Part Two: Microsoft UK Schools Blog top posts – July to December

Earlier this week we posted Part One: Microsoft UK Schools Blog top posts – January to June which detailed the most popular posts this year on the Microsoft Schools Blog, based on the article with the most views each month. Here is the concluding part, counting down the top posts for July through to December…

Kodu Kup – 2014 (Guest post from Ray Chambers) [July]
”Last year saw the launch of the Kodu Kup and it was amazing to see all of the entries and the hard work being put into each of the entry. This year I launched the Kodu Kup in a big way and went into a few assemblies and told the students about the opportunities. When I mentioned that the students had the opportunity to go to the Microsoft HQ in Reading, their eyes lit up in a big way…”

Largest collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks ever, including: Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, Office 2010, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell and many more [August]
”FREE Microsoft eBooks! Who doesn’t love FREE Microsoft eBooks? Well, for the past few years, I’ve provided posts containing almost 150 FREE Microsoft eBooks and my readers, new and existing, have loved these posts so much that they downloaded over 3.5 Million free eBooks as of last June, including over 1,000,000 in a single week last year (and many, many more since then)…”

Discover Office Mix [September]
Office Mix makes it easy for educators to create and share rich, interactive lessons. Mixes play like web videos, but with support for animations, live links and more. This app is perfect for blended learning or flipped learning scenarios. Easily turn your PowerPoint lessons into online lessons. Record your lecture while you write and draw on your slides, and add audio, video, assessments or labs. You can easily share your lessons with students and colleagues, who can watch them online and on nearly any device. Review the analytics for every student, quiz and slide…”

A straightforward Office 365 Training Guide made by teachers for teachers! [October]
”One of the best sources of advice and tuition on a product are the end users who can speak from a position of experience and impartiality. That’s why we’re always pleased to pass on the findings and opinions of our customers, as more often than not the use cases they talk about will be applicable to a much larger subset of our existing and future users. We recently came across a fantastic resource from the United States, put together by the Grant Wood Area Education Agency. This particular guide was designed to help when it comes to schools using Office 365…”

Office 365 in the classroom - video tutorials from the Microsoft Educator Network [November]
”Time is of a premium for IT managers and teachers, so it can be easier to simply bridge the gaps when the need arises and acclimatise naturally over time, rather than attempting to have an encyclopaedic knowledge from the outset. This is just one of the reasons we have the Microsoft InnovativeTeach YouTube Channel. There you’ll find bite-size chunks of information about IT in schools, for Headteachers and Educators, whenever you need them…”

OneNote for teachers, Skype Document Chat and more from our Expert Educators [December]
”Last week our MIE Minute newsletter went out to all of our new Microsoft Innovative Expert Educators, containing their welcome packs and other useful information. Some of this content is relevant to anyone in education, and we wanted to share these items with as wide an audience as possible, so here are three pieces which we hope you’ll find valuable…”


That’s it from us for 2014! May we take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy New Year, and we look forward to continuing to help push education forwards with you well into 2015 and beyond.

- the Microsoft UK Education Team

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