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The Best BETT Yet

As the Christmas TV adverts fill our screens and the festive decoration go up, it can only mean one thing: BETT 2017 is nearly upon us.

For the Microsoft education team BETT is a special time of the year where we meet with our broader community, provide a stage for our Showcase Schools and MIEEs to share their stories/best practice and connect with the many Microsoft partners exhibiting at the show.

We will be sharing a more in-depth overview of our plans for the show post-Christmas, but wanted to take this opportunity to give a top level overview of the core themes and focus areas for what we have planned for visitors.… Visit the author's original post

Windows 10 deployment (for educational institutions) – Free step by step guide

Our friends over in the Windows team have put this useful step by step guide together for upgrading to Windows 10 from a previous version of Windows, such as Windows 7.

This definitely caters more for the IT pros within an educational institution, but those more tech savvy educators will find this pretty accessible, also.

Windows 10 Deployment Guide Step by step guide to deploying Windows 10

In addition to showing you how to upgrade your OS to Windows 10, the guide will also show you how to manage devices, apps, and users in Windows 10.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft @ BETT 2016

Now that the tinsel is packed away from Christmas and the New Year resolution diets are in full flow, it can only mean one thing: BETT 2016 is upon us!

For the Microsoft education team, the BETT Show is a special time of the year. The show offers the whole team a chance to meet with our broader community, provide a stage to our Showcase Schools and MIEEs to share their stories/best practice and connect with the many Microsoft partners exhibiting at the show.… Visit the author's original post

Students and teachers in the UK can now check eligibility for free Office from their school

Last week, at a public event held by the New York City Department of Education, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced free Office for all of their 1.1M students plus teachers. The room—filled with students and teachers—erupted with cheers.

But New York is not alone.

Millions of students around the world are eligible for free Office from their institution and today we are announcing that we’ve made it easy for all eligible students globally to sign up themselves to get Office 365 and install free Office.… Visit the author's original post

Handwriting in OneNote for iPad and OCR everywhere

Originally posted by the OneNote team on the Office Blog.

People are more overwhelmed than ever by how much they need to remember on a daily basis. In fact, according to a 2013 survey commissioned by the Post-it brand, the average person forgets 4 important things every day, or 1460 things every year. That’s a lot of valuable information! The fact is, keeping track of everything so that it is where you want it, when you want it is still an unsolved problem for many.… Visit the author's original post

Students being creative with Yammer (Guest Blog Post)

Guest blog post from Kevin Sait, Wymondham High School.

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I am a firm believer, if you give a student the right tools, their  creative side will show through.   Recently we have seen this through our schools social network – Yammer in the recent months, proving the value of communication in the school.   Yammer itself was probably a bit of a gamble in the school market, my previous school did not see the value in it, however at Wymondham they took the risk.… Visit the author's original post

A quick and easy way to link Moodle to SharePoint with Collabco MyDay

Originally posted on the Microsoft Education in the Cloud blog.

Collabco is a specialist Microsoft Partner focused on SharePoint, Dynamics CRM, Lync, UAG, Mobility and deliver the following services: Technology Consultancy, IT Strategy Consultancy, Development, Project implementation, Support and Training.  They are also the focus of our next post in our partner blog series.  Over to Brendan Nel and Oli Newsham from Collabco for some more info and a cool demo.

With over 60 million users, Moodle is a well-known VLE used in schools, FE and HE establishments all over the world.  Whilst offering the ability to customise to meet individual requirements there has been no easy way to present student information in an Office 365 environment until now.… Visit the author's original post

Using Lync 2013 to deliver on-line revision sessions

Guest blog post from Steve Gillott.

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Over the Christmas holiday, I used Lync 2013 to deliver some revision sessions to my AS Level Chemistry students. They have their first exam next Thursday, and I felt it was important to keep up the momentum for their revision by keeping some teacher contact. This was the first time I’d used our recently installed Lync 2013 server to deliver an on-line revision session, but it wasn’t the first time I’d run an on-line revision session for our students.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft’s Surface RT in action at West Suffolk College

Staff at a large Further Education College discover the advantages of Microsoft Surface for administration and management.

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Angela Bingham, Admissions and Customer Service Manager is responsible for ensuring that the process from application to enrolment runs smoothly for the 2,500 full-time students at West Suffolk College. Angela regularly attends numerous College meetings - and that’s before you take into account the many one-to-one conversations that are part and parcel of the job. Each of these encounters involves both providing and receiving information, and each of them, too, generates actions which she will carry out herself or pass to someone else.… Visit the author's original post

Windows Azure – Interesting Data Points (Infographic)

To celebrate the launch of Windows Azure IaaS, Virtual Networking and Active Directory, Dotnet Solutions have released an awesome infographic with some great Azure related data points.

Some of these are shown below and the full infographic is available via Dotnet Solutions website. The points about the Olympics (available via the full Infographic) are definitely worth checking out, in particular. 

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Let us know if you have any questions regarding Windows Azure in the comments below.

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1:1 Computing in education: The debate continues…

Guest post from Gerald Haigh. Gerald writes regularly for Microsoft series of education blogs.

The debate around ‘one-to-one’ devices generates many misunderstandings. Any suggestion of caution, for example, is quickly interpreted by the more gung-ho enthusiasts as standing in the way of progress. A prime example of this unfolded late last year on Lisa Neilsen’s ‘Innovative Educator’ blog.

Lisa Neilsen is Director of Digital Literacy and Citizenship at New York City Department of Education and, for my money, is someone to be reckoned with.Visit the author's original post

Tablets in education: Which one should you choose?

Since the launch of Windows 8, a wide range of tablet and hybrid devices are now available, but which one is right for you? Whether you are a student, educator or a member of the senior management team, there is now a touch enabled device to suit almost every need.

For example, Seton Hall University decided to provide new students with Windows 8 tablets with Intel Core processors and notebooks using Windows 8 Enterprise. These students need devices that have great mobility, while still running a variety of desktop apps and workloads that vary greatly across the student body.… Visit the author's original post