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    Information Security - it's all go now...

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    Yesterday I pointed out that the updated Becta advice appeared to ban schools from removing student data from the school, but that the advice wasn't very clear. Since yesterday, they have updated their advice to schools, and now give much clearer, and...
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    Martin Bean at NAACE 2009

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    Martin Bean is my favourite Microsoft presenter. He delivers his presentations with fantastic passion,and really grabs you at an emotional level. In some ways, he always leaves me feeling inadequate, either because I aspire to reach his level of presentation...
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    What’s that icon Dad?

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    Both of my children (9 & 13) are fluent with technology – it is simply a part of their life, in the way that TV was a part of mine. It is often a challenge to keep up – they were into interactive online communities before I got truly understood their...
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    What does Windows 7 run on?

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    In Thursday’s blog post on Windows 7 release dates , I asked if you’d had a chance to run the Beta or Release Candidate version on one of your older machines yet – and I received a welcome deluge of emails from people who had. It would take me ages...
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    My First EduGeek Conference

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    Just a few weeks into my new role at Microsoft as the UK Education Marketing Manager, I received an email from Chris Byers, founder of EduGeek.net , kindly inviting me to attend the 2011 conference in Preston. For those unfamiliar with the community...
  • Microsoft UK Schools blog

    Network Managers and Teachers have a relationship problem

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    We’re thinking about how our activities online (like this blog, our other education blogs , the Partners in Learning Network , and the main Microsoft UK Education website ) can be developed to support schools more – and meet the needs of different people...
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    The Internet isn’t working

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    My favourite humbug phrase is “ The Internet is down ”. It’s a phrase people use, but it winds me up. Somebody walks in and says “ The Internet is down ” or “ The Internet isn’t working ”. I ask you? Like 3 billion nodes, millions of switches/hubs/routers...
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    Creating my first Photosynth

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    Today, I’m in London, and inspired by Alan’s IT Suite Photosynth yesterday, I thought I’d have a go. And I am astounded at how easy it turned out to be. I took my photos of Westminster Cathedral , which is right outside of our office. Just before you...
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    Information Security – it’s not black and white

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    I’m continuing to read the new Becta guidance documents on Information Security, and think about the consequences. After a few discussions with people, and comments from others here and elsewhere, I thought I’d try a to create a visual way of understanding...
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    What do I think?

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    Yesterday, a colleague sent me an email asking “Off the top of your head, if there were three things that you’d love to say to a chief education policymaker, what would they be?” I was on a train at the time, had 5 minutes to respond, so it’s not terribly...
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