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  • Blog Post: Microsoft UK Innovative Education Forum 2010 –Resources and feedback.

    We have had lots of requests for the workshop presentations, livestream recordings and teachers projects , from those that attended and those who could not make the UK Innovative Education Forum . We have created a community on the UK Partners in Learning Network . That contains all the Virtual classroom...
  • 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: 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: Innovative Teachers can inspire anyone, anywhere.

    We have talked a lot about Dan Roberts, one of our award winners from the Worldwide Innovative Teachers Forum in Hong Kong. He is still very much an active member of the Innovative Teachers programme, and Kristen and I are in contact with him and his school on a regular basis. He has just returned from...
  • Blog Post: Planning for next year Workshop – Deep Zoom Composer – more ideas (Post#4)

    Whilst planning these blog posts the guys at Expression and Blend team at Microsoft have added some great features to Deep Zoom Composer . The application now includes features to add links to images and areas within your deep zoom. If you have been following this series, I described how to create...
  • Blog Post: Planning for next year Workshop – Deep Zoom Composer – Create your own (Post#2)

    In my previous post I described how I see D eep zoom as a resource for the classroom, rather than just as image design tool for web sites. In this post, I am going to explore how easy it is to create your own Deep Zooms and use them as a medium for visual story telling. To take part in this workshop...
  • Blog Post: Planning for next year Workshop – Deep Zoom Composer – An Introduction (Post#1)

    I leave Kristen alone for 5 minutes and she has had a blogging frenzy,now I need to catch up after my summer break. This is the first of a series of posts in what I hope will be an informative and constructive workshop, that you would be able to recreate with student and colleagues. As well learn how...
  • Blog Post: Worldwide Telescope - A Universe of Learning

    Did you know that 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy? It’s also 40 years since man first stepped on the Moon. Because of this, in my recent school visits I’ve seen a lot of teachers undertaking projects based around Earth and space. (Incidentally, as a child of the 1960's, I feel really old...
  • Blog Post: More fun at the Teaching Awards

    Stuart blogged recently about Innovative Teacher Dan Roberts winning Becta’s award for Next Generation Learning in the South West of Engla nd . Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the London ceremony for the Teaching Awards. Microsoft is working with the Teaching Awards this year to present an...
  • Blog Post: Britain’s got the X Factor Idol

    Where will the next Susan Boyle or Leona Lewis come from? Well, with another great application developed by Microsoft Research (the other being AutoCollage – available for free on the Innovative Teachers Network ) it could be from any one of your future lessons! As a primary school teacher, I had to...
  • Blog Post: Harri, just the boy next door

    Harri is 9 years old and spends most of his time playing football. I know this from the number of times he collects his ball from my garden. He has a digital world, but it is not what you would perhaps expect. He doesn’t use a laptop; the laptop in his family is his sister’s and it's used for ‘ talking...
  • Blog Post: The Death of PowerPoint?

    ";" mce_src="http://blogs.msdn.com/blogfiles/teachers/WindowsLiveWriter/TheDeathofPowerpoint_D3F6/videoa3bf1bf08ddc.jpg" galleryimg="no"> Is it really the fault of Powerpoint? Recently, I've had a number of requests from schools for ‘something else for teachers to use other than PowerPoint...
  • 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: A Secret confession

    Alone in the office, with the lights low, I often succumb to a guilty pleasure! (It's not what you think!) I spend time looking at the Office Labs site. Now before you make any snap judgements, the Office Labs are not the ‘Geek-fest’ you might imagine. After all in her last post, Kristen describes the...
  • Blog Post: What does technology look like in 2019?

    Microsoft Live Labs , the group of scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers and others who brought us Photosynth have put ";" mce_src="http://blogs.msdn.com/blogfiles/teachers/WindowsLiveWriter/Whatdoestechnologylooklikein2019_8906/videofa2ab92cf4ca.jpg" galleryimg="no"> together this video...
  • Blog Post: Award Winning Innovative Teachers - Chris Henderson

    Chris Henderson is the final teacher accompanying us to Vienna later this month for the European Innovative Teachers Forum. Chris is from Saltash.net Community School , which you've heard us talk about many, many times at this point. Dan Roberts (aka, the 6-foot chicken), our award winner in Hong Kong...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Raise your hand if you're innovative

    I think I enjoyed last Friday's Innovative Teachers event at Microsoft just a much as Stuart did. The teachers we meet are always inspiring, and this group of 12 was quite special. Like Stuart and the teachers, I was also inspired by Guy Shearer's keynote. I've borrowed the title of Guy's talk in...
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