Live@edu – End of an Era

It gives me great pleasure in announcing that we have now completed the Live@edu Upgrade program to Office 365. In the course of just a year, we have upgraded over 9 Million users, equating to 5000 customers; this has been no small feat by our engineering teams, nor our customers and a little celebration is definitely in order.

Looking back over the road map for Live@edu you can see that Microsoft has always invested heavily in Education, ensuring that the services available to the academic sector are at the forefront of innovation.… Visit the author's original post

Middlesex University drives IT efficiency. Find out how at Oxford Computer Group’s free summit!

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In Education, the IT landscape is rapidly changing. Schools, colleges and universities need to provide IT more efficiently; supporting applications and services on-premise and in the Cloud, using modern devices. But what does it take to embrace modern IT and exploit its many benefits?

Join Oxford Computer Group and other HE organisations, for a free summit. You’ll hear how to support modern IT in education and learn how to develop your roadmap. With high profile speakers from Microsoft and a case study from Middlesex University, Oxford Computer Group’s eighth annual summit will be a highly valuable and informative event.… Visit the author's original post

Getting Connected is Still A Matter of Degrees

According to a recent Pew Research Center study, 37 percent of Americans without a high school diploma are connected with home broadband Internet compared to 89 percent of Americans with a college degree. We need to rethink broadband in America as we consider modernization of the E-rate program.

If you are reading this article, you are in the 70 percent of Americans that are most likely to be connected to the Internet. In the year 2013, we still have a digital equity gap in Americans connected to the new economy.… Visit the author's original post

How to Avoid Expensive Network Upgrades in Education

At a number of conferences that I have spoken at lately, I have shared that we are not likely to see less technology adoption and usage in education. In fact, we should see considerably more. However, some technologies are causing our networks to overload with unnecessary traffic.

Bandwidth Analysis for Windows vs ChromeOS

Microsoft recently commissioned a report to evaluate the network patterns of netbooks running ChromeOS and notebooks running Windows 8 from Principled Technologies. The report found what should be obvious—an Internet-only device will produce more traffic than a Windows 8 device.… Visit the author's original post

Top 10 Tips for Office 365 Education

Earlier this year I wrote 10 blog posts, each covering one of my top tips for Office 365 Education. As schools, colleges and universities across the country reconvene for the start of a new term, I thought it would be helpful to summarise my top 10 tips for Office Education in one handy place.

Office 365 is constantly evolving with new features being added, and existing features being improved; not to mention the fact that it is free to education.… Visit the author's original post

The Start of my Office 365 Education Journey

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

One of the first things I did when I decided to learn more about the capabilities of Office 365 Education was to have a meeting with Alex Pearce of BFC Networks.

Alex is always good value – generous with his time and knowledge. He’s also the kind of person who doesn’t raise his eyebrows and sigh when you ask the question that reveals you haven’t understood what he’s just told you.… Visit the author's original post

Office 365 Education Exchange Online mailbox quotas are doubling to 50GB FREE

It’s turning out to be a bumper week for Office 365 Education updates. Earlier this week it was announced that SkyDrive Pro was increasing the default storage quota from 7 GB to 25 GB and starting from now Office 365 Education Exchange Online mailbox quotas are doubling to 50 GB FREE!

When will I see my mailboxes get bigger?

Stephen Brown, a product manager on the Exchange team, made the announcement yesterday on the Office 365 technology blog that the increased quota would be rolling out from yesterday through to November so keep an eye out for the bigger quota over the next few weeks and months.… Visit the author's original post

SkyDrive Pro storage increases making it even better for storing and sharing class work

For me, Office 365 Education just keeps getting better and better. SkyDrive Pro, part of Office 365 Education Plan A21, is cloud storage for education, and is the place where students and teachers can store, sync, and share their files across multiple devices with ease and security. To date SkyDrive Pro has offered institutions 7GB of cloud storage per user but yesterday Mark Kashman and Tejas Mehta, senior product managers in the SharePoint team, announced that the SkyDrive pro storage increases making it even better for storing and sharing class work.… Visit the author's original post

