• Edugeek/Microsoft Webinar Reminder

    Just a quick reminder of the joint EduGeek/Microsoft webinar due to go out at 3pm (GMT) on Wednesday the 26th Jan. We filmed this on Monday and it contains some very useful information for schools about how to plan for and work around budget cuts. It was fimed professionally (3 cameras, autocue, makeup etc.) because it needed all of the bits where Tony kept shouting 'OPEN SOURCE ROCKS!!!' editing out, and where I had to add comments, my thoughts trickled out of my brain due to BETT fatigue and we had to stop whilst people reminded me of my name, where we were, and that I would be allowed home after this was all finished.
    Joking aside, if you haven't yet signed up I would suggest you do if you have an interest in this subject. You can do this on the URL below and we'll (virtually) see you there.

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    1. drewp's Avatar
      drewp -
      Was a great webcast, can it be made available for download?
    1. timbo343's Avatar
      timbo343 -
      I found it very interesting. Esp like the fact that we (britain) have the best IT in schools. Would be nice to see a downloadable version made available
    1. PiqueABoo's Avatar
      PiqueABoo -
      Esp like the fact that we (britain) have the best IT in schools.
      Not saying it's false but sez who? Based on what? And has it been formally verified by the Guinness World Records?
    1. GrumbleDook's Avatar
      GrumbleDook -
      Quote Originally Posted by PiqueABoo View Post
      Not saying it's false but sez who? Based on what? And has it been formally verified by the Guinness World Records?
      The work that many countries have done on integrating technology into education has been based on research, case studies and real world implementations in UK schools. These countries range from US (who have now set up a group with a striking similarity of targets to those of Becta), Australia (who have been part of the INET program for many years, working with SSAT on many aspects of education, including the use of and innovation through technology), a variety of Middle East countries (you think it is a surprise that so many countries come over to London for conferences just before BETT?) and the list goes on ... Canada, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Ireland, Israel ....

      I am not saying that every school is at that standard, but a lot of people don't know how lucky they are.Those who met Art on the EG stand at BETT in the first year can testify how a renowned educator and moodler was astounded by how the UK has so much technology in schools.
    1. Dos_Box's Avatar
      Dos_Box -
      Quote Originally Posted by PiqueABoo View Post
      Not saying it's false but sez who? Based on what? And has it been formally verified by the Guinness World Records?
      Actually I said we have the best IT equipped schools in the world, and we, in the UK do. The official ratio of pupils-to-computers is 5-1, ut according to Ray Fleming at Microsoft it is in fact closer to 3-1. The country with the next largest pupil to computer ratio is the US with 12-1. Its jst a shame the education secretary wants to stuff it up. In the UK we are in the best position globally to produce a generation that can not only support, but advance this increasingy IT centric world, but instead we are to regress to the kind of education system my parents had. What's the point of educating kids in the mid 20th century for them to have to live and work in the 21st century?

      /rant off
    1. GrumbleDook's Avatar
      GrumbleDook -
      The last set of figures I can get to quickly (2009 Harnessing Technology Review) has the ratio as 6.6 in Primary and 4.2 in Secondary but that does not take into account handheld devices or games based devices, so it is closer to Ray's figures (he was talking about Secondary at the time).

