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    £20,000 scholarship for Computer Science teachers

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    Taken from the Department for Education press release and educationgovuk

    As part of the Government's mission to ensure Britain competes and thrives in the global race, Education Secretary Michael Gove today set out plans to boost the teaching of Computer Science by training up the first generation of outstanding new teachers in this vital subject.

    This comes as the Government announces the end of funding for the current outdated Information and Communications Technology (ICT) teacher training courses, to make way for new Computer Science courses from September 2013.

    Top graduates will be enticed into a career in teaching with a new prestigious £20,000 scholarship programme set up with BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and supported by industry experts such as Microsoft, Facebook, BT and IBM.

    Industry experts, working with education professionals, have also for the first time ever set out the requirements for the subject knowledge and attributes all new Computer Science teachers should have before they start their training. This includes being able to demonstrate an understanding of key Computer Science concepts and approaches such as algorithms, data representation and logic.

    This is all part of the Government’s drive to recruit and train a new cadre of teachers with the expertise and enthusiasm to drive improvement in the quality of Computer Science teaching in schools.

    A recent Royal Society report looking at computing education in UK schools found teaching was ‘highly unsatisfactory’. It said that many pupils were not inspired by what they were being taught and gained nothing beyond basic digital literacy skills such as how to use a word-processor or a database.

    Education Secretary Michael Gove said:

    Computer Science is not just a rigorous, fascinating and intellectually challenging subject. It is also vital to our success in the global race.
    If we want our country to produce the next Sir Tim Berners-Lee – creator of the Web – we need the very best Computer Science teachers in our classrooms. They need to have the right skills and deep subject knowledge to help their pupils.

    Around 50 scholarships worth £20,000 each will be available in the first year. Any graduate with a 2.1 or first class degree will be eligible to apply for the scholarship to do a Computer Science Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course.

    Working with experts in the industry and in teaching practice, BCS will award scholarships to candidates with exceptional subject knowledge, enthusiasm for the study of Computer Science as well as an outstanding potential to teach. BCS’s relationship with the scholars will continue into their teaching careers to develop a cadre of outstanding Computer Science teachers who are part of a community across schools, universities and industry.

    Bill Mitchell, Director of BCS Academy of Computing, said:

    The UK needs far more technology creators and entrepreneurs if we are to stay competitive in the global economy. That means students need to be taught not just how software and hardware works, but also how to create new digital technology for themselves.

    The best way to do that is to have outstanding computer science teachers in as many schools as possible, which is why these new initiatives are so important.

    Ian Livingstone, Life President of Eidos and Chair of Next Gen Skills, said:

    Having dedicated, high-calibre computer science teachers in schools will have a powerful effect. They will inspire and enable children to be creators of technology rather than being simply passive users of it.  Whether it’s making games, fighting cyber-crime or designing the next jet propulsion engine, computer science is at the heart of everything in the digital world in which we live. It is essential knowledge for the 21st century.

    The BCS scholarship comes as part of the Government’s teacher training strategy, Training our next generation of outstanding teachers. It follows on from the success of the physics scholarship with the Institute of Physics, a recent announcement of a new scholarship with the Royal Society of Chemistry.

    The plans announced today also include:

    • Allowing top universities and schools to provide new Computer Science teacher training courses from September 2013, whilst ending Government funding for the current Information and Communications Technology (ICT) courses. This follow on from the Government’s announcement earlier this year freeing up the ICT curriculum to allow schools to focus more strongly on Computer Science.
    • New, tough requirements for the subject knowledge and attributes all new Computer Science teachers should have. This includes being able to demonstrate an understanding of key Computer Science concepts and approaches such as algorithms, data representation and logic.
      This has been designed by a panel of experts including representatives from the grassroots Computing at School Working Group along with professional associations such as the British Computer Society (BCS), Naace and the Association for Information Technology in Teacher Education (ITTE).
    • Training up around 500 teachers in Computer Science through a new ‘Network of Computer Science Teaching Excellence’. Part funded through a £150,000 Government grant, over the next year existing teachers with an ICT background will be trained to better teach Computer Science. Around half of these will be expert teachers who will share their skills and knowledge with other teachers across the country and help support professional development for their colleagues.
      The network will help forge long-term links between schools, top universities involved in Computer Science and employers. Around 540 schools have already registered interest in the network and top university Computer Science departments including those at Cambridge, Imperial and Manchester and employers such as Microsoft, BT and IBM have also signed up.

