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    Bishop Grosseteste University bolsters collaborative, digital learning with MyDay investment


    Well established, UK-based higher education institution Bishop Grosseteste University has selected the student engagement solution MyDay, developed by Collabco, as its preferred online learning collaboration tool. The solution leverages off the collaborative qualities inherent in Microsoft Office365 and Lync to improve the engagement and learning experience for students.

    Since 1862 Bishop Grosseteste University has offered high quality courses at foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate level – as well as a variety of opportunities for professional development.


    In its bid to organise a central repository for information sharing and make a significant and lasting difference to student engagement and their ability to manage their entire University experience, the Institution invested in Collabco’s flagship product – MyDay.

    Head of IT at Bishop Grosseteste University, Richard Corn, described the offering as an ideal solution.

    “We could see the benefits of MyDay’s aggregating capabilities. It simply pulls together all the information a student needs and provides it to them in a format they want and can engage with. It is presented on any Web-enabled device and was just what we were looking for!” he said.

    “Furthermore, because it integrates with Microsoft Office 365 and Lync it would enable BGU to improve collaboration, student engagement and facilitate in enabling us to evolve our pedagogy in areas like work-based learning.”

    Empowerment of staff and students

    A user-friendly and attractive interface makes it easy for students to take advantage of the collaborative benefits of Microsoft Office365 and Lync. MyDay also ensures the University’s brand is carried forward across all interfaces, creating a familiar environment for staff and students regardless of location or device being used.

    MyDay’s student portal was rolled out in a matter of weeks, and proved how cost effective and easy the solution was to implement. The University has also identified the potential of MyDay to provide rapid access to necessary information in a timely manner for staff.

    Planning has already started for a rollout of MyDay in the summer term to bring the modern and engaging dashboard style presentation to its staff users.

    Richard has also identified process improvements enabled by the use of SharePoint Online for both students and staff. SharePoint Online is the intranet module of Microsoft Office 365, MyDay enhances collaborative learning by utilising the features of the Office 365 platform it is built on, exposing its capabilities in an enhanced, dynamic and engaging manner.

    One of the process transformations introduced will be the way the university approves announcements and notifications. Through the MyDay portal the university will allow staff to publish announcements and event notifications to students. This will improve communication flow and the fact that the more updates and feedback a student receives, the more engaged with the institution they feel and consequently the better they perform in their studies.

    Brendan Nel, Managing Director at Collabco, explains how the solution is expected to add value to the University going forward.

    “The MyDay platform will allow Bishop Grosseteste University to present their current and future systems to staff and students in an engaging format, whilst taking advantage of the great collaboration features in Office 365 such as SharePoint Online and Lync Online. The platform will grow with the University as they add more systems and present more data to their users, forming a great engagement platform for years to come. The MyDay platform will enable the University to pull through its systems in an accelerated, consistent manner, delivering them to the end users in a familiar style and format,” says Nel.

    Collabco specialise in providing technology solutions for education establishments.

    The Company believes that as students become more engaged and more interactive across virtual learning environments, the more value will be gained from its technology, expertise and knowledge of the market.

    “MyDay is a proven world-class information delivery platform for educational establishments. By offering easy access to existing information on internal and external systems, it can help to improve student engagement and cost-effectively facilitate work-based learning,” adds Nel.

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    Working together, achieving together – How Tibshelf Community School’s technology came to embody its educational mission – Part One


    •    £14.9m new school project completed in record time with ICT infrastructure at its heart
    •    Over 95% of school’s pupils expected to use BYOD provision
    •    Tibshelf Community School is a state secondary school in Derbyshire, educating 787 pupils between years 7 to 11
    •    A vital learning hub for a number of villages in the surrounding area

    Tibshelf Community School, Derbyshire serves a disparate community of nine villages spread widely across the districts of Bolsover and North-East Derbyshire. The school’s mission is ‘Working Together, Achieving Together’ in recognition of its collaborative culture. This collaborative culture is the nucleus of everything, including the school’s next generation ICT infrastructure.

