There’s a great virtual event on the horizon for us that work in the education sector.
Microsoft are putting on a set of free webinar all about Microsoft Teams and other technologies around these which will help you to get more out of the Microsoft cloud platform (all the free options).
If you can’t make it, if you register anyway you will get sent a link of all the records, so register no matter what but you can also choose from any of the sessions below. I’ve put the time they are running in the UK but also the local time for Microsoft Redmond.
You can also just sign up for single events should you want to.
It was a pleasure to speak at the Microsoft Showcase School event at Downe House School.
Having worked with the school on their migration from file shares to using SharePoint Online in Office 365 Education we were both keen to pass this information onto schools and how it was done, the opportunities of using just SharePoint Online or Microsoft Teams.
With a great navigation implemented, teachers and students can easily access their files in the browser and is allowing the school with their digital transformation.
This one did come as a surprise but was delighted to see that I was awarded Office Apps and Services Microsoft MVP 2019-2020. What a massive honour and thank you to all those who help me to achieve this.
Like many others have said already, there are so many people in this great community that also deserve this award and it really does put it into prospective when you see what others are doing and for me to get this recognition.
12 years baby!!!
Microsoft Azure for Students is back! This is a great opportunity for students to be able to play with the cloud resources Microsoft offer and for them to build and host their ideas for free. What I will say now, these do not require a credit card so it’s perfect for students to just play with Azure. There are 2 main offerings:
First there is an offer for 13+ year olds called the Microsoft Azure for Students Starter which allow you to build and code against dozens of app services.
The second is just called Azure for Students which is aimed for the university aged students (18+) and will give you $100 of credit which can be used for coursework and personal projects.
Previously these have been capped at the number of students who could sign up and I don’t know if this is the same again but get your students signed up now and allow them to start expressing the developer side!
You can never complain when you get the email to say you have been awarded with Microsoft MVP but even after the 1st or 11th as it is now you still feel very lucky to get this high honour and I will never complain with the privileged that it is to be associated in such a way with a company like Microsoft.
As Microsofts culture is changing, the ability to work with their engineering teams and other offices in the UK allows a great opportunity for anyone to learn more and interactive with those who are developing product.
Thanks to all those who turned up to the first of many webinars I am planning with the next one later in March around Microsoft 365 Education. If you missed this session and would like to listen to it. You can now do so on YouTube.
Any questions please get in touch on twitter @alex_pearce
I’m delighted to have the opportunity to be speaking at BETT in one of the side sessions put on by the team at GDPR in Schools.
I was recently catching up with the team there and discussing what we have done at BFC Networks and with Provisio365 around data protection, handling personal information from school MISs and how we are going to manage existing customers where we have full access to their Office 365 Education environment.
It is important for both suppliers and customers to know what kind of data you have access to, how it is handled and what else might they have access to.
Other speakers includes Head of Data Strategy from the Department of Education, The Common Framework and also the team behind the GDPR in Schools Data.
If you are supplier and interested to see how other businesses have done it and how we have done it for both our customers, Office 365 Education and also our products to help customers to be more complaint, please come and join the session on Friday morning at BETT.
I’ve been chatting with a few friends and customer recently about Office 365 Education and it is interesting to hear what different people have to say about the product, where they are and where to go to next with the cloud. As a result of this I’ve put together a survey which I’m hoping you will fill out about how you are using Office 365 Education and where you are going next.
We aren’t asking for any personal data, just about the type of establishment you are, where in the world you are and then a bunch of questions about how you use and planning to use Microsoft cloud products.
The survey is open until the end of January with the results available during the first week of Feburary 2018.
All results of the survey will be shared online (I’ll create a fancy PowerBi report) and I’ll give a bit of a state of the nation review of it.
There are 25 multiple choice questions using Microsoft Forms and should only take a minute or two to complete it.
So in the interest of sharing – please do complete the survey and look forward to sharing the results with you at the end of the month and thanks for taking part.
It’s the normal blog post for the 1st July, but this year, what makes it extra special is that it is the 10th award I have recieved. Thanks to everyone who supports me in giving to the community and I hope we can work together to achieve more in the next 12 months.