Azure egress fee waiver for the academic community

This announcement first appeared on the Microsoft Azure blog. Based on Microsoft’s extensive experience engaging and working with the academic community, we strongly believe educational institutions of all types and sizes can benefit from cloud services, for research as well as for teaching and learning environments. Microsoft also understands the need for academia to better…


Gerald Haigh explores the research into the learning effects of Typing vs. Handwriting

The following is a guest post written by Gerald Haigh. — Typing or Handwriting?   The efficiency of the inking facility now available on Surface, with the brilliant Surface pen, is provoking a revival of the old debate about the relative merits of handwriting and typing. Recent Microsoft research brings sound evidence into the issue,…


How to take advantage of free Partners in Learning School Research

  Educators around the globe recognize that teaching and learning needs to be transformed to align with the realities of life and work in the 21st century. Today’s learners need to develop higher order skills and know how to create and collaborate. At the same time, school leaders need to build their teachers’ capacity to…


Will the current generation of UK students shape the future of business?

I’ve no doubt it’s an important question to look at – and one that businesses in the UK need to address now if we are to ensure today’s students are skilled effectively. Today’s students may not revolutionise the UK and the entire world (although many may think they will!), but the unique skills and characteristics…

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Do Network Managers and Teachers have to clash?

I’ve asked Gerald Haigh, a freelance journalist and author of a number of educational leadership books, to take some time out to share his thoughts on some of the topical education issues you’ll have seen on this blog or elsewhere. This week, he’s been thinking about some research I wrote about last month (Network Managers…

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Network Managers and Teachers have a relationship problem

We’re thinking about how our activities online (like this blog, our other education blogs, the Partners in Learning Network, and the main Microsoft UK Education website) can be developed to support schools more – and meet the needs of different people within a school. Within our small team we’ve got quite a few years of…

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How and why students use the internet

There’s some fascinating data in the latest Ofcom “UK Children’s media literacy” report, which gives an insight into the lives of children between the ages of 5 and 15. Rather than being a survey which lumps all children together, this report breaks down the data into three age ranges (5-7, 8-11 and 12-15), which roughly…

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Problem solving with ICT – the language barrier solved?

A few times recently I’ve talked at conferences about the future of technology, and what the world will look like when today’s Year 7 students arrive in the workplace. I’ve shown our Productivity Future Vision video, and then discussed the technology and ideas behind the scenarios, including looking at some of the work going on…

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Ofsted report The safe use of new technologies

According to the BBC News this morning: Blocking pupils’ access to unsuitable websites does not encourage them to take responsibility for their safety online, Ofsted inspectors say. "Managed" online systems were more successful than "locked" ones at safeguarding pupils’ safety, they said. In a report, Ofsted said the area most in need of improvement was…

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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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