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  • Blog Post: Little Miss Geek Wearable Tech Event

    On 25th April, the fashion and technology worlds collided at a schools event where girls were encourage to create Wearable Technology. The event, held in celebration of International Girls in ICT Day, was hosted by social enterprise company Little Miss Geek , who aim to inspire upcoming generations of...
  • Blog Post: Do any of your students want to become the next Bill Gates?

    For the last 10 years, Microsoft have held the prestigious Imagine Cup , a competition open to students around the world to use technology, creativity and knowledge to help solve global issues and make a difference in the world.   Recently Software4Students interviewed 2011 winners ‘’Team Hermes...
  • Blog Post: Re-building infrastructures, skills and lives with Microsoft Certified Trainers- the Haiti story

    Part of the reason I enjoy my role here so much in the Education team at Microsoft is the opportunity I have to see how educators around the UK can use our solutions and technologies to help others find their own potential and build skills to help make for a better and improved way of life. Andrew Bettany...
  • Blog Post: Back to School – Learn more comfortably by personalising the PC!

    Today a new blog post went live on the Microsoft Unlimited Potential blog entitled Back to School: Personalizing the PC so Students Can See, Hear, and Learn More Comfortably . This blog features a series of how-to articles, easy to follow hints and tips and videos that show educators and parents how...
  • Blog Post: Who would have thought a ‘’Turtle’’ would have come such a long way

    Recently I found a friend on FaceBook that I made whilst at primary school and haven't spoken to for over 20 years!  Whilst catching up on old times, we started to reminisce  to back to when we were little (for anyone who has ever actually met the 6’ me, may find it hard to believe I was once...
  • Blog Post: New IT Academy Certification Benefits

    From 1 st September 2011, all IT Academies and new IT Academies will receive: 10 x MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) Vouchers 20  MTA (Microsoft Technology Associate) Vouchers Teacher Readiness – if you are a teacher, you can use these vouchers and subscribe to the Microsoft Certified Trainer Programme...
  • Blog Post: Meet the UK Finalists of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011

    The Imagine Cup, started in 2003,  is an annual competition sponsored and hosted by Microsoft to give young technologists in universities worldwide the chance to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges using Microsoft tools and technology. More than 325,000 register over 100 countries however...
  • Blog Post: Essex Schools choose Live@Edu

    Essex County Council has just completed the rollout of Live@Edu to 487 schools. This was a large and complex project involving the migration of accounts and mailboxes from a third-party hosted Exchange 2007 environment to the new Microsoft cloud email service. Mark Reynolds, School Business Manager for...
  • Blog Post: Some simple guidelines on moving to the cloud

    As more and more schools will be making the change and moving towards cloud technologies over the coming months, Microsoft want to ensure that our customers have the full support and any issues or queries during this transition. Planning, implementing and obtaining the right skills to ensure that this...
  • Blog Post: Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) help schools take advantage of Microsoft IT Academy

    Gerald Haigh, Microsoft’s freelance writer,  recently spent some time with Paul Hynes, Programme Lead for New Technology at the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) to find out how SSAT’s work with their schools and the way they are helping schools to take advantage of IT Academy, following...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Learning Suite - all free add on products in one brochure

    Microsoft have been very active at many events talking about our free add on products that can assist in the classroom and learning environment, many of which were presented at BETT recently.  Wouldn’t it be great if you could find all those great FREE add on products explaining the technologies...
  • Blog Post: See Stephen Heppell using the Learning Gateway at Parklands Primary School, 8th March 2011

    Educational guru and LP+ Chairman Stephen Heppell will be presenting at Parklands Primary School , Northamptonshire on 8th March 2011 to demonstrate the future of online learning and how ICT and VLE’s can transform learning and parental engagement. School leaders, teachers and students will talk about...
  • Blog Post: London Grid for Learning to migrate 2200 to faster broadband connections with Virgin Media

    Last week, Mark Reynolds, Schools Business Manager, Microsoft,  attended the launch of ‘’London Grid for Learning 2.0’’ to gain an understanding of the new contract between them and Virgin Media Business. The London Grid for Learning has been serving London schools for over 10 years. Yes, they’re...
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft uses the Windows Server 2008 R2 features to enhance our own security

    The Microsoft IT team publish case studies of how we've used our own products within our own infrastructure - sharing their real-life experiences. This month there's a case study about the way that we've implemented the security features in Windows Server 2008 R2, along with Windows 7 on the desktop...
  • Blog Post: How fast can Windows 7 go?

    Earlier in the week PC Pro ran an article stating that Windows 7 is “ already used on 1% of PCs ”. This was lifted from some Internet metrics measured by NetApplications. It’s easy to do – each time you visit a website, your browser tells the website what version it is, and what operating system it is...
  • Blog Post: Free Event - Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 R2 – 21 Aug 2009

    Although it’s a little bit last minute, I’ve grabbed at the chance to get some of our Windows 7 & Windows Server 2008 brains together on Friday 21st August, in our Thames Valley Campus in Reading. It’s August, and I know that it is one of the busiest times for network managers, however you probably...
  • Blog Post: Managing Costs at Microsoft using IT – An insider’s view

    I was in a training session on Friday, when we were joined by the Microsoft IT team – the clever chaps that keep our IT network running right across the business, seemingly in the face of all of the odds. I believe that the odds really are stacked heavily against keeping the IT system stable, because...
  • Blog Post: A comprehensive list of what's new in Windows 7

    I’ve just finished scanning an excellent series of articles on TechNet , about what’s new in Windows 7. Whilst not every feature is critical for education, there are some areas which are answers to current challenges in education ICT. If you’re managing Information Security , then read What’s New in...
  • Blog Post: How will Windows 7 help schools – Part Five – Learning Resources

    Well, it’s the end of half-term week, and on Monday they’ll be flooding back through the doors, starting up computers that haven’t been used for a week, and then calling you to rush around from classroom-to-classroom again. So enjoy the last afternoon of peace. If you’ve enjoyed the others this week...
  • Blog Post: Churchend Primary School goes virtual

    John Hardstaff, from entrustIT, dropped me a line to let me know about the changes that Churchend Primary School, in Berkshire, have made to their ICT system recently. The first quote from Nic Allen, the school’s ICT Co-ordinator was so typical of the low-level frustrations experienced by some schools...
  • Blog Post: Virtualising IT in Warwickshire

    I have to admit that I feel a bit of a Luddite when it comes to some of the more technical sides of IT - and my mind was pre-programmed to believe that things that involved "virtualising" anything were too technical for me. But, over the last year I've come to realise that I've missed the change that...
  • Blog Post: RM Asus Minibook news

    A short snippet - the Windows XP version of the RM Asus minibook (also known as the Asus eeePC) was announced at BETT 2008, with availability scheduled for April. Well the RM website is now accepting orders for them. It comes with a decent specification - 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM - meaning that...
  • Blog Post: ICT up close and personal

    Following on from the BETT exhibition in London, one of our partners, RM are taking their show on the road. Between now and March, RM staff (and their very big truck) will be taking to the roads around the country, to visit schools, colleges and local authorities - giving you the chance to see some of...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 - Launch Invitation

    The launch team have just released the link to be able to sign up for the Windows Server 2008 launch event (actually, it's also the Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 launch too). This is going to be held on the 19th March, at the ICC in Birmingham . The event is going to feature both Microsoft and...
  • Blog Post: Is your data at risk?

    2008 hasn't really started any better than 2007 finished - a laptop is stolen from the boot of a car, containing 600,000 personal data records - heaping data disaster upon data disaster . Reality says that laptops will be stolen, even when we think they are secure. I've had a laptop stolen from a hotel...
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