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  • Blog Post: The customisable ribbon in Excel (Office 2010)

    This is a master stroke. Everyone uses Word, Excel, et al in their own way. Some barely touch the commands, but may dip in and out of the most advanced functions in the programs – the kind of things that wouldn't make it in to the tabs, but are vital to the way you work. Now you can create your own tabs...
  • Blog Post: Harper Green School back up to date with Enrolment for Education Solutions (EES)

    Keeping technology and software up to date can sometimes feel like a daunting task – especially when quite often it feels as though the next best, fastest, coolest software is just around the corner. When Richard Pycroft began his role in ICT at Harper Green School in July 2011, the school was using...
  • Blog Post: Office Casual: OneNote for School

    Class assignments, schedules, homework, projects, and research can all be kept and searched in OneNote. In this short video, Doug Thomas shows students a few tricks about using images and how to share OneNote between multiple PCs, slates, Macs, and phones. View the full video below.
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Education Desktop (Webcast)

    What does the modern education desktop from Microsoft look like today? This webcast talks about how Windows 7, Office 2010 and Learning Suite , to name a few, come together to provide more engaging learning experiences for learners, while also saving costs. Furthermore, if you are responsible for managing...
  • 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: Primary and Secondary schools bought together with SPTA

    The IT team serving a large Academy Trust use Microsoft Technologies to realise economies of scale. They are promoting collaboration and making a significant contribution to school improvement across the Trust schools. Part of our mission in these blogs is to share the message that a well led IT team...
  • Blog Post: Exclusive Interview with Rebecca Rickwood, Microsoft Excel 2007 World Champion!

    Being able to see how Microsoft solutions and products can actually make an impact in either the classroom, a group of people or in this instance an individual is the part of my role that I love the most as I can see how young people use it and use it to develop their own skills. Many of you may have...
  • Blog Post: Better virtual communication with Selection and Microsoft BPOS

    We can all appreciate that the everyday running of a school with lesson planning, meetings between staff and communications, as well as many other aspects, are all extremely important to ensure a productive experience for both staff and students. So what happens if productivity begins to falter due to...
  • Blog Post: Back to School – Learn more comfortably by personalising the PC!

    Today a new blog post went live on the Microsoft Unlimited Potential blog entitled Back to School: Personalizing the PC so Students Can See, Hear, and Learn More Comfortably . This blog features a series of how-to articles, easy to follow hints and tips and videos that show educators and parents how...
  • Blog Post: Spaced Learning Toolkit – How memories are made

    If you were anything like me at school, trying to remember everything I was taught in my lessons, permanently, in hope that I would then pass my exams could sometimes prove to be a bit of a nightmare.  A last minute scrabble through my text books as I was entering an exam room to remember Boyle...
  • Blog Post: Some major historical events reimaged with Office 2010 – some Friday fun

    Here’s some Friday fun for you. My colleague Rich Lane, Account Technology Strategist, came across these short films  (whilst actually searching for something else and shared it with the team.) I loved them so much, I wanted to share them with you.   The Wright Brothers   Houston and Apollo...
  • Blog Post: New academic year brings fresh new technology to Havant Academy

    I recently spoke to Richard Markey IT Director at Havant Academy , formerly Sport Staunton Community Sports College, to understand a bit more about how and why they refreshed their IT Infrastructure to meet the changing needs of their transition to become an Academy. “Good communication is a base component...
  • Blog Post: Announcing two new accessibility add-in’s for Microsoft Office 2010

    The Office Platform Team released two new Microsoft Office 2010 Accessibility Add-ins on March 17 th . While comparatively small add-ins, they enable big things! Try them yourself by downloading via the below links. The Subtitling Add-in for Microsoft PowerPoint (STAMP) helps Microsoft PowerPoint 2010...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Johnny Wilkinson 10, both clear winners for Lord Wandsworth College

    As England prepare for their match tomorrow against Ireland in the 6 Nations and, with any luck take on another win, I have spoken to Ron Lafferty, the IT Manager at Johnny Wilkinson’s old school; Lord Wandsworth College . Ron has just led the college through the deployment  of Microsoft Windows...
  • Blog Post: Continue professional development using innovative and cost effective solutions

    Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in schools for all staff including teachers, teacher assistants, administrators and technical staff is a priority although, how many actually have a dedicated room or area for training with books, hardware and software?  Alan Stevens, Associate Principal...
  • Blog Post: BETT 2011– a roundup of my first experiences

          Wow! After months of planning the Microsoft stand, finding presenters  and schools to share their  success stories, hunting down staff to work on the demo pods and theatre stand and even down to the colour of the Microsoft Education polo shirts, my first BETT (and my first...
  • Blog Post: Sneak peak at the Microsoft stand at BETT 2011

    Firstly, Happy New Year! I hope that your Christmas and New Year celebrations were fun filled, action packed or a chance to unwind and relax before starting a new year and a new term in school. I know many of you will be attending the BETT show 2011 , taking place from Wednesday 12th –Saturday 15th January...
  • Blog Post: Using SharePoint and Office 2010 to analyse student data - at Marsh Academy

    Every now and again, I ask Gerald Haigh to write up the stories of some of the schools that we work closely with. And a few weeks ago, he mentioned what's happening with data at Marsh Academy, and how they are using SharePoint and Office 2010 to aid better understanding of their school data. I'll let...
  • Blog Post: The TechNet Springboard Tour - free event in Reading on 1st November

    The Microsoft Springboard team, based at our headquarters in Seattle, create really good content on TechNet to help you to understand and deploy our latest technologies. In a way, they are a network manager's best friend, because they provide useful web guides that provide step-by-step processes for...
  • Blog Post: The Office 2010 Live Meeting

    Just before the summer holidays, Richard Lane ran a pair of Office 2010 Live Meetings for UK schools, called “ Office 2010 What’s new for Students and Teachers.” The session, which consisted predominately of demos of the Office suite, was recorded and Richard's made the recording of it available for...
  • Blog Post: Start the term with new Office templates for teachers

    Am I the only one who gets bored with a document format after a few months, and then wants a completely different design? That PowerPoint that looked so smart last year looks a bit clichéd this term. A document which looked professional when you first published it, doesn’t look quite so good when it...
  • Blog Post: One way to avoid cheap classroom voting keypads

    What happens when you want voting keypads for your students, but can’t afford the cost? Do you shop around to find suitable cheap voting keypads, or do you wait until you’ve saved enough money. Or do you look for alternative ways of achieving the same outcome? The reason that I ask those questions, is...
  • Blog Post: Philip Morant School in Office 2010 case study

    We seem to be having a run of good luck with UK schools being held up as worldwide examples of good practice at the moment – with a number of case studies appearing on the global Microsoft website – at www.microsoft.com/casestudies . The latest is the case study of the use of Office 2010 by Philip Morant...
  • Blog Post: New Microsoft Office Education Add-Ins - with the correct download link

    Sorry, when I originally posted this blog post, it had the wrong URL for the downloads. I've now corrected the original, and here it is again, with the correct URLs. This happened because I was on holiday during the release, so had to pre-write the blog post, and then the download URL changed before...
  • Blog Post: New Microsoft Office Education Add-Ins

    The education products team in Seattle have been busy writing add-ins for Office 2007 and Office 2010. They’ve just released 2 free education add-ins, 20 new education templates, and how-to materials designed to help teachers both inside and outside the classroom. The new Interactive Classroom...
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