Cloud, collaboration and big data at CISG16

University leaders have had to continually face competing and conflicting challenges. Competition for places continues to increase, financial pressures are growing and there is a need to evidence the impact of change and the quality of provision. The result is that there is growing emphasis on the importance of data – to underpin decision making, to support the student body, to support operations and to demonstrate improvement and compliance.


SEND tools from Microsoft – Empowering every student on the planet to achieve more

As part of Microsoft’s aim to empower every student on the planet to achieve more, there are a number of tools and functions available across Windows 10 and Surface devices to help both teachers and students in classes with SEND. The following infographic shows some of the resources available, and which areas of SEND they can assist.


Ian Fordham announced as new Director of Education for Microsoft UK

Microsoft has hired one of the UK’s top education technology leaders to lead its work in the sector. Ian Fordham, currently CEO of Edtech UK and a Mayor of London Tech Ambassador, will join the company in January as Director of Education. He will oversee Microsoft’s work involving schools, colleges, universities and other learning organisations.


#MIEExpert-led Webinars – December 2016 Schedule

As well as the obvious treats of the season, December brings with it more MIEExpert webinars!
So regardless of whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year, all are welcome and encouraged to register for any and all of the sessions below. Don’t worry if you can’t make it on the day – these will all be recorded and available after the live session, so sign up anyway to be emailed details of the content at a later date.


Limited time offer on Premium Surface EDU Bundles

Available with EES renewals between July and December 31st, qualified educational institutions can purchase up to 30 Premium Surface Pro 4 or Premium Surface Book EDU Bundles and Complete for EDU Bundles at 20% off MSRP.


Microsoft Surface Studio and Windows 10 Creators Update announced

It’s been an exciting week at Microsoft, with the announcement of the Surface Studio taking the headlines at Wednesday’s Microsoft Windows 10 Event in New York. But it wasn’t just the Surface Studio that was unveiled, as a number of other announcements were made, many of which will have a great impact within education.


Finding the right devices for education

When looking for suitable and affordable devices for education, there are many factors to consider. Whether you are a post-grad researcher looking for a powerful personal laptop, a parent wishing to provide your child with a 2-in-1 device for further education, or indeed a head teacher needing to equip classes or an entire school with portable devices suitable for education, there are plenty of options to navigate. To help parents, teachers and students find the devices with the necessary functionality and that fall within your budget, the device finder on the Microsoft Education website will quickly refine your options.


PARTNER POST: Is a new range of turbo-charged VR ready gaming PCs heading to your campus? #UNISTORM

StormForce™ is a brand new range of turbo-charged VR ready Gaming PCs, packed full of the best components and equipped to help you through the toughest of battles. StormForce™ are touring North West Universities and are giving you the chance to win some fantastic gaming goodies! Tear up the track and go head to head in a fastest lap competition, then take on the world as a space pirate for the ultimate Virtual Reality experience.


Updates to inking, OneNote Class and Staff Notebooks, OneNote Web Clipper and more

Those of you who keep your ears to the ground for product news and updates, or who regularly read the OneNote blog, may already be aware of the latest features and functionality that can be found within OneNote, but it never hurts to recirculate this news on our blogs so that people don’t miss out! The most recent OneNote roundup included news around the latest updates to inking, OneNote Class and Staff Notebooks, OneNote Web Clipper and more. The full article can be found on the main Office blog, but here is a summary of what’s covered.