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  • Blog Post: What do teachers really want?

    Stuart and I work with a lot of teachers. We both used to be teachers (Stuart more recently than me). We meet teachers from all over the world and spend a lot of time in schools. Yet there are times when we think we have absolutely no idea what you want and how we can best help you. So we decided to...
  • 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: It’s written in the stars – new resources for Worldwide Telescope

    Do you believe in the idea that our futures and personalities are governed by Zodiac star signs. Here is an example, which one of these do you think describes myself and Kristen, are you able to identify our personality traits from just our blog posts? (or even from the occasions where you may have met...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Award Winning Innovative Teachers - Chris Henderson

    Chris Henderson is the final teacher accompanying us to Vienna later this month for the European Innovative Teachers Forum. Chris is from Saltash.net Community School , which you've heard us talk about many, many times at this point. Dan Roberts (aka, the 6-foot chicken), our award winner in Hong Kong...
  • Blog Post: Award Winning Innovative Teacher – Mandeep Atwal

    Listening to the views and perspectives of students was a central recommendation highlighted in the in the 2007 Diversity and Citizenship Curriculum Review . Technology has had a major impact on allowing schools to successfully meet the recommendations our students have made. Mandeep Atwal from Shireland...
  • Blog Post: Award Winning Innovative Teacher - Ollie Bray

    Representing Scotland in Vienna will be Deputy Head Teacher Ollie Bray, from Musselburgh Grammar School outside of Edinburgh. As Ollie mentions in his own blog , he's not new to the Innovative Teachers Network, having joined back in 2005. Ollie's Virtual Classroom Tour is called Guitar Hero Transition...
  • 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...
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