    “Stone Group has been very committed to making it work for us. They have consistently gone above and beyond what was expected from our new-build project. We really wanted inspiration and an injection of fresh ideas and Stone has given us exactly that. Their collaboration with our building contractor has been exemplary and that is testament to the skilled people they have within the team. Stone is not the cheapest, but their ability to offer a total solution and service is second to none.” -  Brian Fischer, Deputy Headteacher

    The situation: outdated technology and a challenging site

    • · IT infrastructure grown sporadically since the 1980s
    • · All technology at ‘end of life’
    • · SAN 5+ yrs old, Servers 8+ years old
    • · Two Management Information Systems thanks to recent federations
    • · Just four IT suites for 750 pupils
    • · 95% of devices were desktops
    • · No WiFi due to Victorian construction of buildings

    In 2008, Tibshelf federated with another school six miles away that was underperforming and took on additional pupils at their legacy site on the High Street – a location which the school had resided in for over a hundred years.

    Brian Fischer, Assistant Headteacher explains: “Tibshelf Community School was Portakabin City for a couple of years. Our buildings were falling down, with leaks everywhere and plaster coming off the walls. We had prefabricated classrooms built for temporary use in the 1940s that were being held up by pit props! Teachers would look forward to lessons within the Portakabins as they were the best classrooms we had.”

    Four IT suites were formally structured, with 2 of the 4 being used primarily to teach ICT lessons, giving little opportunity for other faculties to access ICT. Owing to Victorian blue-brick buildings, WiFi within the school was not cost effective limiting options and proving a thorn in the side of ambitious teachers and network technicians.

    Lack of access to ICT was commented on by Ofsted, and was always raised as an issue during parent and pupil surveys. Brian gives an example of the issues: “Science teachers had a lot of creative ideas on how to use technology within lessons. They couldn’t get anywhere near any kit to book out, which meant integrating ICT into lessons was nigh on impossible.”

    The aftermath of Building Schools for the Future

    • · School was a casualty of the demise of the BSF programme
    • · Derbyshire County Council funded and approved new building project after BSF withdrawal
    • · IT budget was reduced by over 80% from original BSF £4m

    With oversubscribed pupils and inadequate school buildings that were falling down, the situation was less than ideal. Tibshelf was awarded priority on the Building Schools for the Future initiative in October 2006.

    Brian continues: “We had been patching everything on a needs-must basis, and that included ICT. We were already a couple of years behind as we weren’t spending anything in anticipation of the windfall BSF would provide our school. This made an already bad situation even worse. The ICT Support Team worked wonders with the little that they had but lack of any new equipment was hindering their progress.”

    However, Michael Gove announced in 2010 that the BSF programme was to cease, and Tibshelf’s situation became more critical.

    Brian explains: “We were extremely far down the line with the BSF project – two months away from diggers arriving on site. The Government put strict rules in place for the projects that could continue and we were only days away from meeting that threshold.”

    With no BSF project, federated pupils and crumbling facilities, the school worked up an alternative plan with Derbyshire County Council. A £14.9m building project was approved in September 2011 with money from the County Council that included £8m from other Derbyshire schools.

    Although the school new-build budget had been approved, the school’s ICT budget had been significantly impacted. With £4m earmarked through the initial BSF budget, the school had to put a strong case forward to secure funds in support of their classroom vision – eventually receiving less than 20% of the figure originally planned.

    It was not just budget that was short on supply. Schools rebuilt through the Derbyshire BSF programme historically had a period of 12 uninterrupted weeks after building had finished to install a new IT infrastructure. Time was also going to be in short supply when it came to improvements to IT, owing to construction deadlines that could not be changed.

