Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Microsoft UK Education Team

We just wanted to wish all of our readers a fabulous Christmas before the holiday period, which will hopefully be a relaxing mince pie and mulled wine filled break for everyone. We’ll also be taking a break over the festive week, well from the blog anyway, so I thought this was the perfect time to…

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Acer’s digital classroom and mobility at school

The Digital Classroom Framework Acer’s goal is to provide the education environment with the digital framework to enable a new way of interaction and exploration. Digital learning refers to creating real-world 21st-century learning environments that break through conventional barriers – an approach that combines the best of traditional classroom teaching with digital learning tools and…

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SIMS Partnership Schools Conference

Guest post Gerald Haigh At the end of November I paid a short visit to the University of Loughborough, where Microsoft Gold Partner Capita SIMS were hosting their annual SIMS Partnership Schools Conference. SIMS, with Microsoft SQL Server at its heart, is far and away the market leader in school management information systems with 22,000…

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Digital Badge launched for Safer Internet Day 2013

Guest post by Mark Reynolds, Schools Business Manager (@themarkreynolds) Last year I was asked to join the Advisory Board of SAFE, a project that gives pupils a real-life way of learning e-safety through social networking. At the time, they were looking to expand from their established base in Primary Schools, up into Secondary – where…

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Round-up of Windows 8 in education so far

Guest post from Gerald Haigh. Gerald is a freelance writer who regularly writes for the Microsoft UK education blogs. This term I’ve been looking at the arrival of Windows 8 in education. The story for most institutions, as you’d expect, is that it’s early days. As 2012 comes to an end, a school, typically, will…

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Acer for Education

    Acer for Education is the investment in tomorrow! Acer’s mission of breaking down barriers between people and technology makes the company the appropriate partner for education institutions. Acer believes the world would be a better place if more people had better access to technology, and that the most valuable part of computing is…

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‘World class’ web learning platform launched in Wales

A new scheme launched today in Wales which has created a bilingual learning platform for Wales. Leighton Andrews, Minister for Education and Skills, launched the new platform, called Hwb, at Ysgol Pencae in Cardiff this afternoon. Hoping to connect every student and teacher across Wales as part of broader Welsh government agenda called “Digital Wales”,…

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Live@edu Upgrade Update

By September 2013, all Live@edu customers will need to complete the upgrade to Office 365 for education. Microsoft will start to schedule your institution for the upgrade soon. By completing the upgrade process prior to the scheduled date, you control the upgrade timeline. Live@edu administrative changes coming December 2012 While we work to improve the…

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How Windows 8 To Go can be used in schools

Great 2 minute overview of Windows 8 To Go by Mark Reynolds, Schools Business Manager (South), and some ways it might be used in Schools. Additional how to videos are available via our IT Heads Up channel.

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