Your Christmas Wish list

Kristen and I are busy writing our lists for Santa this year, and thinking back (waayyy back, for Kristen) to the time when we were both teachers. There are so many cool – and FREE – tools for teachers today that didn’t exist when we were teachers. So…if we were still teaching today, here’s what our letter to…

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The UK Innovative Teachers Forum – celebrating innovation

Putting together a project for a competition is probably the last thing on your mind at this time of year, especially with so few shopping days left until Christmas! Nonetheless, I wanted to give you some inspiration over the festival period, before you finish for a well-earned Christmas break. Take some time to have a…

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The Rose Review – looking at primary schools differently

It’s out*, and the media have already started to produce glorious headlines. Whilst The Times goes with a factual “Primary school children ‘should be taught technology, not tradition’”, for some reason the BBC’s headline this morning is “Lessons in being happy proposed”. And The Mail has gone for “Schools told to put computer skills on…

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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 is encouraging…

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What is an innovative school?

This week, Stuart and I were up in Knowsley, outside of Liverpool, hosting the UK’s first “Innovative Schools” conference. What does this mean, exactly? Microsoft has a global Innovative Schools programme, where we selected 12 schools from all around the world to work with us for two years as they started down a path toward…

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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 it to create an origami swan…

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Vienna…this means nothing to me!

Those of you who are old enough to remember the words of Midge Ure will get this. For those who aren’t – or are American, like Kristen – stay with me here, and all will be made clear. From our previous posts you will have read about two lucky and talented teachers from the UK who attended the Worldwide Innovative…

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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 your class?…

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We have a winner!

Microsoft’s worldwide Innovative Teachers Forums are about teachers from all over the world forming a community and working together. More than that, however, they are about celebration. Every teacher that attends these Forums has already won an award in their country or their region, so we’re celebrating the best of the best in these worldwide…

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And the Winners are ………..

Obama may have won, but there is a far more important competition going on. Yes! This is what you have all been waiting for. Who has won the coveted Innovative Teachers Awards? So, if you are drinking red wine as you read this post, put your glass down. You won’t want to spill any by…

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