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Personalised Learning for Teachers about Digital Technologies for Learning

MicrosoftTeacherTrainingBadgesMicrosoft in Education is a site which provides free on-demand personalised learning for teachers in exploring the use of digital technologies to support learning and teaching – learning at a pace which suits each teacher on the topics they find most useful to them, at the time they need it.

The online hub provides a Training and Professional Development section which is divided into Quick Tip Videos,  Courses (which can be filtered by age range of learners, tools, skills to be developed, etc), and Learning Paths which provide a more in-depth look at use of digital technologies compbing different methods of delivering the information and sharing of skills as well as exemplars.

There is a wide range of free instant-access online courses. Some of these are short tool-specific how-to guides to learning the basics of getting started using specific digital technologies such as Sway, Skype, OneNote, Powerpoint, Minecraft, Office Mix or many other tools. Some are just short quick-tip videos highlighting a specific feature of a particular piece of software.

Some courses are longer and look at how digital technologies can best be used to support learning and teaching in different contexts. These combine text guides, video explanations and examples, as well as quizzes to help understanding.

MicrosoftEducatorCommunityAnd by signing up to the free Microsoft in Education Community a teacher can access a wider range of resources shared by other teachers around the globe, and when working through the range of courses on offer a teacher can gain visual recognition through digital badges of their accomplishments. Working through the online resources, with badges to record progress, can provide an extra degree of motivation when there is a tangible record of what skills have been acquired, and perhaps a spur to just complete another one (and another, and another!!).

So whether starting out, or just looking for an illustration of a particular application in a classroom setting, reading about how others are using digital technologies to support learning, an online space to discuss with colleagues worldwide what’s worked (or look for advice when you might be looking for a solution to something which has not worked in your situation), or wanting to further explore how to integrate digital technology to best support learners in your school, there is something here for every teacher.

Sign up for free now at the Microsoft Educator Community at the link below:



Sway for engaging online presentations

Sway_logoMicrosoft Sway is a presentation tool which is free and works on any device. It can start with a simple word-processed document (or from other sources such as Powerpoint or PDF) where you’ve put your ideas and, with just a few clicks, you can upload the document, highlight text you wish to emphasise, which parts to make into new sections, where to add images, embedded video links and images, and add emphasis in an engaging way.

Click on this link for a quick guide and introductory tutorial showing how you can make an engaging presentation using Sway

The following video takes the brief introduction above and develops that so that you can create a presentation in Sway using the new layout set up specifically for presentations. This video shows how to use groups, grids, captions, and focus points to ensure your chosen message comes across in they way you wish with the emphasis on the content you deem to be most important.

Want to make a tutorial presentation using Sway? The video below shows how you can structure a Sway presentation to use embedded videos, images and text to explain the steps in any process for explaining to others.

How to use Sway for a school project. The following video shows how Sway can be used to create a project on any topic in an educational context.

Click here for links to video guides to using Sway from Microsoft.

Click here for a guide to using Sway specifically in Glow Office 365 – this also links to a variety of examples of the use of Sway in a school context


To share your Sway

To share your Sway presentation with others you simply copy the weblink URL which Sway provides for you, and share that, whether via social media or email (there are specific buttons at the share part of Sway which provides you with the appropriate link for each method of sharing. This can also be used to embed in a Glow WordPress blog – just add the short link in the body of a blogpost and it will automatically embed. Note that if you are using your Glow user account to share your Sway link the Sway presentation must have ben made public for others to see it, it cannot be embedded elsewhere online (such as a blog) unless the Sway presentation is public and can be seen by anyone on the Sway settings.

Below is an example Sway “Sway for Education: Sway in the Classroom” which provides examples of how Sway can be used, and also shows in itself what a Sway presentation can look like.

How to make your Sway presentation even better

Here’s a Sway presentation below by Nathan G Freier of his top 10 tips and tricks to make your Sways look great.

Examples of Sway in Education

Sway – The star of your 2015 Classroom – a post on the Microsoft Australian Teachers Blog. This provides a host of ideas for how Sway can be used in a classroom context, as well as examples of created Sways.

Sway in the Classroom – examples from Scottish schools collated by Laura Paterson

School Newsletter from Lockerbie Academy – an example of a school newsletter which can provide a different way of presenting information, news, updates and more about school life. The link can be shared with parents/carers in a short text or email and looks more engaging compared to a printed version.

