TES Education Hub: Top down to bottom up - How information systems have evolved in schools, by Gerald Haigh

At the heart of a school’s administration is what’s usually called “the MIS” (management information system). The first examples appeared in the late 1980s, as a response to the delegation of budgets to schools. They later expanded their remit to include the collection and analysis of pupil performance data, behaviour and attendance figures. These days, every school has a MIS of some kind – usually SIMS, which is provided by runaway market leader and Microsoft partner Capita Children’s Services. And where a local authority has installed and maintained the same MIS across all its schools, they can be administered and managed collectively. Clearly the MIS has been a success story – which is particularly impressive, given that not all software innovations survive. But what of later technological developments?

BETT 2017 Guest Post: Skooler - Learning Management Tools

Skooler offers expertise in using Office365 in the classroom alongside teaching tools such as personalised learning plans, medium and long term planning, absence/attendance registration, assignments and tests to name a few. Parents are kept up to date via the Parental portal. All the tools are safely hosted in the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Learning Possibilities: New Platform Coming Soon

News comes in of a new Microsoft-based, learner-centred Learning Platform. We here, on the Microsoft Schools Blog , will be keeping a close eye on it. A little over two years ago, Ray Fleming quoted some thoughts here from Twynham School’s Mike Herrity on “Common reasons why Learning Platforms fail”. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ukschools/archive/2009/07/15/common-reasons-why-learning-platforms-fail-mike-herrity-s-view.aspx It’s still worth reading,…


Common reasons why Learning Platforms fail – Mike Herrity's view

At the Learning Gateway Conference today, I listened to Mike Herrity talking about the Twynham School’s Learning Gateway, and specifically about how they got people in their school community using it. On one of his first slides, there was a statistic that proved they have been doing things right: During the two February snow days,…


Free Podcasting Kit for SharePoint 2007

A few days ago, the Podcasting Kit for SharePoint was released on CodePlex (our open source project hosting web site). For schools, it’s an opportunity to move into a multimedia, web 2.0 world, without losing control of either information, or users. Up until now, many of the ways that people have used podcasting, and many…


Live Meeting: Virtual Teaching – extending learning across institutional boundaries

Learning Platforms and Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) are hot topics now, and deservedly so – in many cases they are transforming education and helping make both teaching and learning a more engaging and interactive process. Most students today have access to a range of technologies and mobile and portable devices. Over 3/4 use the Internet daily, and half…


New Microsoft Learning Gateway Brochure

We released a new brochure at BETT 2008, which is an introduction to the Microsoft Learning Gateway for schools. It provides an overview of the way that the Learning Gateway can help to support you with the challenges that teachers and leaders face in schools. In sections, it illustrates how the Learning Gateway can help…


Learning Gateway in action in Cheshire

I came across an interesting case study on the Teksys website (a Microsoft Gold Certified Partners, and a supplier of the Microsoft Learning Gateway for schools & colleges). It features Sir Thomas Boteler school, and talks about their use of the latest version of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (phew, that’s a mouthful -…


Ergo's BETT Competitions

One of our education partners, Ergo, have just told me about the competition they are going to run at the BETT Show in January. If you visit their stand (B100) in the main hall, you can enter their prize draw to win either a fully implemented secondary school VLE based on the Microsoft Learning Gateway…