So what exactly are the Microsoft team showing off at BETT 2012?

I can honestly say that the last couple of months has kept me extremely busy with organising the Microsoft stand at BETT 2012! With everything from staff, to entertainment, to presenters and presentations, demo kit right the way through to the colour of the polo shirts (dark blue as apparently Steve Beswick doesn’t suit pink…)…

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Controlled Assessment and avoiding hundreds of USB sticks

The external exam protocol called ‘Controlled Assessment’ is currently causing headaches for teachers and network managers, Essentially, it’s a way of letting students do coursework, in class, under controlled and supervised conditions. Work’s put away between sessions and the exam boards want evidence to show students can’t get to it. (They speak of “maintaining the…

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Learning and Sharing in Manchester – the Innovative Teacher MEETing – 29th Nov 2010

Kristen and Stuart, who run the UK Partners In Learning programme, are hosting the Innovative Education Forum in Manchester on November 30th. It’s a free event with a great line-up of inspirational talks including Sugata Mitra and Michael Furdyk. However, I know that it’s not easy getting days out of school for professional development these…

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Using interactive maps in history–the Battle of Britain

In August, I wrote about using DeepZoom photograph technology to explore historical maps and Churchill. Well, after the success of those, the developers (Shoothill) have created an interactive guide to The Battle of Britain resource, on MSN – with another TimeMap, allowing you to view today’s satellite images, and overlay it with Luftwaffe maps used…

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Using DeepZoom to explore Churchill’s past

On Monday, I wrote about the work that’s been done to create a TimeMap – creating a historical mapping x-ray machine. Shoothill, who did that work, have also been busily working with the Imperial War Museum to create a way for people to easily access the history of Winston Churchill, by combining the archives of…

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Free Microsoft software for schools, from the Fun and Free Friday event

Today, we had a fantastic day at the office, when we hosted the “Fun, Free Friday for Schools”. Just over 100 schools attended, and we had an absolutely packed agenda, as we demonstrated lots of the free Microsoft software available for schools to use. All of the links to the various downloads we mentioned during…

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Network Managers and Teachers have a relationship problem

We’re thinking about how our activities online (like this blog, our other education blogs, the Partners in Learning Network, and the main Microsoft UK Education website) can be developed to support schools more – and meet the needs of different people within a school. Within our small team we’ve got quite a few years of…

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Things I learned this week #1

Last weekend, Doug Belshaw’s “Things I learned this week #17” mentioned this blog (although with some fake reluctance), and the post that contained the What’s new in PowerPoint 2010 for teachers video. I often read Doug’s blog, as well as listening to the EdTechRoundUp podcast, which Doug takes part in weekly. The thought hit me…

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Computing at School – the free 2010 Teacher Conference

The Computing at School Working Group is an informal group that aims to promote the teaching of computing at school. The membership is broad, and includes teachers, examiners, parents, university faculty, and employers – and the Microsoft Research group in Cambridge are one of the backers. The focus is specifically on computing as a subject…

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Project Genie – pupils thinking about climate change and reducing school energy bills

We’re supporting the team running “Project Genie”, which is all about making climate change meaningful to pupils in primary schools. In the pilot programme, the schools that took part saw energy use savings of up to 40% – which is pretty significant when you consider that most schools spend more on energy than they do…

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