    Professor Chris Bishop, Distinguished Scientist at Microsoft Research, said:

    Microsoft is passionate about improving the way that we teach technology in schools, but also how we use technology to teach. As founding members of the Computing at School working group, we’ve been working to inspire both teachers and young people about the importance of computer science for a number of years.

    Scholarships such as those announced today will be vital in ensuring that the UK maintains a healthy pipeline of computer science talent, which can only be a positive thing for this country’s future prosperity.

    Simon Milner, Facebook’s Director of Public Policy for UK & Ireland, said:

    Facebook welcomes the scholarship programme for teachers announced by the Government today. It is a positive step to help get high quality computer science teachers in schools, and therefore ensure more young people gain the right skills to join and lead our digital industries.

    We get excited by how the work of Facebook engineers and outside developers is transforming the way millions of people communicate, so we can't wait to share our passion and expertise in this area to inspire the next generation.

    Simon Peyton-Jones, Chair of the Computing at School Working Group (CAS) and Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, said:

    We need to attract outstanding new computer science teachers, and we must support our existing ICT teachers as they start to teach the subject. CAS fully supports today’s announcements, which give unmistakeable Government support to both these challenges. We look forward to playing our part, and working with Government to make a substantial and lasting improvement to our children’s education in the vital subject.

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    End of service for Windows XP and Office 2003

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    If you are using Windows XP and Office 2003 in your school, college or university, we wanted to make you aware that the support for this will end in April 2014.

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    Microsoft plans to end support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in 2014, and that will affect your education institution if you are using this software. On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide hot fixes, product updates, and most critical, security patches for Windows XP and Office 2003. This could affect your internal network security and regulatory compliance and potentially expose secure employee and organisational information. That’s why we recommend that your school, college or university updates its operating system.

    There are so many benefits to the modern education desktop including increased security, easier networking, better features and cost saving opportunities, so upgrading Windows and Office will be likely to increase productivity in your institution. For education specifically, upgrading will give you access to education apps and resources such as Learning Suite. Learning Suite is a free set of innovative applications that, when combined with the power of Microsoft Windows and Office, creates a robust, flexible and collaborative learning environment for both students and teachers.

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    Also with the exciting approach of Windows 8 general availability launch on Friday 26th October 2012, there are lots of reasons to think about upgrading to the latest version. There are now over 220 education apps in the ever-growing Windows Store, and with a fresh, clean interface also comes significant new advantages and benefits of Windows 8 for education. Windows 8 for education now offers students a completely new experience, providing intuitive access to digital content alongside a fully functioning suite of learning enhancing tools that allow for more productive teachers, more engaged students and enhanced interaction and collaboration.

    So now is the time to gain the many advantages of upgrading your operating system in your school. While April 2014 may seem far away, we know that changing infrastructure is a time-consuming activity, requiring extensive planning and preparation. It’s important that your education institution has migrated from Windows XP and Office 2003 well before April 2014, and that you are using technologies like Windows 7 or Windows 8 and Office 2010 or the new Office, which are proven to be much safer, and also more economical to operate.

    Any change is requires careful planning, and moving from Windows XP and Office 2003 is no exception. By investing the time early to do this well, it will make things a lot easier. Microsoft and our partners have been helping schools, colleges and universities move to Windows 7 and Office 2010 since they launched and will do the same for Windows 8 and the new Office. A lot has changed in the decade since we released Windows XP; we have much better tools to help manage your environment (desktops, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, and even employee-owned devices), and help automate the migration process as much as possible.

    For more information, please visit: www.microsoft.com/endofsupport, which contains additional information on the options available to you, as well as pointers to a variety of helpful resources.

    You can also contact one of education partners for more information about upgrading.

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    It’s the difference between ‘Technology for Learning’ and ‘Technology in Learning’

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    Excerpt from our Exciting Learning eBook.

    When I think about technology and life, I find it hard to think of examples where technology has not revolutionised or had a profound impact on what we do, how productive we are and even how we behave.

