Tuesday September 25, 2012
ExamTime: Your New Partner in Online Learning
So.....Software4Students have been listening to issues affecting students for years and have come up with a solution to help you sleep easy at night! Talking to students has made us aware of the late nights, hours spent in the library and litres of coffee consumed on the road to exam success. Sound familiar?
We aim to abolish the “horrors” you experience when you think about your upcoming exams or assignments and have you confidently strolling into the exam hall without breaking a sweat.
Don’t worry! We have heard everything you have been telling us and have come up with the solution to THAT headache you get when you think of exams and study. We have been working hard and now we are really excited to be launching ExamTime, our latest service designed to help you manage your study 5,000,000 times better (don’t quote us on that!).
Why Use Examtime:
Students have been using corporate software for years for your study needs and now we think it’s time you have tools designed specifically for you. Examtime provides you with a platform to develop, learn and understand topics and subject matters. Visualise your study content so that understanding and remembering the information you need to know to get the best results becomes easy.
Our online study tools include:
• Online Quizzes
• Revision Planner
Here’s why you should use the Internet to help you remember what you need to know to ace those exams:
1. Easily Accessible
Whether it’s the library, the classroom, your bedroom or your friend’s house - students like to study in more than one location (study tip: switching your study location frequently boosts your memory). Log on to Examtime at any time through the online application and you will be able to view and download your notes easily.
Trudging into the library every time you need to access the information you need can be a hassle – an unnecessary hassle. Save digitalised version of your study notes to your ExamTime profile and laugh at your friends who forgot to upload their notes!
Do you really want to spend all of your time getting to grips with all the knowledge you need to get in your head before exams? ExamTime is specifically designed to maximise your productivity by allowing you to organise, create and share your study materials.
Basically studying with online tools is more effective than traditional methods. According to a recent article on US news, Marc Loudon praised the use of online study tools stating that students who “engaged in online homework on top of their class lectures and textbook homework had a full-grade higher average than their peers who studied without the aid of the online tool”.
Want to know more about ExamTime?
Friday August 31, 2012
To celebrate the summer holidays and help you enjoy your time off, we gave students the chance to win tickets to either Reading or Leeds music festivals 2012 by entering our Rock Star Treatment Competition through our Facebook page. The prize included 2 weekend camping tickets to the winner’s choice of either Reading Festival or Leeds Festival, £200 spending money and a tent upon arrival. We also gave away three runner-up prizes of £50 cash vouchers. What more could you wish for........?
The line up for the festivals included some of the biggest names in the music business with Florence and the Machine, The Black Keys, Paramore, Kasabian, Foo Fighters, Kaiser Chiefs, Foster The People, Katy B, Azealia Banks, Feeder, The Vaccines........and many more music acts all taking to the stage at both festivals.
Thousands of students entered our competition and the winner of the main prize was Photographic Journalism Student at Leeds Metropolitan University, Reece Hardisty who took his girlfriend along with him to witness some of the best music talent showcased at Leeds Festival this week.
Reece sent us an update on what he got up while at the festival:
"Hello! Happy to say I came through Leeds Festival relatively unscathed aside from a bit of sunburn!
When clicked onto the Software4Students page and entered the competition, I really was not expecting anything to come from it... but it just goes to show that you can't win the raffle if you don't buy a ticket!
In my opinion, the festival had one of the best selection of music acts you'd find anywhere. In particular I loved the performances by the Foo Fighters, The Hives, Kasabian and Kaiser Chiefs. If I'd bought a ticket, I'd have felt I'd got my money’s worth! Plus it was nice of the weather to stay pretty much nice throughout the entire weekend, apart from a few drops of rain here and there...
All in all I really enjoyed Leeds Festival 2012, and will defintely consider going again next year if I get the chance!
Thanks again Software4Students!"
Friday August 3, 2012
Fans of Microsoft Office have been eagerly awaiting anywhere online access to their favourite software with the emergence of cloud computing since plans to introduce Microsoft Office 365 were announced a year ago at BETT 2011. Microsoft Office 365 for education became available from 27th June providing the world's best productivity, communications and collaboration experiences to schools at no cost.
Microsoft Office 365 is a great opportunity for schools and students to take advantage of the cloud. Special features in Microsoft Office365 for Education include:
Classrooms without boundaries: Students can collaborate with their team members on assignments and group projects in real time. Access to Microsoft Office 365 allows students to easily share information with educators and fellow students, view and edit documents in a browser or in Office.
Students can work together on class projects using instant messaging or video chats, regardless of where they are working or what device they are using. They can create documents using Office Web Apps which provide the same functionality as the desktop version of Microsoft Office, share class notes by synchronising OneNote notebooks and create digital portfolios.