    Building the next generation school

    • · Post BSF project changed in budget size and site footprint
    • · Collaborative classroom design with faculty staff
    • · Consultation pushed BYOD high up on the priority list

    Construction on the new-look Tibshelf Community School commenced in September 2012. Although the school had secured vital funds, the project scope had to be altered to accommodate vastly different economic circumstances. The post-BSF project budget was significantly less than it had been and meant the school’s footprint had to reduce by around 50%.

    “This made us re-look at the whole flow of the school in order to ensure we made effective and efficient use of every single square metre,” commented Brian. Tibshelf’s Senior Leadership Team consulted with teachers to answer the fundamental question – ‘What would you want in a new school?’ – and asked them to draw their ideal classroom, knowing this would put pedagogy at the heart of the new-look, accommodating for the different teaching styles of faculty staff.

    Ideas were smart and pupil-focused, for example, access to classrooms would be built outside under canopies as corridors took up vital indoor learning space – a result of the faculty’s desire for nothing to detract from the quality of the teaching environment.

    The school had the starting point of curriculum excellence. With Mark as network manager involved in all stages of this consultation, the role of technology as part of the overhaul to learning spaces was integral.

    A number of overarching themes became apparent:

    · The notion of anytime, anywhere teaching and learning. The Senior Leadership Team and governors wanted the same experience at home for all – students, teachers and admin staff should be just as productive out of school as they are in school

    · Personalised experience – to further the notion of anytime, anywhere, the faculty and students wanted to get the same experience whether working on a smartphone, PC or tablet

    Mark offers his perspective: “This meant that Any Device Learning went to the top of our strategic IT priorities. Considering where we had been with funding historically, our budget for the future and the drive from students and teachers – this made sense for us.”

    Read the second part of Tibshelf’s story here on Thursday 10th April as we discover how the school built an entirely new IT infrastructure and how ‘working together, achieving together’ became more than just a mantra.

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    Interactive Classrooms at Naace 2014


    Written by Mark Yorke, Managing Director, Tablet Academy

    It's just over a week now since the NAACE Conference at East Midlands Conference Centre where myself and my colleagues from the Tablet Academy had the pleasure of supporting Microsoft on their exhibition stand, plus the opportunity to lead a workshop on the benefits on Windows 8 tablets in education.

    The event was a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues, share ideas and meet teachers making use of technology in new and innovative ways. After a slow start and a few discussions I began to realise many people dismissed the Microsoft stand due to pre-conceived opinions like "It's Microsoft, I know what they do, they're all about the infrastructure and office..."

    I found this frustrating until we ran our hands-on workshop around 'Using Windows 8 tablets in the classroom'. For me these hands-on workshops make people realise that Windows 8 tablets do offer a complete solution for education, enabling teachers to use existing IT practices, software and resources whilst offering access to new Apps enabling changes in pedagogy.

    imageWithin the interactive workshop we only had time to cover the operating system, CreateBook (for producing eBooks) and Kodu (teaching the computing curriculum), but after the workshop and a keynote presentation from my business partner Steve Molyneux people could see why we were confident to recommend Windows 8 Tablets to schools.


    (Images:Screen shots from ebook creator CreateBook)

    A number of delegates taking part in the workshop introduced themselves afterwards as IT consultants supporting schools to embed the use of IT into the curriculum. Many confessed they had dismissed the Windows 8 Tablets but the workshop had now convinced them that actually there is more than one tablet solution on the market. One delegate even ordered a Toshiba Encore online as they walked out of the workshop, if that's not a result I don't know what is.

    Like many others I admit if you had asked me about using Windows 8 tablets in the classroom eight months ago I would have dismissed the idea, but since the new generation of tablets have entered the market including the Dell Venue Pro, or the Toshiba Encore, the market has definitely changed for the better. Schools should be sure they make an informed decision when purchasing tablets, it's now a competitive market.

    Thanks again to Graham, Anthony and the Microsoft team for the support and opportunity to be part of NAACE 2014. I'd also like to pass on a special thanks to Promethean for their support over the two days at the event, I enjoyed the ClassFlow demo and am looking forward to getting involved more in the future.

