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  • Blog Post: Keeping your teachers safe online

    A teaching friend spent the half-term hobbled by the fact that their computer had been infected by a worm. And as it was half-term, they’d not been able to get support from the IT team at school, so they had spent a lot of time trying to fix their laptop themselves. What is odd is that it’s a school...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer patch – time to roll it out

    I’m sure you’ve already got this covered, but just in case you have missed it, we released the update for Internet Explorer overnight to resolve the security glitch that the BBC et al have been getting all frothed up about. If you’ve got automatic updates set up on your own computer, or your school network...
  • Blog Post: Excellent BitLocker deployment advice

    As you may know, I enabled Windows Vista’s BitLocker encryption on my laptop a couple of weeks ago, and since that time I have been reassured to know that should something happen to my laptop, all of the data on it is fully encrypted and secure. The whole process was very smooth – I simply enabled it...
  • Blog Post: BitLocker’d up

    To the famous Diana Ross tune I’m Coming Out * I’m BitLocker’d up, I want the world to know, Got to let it show, I’m BitLocker’d up, I want the world to know, Got to let it show… I don’t know why it took me so long to get started. My new laptop has a TPM chip in it, and even though...
  • Blog Post: Making sure you buy the right version of Windows

    With the news this week on Information Security guidelines for schools – and the obvious need for encryption on teachers’ laptops from now on, I think it would be timely to remind you how to ensure that you buy the right licences for Windows Vista – so that you get the licences for BitLocker, which is...
  • Blog Post: Information Security

    This page contains the latest article on Information Security from the blog. For all previous articles , please take a look here. 15th September 2008: The Becta Information Security advice page for schools has been updated, and now provides a more detailed document ( Keeping data safe, secure...
  • Blog Post: Information Security – a week on

    It wasn't a slow news week last week - which must have delighted those people who weren't looking forward to the reaction from publication of the reports on Wednesday into data losses at HMRC, MOD etc. It being a fast news week (is that what a non-slow news week is?) the reports didn't make it onto the...
  • Blog Post: Broadclyst Community Primary School Case Study

    We seem to be busy at the moment, getting our customer case studies published on Microsoft’s worldwide case study website . This is partly a reflection of the fact that UK schools seem to be leading the world in their adoption of ICT to support learning ( Of course, each country thinks they’re doing...
  • Blog Post: Keeping your data safe and secure

    Two emails arrived at the same time last week, which reminded me to write about the issue of data security. The first email was Becta's ictadvicealert email ( sign up here ), which reminded readers about their information security guidance for schools- as they put it " What your school should be doing...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 is coming (near you)

    The TechNet roadshows are coming soon - in April and May the team will be on their way around the country, talking about (and showing) lots more of Windows Server 2008 and the other products launched this week. I know that the launch event in Birmingham in March was filled up very quickly, and there...
  • Blog Post: Are there any 'green' heroes in your school?

    Climate change and sustainability - these issues are at the forefront of most people's minds nowadays as it becomes more and more obvious that we need to change the way we live. In the long-term, changing the way young people relate to the planet we live on and ensuring they understand the effect we...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting: Getting the most from your PCs

    If you've ever felt there must be a better way to do things, or your teachers are always saying they need more time, then our next Live Meeting at 3.30pm on Thursday 28th February is a must for you. As teaching, learning and the day-to-day running of schools becomes more and more dependent on the...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting - Is your data secure? Top tips for data security

    As Ray's blog last week noted, data security has been a bit of an oxymoron over the last few months and something that schools, governments and individuals alike are struggling with. A question that we should all be asking ourselves is: do we know who can see the data we share? Although data security...
  • Blog Post: Broadclyst School

    Broadclyst Community Primary School, in Devon, are well known locally for the way that they use ICT to enhance learning. Knowing that they tend to be at the leading edge of new technologies, we went to look at how they are using Windows Vista to support teaching and learning in their school ...
  • Blog Post: Broadclyst Primary School and Windows Vista

    Broadclyst Community Primary School, in Devon, are well known locally for the way that they use ICT to enhance learning. Knowing that they tend to be at the leading edge of new technologies, I asked a colleague to visit, to look at how they are using Windows Vista to support teaching and learning in...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Last week at BETT 2008

    Last week I was very quiet on the blog - mainly because it was BETT week, when 29,000 of the UK's most enthusiastic educational ICT people gather at Olympia for a few days. Most visitors only come for a day, but those manning stands are there for the whole week, including Saturday. Perhaps next year...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista SP1 is coming...

    One for Network Managers: We've announced that Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista will be released in the Spring Term 2008, which is good news for those who are waiting for this before doing widescale deployments of the new operating system across your school. In advance of that the Beta is available now...
  • Blog Post: Software for school pupils - at education prices

    Students don't have much money. Christmas is coming - along with a new PC. What do they do about software? Well, it has always been possible for pupils to buy Microsoft software at educational prices (ie cheaper than they can buy it from normal retailers and online stores), but I have to admit that it...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Volume Activation Technology 2.0 - Training from Partners

    I received information from Viglen on a new training course that they are running, which is designed to demystify your options for activating Windows Vista volume licence keys. It will help you make the right decisions now, so that as more products (for example Windows Server 2008) come along using the...
  • Blog Post: How to get the best deal on Microsoft software in Education

    As you probably know, Microsoft sells our software through partners - just like consumer goods manufacturers, or people who make cars, we appoint a range of partners to supply our various products to our customers, including education. However, there are different types of partner - and knowing about...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista - a shiny, new brochure!

    We've just published a new Windows Vista brochure specifically for schools, which provides a good overview of the reasons for using Windows Vista, and the way that it can support teaching and learning in your school. Yes, it is a bit of marketing, but put that to one side, and think about what you've...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista - after hours technology events

    Our Windows Vista team have just let me know about these events coming up this month and next. If you're a technology enthusiast, these events are designed to help you get an understanding of Windows Vista. It is not designed specifically for education, but I think it will make a great opportunity to...
  • Blog Post: Summer Movies I - a look around the ICT at Long Eaton School

    I've mentioned Long Eaton before - they have everybody in school using Office 2007, and almost all of their laptops and desktop computers are running Windows Vista. And their commitment to the use of ICT to enhance curriculum delivery is backed with an exceptional level of funding from their core budget...
  • Blog Post: Using Windows Vista and Office 2007? Tell us why you like it and win...

    Lots of schools are already using Windows Vista and even more are using Office 2007. And if you are one of those, then here's your chance to tell others why you like it...and win a prize. There are two Tablet PCs up for grabs in the competition (one prize for the best Student entry and one for the best...
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