      We are likely to see those figures drop officially as schools will not be able to include student owned devices in there, but in some places, if you include student owned devices, you will start getting 2:1 ... or even better.
    1. PiqueABoo's Avatar
      PiqueABoo -
      What's the point of educating kids in the mid 20th century for them to have to live and work in the 21st century?
      Thing is, it was only last year that we had Current ICT and Computer Science in schools - damaging to UK’s future economic prospects (doubtless discussed here somewhere), bemoaning how profligate and usually adept use of IT, gadgets etc.. is not translating into kids studying computing, which is apparently necessary if you have ambitions to advance that IT centric world.
    1. PiqueABoo's Avatar
      PiqueABoo -
      The last set of figures
      I'm happy to accept ratios of 5:1 or higher because that's what I see. But there is a serious quantity vs. quality aspect.
    1. GrumbleDook's Avatar
      GrumbleDook -
      Quote Originally Posted by PiqueABoo View Post
      Thing is, it was only last year that we had Current ICT and Computer Science in schools - damaging to UK’s future economic prospects (doubtless discussed here somewhere), bemoaning how profligate and usually adept use of IT, gadgets etc.. is not translating into kids studying computing, which is apparently necessary if you have ambitions to advance that IT centric world.
      You might find the following video interesting as to why there is this disjointed view about technology is good/bad in education. The paper should be interesting when it is published.
      Learning Without Frontiers - Our Blog - Keri Facer, MMU, LWF Talk, London2011
    1. shreevie's Avatar
      shreevie -
      Good work guys, really enjoyed it. Some very useful information that's given us food for thought.

      Any chance of getting a copy of the presentation?
    1. beeswax's Avatar
      beeswax -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
      You might find the following video interesting as to why there is this disjointed view about technology is good/bad in education. The paper should be interesting when it is published.
      Learning Without Frontiers - Our Blog - Keri Facer, MMU, LWF Talk, London*2011
      Our MSP initially blocked the video feed to the site, now the whole thing's blocked!

      Would appreciate notification when the webinar becomes available.
    1. Hecate's Avatar
      Hecate -
      Very frustrated that I didn't get the link - when will it be available for general viewing
    1. RichCowell's Avatar
      RichCowell -
      Thanks for doing the Webcast, I watched it and learnt from it... I think it would have been good directed at headteachers & management teams as well as network managers & technicians...
      I'd heard that there was a new MS Schools solution in the pipeline, and that explained a lot, I was straight on to my MS Reseller for info!

      Thanks again!

      Rick
    1. ZeroHour's Avatar
      ZeroHour -
      Just a heads up all, I will be posting an official link to use to watch the video on demand soon. The links you were emailed should not be posted here please.
    1. elsiegee40's Avatar
      elsiegee40 -
      Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
      Like others I didn't receive the email, spam filter checked
      Got an email to watch the webinar "On Demand" this morning. Shame I didn' tget the live one yesterday, but at least I can now watch it.
    1. GrumbleDook's Avatar
      GrumbleDook -
      My link was caught by the council filters but watched it through another route. For those who are interested there is a session at Alan's school which will also cover cost saving amongst other things ... details are on the MS Education blog (available on the EG home page).
    1. elsiegee40's Avatar
      elsiegee40 -
      Does anyone know who counts in Microsoft's FTE calculations?

      If we had to include all the cleaners, dinners ladies, school crossing patrol that never get anywhere near the computers, but are still employed directly by us, it would make a large difference to the FTE headcount!
    1. Dos_Box's Avatar
      Dos_Box -
      Quote Originally Posted by elsiegee40 View Post
      Does anyone know who counts in Microsoft's FTE calculations?

      If we had to include all the cleaners, dinners ladies, school crossing patrol that never get anywhere near the computers, but are still employed directly by us, it would make a large difference to the FTE headcount!
      It does not count 'non-computer' using staff IIRC. Just teachers, admin and IT people, and possibly the site supervisor if they have one.
    1. BatchFile's Avatar
      BatchFile -
      Well done all - much useful information and I now have a list of bullet points to research

      We've used much of our specialist college funding to up our PC numbers and are now better than 2:1, but we're a small school with a School Agreement so the news from Microsoft was VERY welcome

      Am I at liberty to forward my "now available on demand" email to my line manager and SLT? I'd like them to see the webcast too - or is there going to be another link for unrestricted access?
    1. timbo343's Avatar
      timbo343 -
      I spoke to someone this afternoon about MSs FTE meaning. What MS think of FTE is anyone member of staff that works 200 hours a year or more (or 5 hours a week or more) and has access to a computer. In our case the catering staff and cleaning staff dont have access.
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