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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: Microsoft Partners in Learning European Forum 2012 – Lisbon

    This year’s Microsoft Partners in Learning European Forum took place last week in Lisbon , Portugal. Teachers and Educators from all over Europe attended to share, explore and understand best practice in the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. Like at previous events, the UK took...
  • 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: 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: PowerPoint Power Ups #1– LiveWeb View add-in

    This is series of posts prompted by a recent tweet from Mike McSharry - @mikemcsharry , asking for some inspiring ideas for Microsoft PowerPoint. Now, it’s very easy to criticise the use of Microsoft PowerPoint and suggest other alternatives, but from experience those just end up getting used in the...
  • 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: 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: 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 #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: Microsoft UK Innovative Education Awards 2010

    We are pleased to announce we are now accepting entries for this year’s Innovative Education Awards. (You'll know these as the Innovative Teacher Awards -- we've changed the name to tie in with the European and Worldwide Events.) These annual awards showcase the best uses of technology to support...
  • 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: Introducing – Subject Snacks on the UK Teachers blog!

    In our blog "What do Teachers Really Want?", we mentioned that we want to provide you with more ideas of how you can use Microsoft technology to teach your specific subject area. For the next several weeks, we’ll be focusing on Subject Snacks – sharing our ideas and rewarding you for sharing...
  • Blog Post: Friday by the sea – Delivering netbooks to our Innovid contest winner

    I don’t know about all of you, but Stuart and I had a lovely Friday, driving from our offices in Reading to Margate, Kent to deliver a car full of Stone Netbooks to Nicki Maddams, our Innovid video contest winner . We met Nicki’s head teacher Andy Somers (pictured here with Stuart, Nicki and me) and...
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