The Microsoft Educator Community – what does it mean to a #MIEExpert?

Recently we launched a revamped version of the Microsoft Educator Network, now known as the Microsoft  Educator Community – or MEC. Teachers from all over the world have been joining this community, and working through a number of the online courses, earning badges and accolades in the process. It’s a curious situation we find ourselves…


Azure StorSimple in Education – recorded webinar with Sol-Tec available now

The following post is written by Microsoft Colleges and Schools Business Manager Anthony Nneke, and reflects on his recent experiences with customers looking to improve the way in which they store and manage data. Included in the post is a recording of a webinar hosted with Microsoft Partner Sol-Tec, during which Microsoft Azure StorSimple is…


Azure Hosted SIMS – Microsoft Partner Capita SIMS at BETT 2016

With the recent announcement that Microsoft’s first UK based datacentres are set to come online in 2016, many schools, colleges and universities who previously had location related reservations preventing them moving to the cloud are now looking  to make the transition. With this in mind, Gerald Haigh caught up with Capita to talk about Azure…


Mixing it up with Office Mix – Tips for Students

The following post originally appeared in the November issue of #TheFeed, and looks at Office Mix from the perspective of a student, and highlights some of the best ways PowerPoint can be used as a learning aid, and not just a presentation tool. TheFeed – Issue 2 – November Edition—Tim BushDocs.com So you’ve been back…


Students and educators cover 3 million miles in two days during Skype-a-Thon

It wasn’t so long ago, relatively speaking, that the only real way for school children to gain a first-hand appreciation and understanding of foreign cultures, customs and (to an extent) languages was for their school to take part in the exchange student programme. Nowadays, technology empowers us to speak with people on the other side…


Eastlea Community School students teach the Prime Minister computing skills during the #HourOfCode

As part of this week’s numerous #HourOfCode activities was a very special experience for the students of Eastlea Community School. Having last month shown Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella what they have been able to do with the BBC micro:bit when he visited the school, the students were welcomed to No.10 Downing Street this Tuesday to…


Inking in the Classroom – Gerald Haigh writes for #TheFeed

The following is a post written by Gerald Haigh that originally featured in the November edition of #TheFeed, that takes a closer look at inking in the classroom, and how student performance is affected by the different ways they can use technology to take notes. — Over the years, we’ve seen the development of a…


Dream it! Build it! Host it! Creating games in the #HourOfCode

There are plenty of things to do in this week’s #HourOfCode – Minecraft tutorials, lessons for primary school students and more – but how about creating your own game and winning a Minecraft Gameband?! Microsoft Imagine are hosting a live event at 11am on Saturday 12th December, during which you can learn how to code…


Quantifying the impact of technology on education – Knutsford Academy’s Proof of Concept

The following is a guest post written by Gerald Haigh, and sets the scene for a story we will be following closely on this blog. — By now it’s widely accepted that technology, appropriately used by good teachers, can be a key driver of school improvement. Standing up the supporting evidence, though, is not so…


Outlook 2016 – Quick Start Guide

Office 2016 is available within education at no cost, as part of your academic institution’s existing Microsoft licensing agreement. You can check your eligibility to upgrade to Office 2016 with your academic email address. — Following the launch of Office 2016 in September, we have been working our way through a number of Quick Start…