Twynham School and SharePoint 2010

Twynham School, in Christchurch in Dorset, are a school which tends to be at the leading edge of technology – they are often one of the first schools in the UK to implement a school-wide deployment of new Microsoft releases, and the ICT team in the school always seem to be champing at the bit…


Can you describe what SharePoint does in one sentence?

  Possibly the most difficult job I get asked to do is to describe SharePoint succinctly. It’s not because I don’t know what SharePoint is, and what it does – in fact, I use it extensively myself for lots of different purposes, and I see it in regular use in schools, colleges and universities. But…


Learning Gateway Conference 2010–14th July

Alex Pearce has dropped me a note to remind me that it’s exactly one month until the Learning Gateway Conference 2010, on 14th July. Last year it was at The Belfry, this time it’s moved to Church House, in Westminster. Last year’s conference was well attended, and everybody I met during the day was enthusiastic…


Things I learned this week #1

Last weekend, Doug Belshaw’s “Things I learned this week #17” mentioned this blog (although with some fake reluctance), and the post that contained the What’s new in PowerPoint 2010 for teachers video. I often read Doug’s blog, as well as listening to the EdTechRoundUp podcast, which Doug takes part in weekly. The thought hit me…


Twynham School and the Learning Gateway – free e-book and web part

Twynham School has increasingly developed a reputation for their use of SharePoint to create a Learning Gateway for their students, parents and staff. They have been using SharePoint since 2007 and in early 2008 the systems team at Twynham School wrote a guide to the work they were doing with their Learning Gateway (which they…


School Closures, Snow Days and Learning Platforms.

Over the last few weeks, the papers have been full of stories about school closures across the UK – naturally so, as half of all schools were shut down for at least a day by snow and ice. And it’s given impetus to the important issue of how a school that has to close can…

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Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips – 7 – Stop printing so much

Part seven of the series of Top 10 ICT Money Saving Tips for schools, based on my BETT 2010 presentation. Late last year, I was chatting with a group of senior leaders in schools about the amount of paper that is used in a typical school (it had been partially prompted by me, when I…

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Planning your days at BETT 2010 – the Microsoft Theatre schedule

Nothing like taking things right up to the wire – and this year we’ve excelled ourselves in making last minute changes to our BETT stand, in order to find a way to fit in all of the latest news onto our stand and into our theatre. But as the fitters start building the stand down…


Steve Beswick’s keynote from the Learning Gateway conference

At last week’s Learning Gateway Conference, organised by Alex Pearce and Richard Willis, Steve Beswick, gave the opening keynote where he talked about a general overview of the Microsoft UK Education business, and some of the strategies for our engagement with education, and considerations for the future. If you were there, you might want to…


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,…