6 Ways Microsoft technology helps foster creativity and critical thinking skills

The following is a repost from the main Microsoft in Education blog. —– 6 Ways Microsoft technology helps foster creativity and critical thinking skills More and more classrooms are doing away with traditional teaching strategies and are emphasizing nurturing students’ self-expression and creativity. Here are six ways technology can be used in the classroom to…


Automating the creation of SharePoint Resources

The following is a guest post from Richard Young, Director of Digital Learning at Wood Green School Witney, a comprehensive school 10 miles west of Oxford. Wood Green use Salamander Active Directory and Salamander SharePoint for automatic maintenance of Active Directory accounts and SharePoint sites.   Wood Green in Witney Oxfordshire is one the hundreds…


How will the next Shakespeare create their masterwork?

Today we celebrate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, commemorating the life and work of a man whose 36 plays have stood the test of time. Well, he really wrote 38 plays — 2 of them were left out of the first edition of his collected work. Actually, make that 40 plays, but we’ve lost 2 of…

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Office 365 Education Scenario. Building a portal.

Monday morning at Golightly Academy, and a teacher on a mission pops in to see the head. ‘Elspeth, Now we have Office 365, I think we could rethink the whole of the school’s online presence. For example, we can have a portal. ‘A whatll?’ ‘A portal. Of you could call it a gateway if you…

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Let the techies do the tech. You, with your colleagues, are leaders of learning

Guest Post by Education Writer Gerald Haigh It’s clear that because Office 365, cloud-based, is licensed free to education, many more school leaders are going to be attracted by rich possibilities that they may previously have thought unaffordable. The savings on servers and maintenance alone can run into many thousands of pounds. Some, at least,…

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Join us for a live Q&A on Student Advantage

Since the recent announcement introducing Student Advantage almost a fortnight ago we’ve been inundated with questions. I’m super excited at the response to the news. As a result, we’d like you to join us for a live Q&A on Student Advantage at midday (GMT) on 31/10 on Twitter. Live Q&A We’ll be tracking your questions…

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Harnessing the power of Microsoft’s Office 365 to provide a better social learning environment – Free event

In the summer of 2012 The University of West London set out to harness the immense potential of the free Cloud-based suite of collaboration tools, provided by Office 365, to create a personalised, interactive, social platform to support the institution’s mission to raise aspiration through the pursuit of excellence and allow students to combine social…

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Microsoft Technologies at Barnsley College

Guest post from Gerald Haigh. Gerald writes regularly for the Microsoft Education series of blogs. In 2004, Barnsley’s Council Leader Steve Houghton CBE said to me, in the course of an interview for an article I was preparing on Barnsley schools, ‘We can’t be a former mining town for ever.’ It stuck with me as…

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Office 365 Education Top User Tips #10 – Blogging in SharePoint Online

Originally posted by James B Marshall on the UK Education Cloud Blog. It’s time for our final post in the top user tips series, and today it’s all about blogging in SharePoint Online. You might also want to check out top tip #2 about social networking, and top tip #7 about following content in SharePoint…

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