This is a big technology week with CES on in Las Vegas and Macworld in San Francisco. Hidden among the news at Macworld was an announcement by Microsoft in the form of their Macintosh Business Unit. It looks like SharePoint will be getting some much needed input to help with interoperability.
This is great news and we look forward to seeing how we can develop this at Twynham School. At present we have a couple of Mac suites and various machines dotted around the site so this may help us to better connect up our network facilities in 2009. What is really interesting is to see how Microsoft’s ‘Software plus Services’ model is starting to roll out. We are really excited by the opportunities and have started to work on a model for how this might take shape in Schools.
Over the last 6 months we have been working on a plan to roll out laptops to all our 1600 students with a contribution of some form from parents. This is not in itself unusual and many schools are embarking on this but alongside the roll out we would like to put Office in the cloud for all our staff and students. The principle of students having access to high quality software through our Learning Gateways that can be accessed in all areas of the school site, at home and on the go promises to be a revolutionary development. I will explain how we are trialing this in SharePoint tomorrow!