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  • Blog Post: A great opportunity for Teachers worldwide!

      Are you looking for great professional development, delivered online? Sign up for one of TakingITGlobal’s accredited e-courses that aim to empower teachers around the world to utilize technology to create innovative and transformative global learning experiences. TakingITGlobal (TIG) empowers...
  • Blog Post: The Geography collective – a unique teacher network.

    I am always amazed at the various professional networks that teachers belong to. When I was teaching, my professional network revolved mainly around the teachers I met on local authority organised training (these don’t happen to the same extent any more ) and a professional subject network, such as the...
  • Blog Post: UK Partners in Learning YouTube Channel launched

    Over the past year, the work we have undertaken with teachers and schools has resulted in us creating and collecting a plethora of video resources. We wanted to make sure that we are able share these with as many of you as possible. So we have created our very own YouTube Channel. The UK Partners in...
  • Blog Post: Bringing the Partners in Learning Network to your SharePoint site

    Back last year we announced the release of the first web part that let you ‘plug’ in the Innovative Teachers Network to your SharePoint learning environment. There have been a number of developments and significant changes, especially to the Innovative Teachers site, now the Partners in Learning Network...
  • Blog Post: Blogs for Teachers – my favourites

    I must admit that as a teacher, I never had time to read any blogs -- it was often too much just to read the Times Educational Supplement. But now I think that if and when I return to the classroom, blogs will be the mainstay of how I will gather information to inform and develop my teaching. Over the...
  • Blog Post: Why did the chickenman cross the road?

    To collect another award of course….. Regular readers of our blog will know all about the Chickenman , aka Dan Roberts . He is one of our most proactive Innovative Teachers and award winners. But he's not just all feathers and eggs; his work is highly motivating for his students bringing Dan a number...
  • Blog Post: A random act of genius.

    Planning is probably the most disliked word in the teaching profession (apart from inspection , that is). From my experience it dominates your time as a teacher. You have a variety of planning to undertake: lesson, weekly, short, medium, long and individual, to name just a few. You have endless planning...
  • Blog Post: Create your own E-Learning

    Many secondary schools I visit are busy creating comprehensive libraries of content to support their students' learning. This content is often shared across a learning platform of some kind. It’s not really my field of expertise, being a primary school teacher, so I admit that am not fully aware of the...
  • Blog Post: Award Winning Innovative Teacher – Mandeep Atwal

    Listening to the views and perspectives of students was a central recommendation highlighted in the in the 2007 Diversity and Citizenship Curriculum Review . Technology has had a major impact on allowing schools to successfully meet the recommendations our students have made. Mandeep Atwal from Shireland...
  • Blog Post: UK Innovative Teachers Forum Awards Winners

    After receiving the highest number of entries ever for a Microsoft Innovative Teachers Forum, I am pleased to announce the 10 Virtual Classroom Tours that will be celebrated at the awards event at Microsoft Ltd headquarters in Reading. The judging proved to be a very difficult and challenging exercise...
  • Blog Post: Making your life a little easier - the ITN Web part

    We have been talking to schools and teachers all over England, Scotland and Wales about the Innovative Teachers Netwo rk . We've been recruiting new members and working with teachers and partners to start new communities and post new content that we hope will be useful to all of you when you're teaching...
  • Blog Post: Am I socially network inept or just ‘Billy No Mates’?

    There are certain social protocols that we naturally adopt, such as body language, eye contact, personal space and appropriate conversation. I am the shy and retiring type and I think I am only now getting comfortable in a wide variety of social situations. But I think I am again experiencing that adolescent...
  • Blog Post: Digital Literacy – Look North of the Border

    In my  post BETT trauma, I completely forgot to mention what my fellow Celts, north of Hadrian’s Wall have achieved with the Digital Literacy. The Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum is directly mapped into the National Curriculum in Scotland. It is also built into a National Progression Award...
  • Blog Post: BETT Links

    One of the best things about my job is having an American Boss. It is my unofficial role to educate Kristen in the lesser known nuances of UK culture, especially Wales! So it was with some surprise that she asked me to blog about ‘Bet Lynch’ . Had she been watching the Corrie Omnibus over Xmas and wanted...
  • Blog Post: The Rose Review – looking at primary schools differently

    It’s out*, and the media have already started to produce glorious headlines. Whilst The Times goes with a factual “ Primary school children 'should be taught technology, not tradition’ ”, for some reason the BBC’s headline this morning is “ Lessons in being happy proposed ”. And The Mail has gone for...
  • Blog Post: The Best Piece of Software for Education Ever?

    Have Microsoft inadvertently created the best software application for education ever? I think so. And you may, too, after reading this. Think of a piece of paper, the ordinary A4 stuff you use in the classroom. Currently paper allows you express yourself through writing and drawings. You can fold...
  • Blog Post: England gets new a coach!

    This isn't actually about football,but it made you look, didn't it? Now that we have your attention, think about this. Have you ever had a question about how to use a piece of technology in school? Have you ever tried to look online for a really great technology-rich learning activity to use with...
  • Blog Post: Hong Kong's Innovative Schools

    Stuart and I split up on Tuesday; he joined the teachers on educational excursions all over Hong Kong that I'm sure he'll explain, and I sat in meetings in a hotel ballroom for most of the day. (Not that I'm bitter. Or jealous. Hotel ballrooms are lovely.) I did have one opportunity to leave the hotel...
  • Blog Post: More help for your search

    Recently I told you about the E-Librarian, a service to help you in your search for information on education topics. (To refresh your memory, click HERE for that post.) Today I have another time-saving tool to help you with UK-specific education research. Say you want to search for information on...
  • Blog Post: Your own personal librarian

    If you have a question about something related to your teaching, where you go to get the answer? Or, if one of your students, your head teacher, or a fellow teacher asks you a question that you don't know the answer to, what do you do about it? Chances are, you head to a search engine, type in the...
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