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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: 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: Spring Makeover for the Innovative Teachers Network

    It’s that time of year again. You are looking in your wardrobe and last year’s fashion and nothing fits --everything seems to have shrunk over the winter! Surely I haven’t put on that much weight, you think! Then you realise how dusty and tired looking everything is. So before you know it, you're shopping...
  • Blog Post: Create your own E-Learning

    Many secondary schools I visit are busy creating comprehensive libraries of content to support their students' learning. This content is often shared across a learning platform of some kind. It’s not really my field of expertise, being a primary school teacher, so I admit that am not fully aware of the...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Am I socially network inept or just ‘Billy No Mates’?

    There are certain social protocols that we naturally adopt, such as body language, eye contact, personal space and appropriate conversation. I am the shy and retiring type and I think I am only now getting comfortable in a wide variety of social situations. But I think I am again experiencing that adolescent...
  • 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: The Imagine Cup

    Do your students have the passion and creativity to use and develop technology innovations that can make a difference in the world? Of course they do, so why not encourage them to them to enter the Imagine Cup. The Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition, it is one way Microsoft...
  • 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: Your own personal librarian

    If you have a question about something related to your teaching, where you go to get the answer? Or, if one of your students, your head teacher, or a fellow teacher asks you a question that you don't know the answer to, what do you do about it? Chances are, you head to a search engine, type in the...
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