What are 21st Century Skills?

A colleague and I were engaged in a debate recently, in a team meeting, when we were discussing plans for BETT 2008. For the show we’ve added three themes to Microsoft’s “Realising Potential” message. Those three themes are: Raising Standards Personalising Learning 21st Century Skills The first two didn’t lead us into debate, but the…

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Live Meeting: Live @ Edu

My colleague Matt sends details of a Live Meeting event he’s hosting online next Tuesday: Microsoft Live @ Edu is a secure, reliable infrastructure that provides educational institutions with a range of beneficial services that are consistent throughout the lifetime of a student or alumni.  With one ‘@edu’ address users get access to powerful web…

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Ergo’s BETT Competitions

One of our education partners, Ergo, have just told me about the competition they are running at the BETT Show in January. If you visit their stand (B100) in the main hall, you can enter their college prize draw to win an Ergo SecureDesk. Of the 30,000 visitors to the BETT show, only about 1,000…

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Windows Vista SP1 is coming…

One for IT Managers: We’ve announced that Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista will be released in the Spring Term 2008 2008, which is good news for those who are waiting for this before doing widescale deployments of the new operating system across your college. In advance of that the Beta is available now on…

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Know IT all – E-safety

Today sees the launch of Know IT All for Teachers, in conjunction with Becta, the TDA and ChildNet.  It’s designed for use with trainee teachers, as well as current teachers. We’ve been working with these partners to create a set of valuable resources for e-safety in schools. Called “Know IT All for Teachers”, it’s a…

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Ultimate Steal Update

Things are still going strong on the Ultimate Steal website (Office 2007 Ultimate for students, for £38.95 – as long as they have a .ac.uk email address). Over the last couple of months this special offer has made the news in quite a few colleges & universities, and the web has been abuzz about the…

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Windows SteadyState for PC Management

Whether you manage computers in a school computer lab or an Internet cafe, a library, or even in your home, Windows SteadyState helps you keep your shared computers running the way you want them to, no matter who uses them. Windows SteadyState 2.5 Beta Features Included with Windows SteadyStateWindows SteadyState includes the following features to…

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IT Forum: Neil Williams, University of Derby

(Although this article is university focused, and therefore would normally only be on our Higher Education blog, I thought it was worth sharing on the FE blog too, as it has relevance to colleges who are facing some of the same issues Neil & I discussed below) At IT Forum last week, I ran into…

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Live Meeting for Virtual Classes?

We’ve had a few questions about the use of Live Meeting and whether we have examples in the UK. The short answer is no, not at the moment. However, we do have a case study from the US which looks intertesting and worth a look. http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/casestudy.aspx?casestudyid=4000000738 Let us know if you want more information on…

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IT Forum: Green Data Centres

During the recent Microsoft IT Forum in Barcelona my colleague Dan attended a panel discussion on the green data centre. The panel featured many of the key industry influencers (AMD, Dell, HP, Intel, Microsoft, and Citigroup), whose research and product development has implications for the implementations of data centres worldwide. The first discussion focused on…

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