Once Upon a Time

  This is the first blog post from the newest addition to the Microsoft UK Partners in Learning Team, so please welcome Jan Webb . She will be supporting us in delivering the Partners in Learning programmes in the UK whilst Kristen is on maternity leave. I will let Jan tell you more.   It’s world…

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Celebrate World Maths Day with free Maths resources from Microsoft

Not only is March 1st St David’s Day in Wales, but today is also World Maths Day . So  this is a good time remind you of some great free Maths resources available from Microsoft. One of these is Microsoft Mathematics 4.0, which  helps you visualize and see mathematical concepts as you’ve never seen them…

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Connect your Students and change the World–Global Live Event

We brought you news of the SHOUT programme back in October, where teachers and students from around the world can collaborate on environmental problems. As part of that programme, you and your students are invited to participate in an exciting global online collaborative learning event, where you can: · connect with the orangutans in the…

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Microsoft UK Innovative Education Forum 2010–Revisited

It doesn’t seem like 3 months ago we were in Manchester at our Innovative Education Forum . We are still receiving lots of positive feedback about the event, which we plan repeat later in the year. from Microsoft UK Partners in Learning This video gives you an overview of this event from the perspective of…

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Share part of the UK Innovative Education Forum with your colleagues

During this year’s Innovative Education Forum in Manchester, we were lucky enough to have two keynote presentations from Michael Furdyk, of Taking IT Global, and Professor Sugata Mitra. We received great feedback from attendees on both of these presentations, and we were fortunate to extend the reach of both keynotes by streaming them to teachers…

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Just the facts: England’s new national curriculum

On my way to work last Thursday, I listened to Radio 4’s Today show interview Secretary of State Michael Gove about the creation of England’s new national curriculum. It was one of those mornings where I arrived to work before the story was finished, so I sat in my car in the Microsoft car park…

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Free Shout Seminars on Environmental topics – from the Smithsonian

Stuart and I have blogged about Shout – Microsoft’s partnership with the Smithsonian Institute and Taking IT Global to help students around the world learn about environmental issues and tackle real-world scientific research. As part of Shout, we’re offering free “web events” – seminars for teachers with scientists at the Smithsonian that will help you…

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BETT 2011–Classroom Innovation for Free

The 2011 BETT show is running all this week in London. Myself and  Dan Roberts are presenting on the Microsoft stand on one of our favourite subjects, free applications for the classroom. Our main theme for our presentation is ‘value for money’, but being free is not the only the criteria need, to be real…

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How do you measure 21st century practice in schools?

Happy New Year to you all, we hope you enjoyed your Christmas Holidays. I am sure your return to school will have prompted you to think about a number of things, including how long is it to half term ! But, you may also be thinking on embarking on some research in your school to…

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Happy Christmas to you all

In the words of John  Lennon, “ So this is Christmas, And what have you done , Another year over and a new one just begun” . It’s a good time to reflect on our achievements with Microsoft Partners in Learning during the past year. The year began with another successful BETT show, we introduced…

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