Efficiency using Microsoft SharePoint Free Event – Walsall College, 9.30am-15.30pm, 28th January 2011

  Walsall College would like to invite you to a free event on 28th January 2011  showing efficiency of using Microsoft SharePoint with sessions from Walsall College, Microsoft, Capita and RSC WM. Personalisation using SharePoint Live@EDU and integration with SharePoint/Moodle Managing technology changes SharePoint 2010 – what’s new! SharePoint and information systems integration Business process…

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Primary school students learning through video conferencing

Office Communications Server (OCS) is finding new friends across the educational spectrum – aka Microsoft Lync. We’re hearing good things about it from the University of Plymouth , for example, where it’s used by academics to keep in touch with students away on work placements across the UK and beyond. There’s a full case study…

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Halving the cost of servers at Leicester College with virtualisation

As we talk about cost saving we keep coming back to server virtualisation. I don’t feel the need to make any excuse for that, because as so many schools have discovered not only does it provide substantial cost savings – and we all know how important that is – but it can also provide a…

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Using SharePoint and Office 2010 to analyse student data – at Marsh Academy

Every now and again, I ask Gerald Haigh to write up the stories of some of the schools that we work closely with. And a few weeks ago, he mentioned what’s happening with data at Marsh Academy, and how they are using SharePoint and Office 2010 to aid better understanding of their school data. I’ll…

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System Center for education – webinar recordings from end of November

At the end of November, Rich Lane the resident techie of the education team ran a couple of webinars. If you want to have a listen in, you can view the recordings below. Secrets of successful desktop virtualisation: The Optimised Desktop VDI is a hot topic at the moment but what actually is it? When…

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Microsoft Education White Paper – Baby steps into the Cloud

Gerald Haigh, an education writer and journalist, is also an ex-head teacher and as a result he still has close contacts within many education establishments. It was because of this that we asked him to interview a wide group of people about the use of Cloud services in education, which meant understanding what’s going on…

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Free Microsoft ebooks – feed the geek inside you

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the free Virtualisation ebook. I’m still working my way through it on my Kindle – I’ve got to page 156 of 480, and am currently in the detail of desktop virtualisation. It’s been really useful to help me understand some of the technical things I’d never understood about…

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Licensing changes for schools – there’s good news coming at BETT

Over the next few months, we are going to introduce some big changes to school licensing. It will make licensing simpler, and it will make it significantly cheaper for most schools in the UK. The big announcement of all of the detail will happen in January at BETT 2011 in London, but we’re publishing some…

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Shameless plug as I am nominated for an Edublog Award

The Edublog awards have been around since 2004, recognising and rewarding the best blogs in education worldwide. This year my blog has been nominated in the Best Elearning/Corporate Education Blog category, alongside a host of other good education blog sites (all of which can be seen here). If you’ve ever written a blog yourself, you’ll…

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Continuing learning when snow closes the school

Monkseaton High School, Tyne and Wear are one of the many schools across the UK to have been badly hit by the weather. For them it was worse than just another snow day. Their building suffered, resulting in the three of its 100 roof panels becoming distorted – allowing water to come through and damage…

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