We seem to be busy at the moment, getting our customer case studies published on Microsoft’s worldwide case study website. This is partly a reflection of the fact that UK schools seem to be leading the world in their adoption of ICT to support learning (Of course, each country thinks they’re doing better than the rest, but we really are! Shh, don’t tell the rest of the world, we might offend their sensibilities. From what I hear, Australia’s running us a close second)
Anyway, back to a small village primary school in Devon… I wrote about them earlier in the year, but now their case study has been published on the worldwide site, they merit another mention. This case study is all about their use of ICT to enhance learning, and focuses on how they have used some of our products to encourage pupils to work collaboratively. By sharing work and ideas through a portal site, pupils are involved in many kinds of innovative initiatives, including using videoconferencing to work on projects with pupils from a school in Holland.
Jonathan Bishop, the Deputy Head at the school, knows that technology is an end to a means. When talking about their choice of Windows Vista, he said:
It is important to place an operating system within the context of what we want to achieve. The extra features and media-focused environment give us a better experience and more learning opportunities.