    Find out more about the Tablet Academy and their teacher training.


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    Office for iPad Tutorial Videos


    To complement some of our recent posts on Office for iPad, we have created some top level training materials on some of the key aspects of the new apps, such as activation and formatting to name a few.

    Activate Office for iPad: Are files opening as “read only” for you in Office for iPad? Then you need to activate the apps with an Office 365 account. This training video shows you how to activate them with a home, work, or school account.

    Open files from the cloud: Open workbooks from OneDrive for Business (for your work/school files) or (for your personal stuff).

    Open email attachments: Open, edit, and send back email attachments using Excel for iPad

    How saving works in PowerPoint for iPad

    Select stuff in Word for iPad: Select text and pictures expertly with your finger in Word for iPad. This training video helps you move from the mouse to the touchscreen

    These videos are just a selection of those that are available on the website.

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    Win a Microsoft Research Internship



    A Bright Minds Internship is your opportunity to work on real-world projects alongside some of the brightest minds in computer science at Microsoft Research Cambridge.

    Successful candidates will embark on an eight week internship programme starting 30 June 2014 and will benefit from a competitive salary, subsidised accommodation, free bike rental, assistance with travel costs, discounts on Microsoft hardware and software, onsite gym membership and free beverages.

    To be eligible to enter, you must:

    • Be in your penultimate year of undergraduate studies
    • Be studying engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, design, social sciences or computational sciences
    • Have strong analytical abilities and interest in research
    • Have programming skills
    • Have the right to work in the UK

    Closing date for applications is 18 April 2014.

    Visit the Bright Minds web page to find out how to apply.

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    Microsoft Azure in Education (New Infographic)


    Build the apps and workloads you want and give educators, researchers and students the performance and freedom they need to speed up collaboration and data-intensive processing.

    Learn more about Microsoft Azure could help your institution discover the modern cloud by viewing/download our new infographic below:

    If you have any questions, or would like to learn more, visit and sign up for a free trial. Alternatively, leave us a note in the comments below and we will get straight back to you.

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    Office for iPad: Some Common Questions Answered


    Further to our recent announcement that Office for iPad is now available, I just wanted to take this opportunity to share some additional information that hopefully addresses some of the queries I have been receiving via email and Twitter over the last week around both the apps and how best to license them for your faculty and students.


    Reading, viewing and presenting your content is available for free and if you have a valid Office 365 ProPlus license you can also create and edit Office documents on your iPad. This license is part of the A3 SKU and the Student Advantage SKU within Office 365 Education so you can now provide this to your faculty and students. The following deck below gives an overview of the various options available.

    Office for iPad has been written specifically for the iPad and takes full advantage of the unique features of the device that are perfectly suited for keyboard and mouse free use. The Office for iPad apps have a familiar look and feel, though, and content created using the apps will look amazing across all your devices.

    Furthermore, much like Office on a PC or Mac, collaboration and review sits at the heart of Office for iPad. Multiple people can work simultaneously on the same document. Just make sure that its saved to OneDrive, OneDrive for Business or SharePoint so that others can access your document.

    The Office for iPad apps can be downloaded directly from the App Store and can be run on up to 5 devices. Faculty and students will need to be running IOS 7 on their devices.

    For a full overview of Office for iPad in action, take the time over a coffee to watch the video below that discusses the array of Office experiences now available across multiple platforms - including Office for iPad. The whole video is worth checking out, but if you want to just watch the iPad related content, just jump to the 10 minute mark.

    So, as mentioned previously, if all you are looking to do with the apps is view content or present your PowerPoint material to colleagues, you do not need any additional licensing. Just download the apps for free from the App Store and you are up and running.

    If, however, you want to open your documents from OneDrive for Business, edit or format content on the go or save back to any of our cloud based storage options such as OneDrive or SharePoint, you would need to look into the additional Office 365 subscription options.

