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  • Blog Post: Igniting creativity and raising standards in the classroom from ClickView at Bett 2013

    Guest post by ClickView , one of our Microsoft Bett 2013 partners At Bett 2013, ClickView will be showcasing its latest Microsoft platform technologies and reinforcing its position as a trusted innovator within the education community. Our videos play in WMV, and are built on Microsoft Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: LWF12: Anthony Salcito - The New Classroom Experience

    Anthony Salcito’s session from the recent Learning Without Frontiers 2012 Conference has now been made available online. For some inspiring thoughts on the future of teaching and learning, the session is well worth taking 20 minutes out of your day to check out. We would love to hear your thoughts in...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Lync 2010 at De Montfort University, Leicester.

      It’s becoming increasingly clear that Lync   can be a real game-changer for universities. Among the higher education institutions we’ve talked to about this recently is De Montford University (DMU) in Leicester. There, the Information Technology and Media Services (ITMS) team, led by their...
  • Blog Post: A video description of Office 365 for education

    After the announcement about Office 365 for education this morning , I thought you might appreciate this video from Jon Perera over in the States. It's a summary of the news on Office 365 for education, and describes how the new services will be available. At the moment the pricing information is in...
  • Blog Post: Tech·Ed 2010 - Download the presentation videos free

    If you've ever been lucky enough to get to Tech·Ed, you'll know that some of the best technical presenters are there, presenting some of the most useful technical content for IT managers. Each year over 100 people from UK educational institutions travel out to it (this year, it was in Berlin), but I...
  • Blog Post: The Oxfordshire ICT Schools Annual Schools Conference 2010

    Last week I spoke with Mark Reynolds, our Schools Business Manager, at the Oxfordshire ICT Conference for schools. Unlike some of these kind of events, they had a large and growing audience, partly through extending the invitation to school governors too. It meant that there was quite a mixed audience...
  • Blog Post: Need some support for deploying Windows 7?

    Although I'm afraid I can't offer to send you a top-techie from Microsoft to help you with rolling out Windows 7 in your school, I can offer a good second best, thanks to the TechNet team. They got together with some of the product and support gurus on Windows 7, and created a big batch of videos on...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in Excel 2010

    Part four of our mini series. Each day one of the Education team has made a short video on one of the Office 2010 programmes, explaining new features that might appeal to teachers. On Tuesday, I covered PowerPoint 2010 for teachers (I’m the Education Marketing Manager – which explains why I took so long...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in Word 2010 for teachers

    It’s starting to seem like a soap opera series. I kicked off with the “ What’s new in PowerPoint 2010 for teachers ” video on Tuesday, and then Ben Nunney contributed “ OneNote 2010 for teachers and students ”. Now, for Word 2010, it’s Mark A’Bear’s turn ( those of you who know some of the team will...
  • Blog Post: OneNote 2010 for teachers and students

    As I said yesterday, I’ve roped in a few colleagues to record short demos of the Office 2010 programmes. Ben Nunney pulled out OneNote 2010 from the random draw, and he immediately set off into a curriculum-led world of research and physics. Given that Ben’s an ex-secondary school teacher, I had no doubt...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in PowerPoint 2010 for teachers

    Now that Office 2010 is so close to the release date, I thought it would be a good time to start sharing a little bit more about the improvements and changes that are most relevant to education. Of course, there’s a pile of written fact sheets and guides – which I’ll share soon – but I thought you might...
  • Blog Post: What is our CIO thinking about?

    If you are responsible for a large IT system, then one of the biggest challenges you face is the huge pressure from internal and external forces for constant change – and also to reduce your budgets. The Microsoft Chief Information Officer Tony Scott is no different. I recommend taking ten minutes to...
  • Blog Post: Problem solving with ICT – the language barrier solved?

    A few times recently I’ve talked at conferences about the future of technology, and what the world will look like when today’s Year 7 students arrive in the workplace. I’ve shown our Productivity Future Vision video , and then discussed the technology and ideas behind the scenarios, including looking...
  • Blog Post: How the Office Add-In for Moodle works

    I’ve found a couple of interesting videos for the Office Add-In for Moodle , which are worth watching if you’re considering whether it will help you in your school: An introduction to the Office Add-In for Moodle , which shows you what it does, and how it works A ‘before’ and ‘after’ video , which shows...
  • Blog Post: Learning more about Live@edu

    In the Top Money Saving Tips , the ninth one was “ Stop your email servers ”.  It used the example from the DCSF "’Securing our Future’ discussion guide, which prompted schools to look for efficiency savings – the example the DCSF used was London Grid for Learning, which is planning to save...
  • Blog Post: Saving power on the go

    In the Top ICT Money Saving Tips , the second one was all around using the power saving functions of Windows , to knock £10,000 a year off your electricity bill. With perfect timing, the Windows team, over at windows.microsoft.com , have released a new video on “saving power on the go ”, which is all...
  • Blog Post: Don’t forget – enter the Innovid competition and win 20 netbooks!

    We know how busy things are for teachers this time of year, and if you’re anything like me the sunny weather is a further distraction. So I wanted to remind you that the deadline for the Partners in Learning Innovid video competition is fast approaching – but there’s still time to remind a teacher or...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure in four minutes

    This blog post is definitely for the techies amongst you! Things are changing very rapidly in the way that ICT services can be delivered and used in schools. Although most of these developments aren’t specific to education, they are addressing needs of schools. One of the developments is the Windows...
  • Blog Post: BETT 2010 - Riding the BETT rollercoaster

    It's the last day of BETT, and it's the morning after the night before ( in this case, our annual BETT staff party ). After three exhausting days it felt we needed a completely different style of "staff briefing", to get everybody awake and feeling perky. If you're not quite sure what's going...
  • Blog Post: BETT 2010 Press Release – Teachers Video Competition

    It wouldn’t be the first day of BETT without a press release or two, so let’s get the ball rolling… Kristen Weatherby, who runs our Partners in Learning project in the UK, and is also responsible for our Teachers blog , was pretty pleased this morning to announce our competition for teachers. It’s...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 in North Leamington School in Warwickshire

    In parallel with Gerald’s written case studies ( see Saturday’s post ) in September, I also managed to get out of the office, and visit North Leamington School in Warwickshire – with a film crew in tow. Although they’d only just opened, and they were adjusting to the new school site, they were very accommodating...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 – in Tony Hart mode

    This collection of videos is very clever – as you work your way through it, you’ll see that you eventually end up with some screencasts showing particular features of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. But what is riveting on the journey is the way that you navigate your way around the videos – using...
  • Blog Post: How they sell a 'laptop for students' scheme Down Under

    In Australia, the New South Wales government have committed to provide 200,000 students with their own laptop – and over the next few months they’ll be rolling them out at 5,000 a week. You can read more about their approach on ZDNet . And soon every Year 9 to 12 student in NSW public schools will have...
  • 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...
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