Education Technology: Why should we use Microsoft Office 365 in education? – Paul Dredge, MIE Trainer

"For me, one of the most underrated technologies within education is cloud technology. I have witnessed universities transform the way they work once they begin to make use of the cloud and all its capabilities. Many see Office 365 as just an emailing system and many schools use it just as that, when in fact it offers so much more. With Office 365 you get cloud storage, Office online, calendars and a number of applications...."… Visit the author's original post

Education Technology – The transformational potential of Microsoft Azure

Ask a University technical helpdesk about their most frequent calls (Deep sigh, ‘Here we go again! Why on earth don’t they?’) and it’s a safe bet that requests for help with resetting forgotten or necessarily changed passwords will come high up on the list. Such calls are frustrating for users and eat up the time of skilled technicians. They’re expensive, too – helping users with their passwords typically accounts for a fifth of an institution’s IT budget...… Visit the author's original post

Education Technology – Step out of your comfort zone, by Natalie Burgess

This latest extract from Education Technology is written by Natalie Burgess, Microsoft Teacher Ambassador,  who discusses the best way to grow as a teacher by jumping in and taking the first step. Natalie’s current role is to train teachers across Scotland and the North of England to use technology in their classrooms. Natalie was previously a Primary School teacher...… Visit the author's original post

Education Technology: ‘Blended Learning, the best of both’ by Natalie Burgess

During my time in the classroom, I was so excited to get started using technology with my Primary 3 pupils. However, things in education aren't always as easy as it seems. I didn't work in a school where the children had 1:1 devices at all times, not all of my teachers were confident in technology and sometimes I just didn't know where to start. So how did I manage to create a Blended Learning Environment in my classroom with minimal tech?… Visit the author's original post

EdTech 2020 Agenda – London Tech Week

On Tuesday 13th June at London Tech Week we will be presenting ‘Edtech 2020’ – half a day in which we will seek to debate and showcase the key trends, strategies and technologies that are going to be driving change in the classroom over the next 3 years. Joining the Microsoft product experts on the speaker schedule are a number of industry leaders, and the live demos from schools, colleges and universities will provide an opportunity to see first-hand how these technologies are being used in practice.… Visit the author's original post

Education Technology – Painting pictures with data, by #MIEExpert Paul Dredge

This latest extract from Education Technology is written by Paul Dredge, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert,  who explains how Power BI makes data interactive and brings your information to life. Wouldn’t it be great if you could see your data in an interactive, visual way? Well, Power BI does just that! Power BI enables you to produce reports and analyse your data in real time. It gives you the ability to input data and transform it into visual graphs and charts. Power BI connects a large range of data through easy to use dashboards, interactive reports and visualisations that bring your information to life.… Visit the author's original post

#MIEExpert guest post – Gamification Vs Game Based Learning, by Simon Baddeley

These terms 'Gamification' and 'Game Based Learning' are often misunderstood and even more often used interchangeably.  They are sometimes seen as modern, digital strategies that drive eLearning programs however their roots are much more embedded in everyday Teaching and Learning than you might think. In the following article, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert Simon Baddeley explores gamification and game based learning through Minecraft, and shares some of his experiences.… Visit the author's original post

Education Technology – Leadership key to EdTech success, by Natalie Burgess

As a Primary 3 teacher for a number of years in Scotland and now working as one of Microsoft’s UK Teacher Ambassadors, I have seen what makes schools successful in adopting new technology in the classroom and have more of an insight into what holds them back. Where I have seen the most success in adopting technology, the main difference that stands out to me is the Senior Management Team...… Visit the author's original post

Education Technology – Reviewing the success of the Microsoft Cloud

The Microsoft Cloud has revolutionised education technology. One of the most important outcomes from using The Cloud is employability. Across different sectors, there are thousands of different jobs, varying from Data Scientist to Cloud Solution Architect.  However, this is simply one of the benefits of using the Cloud...… Visit the author's original post

WEBINAR: Explore Windows 10 in Education: Innovations for deployment and use in schools

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. As part of that mission, we believe technology can be used as a tool to empower students and teachers to create the world of tomorrow.  And at the heart of this mission, is Windows 10, which provides a powerful platform for learning. To learn more about Windows 10 in Education, join Senior Product Manager Craig Ashley for a webinar that takes a detailed look at features and functionality that are great for teachers, students and IT professionals within Education… Visit the author's original post

The Azure Education Series: Upcoming and On-demand Webinars

webinar-cloudThis year, Microsoft in Education are laying on a variety of different webinars of a diverse series of topics, all hosted by teachers and experts from all over the UK. They are all free to join, so register for as many as you’d like, and learn new tricks and trips to apply in your classroom! Don’t worry if you can’t make the live session at the time, as all of our webinars are being recorded, and will be  available on demand afterwards.Visit the author's original post

Bring your students to visit our Microsoft Campus during EduWeek 3rd-5th May

picture1Next month, Microsoft is offering the chance for any schools to join us during our week-long event based here at the Microsoft UK headquarters in Reading. The event is hosted by EduConnect, a team with the aim to connect schools across the UK with Microsoft employees to better students’ futures using technology. If you and your school would like to attend the below event, please contact us ASAP at FY17EduconnectUK.