    If your Office 365 subscription ends, don’t worry. You will still be able to view your Office documents with Office for iPad and the data on your device is not lost. You will not, however, be able to create and edit content on your iPad until the subscription has been renewed, and this can easily be done by signing back in with a valid Microsoft Account etc.

    The table below may also be useful in terms of helping you understand the additional functionality that can be unlocked with an Office 365 Education subscription.


    If you have any questions about how best to license your faculty or students for Office for iPad using Office 365 Education, please do not hesitate to leave us a note in the comments below.

    Alternatively, drop your reseller a note and they will be delighted to help you with your query. You may also find the UK Cloud Blog interesting for additional Office 365 Education related content.

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    The Hour of Code launch video is here!


    Recent launch of

    Last month, the UK welcomed the launch of, a not-for-profit initiative aimed at inspiring young people to get into coding. The founders of created the initiative with the intention of firing up young people's enthusiasm for computer science by engaging them in an hour of code, for example coding their own Flappy game in class.

    Tools for lecturers and tutors to use in university!

    Not only can help school teachers implement Computer Science in response to the national curriculum changes in the UK as of September this year, the initiative provides proactive resources for professors and tutors in universities to implement in their classes, to get beginners following Computer Science courses on their way!

    The passion behind the initiative

    You might be asking yourself what the background to the Hour of Code initiative was? You'll see in our video below that the UK lead, Avid Larizadeh, has been using her coding skills in the most innovative and creative fashion. She hasn't used her Stanford University degree in Telecommunications Engineering (which involved Computer Science modules) in the most typical way, disproving the 'sitting away coding until 2am with pizza' stereotype which dimly sputters into young people's minds when they hear the word coding. No, conversely, Avid is a great role model for creative and glamorous career-seeking young women, as she has used her coding skills to propel her entrepreneurial visions into her own global fashion business, Boticca, the world’s luxury bazaar of fashion accessories.


    Avid shares her thoughts..

    Having the ability to understand and use computational thinking is invaluable in today's world as almost everything around us relies on technology and will continue to do so exponentially. No matter what a teenager dreams of becoming from a schoolteacher, a doctor, or a farmer, to a banker, designer, or a musician, he or she will be far more prepared and empowered to effect positive change by understanding and leveraging technological tools. Feeling empowered to innovate in whatever field you are in is not only motivating but it is also fun and the sooner young people feel this way the better it is for their future and everyone else's.Avid Larizadeh

    The number of engaged coders is rising!

    You can see that just in under a month since we blogged about the UK launch of an Hour of Code, the number of people around the globe who have completed an Hour of Code has significantly risen by just over 3 million!

    10th March 2014


    3rd April 2014


    Check out our video!

    To hear Avid talk and get your own glimpse into the UK launch of, have a look at our video!

    As a female intern at Microsoft, once afraid of technology for the very stereotype I outlined before, I empower you to share this blog and video with the girl students in your classes so they can see how attractive a career in IT really can be for women.


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    Office 365 for iPads in Education


    Announcing the Office you love, now on the iPad

    Reposted blog by John Case

    Today in San Francisco, we made some exciting announcements about our company’s mobile first, cloud first approach. Office played a big part in today’s news. Over a billion people on the planet use Microsoft Office to get more done at work and at home. Every day we hear from you how important it is to have a great productivity experience on all the devices you use. We take that very seriously – we know that means you want the authentic experience of Office, made right for the device you’re using.  Whether you’re creating an Excel spreadsheet on your tablet, authoring a Word document in the browser or making edits to a PowerPoint on your phone, you want the great Office experience you love, everywhere you are. Today, we unveiled Office for iPad® – specifically Word, PowerPoint and Excel. But this isn’t simply Office on another device. We thought a lot about what people want to do when they’re on their tablet, iPad functionality, and touch-first when we were building Office for iPad. We reimagined Office on the iPad, while retaining what people love about Office. We hope you’ll be as pleased with the results as we are. In the future, we will bring Office apps to the Windows Store and other popular platforms. In addition to Office for iPad, we’ve gone a step further in our mobile first and cloud first approach, and like Windows Phone, we’ve now made Office Mobile for iPhone and Android phones available for free.  You can read more about how we’re expanding Office across devices below.

