Finding the right devices for education

When looking for suitable and affordable devices for education, there are many factors to consider. Whether you are a post-grad researcher looking for a powerful personal laptop, a parent wishing to provide your child with a 2-in-1 device for further education, or indeed a head teacher needing to equip classes or an entire school with portable devices suitable for education, there are plenty of options to navigate. To help parents, teachers and students find the devices with the necessary functionality and that fall within your budget, the device finder on the Microsoft Education website will quickly refine your options.


The Microsoft IT Academy in Schools, Colleges and Universities

The Microsoft IT Academy Program can provide benefits to all parts of a school or college. Here are a few of the core functions and the potential benefits that will be most relevant. Here is a set of current questions which the UK Academic and Education teams have received: The Head of School · I…

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Something for your parent newsletter? Avoiding scams

While he was working from home, a friend of mine recently got a phone call, from “Microsoft support”, claiming to want to help him fix his PC. Fortunately, he’s the suspicious type. And he’s right to be. It’s a scam – and I’ve now heard that other people are getting the same calls. Obviously, we…

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Home Access with Assistive Technology–grants still available

Although the main Becta Home Access programme has now closed to new applications, there are still plenty of grants for free computers available for learners who qualify for the Assistive Technology scheme. These grants are for a child that has severe disabilities or a statement of Special Educational Needs, where they need extra help to…

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The Home Access Programme opens up again–briefly

I’ve just read on the Home Access website that the programme has been re-opened, after it closed in mid-June. The reason is that there are some parents who’ve not returned their grant application forms. Limited funding is still available for the Home Access main programme due to some families choosing not to return their application…

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Parental Engagement–bringing parents on to the Learning Gateway

Last week I wrote about schools using Learning Gateway to connect with parents and followed that with looking at the practical issue of making sure your data is up-to-date. The targets for schools to provide online parental reporting are DCSF & Becta guidelines, not legislation – and as such there probably aren’t penalties for schools…

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Parental Engagement–from vision to practicalities

Last year we worked with the DCSF and a group of schools to record their stories of parental engagement, and what they were doing to build a stronger relationship with parents in their school community. As well as the written case studies on three secondary schools (Blatchington Mill School, Monkseaton High School and Twynham School)…

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What does SIMS Learning Gateway mean to parents?

I was at Capita’s SIMS Annual Conference in Nottingham in June, talking about the future of technology, and how it will impact the workplace over the next decade. I’ve been invited to give this presentation at a wide range of conferences this summer, partly because it is one way of thinking about the world that…

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Get off Facebook, Dad, I need to finish my homework

At BETT we issued a press release on parental views towards ICT, at home and at school. This was suppored by research done during December 2009 and surveyed 500 parents of secondary-school age children, so it is recent, and it will be representative. I’ve held back on publishing it on the blog, until the BBC covered…

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The Home Access pilot starts

You may remember that in January, I wrote about the DCSF’s Home Access Programme – providing free home computers for students from disadvantaged families – and reinforcing to all families the importance of access to an Internet-connected computer to support learning. Just in case you missed , here’s the three articles to read – the…

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