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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Kodu Kup UK–the pictures say it all

    If you are still unsure why Computing should be in the ICT curriculum, then check out this video of our Kodu Kup UK Final, it will change your mind. Kodu Kup UK Final–A great day Kodu Kup UK VIEW SLIDE SHOW DOWNLOAD ALL
  • Blog Post: Key Stage 1–AutoCollage Competition–South West Grid for Learning

    The South West Grid for Learning is proud to announce a brand new competition in collaboration with Microsoft Partners in Learning for schools in the South West of England. With support from West Town Farm and Love Local Food this promises to be a colourful, creative and exciting competition. With the...
  • Blog Post: PowerPoint Power Up #5 –ZoomIT

    It’s about time I returned to my passion, (or as some are referring to it, my obsession) for highlighting how brilliant Microsoft PowerPoint is. If you have missed my previous posts you can find them here. When presenting it would be really useful to zoom in and navigate around to highlight...
  • Blog Post: What Are Cliplets?

    In this guest blog post , Gareth Ritter describes a great free app from Microsoft Research A still photograph is a limited format for capturing a moment in time. Video is the traditional method for recording durations of time, but the subjective “moment” that one desires to capture is often lost in the...
  • Blog Post: It's spring again , so it must be time for Easter Camp – Free training for teachers

    After the great success of previous training Camps, we will be running another Easter Camp this year – this is an open invitation to all of you reading this blog to apply. So if you have time this Easter, perhaps your plans for other events and holidays have not materialised and you still want...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate your World Maths Day with free resources from Microsoft

    Today is also World Maths Day . So this is a good time remind you of some great free Maths resources available from Microsoft. Maths Worksheet Generator is a resource that we have not talked about  a lot. The idea of teachers just creating worksheets, didn't seem that innovative, but when you think...
  • Blog Post: The Learning Suite–Good things come in small packages

    We have talked about the Learning Suite in a blog post in December. But since then we have undertaken some great work around its development and it’s evolving in to great free software and resources package for schools, teachers and students. Inspired by some brilliant thinking from our Partners...
  • Blog Post: BBC Stargazing Week–Worldwide Telescope

    This week in the UK the BBC are running a week long series of events called Stargazing Live . If you were at the BETT show last week you will have seen us give a brief demo of WorldWide Telescope. This is an awesome free application from Microsoft that utilises images from space telescopes like Hubble...
  • Blog Post: Camp Scotland - Microsoft UK Partners in Learning CPD for Teachers

    After the great success of the last three Microsoft Partners in Learning Teacher Camps, we are taking the concept on the road – this is an open invitation to all Teachers in Scotland. So if you want to spend time with other innovative educators, then this is an ideal event for you. Camp Scotland...
  • Blog Post: Worldwide Telescope workshop added to the Microsoft Partners in Learning UK Forum 2011

    We have talked about Worldwide Telescope before, its one of our favourite free applications. But, to do the imagery real justice its needs a large display. So we have teamed up with a company called  Science Dome , who will be presenting Worldwide Telescope in one of their inflatable planetariums...
  • Blog Post: A mouse without borders

    I have not had chance to explore this in any school yet, as I have only seen it today. But, this is so fantastic that I thought I should share this piece of free software with you. I am sure like me you will see the great potential it has in school. Mouse without borders is a research project from...
  • Blog Post: Free stuff from Microsoft #8 – Worldwide Telescope

    WorldWide Telescope enables you to explore the universe, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world and combining it with 3D navigation. Using images from the likes of NASA and the Hubble telescope, Worldwide Telescope creates an awesome environment to explore...
  • Blog Post: More Free Stuff From Microsoft #6 – Mouse Mischief

    Continuing with the theme of games being used to help learning from our last Free Stuff blog post , Mouse Mischief is a fantastic way to engage students in interactive learning opportunities and can make any Microsoft Powerpoint 2010 or 2007 into a game. Mouse Mischief describes itself as a tool that...
  • Blog Post: More Free Stuff From Microsoft #5 – Kodu.

