Posts tagged Microsoft
The following titles are currently free on the Kindle – they might not be for long
Introducing Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 [Kindle Edition] – Currently £0.00
iOS Development Bibliography [Kindle Edition]
HTML5 for Publishers [Kindle Edition]
Mobile Marketing Playbook [Kindle Edition]
Security and Privacy for Microsoft® Office 2010 Users [Kindle Edition]
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..
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
Microsoft has recently released Ribbon Hero 2 - a great game based training solution for Office 2010/2007 – and yes, it is completely free.
The game see’s the humorous return of Clippy, the Office Assistant from Office 97– a character many people found quite annoying – and after a few years trying to help office users – Clippy was dropped in 2001.
The game starts with Clippy looking for a new job – and asking you to help him format his resume. He then accidently boards a time machine – which travels through six different ages of time, starting with the Middle Ages. Each age requires a number of challenges to be completed before unlocking the next, more challenging level.
The game can be launched from Start menu, or from the Office Ribbon. The Office Ribbon also shows you current skill level and score – a nice touch.
Upon launch – you are presented with the selection page for your current skill level.
The game includes challenges for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Some challenges relate to both Office 2007 and Office 2010, others use functionality new to Office 2010.
Each challenge will earn you points – you can earn bonus points if you don’t use hints.
This is how training should be – both fun and informative
Great for home, office, school – wherever
I highly recommend Ribbon Hero 2
Download from www.ribbonhero.com
It works with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7
There are 2 download options – for single users – download from the homepage
To install for multiple users of a PC– use the download from the FAQ page
I can highly recommend this free ebook – it clearly explains all of Microsoft Virtualisation solutions from application and desktop virtualisation to highly available server clusters. Clearly written and well laid out – a good read – and a great reference.
Available in PDF format
The Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 Planning and Deployment guides are now available for download.
Covers the basics of planning a WMS 2011 installation, from planning the classroom layout, to selecting the hardware.
- Hardware requirements
- Performance recommendations
- Selecting hardware
- Capacity planning
- Site planning
- Network considerations
- User accounts
- File Storage
Covers topics such as installing WMS 2011, configuring user accounts etc
- Initial configuration tasks
- Deploying MultiPoint Server
- Configuring user accounts
- Configuring MultiPoint Server
- Managing MultiPoint Server
- Advanced configuration tasks
Did you know that Microsoft has a plethora of free software that can be used in schools to aid teaching and learning?
We have a whole range of software – tools like Kodu – that introduces children to creating stunning computer games that can be played with an Xbox 360 controller. Tools for photo and video editing, tools that turn photos into 3D models, tools for maths and chemistry etc etc etc
We have organised a couple of demonstration days at Microsoft in Reading – aimed at Teachers – where all these tools will be demonstrated – the day promises to be a lot of fun
We ran a similar day last year – which went down a storm – teachers went away enthused which was perfect
This year we are running two days – one for Primary, and one for Secondary Education
Secondary Schools Event – 13th June – Microsoft HQ, Reading – Register Here
Primary Schools Event – 23rd June – Microsoft HQ, Reading – Register Here
The days are completely free – lunch and refreshments will be provided – as will plenty of goodies
Hope to see you there………
Microsoft UK Education Webcast: Increase student computer access at a lower cost with Windows MultiPoint Server 20110
Following on from my post Introducing Windows MultiPoint Server – I am running a couple of webcasts – which will introduce the technology and give you some advice and guidance on how to get started.
The session is an hour long – choose the best time slot and register below
Date and Time
Option 1: Thursday 26th May 10:00-11:00am
Option 2: Thursday 9th June 10:00-11:00am
Upon registration you will receive a calendar appointment.