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    EduGeek Conference 2012 - What/who would you like to see?

    It's that time fo year again, BETT is behind us, our feet and voices have recovered, and we're starting planning for our annual conference. We have set a provisional date for the 7th June, and will hopefully be in the same, rather pleasant, location as last year. What we need from you is some suggestions as to what/who you would like to see there as regards to speakers and activities. We already have some pencilled in (who we shall keep under our hats for now), but would very much like to hear your ideas, so please post them here and once we have a few that you all agree on I can start to knock on doors to get things moving.
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    if you could have someone from microsoft turn up for a Q&A on their licensing system, that'd just be super...

    Ps, as a pretty recent edugeeker, whats the venue for this so i can book the time off and make myself available!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oaktech View Post
    if you could have someone from microsoft turn up for a Q&A on their licensing system, that'd just be super..
    What makes you think anyone at Microsoft understands the licensing system

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    Quote Originally Posted by HallX View Post
    What makes you think anyone at Microsoft understands the licensing system


    Then we are all doomed. I'll get ready for the lawyers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oaktech View Post
    if you could have someone from microsoft turn up for a Q&A on their licensing system, that'd just be super...

    Ps, as a pretty recent edugeeker, whats the venue for this so i can book the time off and make myself available!
    The venue will be here: Westleigh Conference Centre - University of Central Lancashire
    I would suggest you also book yourself into here (a short distance away and very easy to find if you are driving) for the night, or indeed 2 nights depending on how much you like to socialise!: ibis Preston North hotel: Book a hotel in PRESTON

    All of these details will be published nearer to the date in a much better laid out format, but until we confirm everything please do not book yet or contact us about attending.

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    How about booking me. I have nothing to contribute but would be fun

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    Looking forward to actually being allowed to go this year (silly previous employer)...

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    Anymore (in case you missed it this morning)?

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    Practical - What to do when replacing middleware in a primary school
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    I'd be interested in hearing from some people who have done 1:1 deployments of student devices. Laptop leasing schemes were all the buzz 10 years ago, but I don't think many people have done them recently; now we're starting to talk about it again as we look to netbooks and, more commonly, iPads.

    I know some of the pitfalls and problems associated with a move to tablets, and understand that it is a shift of practices not just equipment, but I don't really know how big a shift or which areas see the biggest change. I also know that common sense and logic say "wait for Windows 8", however I can't help but worry that Windows 8 is another ME or Vista, and what we actually want is Windows 9, but I don't really want to wait that long.

    I should emphasise I would want this talk to be from someone at the school (network manager, IT Co-ord, Assistant Head, etc) on how they actually went about it from first asking "hey, what about iPads?" to a year after implementation, and not from a company who reckons they can do it and has "lots of other schools" as customers.

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    Another interesting topic - possibly too teacher-y than geek-y (I don't know the format of the Conf, sorry) - would be about electronic marking and assessment, both recording and sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjay View Post
    I'd be interested in hearing from some people who have done 1:1 deployments of student devices. Laptop leasing schemes were all the buzz 10 years ago, but I don't think many people have done them recently; now we're starting to talk about it again as we look to netbooks and, more commonly, iPads.

    I know some of the pitfalls and problems associated with a move to tablets, and understand that it is a shift of practices not just equipment, but I don't really know how big a shift or which areas see the biggest change. I also know that common sense and logic say "wait for Windows 8", however I can't help but worry that Windows 8 is another ME or Vista, and what we actually want is Windows 9, but I don't really want to wait that long.

    I should emphasise I would want this talk to be from someone at the school (network manager, IT Co-ord, Assistant Head, etc) on how they actually went about it from first asking "hey, what about iPads?" to a year after implementation, and not from a company who reckons they can do it and has "lots of other schools" as customers.
    Anyone here done this and care to volunteer?

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    I'll come and speak about Windows 8 and Windows 8 server or anything else microsoft.....but not licensing ;-)

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    How about another talk from @tom_newton which was made 5 mins before he stood up

    But personally i would like to see more promotion of linux (although i think luns mentioned open source stuff last year??) and how easily it can benefit schools (and that its not that hard!)

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