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…

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OPENHIVE Leadership Forums – The Future of Learning Platforms

Synetrix are running two free Leadership Forum events at the Microsoft campus in the next two weeks. The first event is for local authorities, whilst the second is for school leadership teams.  11th June – Investments built to last, built for success The first event is aimed at staff from local authorities, regional broadband consortia…

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it’s learning moves towards the cloud with Microsoft

There’s a new press release on the it’s learning website. it’s learning are a Becta approved Learning Platform provider, and have recently signed an agreement with us to offer their customers our cloud computing services, via our Live@edu service. That means that if you are an it’s learning customer, you’ll be offered a range of…

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More Moodle advice – The Moodle on SharePoint white paper

The team over at the Microsoft Education Labs have been busy over the last few weeks. If you’re new to it, Education Labs was created by the Microsoft Education Products Group to build and release new product prototypes and useful add-ons, specifically for education use. Following on from the Office Add-In for Moodle earlier in…

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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…

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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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Online learning is better than face-to-face learning?

The US Department of Education sponsored the Center for Technology in Learning to look into the effectiveness of online learning – and to specifically compare the effectiveness of using online learning compared to face to face learning. The results, published in May, are on the www.ed.gov website, for all to see. What I’ve seen of…

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Integrating Moodle with Microsoft Live services

Who’d have thought it, not only would I be looking for the Moodle logo for the blog, but other strange things have been happening this week: We’ve released two projects under the open source GPL v2 licence for the first time ever Following on from the experimental OfficeLabs project, we’ve launched Education Labs, to allow…

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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,…

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