Stirling High School Newsletter – this Sway (as well as the associated pdf version) was created by pupils

OneNote at Kirklandneuk Primary School – a great example of a presentation Sway (about the use of OneNote) which incorporates many Sway features including picture decks, Twitter posts integration, links, images and more.

The Sway below is a neat collaboration by pupils in different high schools working together to create a story – digital story telling “The Street of Shadows” by pupils in Largs Academy and Garnock Academy in North Ayrshire

The Sway below is the result of a project by primary 1 pupils at Westquarter Primary School in Falkirk about “Why We Do Research”

The Three Little Pigs – a neat use of Sway to share the activities of Polbeth Nursery School in West Lothian related to the tale of The Three Little Pigs – this Sway incorporates video, image decks (some of pictures of outdoor activities, and some of the artworks created by the children), and note of comments by the children.

Cloud Learning History and Place with O365 –  a Sway by teacher Athole McLauchlan showing how pupils at Bearsden Primary School used OneNote Class Notebook along with Sway in an interdisciplinary approach.


The “Uses of Fibre Optics” Sway below was created by Cameron Gilmour, pupil at Kirkintilloch High School in East Dunbartonshire as part of Physics coursework

The “Uses of Fibre Optics” Sway below was created by Payton Trimble, pupil at Kirkintilloch High School in East Dunbartonshire as part of Physics coursework

Microsoft Office 365 for Education

Creating a Cloud Collaborative Classroom with Office 365

Creating a Collaborative Cloud Classroom with Office 365

Microsoft 365 for Education is now free for educational establishments and it is Microsoft 365 for Education which is a core application suite of tools in Glow, Scotland’s national intranet for schools. This post brings together some resources to describe that suite of tools. And here are also are some resources to show how to make use of them. Microsoft Office 365 for Education complements the tools with which many teachers and pupils will be familiar  – whether Word, Excel, Powerpoint or Outlook. So if you are familiar with the dektop versions then the online versions should be an easy transition – and being online opens up a host of possibilities for sharing and collaboration.

So What is Microsoft Office 365 for Education?

Click on the video below for a light-hearted and fast-paced overview of Microsoft 365 for Education


Click on the link below for a Powerpoint presentation about Office 365


What’s included in Microsoft 365 for Education

Microsoft 365 for Education (plan A2) is now free for educational establishments. Microsoft Office 365 for Education comprises:

  • Outlook cloud-based email and calendars with 50 GB storage per user
  • OneDrive cloud storage with unlimited storage for each user
  • Video conferencing including virtual whiteboard (uses Lync Online)
  • Facility to create and edit Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote documents online (linking online versions of the familiar programs to the desktop versions).
  • Facility to share files and documents with classmates or create team, study group or club sites and collaborate on projects from any location with Class and Group sites (uses SharePoint Online)Antivirus and anti-spam filtering

Office 365: A Tour for Users is a series of short introductory videos introducing Microsoft Office 365 and the main features.

Case Studies

Click here for cases studies of the use of Microsoft Office 365 in educational contexts.

WeLearn 365 – Warwickshire’s Learning Platform is using Microsoft 365 for Education. This link to their Twitter account shows the development and support resources for their schools.  Example themes and layouts for pupil and school sites can be seen in this link for a primary school, for a user, and a different theme for the same user.

Office 365 in the Classroom – a free ebook – this provides classroom-focussed examples of activities of a classroom described in terms of how they are undertaken without Office 365, and then described where Office 365 is used – and giving a description of the tool used in Office 365 and the consequent impact on learning and teaching as a result.


ITHeadsUp – a fantastic playlist of short nugget-sized step-by-step tutorial videos about how to use each element of Office 365. Each video is very classroom focussed, providing examples of use of each tool for the classroom and how the tool can be adapted to meet the needs of teachers and pupils.

Microsoft Office 365 Help is the main page for Microsoft’s own online help resources for Office 365.  Here you will find resources presented in categories for each aspect of Office 365 – including on-screen and printable step-by-step guides, as well as videos showing the tools in use.

Microsoft Office 365 – a guide by Katherine Murray is a free-to-download manual of over 300 pages giving an overview of Office 365, step-by-step guides to tools and examples of scenarios of use of the various tools. This is a pdf format book which can be viewed online or sections printed as required. In the on-screen version you can click on the various headings in the contents page to access the appropriate section of help required. Or use the extensive index at the back of the book.

