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  • Blog Post: Earn Microsoft badges for teacher and school leader professional development

    We believe in anytime, anywhere learning. We also believe your achievements should be recognised so that you can share your accomplishments and knowledge with your colleagues and communities. That’s why the Partners in Learning Network awards badges for the skills and knowledge that are learned...
  • Blog Post: Partners In Learning Institute– Doing What It Says On The Tin

    “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” – African Proverb The Partners in Learning Institute in Seattle this week has been a great experience – not least because it has all been about working in partnership with other educators from all over the world for our own learning...
  • Blog Post: Summer Camp 2011 – An Invitation

    After the great success of the last 2 Summer Camps and the Easter Camp held earlier this year, we will be running another Summer Camp this year – this is an open invitation to all of you reading this blog to apply. So if you have time this summer, perhaps your plans for other events and holidays...
  • Blog Post: Dare to be Different

    The fence had been pulled open. Diggers stood silently on the corrugated soil. The stands at Gresty Road were empty, silent with not even a faint whisper of a cheer remaining. Sprinklers were showering the arid ground. It’s not really how you expect to see the local football ground before the end...
  • Blog Post: Who is teaching whom?

    A shift is happening in the classroom. A teacher who isn’t too confident about a new tool calls on one of her class to show her how to do it. Why not? She knows how to help children develop their learning and has some idea that this tool will help engage her pupils in motivating, active learning...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating Education with a Festival

    Spring is in the air and a conference season is rapidly approaching! One highlight that I’m really looking forward to is the Sunday Times Festival of Education , which will be held at Wellington College in Reading on the 25th and 26th June this year. This year, the festival is being held in partnership...
  • Blog Post: By Teachers for Teachers (4).... and Thank You – to Pitmen Painters and Tech-savvy Teachers

    There are many amazing teachers in our schools who make a difference in the lives of the children they teach everyday. There are many amazing teachers who would love to use technology more effectively to help them do this, if only they had someone to give them a few tips or ideas about how to use it...
  • 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: Practice makes perfect – A viewpoint

    We really welcome comments and these thoughts from Steve McCorquodale, Principal Education Consultant at European Electronique , add to the mix on thinking about the question ‘ What do we mean by a teacher’s practice?’ You can read more comments like this here Stuart, as someone who spends a...
  • Blog Post: Practice makes perfect- What is it teachers are professionally developing?

    On a recent car journey with Kristen, I was amazed at her multi-tasking ability to drive fast, navigate the M25, brake late, drink coffee and discuss her Doctorate research. Now, I am honestly really interested her research findings at the best of times, and maybe it was my fear as a nervous passenger...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office 2010 – Planting the seeds of ideas

    Kristen and I are quite excited about the launch of Office 2010 (I think we need to get out more!). We have gathered some resources from our colleague Ray Fleming who writes the UK Schools Blog ; he and his team have been busy creating some entertaining videos with suggestions of how they think features...
  • 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: Tune in to Science TV

    ";" mce_src="http://blogs.msdn.com/blogfiles/teachers/WindowsLiveWriter/TuneintoScienceTV_A240/video837c2b7c232f.jpg" galleryimg="no"> Those of you who are old enough may remember school science broadcasts, where you sat with the whole class, (often a number of classes) waiting patiently for...
  • Blog Post: Transforming teaching and learning - a teacher's experience of the Partners in Learning Network

    Alessio Bernardelli teaches in Croesyceiliog School in Cwmbran, Wales, in this blog post he describes his journey with the Innovative Teachers Network programme, how it has transformed his teaching and his views on education as he has developed his own professional learning network. These are his...
  • Blog Post: AutoCollage Workshop#2 – classroom ideas

    In my last post I described a simple walkthrough of AutoCollage and how to create a photo collage. Now lets look at some ways of how you can use AutoCollage to allow your pupils and students to describe and communicate their thinking and ideas through images. One obvious use is to create collages from...
  • Blog Post: AutoCollage – a simple Workshop

    There are two main keyword phrases that people use to find this blog from a web search. These are Autocollage and the Deep Zoom Composer Workshops . So when I was asked at a recent Innovative Teachers workshop, Did I have any guides about Autocollage?, writing an AutoCollage Workshop seemed to be a good...
  • Blog Post: BETT 2010 - a New Years resolution you can keep

    One of my new Year’s resolution is to get fit again; I suspect many of you have a similar resolution. Well, it's not going to be workout videos for me. No, I’m going to endure the annual marathon that is the 2010 BETT show. If last year's event is anything to go by, I should lose loads of weight, or...
  • Blog Post: New Year, new learning opportunities: Microsoft IT Academy “License To Learn” Tour

    Happy New Year, and welcome back to the grind - I mean, to school and work and all the rewarding things they have to offer! We have lots of exciting things planned for our blog readers this year, and we can't wait to share them with you. To kick off our first week back, I wanted to make you aware of...
  • 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: Innovative Teachers – Who influences your teaching?

    Whilst working for Microsoft, I have had some great opportunities. One of the things that has had the biggest impact has been the people I have met. I am convinced that it would have been very unlikely that I would have met or even heard about such people when I was in the classroom. This thought is...
  • Blog Post: Resources for Teachers by Teachers – Summer Camp

    Anybody that has taught knows that certain well-known myths are just not true. For example, there is dinosaur living in a lake in Scotland (actually, I believe this one is true), woman are worse drivers than men and teachers do not work in August. Today I can dispel at least one of these myths: teachers...
  • Blog Post: Planning for Next Year (Post #5): Resources for INSET Days

    Our colleague Ray wrote a great blog detailing many of the videos and other resources from Microsoft that you can use in your INSET days next year. I’ve included most of the post below; you can read the full post on Ray’s award-winning Schools Blog . It may be a little early to write this, but...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Education web site gets a makeover

    Stuart and I often talk to you about Microsoft web sites where you can find resources to use in your teaching. However, I don’t think that we’ve ever – in the history of this blog – mentioned our own Microsoft UK Education web site. Corporate web sites in general can often be boring and…well…corporate...
  • Blog Post: Planning for Next Year (Post #3): Ideas from the Internet

    Sometimes I don’t know how I ever found any information before the Internet. Granted, you have to know how to sift through all the garbage that’s out there in order to uncover the quality resources that the Internet has to offer. This can be especially difficult in education, as there is an endless number...
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