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  • Blog Post: Spy Quest – Licensed to Learn

    With the recent launch of the new James Bond film and in many people’s opinion the best James Bond was Scottish. Then is seems a good time to tell you about a great resource launched recently in Scotland. Polybius Games are providing their award winning Spy Quest educational game to all Scottish primary...
  • Blog Post: Be the Spark of Change

    The world stands at a crossroads. While there are more young people on the planet than ever before, youth unemployment is double that of the adult population. Countries are struggling to develop modern workforces due to the growing gap between the skills of unemployed workers and the skills needed to...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate your World Maths Day with free resources from Microsoft

    Today is also World Maths Day . So this is a good time remind you of some great free Maths resources available from Microsoft. Maths Worksheet Generator is a resource that we have not talked about  a lot. The idea of teachers just creating worksheets, didn't seem that innovative, but when you think...
  • Blog Post: The Learning Suite–Good things come in small packages

    We have talked about the Learning Suite in a blog post in December. But since then we have undertaken some great work around its development and it’s evolving in to great free software and resources package for schools, teachers and students. Inspired by some brilliant thinking from our Partners...
  • Blog Post: BBC Stargazing Week–Worldwide Telescope

    This week in the UK the BBC are running a week long series of events called Stargazing Live . If you were at the BETT show last week you will have seen us give a brief demo of WorldWide Telescope. This is an awesome free application from Microsoft that utilises images from space telescopes like Hubble...
  • Blog Post: Worldwide Telescope workshop added to the Microsoft Partners in Learning UK Forum 2011

    We have talked about Worldwide Telescope before, its one of our favourite free applications. But, to do the imagery real justice its needs a large display. So we have teamed up with a company called  Science Dome , who will be presenting Worldwide Telescope in one of their inflatable planetariums...
  • Blog Post: A mouse without borders

    I have not had chance to explore this in any school yet, as I have only seen it today. But, this is so fantastic that I thought I should share this piece of free software with you. I am sure like me you will see the great potential it has in school. Mouse without borders is a research project from...
  • Blog Post: Free stuff from Microsoft #8 – Worldwide Telescope

    WorldWide Telescope enables you to explore the universe, bringing together imagery from the best ground and space-based telescopes in the world and combining it with 3D navigation. Using images from the likes of NASA and the Hubble telescope, Worldwide Telescope creates an awesome environment to explore...
  • Blog Post: Free Stuff from Microsoft #3– Ribbon Hero & the sequel Ribbon Hero 2

    A Ribbon Hero enthusiast At our recent Easter Camp one of the most warmly received free applications was Ribbon Hero . This simple plug-in for Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010 uses a ‘game format’ to test and improve your skills in using Word, Excel PowerPoint and OneNote. In each application...
  • Blog Post: Free stuff from Microsoft #2 – ICE , ICE , Baby!

    Microsoft Image Composite Editor or ICE for short, is one of those applications that doesn’t immediately spring to mind has having a role in the classroom. But it is a ideal for students to record places, geographical features and with it’s new features motion and movement in physics and...
  • Blog Post: By Teachers, For Teachers

    One of the most powerful tools in our own professional development is other teachers. Professional generosity – sharing ideas and feedback with our colleagues - helps us move forward in our own practice. It helps us tweak, refine and improve what we are doing in our classrooms. I know that sometimes...
  • 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: Spelling Bee–Bee amazing at spelling!

    I know a few people who are filled with trepidation at the prospect of spelling! But it’s still one of the most important skills we can give the children in our classes and homes. Teachers, parents and learners are always looking for ways to make the learning of spellings a little less tedious...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate World Maths Day with free Maths resources from Microsoft

    Not only is March 1st St David’s Day in Wales , but today is also World Maths Day . So this is a good time remind you of some great free Maths resources available from Microsoft. One of these is Microsoft Mathematics 4.0, which helps you visualize and see mathematical concepts as you’ve...
  • Blog Post: Do you remember your first time?

    I do ! The first time I accessed the internet was in 1995, whilst on a project with BT, I logged on and looked at a website about Fractal Mathematics and Chaos theory. I know, very geeky! But did you realise that their are 9 million people in UK who have never been online, which I find staggering. So...
  • 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: Developing Critical thinking skills with Bing

    One of the many challenges Teachers have, is to teach students the skills they need to effective deal with the vast amounts of information that technology allows them to access. Such skills can be based around ‘ Critical Thinking’ . This involves students developing the following abilities...
  • Blog Post: History Snacks–Your ideas

    Here’s an idea from one of our Innovative Education Forum winners, Alessio Bernardelli who teaches in Cwmbran in South Wales. “I am not a Historian, but I have always had a fascination for timelines, as I think they are a great way to visualize events and link cause and effect. So, my...
  • Blog Post: Subject Snacks–Ideas for teaching History

    This weeks idea is similar to a snack that I often forget about, but when I remember, It's delicious, but perhaps not appreciated as the gastronomic delight that it is. The snack in question is the Pot Noodle . This food technology marvel offers the best in convenience snacking, it is often maligned...
  • Blog Post: Modern Foreign Language Snacks–Your ideas

    No ideas submitted from anybody this week, I suspect it is that time of year with everybody busy writing reports, and not even the lure of the coveted pink Partners in Learning USB stick could tempt you from such an important job. So , I thought that I would remind you of a tool that I have used and...
  • Blog Post: Maths Snacks – Your ideas

    Thanks to all those that sent in an idea snacks in response to this post . Here are those we had sent in. ‘ I use PowerPoint to great effect in helping children understand and visualize geometrical problems, such as to demonstrate that the area of a triangle is 1/2h*b. Have the triangle and...
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