Computers in a classroom.

Office 365 Education Name Change Explained

"Isn't it about time Microsoft changed the names for its education offering of Office 365?" Said nobody, ever.  Despite this, Microsoft is doing just that. Back in 2014 I wrote about the last set of major name changes when the "A SKUs" were rebranded as "E SKUs". In a note sent to Office 365 administrators via [...]

What’s new in Microsoft Office 365 for education?

With Microsoft’s announcement yesterday that its Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) and Live@edu would eventually converge into the new Office 365 for enterprises and Office 365 for education offerings it also expanded on some of the benefits that will be available for education customers when it becomes available sometime next year. Ray Fleming (@RayFleming), Microsoft’s [...]

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 [...]

What’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 – 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 [...]

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

IT today, in many industries, is essential.  If ‘the system’ 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.  Businesses have come to realise the importance of IT and spend significant amounts of money ensuring that they have [...]