    Office for iPad

    We know you’ve been wanting it, and starting today, you can download Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad from the App Store.  The apps have the robust capabilities and familiar look and feel that is unmistakably Office, while offering a fantastic touch experience built from the ground up for iPad.  With the free versions of the apps, you can read your Word documents, view your Excel data and present with PowerPoint. Your documents will look as good as they do on your PC and Mac®, and better than ever on your iPad.  With an Office 365 Education A3 or A4 subscription, you can edit and create new documents with the iPad. When you edit a document, you can be sure that content and formatting will be maintained across Office on PC, Mac, tablet and phone. And, you always have access to your up-to-date documents in OneDrive and OneDrive for Business.

    Your Office 365 Education A3 or A4 subscription not only gets you the Office for iPad apps installed on up to 5 tablets, but also 5 copies across Office for your PCs and Macs.  With one subscription all of your devices are covered, so you can work the way you want.

    Speak to your reseller for more information on subscriptions.

    Office Mobile for iPhone and Android phones free

    Just like Office Mobile for Windows Phone, we are making Office Mobile for iPhone and Android phones free for everyone. With Office Mobile, you have the ability to view and edit your Office content on the go.  Office Mobile is available in the App Store and Google Play.

    Office documents look better than ever on iPad. They look just as they do on your PC or Mac. In Word, images, tables, SmartArt, footnotes, equations are all there, perfectly formatted. Formulas, charts, sparklines, conditional formatting, and filters in Excel help you make better decisions. PowerPoint presentations pack a punch with transitions, animations, speaker notes and much more. When presenting, you can even use a built-in laser pointer, pens and highlighters to get your point across.

    Excel on iPad

    A familiar Office experience designed for iPad. What makes these apps unique is that they strike just the right balance between being unmistakably Office and being designed for the iPad. If you use Office on a PC or Mac, the iPad apps feel very familiar, so you are comfortable and confident using these apps right away. The Ribbon layout and experience is familiar, with the most common commands under Home, and Chart commands automatically show up when you select a chart.

    PowerPoint on iPad

    At the same time, these apps were created from the ground up for iPad. The large touch areas on the Ribbon and in overlay menus make it simple to create, edit and format documents using only touch. Resize and rotate objects like pictures with touch-friendly handles. When you hold and move the objects, text flows smoothly around them. No keyboard and mouse required. You can even use iPad features like voice dictation to draft a Word document or AirPlay® to project a presentation wirelessly on a TV screen.

    Edit, create and collaborate with confidence. When you edit documents with the Office for iPad apps, you can be sure that you won’t lose any content or formatting. Documents will look exactly how you intended in Office on PC, Mac, tablet and phone – regardless of which device you used to make the edits. Moreover, the apps have a remarkably rich feature set to create beautifully designed documents.

    Office on iPad

    In addition, the apps make it easy to work together. Simply share your content with others thanks to OneDrive and then work simultaneously with multiple people on the same document or presentation.  And, reviewing documents is now great on the iPad.  Word documents can track changes, have threaded comments and easily accept or reject edits all right on the iPad.

    Word Author Collaboration on iPad

    Made for the cloud and Office 365. Since educators want to be able to get things done everywhere, the apps are seamlessly integrated with Microsoft’s cloud services. The apps let you access up-to-date documents in OneDrive, OneDrive Pro and SharePoint. It’s easy to pick up from where you left off, because the apps know what documents you were working on last, no matter what device you were using. Even if you don’t have an Internet connection for a while, you’ll still be able to work on the documents you’ve recently used on the iPad.

    PowerPoint Recent on iPad

    Finally, here are answers to some questions you may have:

    Q: How much does Office for iPad cost?

