SharePoint Diaries – The History

A huge decision has been made to upgrade from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010. These SharePoint Diaries are meant to help me flesh out some ideas and to help others who may be going through (or about to go through) a similar transition.

When I first came to UNIS, in addition to a desktop in every classroom (I was lucky and got a shiny brand new Dell!), there were two computer labs and a class set of laptops on carts. We had a system (and I use that term very loosely) of network folders that were shared amongst the teachers. The best example of collaboration that I can remember is a unit plan that was nothing more than a Word document in a shared folder that had hyperlinks to other Word documents in other shared folders. That was innovation!

Oh how far we have come.

In less than 5 years, every teacher and all students in grade 5 – 12 have TabletPCs. The entire campus is wireless (although there are still connectivity issues – we do live and work in Vietnam, after all). Students and teachers are enhancing and transforming their learning through creative uses of technology. And we moved from network folders to SharePoint.

There are lots of arguments about which VLE/LMS/CMS a school should choose. Should we go Moodle? SharePoint? Finalsite? Something else? These posts aren’t really going to touch on that debate (that’s the plan, at least), although it is a discussion that I would love to have at some point. These posts will be more focused on our process of moving from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010 and the opportunity to re/design our school portal that this move presents.

If you work at a school that is currently using SharePoint, or one that has recently migrated from one platform to another, I would love to hear your views and experiences. Of course if you have any background in educational design or SharePoint development, I would love to hear your ideas too!

Next in the series: Our Current Portal

5 thoughts on “SharePoint Diaries – The History

  • February 13, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    Clint, I work at NIST in Bangkok, and we use WSS3.0 and are planning to upgrade to MOSS2007 then to MOSS2010 by end of this school year. We love SP as a flexible platform to do many administrative tasks at our school. 2010 promises to have even greater integration with Office 2010 and better tools for editing things such as blog postings. Let me know if you want to get more specific.

  • February 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    @Jay Priebe I would love to get more specific in the near future! I know that our SP platform is (or at least, it used to be) very similar to what you have at NIST as it is the same person who set it up! As we move into the next iteration, I think it will be important that we focus on trying to create a student-centered learning environment rather than a document sharing solution. I look forward to hashing a lot of this out with you and with others. If you know of any other SharePoint schools, it would be great to get them into the conversation too.

  • February 15, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Hello Clint
    Your blog was just pointed out to me. Some interesting coincidences here: I worked at UNIS for 5 years as math/science/IT teacher. I have since become the Director of IT of a school in Toronto and we are about 6 months into 1:1 tablet program. We have just started with Sharepoint 2010 for our community portal, with full implementation for September 2011, as we move away from FirstClass. We use Blackboard as our LMS, but may move to Sharepoint in future years as an LMS if it is intuitive-enough for our teachers. I’d be happy to be part of the sharepoint conversation. I know of another school close by ( that has had mixed feelings about using sharepoint 2007. Your blog was pointed out to me by Justin Medved, who you may know (formerly at ISB Bangkok).
    Say hi to Phi!

  • February 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    @Terence Carty What a small world! I am looking forward to hearing how other schools are using the features of SharePoint for educational purposes. And I’ll be sure to talk to Phi. He’s still the man behind the scenes, getting things done for everybody else!

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