BETT 2010 Giveaway- SharePoint Picture Gallery

January 12, 2010 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: SharePoint, Twynham School 

As part of our visit to BETT this year we thought it would be good to show our support to other SharePoint Schools across the country and give something we had developed away. After much discussion ranging from the very geeky to the very practical we decided on something which would have an instant impact with your end users on your Learning Platform. Throughout the week we will be giving any school that visits our pod on the Microsoft stand our Picture Gallery.

SharePoint Picture Gallery

The Picture Gallery which has been adapted by Twynham  is an easy to install webpart which allows you to display a range of images anywhere on your Learning Platform.

Using the Picture Gallery is easy. You simply place your set of images in a SharePoint document library and they will start to carousel in the player instantly. The Picture Gallery can sit anywhere on the page and be enlarged to full screen.

To get a free copy of the Picture Gallery webpart simply visit pod 20 on the Microsoft stand and say hello to myself, Dave Coleman or Chris Mckinley.

BETT 2010 an opportunity to meet with Twynham

January 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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As many of you will know this week sees the worlds largest technology education event, BETT 2010. If you are not aware of BETT it is great opportunity to see the latest and widest range of technology for use in schools to support teachers and students with learning. BETT 2010 is running from Wednesday 13th January 2010 until Saturday 16th January 2010. The show is held at Olympia in London and is the best place to see the widest range of hardware, software, Learning Platforms and support services.

Meet up with Twynham at BETT- visit our pod on Microsoft

As many of you will know Twynham School supports schools all over the UK and across the world in the development of SharePoint as a Learning Platform. We work with over 180 schools in the UK alone and BETT is a great opportunity to meet up with people. I am pleased to say that we will be running a pod on the Microsoft stand specifically to demonstrate out work with SharePoint 2007. Please come along if you are visiting BETT and say hello to the myself, Dave Coleman or Chris Mckinley who will be present all week. We also have some nice SharePoint giveaways so make sure you say hello to one of the staff at the pod.

Meet up with Twynham at BETT- book a meeting with me  for free coffee

As Dave and Chris will be running the pod I have decided to pass the time by drinking coffee! If you have been reading the blog over the last year or had contact through twitter or email but never managed to catch up face to face now is your time! My mission for BETT 2010 is to meet as many people as possible so if you would like a free coffee and a chat about SharePoint or anything else Learning Platofrom or technology related now is your chance. Contact me on mike.herrity@twynhamschool.com and suggest a time we can meet up. My booked schedule at the moment is as follows:

Tuesday 12th January 2010

3pm Microsoft pre-conference speaker run through

6pm Available along with the Twynham team for dinner and drinks

Wednesday 13th January 2010

10-12.30 Meetings with colleagues

12.45-13.00 Speaking on the Microsoft Theatre- Tales from a Connected Learning Community

13.00-16.00 Available for meetings book here

16.15-16.30 Speaking on the Microsoft Theatre- Tales from a Connected Learning Community

17.00 Speaker run through at World Education Leaders Briefing,  The Royal Horseguards Hotel.

18.00 Speaking with Proffesor David Jesson at World Education Leaders Briefing.

20.00 Dinner at World Education Leaders Briefing

Thursday 14th January 2010

10-12.30 Meetings with colleagues

12.45-13.00 Speaking on the Microsoft Theatre- Tales from a Connected Learning Community

13.00-16.00 Available for meetings book here

16.15-16.30 Speaking on the Microsoft Theatre- Tales from a Connected Learning Community

6pm Available along with the Twynham team for dinner and drinks

Friday 15th January 2010

10-12.30 Meetings with colleagues

12.45-13.00 Speaking on the Microsoft Theatre- Tales from a Connected Learning Community

13.00-16.00 Available for meetings book here

16.15-16.30 Speaking on the Microsoft Theatre- Tales from a Connected Learning Community

19.30 Microsoft Meal

Saturday 16th January 2010

10-12.30 Meetings with colleagues

12.45-13.00 Speaking on the Microsoft Theatre- Tales from a Connected Learning Community

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you during the week.

The best netbook for education?

February 1, 2009 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: Netbooks 

So it took me a while longer to get back to you on my thoughts about netbooks for students. Heavy flu, presenting all week at The BETT Show and life crept in to play havoc with my schedule! Returning to the topic- If I was rolling out netbooks to a sizeable group in my school which would I use? In the last post I suggested we had looked at two big players in the market- Asus with its eee pc 100H and Dell with its Inspiron Mini 9. Whilst I think that these two models have a number of really good features the Mini 9 keyboard is just too small and the Asus doesn’t feel rugged enough and I am worried about the graphics card. So is the answer I wouldn’t chose any netbook on the market?

Two weeks has brought a new contender into the reckoning and I genuinely think it could be a machine which meets all criteria so well we could have a genuine candidate. The netbook I am referring to is the Samsung NC10 and this week my school purchased 6 to try a small scale trial over the next few weeks. In case you have missed it the Samsung NC10 has been getting rave reviews from so many areas. I had spotted this online just before I went to BETT and was pleased when at our first Microsoft staff meeting they announced they had set up a ‘Wall of Cool’ to display around a dozen of the latest netbooks. I wont plagiarise Ray Fleming’s story on the night out we had and the review completed by a group of teachers- you can find it here. It is however fair to say that most people went for the NC10.

The hottest netbook on the market

Samsung NC10- the hottest netbook on the market (especially in blue)

What did amaze me is what hot property this product has become in such a short space of time. Every school I talked to about netbooks was already getting or planned a purchase of Samsung NC10s for their students! Now I hate getting suckered into following the crowd which is why we have purchased 6 to play with and form our own judgements. I took one home from work last Wednesday and have had a few days to play with it so what do I think? I really like the machine and think it hits so many criteria which I mentioned in my last post. In short the Samsung NC10 has the following: great looks; feels very sturdy; excellent keyboard; brilliant screen; plenty of power; long battery life (I managed over 5 hours). In short I love it and cant wait to get it into the hands of students for a thorough test drive.

Is there anything I didn’t like? Well the track pad is poor which initially annoyed me but you can definitely live with it and for me it is the one thing I am happy to compromise with. My only other concern is the wifi as I could not get on to my network at home and this is the first machine of over a dozen which has failed with my Linksys router. I assumed it was my usual incompetence with technology but was relieved and frustrated when our Lead Developer Chris McKinley reported the same issue at home (yes we have all stolen one). Alas he showed his credentials and fixed the issue on his (and mine- as we are currently calling them) so hopefully it isn’t a major problem. From what I have seen overall I think they are the best current candidate and we will keep you all informed on the trial. The reality is however, by the time we go for a larger roll out this September or next so much development will have taken place leading to many more options which are likely to be much cheaper and more powerful.