Guest post: Gerald Haigh on saving money with technology at schools

The following is a guest post written by Gerald Haigh. — Over the years I’ve written extensively, on this blog and elsewhere, about schools and colleges saving precious budget money with technology. The message generally is that although decisions on technology are invariably and rightly guided by the impact on teaching and learning, the prospect of collateral budget benefit weighs significantly in the balance –and I’ve found that some of the most visible (though not always the biggest) gains have come from reducing the cost of paper and printing.


Creating a leading edge ICT platform to support teaching and learning

Charteris Microsoft technologies case study The Edinburgh Academy may be nearly 200 years old, but its use of technology is completely up-to-date. With support from Charteris, this prestigious independent school for boys and girls has implemented the latest Microsoft desktop and server operating systems. This leading edge ICT infrastructure is enriching the learning experience for…

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Quick results and longer term strategies for cost saving in schools

Decide on priorities Your aim is to save some money for the school by making good decisions about ICT. It’ll be important to show how that can be done. So it’s time to decide where to start. One imperative, and it’s more to do with management than technology, is to weigh the balance between going…


Get Online@Home–real life examples from those who have already benefited

Gerald Haigh, independent writer to Microsoft,  has written up this blog post following on from the recent post on Get Online@Home, 13th June 2012.  Gerald was able to interview some of those who had benefited from the Microsoft backed scheme and took a look at how, with the help of refurbished computers and laptops at…

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Harper Green School back up to date with Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES)

Keeping technology and software up to date can sometimes feel like a daunting task – especially when quite often it feels as though the next best, fastest, coolest software is just around the corner. When Richard Pycroft began his role in ICT at Harper Green School in July 2011, the school was using Windows XP…

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Cloud computing for education checks

For IT professionals and leaders in education, there is a lot to consider when choosing to take advantage of cloud services. Yes, it’s cost saving, time saving and has lots of other great benefits, but there are important things to check with your service provider to make sure you get the best out of your…

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Microsoft partners with YHGfL on regional approach to saving money for schools

Guest post from Sean O’Shea, Schools Business Manager (North). One of the nice parts of my role is to work with amazing people that are dedicated and committed to education. Phil Moore, and his team at Yorkshire and Humber Grid for Learning, are a great example. Several months ago, Phil and I sat down to…

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Cost saving with MultiPoint Server and solar energy at Cadoxton Primary School

It’s not often that we write blog posts around MultiPoint Server and how it is implemented in the classroom, especially ones that then link into solar energy, using very low energy to then enhance the use of ICT and save money. Cadoxton Primary School  in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan has done exactly this and Gerald…

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School in a Box Reception – House of Commons, 29th February 2012

On 29th February, Microsoft were at the House of Commons, Westminster for the School in a Box Reception hosted by Reading MP Rob Wilson. The event provided a high profile opportunity for schools and Microsoft Partners to show how they are working together to provide high quality, flexible and scalable low cost technologies to support…

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Help your organization using Microsoft Hyper-V

Dave Coleman from SharePointEduTech Ltd ,user and ‘guru’ of Microsoft Hyper-V Microsoft Hyper-V and virtulization, has written a guest blog post on the benefits and commonly asked questions in regards to moving your old servers to virtual servers.   I always think that it is a good idea to look back so you can see…

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