Webinar on Application Virtualisation – 9th November

On Tuesday 9th November at 2pm, Remote IT Solutions, one of our education partners, are running a one hour webinar for education establishments on application virtualisation. Given the large numbers of applications that you’re supporting, across a wide range of curriculum areas, then this is one route to get a more manageable network, and to…

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Cost saving with Microsoft System Center

I’ve just heard about another free event, on Friday 5th November, focused on cost saving with ICT. Although it isn’t specifically education focused, I think that there will be a lot of readers that would appreciate a whole day full of network management tools (oh, and a lot who could imagine nothing worse ). The…

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An Education in ICT Efficiencies – a Dimension Data event on the 3rd November

Over the last few months, I’ve been focusing on cost savings with ICT – you’ll have seen many of the posts. But talking about saving money with ICT, and actually doing it, can be two different things. For example, knowing that you should be virtualising your servers to reduce cost is fine, but it would…

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Is it time to write to your head teacher about budget cuts?

It’s half-term. Although for most of the school it will come as a relief, as the corridors and classrooms empty rapidly, for many of you, it will be a busy week, as you finally get the chance to do some of those ICT projects that can’t be done during term-time. And it is also a…

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Reducing the school printing budget by two thirds

After last week’s post about saving money by printing less, I asked Gerald Haigh if he could have a chat with Ian Stuart at Islay High School, to get an update on their project, first reported in the Guardian a couple of years ago. They too were aiming to reduce their printing costs. Gerald picks…

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Microsoft Office 365 for Education appears on the horizon

Last night we officially announced Office 365, which is the next generation of cloud services – bringing together Exchange 2010, SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Lync (previously known as Office Communications Server) and Office (on both the web and your PC). And the good news is that there will be an education specific version of it. As…

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Do you want to download Windows 7 in Welsh?

Did you know that we run a worldwide ‘local language programme’ which provides language packs for a range of our software? And that if you’re in Wales, you can use them to run Windows and Office in Welsh natively? Welsh is one of Europe’s oldest languages, and is growing, with over half a million speakers,…

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Learning and Sharing in Manchester – the Innovative Teacher MEETing – 29th Nov 2010

Kristen and Stuart, who run the UK Partners In Learning programme, are hosting the Innovative Education Forum in Manchester on November 30th. It’s a free event with a great line-up of inspirational talks including Sugata Mitra and Michael Furdyk. However, I know that it’s not easy getting days out of school for professional development these…

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The RM Slate pricing is live on the web

On Monday, I wrote about the beautiful RM Slate, and how much I wanted one. Well tonight I’ve found the RM Slate web page for it on the RM website (not sure why this isn’t highlighted on the home page, because if I was selling something so attractive, it’d be slap bang in the middle!)…

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Schools spend more money on printer paper than on ICT

How much does your school spend on reprographics – paper, toner, printers, photocopiers, and the staff to run them and keep them running? I’m sure that the average secondary school is spending more on reprographics than they do on their whole ICT budget. Mike Herrity, at Twynham School, found out his school used over a…

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