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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Partners in Learning European Forum 2012 – Lisbon

    This year’s Microsoft Partners in Learning European Forum took place last week in Lisbon , Portugal. Teachers and Educators from all over Europe attended to share, explore and understand best practice in the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. Like at previous events, the UK took...
  • Blog Post: An Award Winner's view- Reflections from the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum #5

    Gareth Ritter, from willows High School in Cardiff, reflects on his time at the Global Forum as a Teacher award winner. What an amazing experience the Partner in Learning global Forum has been. I arrived late on Sunday 13th November, On the Monday all delegates were put into groups and we worked collaboratively...
  • Blog Post: Welsh Teacher takes coveted award at Partners in Learning Global Forum

    The climax of the Global Forum was the gala dinner at Smithsonian Museum of Art in Washington D.C. , 18 teachers from 200 were recognised for their outstanding contribution to teaching and learning at our Forum awards. I am pleased to announce that UK Teacher, Gareth Ritter from Willows High School in...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Partners in Learning UK Forum Award Winners 2011

    I am pleased to announce this year’s award winning teachers. They will be presenting their projects at our Partners in Learning Forum in November. Congratulations to this year’s award winners Kristian Still Hamble College Katie Boothman saltash.net community...
  • Blog Post: Gareth Ritter - Partners in Learning Teacher Award Winner

    One of the best things about Partners in Learning is that we get to work with outstanding teachers here in the UK. Better still we get to celebrate the fantastic work of their students at our Partners in Learning Forums. Gareth from Willows High School in Cardiff, is one of our award winning teachers...
  • Blog Post: A climate of change and being brave – Dan Roberts - Festival of Education #3

    Being Brave This is the 3rd Microsoft session from the Sunday Times Festival of Education at Wellington College that took place in June. This presentation is by Dan Roberts Deputy Head at saltash.net community school In this presentation Dan discusses the school’s ethos and attitude to technology and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft UK Partners in Learning Forum–Additional Workshop–Skype in the Classroom

    We are pleased to announce that we have been able to add an extra workshop to the the fantastic list of professional development opportunities at this year’s Forum. Bringing classrooms together with Skype Ever wanted to collaborate with other teachers, classes and experts around the world...
  • Blog Post: Partners in Learning UK Forum Keynote 2011– Alex Bellos

    Maths Made Easy–Alex Bellos I first encountered Alex Bellos on BBC Breakfast TV , talking about about his book, Alex's Adventures in Numberland ,( which I subsequently went out and bought!) He described his passion and interest in Mathematics.  It reminded me that the subject of Maths has some amazing...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Microsoft UK Partners in Learning Forum

    The 8th Microsoft UK Partners in Learning Forum is a one-day conference, free of charge to all teachers and educators who wish to attend. The workshops and keynotes this year have a STEM ‘flavour’ and address the theme of ‘Teach more, learn more, inspire more.’ This forum connects...
  • Blog Post: Using the Kinect SDK –The K Team

    One of the many pleasures of working in Microsoft Partners in Learning is when teachers in our network spontaneous begin to collaborate. A great example of this happened recently , when five teachers began developing and sharing their ideas and developments of using the Kinect SDK and Kodu , to create...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Innovative Teachers coming to Moscow - Part 1

    The Microsoft Partners in Learning European Forum is being held in Moscow this year, starting on March 22nd - an event run every year by Microsoft. Attending the event in Berlin last year was one of the most profound professional development experiences I have had as a teacher, so I am really excited...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft UK Innovative Teachers Forum 2010

    Whilst we are in the midst of the Winter weather I am basking in the warm glow of yet another successful UK Innovative Education Forum . With over 160 teachers and educators, 2 keynotes, 6 workshops and 10 award winning teachers, this has been the largest and most successful forum we have held. It...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations–Our 10 Microsoft UK Innovative Education Award Winners

