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  • Blog Post: Spelling Bee–Bee amazing at spelling!

    I know a few people who are filled with trepidation at the prospect of spelling! But it’s still one of the most important skills we can give the children in our classes and homes. Teachers, parents and learners are always looking for ways to make the learning of spellings a little less tedious...
  • 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: 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: Microsoft Office 2010 – Planting the seeds of ideas

    Kristen and I are quite excited about the launch of Office 2010 (I think we need to get out more!). We have gathered some resources from our colleague Ray Fleming who writes the UK Schools Blog ; he and his team have been busy creating some entertaining videos with suggestions of how they think features...
  • 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: Free Tools for Teaching – from Microsoft

    We were thrilled to see an email from our colleagues at Microsoft headquarters recently that contained a link to all sorts of free guides, videos, templates and other tools to help you use technology in your teaching. Just go to www.microsoft.com/teacherguides and you’ll find a wealth of resources on...
  • 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: Innovids Competition – Latest News

    Production is running high in creating your videos for the Innovid Competition and with 3 weeks left before the closing date, many of you are ready to begin recording your ideas. So we have had a lot of questions, one in particular has been ‘Can we use Office 2010 in our videos? ’. Not surprisingly,...
  • Blog Post: ANNOUNCING the Microsoft “Innovid” Video Competition

    We’ve been alluding to this for weeks, and it’s finally here! Today – on this blog and at the BETT show in London, we’re announcing a video competition for teachers in the United Kingdom**. We want to see your best ideas for using Microsoft Office 2007 products and features in your teaching – regardless...
  • 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: 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: Using Office in the classroom – Free Learning Essentials download

    Do you ever have those moments where you know you’re forgetting something that is so blatantly obvious it’s practically staring you right in the face? Stuart and I have weekly discussions about what to tell you about in this blog, and somehow Learning Essentials, a great FREE resource to help you use...
  • Blog Post: The dreaded software upgrade

    Don’t you hate it when you finally get comfortable with a piece of software and some genius makes you upgrade to a newer and “better” version? You’ve just reached the point at which you can use the tools efficiently to do your work, you know where all your favourite features are located, and then you...
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