Microsoft’s EduConnect would like to take the chance to formally invite you to join us for EduWeek.Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship: Join the Movement

march-april-cover#TheFeed is back for the March/April 2017 edition, and focusses on Accessibility. In the latest issue you’ll find stories from schools specialising in SEND, studies from the British Dyslexia Association, and the latest on technologies that can aid SEND learners and those who teach them.

This extract is written by Andrew Griggs, who discusses the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) World Championships, a competition that tests children’s skills when using Microsoft Office, managed in UK and Ireland by Prodigy Learning. The following articles explains how you can get involved!Visit the author's original post

#TheFeed – Device Review: Windows 10 Devices to suit all budgets, by Paul Dredge

march-april-cover#TheFeed is back for the March/April 2017 edition, and focusses on Accessibility. In the latest issue you’ll find stories from schools specialising in SEND, studies from the British Dyslexia Association, and the latest on technologies that can aid SEND learners and those who teach them.

This article is written by Paul Dredge, a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, who reviews three different devices: the Viglen Duo tab; HP X2 210; and a Surface Pro 4, discussing the respective strengths and areas of suitability of all three.Visit the author's original post

WEBINAR: Intune for Education, hosted by Microsoft Education

Join us to hear about the new Intune for Education, a cloud-based service that delivers easy setup and control of devices in the classroom:

Register now: April 26, 2017 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM


Understanding that schools and partners have been looking for an easier way to setup and control devices, Microsoft is pleased to respond with Intune for Education – taking a rock-solid product built on top of commercial Intune offering and making it easier to access for schools.… Visit the author's original post

TES Education Hub – Meet the Head who’s using Microsoft tools to transform his tech strategy

The following post features on our new educational hub, hosted by TES, packed with tips and resources designed to improve your school processes. Weve pulled together the opinions and expertise of senior leaders on how technology can both inform and transform school processes to facilitate the difficult business of school management. In the following article explores the work of Tom Rees – Headteacher of Simon de Senlis Primary, a Microsoft Showcase School in Northampton –  who has developed a digital strategy across his school, and the wider Northampton Primary Academy Trust.Visit the author's original post

#TheFeed – Showcase School: Collaboration, Engagement, & Enhanced Teaching and Learning, by Paula Lowry

march-april-cover#TheFeed is back for the March/April 2017 edition, and focusses on Accessibility. In the latest issue you’ll find stories from schools specialising in SEND, studies from the British Dyslexia Association, and the latest on technologies that can aid SEND learners and those who teach them.

This extract is written by Paula Lowry, Headteacher of School at Saint Joseph’s Catholic and Church of England Primary, and also Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. In this article, Paula discusses the progress her school has made with the advancements of technology, and how this has developed learning within the classroom.Visit the author's original post

Office in Education – Live Webinar April 4th

This year, Microsoft in Education are laying on a variety of different webinars of a diverse series of topics, all hosted by teachers and experts from all over the UK. They are all free to join, so register for as many as you’d like, and learn new tricks and trips to apply in your classroom! Don’t worry if you can’t make the live session at the time, as all of our webinars are being recorded, and will be  available on demand afterwards.Visit the author's original post

#TheFeed – Special Report: The Fosse Way Document, by Gerald Haigh

march-april-coverThis latest extract from #TheFeed is written by teacher Gerald Haigh, the piece focuses on a special school, with the majority of the students on the autism spectrum. The school has just updated the way technology is used in the classroom to enhance learning in ways like never before.

More information about the schools, together with details and timetables of the CPD programmes on offer, together with information on booking are available here.

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#TheFeed – Special Report: The Fosse Way Document, by Gerald Haigh

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Fosse Way School, a special school for 209 pupils, a majority on the autistic spectrum, in Radstock, near the City of Bath has just had a complete update of the way technology is used for learning.Visit the author's original post

TES Education Hub – “Why every school needs better business process management – and how to get it” – by Stephen Crouch

The following post features on our new educational hub, hosted by TES, packed with tips and resources designed to improve your school processes. Weve pulled together the opinions and expertise of senior leaders on how technology can both inform and transform school processes to facilitate the difficult business of school management. For our next look at the TES Hub content, we turn once again to Stephen Crouch, group finance and operations director, and bursar of Wellington College.Visit the author's original post

#TheFeed – Microsoft’s OneNote Digital Notebook Combating Dyslexia

march-april-cover#TheFeed is back for the March/April 2017 edition, and focusses on Accessibility. In the latest issue you’ll find stories from schools specialising in SEND, studies from the British Dyslexia Association, and the latest on technologies that can aid SEND learners and those who teach them.

