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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Supports the iDEA Programme in Partnership with the Duke of York

    Getting young people into the digital industry and entrepreneurship Microsoft Ventures in the UK recently announced a new partnership with the Nominet Trust and the Duke of York to help support the iDEA Programme , which aims to support more than one million young people to pursue their own ideas...
  • Blog Post: Using tablets in education: learn about the key features of Windows 8

    Originally posted by Carlos I. James Gutierrez With the upcoming launch of Microsoft’s Surface Pro across 21 markets, customers can more easily edit, collaborate, and get things done from one device that they use from home, the office, and while on the road. As these new computing scenarios bring potential...
  • 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: EES Training course with Viglen, Friday 16th September 2011

    Do you want to know more about EES (Enrolment for Education Solutions)? Do you need to know more about Microsoft licensing, including: Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES) What is EES The impact on Schools & LA’s The impact on HE/FE Client/Server Licensing What is a Client Access Licence (CAL...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft EES/Licensing workshop with Viglen – University of Sussex 15th April 2011

    Do you want to know more about Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES)? As one of the top licensing resellers in the UK as well as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), Viglen are well placed to understand the licensing needs of their customers. A training course is now available at the University...
  • 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: Webcast: How to deploy Windows 7 when you’re tied to IE6

    If you are one of the schools that need to use Internet Explorer 6 to stay compatible with a specific application you use, then you may find it useful to know that there are options to help you to move your ICT infrastructure forward, whilst keeping IE6 support on your network for certain users. One...
  • Blog Post: Summer Camp 2010 – Teachers learning from Teachers

    One of the best events Kristen and Stuart (who are the Microsoft UK Partners in Learning team) ran last year was the Summer Camp, where teachers created resources for teachers, the results of which can be found here . Due to popular demand we are running the event again this year, and we are making it...
  • Blog Post: Academic discount code for Tech∙Ed Europe in Berlin

    There are normally over 50 UK Education attendees for colleges, universities and local authorities at Tech∙Ed Europe , which is in Berlin this November 8 – 12. Given that there’s a growing band of “in-school developers”, then perhaps this may be of interest to some school staff. It’s a full week of deep...
  • 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: Computing at School – the free 2010 Teacher Conference

    The Computing at School Working Group is an informal group that aims to promote the teaching of computing at school. The membership is broad, and includes teachers, examiners, parents, university faculty, and employers – and the Microsoft Research group in Cambridge are one of the backers. The focus...
  • 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: TechNet webcasts

    Each month the TechNet and MSDN teams over in the US host a wide range of webcasts on technical subjects. And, of course, next week’s half-term holiday might give you a chance to catch up on some professional development. As they are held on Pacific Coast time, they first one of the day is normally timed...
  • 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: Free staff training – the UK Innovative Teachers Forum

    Kristen and Stuart, who run our Partners in Learning programme, spend their time helping teachers to get most effective use from ICT in their classroom. They have found that one of the most effective ways to help teachers is to give them time to share experiences with other teachers, learn from innovators...
  • 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: Learning Gateway Conference on 15th July in Birmingham

    Alex Pearce, from Great Barr School in Birmingham, is the UK’s only Microsoft MVP for education (MVP= Most Valued Professional), which means he has access to early product information, and worldwide communities of SharePoint specialists. A lot of what Alex does is related to his school’s Learning Gateway...
  • 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: 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...
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