E2 UK Live Event: Help us shape the future of Education Technology this October

Microsoft Education UK is thrilled to host our first ever E² Regional Conference – a dynamic new event for education technology leaders in the UK. Spread over three days, this FREE event will be packed full of great content and activities led by educators and education technology experts. Each day is a specially tailored for specific roles within education, with activities and sessions specifically addressing the needs and aspirations of IT Leads and Multi Academy Trust IT Leaders, School Leaders, and Microsoft Innovative Educators.

Microsoft in Education: On-Demand CPD Webinars

View all of our upcoming live webinars and enjoy a range of on-demand content available now. Microsoft in Education are laying on a variety of different webinars of a diverse series of topics, all hosted by teachers and experts from all over the UK. They are all free to join, so register for as many as you’d like, and learn new tricks and trips to apply in your classroom! These webinars are designed by teachers wanting to tell stories about how different technologies and techniques can be applied, as well as sharing best practises for personal development. This blog contains a list of what we have coming up, as well as the past webinars which are available on demand right now.


Surface RT Promotion FAQ’s (UK)

Since we launched the offer in the UK on the 19th June, it has been great to see the enthusiasm from institutions looking to equip their faculty, staff and students with the Surface RT device. Surface RT is an awesome tool for teaching and learning and the feedback we have had from students and educators…


Home Access Suppliers 2010 – recommended Home Access suppliers

When the Home Access Programme was first announced by Becta, in January 2010, there were six suppliers on the scheme, where parents could spend their grant cards. And Becta have recently announced an additional four suppliers. Which means that your parents have ten different suppliers they can turn to. However, it’s unlikely that a parent…


Shift Happens/Did You Know?

Over the last few months, a PowerPoint presentation has been doing the rounds, which has a strong message for educational audiences. It works as an opener for conferences or events where the future of education and learning is under discussion, or where you want to provoke a discussion about learning. Karl Fisch, of Arapahoe High…


How to get the best deal on Microsoft software in Education

As you probably know, Microsoft sells our software through partners – just like consumer goods manufacturers, or people who make cars, we appoint a range of partners to supply our various products to our customers, including education. However, there are different types of partner – and knowing about the differences will help you to get…


Data Security in schools – rules tightened

I’ve written about data security a few times recently, prompted by the various incidents of data loss in other government departments. One of the web pages I’ve been watching is the Becta advice page on “Information Security Guidance for Schools”. And I’ve noticed that it was updated last week, and the guidance has been tightened…


Windows 7 is getting closer

The Windows 7 team announced it will be available on October 22nd – that’s the date in the stores, so I don’t know if we’ll get the version for education (ie the Volume Licence version) any earlier. Even if it was earlier, I can’t believe it would be in time to roll it out before…



Phil Allen’s Link-Tastic list of SharePoint Links for Education  Microsoft Office Sharepoint 2007 Resources for Education Partners Evaluator Guides and White Papers   Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server 2007 Product Guidehttp://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/HA101680161033.aspx Office Compliance features Whitepaperhttp://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d64dfb49-aa29-4a4b-8f5a-32c922e850ca&DisplayLang=en Office Business Intelligence Product Guidehttp://office.microsoft.com/en-us/products/HA101679971033.aspx Excel Services White Paperhttp://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/HA102058281033.aspx?pid=CL100796281033 Office Infopath Forms Product Guidehttp://office.microsoft.com/en-us/infopath/HA101680051033.aspx Microsoft Enterprise Content Management White Paperhttp://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/HA102063591033.aspx?pid=CL100796281033 Windows…


Homework Helper – a new way of using a search engine

James, a colleague of mine, has just told me about the beta release of Homework Helper he’s been working on the project team of. It’s a web site which is designed to help 12-16 year old students find the help they need for assignments and homework on the major subjects in England (It works for Wales…


Information Security – more, but not yet enough, advice from Becta

 The Becta Information Security advice page for schools has been updated, and they provide a more detailed document (Keeping data safe, secure and legal) which goes further than their previous advice, but not yet far enough. In fact, if you take the report at face value, you’re going to lock up your registers, and wait…


Free Microsoft software for schools, from the Fun and Free Friday event

Today, we had a fantastic day at the office, when we hosted the “Fun, Free Friday for Schools”. Just over 100 schools attended, and we had an absolutely packed agenda, as we demonstrated lots of the free Microsoft software available for schools to use. All of the links to the various downloads we mentioned during…