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Live from Learning Gateway Conference.... Microsoft Keynote

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by , 15th July 2009 at 09:55 AM (2111 Views)
Gonna try and keep a blog running from the LGC in Birminham.... yeah I know thats a long way from my normal neck of the woods! Sat with Russ and James...

Welcomes from Richard, Alex and then Steve from MSFT.

... Microsoft UK Education Vision ...
(Slides to be linked to/attached later...)

:: Main UK focus: Products/Services, Programs and Research

:: Student Centric view with partners...

:: Conflict between Institution and Home view (the old Facebook arguement!)...

:: Evolution of ICT in Schools.... massive growth and investment...

:: Digital lifestyle, merging of 24/7 access with the traditional "homework". What are the technical implications of this? Gov. Home Access plan for underpriv'd families.

:: Connecting people by the Learning Gateway. School / People ( Teachers and Students) / Other Institutions / Communities.

:: Sharepoint assists by connecting disparate systems. Virtual Learning > MIS > Other IT > Business Apps. Taking a "Platform Approach"... by integrating what you already have.

:: HOW?? Where does Sharepoint Fit? Desktop Productivity >> Education Apps

:: Future? A glace at Sharepoint 2010....

:: 2 yrs ago an Education Group was created. 240 Product Managers/Testers/Developers....

:: Not building products.... building on top of existing technology making them relevant to EDU. Plumbing and interoperability/Solution Accelerators.

::Areas of investigation...
LG:extending functionality for partners/schools to expand on.

Search:enhance, requirements for EDU, aligning to curriculum by user?

Office:build on Office for EDU. MS "Semblio" (code name Grava) assembly tools for EDU/Teachers. Support for various formats/content types. Assist teacher to create content. Assessment tools. Still in beta (link to follow....)

LiveEDU (software+services model):free hosted email for students (mainly in Uni/FE). Current 550,000 users. May expand to Schools - but prob directed at RBCs and LAs. Based on Exchange 2010. No adverising, branded to Institution.

Software+Services: Building 13 DataCentres. Dublin currently twice size of Olympia (BETT). Cloud based services... eg Live EDU.

Meshing the School/LA services up into the cloud as a service rather than hosting locally. Still same level of intergration and management. Give EDU the choice of Local vs Cloud.

:: Summary

Boundaries of the school will expand into the home and beyond...

Implications of this? Security, Licencing....

ICT is not the answer. Has a part to play, but it can help with some of the barriers...

Lots of investment worldwide... not just on programs, products and research.

Office 2010 announced in US last night (including the Web Versions... links to follow).

Q and A's:

Tony (surprise surprise!!): Microsoft Acadamies.... limited to MS only technologies. Isnt this against the "open nature"? All tecnologies are provided by their own vendors. MS Acadamies are NOT locked into MS technology. Can certify MS technology, but also open to others...

Semblio Release date: With 2010 Suite, or separate before. Announcements due over the coming days. Possibility of linking with other products not just MS Office Suite.

Idea of cloud is attractive. Data store etc. SLA and Security? Where held? Implications and how addressed. UK guarenteed held in Dublin, and also the data not linked with advertising. No data crawling, privacy in place.


What is the furture of SLK? Is it part of EDU product group or will it stay with RW? Part of EDU Group, wrap it as part of a full product. Investment underway, always will have an element on Codeplex butlooking at the wider aspect. Make it easier to role out and support. Has to take account of the 1/2 million UK users. Migration etc...! Future announcement...

Search.... how far off is development...policing the content and development of that product. Make search relevant to curriculum. Next calendar year. Take horazontal technologies and make relevant to EDU. Part of work taking place re FAST aquisition.

More to follow from the other "Tracks" during the day.....
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