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  • Blog Post: Learning Possibilities: New Platform Coming Soon

    News comes in of a new Microsoft-based, learner-centred Learning Platform. We here, on the Microsoft Schools Blog , will be keeping a close eye on it. A little over two years ago, Ray Fleming quoted some thoughts here from Twynham School’s Mike Herrity on “Common reasons why Learning Platforms fail”...
  • Blog Post: Common reasons why Learning Platforms fail – Mike Herrity's view

    At the Learning Gateway Conference today, I listened to Mike Herrity talking about the Twynham School’s Learning Gateway, and specifically about how they got people in their school community using it. On one of his first slides, there was a statistic that proved they have been doing things right...
  • Blog Post: Free Podcasting Kit for SharePoint 2007

    A few days ago, the Podcasting Kit for SharePoint was released on CodePlex (our open source project hosting web site). For schools, it’s an opportunity to move into a multimedia, web 2.0 world, without losing control of either information, or users. Up until now, many of the ways that people have used...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting: Virtual Teaching – extending learning across institutional boundaries

    Learning Platforms and Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) are hot topics now, and deservedly so - in many cases they are transforming education and helping make both teaching and learning a more engaging and interactive process. Most students today have access to a range of technologies and mobile...
  • Blog Post: New Microsoft Learning Gateway Brochure

    We released a new brochure at BETT 2008, which is an introduction to the Microsoft Learning Gateway for schools. It provides an overview of the way that the Learning Gateway can help to support you with the challenges that teachers and leaders face in schools. In sections, it illustrates how the Learning...
  • Blog Post: Learning Gateway in action in Cheshire

    I came across an interesting case study on the Teksys website (a Microsoft Gold Certified Partners, and a supplier of the Microsoft Learning Gateway for schools & colleges). It features Sir Thomas Boteler school, and talks about their use of the latest version of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server...
  • Blog Post: Ergo's BETT Competitions

    One of our education partners, Ergo, have just told me about the competition they are going to run at the BETT Show in January. If you visit their stand (B100) in the main hall, you can enter their prize draw to win either a fully implemented secondary school VLE based on the Microsoft Learning Gateway...
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