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  • Blog Post: Give your students the chance to design a Chimpact character for Windows 8 and Windows Phone game

    Here's a chance for your students (or you!) to design a brand new character for the popular game Chimpact . The winner’s character will feature in the next Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 version of the game and get a credit - but just as importantly, the winner gets bragging rights over all their mates...
  • Blog Post: UK students are at the top of the class in IT skills

    Recently in Las Vegas, Robert Phipps from Royal Grammar School in Guildford was crowned Third Place Winner at the Microsoft Office Specialist Worldwide Competition 2012.  Robert's win proves, yet again, that UK students are at the top of the class in IT skills! The 2012 Certiport Worldwide Competition...
  • Blog Post: Do any of your students want to become the next Bill Gates?

    For the last 10 years, Microsoft have held the prestigious Imagine Cup , a competition open to students around the world to use technology, creativity and knowledge to help solve global issues and make a difference in the world.   Recently Software4Students interviewed 2011 winners ‘’Team Hermes...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup 2011 Worldwide People’s Choice Award – Go Vote!

      The Microsoft Imagine Cup brings together students from all over the world and asks them to use their creativity and passion for technology to help solve the world’s toughest problems. This year, more than 350,000 students from 183 countries and regions registered to compete and, from July 8-13...
  • Blog Post: Meet the UK Finalists of the Microsoft Imagine Cup 2011

    The Imagine Cup, started in 2003,  is an annual competition sponsored and hosted by Microsoft to give young technologists in universities worldwide the chance to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges using Microsoft tools and technology. More than 325,000 register over 100 countries however...
  • Blog Post: Friday’s Fortune Cookies

    On Friday, when I offered to send out packs of Office 2010 Overview sheets , I also offered a goodie bag for the first person to send me the correct answers to my ridiculous Fortune Cookie competition. Congratulations to John Duggan , who was first to get the full list of correct answers into my email...
  • Blog Post: European Schoolnet programming competition

    Seems to be all about competitions today. Although this one is sponsored by Microsoft in Europe, it’s taken a few weeks for news of it to cross the Channel, so sorry for the delay! If you’re teaching ICT, then you may have some students who are interested in this competition run by European Schoolnet...
  • Blog Post: Make IT Happy Competition 2010

    The 4th annual Make IT Happy competition, with a theme of “Get your community online”, is run by the Parliamentary IT Committee and e-skills UK. It is open to primary schools who have run an innovative, community focused IT project created by 9-11 year olds. You can enter a project your school is already...
  • Blog Post: Finding and recognising Innovative Teachers

    My colleagues, Kristen Weatherby and Stuart Ball, run our UK Partners in Learning programme – a partnership between Microsoft and the education departments in England, Wales and Scotland. Similar programmes run in 110 countries, with their governments, so it is truly a global activity. It’s all about...
  • Blog Post: Don’t forget – enter the Innovid competition and win 20 netbooks!

    We know how busy things are for teachers this time of year, and if you’re anything like me the sunny weather is a further distraction. So I wanted to remind you that the deadline for the Partners in Learning Innovid video competition is fast approaching – but there’s still time to remind a teacher or...
  • Blog Post: BETT 2010 Press Release – Teachers Video Competition

    It wouldn’t be the first day of BETT without a press release or two, so let’s get the ball rolling… Kristen Weatherby, who runs our Partners in Learning project in the UK, and is also responsible for our Teachers blog , was pretty pleased this morning to announce our competition for teachers. It’s...
  • Blog Post: Who will be the next Bill Gates

    If you’ve got a Sixth Form, you’ll want to know… XMA and Toshiba have launched a competition, called “ The next Bill Gates ”. In a world of competitions and campaigns all the time, it’s a bit of a “ does what it says on the tin ” competition. It’s for students who’ll be applying for university next year...
  • Blog Post: The Home Access Awards from the e-learning foundation

    Is your school working on programmes which extend access to learning through ICT at home? You might be interested in nominating yourself for the Home Access Awards , being run by the e-learning foundation. The criteria for the awards doesn’t necessarily assume that you are running a widespread programme...
  • Blog Post: Are you certifiable?

    Normally by this point in term, with half-term just around corner, then often the answer is “YES”, but with so many schools closed for so many days these last fortnight, perhaps half-term next week doesn’t quite have the same magic as normal. But, just in case you want something to challenge yourself...
  • Blog Post: The Imagine Cup – extended to Secondary Schools in the UK

    Every year we run a global competition called the Imagine Cup . It has traditionally been aimed at university students, and each year one team from the UK has made it to the global finals, held in a far-away place (okay, France last year, but Egypt in 2009) . This year, entry has been extended to students...
  • Blog Post: Getting all Synthy in Essex

    Alan Richards sent me the link to his Photosynth, taken in one of the IT suites at his school - West Hatch High School in Essex. For being the first to tackle my competition , he wins the first goody bag. There’s another goody bag waiting for the best entry by the end of the month. Two things I noticed...
  • Blog Post: What does next decade’s PC look like?

    You may recall me blogging the ‘Next-Gen PC’ competition last year , aimed at getting people to think outside of the (beige/black/silver) box for computer design. Well, the winners have been announced, and the amazing Napkin PC is the winner. It uses the metaphor of a paper napkin (“great ideas often...
  • Blog Post: Design IT Competition - time to vote

    Over the last three months we’ve invited people to submit their designs for computer systems that demonstrate creativity as well as tackling real social, human interest problems experienced by charities large and small: such as contributing to the battle to reduce carbon emissions; bringing conservation...
  • Blog Post: There's still time to tell us what you think in our web satisfaction survey

    We're working on updating our UK Education website and we'd like to know what you think of it as it is now - what works and what doe sn't? Apart from accessing the blogs, do you even visit it and is the information relevant to you? If you don't visit the site, we'd love to know why; and if you do...
  • Blog Post: Tell us what you think for a chance of winning Office 2007

    We're working on updating our UK Education website and we'd like to know what you think of it as it is now - what works and what doe sn't? Apart from accessing the blogs, do you even visit it and is the information relevant to you? If you don't visit the site, we'd love to know why; and if you do...
  • Blog Post: Is your ICT excellent?

    Every year Becta run the ICT Excellence Awards, which aims to identify (and reward) schools throughout the UK who, in Becta's words are "approaching ICT in outstanding or innovative ways, benefiting their whole community both inside and outside the school building". Becta align the awards with their...
  • Blog Post: Calling all film makers out there

    The Films for Learning (FFL) project has been inspiring schools for two years now to create their own educational videos and share them with others online. As sponsors of FFL, Microsoft has helped to re-launch their collaborative website and online community in the hope that more students, schools and...
  • Blog Post: Are there any 'green' heroes in your school?

    Climate change and sustainability - these issues are at the forefront of most people's minds nowadays as it becomes more and more obvious that we need to change the way we live. In the long-term, changing the way young people relate to the planet we live on and ensuring they understand the effect we...
  • Blog Post: Byron Review Children's Competition

    I know it's half-term. And that means that one of the great things about it is that the corridors are quiet, and you get a chance to hear yourself thinking. But not everybody wants you forgetting your students.... As part of the Byron Review of Children and New Technology, the DCSF have launched a competition...
  • Blog Post: Ergo's BETT Competitions

    One of our education partners, Ergo, have just told me about the competition they are going to run at the BETT Show in January. If you visit their stand (B100) in the main hall, you can enter their prize draw to win either a fully implemented secondary school VLE based on the Microsoft Learning Gateway...
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