Our colleague Ray posted this placeholder for a new “Fun, Free Friday” event on his blog earlier in the week. We wanted to repost here, as teachers are invited as well! We’d like to have as many teachers as possible on the day, as we think that there will be a lot of ideas, tools and resources that you’ll be able to use in your teaching right away.

Plus Stuart and I will both be giving demonstrations as part of the fast-paced day. I’m not sure whether this will help convince you to attend or NOT to attend, but I thought I’d mention it.

We hope to see you on Microsoft’s campus in Reading in June!

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Advance notice: Stick a placeholder in your diary, as we're shortly going to announce booking details for the free Microsoft "Fun, Free Friday for Schools" at the Microsoft Campus in Reading on 11th June 2010.

A lively Q&A after the second Microsoft briefing at the NAACE Conference in Blackpool has led to the Microsoft UK team running a free event for schools on the 11th June 2010, called “Fun Free Friday”. It’s for any staff working with and within schools, so that they can find out all about the free software and resources that Microsoft produces that support teaching and learning.

The agenda for the event runs from 9:30am to 2:30pm with breaks to catch up with colleagues from other schools, and chat with Microsoft staff.

It’s for any staff working with and within schools, so that they can find out all about the free software and resources that Microsoft produce that support teaching and learning.

It will be a fast-paced and fun event, with 3½ hours of rapid demonstrations, featuring a dozen presenters and lots of different free Microsoft software programmes that schools can download and start using in the classroom, school office or IT suite.

Fast paced demonstrations

To keep the pace moving rapidly, no demonstration will last more than 15 minutes, and although it won’t be a PowerPoint-free zone, we’ll keep to a limit of a maximum of 2 PowerPoint slides per presenter!

Free software for every attendee

During the day we will be demonstrating at least 20 pieces of software that can help you to deliver teaching and learning, and absolutely every single one will be free for you to download.

Save money with Microsoft

We know that you’d like to do more with ICT, but that budgets are tight. That’s exactly why we’re putting on this event – to give you inspiration and ideas to take back to share with everybody in your school. Ideas that will appeal to teachers, IT Co-ordinators and the senior leadership team.

This free event is for advisors, classroom teachers, IT specialists, and school leadership teams. We’ve scheduled this event for the summer term 2010, in time for planning for next academic year.

Agenda for the Fun, Free Friday

Here’s the detailed timing of the day, so that you can plan your trip.

9:30 Registration

10:00 Morning sessions

12:00 Lunch and networking

13:00 Afternoon sessions

14:30 Close

We won’t issue an itemised agenda, but some of the products you can expect to see on the day include SkyDrive, Windows Live Movie Maker, Windows Live PhotoGallery, Bing Maps, Photosynth, Pivot, XNA Game Studio, Visual Studio Express, Chemistry Word Add-In, Flashcards, Autocollage, Songsmith, Worldwide Telescope, Windows Live Writer, Maths Worksheet Generator, Office Moodle Add-In, Office Web Apps, Office Ribbon Hero, Bing Search, Microsoft Security Essentials, DeepZoom, Live Sync, Kodu, Digital Storytelling Curriculum Guides, Mouse Mischief, DreamSpark, Microsoft Robotics Studio, Live Family Safety Settings, Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum, Windows Live Translator, IE8 Accelerators, PhotoStory 3, Community Clips, Virtual Earth, pptPlex and Live@edu.

And continuing the free theme: if you arrive by public transport, there’s even a free bus from Reading Station to the Microsoft offices.

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