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    Avoiding being PowerPointless

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    The title is a reminder for me, not you! It is amazing the number of times I see PowerPoint being used badly – especially in long and dull meetings – but a school visit normally perks me up, because I often see it being used by a teacher in the way it...
  • Microsoft UK Schools blog

    Making your teacher’s lives a little easier - the neat web part

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    You probably know that the UK Education team have a number of different blogs (I’ll share a bit more detail later, but the list includes blogs for teachers , universities , colleges , live@edu users , and Chris Poole, our BSF Business Manager is taking...
  • Microsoft UK Schools blog

    A little link love for Valentine’s day

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    Merlin John, who’s editor of the NCSL Futures website (and used to be editor of the TES Online supplement), also runs MerlinJohn Online – a good website to keep up-to-date with education ICT news. One of the writers is Jonathan Boyle, a deputy head teacher...
  • Microsoft UK Schools blog

    Are you certifiable?

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    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...
  • Microsoft UK Schools blog

    A free event in Reading - introduction to our web mapping

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      Carla, from our Virtual Earth team tells me that they have another free seminar coming up in March, where there’s a chance to get an overview of our web-based mapping solutions. I think this is probably going to be more useful for local authorities...
  • Microsoft UK Schools blog

    Analysing data in excel

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    Here’s a way to help your senior leadership team find out about some of the interesting things you can do in Excel. I used Office 2007 for this, but I’m sure you can achieve the same in Office 2003. I find these kind of training examples are sometimes...
  • Microsoft UK Schools blog

    Something for the weekend to-do list?

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    Stuck at home today/this weekend? Want something to do with your broadband connect? For thousands of schools, it’s another day of disruption . And the forecast says this weather will continue over the weekend. I’m snowed in and working from home...
  • Microsoft UK Schools blog

    Thank goodness for the stuff that lets me work from home

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    Thursday. 5:15 am. The radio says “ blah blah… 7 inches of snow all over the Cotswolds. Don’t go out unless you need to. No school buses running... blah blah” So what did I do? Jumped up, thinking “ Well, I’d better get going now, because it’ll take...
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    OneNote and Learning Styles

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    Last year, I wrote about the booklet on OneNote and Learning Styles produced by Ole Lauridsen from the Aarhus School of Business, Denmark. Late last year, Ole visited the Microsoft Campus in Seattle and gave a talk about his project, and explained more...
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    A question of security

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    I was at a conference yesterday (sadly covered by Chatham House Rule so no juicy snippets) which looked at security of public sector ICT systems, and there was a session which was about malware. Although it was delivered in a matter-of-fact deadpan way...
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