Category Archives: Guest Post

Guest Post: CYPHER LEARNING – Don’t forget about pedagogy when chasing technology!

We are pleased to share a guest post written by Livia Mihai, of CYPHER LEARNING, a Microsoft in Education partner. The article below takes an interesting look at the need to make sure that any technological interventions within education have a solid basis in pedagogy, in order to impact teaching and learning.

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CYPHER LEARNING is a company that specializes in providing learning management systems for the educational and corporate market. CYPHER LEARNING products are certified Microsoft partners and provide integration with the following Microsoft services: Single sign-on with Office 365, OneDrive, and OneDrive for Business.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

Partner Post: ‘OneNote Learning Tools: Explained’ – by Hable

Following on from our earlier article from #TheFeed shedding light on the BDA’s study at Knowl Hill School around the impact of technology on SEND learners, we are pleased to share a post from Microsoft in Education partner Hable, which takes a closer look at some of the features of Learning Tools for OneNote.


OneNote Learning Tools : Explained

by Nic Clark, #TeamHable

With the release of the Learning Tools extension for not only Word online, but also now OneNote online, I thought it was time to explain how to find them and help you learn the basics.… Visit the author's original post

BETT 2017 Guest Post: SalamanderSoft – “Getting on with teaching and learning in Office 365, with SalamanderSoft”

The next post in our BETT 2017 partner series comes to us from SalamanderSoft, who focus on integration services helping Schools use the data they already have to provision, maintain and manage Active Directory, Office 365, SharePoint, and Exchange.

Find SalamanderSoft in the Microsoft Partner Campus at BETT 2017 (stand C300).


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Getting on with teaching and learning in Office 365, with SalamanderSoft

Innovations within Microsoft’s cloud platform in 2016 and coming in 2017 have given schools and colleges an opportunity to deliver richer teaching and learning experiences, while reducing costs and complexity.… Visit the author's original post

BETT 2017 Guest Post: TeacherIn – “Shaking up the recruitment space to better support learners”

Continuing our series of guest posts from Microsoft Partners exhibiting at BETT 2017, we have a contribution from another partner who can be found in the Microsoft Partner Campus. TeacherIn is the app saving schools thousands on agency fees and ensuring they have the most effective supply teacher in place. The TeacherIn team will be in the Microsoft Partner Village (C300), talking to schools about how they can transform their recruitment processes, and save money.


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Agency Domination – Change is here

Shaking up the recruitment space to better support learners

The world of the supply teacher is in the main dominated and dictated by recruitment agencies.… Visit the author's original post

BETT 2017 Guest Post: “2017 – the Year of Education Data Unification?” – Matthew Woodruff, Coscole Ltd

All throughout January as we move towards BETT 2017, we will be sharing a number of guest posts that feature contributions from Microsoft Partners who are exhibiting, Microsoft Showcase Schools, MIEEs, Teacher Ambassadors or Microsoft product specialists.

Today we are pleased to hear from Matthew Woodruff, who many of you will have seen presenting on the Microsoft Stand last year.

Matthew has helped education institutions leverage value form their investments in technology over the last 12 years. Through his work with Microsoft in the UK and internationally, Matthew understands that schooling systems are often data rich but information poor.Visit the author's original post

Guest post: Gerald Haigh on saving money with technology at schools

The following is a guest post written by Gerald Haigh.


A blog from Sammamish High School, near Seattle, posted by the Microsoft OneNote Team, includes this quite dramatic line,

‘On the second day of school we distributed laptops with digital ink capacity to all of our students. Within a few weeks we cancelled all orders of paper for the copy machines.’

My first thought, perhaps yours too, was, ‘That’ll save a few bob!’ (OK, bucks, but you get the point.)

Obviously the leaders at Sammanish were not exclusively motivated by money – the title of the blog is ‘Six Months of OneNote Class Notebooks’ – and it describes a boldly innovative cultural change of classroom environment.… Visit the author's original post

Teacher Ambassador Report: Coding @ CoderDojo, Paisley YMCA

Since joining the Microsoft Education UK team, our Teacher Ambassador Natalie Burgess has been one busy bee! You may have already read her introductory guide to the Microsoft Educator Community, her report from West College Scotland IT Symposium, or even seen her fantastic Tip-ster videos and Facebook Live posts on our social media channels!

Back again with another blog for us, Natalie reflects on the CoderDojo event she took part in on Monday, in her native Paisley, Scotland.

Follow Natalie on Twitter: @natalielochhead


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Earlier this week I was invited along to an awesome club in the Paisley YMCA called CoderDojo.… Visit the author's original post

Diversions and Distractions – Gerald Haigh’s thoughts on conversation through technology

The following post is written by Gerald Haigh, and explores the resistance to change that can be evident when there is a paradigm shift in the way we communicate with one another. Obviously this has clear parallels in the classroom, where the best method for presenting and communicating new information to and between students is hotly debated – particularly the role that technology can play. Over to Gerald…


The return to UK television of the drama/comedy ‘Cold Feet’ was preceded by the opportunity, eagerly seized in this household, to see again the original version, which ran for 32 episodes between November 1998 and March 2003.… Visit the author's original post

Thoughts on pigeons and computational thinking – by Gerald Haigh

In the following post Gerald Haigh considers computational thinking from a rather unusual standpoint, but in doing so illustrates that this is a truly universally applicable skill, and not just one that will benefit coders.


Earlier this summer I tried in vain to find a way of connecting a hose to a tap in the bathroom so that we could lean out of the window and direct a jet of water at an otherwise inaccessible pigeons’ public toilet.  Yes, there are many devices for making such a connection; I know this because I tried them all, to no avail.… Visit the author's original post

Windows 10 at Arnhem Wharf Primary School

We’ve been hearing about what must have a good claim to be the earliest whole-school adoption of Windows 10 in the country, if not in the world. The installation – at the 700 pupil Arnhem Wharf Primary in Tower Hamlets– began on 3 August this year, five days after the Windows 10 global release.

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Tablets in action at Hardenhuish School

The following is a guest post from Gerald Haigh, looking at the way schools can learn from each other when it comes to deploying tablets. As he explores below, while the scale of a rollout may dictate the types of devices that a school opts for, when using Windows tablets the underpinning platform of Office 365 is available to all and allows for a consistent working experience to be enjoyed by all members of staff and students.

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Linx 8There’s little doubt that the arrival of inexpensive Windows tablets (Dell, HP, Linx, Toshiba, for example) is giving schools – especially those needing to update or replace their existing computers - the freedom to think differently about their technology infrastructure.… Visit the author's original post