We’ve been inundated with requests to come along to our "Fun, Free Friday for Schools" event, so we’ve just moved it from a smaller room into our big auditorium, that takes 240 people. Which means that instead of the event being ‘nearly full’, we’ve now got tons of space for more people!
In anticipation of the big audience, the various members of the Education Team have been getting ready – Stuart Ball has been practising with AutoCollage, Kristen’s been playing with Community Clips, and Mark A’Bear has borrowed a joke book (thank goodness). During the course of the day, you’re going to get the chance to meet almost the whole team, so you’ll have plenty of useful contacts afterwards
It’s at our main Microsoft Campus in Reading on 11th June 2010 and is for any staff working with and within schools, so that they can find out all about the free software and resources that Microsoft produces that support teaching and learning. The agenda for the event runs from 9:30am to 2:30pm with breaks to catch up with colleagues from other schools, and chat with Microsoft staff.
It will be a fast-paced and fun event, with 3½ hours of rapid demonstrations, featuring a dozen presenters and lots of different free Microsoft software programmes that schools can download and start using in the classroom, school office or IT suite.
Fast paced demonstrations
To keep the pace moving rapidly, no demonstration will last more than 15 minutes, and although it won’t be a PowerPoint-free zone, we’ll keep to a limit of a maximum of 2 PowerPoint slides per presenter!
Free software for every attendee
During the day we will be demonstrating at least 20 pieces of software that can help you to deliver teaching and learning, and absolutely every single one will be free for you to download.
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We know that you’d like to do more with ICT, but that budgets are tight. That’s exactly why we’re putting on this event – to give you inspiration and ideas to take back to share with everybody in your school. Ideas that will appeal to teachers, IT Co-ordinators and the senior leadership team.
This free event is for advisors, classroom teachers, IT specialists, and school leadership teams. We’ve scheduled this event for the summer term 2010, in time for planning for next academic year.
Agenda for the Fun, Free Friday
Here’s the detailed timing of the day, so that you can plan your trip.
10:00 Morning sessions
12:00 Lunch and networking
13:00 Afternoon sessions
We won’t issue an itemised agenda, but some of the products you can expect to see on the day include SkyDrive, Windows Live Movie Maker, Windows Live PhotoGallery, Bing Maps, Photosynth, Pivot, XNA Game Studio, Visual Studio Express, Chemistry Word Add-In, Flashcards, Autocollage, Songsmith, Worldwide Telescope, Windows Live Writer, Maths Worksheet Generator, Office Moodle Add-In, Office Web Apps, Office Ribbon Hero, Bing Search, Microsoft Security Essentials, DeepZoom, Live Sync, Kodu, Digital Storytelling Curriculum Guides, Mouse Mischief, DreamSpark, Microsoft Robotics Studio, Live Family Safety Settings, Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum, Windows Live Translator, IE8 Accelerators, PhotoStory 3, Community Clips, Virtual Earth, pptPlex and Live@edu.
And continuing the free theme: if you arrive by public transport, there’s even a free bus from Reading Station to the Microsoft offices.