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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Academy: Investing in your Future

    With so much buzz around cloud services and architecting your business for the cloud, it’s easy to feel left behind. Don’t fret; there are plenty of ways to keep up with the latest and greatest news, information and training. If you’ve not heard about the Microsoft Virtual Academy before then you’re...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Bootcamp - Powered by Tech.Days, Edinburgh 11th November 2011

    If you are a developer looking to take advantage of cloud computing, but you haven’t yet taken the plunge, this free day of training is the quickest way to get up-to-speed with Microsoft’s offering; Windows Azure. We’ll take you from knowing nothing about the cloud to actually having written some code...
  • Blog Post: Apply to join the Microsoft UK Innovative Schools Programme

    One consistent message that I've been hearing from schools is that training budgets are being cut dramatically, and there are fewer CPD opportunities for teaching staff. And over time this could have an impact on the adoption of ICT in your school - how do you get support and help for teachers in your...
  • Blog Post: Reminding teachers about some of the things that Office can help them with

    If you’re like me, you’ve been bought up using Office. As each new version comes along, you discover new features, and you latch onto them. I remember when Pivot Tables were first introduced into Excel, and how it made life so much easier. I still find myself wanting to use the new animations...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft software for schools, from the Fun and Free Friday event

    Today, we had a fantastic day at the office, when we hosted the “ Fun, Free Friday for Schools ”. Just over 100 schools attended, and we had an absolutely packed agenda, as we demonstrated lots of the free Microsoft software available for schools to use. All of the links to the various...
  • Blog Post: Are you ready to deploy Windows 7? Need a bit more help?

    Thanks to Rich from Bechtle , I know where you can get some help. Rich has just blogged about the Windows 7 Deployment Learning Portal on his Software Ruminations blog . Windows 7 Deployment – the Learning Portal We spend almost $10 billion a year on research and development, and so each time we release...
  • Blog Post: Ready-made IT user documentation

    When I started working at Microsoft, I hadn’t been in such an open, technology rich culture before. And with so many IT systems around, and so many different software resources, my head was buzzing. In fact, I remember that at the end of the first week, the number of links in my Favourites was massive...
  • Blog Post: Ribbon Hero – combining games and learning

    It seems that one of the trendy topics discussed at education conferences these days is the combination of gaming and learning. Most of the time, it’s discussed in the context of the classroom or of students, but I’ve just learnt that we’ve now applied it to product training, in one of our experimental...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Academy Licence To Learn Tour

    If you aren’t yet an IT Academy, then it’s definitely something to look into for 2010.  I’ve written about it before – in this blog post – and I think it is a programme which works very well for secondary schools. (In a nutshell it allows you to offer Microsoft certifications to your students, staff...
  • Blog Post: Where are all the freebies now the budget's cut

    I received this query by email from an international colleague: “I heard that MS UK Education team created a DVD with all free products/links to Microsoft web sites that are potentially beneficial to teachers and students, and that you shared this with your education audiences. Can you point me to the...
  • Blog Post: Joe’s non-Netbook – another INSET video

    This is a continuation of Friday's blog post about video resources for INSET training I was looking through a presentation called “ The PODs are coming ”, which was all about Personally Owned Devices and their effect on schools and learning, when I came across this video, which would make an ideal...
  • Blog Post: INSET training materials and videos for September 09 – Part One

    It may be a little early to write this, but I’m aware that some of you will be starting to think (perhaps subconsciously) about starting next term well. And for many schools this will mean the day before the pupils arrive – the INSET day. For the benefit of readers outside of the UK, INSET stands...
  • 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 One – The Overview

    It's half-term week, so that should mean a quieter time than normal, with less students and teachers wandering into the IT room. So I thought this week might be a good time to share some training/planning resources for Windows 7 with you. I’ve watched a batch recently, and have been very impressed with...
  • Blog Post: Shift Happens to students

    Of course, you’ll have seen the UK version of Shift Happens that I created in 2007 too many times already. But recently, I’ve been asked by various people to create mini-versions for specific events. And finally, the penny has dropped that I can share them with you if I used a copyright-free soundtrack...
  • Blog Post: Partners in Learning Progress report

    The Partners in Learning (PiL) programme from Microsoft has been running for 5 years now (and 3 years in the UK), and has supported a wide range of educational projects in conjunction with government and educational agencies worldwide. In the UK, we've been working with organisations including the TDA...
  • Blog Post: Are your teachers creating digital resources?

    Your head teacher may well have received information from Becta and the NEN (National Education Network) about the opportunity to bid for funding to create digital online learning resources. The project will fund 30-50 schools to create and share resources, with each school receiving grants of up to...
  • Blog Post: Partners in Learning programme relaunched

    For the last 5 years we have been running a programme, called Partners in Learning, to extend and expand the development of learning, and especially the ways that ICT can support learning in schools. Globally this programme has invested £125 million into projects run in partnership with governments,...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting - Heavy Workload? Try collaborating for success

    Collaborative working is seen to be the way forward to help us all work better and more efficiently and ensure that everyone has easy access to the resources they need, wherever they may be. In schools, that is often more tricky, as individuals are often not available at the same time - some will...
  • Blog Post: More Free things - the 6th-7th-8th-9th Days of Christmas

    I'm sorry - for the last three days I have been the victim of a virus doing the rounds here in North Oxfordshire. So instead of sitting behind a keyboard, and giving your more Christmas gifts, I have been behind a duvet, trying to recover (and not infect the family). I don't know what the usual winter...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Training - the fifth day of Christmas

    Today's gift is free online SharePoint training resources. I used these for the first time last week (even though I've been using SharePoint for 15 months). I have already customised my MySite, to add a wiki for my colleagues, and to put it directly on my home page. And I've linked my SharePoint document...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting 2007 in Education – Virtual Classrooms, Remote Learning and more

    This Thursday (6 th December), why not join us for a Live Meeting about Live Meeting! 3.30-4.30pm With the advent of the new version of Live Meeting (2007), functionality has now been implemented that’s been specifically designed for education and training organisations. Live Meeting can extend the reach...
  • Blog Post: Scheduled Education Briefings Online

    Over the next few months, we are going to running a series of briefings on specific aspects of ICT in education, relating to some of our newer technologies and their use in education. They are all running as Live Meetings, where you are able to watch the PowerPoint presentation on your screen, and hear...
  • Blog Post: Getting students and staff started with Office 2007 - some handy help

    Even amongst those schools who are moving to Office 2007 this summer, one common fear is whether students/teachers will be able to quickly transition to the new Fluent interface in Office 2007. (From talking to schools that have already made the move, this wasn't an issue, and any new software actually...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Academy - IT training for students, local businesses and staff

    Looking for new ideas for 2008? Perhaps you've got IT skills on your list of development areas for your staff? And also "raising funds for school" is one of the action items that's been on your list for a while? Well, those are basically some of the ideas behind the Microsoft IT Academy. With almost...
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