Next Friday’s event – Fun, Free Friday for Schools


It’s your last chance to book for our "Fun, Free Friday for Schools" event.

The whole idea of the day is to share with you some of the free software and resources that are available for schools.

I know that it is sometimes difficult to justify getting out of school for the day, but I am sure that you’ll be able to save money through some of the things we’ll be showing – for teaching and learning, for the leadership team, and for network managers.

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.

Save money with Microsoft

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.

Agenda for the Fun, Free Friday

The day starts at 10:00, with a picnic lunch planned (beside the lake on our campus), and we’ll finish at 2:30, so that you’ve got time to get back home before the weekend begins.

We won’t be issuing 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.

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