This is the technology I use

On Sunday, I'm flying out to Seattle for a week of pretty intensive and awesome technology training. I'm not a nervous traveller, but I hate that feeling that I've left something behind - especially power! In this post I'll run through some of the devices I'm taking with me to keep me connected, without needing … Continue reading This is the technology I use

5 things I’ve learned about being a manager

November 24th 2014. Mark that in your calendars. It's the day I officially started working for Microsoft. Not as a contractor as I'd been doing since 2010, but as a full-time employee, and a manager no less.ย Now that I've done the job for a few months I thought it probably wise to write what I've … Continue reading 5 things I’ve learned about being a manager

Old Favourite: Changing Education Paradigms

I know this has been around for a while, but the RSA Animate version of Sir Ken Robinson's "Changing Education Paradigms" talk is such a good video I thought I'd blog it. Whenever I need reminding why I stay involved in education, albeit much further away from the front line than I used to be, … Continue reading Old Favourite: Changing Education Paradigms

Microsoft Fun, Free Friday!

0530hrs and my alarm goes off with an unwelcome screech - it's time to get up ready for Microsoft's Fun, Free Friday event held on it's campus at Thames Valley Park, Reading. The event was designed to demonstrate some of the technologies Microsoft brings to the education sector including everything from Live@edu through to XNA … Continue reading Microsoft Fun, Free Friday!

School IT folk – the Swiss Army knives of the industry…

In a post earlier this month I talked about how I thought that IT staff in schools were no longer just men (and women) in cupboards, and that the role had become much more important in recent years. I had some really fantastic feedback, one particular comment from Terry McDonald, a network manager, really caught … Continue reading School IT folk – the Swiss Army knives of the industry…

Whatโ€™s in a [user]name?

Sifting through various educational forum posts and blogs recently I came across an entry that discussed the conventions by which pupil usernames are created on a network โ€“ and what information they contain. When I joined my comprehensive school in 1998 I was given the username 98MARSHALLJ. The school had always used the [year of … Continue reading Whatโ€™s in a [user]name?

School IT Staff: No Longer Just A Man In A Cupboard

IT today, in many industries, is essential.ย  If โ€˜the systemโ€™ fails it can have catastrophic consequences resulting in lost earnings, lost work and, for the poor people whose fault it is deemed to be, lost jobs.ย  Businesses have come to realise the importance of IT and spend significant amounts of money ensuring that they have … Continue reading School IT Staff: No Longer Just A Man In A Cupboard