This extract is from the Microsoft in Education team, and looks at the latest updates and additions to the Learning Tools add-in for OneNote, all within the context of a recent BDA study conducted with a Surrey school to see how experiences outcomes can be improved for SEND learners through the introduction of appropriate technology.Visit the author's original post

TES Education Hub – Why every headteacher needs a good head for figures, By Stephen Crouch

The following post features on our new educational hub, hosted by TES, packed with tips and resources designed to improve your school processes. Weve pulled together the opinions and expertise of senior leaders on how technology can both inform and transform school processes to facilitate the difficult business of school management. In the following article, Stephen Crouch discusses how balancing your finances within a school can impact all aspects of your school.


Why every headteacher needs a good head for figures, by Stephen Crouch

Education isn’t all about the bottom line – but heads do need to know their finances.

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TES Education Hub – Join the dots: How technology can improve school life at all levels, by Dr Neelam Parmar

The following post features on our new educational hub, hosted by TES, packed with tips and resources designed to improve your school processes. Weve pulled together the opinions and expertise of senior leaders on how technology can both inform and transform school processes to facilitate the difficult business of school management. In the following article Dr Neelam Parmar, Director of E-Learning a Ashford School in Kent, discusses how technology can advance your schools.



How tech can make your school run more smoothly

by Dr Neelam Parmar

neelamparmarThe subject of technology and education is a highly complex conversation.

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#TheFeed – Digital Literacy in 21st Century, by Sonia Blanford

The following post features in the most recent issue of #TheFeed, our online magazine bringing you the best stories from Microsoft Showcase Schools and #MIEExperts, thought leadership, and news from the Microsoft in Education team. This piece is written Sonia Blanford – a certified Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, and Founder & CEO at Achievement for All – and explores the upcoming changes in Education and the continuing effects this will have on society as a whole.

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#TheFeed – Digital Literacy in 21st Century, by Sonia Blanford

The wider deployment and effective use of ICT is pivotal in the changing global world of the future.… Visit the author's original post

TES Education Hub: Top down to bottom up – How information systems have evolved in schools, by Gerald Haigh

The following post features on our new educational hub, hosted by TES, packed with tips and resources designed to improve your school processes. Weve pulled together the opinions and expertise of senior leaders on how technology can both inform and transform school processes to facilitate the difficult business of school management.


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Top down to bottom up: how information systems have evolved in schools

by Gerald Haigh
At the heart of a school’s administration is what’s usually called “the MIS” (management information system).
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#TheFeed – Device Review: Is it time to buy a Linx1010? – by Kevin Sait

The following post features in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of #TheFeed, our online magazine bringing you the best stories from Microsoft Showcase Schools and #MIEExperts, thought leadership, and news from the Microsoft in Education team. This piece is written by Kevin Sait – one of our Teacher Ambassadors – and weighs up one of the many OEM Windows 10 devices available within education.

Of course when looking at any new devices for the classroom, device management is also a key consideration.Visit the author's original post

TES Education Hub – Smart working for school leaders: how to digitally transform your school processes

In partnership with TES we have recently launched a new educational hub, packed with tips and resources designed to improve your school processes. TES is an organisation dedicated to supporting the world’s teachers, with a mission to enable great teaching by helping educators to find the tools and technology they need to excel and by supporting them throughout their career and professional development. They are home to the worlds largest online community of teachers, with 7.9 million registered users.Visit the author's original post

#TheFeed – How good might our leadership be? By Merlin John

The following post features in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of #TheFeed, our online magazine bringing you the best stories from Microsoft Showcase Schools and #MIEExperts, thought leadership, and news from the Microsoft in Education team. This piece is written Merlin John – a widely respected journalist known for his expertise in education and ICT – and explores the vital role that leadership plays in enhancing children’s learning, and ways to transform your school to through the use of technology.

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#TheFeed – How good might our leadership be?

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#TheFeed – MIEE Report: It starts with an iDEA, by Graeme Lawrie

The following post features in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of #TheFeed, our online magazine bringing you the best stories from Microsoft Showcase Schools and #MIEExperts, thought leadership, and news from the Microsoft in Education team. This piece is written by Graeme Lawrie, Director of Innovation and Outreach at Sevenoaks School, and explores the digital initiative iDEA, which is a national project that hosts a series of online challenges and events allowing the users to win career enhancing badges, unlock new opportunities and, ultimately, gain nationally recognised awards.Visit the author's original post

#TheFeed – Empowering Teachers with OneNote at Microsoft School Acklam Grange, by Jon Tait

The following post features in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of #TheFeed, our online magazine bringing you the best stories from Microsoft Showcase Schools and #MIEExperts, thought leadership, and news from the Microsoft in Education team. This piece is written by Jon Tait, Deputy Head Teacher at Microsoft School Acklam Grange, and looks at how the practice of flipped learning has been applied to leadership meetings in combination with Surface devices and OneNote to enable more productive and cost effective uses of time.Visit the author's original post