The Power of Educators

As the school year begins, I often wonder if we as a community know how powerful educators are.  I know the word power can evoke many thoughts (and I really don’t want to touch on all the ones I don’t mean) – but what I mean is the power of influence in a child’s life.  Educators have the power to tear down or raise up their students.  I have had both types in my life, and both the positive and negative types inspire me in my own teaching style. … Visit the author's original post

Windows Azure Active Directory Connector Release Candidate Available Now

The DirSync team and the FIM Sync team are pleased to announce that we have released the Release Candidate of the Windows Azure Active Directory (AAD) Connector on Connect for pre-release evaluation. This replaces the Office 365 Connector which has earlier been available only through MCS and partner engagements.

This new Connector is based on ECMA2 and is the same we use in recent releases of DirSync. It is intended to be used when DirSync is not a viable option. We still recommend to use DirSync as the primary solution to synchronize AD to AAD and use it whenever possible.… Visit the author's original post

Flipping the classroom, the wrong way

Bill Nye The Science Guy shows an experiment on how air pressure works in a “flipping the classroom-movie”.  I saw it on sophia.org, a website that wants to help teachers and students to learn by using the flipped classrooms principle. But if this one movie is representative of the rest, I am quite concerned about the quality of our education.

Flipping the classroom is NOT about video!

The movie looks fantastic. You can notice that Bill Nye is professional presenter and he has perfect skills to entertain .… Visit the author's original post

Best Kept Secret Series: Windows Live MovieMaker

Well, the busyness of life and school took over and I didn’t’ fulfill my goal of blogging once a week.  Time is slowing down a bit, however, and, therefore, I will begin a new my goal of sharing one of Microsoft’s free resources once a week.  So, let’s begin again…

Windows Live MovieMaker is a Microsoft’s free movie editing software.  Almost everyone I know has heard of MovieMaker so featuring it in the Best Kept Secret series may seem silly, but I have good reason. … Visit the author's original post

Office Mobile available for iPhone and Android Phones

Over on the Office blog there have been a couple of announcements. If you’ve got an Office 365 subscription (A3 or A4, or the Office ProPlus subscription and others) then you can now get Office Mobile for Android Phones and the iPhone!

Office Mobile is the official companion to Microsoft Office. Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents look great on your phone, thanks to support for charts, animations, SmartArt Graphics, and shapes. When you make edits or add comments to a document, the formatting and layout remain intact.… Visit the author's original post

Make Your Collages Interactive by ThingLink

Retrieved July 23, 2013 from here
is a free and user-friendly digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into an interactive graphic. It enables you to create multiple “hot spots” on specific parts of an image and turn that image into a multimedia launcher. You can include video, record audio or provide a link to any website with the click of a button. You can easily embed an interactive ThingLink graphic into any blog or website.
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CityNext initiatief biedt kansen voor de Nieuwe Stad

Nederlandse voorbeelden zoals gemeente Utrecht, gemeente Texel, Florence en Waternet.

Vandaag introduceert Microsoft CityNext. Dit is een initiatief gericht op de steden van de toekomst. Waarbij de focus ligt op de mensen die in steden wonen, werken of verblijven:

Growing faster than ever before, cities are the economic and cultural hubs that drive global economies and environmental change. Today’s cities are experiencing unprecedented challenges including rapid urbanization, modernization mandates, and economic austerity pressures. Microsoft knows that the solution isn’t technology, special projects, or government mandates-it’s people.Visit the author's original post

The Service Upgrade

Over the course of the year until the end of September 2013, we are going to be rolling out the new Office 365 Education service to existing customers who are on the “pre-upgrade Office 365”. 

