Automating the creation of SharePoint Resources

The following is a guest post from Richard Young, Director of Digital Learning at Wood Green School Witney, a comprehensive school 10 miles west of Oxford. Wood Green use Salamander Active Directory and Salamander SharePoint for automatic maintenance of Active Directory accounts and SharePoint sites.   Wood Green in Witney Oxfordshire is one the hundreds…


The Sunday Papers Edition: 17th June

This week’s roundup of posts – Get started using OneNote How to add a video to a PowerPoint presentation Microsoft UK Education upcoming live webcasts Kodu student activity: editing your world Controlling access on your child’s Windows Phone Supporting numeracy with Kinect Sports  Evidence that students do better with a PC at home Virtualisation in…

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Little Harrowden Primary School–small school, big improvement with technology

A Northamptonshire primary school reaps the rewards of investing in a whole-school improvement strategy which puts technology at the heart of children’s learning and shows that these 21st Century approaches are both effective and essential for their children’s future. In the summer of 2008, a new Headteacher and leadership team were appointed to Little Harrowden…

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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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What other people are saying about the Fun, Free Friday

Last Friday we ran our Fun, Free Friday at our offices in Reading. The aim of the day was to share some of the free software that Microsoft makes available, and which is useful for teachers and others in schools. It was a very upbeat day, and we all had a lot of fun –…

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On your blogs…get set…Go

Yesterday in discussions about what content goes onto this blog, and the others I write, I promised somebody I’d write a list of Microsoft team blogs that I’d recommend reading. The discussion was started by the question “Does your blog contain everything that’s relevant to education and Microsoft?”. And the answer is definitely “No” –…

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Get updates from the UK Schools blog in your email inbox

Do you want updates from this blog to arrive with you, instead of having to remember to visit this website? There are two ways to do this – either have updates delivered by email, or subscribe via your RSS reader. Get updates by email To get updates automatically by email, you will need to join…

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Creating school websites – guidelines on usability

When I wrote the Good Blogging Guide last year, I concentrated on audience, purpose, search and writing like a real person (I hear voices saying “Look at yourself Ray, you’ve forgotten it all already!”). What I spent little time on was the technical side of blogging and the web – navigation, usability, content such as…

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How many people are using Windows 7 in UK schools?

I just had a look at the statistics for visitors to this blog, for UK Schools. It was prompted by the edugeek.net website sharing with me that about a quarter of their visitors are using Windows 7. The answer appears to be over a quarter now. The table is the last fortnight’s visitors. Although I…

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New blog header today

My colleague Ben Nunney (who’s a Live@edu deployment specialist, a blogger, and a tweeter) sits behind me, and was mortally offended by my suggestion that you could do some nice graphic stuff in PowerPoint, and save yourself some Photoshop grief. I’d pointed out that the blog header was created in PowerPoint, because I could create overlays…

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