Tech in Education
Register for this free Microsoft Education webcast on Windows InTune Wave C
The brand new release..
What’s New in Windows InTune – Wave C?
5th July, 11am-12pm
Join this live meeting to understand what is in the brand new release of Windows Intune (Wave C)
Windows Intune is a cloud based management solution – that enables you to manage your IT environments without the need for onsite servers.
The latest release includes management of non-windows devices such as Ipads and android based devices.
This live meeting will be delivered by a Microsoft Windows Intune Specialist, and will include a demo of key features. You will also have chance to get any of your burning questions answered.
System Center 2012 – An Overview
March 6th, 11am-12pm
System Center 2012 can transform your IT Infrastructure, from your Desktops, to your Data Centre and out to the Cloud. Join this session, presented jointly by Microsoft and a Microsoft System Center Partner to understand what System Center 2010 can do for you. This session will provide a good overview of the capabilities of the suite and also provide a “what’s new” update if you are aware of previous versions. You will also have chance to get your System Center questions answered by a Specialist.
SharePoint 2010 – An Overview for Education
March 27th, 11am-12pm
This session, presented by Dave Coleman, SharePoint MVP – will cover the key features of SharePoint 2010 –highlighting key education scenarios. Whether you are completely new to SharePoint or have experience with previous versions, this session will give a great recap, and provide a “what’s new” in this current release. You will also have the chance to get answers to any of your burning SharePoint questions.
Deploying Windows 7 – from Planning to Deployed
April 17th, 11am-12pm
This session will give you an overview of the key steps needed to plan for and deploy Windows 7 effectively.
There are a whole range of free tools and utilities from Microsoft that enable you to remove huge cost out of the deployment process. Including:
- How to simplify assessing your current PC estate for suitability
- Checking your application compatibility – and reducing the impact of any that aren’t compatible
- Application deployment methods to reduce your workload
- Capturing and migrating existing user data
- Automating deployments – from light touch to zero touch installations
The session will be relevant for IT managers in schools, colleges and universities
You will also have chance to get any of your deployment questions answered by a Microsoft Specialist.
The recording is now available from the latest webcast exploring the Microsoft Education Desktop.
View the recording for an overview of how technologies such as Windows 7, Office 2010 and the Microsoft Learning Suite can enhance the teaching and learning experience.
Understand how the various products within the Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack 2011 (MDOP) can remove huge cost, streamline operations and improve security.
Get an update on the current set of deployment tools that enable rapid and cost-effective deployment of operating systems and applications.
Explore desktop management solutions including System Center Configuration Manager and the cloud based management solution Windows Intune..
Great Demo of how Skydrive and Office make collaboration easy for Students.
Windows InTune is a management and security solution – which allows you to manage your on premise IT infrastructure from the cloud.
We have an upcoming 1hr webcast which you can register for herewhere we will demo the solution – and give you chance to get all your questions answered.
But in a nutshell this is what it can do……..
- It allows you manage a single or multiple organisations from a single console
- Manage machines outside of the network / Domain
- Asset Management – track hardware and software inventory
- Help protect PCs from malware – With Windows InTune EndPoint Protection
- Deploy Software
- Centrally manage deployment of software updates and service packs
- Proactively monitor PCs.
- Set security policies centrally
- Take advantage of Windows 7 Enterprise security as part of subscription
- Gain better control of remote PCs.
- Provide remote assistance.
- Increase insight with reporting.
- Manage your licenses.
- Remotely assist your users to resolve pressing PC issues—regardless of where you or your users are located.
With the free Kinect Paint 1.1 download pupils can now “be the paintbrush” as well as “the controller”
Masterpieces can be created with a variety of pens and brushes, colours and line styles
Download today and let the creativity begin
I have just finished a whitepaper entitled Embracing Consumerisation of IT in Education In which I explore both the benefits and challenges that embracing this world of Bring Your Own Device gives to Education Institutions and how various Microsoft technologies can help.
For many years IT departments in education institutions from schools to universities have been working hard
to standardise their systems by reducing the number of supported Operating Systems and hardware device
types across campus. There have been many internal battles won and lost to centralise IT procurement across
campus, and many senior staff told “No you can’t connect that to our network, we won’t support it”.
Well times, they are a-changin and this new era is known as Consumerisation of IT and it seems to go against
the very principals we have been striving so hard to implement.
Organisations that are brave enough to adopt this new world of working are seeing many benefits that come
with providing less IT resources out of school coffers. But there are many things that need to be considered and
thought through before fully making the move.
Despite this, Consumerisation of IT isn’t a Microsoft initiative nor is it something we actively promote. In fact,
arguably it could potentially negatively impact our current licensing models and revenues. This is an industry
wide phenomenon and Microsoft is positioning itself strongly at the centre. With the aim of helping our
education customers provide the best possible user experience to their staff and students regardless of
device, in a well-managed and secure way.
This paper attempts to highlight some key areas of consideration and explores some technologies that can
Be great to hear any comments
The 8th Microsoft UK Partners in Learning Forum is a one-day conference, free of charge to all teachers and educators who wish to attend. The workshops and keynotes this year have a STEM ‘flavour’ and address the theme of ‘Teach more, learn more, inspire more.’
