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  • Blog Post: So what exactly are the Microsoft team showing off at BETT 2012?

    I can honestly say that the last couple of months has kept me extremely busy with organising the Microsoft stand at BETT 2012! With everything from staff, to entertainment, to presenters and presentations, demo kit right the way through to the colour of the polo shirts (dark blue as apparently Steve...
  • Blog Post: Controlled Assessment and avoiding hundreds of USB sticks

    The external exam protocol called 'Controlled Assessment' is currently causing headaches for teachers and network managers, Essentially, it’s a way of letting students do coursework, in class, under controlled and supervised conditions. Work’s put away between sessions and the exam boards want evidence...
  • Blog Post: Learning and Sharing in Manchester - the Innovative Teacher MEETing - 29th Nov 2010

    Kristen and Stuart, who run the UK Partners In Learning programme, are hosting the Innovative Education Forum in Manchester on November 30th. It’s a free event with a great line-up of inspirational talks including Sugata Mitra and Michael Furdyk. However, I know that it’s not easy getting...
  • Blog Post: Using interactive maps in history–the Battle of Britain

    In August, I wrote about using DeepZoom photograph technology to explore historical maps and Churchill . Well, after the success of those, the developers ( Shoothill ) have created an interactive guide to The Battle of Britain resource, on MSN – with another TimeMap, allowing you to view today’s satellite...
  • Blog Post: Using DeepZoom to explore Churchill’s past

    On Monday, I wrote about the work that’s been done to create a TimeMap – creating a historical mapping x-ray machine. Shoothill, who did that work, have also been busily working with the Imperial War Museum to create a way for people to easily access the history of Winston Churchill, by combining the...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft software for schools, from the Fun and Free Friday event

    Today, we had a fantastic day at the office, when we hosted the “ Fun, Free Friday for Schools ”. Just over 100 schools attended, and we had an absolutely packed agenda, as we demonstrated lots of the free Microsoft software available for schools to use. All of the links to the various...
  • Blog Post: Network Managers and Teachers have a relationship problem

    We’re thinking about how our activities online (like this blog, our other education blogs , the Partners in Learning Network , and the main Microsoft UK Education website ) can be developed to support schools more – and meet the needs of different people within a school. Within our small team we’ve got...
  • Blog Post: Things I learned this week #1

    Last weekend, Doug Belshaw’s “ Things I learned this week #17 ” mentioned this blog ( although with some fake reluctance ), and the post that contained the What’s new in PowerPoint 2010 for teachers video. I often read Doug’s blog , as well as listening to the EdTechRoundUp podcast , which Doug takes...
  • Blog Post: Computing at School – the free 2010 Teacher Conference

    The Computing at School Working Group is an informal group that aims to promote the teaching of computing at school. The membership is broad, and includes teachers, examiners, parents, university faculty, and employers – and the Microsoft Research group in Cambridge are one of the backers. The focus...
  • Blog Post: Project Genie – pupils thinking about climate change and reducing school energy bills

    We’re supporting the team running “ Project Genie ”, which is all about making climate change meaningful to pupils in primary schools. In the pilot programme, the schools that took part saw energy use savings of up to 40% – which is pretty significant when you consider that most schools spend more on...
  • Blog Post: Chemistry Add-In for Word 2007/2010

    The Microsoft Research (MSR) teams around the world are always cooking up clever new bits of code, and many of them get incorporated into new products as they roll off production lines in the future. However, they aren’t part of the product teams in the conventional sense – they have much more latitude...
  • Blog Post: Ofsted report The safe use of new technologies

    According to the BBC News this morning: Blocking pupils' access to unsuitable websites does not encourage them to take responsibility for their safety online, Ofsted inspectors say. "Managed" online systems were more successful than "locked" ones at safeguarding pupils' safety, they...
  • Blog Post: Free DreamSpark software downloads for school students

    This is one of those “Are you sure? Really sure?” blog posts. Where somebody tells you something, and you ask “Are you sure? Really sure?” So I have checked this, and now had it confirmed by the announcement of it in a Bill Gates speech this evening. We have announced that the DreamSpark programme is...
  • Blog Post: Another 450,000 students to get IT Academy with the SSAT

    It’s NAACE Conference time again – this year it’s in Blackpool – and we’ve just announced the expansion of the IT Academy programme in partnership with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust ( SSAT amongst friends ). Of course, because NAACE is in Blackpool, the official Microsoft Press Release...
  • Blog Post: But apart from that, what have Microsoft done for us?

    This might only make sense, if you read yesterday's post , because I'm going to continue the theme. All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have th e Romans ever done for us? Here's another...
  • Blog Post: What have Microsoft ever done for us?

    All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, a fresh water system, and public health, what have th e Romans ever done for us? If you’re looking for nostalgia, take a look at the Life of Brian script – which doesn’t start with the question...
  • Blog Post: More free training materials and resources for teachers

    As part of the Partners in Learning programme, we develop training and curriculum materials for teachers, which are then made available free of charge. It includes a range of professional development resources, curriculum and learning materials designed to support teachers in developing further skills...
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