Lync – Click on the video below to view an introduction to Lync – the web conferencing tool within Microsoft 365 for Education


Sharepoint – click on the video below to view an introduction to using Sharepoint within Microsoft 365 for education to create a class site for sharing resources with your pupils and for a collaborative space – whether that’s adding images, adding text, a shared calendar or a host of documents. The video also shows how to ensure the pupils you want to be able to access resources can see what is required, while keeping restricted those resources you are not yet wanting to share.


Sharepoint alert on document changes – click on the video below to see how to set up an alert to notify you when pupils (or other colleagues) make changes to a document on which you are collaborating.


Sharepoint and Lync for timetabled online presentation – this video shows how to set up a timetabled online presentation with access by specified pupils.


Microsoft 365 Teacher resources – a series of resources in the Microsoft in Education Teacher site to support teachers using Microsoft Office 365 for Education. This includes tutorials, templates, examples of use, and related links to further resources.

University of Dundee Helpguides to Using Office 365 – includes guides to using each tool within Office 365 within an educational establishment.

Fun or fear? Spreadsheets for Problem Solving in the Primary Classroom – fun over fear!

Spreadsheets - fun or fear?Mention spreadsheets to some primary teachers and there may be a visible shudder!  For those unfamiliar with the use of spreadsheets in a primary classroom they don’t tend to conjure up ideas of a fun activity for pupils.  Part of the reason for that is that for those who have used spreadsheets in their adult life, or are aware of their uses,  it has often been the ubiquitous Microsoft Excel used for business applications that has been their experience.  Microsoft Excel is an extremely powerful and versatile tool for those who know how to use it.  For those just starting out it looks somewhat daunting to use.  Part of the reason for that is that it opens as a blank page with an array of toolbars and menus.

But the “what if” question in a mathematics or numeracy lesson in a primary clasroom is exactly where a spreadsheet comes into its own.  Having a bank of pre-made classroom-related real-life examples of number problems presented in a visually engaging way, and in a spreadsheet tool which makes the toolbars more child-friendly, seems to do the trick.  So if a pupil can change a number in a list and see, as if by magic, how that changes the total, it gives more time in the classroom for the important “what would happen if I changed this number” question – rather than the mechanics of addition.  Of course a skilled teacher will incorporate mental maths and thinking time for a class to try to predict an answer before getting the spreadsheet to do the chore.  And that adds to the fun.  It also reinforces the need for mental maths – checking even, by estimation for larger claculations, that a predicted answer is matched by the output of a spreadsheet calculation – it being an important lesson that “garbage in, garbage out” applies, so when setting up a spreadsheet a test with some data gives the answer predicted so that users can rely on the information later given.

In a primary school there is a need for a clear progression of data handling activities involving graph-making tools and spreadsheets. The emphasis is on finding child-centred contexts which quickly grasp the imagination of the pupil to provide engaging activities, where the children can have fun while learning through the use of number-modelling software. The following links are to resources which try to emphasise that, far from being what some adults may consider dry number-crunching tools, if presented in imaginative ways and at an appropriate level for the pupils, spreadsheet tools can provide an outlet for creativity with numbers.

Spreadsheet software which is available to all Falkirk primary schools includes RM Magic, RM Starting Graph, 2Simple Infant Video Toolkit and Microsoft Excel.  The addition of speech, as well as child-friendly visually appealing and child-centred classroom-related activities distiguishes RM number Magic, 2Simple Infant Video Toolkit and RM Starting Graph from Microsoft Excel.  Excel still has its place and links to resources aimed at primary schools using Excel are also given below.

