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Steve Beswick, Director of Education Sector, discusses Microsoft's place in education. His presentation provide guidance and vision for headmasters, principals, IT managers, and administrators about ...

Steve Beswick, Director of Education Sector, discusses Microsoft's place in education. His presentation provide guidance and vision for headmasters, principals, IT managers, and administrators about a variety of technical topics related to education. Topics discussed in clude virtual learning gateways, SharePoint, data management, and organizational agility.



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  • We recognize the truth that a strong and inclusive education system is a foundation for economic growth, social well being and innovation. But in both developing and developed countries, the application of technology in education is inconsistent. And we are seeing pockets of effective use of tools like technology in education. And in most cases, today’s typical classroom and pedagogical style looks pretty similar to classrooms one hundred years ago – students sitting in rows of desks using a pen and paper to take notes, with the only major difference today being the use of computers where available to automate certain processes or mirror activities done initially by hand.The untapped potential of IT to truly alter and enhance learning environments in ways that will foster social and economic opportunity for everyone – including underserved communities – is enormous. But it is only made possible if all the people in this room work together and do what we must do…
  • We also built a common view on what opportunity technology brings to transform education … that has also resonated well … and has provided a framework for how we GTM and how we add value.We also have a framework describing the principles by which we engineer our products.
  • This is why it is so important for all of us to come together, work together and succeed together. We’ve seen the successes and focus that can come through our collaboration.<<>> Examples: Synetrix: a K12 software provider based in the UK, delivers rich, scalable e-learning solutions built on Microsoft technologySynetrix leverages the Microsoft Learning Gateway to provide its customers a powerful and flexible hub for e-learning technologies, with the ability to scale up to large deployments, and a rich user interface that keeps pupils engaged. Synetrix has deployed its solution at large sites such as the East Midlands Broadband Consortium, which comprises eight local authorities, 2,200 institutions, and 750,000 users. Microsoft and Synetrix continue to improve these technologies, including a rich user interface built by Synetrix using Microsoft Silverlight. The engaging graphical interface combines workflow, accessibility, and usability in ways that help drive teaching and learning outcomes.Through programs like Partners in Learning, we can work with the public sector to create innovate schools in all parts of the world. Innovative schools armed with the right people, processes and technology to help better prepare students for the workforce of the 21st Century. And once these beachheads are established and proven, we must work together to scale them out and make these amazing schools the norm and not the exception. We look forward to the opportunity to partner with those of you in the room who taking those brave steps towards delivering 21st Century skills and learning for all. <<>>ITWorx: headquartered in Egypt, specializes in building education portals based on SharePoint and the Microsoft Learning Gateway FrameworkITWorx has worked closely with Microsoft to develop and extend the Microsoft Learning Gateway framework in education. A great example of this is the eLearning portal ITWorx built for Durham County, in England, where deployment and adoption by schools in the county have been fast, enhanced learning opportunities, and provided rich learning environments that have brought students, teachers, administrators, and parents together. Today, 87 percent of the 300 schools in Durham use the portals extensively.Etech Group: based in Australia, builds K12 learning environments that leverage the power of SharePointEtech’sStudywiz Web-based e-learning platform is designed with a look, feel, functionality, and tools specifically tailored to the needs of K12 environments. Etech recently teamed up with Microsoft to integrate Studywiz with SharePoint Server 2007. Thanks to this integration, customer deployments can take advantage of the Microsoft Learning Gateway, so schools can schools can organize, link, and control their various software systems together with Studywiz’s easy-to-use and powerful tools.
