Adobe Creative Week 9 - 13th July 2012


This is the UK's first ever Creative Week. Register now and join in interactive debates, creative challenges and demonstrations broadcast live online.


What's on offer?


Monday 9th July Creative Industry Overview    Can creativity help drive the UK out of recession?
Tuesday 10th July Design and Publishing Can print and tablet publishing co- exist?
Wednesday 11th July    Film and Video Do smaller budgets make for more original content?
Thursday 12th July Web and Mobile Should developers be a Jack of all Trades or the Master of One?
Friday 13th July Photography and Imaging Is digital photography all tech and no talent?


Have your say #CreativeWeekUK


Bronze & Silver Arts Award Adviser Training

Arts Award
Do you work with young people? Are you interested in generating opportunities for young people to explore their creativity? Arts Award is a national qualification, which supports young people to develop as artists and arts leaders and The Forge provide Arts Award adviser training offering one-day training courses for adults based in the North-East.

Read more: Bronze & Silver Arts Award Adviser Training

Help your students get online with the get online @ home programme

New GetOnline@Home Programme…now LIVE!


As part of Microsoft's aim to help the UK’s remaining 8.2 million offline people get online, they’ve added a new offer! 

You can now get an amazing PC and broadband deal…with prices starting at just £49!  Martin Lewis at Money Saving Expert sees the value of this as well: more information please visit this site.

This could be the ideal opportunity for students without access to technology at home to gain access.

Please circulate information on the programme to anyone you think would be interested and eligible.

Refurbished desktop computers can be bought for as little as £99 and laptops for £169 (if you are in reciept of the benefits below.

  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker's allowance
  • Pension credit
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance / Constant Attendance Allowance
  • Incapacity Benefit / Employment and Support Allowance
  • Disability element of Working Tax Credit

If you aren't on any of the benefits shown you can still get desktops for £149 and laptops for £199. There are also a range of excellent low priced broadband deals too.


Latest News From Microsoft

Microsoft Lync in the Classroom – Thursday April 19th in Manchester!

This promises to be a great event, specifically looking at the power of Lync and how this can be used in Schools.  If you haven’t done so already then please register here.  If the registrations are full then send me an email and I will see what I can do.  I’ll be there talking about School in a Box as well, so I hope to see you!

Move your School to the Cloud this Summer with Office 365 – LiveMeeting on May 10th 

In case you aren’t aware, your School will be deploy Office 365 (Exchange, SharePoint and Lync) to staff and students for FREE this summer!  We’re setting up a webinar on the 10th May to help you understand your options…and we’ll be running a series of events later in May where you can meet the team directly.  I will keep you posted on more information!

Nviron Event – The Public and Private Cloud, Friday 11th May in Blackburn

You may have heard of terms such as Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Software as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service etc… well this event looks at the difference, what the opportunity is for schools, and what Nviron can do to help, as a Microsoft Gold Partner.  If you would like to book your place then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm your place. 

Dreamspark Week:

This week is Dreamspark week!  You’ll see lots of activity on Twitter and our blog sites etc…but to kick this off, have a look at this video to hear about what Dreamspark is. 

Links to be aware of:

  • The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is out (a BETA for consumers) and available for download now!  If you haven’t done so yet, I would really encourage you to take a look here.
  • Office 365 30 day trial.  If you are looking to prepare for a potential summer move to the cloud, have a look at Office 365.  You can download a free 30 day trial here in preparation for summer availability!
  • Dreamspark is free for schools and available here

Fun e-book showing the dangers of giving out information online

websterNetsmartz have just released an interactive e-book showing what happens if you give out your information online. Aimed at children ages 5-10 it shows how pop-ups can sucker you into giving out personal infomation. Check it our here