Infant Video Toolkit from 2Simple is nothing to do with video (other than having a bank of excellent tutorial/class leson videos for using with the program with a class). Click here for more about 2 Simple Infant Video Toolkit.  This comprises six programs for early years introducing basic skills, and supported by excellent video lessons aimed at teachers using them with the pupils (that’s where the “video” fits in the title!).   The spreadsheet elements are 2Count (exploring counting with pictograms) and 2Graph (making graphs, bar charts & pie charts in seconds).  This program is designed for the youngest pupils in primary school.  The software is very visual with the activity clearly displayed and the associated videos created as lessons for the primary classroom, designed for use with an interactive whiteboard if available.  There are several classroom related real life curricular topic uses for the spreadsheet element of the program – and while they really are spreadsheets the entry to their use does not immediately look like what a spreadsheet would look like.  The Infant Video Toolkit does not attempt to be everythign to everyone – it has a specific target user age group in mind and presents the tools at exactly the right level for them.  The combination of the video lessons (designed to be very effective if used at the interactive whiteboard with pupils) with the ease of use of the program make this ideal for introducing the idea of entering information on a spreadsheet and displaying it in graphical form for ease of then interpreting the information presented at a level appropriate to the early stages of the primary school. Infant video tool kit also makes up part of Purple Mash online subscription service, giving home access too for subscribers.

RM Starting Graph does what it says on the label! It is a spreadsheet program which comes bundled with pre-made example files for use in the classroom.  And it is aimed at being able to be used at early stages of the primary school.  In addition it is set by default to be in “touch” mode which means by clicking on the object (such as chosen eye colour) the spreadsheet increases the number and the graph automatically increases.  It re-scales graphs automatically. The in-built pre-loaded files also have images already included so younger pupils simply click on their selected picture to be able to see the resultant graph.

The in-built examples all include an on-screen question or task sheet with the opportunity for pupils to enter their responses and print if required.  These are also useful for teachers as starters for ten in thinking about questions to ask pupils in order to raise the use of the program from merely recording information to being able to ask questions at various levels to support interpretation of the information (at a level appropriate to the understanding of pupils).

The in-built examples include the following: Parking Survey; Car Ramps; Car Colour; Eye Colour; Favourite Fruit; Hair Colour; Party Planning; Pet Shop; and Travel Survey.This tool has been used effectively by teachers at the older stages of primary school since the speed of entry of information, and immediate graphing, makes it very accessible.  Pupils can select from a range of graph types.  And for older pupils wishing to type in numbers (particularly where larger numbers are involved) it’s a quick click of the “Yellow” touch mode icon to take the program into “editing” green level which lets users then input larger numbers by typing rather than by clicking.  Often the difference between  early uses of spreadsheets and graphing and use with older primary pupils is both in the display options (which the green editing level of RM Starting graph provides) and in the interpretation – the questiosn asked of the pupils or by the pupils using the information.  So a move from “which fruit is most popular?” to predicting in a science experiment with a model car and a ramp how high you would need to make the ramp in order for the model car to travel a specified distance.

RM Number Magic – click here for An Introduction to Spreadsheets using RM Number Magic. This has a bank of built-in pupil activities manipulating numbers such as Flowers, Bus Fares, Christmas Party.

To access these activities:

1. open the program in Yellow, Green or Blue Level
2. File
3. Open File
4. Exercises

5. Choose “Flowers”On each example there is a tab along the bottom of the worksheet called “Report Sheet” which gives instructions and in some cases a “fill in the blanks” on-screen sheet for the pupils to complete as they work through the tasks.

Click here for a video explaining about a possible classroom use of the Flowers file for early level in the primary school

The in-built activity files are: Force Measurer; Bus Fares; Car Hire Firm; Christmas Party (click here for a video explaining how this Costing the Christmas Party spreadsheet might be used for an enterprise project in second level in the primary school); Cola Price Survey; Electricity Bill; Elephants; Eleven Times Table; Fabulous Fruit; Farm Visit; Fencing Fileds; Flowers; Function Machine; Hackney Carriage; Hit the Target; House Valuation; My Age; Newspaper Survey; Number Patterns; Pentathlon; Plants; Pocket Money; Postage Stamps; Reaction Times; Steelworks; Sweets; Taxi Fares; The Milk Round; The Tube; Think of a Number; Traffic Survey; Video Recording; Weather.

Number Magic also has a number pattern creator built-in – useful to show patterns of times-tables.  Click Activities , Number Patterns , Create Grid, Show Pattern of 2 with pattern of 3 (or whatever tables you wish to show).

For a classroom poster showing how to use RM Number Magic click here http://www.rm.com/_RMVirtual/Media/Downloads/NM_Chart_Final2.pdf and a brief descriptive poster click here: http://www.rm.com/_RMVirtual/Media/Downloads/NumberMagic_outer_Final.pdf

For spreadsheet activities in primary school contexts using RM Number Magic software go to http://www.learningalive.co.uk/t_resources.aspx

RM Number Magic has four levels – youngest pupils would use yellow level – this presents them with few menus and larger icons.  As users progress through the levels Green then blue and finally Red they are presented with more and more icons and menus.  Red Level behaves in a very simar way to Microsoft Excel – but retains the speaking toolbars and access to a school-friendly picture bank.

