“Microsoft Education on Tour’’ regional events at Microsoft Training Academies

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We are pleased to confirm the dates for Microsoft in the Classroom events for this remainder of this academic year. Hosted by Microsoft Training Academies, these free events offer an exploration into how teaching and learning can be transformed through technology and a 21st Century Curriculum. A delightful day (or half day) that will leave you Inspired to use Microsoft technology in a whole new way!


30th March – TeachMeet at Microsoft Showcase School in Wiltshire – REGISTER NOW!

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If you’re unfamiliar the concept and traditional format of a TeachMeet, it is very straightforward! Teachers will sign up to deliver short presentations (roughly 3-6 minutes long), that shares a project, a resource or tool that they have used to good effect in their own teaching or administration, that would be useful for other teachers. With a focus on time saving tips for busy educators there will be three sessions hosted by Hardenhuish School teachers on OneNote, Office Mix, and the Microsoft Educator Community, along with further sessions from additional presenters.


TES Education Hub – “Why every school needs better business process management – and how to get it” – by Stephen Crouch

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A “business process” is management-speak for a series of tasks which have an element of complexity. Hiring teachers, curriculum planning or budgeting are examples of business processes common to all schools and they happen every year. Other examples are specific to school type – so academy conversion is a business process, and so is billing and fee collection for independent or state boarding schools. In every case, applications that manage data are the key to success.


Partner Post: ‘OneNote Learning Tools: Explained’ – by Hable

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Blindingly simple to understand and use but amazingly powerful in its functionality, Learning Tools is a free extension or add-in to Word, OneNote, Word online and OneNote online. For educators and institutions it’s a great resource and a more than capable replacement for other paid-for tools out there. Learning Tools is built into the View menu of both OneNote and Word online and can be downloaded from Microsoft as an add-in to the Windows desktop versions.


#TheFeed – Microsoft’s OneNote Digital Notebook Combating Dyslexia

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#TheFeed is back for the March/April 2017 edition, and focusses on Accessibility. This extract is from the Microsoft in Education team, and looks at the latest updates and additions to the Learning Tools add-in for OneNote, all within the context of a recent BDA study conducted with a Surrey school to see how experiences outcomes can be improved for SEND learners through the introduction of appropriate technology.


TES Education Hub – Why every headteacher needs a good head for figures, By Stephen Crouch

All schools must balance the books. As a modern school leader, you can’t simply be a headteacher, leading a group of professionals in their practice; you must also be a chief executive. As recent financial crises remind us, a chief executive who doesn’t understand how their organisation’s finances work can put not only their own reputation, but the future of their whole organisation in jeopardy.


Gerald Haigh: Reflections on the Microsoft Partner Campus at BETT 2017

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It may seem like a distant memory by now, but it wasn’t all that long ago that tens of thousands of educators, school leaders, students and technology innovators were all congregated underneath the roof of London’s ExCel exhibition centre for four days during BETT 2017. It was a fantastic show all round, and to follow up on our partner presence is Gerald Haigh with a retrospective look at what was happening in our Microsoft Partner Campus.


E2 Education Exchange – Join Live on March 22nd!

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Anyone familiar with the E2 Education Exchange will know that there are elements of the event that are open to all through live streams and online participation, and this year is no different! We’re pleased to share details of this year’s live stream event, and would encourage all educators to join us on March 22nd at 2pm GMT for a very special Microsoft E2: Education Exchange session!


TES Education Hub – Join the dots: How technology can improve school life at all levels, by Dr Neelam Parmar

The subject of technology and education is a highly complex conversation. With so many different types of technical systems in the market, it is difficult to determine one that is best suited to a school’s environment. While no one solution perfectly fits all, there are now some flexible and robust edtech products that are easily available and which can help streamline both front and back-end school processes. At Ashford we have had some great successes using technology to improve school wide functions within a common platform, for both teaching and learning demands as well as school administrative and management back end processes.