    Some examples include:

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    Don’t misunderstand what I am saying here. There is still a place for going to the shops or the bank, playing outside and meeting people for a coffee. It’s just that sometimes technology helps us make the actual purpose of why we do these things easier.

    Of course, there is one area of society where, in my opinion, we are yet to consistently see truly revolutionary transformation as a result of technology. This is sometimes illustrated well by the example first told by Dr Seymour Papert in the early 1990’s and has been re-told in various forms ever since.


    “A mid-nineteenth-century surgeon is magically transported though time to a modern operating theatre. Once there, he finds himself completely at loss to know what to do or how to help. In contrast, a mid-nineteenth-century teacher is transported through the years to a modern classroom. Once there, he picks up seamlessly where his modern peer left off”.


    As Facer (2011) explains, ’The implication of the narrative is clear; unlike medicine, the education community has failed to appropriate the technology advances of the contemporary world’.

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    The key here of course is not to flood a classroom with technology, as we know that, alone, this normally has very little impact on learning and teaching. What we need to do is modernise the classroom in the same way that we have modernised the operating theatre and other aspects of society over time. We need to make investments in technology for the right reasons and because there is a need. Rather than investments in technology because we think that it is the right thing to do. So, after keeping children safe, what is the number one thing that we are trying to do in our classrooms, schools and education systems?

    Surely, we are trying to improve learning, because improving learning will deliver better outcomes and provide better life chances for children. Put simply, it’s the difference between ‘Technology for Learning’ and ‘Technology in Learning’. The learning must come first and the technology should be invisibly supporting what we do.

    The full Exciting Learning eBook can be downloaded via our SlideShare account. Alternatively, you can view the eBook in full below:

     

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    Microsoft launches YouthSpark

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    YouthSpark, Microsoft's latest philanthropic effort, is a three-year initiative aimed at creating opportunities for 300 million young people worldwide.

    The new initiative will focus Microsoft's philanthropic efforts squarely on youth, which sits in line with the UK's recently announced partnership with UK Youth, a charity working with disadvantaged students across the UK. To achieve the YouthSpark goal, Microsoft will concentrate its corporate giving on non-profit organisations that provide technology and business skills training for youth; will launch new citizenship efforts including a global micro-giving site; and will mobilize its broader business to help support youth with free software and training.

    The overarching goal is to help address the opportunity divide—the gap between young people who have the access, skills, and opportunities to be successful and those who don't. With youth worldwide facing an unemployment rate roughly double that of the rest of the population, it's no small undertaking.

    "Through Microsoft YouthSpark, we're focusing our citizenship efforts and other company resources on connecting young people with opportunities for education, employment, and entrepreneurship…By working with our partners, we can help empower young people to change their world, and we are committed to using our technology, talent, time, and resources to do that."

    Steve Ballmer, CEO Microsoft

    As a global technology company with offices across the globe, Microsoft believes it is well-positioned to help close the opportunity divide for youth. The initiative has three broad goals: empower youth by helping transform education and expand digital inclusion; unleash future innovators by giving youth the inspiration and tools to imagine new opportunities; and help youth realize new opportunities of employability and entrepreneurship.

    To do all that, Microsoft developed several new youth-focused citizenship initiatives.

    The first is Give for Youth, a global micro-giving marketplace focused specifically on raising funds for non-profits that support youth causes around the world. Anyone can search the site to find young individuals who are facing various hardships, make a donation to the non-profit that is supporting them, and follow the impact of the contribution. While micro-giving has been around for several years, Give for Youth is the first site to focus exclusively on helping young people. The portal will hopefully inspire employees and others worldwide to tackle the opportunity divide through a personal, one-to-one connection, she said.

    Microsoft also announced that it will focus the bulk of its corporate cash giving on nonprofit organisations that have missions to give youth the skills, education, and job training they need to succeed.

    Yet, YouthSpark will go beyond philanthropy. Microsoft is launching the YouthSpark hub, which brings together all the services, programs, and resources offered across the company, including the Imagine Cup, Partners in Learning, Office365 for Education, DreamSpark, and Skype in the Classroom.

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    Princes Trust and UK Youth are the two UK Charities that have been included within Give for Youth. This way, you can see the projects which fundraising will support and find out more about the young people we are helping.