Microsoft Excel – there is a wide range of resources online using Microsoft Excel as the tool to put spreadsheets in a context suitable for use by pupils in a primary classroom.  Some links have been provided below.  Some of these provide tutorials in the use of Excel while others provide the ready-made files along with classroom teaching notes.

For early stages in the primary school there is an online pictogram graphing tool which serves as an early introduction to spreadsheets here http://gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/numbers/pictogram/index.htm

Click http://www.amphi.com/~psteffen/excel.html for a wide range of resources for using Microsoft Excel in the classroom at all levels, providing real-life contexts where the spreadsheet has a purpose.

http://its.leesummit.k12.mo.us/excel.htm provides links to resources for using spreadsheets for contexts in the classroom as well as online tutorials.

Simon Haughton has a series of lessons on introducing spreadsheets to primary 5 class http://simonhaughton.typepad.com/ict/introducing-spreadsheets/

And Simon Haughton has also produced a series of spreadsheet activities based on a theme park context http://simonhaughton.typepad.com/ict/theme-park-spreadsheets/
Online animated interactive simulations using spreadsheets for primary school classroom use from NGfL Cymru can be found at:
Because these are animated simulations (with which users can also interact) there are ideal for use with an interactive whiteboard as a class activity or for pupil self-study.

Free spreadsheet tools: Where pupils or staff wish to work on spreadsheets outwith school, and where they don’t have access to the above programs there are free alternatives available which can open Microsoft Excel files.  One such program is part of the free Open Office software download from http://www.openoffice.org/ while another is the free online Google Docs at http://docs.google.com


http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/ is a versatile and easy to use free online tool aimed at use by children where they can enter the information on an online spreadsheet by making choices and entering the information.  Then the user can choose the form they wish to save the information, either online or downloaded or sent by e-mail in a variety of formats including picture or pdf. Click below for a video introduction to Create-a-graph:
What-2-Learn site provides a snakes and ladders style game for use in teaching about spreadsheets. This game can be played in one of two ways. It can be played as a whole-class activity on an interactive whiteboard by dividing the class into two teams. Alternatively, if you are in a computer suite the class can play against one another in pairs. This game covers the features of a worksheet (columns, rows, etc), using functions and formulae, organising data and presenting it accurately. It can be played online or downloaded and adapted to your own questions.
Primary Technology has a free online Pictogram Creator on their site. This lets you choose from pre-created templates, such as favourite sport, fruit or colour. Or you can create your own. You can also add new columns with ease. And when you type a column name the Pictogram Creator automatically presents you with an image (though you can also easily browse to other presneted image choices). Then to use you simply click on the column to increase or decrease the number of items – so will work well either with a PC or interactive whiteboard. A nice feature is that you can also embed the tool onto another site. A nice visual introduction to data handling.
Maths is Fun Online Graph Creation tool lets you choose the type of graph, add the data and then display the chart online. You can edit the columns and title, as well as choose to display the data on the chart, or to show the information as a table. Anything created can be printed from the online tool. The speed with which these charts can be created and the way in which it can all be done by clicking onto the graph makes it ideal for use with an interactive whiteboard.
Chartle.Net – a free online tool which lets you create, without registering, a whole series of different forms of graph, chart or map. These created charts can be embedded elsewhere (and will be interactive) or can be downloaded and shared as images. Here’s a video tutorial about using Chartle.net http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlGKssKbbWA

Want to know more about using Excel?

SpreadsheetoSpreadsheeto – if you are looking to find out more about using Excel spreadsheets then look no further than this free online resource with video tutorials and a range of posts about specific tools within Excel which explain as a step-by-step guide how to undertake a variety of tasks forwhich Excel spreadsheets can be used.


Hear the text of Word documents spoken with WordTalk

Wordtalk http://www.wordtalk.org.uk/Home/
A Windows text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word, free for Scottish schools. It will speak the text of the document and will highlight it as it goes. It contains a talking dictionary and a text-to-mp3 converter.

