Visiting Microsoft Research in Cambridge

Yesterday was a great day – I’d been looking forward to it for a while, because I went to visit the Microsoft Research offices in Cambridge – our European centre for research linked to universities across the whole of Europe. The meeting (for colleagues from UK education team) was hosted by Andrew Herbert who’s Managing…

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Know thy reader – part one

During this year, the readership of this blog has been climbing steadily. And I’ve become more curious about you, the reader. In my head I have an image of the person who reads the blog, but it’s about time I checked with you! Over the next few weeks, I’ll ask a little bundle of questions…

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Improving Information – and controlling it – Capita’s One Conference

Yesterday, Jason Burton and I went along to the Capita One conference in Leicestershire to talk about “Business Intelligence” and “Information Rights Management”. In real English, that means "how do we turn this mass of data into real information” and “how do we keep some control over how people distribute it”. The audience was a…

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Fun with Pictures

Remember “Fun with Statistics”, the blog post where I noted that prisoners are given 8.5m2 of cell space whilst school pupils are given 4m2 of teaching space? Seems I’m not the only one who’s noticed disparities. I was catching up with the EduGeek forums today, and came across this marvellous post titled “BSF Prison”. It’ll…

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The billion pound bet on education in Essex

At first I thought it was a misprint – but no, it was correct. Essex have issued their tender notice for the £1,000,000,000 (Billion pound!) contract for their Local Education Partnership (LEP) – which will be responsible for building and running their first waves of BSF schools and the Primary Capital Programme, with options for…

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Innovative Schools – the “trailer” video

Yesterday, I wrote about the Innovative Schools videos – four schools, two hours of video, 187 pages of supporting documentation and hundreds of ideas. The question from day one of the project was “How do we make this digestible?”. You know the situation – somebody has a great series of videos, so they pop it…

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Innovative Schools – what do they do differently?

Last week, we announced the availability of the Innovative Schools video case studies. Although they were on the web earlier in the year, we weren’t ready to tell everybody about them until we’d completed all of the work on the website. But now, that’s been done, so I can tell you all about what’s there……

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Top Ten Blog Posts

I had a look back at my blog statistics this morning, and thought you might be interested to see the Top 10 blog posts from this blog – just in case you missed any of them Rank Date Title Link #1 June 07 Shift Happens/Did you Know This was #1 by a mile! View #2…

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Hello TES readers

Woke up early this morning. I don’t get a daily newspaper delivery, and it was absolutely bucketing it down – hence no trip to the newsagent. So instead I settled down with my TES to catch up with all the latest news. And suddenly I found myself staring at a reference to this blog –…

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Office for the Web

I go away on holiday, and suddenly tons of things get announced. Hurrah. I should holiday more! Alongside all of the Windows announcements (the first public view of Windows 7 and the new cloud-computing platform, Windows Azure), we also previewed the Office Web Applications which will be included within the release of the next version…

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