Free Microsoft Programs: Part 1

Well that was an eventful summer. Firstly I have to apologies for not keep this blog up to date hopefully you will understand when I tell you what I have been up to. On Friday 13th July (unlucky for some) my second daughter Matilda “Tilly” was born a full 7 weeks earlier than planned! So as you can imagine I have been a bit preoccupied with generally not sleeping and other new baby related stuff.

The second very cool thing that has happened is that I have finally got confirmation that I have passed my Med. So I am very pleased with that, although as you can imagine this has been eclipsed by our new arrival. But hey 18 months’ worth of hard work has finally paid off and graduation is in November half term, so that’s something to look forward to.Title

Finally I have finished my photography website (this has been on the cards now for a long time) you can find it here . All the photos were taken by me over the course of several years.

A while back I promised that I would do a series of posts that show some free software that Microsoft offer. So here is part one of this series.

Bing Maps

Bing Maps is so much more than just maps and directions. Bing Maps delivers a truly immersive experience that connects people to the world and a growing number of useful Binmg Mapsand valuable applications. Whether you want to find and view photosynths, see Twitter feeds, explore environmental projects or just explore the world; Bing Maps is a great resource for educators and students to enrich their learning experience.


Photosynth is a tool that takes your photos, mashes them together and recreates a 3-D scene out of them that anyone can view and move around. This is a very quick and easy tool to use.

Community Clips

Community Clips is a free download from Office Labs that allows you record activity from community-clipsyour computer screen, narrate that activity and save it as a video file. This makes it ideal for recording simple instructional videos and to record student computer activity for assessment purposes.

You can download the Community Clips screen recorder at –

Worldwide Telescope

Worldwide Telescope is a free download that enables you to access a huge collection of stunning images of the universe from the Hubble Space Telescope and world wide telescopemany other space and earth observatories . These can be used to engage students, and to support teaching and learning in Maths and Science. It is a great tool to encourage students in research and project based learning around the planets, the solar system and the stars and to give them an appreciation of the scale, complexity and beauty of the universe.

Worldwide Telescope can be downloaded from

Well I hope that has wetted you appetite please subscribe so you don’t miss out on part 2 coming soon. Once again thanks for reading this blog and sticking with it even though it has not been updated as much as I would like.