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  • Blog Post: Let the techies do the tech. You, with your colleagues, are leaders of learning

    Guest Post by Education Writer Gerald Haigh It’s clear that because Office 365, cloud-based, is licensed free to education, many more school leaders are going to be attracted by rich possibilities that they may previously have thought unaffordable. The savings on servers and maintenance alone can run...
  • Blog Post: Surface RT– Academic Offer

                                            Students with a valid academic email address can now save 10% when they purchase any Surface RT device through Microsoft Store! The offer is available for students...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft IT Academy in Schools, Colleges and Universities

    The Microsoft IT Academy Program can provide benefits to all parts of a school or college. Here are a few of the core functions and the potential benefits that will be most relevant. Here is a set of current questions which the UK Academic and Education teams have received: The Head of School · I need...
  • Blog Post: A Simple Way to ‘Poll’ Students

    In a classroom near Bangalore, India, young students packing a classroom eagerly wave sheets of white paper covered with black symbols. They aren’t misbehaving—they are participating in a test of new educational technology pioneered by a team at Microsoft Research India . Those paper sheets could offer...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup worldwide finals 2012

    This weekend, students from 75 countries have been competing at the Imagine Cup worldwide finals – each team aiming to win in the finals tomorrow. It's a massive event – hundreds of students showcasing their technology innovations and ideas for making the world a better place. Sadly, the Australian Team...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark for students – here’s what you can do

    Imagine you want to build your own house; you’ve managed to acquire your piece of land, got your planning permission and grabbed a few raw materials. Now, do you grab your trowel and bricks cementing away with just a vague idea of what you want your finished house to look like? Of course you wouldn’t...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark – your questions answered

    Since its introduction in 2001, students and educators around the world have utilised DreamSpark to support and advance their learning and skills through technical design, technology, maths, science and engineering activities. This software equips them with the tools they need to succeed during their...
  • Blog Post: What is DreamSpark?

    DreamSpark is a platform that offers free software and tools to support students - it’s the place to get all our developer and designer tools for free. In this video, students, lecturers and IT Professionals explain what DreamSpark is and how it can be used. What is DreamSpark?
  • Blog Post: Free software from DreamSpark and MSDN Academic Alliance (for students it’s free!)

    Phil Cross,Academic Audience Manager and also known as one of our resident DreamSpark and MSDN AA guru’ recently posted this story on the UK Students blog that I wanted to share with you. It makes for some interesting reading – and hey, for students it’s free! So let them know about our cool free products...
  • Blog Post: Will the current generation of UK students shape the future of business?

    I've no doubt it’s an important question to look at - and one that businesses in the UK need to address now if we are to ensure today’s students are skilled effectively. Today's students may not revolutionise the UK and the entire world (although many may think they will!), but the unique skills and...
  • Blog Post: Something for your parent newsletter? Avoiding scams

    While he was working from home, a friend of mine recently got a phone call, from "Microsoft support", claiming to want to help him fix his PC. Fortunately, he's the suspicious type. And he's right to be. It's a scam - and I've now heard that other people are getting the same calls. Obviously, we have...
  • Blog Post: Home Access with Assistive Technology–grants still available

    Although the main Becta Home Access programme has now closed to new applications, there are still plenty of grants for free computers available for learners who qualify for the Assistive Technology scheme. These grants are for a child that has severe disabilities or a statement of Special Educational...
  • Blog Post: The Home Access Programme opens up again–briefly

    I’ve just read on the Home Access website that the programme has been re-opened, after it closed in mid-June. The reason is that there are some parents who’ve not returned their grant application forms. Limited funding is still available for the Home Access main programme due to some families choosing...
  • Blog Post: How do I get a job at Microsoft?

    You may not be surprised to learn that it’s a frequent question that I get asked. And in the summer holidays I know that people’s thoughts often turn to their future, so I thought it was time to share the answer more widely. The answer is partially straightforward – you watch http://careers.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting–What’s new in Office 2010 for students and teachers

    Following on from the Deploying Windows 7 Live Meeting last month, Richard Lane (who’s our resident techie in the Education team) is hosting a pair of Office 2010 Live Meetings in July. As it is a Live Meeting (or, its alternative moniker, a ‘webinar’), you don’t need to leave your desk, and no travel...
  • Blog Post: The Home Access Programme starts to wind down

    Becta have updated the Home Access website to say: Last call for application packs to be sent to eligible families... The Home Access has been very successful with over 200,000 grants awarded. Based on current application return rates it is unlikely that we will be sending...
  • Blog Post: Four out of five schools outsource their ICT –Things I Learned Last Week #7

    This week, I’ve been reading the Becta Harnessing Technology Survey in a lot more detail, and especially some of the spreadsheets of questions which didn’t make it into the final report. And the following things I learned are courtesy of the survey. 1. Four out of five schools are already outsourcing...
  • Blog Post: How and why students use the internet

    There’s some fascinating data in the latest Ofcom “ UK Children’s media literacy ” report, which gives an insight into the lives of children between the ages of 5 and 15. Rather than being a survey which lumps all children together, this report breaks down the data into three age ranges (5-7, 8-11 and...
  • Blog Post: European Schoolnet programming competition

    Seems to be all about competitions today. Although this one is sponsored by Microsoft in Europe, it’s taken a few weeks for news of it to cross the Channel, so sorry for the delay! If you’re teaching ICT, then you may have some students who are interested in this competition run by European Schoolnet...
  • Blog Post: Make IT Happy Competition 2010

    The 4th annual Make IT Happy competition, with a theme of “Get your community online”, is run by the Parliamentary IT Committee and e-skills UK. It is open to primary schools who have run an innovative, community focused IT project created by 9-11 year olds. You can enter a project your school is already...
  • Blog Post: Home Access Suppliers 2010 – recommended Home Access suppliers

    When the Home Access Programme was first announced by Becta, in January 2010, there were six suppliers on the scheme, where parents could spend their grant cards. And Becta have recently announced an additional four suppliers. Which means that your parents have ten different suppliers they can turn to...
  • Blog Post: One quarter of Home Access Grants now in parents’ hands

    I’ve been at the NAACE Conference this week (more to come on that later today), and this morning Terry Piggott from Becta talked briefly about the Home Access Programme. Up to yesterday, 77,058 grants for free computers and internet connections had been issued to parents – which is nearly a third...
  • Blog Post: Free anti-virus protection for staff and student owned computers

    I was suprised to discover I hadn’t blogged this before. So if you’ve renewed an anti-virus subscription for your home computer since last October, when this was launched, then I’m sorry! We have launched a free anti-virus programme, Microsoft Security Essentials , which is for Windows XP, Windows...
  • Blog Post: Kodu Game Lab – using gaming to interest students in programming

    I know it’s half-term, and therefore most teachers aren’t in school. But then, there’s more time to play with new stuff in half-term! So I thought I’d blog it anyway. There aren’t enough students studying computing subjects – this PC Pro article’s chart shows just how bad it is expect to get – and at...
  • Blog Post: Saving money with ICT – Answering the real question "How much money will I save?"

    So, if you’ve been following the Top ICT Money Saving Tips, how much money could you actually be saving, using my Switch-Stop-Save strategies? I thought I’d go back and find out. Save £400,000 over 3 years If you’re not already doing some of the things in this list, then a secondary school...
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