Microsoft Office 365 for Education provides anywhere access to essential tools including:
- Office Web Apps
- Instant messaging and video chats
Prepare students for the workforce: Microsoft Office365 employs familiar Office tools which connect with the way professionals work today in the real world of business. Users of Microsoft Office 365 who have previous experience of Microsoft Office suite of products will be able to easily navigate the features of Microsoft Office 365. This gives students the head start they need to be prepared for working in a professional environment once they finish their studies.
Privacy and security: Microsoft Office 365 provides peace-of-mind to students by offering extensive privacy features, continuous data back-ups and robust disaster recovery capabilities. These features ensure that your data is secure, private and available to access 24/7. No need to worry about losing that 1,000 word assignment that you forgot to save the final draft.
Take a look at this video tour of Microsoft Office 365 to get to know the new service and what to expect when using it. Education institutions can sign up for a 30-day trial of Microsoft Office 365 via the website for free which will give you the chance to experience this first-hand.
This exciting new package equips you with:
- Cloud-based email with unlimited email storage, calendar and contacts
- Instant messaging, voice and video chat
- Use of your own domain name
- Online conferencing and desktop sharing
- Office Web Apps which will allow web-based viewing and editing of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote files
- Subscription to Microsoft Office Professional plus 2010 desktop version (for up to 5 devices per user) or Mac Office 2011
- eDiscovery tools to support your compliance needs
- Hosted voicemail support
Don't forget that Software4Students is one of the only approved resellers in the UK for the Microsoft Select and Academic Programs. This means that you can get desktop versions of Microsoft Office software at great discounted prices whether you are a student, school or charity. In addition to Microsoft, we also offer great value for students, schools and charities with low price discounts on antivirus, animation, music and speech recognition software from brands including Adobe, Kaspersky, Nuance, Corel, Roxio, Nero, Filemaker, Symantec and more.
Click here to contact us if you are a school or charity and make sure you are getting the best deal on all your Microsoft products.
Wednesday July 25, 2012
Well Microsoft certainly have been busy recently!! Last week they announced plans for Office 365 for Education. This is an annual subscription service for academic institutions which allows them to access collaboration tools as well as the Office applications. If you are an institution and require more details on this and licensing in general, please get in touch here.
But bigger news has been the preview launch of Office 2013 on Monday.
There has been lots of reaction, but all we want to know is what's new and is it any good?? We've had a play around with it here and this is our take.
Firstly for the aesthetic minded out there, the look and feel. The new Office has incorporated the "Metro" look that has been adopted for Windows 8. This means bold colour blocks with white text being the predominant look. Often these things come down to a matter of personal choice, but we think it looks clean and sleek. Within the apps, the ribbon remains more or less unchanged. Using Word, you can certainly notice a smoother interface when typing which is great. The viewer mode has been updated in Word and it now resembles an e-reader when you choose this. So far, so good, and we think the updated feel in the apps will allow students to be even more productive when generating content.
Office 2013 is more than just a new look and feel for the core Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps however. It also introduces 2 key features that reflect the devices that we use and how we use them. Firstly, Office 2013 is designed for touch control as well as the traditional keyboard and mouse. This means that Office will be able to be used on tablets, which are becoming more and more popular as study devices. This is a pretty smart move. Whilst we haven't tested the touch yet, if Microsoft get this right it will be a great trick to pull off.
The other big feature is that Office has gone to the "Cloud". Yep, there's that buzz word again. With the new version, you get free access to SkyDrive. This means all your documents are backed up automatically and can then be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. This is a brilliant feature for students who are mobile and have a number of devices that they work on.
This will work because Office 2013 will have 5 installations available, so that leaves plenty of options to use several devices. We think that this will be a big plus for students, but maybe not so great for the usb key manufacturers! Now you can access your work wherever you are in a seamless way. We've tried it and it works! Microsoft will be trying to encourage subscriptions, on the Office 365 programs.
So our initial thoughts are very positive and we think Office 2013 will become a key part of any student's tools. There are lots more features that we are looking forward to trying out, so we'll keep you posted with further thoughts as we work more with it. You can download a preview version yourself here.
The indications are that general release will be toward the end of October. It is probably dependent on the release date of Windows 8. We'll let you know once we have more details on student options available and we'll be working hard with our partners to bring you the best deal possible for Office 2013 and Office 365 for education. In the meantime if you can't wait, remember that we've got a few remaining Office 2010 Pro Plus available, so don't delay and get yours today. Also remember that the new Office 2013 requires Windows 7 or Windows 8, so if you need an upgrade package, you won't get a better deal than this.
Let us know what you think about Office 2013 below, are you excited??