    Games have long been used in class to engage and enthuse learners, from bingo to the latest TV game show format to the use of the latest gaming consoles to provide interesting contexts for learning, including descriptive writing, databases and problem solving. Kodu goes a step further and allows learners...
  • Blog Post: Free stuff from Microsoft #4 – Photosynth

    Photosynth describes itself as a powerful set of tools for capturing and viewing the world in 3D . Take a load of photos of a scene, from many different angles and many perspectives. Upload them to the site and it will ‘stitch’ them together to create a 3D visualisation. The site has some...
  • Blog Post: Free Stuff from Microsoft #3– Ribbon Hero & the sequel Ribbon Hero 2

    A Ribbon Hero enthusiast At our recent Easter Camp one of the most warmly received free applications was Ribbon Hero . This simple plug-in for Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010 uses a ‘game format’ to test and improve your skills in using Word, Excel PowerPoint and OneNote. In each application...
  • Blog Post: Free stuff from Microsoft #2 – ICE , ICE , Baby!

    Microsoft Image Composite Editor or ICE for short, is one of those applications that doesn’t immediately spring to mind has having a role in the classroom. But it is a ideal for students to record places, geographical features and with it’s new features motion and movement in physics and...
  • Blog Post: Thinking of starting a blog - Microsoft Live Writer, a simple workshop

    With the increasing popularity of blogging in schools, Microsoft Live Writer is a tool that makes the whole process very simple and intuitive. Microsoft Live Writer is part of the Windows Live Essentials free downloads and is just one of a family of very useful tools. It can be used to post to multiple...
  • Blog Post: UK Innovative Education Forum 2010 Workshops–Building games in the Classroom with Kodu

    Nicki Maddams is an ICT teacher and SSAT Lead Practitioner at Hartsdown Technology College in Margate, Kent. She describes herself on her blog as ‘slightly geeky’. You can find out if this true by attending her workshop (workshop 6 on the registration form ) at the UK Innovative Education...
  • Blog Post: History Snacks–Your ideas

    Here’s an idea from one of our Innovative Education Forum winners, Alessio Bernardelli who teaches in Cwmbran in South Wales. “I am not a Historian, but I have always had a fascination for timelines, as I think they are a great way to visualize events and link cause and effect. So, my...
  • Blog Post: Subject Snacks–Ideas for teaching History

    This weeks idea is similar to a snack that I often forget about, but when I remember, It's delicious, but perhaps not appreciated as the gastronomic delight that it is. The snack in question is the Pot Noodle . This food technology marvel offers the best in convenience snacking, it is often maligned...
  • Blog Post: Modern Foreign Language Snacks–Your ideas

    No ideas submitted from anybody this week, I suspect it is that time of year with everybody busy writing reports, and not even the lure of the coveted pink Partners in Learning USB stick could tempt you from such an important job. So , I thought that I would remind you of a tool that I have used and...
  • Blog Post: Subject snack – Ideas for teaching Maths

    Mathematics or Math as Kristen would say, is subject we often get asked about when we visit schools. Here are some of the ideas and resources that we have thought of and found that could used in the classroom. If this were a real snack it would be cheese, crackers and a little pickle, plain and simple...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft software for schools, from the Fun and Free Friday event

    Over 100 schools attended our Fun, Free Friday event last week. It was a great day with an absolutely packed agenda. I wanted to share all of the links to the various downloads we mentioned during the day. Many of which we have covered here on this blog. If you need some ideas of how to use the software...
  • Blog Post: Office Web Apps – How do I get them?

    One of the most exciting developments I think of Microsoft Office 2010, are the Office Web Apps. These are available now if you have a Windows Live ID. We will be looking at how you can use these web apps in the classroom in the next few months. But I wanted to share this post from the UK Schools blog...
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