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  • Blog Post: Shireland Collegiate Academy uses online learning tools to support education

    Shireland Collegiate Academy in Smethwick is taking advantage of the opportunities provided by e-learning to improve the education of its pupils. Lord Jim Knight went to see the facility alongside Doug Brown, director of global advisory organisation Step A International, in order to find out the ways...
  • Blog Post: Road Trip Part 2 – Shireland Academy

    After spending last Thursday morning at Great Barr School, our merry band hopped into a minibus straight over to Shireland Collegiate Academy, on the other side of northern Birmingham, in Smethwick. I’ve written about Shireland before on this blog, and their development of a Learning Gateway which is...
  • Blog Post: Innovative Schools – the “trailer” video

    Yesterday, I wrote about the Innovative Schools videos – four schools, two hours of video, 187 pages of supporting documentation and hundreds of ideas. The question from day one of the project was “ How do we make this digestible? ”. You know the situation – somebody has a great series of videos, so...
  • 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: BETT 2008 Presentation downloads

    If you missed BETT 2008, or you made it to BETT and want to use some of the presentation materials you saw, then you can now download all of the presentations we gave on the stand during the week. Most of the presentations were given by our customers, telling their stories about how they have used ICT...
  • Blog Post: New Microsoft Learning Gateway Brochure

    We released a new brochure at BETT 2008, which is an introduction to the Microsoft Learning Gateway for schools. It provides an overview of the way that the Learning Gateway can help to support you with the challenges that teachers and leaders face in schools. In sections, it illustrates how the Learning...
  • Blog Post: The Shireland Learning Gateway

    At the BETT show the Schools Minister, Jim Knight, opened the exhibition by laying out the DCSF policy initiatives for the future. One of the foci was on the government target for secondary schools to provide access to real-time reporting information, such as attendance and assessment information, for...
  • Blog Post: Last week at BETT 2008

    Last week I was very quiet on the blog - mainly because it was BETT week, when 29,000 of the UK's most enthusiastic educational ICT people gather at Olympia for a few days. Most visitors only come for a day, but those manning stands are there for the whole week, including Saturday. Perhaps next year...
  • Blog Post: Recent Education case studies

    I was reading in the paper this week that the Government are considering mandating that all schools make pupil's timetables, assessment results and attendance information available to parents and carers online. Now, I know that some schools are doing that, but it's certainly not the majority, and there...
  • Blog Post: Summer Movies II - Learning Gateway at Shireland Language College

    One of the highest profile users of the Microsoft Learning Gateway is Shireland Language College, where they use it to boost learning in their school, as well as providing a Learning Gateway service to 70 other schools in the area. The result is a Learning Gateway that connects with pupils and parents...
  • Blog Post: Talking about "Today, Next Week and Next Year" with the DCSF

    Earlier in the year, a small group from the DfES (as it was then) visited a number of high-tech companies in the US, in order to evaluate how technology would impact and support learning in the future. As a follow on from that, Microsoft were invited this week to present a summary of that information...
  • Blog Post: Harnessing Technology - a white paper to reality

    A few years ago the DfES published the e-strategy guide " Harnessing Technology " - a view of how technology would be used to support learning, raise the engagement between home and school, and to contribute to raising standards across all schools. If you don't want to wade through the 71 pages of the...
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