What a 21st Century career looks like in the UK

Want to inspire students with their career options (and also demonstrate how pervasive technology is going to be in their future lives?) This video, from the UK Surface team, is very different from what you’d expect from a Careers guidance session at school. In fact, there’s a bunch of things in here that I hadn’t…

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Uses for Office 365 Video in education

A few months ago we announced the Office 365 Video service, which is an internal video publishing service on Office 365, and we recently confirmed that it is now rolling out to all of our Office 365 Enterprise customers (that automatically includes Office 365 Education services, with plan E1 and E3). What the service allows…

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Why a Surface Pro 3 is different

For some reason, this advert was out nearly 3 months ago but I never noticed it. Maybe it’s because at the time I didn’t have a Surface Pro (in the same way that you don’t notice how many identical cars there are on the road until you get one that’s the same). Or maybe at the…

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You can't just airdrop technology

A principal recently confessed that he’d ordered a bunch of tablets for a whole year group of his students…and hadn’t yet told the teachers. I was reminded about the comment when watching Anthony Salcito (Microsoft’s global Vice President for Education) talking at the TEDx event in Paris in November. He described ‘air drop technology’ where…

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Social media and student recruitment–why is it so important?

Remember Shift Happens, from five years ago? Of course, it spawned a lot of similar style presentations, and they’re still rolling on today – many with the same soundtracks. Here’s an interesting one that would wake up the start of a conference or meeting, from Erik Qualman (author of socialnomics), about the impact of social…

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The power of TED for education – coming to your classroom in condensed form

I love listening to TED talks. I only wish I had enough time when I was sitting in front of a screen and could watch more of them. Today I discovered that they have started releasing their first batch of Ted Education talks – very short videos that are ideal as a classroom plenary, or…

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Ideas for using Kinect for Windows in education

Kinect – it’s amazing to think what one small sensor could do for teaching and learning. Yesterday I wrote about the education pricing for Kinect for Windows that’s due later in the year, and mentioned some examples of how it might be used in schools, TAFEs and universities. And I also mentioned the KinectEDucation website,…

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Business Intelligence in Education - visualising learning data - part 2

Yesterday, I ran a ‘”Business Intelligence (BI) in Education” webinar – which included a number of examples of system-wide dashboards around the world. But the highlight (once we’d managed to sort out his microphone) was hearing from Rod Colledge of StrataDB – and ideas of how data could be made more useful by clever visualisations…

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nsquared - putting all your technology together for one purpose

I’m meeting up with the nsquared people again on Monday, to take a look at some of their education applications. They’re an innovative software developer in Sydney who I first met in London when they were doing clever things with the Microsoft Surface. Now they have moved deeper into creating immersive experiences for users, across…

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CRM in Education - University of Teesside video case study

When I think about CRM in education, my first reaction tends towards managing the student relationship – a version of a super Student Management System. But the more case studies I come across, the more I realise that there is a very broad spread of uses for a CRM system in education (like Kiel’s and…

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