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    Windows 8 in Education Launch Event: New Places Added

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    With only a week to go until our Windows 8 in education launch event at QPR FC, we have just added a few additional places for the event.

    The agenda for the event is as follow:

    • Registration & Tea and Coffee: 2.30pm - 3.00pm
    • Welcome (Matthew Cocks - Microsoft): 3.00pm – 3.10pm
    • Introduction to QPR (QPR): 3.10pm – 3.20pm
    • Windows 8 in Education Overview (Anthony Salcito - Microsoft): 3.20pm – 3.40pm
    • Windows 8 Devices in Education (Lenovo): 3.40pm – 4.00pm
    • Windows 8 Education App Showcase (Steve Connolly - Hodder Education): 4.00pm – 4.10pm
    • Loftus Road Stadium Tour – including Education Centre Visit: 4.10pm – 4.45pm
    • Drinks & Networking: 4.45pm – 5.45pm

    Venue

    Queens Park Rangers Football & Athletic Club

    Loftus Road Stadium 

    South Africa Road 

    London 

    W12 7PJ

    Tickets

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    Cost Saving in Education: More for Less

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    As part of the government’s drive to control the nation’s finances, public sector spending is being significantly reduced across the board. Funding for ICT is no longer ring-fenced. Yet schools express a belief in the importance of ICT, and are determined to ensure that students have the quality of access to technology that they need in the 21st Century.

    In October 2011 a briefing by the Institute for Fiscal Studies said that after a decade of growth, ‘Public spending on education in the UK will fall by 3.5% per year in real terms between 2010-11 and 2004-15.’

    The impact of spending cuts on schools will not be even, and current school-level spending will be the least affected. However, there will be, and are already, visible school budget reductions. At the same time, by contrast, we’re told by the latest annual research on ICT in schools from the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) that schools are anxious to keep ahead of the game with technology, with more and more pupil-time engaged with ICT. To support this, schools want better digital content, better training and better broadband. Demand grows across all fronts.

    The conclusion for school leaders and ICT managers is clear. If ICT is to work within reduced school budgets, while at the same time supporting rapidly increased use of technology for learning, then decisions must be driven by cost-effectiveness and value for money. 

    Our mission here is to help you make those good decisions, and reap benefits from the extensive efforts being made by Microsoft to provide products for education which are both affordable in themselves, and also capable of contributing to across-the board spending.


    Changing the Mindset.

    There’s a lot you can do, and we can help. It’s important that a school sees its ICT not as a drain on the budget but as a contributor to efficient and cost-effective learning. In our first Cost Saving eBook, we started out by urging network managers not to allow their department to be seen as a drain on precious resources. They have to present it instead as a value-for-money driver of efficiency for the whole institution.

    It’s a case of moving the school leadership from this – ‘Information Technology costs us money, and we’re living in hard times.’ To this,‘We’re living in hard times and information technology can save us money.’

    It’s a change of mindset, from technology as a cost to technology as an investment. The aim is for the school’s leadership to make that change, but before that can happen, the people immediately engaged with ICT, such as network managers and ICT leaders, have to believe in it themselves. That means doing the research, learning and knowing exactly how, when and at what cost (if any) your school’s ICT resources, plans and policies can be deployed, or changed for the maximum impact on your school’s budget. We, with our Microsoft Partners, can help you with that, and if you read this eBook first, you’ll have a good idea of the right questions to ask.

     

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    24 schools in 24 hours: Windows 8 Launch around the world in education

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    Originally posted on the Daily Edventures Blog.

    Wow, what an edventure the last 24 hours has been!

    It has been a phenomenal day.

    To celebrate the launch of Windows 8, I’ve just completed 24 events in 24 hours across 24 time zones, visiting with thousands of educators and students via the Microsoft Education Skype-athon (#MicrosoftEducation #Windows8).

    During this whirlwind of activity, I spent time in classrooms, stadiums, and auditoriums across the world – showing off all of the amazing things Windows 8 can do for educators and students, answering great questions and sharing my excitement about how it can make a difference to teaching and learning.

    It was extremely inspiring for me to spend time with these students, our future leaders.  They have a thirst for knowledge and they have genuine enthusiasm about new technology.

    Their energy kept me going for 24 hours (plus Dr. Pepper and Sour Patch kids).

