Lots of schools are already using Windows Vista and even more are using Office 2007. And if you are one of those, then here's your chance to tell others why you like it...and win a prize.
There are two Tablet PCs up for grabs in the competition (one prize for the best Student entry and one for the best Staff entry). And...if you're quick...20 x 2GB memory sticks for the first 10 featured entries in each category...
All you need to do is answer the question "How have the new features in Windows Vista and Office 2007 helped you with your teaching and lesson planning?". That's it. (Oh, and fill out the contact details).
This will be a worldwide competition, but I've persuaded my colleagues over the Atlantic that we should give UK education the first chance to enter. So do it now, before everybody else piles in. And both Tablet PCs will go to UK education (when they extend it, they have to find new prizes and keep their hands off ours!)
There are two categories - one for staff and one for students. Perhaps something for the students that are in for the summer schools?
Here's the website to enter
Now that the pupils have left for their summer holidays, it starts to get busy for the IT teams in schools. You've probably got a whole pile of ICT projects lined up - new PCs into classrooms, perhaps a new set of network updates to roll out - and then there's new desktop software. From talking with schools, it seems quite a few are planning to install Office 2007 over the summer. Generally they're not worried about training for pupils, because they'll just jump in and start exploring. However, some of the staff (and, perhaps unfairly, staff "in the office" seem to be identified!) are the ones who don't like their software changing too much!
And so, to help - and even though this seems to be a step backwards - one company has developed an add-on for Office 2007 which reverts the new-whizzy, easy-to-use, menus back to the old Office 2003 look and feel. It's not something I'd recommend - okay, when it you upgrade you need to spend a while adjusting, but you soon learn how much easier it is to use - but if you've got somebody who doesn't like change, then you'll like this - it switches Office back 4 years...
Classic Menu for Office 2007 - Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word
(This links you to a 15-day trial - the full product costs $29.95 - but perhaps 15 days is all you'll need to convince your staff to learn the new menu....)