Challenge your 16+ students to think big – the Imagine Cup

For years, Microsoft has been running a competition for university developer and programming students called the Imagine Cup. In the Imagine Cup we challenge teams of students to find and build technology solutions to real-world issues. We encourage the world’s most talented software designers, programmers, game developers, and digital media enthusiasts to tackle, head on,…


Blog Action Day 2009 – Climate Change

We are taking part in Blog action Day, this  is an annual event that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day on their own blogs with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance. The organisers say this will be the largest-ever social change event…


ICT training for your school with Microsoft IT Academy

Stuart and I haven’t blogged about Microsoft’s IT Academy programme yet, although I’m not sure why not. At any rate, I’ve had two experiences recently that made me want to share this programme – and the opportunities it provides – with you. For those of you who don’t know, the Microsoft IT Academy programme offers…


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 classroom. We call these…


Innovative Teachers can inspire anyone, anywhere.

We have talked a lot about Dan Roberts, one of our award winners from the Worldwide Innovative Teachers Forum in Hong Kong. He is still very much an active member of the Innovative Teachers programme, and Kristen and I are in contact with him and his school on a regular basis. He has just returned…


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…


The Climate Mystery: It begins!

It’s official: The Climate Mystery has begun. Check out this trailer for the adventure, and share it with your students!  


Enter your project for an Innovative Teachers Award

This is our second blog birthday gift, our Innovative Teachers Awards, at the UK Innovative Teachers Forum. There are lots of changes this year that we think will make this event the best ever. This is the 6th Microsoft UK Innovative Teachers Forum, and for the time first in this event, we are working with …


100 posts – A review of the Innovative Teachers Network blog

This is how Wordle sees this blog if we use it to analyse the content we’ve written over the past word. We are really pleased to see that we are clearly focussing  on teachers, but also, we are really pleased to see the prominence of teaching and learning, resources, community and the word innovative. We think these words…


Happy Birthday to You – Free Resources for Teachers!

Today is a great day – a day that will no doubt go down in history. Not only is it the one-year birthday of our Teachers Blog, but this post also marks our 100th post to the Teachers Blog. (If you think we didn’t plan that, you’re crazy.) Stuart and I weren’t sure what would…