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    Free Search - The 10th Day of Christmas

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    A few weeks ago, we introduced the new Search Server 2008 (this is software based, not another box for the server room), which allows you to make it easier for people within your school or local authority to find information published on your network...
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    Robotics - Third day of Christmas

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    My colleague, Paul Foster, works in the part of our business that talks to developers - both the commercial variety and student developers. One of the things they are constantly trying to do is to find new ways to engage students with the idea that programming...
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    ICT Funding Grants 2008-2011

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    At the end of last month, Becta added some information on its website about the Harnessing Technology grant for ICT, being allocated to English local authorities and schools from April 2008. It answers some questions you may have, but leaves out one big...
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    Office Offline

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    It's coming up to Christmas, and then it will be New Year - and I'll have to write a New Year resolution. So time to start building a habit that I want to break (isn't that how everybody does it?). I've been reading a colleague's Office Offline blog for...
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    Photo Story 3 - The 11th Day of Christmas

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    I was reviewing some of my colleagues notes from the World Innovative Teachers Forum in Helsinki, an event that we host annually for teachers and government attendees from all around the world, and saw a note that many teachers there were using Photo...
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    More Free things - the 6th-7th-8th-9th Days of Christmas

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    I'm sorry - for the last three days I have been the victim of a virus doing the rounds here in North Oxfordshire. So instead of sitting behind a keyboard, and giving your more Christmas gifts, I have been behind a duvet, trying to recover (and not infect...
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    The Twelfth Day of Christmas

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    Congratulations, you made it through to Christmas. But it's Christmas Eve. Shouldn't you be putting your feet up? Relaxing? Getting ready for tomorrow's festivities? Well, I know that in many schools, Christmas, Easter and the summer holidays mean "IT...
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    SharePoint Training - the fifth day of Christmas

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    Today's gift is free online SharePoint training resources. I used these for the first time last week (even though I've been using SharePoint for 15 months). I have already customised my MySite, to add a wiki for my colleagues, and to put it directly on...
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    Windows Live SkyDrive - Second day of Christmas

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    Continuing my run of 12 Days of Christmas, here's my gift for today. 1GB of free online storage This year, USB memory sticks have been a recurring theme - I've given them away at events, I've distributed files on them, and in talking with students, it...
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    What are 21st Century Skills?

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    A colleague and I were engaged in a debate recently, in a team meeting, when we were discussing plans for BETT 2008. For the show we've added three themes to Microsoft's "Realising Potential" message. Those three themes are: Raising Standards ...
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