Automating the creation of SharePoint Resources

The following is a guest post from Richard Young, Director of Digital Learning at Wood Green School Witney, a comprehensive school 10 miles west of Oxford. Wood Green use Salamander Active Directory and Salamander SharePoint for automatic maintenance of Active Directory accounts and SharePoint sites.   Wood Green in Witney Oxfordshire is one the hundreds…


A free tool for creating SCORM learning materials yourself

Have you heard of the free Microsoft Learning Content Development System? We’ve just updated it to version 2.5, which now supports more complex content, and is Firefox and Silverlight 4 compatible. It is a free tool that lets you create high-quality, interactive, online courses, and publish them in SCORM 1.2 packages (exactly what your Learning…

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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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Are you going to the Learning Gateway conference in July?

For those who are going: I’m now writing my presentation on Information Security (where, if I mention losing USB memory sticks, I’ll be very clear to make sure I say Leicester City instead of Leicestershire, unlike this week at the SIMS Conference), and so if you’re going to be there, add a comment, drop me…

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Digital Literacy Curriculum: Now Available as SCORM Objects

Great news! The highly successful Digital Literacy Curriculum is now available as SCORM objects that can be deployed in a Learning Platform or as part of a SharePoint/SLK implementation. The resources are free and can be downloaded from: http://cid-2fbbe67743d5177d.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/Digital%20Literacy%20Curriculum There are different versions for Windows XP/Office 2003 (original) and Windows Vista/Office 2007 (version 2). The…

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SharePoint Education Showcase 21st May

  My colleague Mark has confirmed the full list of SharePoint education partners that will be participating in the free event at our main offices in Reading on 21st May. Over the last few years more and more software and data partners have been integrating their systems into the SharePoint/Learning Gateway system. What that means…

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Live Meeting: Learning Platform – Solution or Framework?

Following on from the numerous conversations, demonstrations and presentations we had at the BETT show around learning platforms, ePortfolios, VLEs, MLEs, and more, this week’s Live Meeting will show you how they can provide the personalised learning experiences that government policies and funding is aiming towards. The Live Meeting, which you can attend online, is on…

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Learning Gateway in action in Cheshire

I came across an interesting case study on the Teksys website (a Microsoft Gold Certified Partners, and a supplier of the Microsoft Learning Gateway for schools & colleges). It features Sir Thomas Boteler school, and talks about their use of the latest version of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (phew, that’s a mouthful -…

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Chamberlayne Park School – Creating a Resource Bank in SharePoint

SharePoint is used in many different ways. Take a look at the example below from Chamberlayne Park School in Southampton: Dave Woolcock from Chamberlayne Park School is in the process of setting up each subject on their resource bank so teachers can upload and view files as they can for ICT. So far Dave has…

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