This year the Forum is being held at the Microsoft Headquarters, Thames Valley Park in Reading on the 24th Nov 2011.
We have a rich agenda that includes as Keynote speakers, the world renowned Ian Livingstone OBE, Life President of Eidos , Alex Bellos, the author of the popular science book Alex’s Adventures in Numberland and Ollie Bray, the National Adviser for Emerging Technologies at Education Scotland
In addition, delegates will be able to choose from a range of workshops. I would suggest that you sign up as soon as possible as places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
· Bringing classrooms together with Skype
In this interactive workshop, Jacqueline Botterill, head of social good for Skype, will explain and demonstrate how over 17,500 educators from over 170 countries are already using the free online community to connect with each other.
Using the Kinect SDK/Kodu in the classroom
Dr Chris Imafidon – is one of the “World’s foremost scholars on leveraging informatics for learning and exceptional achievement. This workshop will discuss how computer science/technology exposed the myths of natural Intelligence, genes, gender, IQ, age, background, post-code.
Computing: The Science of Nearly Everything?
Dr Tom Crick, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC), looks at the big question: How are we developing and encouraging the next generation of technology innovators in the UK?
Dr Scarlet Schwiderski-Grosche from Microsoft Research.Do you like computer gadgets? Would you like to learn how to build and program gadgets to your own design? Then this workshop is for you!
Medicines and innovation – the missing link
Kandarp Thakkar – STEM Ambassador Programme – This workshop will introduce the STEM programme and give some ‘real-life’ case studies of successful use of this programme in delivering high quality university admissions.
Daniel Raven-Ellison is a guerrilla educator, co-founder of The Geography Collective and creative director of Mission:Explore. Join this workshop to receive initial training in how to be a guerrilla teacher and learner.
Who’s afraid of the big bad ‘network’
Dan Roberts from saltash.net community school, presents light-hearted perspective and interactive & engaging discussion which considers the challenges & issues of schools using social networking, how these can be overcome?
Also, find out who are the recipients of this year’s Microsoft UK Partners in Learning Teacher Awards.The awards will be presented to Teachers who have submitted projects that illustrate the innovative use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. Not only will they receive award recognition, but have the chance to be invited to the next Partners in Learning Forum and win a Xbox 360 and Kinect package for their school. These projects will be on display at the event.
Don’t miss out, register today – Registration now open
Migrate your virtualisation solution from VMware to Hyper-V and save money
Tuesday November 8th, 11am-12pm
With Microsoft now being considered a virtualisation leader (Gartner 2011) isn’t it time you considered switching to Hyper-V and saving your organisation money? Carmel College have done just that, and will discuss the rationale behind their migration from VSphere and the benefits they have realised. We will explore the Microsoft Hyper-V Private Cloud Solution and you will be able to get answers to all your burning questions.
Microsoft Lync – Transforming Communications and Collaboration in Education and reducing cost
Tuesday November 29th, 11am-12pm
Microsoft Lync can transform the communications within your education institution and remove huge cost. Attend this Microsoft webcast presented with Stratford College as they discuss their Lync project. We will hear how Stratford went through from initial business case through planning and implementation to benefits realisation.
Manage your IT Infrastructure from the Cloud with Windows Intune
Tuesday December 13th, 11am-12pm
Windows Intune is a comprehensive cloud based PC management and security solution that enables you to manage your schools remotely with no on-premise servers. In addition to remote control, policy management, malware protection and software updates the latest release now includes application deployment. Join this webcast to get an overview of the latest release and see a demo of the solution.
The Microsoft Education Desktop
Tuesday January 17th, 11am-12pm
Join this webcast to understand what makes a modern education desktop from Microsoft
We will look at how technologies such as Windows 7, Office 2010 and the Microsoft Learning Suite can really enhance the teaching and learning experience. We also explain how you can remove cost from the management of your IT infrastructure and improve security through technologies including MDOP 2011 (Microsoft Desktop Optimisation Pack) and the CAL Suites.
Free Software for Schools – Introducing the Microsoft Learning Suite
Tuesday January 24th, 11am-12:30pm
Did you know that Microsoft have a wide range of software and resources that support teaching and learning? Join this webcast for some fast paced demos which should be both fun and informative. The solution, collectively known as the Microsoft Learning Suite is also able to be installed and deployed with ease. Join this webcast to find out more.
- The Microsoft – System Center Suite – An Overview for UK Education
- Office 2010 – What’s new for Students and Teachers
- Deploying Windows 7 – Best Practice Deployment Methods to Save You Time and Money
The Microsoft .NET Gadgeteer introduces a new way to build your own electronic gadgets
Aimed at students, teachers and hobbyists the .NET Gadgeteer is an open source toolkit which makes building sophisticated gadgets really simple..
A gadget in 3 steps…
Step 1 – Choose your components
Choose from a variety of plug-in modules for your device – touch screen, camera, buttons, joystick, USB interface, etc etc
Step 2- Plug them in
Step 3 – Program the way they work together
Using the .NET micro framework and Visual Studio/Visual C# Express
Check out the website for more information