Click on this link to see Wordtalk in action (using the Scottish “Stuart” voice) Stuart speaking text from a Word document

Click on this link to hear an example of  Wordtalk speaking a piece of text (using the Scottish “Heather” voice) within Wordtalk, saved using WordTalk in mp3 format: Welcome to my blog

For people with reading and writing difficulties, having text reinforced by hearing it read aloud can be helpful.

HeatherandStuartClick on this link for more information about the Scottish Voices for WordTalk. WordTalk is a download text-to-speech plugin (free for Scottish schools) for use with all versions of Microsoft Word (from Word 97 up to Word 2010). It will speak the text of the document and will highlight it as it goes. It contains a talking dictionary to help decide which word spelling is most appropriate.

Sitting in the Microsoft Word toolbar it is configurable, allowing you to:

Adjust the highlight colours;
Change the voice and the speed of the speech;
Convert text to speech and save as a .wav or .mp3 file so that it can be played back on an iPod or mp3 player.  Note that Scottish schools can use the Scottish voice Heather free of charge while others can use the default voices.

For guide to the toolbar and functions:

You can adjust the WordTalk settings. It has options to configure Speech, Colour, and Keys. The speed of the voice can be increased by dragging right along the speed bar and decreased by dragging left. The volume of the voice can be increased by dragging right along the volume bar and decreased by dragging left.

The WordTalk spell checker uses the Word dictionaries with a few “phonic” enhancements. WordTalk also speaks the suggestions for alternative words. To use the Word Talk spell check, click on the word to be checked and then click on the WordTalk spelling icon.

If Wordtalk toolbar does not automatically appear on your Word Document then click on “Add-Ins” tab at the top of the document in Word 2007.

Alternative Text to Speech Tools

YaKiToMe is a free text to speech tool which can be used to generate audio of written text from copiued and pasted text, or from websites, or Word documents. You can choose which voice you wish to use.

Create collage pictures from your photographs with Microsoft Research AutoCollage

Would you like to be able to create a collage of your own photographs where the images blend into one another, but you don’t feel you have the skills to blend them together?  Then step up Microsoft Research Autocollage.  All you do is put your chosen photographs into a folder on your computer, open the Autocollage software and select the folder, then choose the desired size of completed collage picture.  Then click “create” and watch the collage create before your eyes.  Save the finished collage creation – and if you’re not happy with it just click “create” again and again until you get just the image you wish.

This software is available free to download for teachers signing up to the UK Microsoft Partners in Learning Network:  http://uk.partnersinlearningnetwork.com/Pages/ArticleViewer.aspx?listname=ITNFeaturedArticle&itemid=13

Creating animated movies with narration with Photostory 3

Microsoft Photostory 3 is a free software download which lets you add photographs and narration to create animated movies with various effects.

Create slideshows using your digital photographs.  You can modify, crop, or rotate pictures. Add special effects, soundtracks, and your own voice narration to your photo stories. Then, personalize them with titles and captions.

For helpful how-to guides as well as examples of classroom use in Jackson County Schools click here: http://www.eaglepnt.k12.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=1894

For a step-by-step guide to combining Photostory 3 and audio files created and edited with Audacity click the link below to view the Slideshare presentation:


PDF tutorial for using photostory 3

For a guide to creating book trailers using Photo story 3 click the link below:http://icio.us/ZrYWSJ

For a video tutorial on adding a Photostory 3 video to Glow click here http://publicwebsites1.glowscotland.org.uk/ICTstore/VideoDemo/photostory/photostory.htm

If you are looking for sources of photographs for use in Photostory 3, free to use for pupil projects, click on this link:


If you are looking for sources of music and sound effects for use with Photostory 3,  free to use for pupil projects, click on the link below:


If you are looking for tutorials on the use of Audacity to create the audio track for a Photostory 3 project then click on the link below:


Video Editing with Windows Live Movie Maker and More

If you have Windows 7 then you can download Windows Live Movie Maker for free.   It works in a different way to the previous version of Windows Movie maker and so the following should help show how to make use of this tool.

