Originally posted on BBC News School Report.

Music teacher Gareth Ritter, who has just returned from Washington DC, where he was awarded the Microsoft Innovative Teacher Award, tells School Reporter Georgia all about his "exciting" teaching style.

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Mr Ritter teaches his students at Willows High School in Cardiff how to record instruments and encourages them to post videos online. He has also started a website where teachers can contact him with questions about using technology in the classroom.

His innovations have helped improve motivation and attendance, which has subsequently led to more technology being introduced in other departments throughout the school.

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