  • But our investment is not confined to product engineering alone, though that is critical. The portfolio also comprises people, programs and research… You will hear about many of these things over the next three days.People: In market sales, marketing, partner engagement, evangelism. Here are some approximate figures representing the various field people investments – we could say that we have:Over 275 people in field sales, marketing and partner engagementHave more than 60 people focused on evangelismHave about another 100 people focused on some of the programs above.Details from our planning at the beginning of FY09 for your info only:Pub Sec Edu field sales and marketing: 290 FTEDPE: 69 FTEPrograms: PiL=86; PTA= 16Live@EDU: 12 FTE (+ 25 part time)
  • What we are likely to see within Education is a blend of applications and services. Some will be on-premise, some will be in the cloud and some will be both. Email for example. Many institutions today run and manage their own email service, but this is just a commodity that can and should be provided as an external service. Likewise CRM for colleges, portals and the many services from Microsoft such as SkyDrive, Live Mesh, Office Live Workspace, etc.Equally, for reasons of security and management, it is important that some applications remain on-premise at either a school or local authority level. Examples might include HR, payroll, MIS, security and business intelligence. Either there are data security concerns or the application is local and specific to the institution.As we saw before the idea is to blend the best of both worlds together.
  • So, what is Software Plus Services?  It is software on the desktop device + services in the cloud that are either Partner or Microsoft hosted. Microsoft software + services is designed to deliver the best of both software and services so customers can choose what makes the most sense for their business needs.A consistent user experience across delivery models allows companies to focus on user productivity rather than the deployment technology. The flexibility of being able to mix and match deployment models enables companies to support their unique and specific business requirements, such as serving headquarters’ users through an on-premise deployment while using a hosted model for remote users.Microsoft Hosted services offers customers rapid implementation, anywhere access, and ability to license services through their existing Volume Licensing agreement, while those customers that need to outsource their IT needs, require packaged solutions, or that need additional integration work are likely better served by taking advantage of Partner-Hosted services through the SPLA program.
  • This approach is called software-plus-services and is an industry-wide trend ……In an education context this means that the institution remains in control. Investment in the existing infrastructure is protected as many services such as security, access control and local applications will remain on-premise for the foreseeable future. But what if these new services could be ‘consumed’ by existing systems and integrated into the platform to achieve the best of both worlds?Let’s take a look at an example of these new web based services and how they might be used in an educational context.

Microsoft In Education - Steve Beswick Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Microsoft in Education
    Steve Beswick
    Director - Education UK
  • 2. Objectives
    Education Strategy and Worldwide Context
    Market Trends
    Our Future Direction
    Questions and Answers
  • 3. Our Vision for Education
    Empowerpeople to realise their social and economic potential by
    enabling access to quality education experiences for all through technology
  • 4. The Opportunity for Technology
    Nurturing Powerful Communities Of Learning
    Extending The Reach Of High-Quality Education To All
    Enabling Relevant, Personalisedand Engaged Learning
    Supporting Agile, Efficient And Connected Education systems
    Giving Teachers Greater Insight and More Time
  • 5. Microsoft Focus on Education
    Government Leader
  • 6. Microsoft's Engagement Education
    Education Mission: Quality Education Experiences for Everyone
    Products & Solutions
    Education software
    Partners in Learning
    Basic and Applied Research
    Platforms and tools
    ITA Academies
    International Standards
    Technology Blueprints
    MSDN Academic Alliance
    Windows Live@edu
    Imagine Cup
    External Research & Programs
    Microsoft Learning
    MS Certifications
  • 7. Market Trends............
  • 8. The Two Tensions
    Step Change
    Under Control
  • 9. Are We Ready to Shift?
    21st Century Learning
    Traditional Learning
    Student Centered
    Instructor Centered
    Single Media
    Collaborative Work
    Isolated Work
    Information Exchange
    Information Delivery
    Critical Thinking; Informed Decision Making
    Factual, Knowledge-Based Learning
    Source: ISTE National Education Technology Standards for Teachers (USA)
  • 10.
  • 11. Evolution of school ICT systems
  • 12. Evolution of school ICT systems
  • 13. Students
    Other Institutions
    Connected People By the Learning Gateway
    Partner Solutions
  • 14. MIS
    Virtual Learning
    Other IT Systems
    Business Intelligence
    Connected Systems via the Learning Gateway
    Partner Solutions
  • 15. Where does SharePoint fit?
    Desktop Productivity
    Office Applications
    Partner Solutions
  • 16. Futures..........
