Part One: Microsoft UK Further Education Blog top posts – January to June


Seeing as you can’t seem to move for countdowns and ‘best of’ lists at this time of year, we thought we’d do something in a similar vein and resurface the most popular blog articles from each month in 2014 and collate them into a couple of posts to make it easier for you, the readers, to find the content that our audience found the most useful this year.

We’ll be posting a couple of these between now and the new year, so check back later this week for part two.

For now, here are the posts from the first half of 2014 that were the most popular each month with our education audience:

Make a splash with Fresh Paint [January]
“The app I want to focus on today isn’t a productivity tool or even a teaching management tool. This space is dedicated to creativity, and what more impressive a way for primary students, GCSE and A-Level students and even university students to bring to life a replication or perhaps a surreal representation of their artiste imaginations, than through devices in education with Fresh Paint…

Tablets in Education: Redden Court School Case Study [February]
”As an innovative school, Redden Court are venturing into the use of tablets, wireless technology and cloud computing to enhance teaching and learning within school and provide further opportunities for students to extend their knowledge outside of school. Their journey has started with the use of Microsoft Surface RT tablets but they plan to progress further by offering 1:1 and BYOD services in the near future. Discover more in the case study…”

A student/intern review on Windows 8 Notebook devices in education: featuring the HP Pavillion TS 11-e030sa 11.6" [March]
“On with the Notebook tour of devices in education and we’re onto HP today! The HP Pavillion TS 11 is a lovely notebook device which packs the full Windows 8 menu into a work-friendly 11" notebook shell at a price of £329.99. Office Home and Student 2013 can be bought additionally to enhance the experience of studying with familiar tools, in the cloud…”

Windows Magnifier makes a difference for visually impaired students at Highbury College [April]
“Mary Anne Davies-Barrett works at Highbury College Portsmouth with Visually Impaired students, mostly teaching IT courses. She started supporting one visually impaired student and now they have around 18 visually impaired students attending the college learning how to use a computer. They have a specialised classroom full of resources for the visually impaired…”

FE Reimagined – New eBook [May]
“Our new eBook, FE Reimagined, makes the case for a radical rethink of how learning should be delivered within FE. It asks questions about leadership and the capacity of our sector to reap the rewards for learners that technology can potentially deliver…”

Wymondham High Academy O-Series video collection: how to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 in Education [June]
”The O Team from Wymondham High Academy have made a video demonstrating how to update from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 in Education using an ISO file. The video is primarily aimed at the students at their school, to help them to do their own personal Windows updates. However, the video is applicable to anyone who has a Windows 7 device and wants to update to Windows 8.1…”

So those are the most popular posts each month from January to June 2014. We’ll give you a break to go and enjoy some more leftover turkey, and post the highlights from July to December in a day or two!


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