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  • Blog Post: PowerPoint Power Up #3–Logos and Vectors

    When I first started using PowerPoint (many moons ago), images had to manipulated and edited in a graphic package, then imported into a presentation. It could be a lengthy process and I suspect it was one of the reasons teachers filled up their hard drives with clip art to get instant images. But...
  • Blog Post: PowerPoint Power Ups #2–Interactive text boxes in presentations

    Following on from our last Power Up tip for PowerPoint ( which was a while ago now !) This is another great idea,so that you don’t have to exit your presentation to let students share their ideas during a lesson. It’s really useful to collect feedback and ideas from students during a presentation and...
  • Blog Post: Once Upon a Time

    This is the first blog post from the newest addition to the Microsoft UK Partners in Learning Team, so please welcome Jan Webb . She will be supporting us in delivering the Partners in Learning programmes in the UK whilst Kristen is on maternity leave. I will let Jan tell you more. It's world book...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations–Our 10 Microsoft UK Innovative Education Award Winners

    We are pleased to announce the 10 UK Innovative Education Award Winners who will be presented with their awards, as recognition of their Innovative Teacher status, at our Education Forum in Manchester. (There are still a few places left. sign up HERE ). They join an ever increasing group of UK Innovative...
  • Blog Post: Back from Capetown–Worldwide Innovative Education Forum

    This was my 6th Worldwide Innovative Education Forum and in my opinion it was far the best. Here are my reasons why:- This event clearly identified itself as an event about learning and not just technology. The projects presented by teachers were diverse, but all focussed on teaching and learning...
  • Blog Post: Why are Geography teachers so great with technology?

    Ok , I know this is an exaggerated statement, but it does apply to the ones I know. It has struck me that many teachers I meet or find in forums and on twitter are geography teachers, doing great stuff with technology. Has any one else discovered this phenomenon? Or do I need to broaden the range of...
  • Blog Post: Maths Snacks – Your ideas

    Thanks to all those that sent in an idea snacks in response to this post . Here are those we had sent in. ‘ I use PowerPoint to great effect in helping children understand and visualize geometrical problems, such as to demonstrate that the area of a triangle is 1/2h*b. Have the triangle and...
  • Blog Post: Mouse Mischief for PowerPoint released

    Last month I wrote a blog post about Mouse Mischief , unfortunately it appeared on the day they removed the beta version, Whoops! But, I am really pleased to announce that the full version is now available to download for free at www.microsoft.com/mousemischief If you haven’t read my last post and...
  • Blog Post: UK Partners in Learning YouTube Channel launched

    Over the past year, the work we have undertaken with teachers and schools has resulted in us creating and collecting a plethora of video resources. We wanted to make sure that we are able share these with as many of you as possible. So we have created our very own YouTube Channel. The UK Partners in...
  • Blog Post: Tune in to Science TV

    ";" mce_src="http://blogs.msdn.com/blogfiles/teachers/WindowsLiveWriter/TuneintoScienceTV_A240/video837c2b7c232f.jpg" galleryimg="no"> Those of you who are old enough may remember school science broadcasts, where you sat with the whole class, (often a number of classes) waiting patiently for...
  • Blog Post: Mouse Mischief – make your presentations even more interactive.

    A while ago I blogged about PowerPoint and highlighted some of the great resources that are available, such as Plex for PowerPoint for example. That gives teachers and students absolutely no excuse to create boring and dull presentations and not to avoid the ‘death by PowerPoint’ scenario. Here is...
  • Blog Post: It’s written in the stars – new resources for Worldwide Telescope

    Do you believe in the idea that our futures and personalities are governed by Zodiac star signs. Here is an example, which one of these do you think describes myself and Kristen, are you able to identify our personality traits from just our blog posts? (or even from the occasions where you may have met...
  • Blog Post: Transforming teaching and learning - a teacher's experience of the Partners in Learning Network

    Alessio Bernardelli teaches in Croesyceiliog School in Cwmbran, Wales, in this blog post he describes his journey with the Innovative Teachers Network programme, how it has transformed his teaching and his views on education as he has developed his own professional learning network. These are his...
  • Blog Post: AutoCollage – a simple Workshop