  • 17. Education Product Group
    Team of 240 product managers, testers and developers
    Extending ‘horizontal’ technologies:
    Educational standards e.g. SCORM, IMS, SIF
    ‘Plumbing’ and underlying interoperability services
    Solution accelerators
    Documentation, support, SDKs, communities ....
    Alignment with corporate initiatives e.g.
    Software plus Services, online services, hosting ......
    Web 2.0 and related technologies
    Cross platform support
    Innovation – exploiting R&D investment
  • 18.
  • 19. Microsoft Semblio
    Assembly tool for educators and students
    Support for multiple content types ie PDF, Video etc.
    QTi Assessment tools that work with VLEs
    IMS Common Cartridge
  • 20. Live@EDU
    Free email for Students and University Faculties
    550,000 users
    Now available for Schools
    Hosted Service from Dublin
    Based on Exchange 2010 with OWA
    Branded to the University/School – no Advertising
  • 21. Software plus Services
    School / Local Authority BasedHosted
    (Live Mesh)
    (Office Live)
    Pupil Tracking
  • 22. Datacenter Investment
    We’re running scale services now
    2B Live Search queries/month
    10B MSN page views/month
    30B Live ID authentications/month
    240B Messenger messages/month
    We’re building to run your services
    $500 million per data center
    10,000 servers/month
    Dublin = 51,000 Sq Metres
    Olympia = 19,000 Sq Metres
  • 23. Software-Plus-Services – Deployment Options
    Combine the power of ‘on-premise’ software with the ease of cloud-based services across many different devices to offer choice.
    Deployment Choices
    Customer Hosted
    Business Productivity online Services
    Partner Hosted
    On Premise Services - e.g. Great Barr School and LA Services
    Partner Hosted - e.g. Churchend and BSF Learning Platforms
    Microsoft Online - email, portals and collaboration services
    Microsoft Hosted e.g. London Grid for Learning
    Full management of server HW
    Most IT management responsibility
    Access to all Exchange Server fine-grained policy and configuration
    All SharePoint features
    Highly customisable
    Reduced or no server HW management required
    SLA per partner agreement
    Outsourced IT management
    Access to most Exchange Server fine-grained policy and configuration
    Many SharePoint features
    No server HW management required
    99.9% SLA
    Advanced manageability
    Access to most Exchange Server fine-grained policy and configuration, administered through support
    Many SharePoint features
    Value added solutions/ services
    No server management required
    Uptime targets & reporting
    Simplest to manage
    Access to Exchange Server fine-grained policy and features key for Education
    On-line storage (Skydrive)
  • 24. How Can these Services Benefit Education?
    Investment protection
    Maintain security and privacy
    Delivery of core services and local applications
    Solid platform for new cloud-based services
    Web Hosted
    Enables choice and blend with student lifestyle
    New innovative and engaging applications
    Low risk, cheaper, faster adoption
    ‘On-demand’ services at Scale
    Rich experience across multiple devices and browsers
    Cost savings e.g. Cloud storage of 25Gb per user
  • 25. Summary
    Boundaries of the School will expand to home and other community organisations
    ICT is not the answer to the educational issues in the UK but it has a part to play
    Microsoft investing in Education – Products, Programmes and Research
  • 26. Education Resources and Websites
    Schools blog:
    Further Education blog:
    Higher Education blog:
    Microsoft UK Education Homepage:
    Innovative Schools:
    Case Studies:
    Learning Gateway:
    Building Schools for the Future:
    Home Access:
    Citizenship (via UK Edu homepage above): DLC, IT Academy, PiL, ITN
    Free Stuff :
  • 27. Solutions Resources
    Learning Gateway:
    SharePoint Learning Kit:
    Windows Live@edu:
    Microsoft Semblio -
    Business Intelligence:
    Unified Communications:
    Windows Live –
  • 28. Try these resources today
    Films for Learning
    Worldwide Telescope
    Live Mesh
    Auto Collage
    Office Live Workspace