    We are pleased to announce the 10 UK Innovative Education Award Winners who will be presented with their awards, as recognition of their Innovative Teacher status, at our Education Forum in Manchester. (There are still a few places left. sign up HERE ). They join an ever increasing group of UK Innovative...
  • Blog Post: Back from Capetown–Worldwide Innovative Education Forum

    This was my 6th Worldwide Innovative Education Forum and in my opinion it was far the best. Here are my reasons why:- This event clearly identified itself as an event about learning and not just technology. The projects presented by teachers were diverse, but all focussed on teaching and learning...
  • Blog Post: UK Innovative Education Forum 2010 Workshops– Take your classroom global

    Described by it’s founders Michael Furdyk and Jennifer Corriero, Taking IT Global is a virtual hub that aims to get ‘ youth everywhere actively engaged and connected in shaping a more inclusive, peaceful and sustainable world’ , this it has done for the past decade, through the use of information technology...
  • Blog Post: UK Innovative Education Forum 2010 Workshops–Building games in the Classroom with Kodu

    Nicki Maddams is an ICT teacher and SSAT Lead Practitioner at Hartsdown Technology College in Margate, Kent. She describes herself on her blog as ‘slightly geeky’. You can find out if this true by attending her workshop (workshop 6 on the registration form ) at the UK Innovative Education...
  • Blog Post: UK Innovative Education Forum 2010 Keynote - Where Children Teach Themselves

    It is our pleasure and privilege to announce Professor Sugata Mitra as one of our keynote speakers at this year’s Innovative Education Forum . Professor Mitra is Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, UK. He is...
  • Blog Post: Memories from last year’s fantastic Innovative Education Forum

    Last year’s Microsoft Innovative Education Forum - A great event VIEW SLIDE SHOW DOWNLOAD ALL Register now for your free place at our 2010 Forum http://uk.partnersinlearningnetwork.com
  • Blog Post: Announcing the UK Microsoft Innovative Education Forum

    The 7th Microsoft Innovative Education Forum is a one-day conference, free of charge to all teachers and educators who wish to attend and will look to address the theme of ‘Connecting Learners, Connecting Teachers.’ This forum connects Teachers with Teachers, Educators with Educators,...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Classroom Tour–a CPD portfolio and competition entry

    If you have been following this blog for a while, you will have often heard Kristen and I talking about virtual classroom tours, more commonly know as VCTs. These are the project submissions that we receive and share at the Partners in Learning Innovative Education Forums. We have over 200 VCTs hosted...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft UK Innovative Education Awards 2010

    We are pleased to announce we are now accepting entries for this year’s Innovative Education Awards. (You'll know these as the Innovative Teacher Awards -- we've changed the name to tie in with the European and Worldwide Events.) These annual awards showcase the best uses of technology to support...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Worldwide Education Forum, Brazil – This could be you next year!

    Next week is an important one for Microsoft education – and for some teachers and schools in the UK. It’s our biggest event for worldwide teachers and schools: the Innovative Education Forum. Last year, we wrote about this event when we brought two English teachers, Peter and Dan, to Hong Kong. This...
  • Blog Post: Reflecting on Vienna

    From our recent posts you will know that last week we attended the European Innovative Teachers Forum in Vienna. I thought I would spend a little time reflecting on what was a great event. This time last week I was presenting part of a keynote with the team from FutureLab, Sarah Payton and Professor...
  • Blog Post: Award Winning Innovative Teacher - Ollie Bray

    Representing Scotland in Vienna will be Deputy Head Teacher Ollie Bray, from Musselburgh Grammar School outside of Edinburgh. As Ollie mentions in his own blog , he's not new to the Innovative Teachers Network, having joined back in 2005. Ollie's Virtual Classroom Tour is called Guitar Hero Transition...
  • Blog Post: Award Winning Innovative Teacher – James Kent

    James’ involvement with the Innovative Teachers Network is fairly recent. He joined a local network created by Alessio Bernardelli , a former Innovative Teachers Award winner himself. The goal of the network is to establish the Innovative Teachers community throughout comprehensive schools in Torfaen...
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