    There are two main keyword phrases that people use to find this blog from a web search. These are Autocollage and the Deep Zoom Composer Workshops . So when I was asked at a recent Innovative Teachers workshop, Did I have any guides about Autocollage?, writing an AutoCollage Workshop seemed to be a good...
  • Blog Post: The 6th Annual UK Innovative Teachers Forum

    Yesterday, Stuart and I and our teammates from Microsoft gathered with our colleagues from SSAT, Shireland Learning to welcome over 75 educators to Birmingham for our Innovative Teachers Forum. As Stuart has mentioned, this year’s Forum was our biggest and best yet. We received more VCTs from you for...
  • Blog Post: Friday afternoon inspiration – ideas from Innovative Teachers

    My favourite part of the Microsoft Innovative Education Forum is meeting the teachers that have submitted Virtual Classroom Tours to share with their colleagues. I’m lucky enough to have been asked to be a judge at this year’s Forum, which is a lot of work, but also means that I get to speak in-depth...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Worldwide Education Forum, Brazil – This could be you next year!

    Next week is an important one for Microsoft education – and for some teachers and schools in the UK. It’s our biggest event for worldwide teachers and schools: the Innovative Education Forum. Last year, we wrote about this event when we brought two English teachers, Peter and Dan, to Hong Kong. This...
  • Blog Post: Challenge your 16+ students to think big – the Imagine Cup

    For years, Microsoft has been running a competition for university developer and programming students called the Imagine Cup. In the Imagine Cup we challenge teams of students to find and build technology solutions to real-world issues. We encourage the world's most talented software designers, programmers...
  • Blog Post: Free Resources - Video ideas to help your teaching and learning

    During this Summer, we held a unique event for us, the first Innovative Teachers Summer Camp , where we invited 10 of our innovative teachers to develop some classroom resources. Their task was to begin creating short, 3-5 minute videos, to support teachers and educators in the use of technology in the...
  • Blog Post: The Climate Mystery: It begins!

    It’s official: The Climate Mystery has begun. Check out this trailer for the adventure, and share it with your students! ";" mce_src="http://blogs.msdn.com/blogfiles/teachers/WindowsLiveWriter/TheClimateMysteryItbegins_98BA/video8e9ff1ea4038.jpg" galleryimg="no">
  • Blog Post: Happy Birthday to You – Free Resources for Teachers!

    Today is a great day – a day that will no doubt go down in history. Not only is it the one-year birthday of our Teachers Blog, but this post also marks our 100th post to the Teachers Blog. (If you think we didn’t plan that, you’re crazy.) Stuart and I weren’t sure what would come of this blog when...
  • Blog Post: Planning for next year Workshop – Deep Zoom Composer – more ideas (Post#4)

    Whilst planning these blog posts the guys at Expression and Blend team at Microsoft have added some great features to Deep Zoom Composer . The application now includes features to add links to images and areas within your deep zoom. If you have been following this series, I described how to create...
  • Blog Post: Resources for Teachers by Teachers – Summer Camp

    Anybody that has taught knows that certain well-known myths are just not true. For example, there is dinosaur living in a lake in Scotland (actually, I believe this one is true), woman are worse drivers than men and teachers do not work in August. Today I can dispel at least one of these myths: teachers...
  • Blog Post: Planning for Next Year – Deep Zoom Composer Mosaics –(Post#3)

    I have had a number of requests of how to make the the Deep Zoom mosaics I featured in my first workshop post . It's a question I have been asked before, so I have undertaken a little research and this is what I have discovered. Using the information in this post you could easily create these Deep Zoom...
  • Blog Post: Planning for next year Workshop – Deep Zoom Composer – Create your own (Post#2)

    In my previous post I described how I see D eep zoom as a resource for the classroom, rather than just as image design tool for web sites. In this post, I am going to explore how easy it is to create your own Deep Zooms and use them as a medium for visual story telling. To take part in this workshop...
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