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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: BETT 2009 – Ideas and Impressions (from Stuart)

    I think I am getting old, as this year's BETT show was a test of physical endurance to say the least. I think I am a few centimetres shorter, as my spine has compressed from standing all day, my knees ache, my ears are buzzing from all the background noise and I have a repetitive strain injury due to...
  • Blog Post: BETT 2009 - ideas and impressions (from Kristen)

    Stuart and I spent the last week at the BETT show in London, and although we fully intended to blog during the show, I don't think either of us had a chance to even open up our laptops for the entire week. It was an incredibly busy and exciting week, and we both came away with loads of ideas and new...
  • 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: Your Christmas Wish list

    Kristen and I are busy writing our lists for Santa this year, and thinking back (waayyy back, for Kristen) to the time when we were both teachers. There are so many cool - and FREE - tools for teachers today that didn't exist when we were teachers. So...if we were still teaching today, here's what...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: ‘Microsoft does have some really cool stuff’

    Often when I am visiting schools I get asked by teachers to speak to groups of students and tell them about working at Microsoft. What they don't want to know is that I spend a lot of my time with teachers developing some really great projects – they really want to know, 'Have I met Bill Gates?' (No...
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