Building Schools for the Future Conference

We’ve just had confirmation that the Partnerships for Schools presenter is Steve Moss, who will be presenting with us at our second annual Building Schools for the Future conference at the British Library in London on 15th June. Steve’s views on the role of ICT in the BSF programme, and his disarming openness in presentations,…

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How do I do that? …. Buying software as a student (for less)

If you’re a student, and you want a copy of Office 2007 for your home PC or laptop, what are the chances of paying a lot less than anybody else for it? Well, they are pretty good, if you know how… One way is to buy the “Home and Student” version in a shop, which…

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Building Schools for the Future – Microsoft’s second annual conference

We’ve just published details of how to register for our second annual Building Schools for the Future conference at the British Library in London on 15th June. Although the event is primarily aimed at local authority staff involved in current or future BSF projects, if you want to know what is going on with BSF,…

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2nd Annual Microsoft Building Schools for the Future Conference 2007

‘What does Transformed Learning look like?’ Thank you to everybody attending the BSF Conference, at the British Library on 15th June. We have now uploaded the presentations from the conference, so that you can use them in your own work. Just RIGHT CLICK on the links below, and SAVE the presentations to your own computer.  …

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Grava – what’s in a codename?

Is it me, or is there a random code-name generator somewhere in Microsoft. A but like those big clunky ones that sit in the cellars of the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall? (Okay, I know it’s not true, but hey) Today’s code name is Grava – something which shouldn’t really have a codename at this…

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Come and visit our campus for the SharePoint Applications Showcase for education – 25th June; Thames Valley Park

My colleague, Mark A’Bear ran a SharePoint day in March, for schools to hear from different companies that were developing software sitting on top of the SharePoint web portal. In all, 120 schools attended, and he’s now running a second day, involving a further 20 partners. They’ll be showing examples of Search, MIS, ePortfolio, VLE and Library Management applications on…

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Sidebar gadgets on Windows Vista

I’ve been using Windows Vista for a while now, and have become increasingly attached to the Windows Sidebar (it sits on the right hand side of the screen, and contains little tools and basic applications). Until yesterday, my Sidebar consisted of the following things: An electronic version of Post-It notes, for me to write a…

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Wow! A school I’d really like my children to go to…

I have been lucky enough to visit lots of schools in my time working in education ICT. And I have often found that within a few minutes of walking in the door, you can quickly decide whether it is a “good” school or not. The benchmark for me has always been “Would I like my…

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Is this the end for Windows XP? Or the wrong end of the stick?

When I read this BBC News story a week ago, I didn’t really think about it much. Entitled “Windows XP to be retired in 2008” the first five lines said: “Windows XP will stop being available on new PCs from the end of January 2008. Microsoft is keeping to a plan to stop selling the…

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Official: Stoke College was the first school in Europe to deploy Office 2007 for staff and students

Hey, it says it in the case study. And what’s more, the school Head Teacher, John Gibson says: “The Office 2007 system will revolutionise teaching. It’s as simple as that.” David Moss, the ICT Co-ordinator at the school, goes on to say “I’ve been involved with beta testing computer software since the early 1990s, and try to…

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