Considering what benefits they bring, how to engage reluctant and hard to reach users, what works now and how can other technologies can be integrated into a broader approach.
SharePoint has been re-architectured to help scale out your environment. There's no more Shared Service Provider for your MySite and other Search so how does it work. Steve Smith, SharePoint Most Valuable Professional will discuss how these work and you can put together the search, Office Web Apps and MySites. Find out how to get the best SharePoint farm with only the services you require.
SharePoint is an ideal platform for learning gateway intranets and websites but one of the limitations for schools is the very corporate look that you get out of the box. While it is said that 'content is king' when creating a learning gateway, the look and layout of the pages is also a driving force for user adoption. See how Twynham School has used SharePoint to create media and content rich public websites and school internet sites. The session will contain examples and demos using SharePoint designer and out of the box tweaks as well as showing changes and improvements in branding SharePoint 2010.
We all ensure our Windows PCs are update with the latest patches to make sure there aren't any bugs or security holes so why should SharePoint be any different? SharePoint 2007 is currently at Service Pack 2 and Microsoft support may ask you to upgrade to this version first before offering deep technical support. Microsoft also release cumulative updates for SharePoint containing bug fixes, security fixes and performance enhancements - find out why you need these and how to implement them. If you're looking to upgrade or migrate to SharePoint 2010 you'll need to be at a minimum of Service Pack 2 and preferably with Cumulative Update, October 2009 so ensure you are ready for the technical challenges you will face.
Virtualising your environment.
Student use web 2.0 products in their ever day lives and as more gadgets are released, the importance of engaging students with the way they live their every day lives becomes more important. Microsoft have rewriten the MySite feature in SharePoint and its great! During this session we'll take a look at how they work, how you can use them and why students will want to be on your Learning Gateway even more than ever.
User Adoption has become a hijacked term over the last year and in this session Steve will go through the various methods, techniques and approaches to get your school actually using SharePoint. This does not only include the planning and design phase but also once it has gone live. All too often companies invest all their time and effort in the technical side to SharePoint and forget the long term goals of users actually using the product and liking it.
SharePoint Learning Kit is a free tool for SharePoint to assign, grade and track work. Richard will talk about the latest developments and the way forward for it.
At Monkseaton we strongly believe that engaging parents in their children's learning is a key priority and a major factor in student achievement. We have used ICT to improve two way communications between school and home and our parents, students and staff have all contributed to the development of our Learning Gateway.
What do Parents want? What do students want? What does it look like? How has this impacted on the workforce?
How we increased user take up and usage of our portal.
Derby City started a journey 3 years ago to provide all pupils with an E learning space in line with the Becta requirements. Building from its conception we currently have 60 Primary schools actively using their platforms. Hear how a fully hosted solution has been developed, the successes and the pitfalls plus the real live stories from our schools who have contributed to its success.
Blatchington Mill is a mixed 11 - 18 comprehensive school of almost 1800 students. It has run SharePoint within school since September 2003 when the 'BMS Portal' was set up. Since then it has subsequently upgraded to MOSS 2007 and they are now in the planning staging for an upgrade to SharePoint 2010 over the summer. It features areas for staff, students, parents and governors.
It has featured in articles in The Guardian, TES, various education journals, and presentations have been made to ASCL, NAHT, SLICT and at Capita's National Conference. It has also been featured in a Microsoft Technet white paper.
Mark will cover how Blatchington Mill School are using their SharePoint portal to improve information management and parental engagement, the functionality afforded through the portal, and the impact that it is making on the school.
Do you want to make all your users data available to them through SharePoint 2010? This session will help you achieve that aim by providing you with an insight into how one School achieved this. From moving the files to the use of the new remote blob storage features in SharePoint 2010, this session will cover it all.