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