The service upgrade for Office 365 will deliver exciting new features, including:

The new Office

  • If you have purchased a subscription to Office, you will get the clean, new look; expanded support for smartphones and tablets, all delivered with the new, fast, Click-to-run deployment technology.
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SkyDrive Pro apps for Windows 8 and iOS

Sneaking in at the tail end of last week Senior Product Manager for SharePoint, Mark Kashman (@mkashman) announced over on the Office 365 technology blog that SkyDrive Pro apps are now available for Windows 8 and Apple iOS for SharePoint Online users in Office 365.

Both apps are available in their respective Windows Store and Apple App Stores NOW!

Learn more about SkyDrive Pro app for Windows 8 and SkyDrive Pro app for iOS on Office.com.

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For weeks I’ve been writing and re-writing the same blog post about ICT at school. Because how you can I formulate a call to use more ICT, while you making clear that it is actually NOT  about the technology. How can a nuance that the we must be cautious about the commercialisation of education, without putting brakes on ICT investment

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Tablets don’t make you any smarter

If I have to believe the media,  “tablet or laptop schools” have removed all books and paper and only work with their 1:1 devices.… Visit the author's original post

A la Recerca D’Ítaca: ús d’OneNote compartit

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Treballar a Joan Fuster i el gènere de l’assaig dóna per ser molt creatius. Des de temps enrrera havia intentat que l’alumnat com a activitat de conclusió escriguera un assaig a l’estil de l’autor, on demostrarà que els recursos essencials estaven consolidats, ja que hi ha una máxima que diu: “Dime algo, y lo olvidaré.… Visit the author's original post

#BammyAwards

If you follow #edchat on twitter, you more than likely know about the Bammy Awards.  For those who do not know, the Bammy Awards, organized by BAM Radio Network, are an effort to celebrate all that is good in American education.  I am honored to be nominated for a Bammy Award for Secondary Teacher of Year.  A few weeks ago, because of my Bammy nomination, two students from the Indianapolis area asked to interview me.  It was a privilege speaking with them about my education, how technology impacts learning, and why I am so passionate about the work I do with my students and my school. … 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

The 1st UK Koduthon – Kids lead the learning!

imageApril 12th 2013 was the day students took over Building 3 at Microsoft UK and showed that whenimage they are in charge of their own learning children excel and inspire. This is what happened at our first ever Koduthon, where students from schools from around the country showed us they amazing Kodu skills. Despite their ages ranging from 9-15, all had something to offer and learnt from each other. This illustrated how accommodating Kodu is as an application for a range of ages.… Visit the author's original post

Become a Microsoft Technology Associate with IT Academy & Partners in Learning

Are you looking forward to the impending arrival of the Computing curriculum with some trepidation? Are you thinking about how you can develop not just about the skills of your students, but your own skills? Are you interested in developing an industry standard qualification in your school? Then we may have a possible solution to these and many other questions.

IT Academy provides industry-leading technology skills curricula and certification to help bridge the skills gap. With Microsoft IT Academy, institutions get digital curriculum and certifications on fundamental technology skills.… 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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Fast forward learning with TimeLapse on Windows 8

Charlotte Coade from Simon De Senlis Primary school, Northampton, is the third Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator (MIEE) this week to share her teaching and learning story with us on the schools blog. Charlotte works very closely with the Digital Leaders  Team at her school and together they have recently set up a blog to explore Apps in education. Take a look at their first discovery, TimeLapse:

Charlotte Coade TimeLapse for Windows 8 is a fantastic resource to capture those extraordinary moments that you would otherwise miss!
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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

Bring the National Zoo to your classroom with Windows 8

We are pleased to introduce our next Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator (MIEE) Charlotte Beckhurst from Hartsbrook E-ACT Free School in Tottenham. Hartsbrook E-ACT were the first primary school in the UK to be using Windows 8 in the classroom. Charlotte has put together a series of blog posts that demonstrate how she has used Win8Apps to help create 21st century learning experiences. In this first post from Charlotte; see how her students have been helping the zoo keeper keep an eye on the animals at the National Zoo:

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The children in my class live in one of the most deprived areas in the country and the majority have been in the U.K for less than six months.
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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

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