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  • Blog Post: UK Teachers are World class at the Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum

    It’s inevitable when you put 160 worldclass teachers in a room and ask them to present about the work they do, then you are going to see some amazing examples of how technology can facilitate learning in the 21st century. Microsoft does this annually at its  Global Forum, and to add a twist to the...
  • Blog Post: Gareth Ritter - Partners in Learning Teacher Award Winner

    One of the best things about Partners in Learning is that we get to work with outstanding teachers here in the UK. Better still we get to celebrate the fantastic work of their students at our Partners in Learning Forums. Gareth from Willows High School in Cardiff, is one of our award winning teachers...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Innovative Teachers coming to Moscow - Part 1

    The Microsoft Partners in Learning European Forum is being held in Moscow this year, starting on March 22nd - an event run every year by Microsoft. Attending the event in Berlin last year was one of the most profound professional development experiences I have had as a teacher, so I am really excited...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft UK Innovative Education Forum 2010 –Resources and feedback.

    We have had lots of requests for the workshop presentations, livestream recordings and teachers projects , from those that attended and those who could not make the UK Innovative Education Forum . We have created a community on the UK Partners in Learning Network . That contains all the Virtual classroom...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations–Our 10 Microsoft UK Innovative Education Award Winners

    We are pleased to announce the 10 UK Innovative Education Award Winners who will be presented with their awards, as recognition of their Innovative Teacher status, at our Education Forum in Manchester. (There are still a few places left. sign up HERE ). They join an ever increasing group of UK Innovative...
  • Blog Post: Memories from last year’s fantastic Innovative Education Forum

    Last year’s Microsoft Innovative Education Forum - A great event VIEW SLIDE SHOW DOWNLOAD ALL Register now for your free place at our 2010 Forum http://uk.partnersinlearningnetwork.com
  • Blog Post: Microsoft UK Innovative Education Awards 2010

    We are pleased to announce we are now accepting entries for this year’s Innovative Education Awards. (You'll know these as the Innovative Teacher Awards -- we've changed the name to tie in with the European and Worldwide Events.) These annual awards showcase the best uses of technology to support...
  • Blog Post: Friday by the sea – Delivering netbooks to our Innovid contest winner

    I don’t know about all of you, but Stuart and I had a lovely Friday, driving from our offices in Reading to Margate, Kent to deliver a car full of Stone Netbooks to Nicki Maddams, our Innovid video contest winner . We met Nicki’s head teacher Andy Somers (pictured here with Stuart, Nicki and me) and...
  • Blog Post: We have a winner – Microsoft Innovid netbook competition

    We received a great deal of interest in our Innovid competition from teachers all over the UK (and even from some in other countries!). In the end, though, the judging panel had the difficult task of selecting just one teacher’s video as “the best” from among all that we received. Microsoft is pleased...
  • Blog Post: More success for UK educators at Berlin Innovative Education Forum 2010

    We’re all back from Berlin, in spite of the BA strikes over the weekend. Once again we had a great week – I always wish that every teacher I work with could accompany us to these Innovative Education Forums. The speakers this year were particularly inspiring, there were some useful workshops for teachers...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Innovative Teachers coming to Berlin – Part 2

    In Monday’s blog post, I introduced you to the first half of our all-star team of teachers coming to this year’s Innovative Education Forum in Berlin. I hope you’ll take a look at Amy and Jan’s work in more detail on the Partners in Learning Network . Today I’d like to introduce you to David Rogers...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Innovative Teachers coming to Berlin

    It’s that time of year again – we’re preparing to take our four award-winning teachers to Berlin for our European Innovative Education Forum. You’ll recall that last year we went to Vienna for this event, and brought along with us four UK teachers as well. (Two of them, Mandeep and Ollie, ended up winning...
  • Blog Post: Don’t forget – enter the Innovid competition and win 20 netbooks!

    We know how busy things are for teachers this time of year, and if you’re anything like me the sunny weather is a further distraction. So we wanted to take this time to remind you that the deadline for the Innovid video competition is fast approaching! Don’t forget to get your entry in to the Partners...
  • Blog Post: BETT 2010 wrap-up – and NEW Parental Engagement materials

    Well…BETT 2010 ended for us on Saturday night, as we literally limped to the train station to head home. After four days on the Microsoft stand and four evenings out at business dinners, I, for one, was utterly exhausted. But it was a great week. Here are the highlights for the Partners in Learning team...
  • 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: UK Innovative Teacher Award Winners

    After receiving the highest number of entries ever for a Microsoft Innovative Teachers Forum, (I say that every year, but it’s true.) I am pleased to announce the Virtual Classroom Tours that will be celebrated at the awards event at the Innovative Teachers Forum in Birmingham on Dec 1st (sign up HERE...
  • Blog Post: Friday afternoon inspiration – ideas from Innovative Teachers

    My favourite part of the Microsoft Innovative Education Forum is meeting the teachers that have submitted Virtual Classroom Tours to share with their colleagues. I’m lucky enough to have been asked to be a judge at this year’s Forum, which is a lot of work, but also means that I get to speak in-depth...
  • Blog Post: Postcard from Brasil – and a gift for you

    After many hours of travel, Stuart and I, our innovative Teachers Ollie and Mandeep and our new Innovative Schools from Scotland arrived in beautiful Salvador, Brasil. We were particularly excited about this year’s Innovative Education Forum, as it combines the best teachers from around the world, sharing...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Worldwide Education Forum, Brazil – This could be you next year!

    Next week is an important one for Microsoft education – and for some teachers and schools in the UK. It’s our biggest event for worldwide teachers and schools: the Innovative Education Forum. Last year, we wrote about this event when we brought two English teachers, Peter and Dan, to Hong Kong. This...
  • Blog Post: 100 posts – A review of the Innovative Teachers Network blog

    This is how Wordle sees this blog if we use it to analyse the content we've written over the past word. We are really pleased to see that we are clearly focussing on teachers, but also, we are really pleased to see the prominence of teaching and learning, resources, community and the word innovative...
  • Blog Post: More fun at the Teaching Awards

    Stuart blogged recently about Innovative Teacher Dan Roberts winning Becta’s award for Next Generation Learning in the South West of Engla nd . Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the London ceremony for the Teaching Awards. Microsoft is working with the Teaching Awards this year to present an...
  • 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: Ever had that bloated feeling?

    Have you seen those yoghurts that contain an unpronounceable micro-organism that has a beneficial effect on the well being of your digestive system? Stay with me here and you will see where this is going. A recent experience -- not with yoghurt I hasten to add, but with digital images -- got me thinking...
  • Blog Post: It could be you next year!

    View Full Album This is our final post about Innovative Teachers Forum in Vienna. This event has been the most successful yet for UK Teachers and the UK Innovative Teachers team. It follows on from our most successful UK Innovative Teachers Forum ever. We are expecting this success to continue with...
  • Blog Post: Reflecting on Vienna

    From our recent posts you will know that last week we attended the European Innovative Teachers Forum in Vienna. I thought I would spend a little time reflecting on what was a great event. This time last week I was presenting part of a keynote with the team from FutureLab, Sarah Payton and Professor...
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