Why the pen is mightier than the keyboard: The evidence

When I wrote about “How to help students to remember more” towards the end of last year, I shared a video of my colleague Travis Smith talking about the power of pen-based input for students, over a simple keyboard interface, for key tasks such as note taking. (I recommend either the 15-minute or 60-minute version…

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Providing advice for parents on BYOD

With the end of the federal funding for computers, the move to BYOD in Australian schools has been rapid and decisive. With parents’ and students’ expectations raised by the DER programme, the gap in funding is now being filled by schools asking students to bring along the right device for their return to school next…

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Windows 8 in Education: How to deploy Windows 8 in education

This is part five of a set of articles on Windows 8 deployment in education. To start at the beginning, take a look at  “Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Planning Guide”, then “Windows 8 in Education: Windows Store apps and deployment”, followed by “Windows 8 in Education: setting up Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in education” and…

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Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Guide for BYOD in Education

This is part four of a set of articles on Windows 8 deployment in education. To start at the beginning, take a look at  “Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Planning Guide”, then “Windows 8 in Education: Windows Store apps and deployment” and finally “Windows 8 in Education: setting up Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in education” Bring…

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Windows 8 in Education: setting up Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in education

This is part three of a set of articles on Windows 8 deployment in education. To start at the beginning, take a look at  “Windows 8 in Education: Deployment Planning Guide” and “Windows 8 in Education: Windows Store apps and deployment”. One of the challenges for educational institutions is managing the wide diversity of devices…

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When does Windows XP support end? Less than a year

If you’ve got any computers running Windows XP around your school, TAFE or university, then you’ve got less than a year to do something serious about it. Windows XP is more than 12 years old now, as it was launched in 2001 – and like all good things, it’s coming to an end. In less…

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Microsoft Bring Your Own Device in Schools whitepaper

There’s been a lot said about Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in schools, and plenty of commentary on blogs and the Twittersphere. It’s a fast-moving subject, almost like ‘building airplanes in the sky’ – it sometimes feels like BYOD strategies and vision are being created as we go along. And the debate has been joined…

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Achieving Accessibility in SharePoint 2010

Vision Australia have just released an excellent detailed report about their experiences delivering an accessible implementation of SharePoint 2010, and including an assessment of SharePoint 2010’s conformance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. As they say in their introduction:   Accessibility is becoming increasingly important for organisations in Australia. There are over 4 million people…

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Do you need a new job title in ‘the Cloud’?

Amidst all the noise and fervour associated with the Cloud in education one question I have not, till now, seen properly addressed is what does the Cloud mean for the skills and responsibilities of IT professionals?  The team over at Microsoft Learning have just addressed this with a white paper Cloud Computing: What IT Professionals…

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