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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: We have a winner – Microsoft Innovid netbook competition

    We received a great deal of interest in our Innovid competition from teachers all over the UK (and even from some in other countries!). In the end, though, the judging panel had the difficult task of selecting just one teacher’s video as “the best” from among all that we received. Microsoft is pleased...
  • 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: 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: Don’t hate the ribbon – be a Ribbon Hero!

    When I speak to friends about upgrading to Office 2007 or thinking about upgrading to the new Office 2010, I often hear complaints about “The Ribbon” – the new way Office shows menus and toolbars in each of the Office products. As I’ve been using Office 2010 since the technical preview came out and was...
  • Blog Post: Digital story telling tools from Microsoft

    My previous post described how you can use AutoCollage , t o tell digital stories in the classroom, here is a great example from one of our award winning teachers, David Rogers, whose students have used this free application to make a comparison of their local area. Microsoft has a number of free...
  • 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: 100 posts – A review of the Innovative Teachers Network blog

    This is how Wordle sees this blog if we use it to analyse the content we've written over the past word. We are really pleased to see that we are clearly focussing on teachers, but also, we are really pleased to see the prominence of teaching and learning, resources, community and the word innovative...
  • 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: Ever had that bloated feeling?

    Have you seen those yoghurts that contain an unpronounceable micro-organism that has a beneficial effect on the well being of your digestive system? Stay with me here and you will see where this is going. A recent experience -- not with yoghurt I hasten to add, but with digital images -- got me thinking...
  • Blog Post: The Death of PowerPoint?

    ";" mce_src="http://blogs.msdn.com/blogfiles/teachers/WindowsLiveWriter/TheDeathofPowerpoint_D3F6/videoa3bf1bf08ddc.jpg" galleryimg="no"> Is it really the fault of Powerpoint? Recently, I've had a number of requests from schools for ‘something else for teachers to use other than PowerPoint...
  • 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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