    We started in New Zealand yesterday at Botany Downs Primary School, then over to Australia, Taiwan, Singapore, China, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, India, Russia, Europe, an awesome event with 700 students at Eunice High School in South Africa, South America, and the US, finishing up here in Seattle with an in-person event at Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart.

    What a fabulous journey.  Some of my favorite tweets @anthonysalcito that kept me going all night long are:

    • #microsofteducation is going to start a revolution and change the world
    • All I want for Christmas is #Windows8!!!#microsofteducation
    • Don’t pilot a device…pilot a pedagogy@anthonysalcito
    • @anthonysalcito emphasizing that education is not about the gadgets but the learning it enables.

    It’s been an amazing 24 hours, and a journey I won’t soon forget.

    I’m so excited to show how Windows 8 is helping bring about a new era of technology both inside and outside of the classroom. Windows 8 has been re-imagined for learning and is optimized to bring learning to life, enabling students to consume, collaborate, and create in new and exciting ways — all with no compromises.

    The personalization and productivity experiences in Windows 8 will bring new life to the classroom and I can’t wait to see what it will do to help re-invent education for the 21st century!

    I want to thank all the phenomenal educators around the world that welcomed me into their schools and shared with me all the innovation they’re creating in their classrooms each day.

    I’ve found some real leaders in education that I hope I can showcase here at http://www.dailyedventures.com in the coming months.

    Now I look forward to getting some sleep!

    Best,

    Anthony
    @AnthonySalcito

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    Why Hyper-V? (New Whitepaper)

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    Virtualisation technologies help customers’ lower costs and deliver greater agility and economies of scale. Either as a stand-alone product or an integrated part of Windows Server, Hyper-V is the leading virtualization platform for today and the transformational opportunity with cloud computing.

    With Hyper-V, it is now easier than ever for organisations to take advantage of the cost savings of virtualisation, and make the optimum use of server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles as separate virtual machines that are running on a single physical machine. Customers can use Hyper-V to efficiently run multiple operating systems, Windows, Linux, and others, in parallel, on a single server.

    Windows Server 2012 extends this with more features, greater scalability and further inbuilt reliability mechanisms. In the data centre, on the desktop, and now in the cloud, the Microsoft virtualisation platform, which is led by Hyper-V and management tools, simply makes more sense and offers better value for money when compared to the competition.

    To learn more about Hyper-V and how it can make a difference within your institution, download our new ‘Why Hyper-V?’ whitepaper. Alternatively, the full whitepaper can be viewed in full below.

     

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    Creating a leading edge ICT platform to support teaching and learning

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    Charteris Microsoft technologies case study

    The Edinburgh Academy may be nearly 200 years old, but its use of technology is completely up-to-date. With support from Charteris, this prestigious independent school for boys and girls has implemented the latest Microsoft desktop and server operating systems. This leading edge ICT infrastructure is enriching the learning experience for pupils, while also reducing costs and improving efficiency.

    Edinburgh Academy faced two distinct challenges. Firstly, the school needed to update its aging IT infrastructure, to enable it to offer the very best facilities for its current and future pupils. “The independent schools market is very competitive on the IT front,” explains William Paris, head of information technology at Edinburgh Academy. “Families are attracted to schools that can offer excellence in ICT. It is therefore very important for us to offer modern and current technologies that capture the interest and imaginations of pupils and give them the desire to learn.”

    Secondly, the school wanted to relieve the workload on its internal IT team. At the time, there were over 1,000 pupils and 175 members of staff, spread across two separate campuses, and the IT department of three and a half people was struggling to support these IT users. Paris explains: “There were a lot of manual processes that completely consumed our time. We were just treading water.”

    To address both these challenges, the school decided to migrate to current technologies for its operating server platform and its desktop operating system. This move, it believed, would then pave the way for it to bring in some of the brand new applications that teachers and pupils would benefit from using. At the same time, it would provide an opportunity for the IT department to eliminate as many manual processes as possible and improve its efficiency.

    Because its IT team was already working at full capacity, Edinburgh Academy decided to bring in a firm of external consultants for the project. It evaluated three different organisations before selecting Charteris. “I wanted a firm that I could trust and that would offer value for money,” says Paris. “Charteris stood out from the other firms I met because of the strength and breadth of its Microsoft technical skills.”

