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  • Blog Post: Spread the word about Windows 7 Computers from just £95!

    There are 9 million citizens in the UK who do not have regular access to a PC and are not enjoying the benefits of the internet. The last significant barrier to getting people connected is the cost of a PC at home. BBC research shows that everything you do to inspire and encourage people – and...
  • Blog Post: Thinking of starting a blog - Microsoft Live Writer, a simple workshop

    With the increasing popularity of blogging in schools, Microsoft Live Writer is a tool that makes the whole process very simple and intuitive. Microsoft Live Writer is part of the Windows Live Essentials free downloads and is just one of a family of very useful tools. It can be used to post to multiple...
  • 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: Accessibility guide for teachers

    We’ve just issued the third edition of our accessibility guide for teachers, and it’s available as a download from our accessibility site . The site also includes a number of accessibility video case studies . The Accessibility: A Guide for Educators has been updated to include information on Windows...
  • Blog Post: Free Resources - Video ideas to help your teaching and learning

    During this Summer, we held a unique event for us, the first Innovative Teachers Summer Camp , where we invited 10 of our innovative teachers to develop some classroom resources. Their task was to begin creating short, 3-5 minute videos, to support teachers and educators in the use of technology in the...
  • 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: How much do you trust your students?

    From what I’ve seen visiting schools in this country, I’d say on the whole…not much. (Don’t feel bad; teachers and schools in the US trust students a lot less.) The level trust we have for students and pupils is always made obvious when I visit other countries. Here are two examples. Denmark :...
  • 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: Happy New Year !

    And Blwyddyn Newydd Dda to all the Welsh blog followers. So it is 2009, a new term, time to reflect on 2008, enjoy the last of the mince pies and start on those New Year's resolutions (which, if you're anything like me, you'll keep up for all of about two weeks). When we look back at 2008, we're proud...
  • 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: Far Eastenders or the Worldwide Innovative Teachers Forum in Hong Kong

    As mentioned, next week we will be blogging ‘live’, (well, almost) from the Worldwide Innovative Teachers Forum in Hong Kong. Kristen and I will be accompanied by Peter Carney and Dan Roberts whom, Kristen spoke about in her last two blog posts. They have the hardest job at the event, as they will be...
  • 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: More help for your search

    Recently I told you about the E-Librarian, a service to help you in your search for information on education topics. (To refresh your memory, click HERE for that post.) Today I have another time-saving tool to help you with UK-specific education research. Say you want to search for information on...
  • Blog Post: Innovative Teachers …. The new A-Team !

    I recently attended a great gathering of teachers at the the E-Learning Conference in Jersey (and got to see the Red Arrows performing at the Island’s Battle of Britain celebrations, which was very cool). I think the conference challenged and certainly enthused us all; I've provided links to some of...
  • Blog Post: Innovative uses of technology?

    We throw around the word "innovation" a lot in education today. Indeed, it's one of our favourite words at Microsoft, as we've frequently referred to Innovative Teachers or Innovative Schools programmes in this blog. But what does it really mean? I was reading an education and technology blog put...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Subscribe by email

    If you join the MSDN blog community (using the link above), you will get an extra couple of nice features. One is that you get the chance to comment on any of the blog articles. It's not because I want to know who you are -  unless you tell me in your public profile -as I can't see that info anyway...
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