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  • Blog Post: Mouse Mischief for PowerPoint released

    Last month I wrote a blog post about Mouse Mischief , unfortunately it appeared on the day they removed the beta version, Whoops! But, I am really pleased to announce that the full version is now available to download for free at www.microsoft.com/mousemischief If you haven’t read my last post and...
  • 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: Mouse Mischief – make your presentations even more interactive.

    A while ago I blogged about PowerPoint and highlighted some of the great resources that are available, such as Plex for PowerPoint for example. That gives teachers and students absolutely no excuse to create boring and dull presentations and not to avoid the ‘death by PowerPoint’ scenario. Here is...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: OneNote and Learning Styles

    In 2007, Microsoft held our Worldwide Innovative Teachers Forum in Helsinki. It was a fantastic event, and one of the highlights was a keynote speech by Danish educator Dr. Ole Lauridsen . Dr. Lauridsen is director of a new learning styles lab at Aarhus University and as part of his work has looked into...
  • 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: Lessons from an Innovative Teacher, Part 2

    Last week I shared with you the award-winning lesson from Peter Carney of Bowring Community Sports College in Knowsley, whom Microsoft is bringing to Hong Kong to participate in our Worldwide Innovative Teachers Forum. You'll hear more from Peter when we're in Hong Kong the first week of November. ...
  • Blog Post: Communities of the Moment

    In an earlier post ( here ) I told you about the communities that exist on the Innovative Teachers Network (ITN). Since the beginning of this school term, we have had over 20 new communities created on the ITN. All have a different focus and represent the innovative ways schools are approaching the use...
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