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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.<<<NOTE: Click for Partner emphasis build>>> 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. <<<OTHER PARTNER EXAMPLES – Just in case you want more>>>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.
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    • 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&apos;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