoft SharePoint with sessions from Walsall College, Microsoft, Capita and RSC WM . Personalisation using SharePoint Live@EDU and integration with SharePoint/Moodle Managing technology...
  • 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: 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: Translating a school website? We have an app for that

    In the ‘good old days’, whenever school leaders were presenting their school stories at conferences, they would always include the proportion of children on Free School Meals – if the number was high, it was shorthand for saying “We’re in a challenging area”. Now, I’ve noticed that people are proudly...
  • 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: Translating your school website into 30 languages

    In the ‘good old days’, whenever school leaders were presenting their school stories at conferences, they would always include the proportion of children on Free School Meals – if the number was high, it was shorthand for saying “We’re in a challenging area”. Now,...
  • 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...
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