The Shireland Learning Gateway

At the BETT show the Schools Minister, Jim Knight, opened the exhibition by laying out the DCSF policy initiatives for the future. One of the foci was on the government target for secondary schools to provide access to real-time reporting information, such as attendance and assessment information, for parents & carers by September 2010. 2010…

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Last week at BETT 2008

Last week I was very quiet on the blog – mainly because it was BETT week, when 29,000 of the UK’s most enthusiastic educational ICT people gather at Olympia for a few days. Most visitors only come for a day, but those manning stands are there for the whole week, including Saturday. Perhaps next year,…

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Recent Education case studies

I was reading in the paper this week that the Government are considering mandating that all schools make pupil’s timetables, assessment results and attendance information available to parents and carers online. Now, I know that some schools are doing that, but it’s certainly not the majority, and there is a long way to go before that becomes…

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Summer Movies II - Learning Gateway at Shireland Language College

One of the highest profile users of the Microsoft Learning Gateway is Shireland Language College, where they use it to boost learning in their school, as well as providing a Learning Gateway service to 70 other schools in the area. The result is a Learning Gateway that connects with pupils and parents, inside and outside…

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Talking about "Today, Next Week and Next Year" with the DCSF

Earlier in the year, a small group from the DfES (as it was then) visited a number of high-tech companies in the US, in order to evaluate how technology would impact and support learning in the future. As a follow on from that, Microsoft were invited this week to present a summary of that information…

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Harnessing Technology - a white paper to reality

A few years ago the DfES published the e-strategy guide “Harnessing Technology” – a view of how technology would be used to support learning, raise the engagement between home and school, and to contribute to raising standards across all schools. If you don’t want to wade through the 71 pages of the guide, and would…

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