For information about Windows Live Move Maker and to download the software if you have Windows 7 then click here: http://explore.live.com/windows-live-movie-maker

For notes about the full features of Windows Live Movie Maker click here: http://www.moviemakerpreview.com/About.aspx

For tutorials on using Windows Live Movie Maker see below:

Step by step guide


Getting started with Windows Live Movie Maker


Add transitions, pan and zoom effects in Windows Live Movie maker


Adding titles, captions and credits in Windows Live Movie maker


Mark Brumley shared the steps to combining Powerpoint with Windows Live Movie Maker – where Powerpoint is used to create graphcially interesting slides, these are converted to images which are then imported into Windows Live Movie Maker – all explained here http://h30411.www3.hp.com/discussions/1012081

If you wish to use Windows Live Movie Maker to create a stop-motion animation then this video shows how to adjust the timing of each image:


Click here for further resources about using Windows Live Movie Maker to create stop motion animation and for examples created with pupils.

http://moviemakerined.wikispaces.com/ Mark Wagner has created a wiki called Movie Maker in Education which has resources and ideas for using Windows Movie maker in an education setting.  Although this is aimed at the previous version of Windows Movie Maker most links and ideas are still relevant and can be adapted.

The ACMI has produced a useful free online interactive storyboard creator which could be handy for pupils planning their film-making.

The Teaching Ideas site has a great collection of resources to support film-making and animation production in the classroom, including lesson plans, posters, display material and more.

“Lights, Camera, Engagement – three tools for creating classroom video” is a post by Ron Peck describing each of three processes which can help engage pupils in learning about their chosen topic through creating videos in different ways: one way is to use Animoto, another is to create a video in the style of Common Craft videos, and the third is to create a Choose-your-own-adventure style video. The process for each is clearly described, and there are helpful links to resources to support teachers.

Other Movie-Making Tools

MuveeCloud is a free online tool (with premium options) where you can upload images or video from multiple sources usch as direct upload or from photo or video sharing sites, and then edit and create a video which you can choose to share privately, embed in a website or blog, or upload to other sites such as YouTube.

WeVideo is a free online tool for creating videos (with premium additional features) where you can upload from computer or mobile devices, edit, and share via various options.

Animoto lets you upload images, video, and add transitions with provided music tracks to create impressive videos such as that created by Simon Haughton featuring every pupil in Parkfield School saying one word.

Ten Ways to create Videos without installing software is a post by Richard Byrne which describes ten tools which you can use to create videos online without the need for installation of software.

7 web-based tools for creating short video stories – free online tools which let users upload images, text and audio (whether narration or music) to create video slideshows. this post is by Richard Byrne.

Excellent Guides and Tutorials to help kids make engaging educational movies – a post by Med Kharbach providing links to resources about techniques for taking video, editing the created video, and sources for music and sound effects.

Interactive Reference Guide to converting tasks in Microsoft Office 2003 in Office 2007

Thanks to Michael French who shared the link to the following interactive tools let you click on a simulation of Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Access and Outlook – on whatever task you know how to do in the 2003 version – and then the online tool shows you how to do the same in the 2007 version.

Excel – http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/interactive-excel-2003-to-excel-2007-command-reference-guide-HA010149151.aspx

Word – http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/interactive-word-2003-to-word-2007-command-reference-guide-HA010074432.aspx

Access – http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/access-help/interactive-access-2003-to-access-2007-command-reference-guide-HA010238899.aspx?CTT=1

Powerpoint – http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint-help/interactive-powerpoint-2003-to-powerpoint-2007-command-reference-guide-HA010149076.aspx?CTT=1

Outlook – http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-help/interactive-outlook-2003-to-outlook-2007-command-reference-guide-HA010222162.aspx?CTT=1

Publisher 2007 Help guides – http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/publisher-help/publisher-help-and-how-to-FX101817066.aspx

For a whole series of video tutorials on using Microsoft Office you might also find the following video tutorials helpful:


Interactive Word 2003 to 2007 Guide

If you have been used to using Microsoft Word 2003, and now have Microsoft Word 2007, it can take quite a bit of time to get used to where to find menus or tools, as the layout and structure is quite different.

An interactive tool which will be found useful is the “Interactive-word-2003-to-word-2007-command-reference-guide.”  Thanks to Stuart Lennie who shared this link.  Click on the link below to get to this tool. 


This takes you to a simulation of Word 2003.  You then click on the menu or tool you are used to using in Word 2003 and the interactive tool then shows you how to do the same thing in Word 2007.

For a whole series of video tutorials on using Microsoft Office you might also find the following video tutorials helpful:


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