Innovative Teacher MEETing–Manchester 29th Nov 2010

Sign Ups for this meeting are now closed. We have reached the venue capacity. Thanks Venue – Hilton Deansgate Hotel in Manchester Time – 7:30pm-9:30pm This is the first time we have hosted such an informal, free event for Teachers, and we are hoping that this something we will do more often in the future….


Thanks for the memories

Is it possible to develop an emotional attachment to a computer? I think so. I have had my Toshiba Portege M400 laptop since I joined Microsoft 4 years ago and we have had some great adventures together. We have travelled the world to various Innovative Educator Forums, presented to hundreds of teachers, seen three incarnations…


Practice makes perfect- What is it teachers are professionally developing?

On a recent car journey with Kristen, I was amazed at her multi-tasking ability to drive fast, navigate the M25, brake late, drink coffee and discuss her Doctorate research. Now, I am honestly really interested her research findings at the best of times, and  maybe it was my fear as a nervous passenger, but one question…


Knowledge versus Learning

Last Thursday I attended the Reform “think tank” event on Schools for the Future that was held at Microsoft’s office in London. The event included 4  panels of speakers discussing topics such as the state of education in the UK, the quality of teachers, raising the bar, and saving money. It was a really interesting…


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 Teachers, that include…


Why are Geography teachers so great with technology?

Ok , I know this is an exaggerated statement, but it does apply to the ones I know. It has struck me that many teachers I meet or find in forums and on twitter are geography teachers, doing great stuff with technology. Has any one else discovered this phenomenon? Or do I need to broaden…


Kodu Kup UK 2013 – Enter today

Download the Teacher Guide here -   Kodu is a visual programming language made specifically for creating games. It is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone. Developed by Microsoft Research, the programming environment runs on the PC and Xbox allowing rapid design creation. Elements such as a game controller can be added…


UK Partners in Learning Network Manager–a new team member

Exactly 4 years ago this month , we published our first blog post. So on such an anniversary, it gives me great pleasure to make this announcement. It’s seems an age since the Partners in Learning UK team were a dynamic duo. Today I am pleased to announce that one of our most Innovative Teachers…


Free Creative Writing Software for young pupils – Kar2ouche

My wife teaches 4 year olds, so I am always under pressure to deliver ideas for that age group through my work with the Innovative Teachers programme. Some may call this nagging, but she assures me that I’m not being treated any differently than any other husband. I think I will definitely be in her good…