    A: You can download the Office apps for free and read, view and present documents, spreadsheets and presentations.  To get the full editing and creation experience, you need an Office 365 Education A3 or A4 subscription. Office 365 gives you always-up-to-date versions of Office across your PC, Mac and iPad, and much more.

    Q: Can I try Office for iPad?

    A: Yes, you can read, view and present documents, spreadsheets and presentations for free.  To get the full editing and creation experience, you can sign up for a free 30 day Office 365 trial at Then download the Office for iPad apps in the App Store.  During your trial period, you can use Office across your PC, Mac and iPad.

    Q: What Office 365 subscription plans include Office for iPad?

    A: Office 365 Home, Office 365 Small Business Premium, Office 365 Midsize Business, Office 365 E3 and E4 (Enterprise and Government), Office 365 Education A3 and A4, Office 365 ProPlus, and Office 365 University. The new Office 365 Personal will also qualify when it becomes available later this spring.

    Q: What are the system requirements for Office for iPad?

    A: You need an iPad running iOS 7.0 or later.

    Q: What languages and markets is Office for iPad available in?

    A: We offer Office for iPad in the following 29 languages: Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish , Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish , Brazilian Portuguese, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish , Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian.

    As of today, Office for iPad is available in the following 135 markets: Albania, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo, Republic of, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Republic of, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Fed. States of, Moldova, Republic of, Mongolia, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, St Lucia, St Kitts & Nevis, St Vincent & Grenada, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Zimbabwe.


    Mac, iPad, and AirPlay are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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    A student/intern review on Windows 8 Notebook devices in education: featuring the Packard Bell Easynote ME69BMP 10.1


    Our final devices in education Notebook blog features the Packard Bell Easynote ME, which is a 10.1" touch screen notebook retailing at a fantastic £259.99


    What a bargain!

    Out of all the Notebooks I've blogged about, the price-point of the Packard Bell EasyNote retailing in at £259.99 is fantastic! Let me explain why: Not only does it provide the full Windows experience for teachers and students, but to sweeten the deal, it includes touch capabilities which has to be one of the most attractive price offerings for a device including touch. Finally, the whipped cream-smothered cherry on the top is thanks to the generous inclusion of Office 365 Home and Student 2013!

    This means you can sign into your Windows 8 account remotely on your notebook after school and access your saved personal settings and preferences. You can also of course access your favourite Windows 8 Education apps and study/work away using your favourite Office tools such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook with ease, by swiping to browse, and typing to create.


    Great resolution for creative work

    What I particularly enjoyed about the Packard Bell Notebook was that despite its slightly smaller size, the screen resolution is higher than most of the other Chromebooks and notebooks on the market, so when I linked it up to my desktop to do creative work, the picture quality was fantastic. It was a pleasure to use, particularly as my eye sight isn't the best and looking at pixilated work for long periods can be wearing.

    This could be really effective for students who want to link up a PowerPoint presentation or media they've brought in from home to the interactive board at university, college or school. Likewise, for educators presenting to students in class, the Packard Bell Notebook would be excellent.

    The notebook for Computer Science

    Going back to the excellent screen resolution, this would be the ideal mobile device for a Computer Science student to carry around and work from as they could simply link it up to a desktop at college or university and enjoy coding apps and creating games with a fantastic image quality.

    Additionally, the Packard Bell Easynote has a pretty powerful Intel Celebron N2805 Processor which would pack enough punch to support coding activities.


    Ultimately, the Packard Bell Easynote ME along with the collection of Notebooks which I have had fun using for the past week, are a great range of Education-friendly notebooks that I would recommend for students and teachers from Primary up to Higher Education. With Windows 8 and cloud functionality, they provide you with the tools to sign into your Microsoft account and Office 365 credentials and pick up the work you left off on the Windows 8 desktops at school. Finally, their light weight and portability make them easy to carry around, without having to worry about scratching the screen or purchasing any add-on cases.

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