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    Delivered on schedule

    At the time, Edinburgh Academy was using Microsoft Windows XP as its desktop operating system, and its server platform was primarily based on Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Every system had its own physical server, so consequently the school had more servers than was absolutely necessary.

    Paris decided to migrate to a virtualised environment and asked Charteris to review and validate the architecture that he had designed. Charteris also helped him to create a high-level technology plan that covered the entire school estate, and this then provided the framework for the whole project, as well as other future IT initiatives.

    Next, Charteris implemented Microsoft HyperV Server 2008 R2 as the base platform for the school’s new IT infrastructure. The consultants then layered on Microsoft Windows 7 to provide a new desktop operating system, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 for database management and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 R3 for systems management. Throughout this process, the consultants demonstrated their expert understanding and experience of working with Microsoft technology.

    The entire IT project was carried out by Charteris during the school summer holidays to minimise disruption to pupils and teaching staff. “The project went live on schedule,” recalls Paris. “The Charteris consultants worked very well with everyone in the IT team and were good at passing on their Microsoft knowledge to us. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, Charteris has the ability to go direct to Microsoft with any queries, and this was hugely advantageous to us.”


    A complete transformation

    The IT upgrade that Charteris undertook has completely transformed the ICT environment at Edinburgh Academy. The school can now boast that its systems are thoroughly up-to-date and provide its pupils with access to the very best IT facilities in support of their studies. “Our new ICT infrastructure has put us in a position to be able to leap-frog some of the other independent schools in terms of technology,” Paris says.

    With its new IT platform, Edinburgh Academy can now, very easily, introduce any new applications that teachers believe will add value to pupils’ education. “It is now very easy to add additional new technologies that will keep us in the game,” Paris says. “The systems that Charteris have helped to set up are 100% scalable – and will continue to meet our needs into the future.”

    The deployment of Microsoft SCCM has given the IT team greater control of its network and desktops and eliminated almost all manual processes. Now, the IT team can deal with user issues and reload desktops remotely, without having to visit individual offices and classrooms, which has freed up, on average, 10-15 hours of IT team time per week. “We are able to do 90% of our work from our desks,” Paris says. “I can even allow staff in the IT team to work from home in adverse weather conditions, and in a school environment that’s pretty much unheard of.”

    By migrating to a virtualised IT environment, Edinburgh Academy has been able to reduce the number of servers in the school by 50% from sixteen to eight. “This helps me reduce my power bills and improves my ‘green’ credentials greatly,” notes Paris.

    Since the project went live, the Charteris consultants have contacted Edinburgh Academy regularly to make sure that the system is continuing to perform as expected. Paris concludes, “The follow-up has been spectacular.”

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    Virtualisation – settle for less metal

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    A virtualisation project can pay for itself in three years. After that it’s saving all the way.

    Some of the most spectacular examples of cost saving that we’ve reported on in recent times feature server virtualisation using Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V technology, which provides built-in virtualisation as a no-cost option. Following the availability of this technology, in 2008/2009, we began to learn of cost-reduction stories from schools, as they drastically reduced the number of their physical servers, saving money on hardware replacement costs, electricity, and technical support. 

    We found that a typical school virtualisation project might reduce the number of physical servers from 20 to 6, reducing the annual rolling replacement bill by £7000. Associated energy savings – on air conditioning as well as power for the servers – are reported at £8000 or more annually. At this rate, the payback on investment rapidly turns into straight saving.

    One of our popular free eBooks on virtualisation, covers the topic in detail, and includes a blow-by-blow account of how joint author Alan Richards carried through a virtualisation project at West Hatch School.

    Two points, however, are heavily emphasised by Alan, and others.

    1. Careful and knowledgeable planning is essential.  But there’s plenty of help available out there from Microsoft and Microsoft Partners as well as from school IT managers with experience.
    2. Cost savings are welcome, but the gains in efficiency are equally, or even more, important. Being able to provide users with a better and more reliable experience is worth a great deal to a network manager.

    So, well managed virtualisation achieves a better service for much less outlay of both capital and running costs.

    For more information and some great examples of schools saving money using Virtualisation, our Cost Savings in Education eBook can be viewed in full below.

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