Key Stage 1–AutoCollage Competition–South West Grid for Learning

The South West Grid for Learning is proud to announce a brand new competition in collaboration with Microsoft Partners in Learning for schools in the South West of England. With support from West Town Farm and Love Local Food this promises to be a colourful, creative and exciting competition. With the theme of ‘Seasonal and…


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…


Turing-Tape Games: A Challenge in Algorithmic Problem Solving

There are many things I don’t understand, but that doesn’t stop me admiring the brilliance of those that can solve problems using advanced logic and mathematics. I have already mentioned that 2012 is ‘Alan Turing Year’ and to celebrate this centenary, a group from Nottingham University have developed a collection of one-person games played on…


Microsoft Partners in Learning European Forum 2012 – Lisbon

This year’s Microsoft Partners in Learning European Forum took place last week in Lisbon , Portugal. Teachers and Educators from all over Europe attended to share, explore and understand best  practice in the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning. Like at  previous events, the UK took an innovative and inspiring group of educators….


Microsoft UK Innovative Education Forum 2010 –Resources and feedback.

We have had lots of requests for the workshop presentations, livestream recordings and teachers projects, from those that attended and  those who could not make the UK Innovative Education Forum. We have created a community on the UK Partners in Learning Network. That contains all the Virtual classroom tours (teacher projects), presentations from the workshops, links…


Innovids Competition – Latest News

Production is running high in creating your videos for the Innovid Competition and with 3 weeks left before the closing date, many of you are ready to begin recording your ideas. So we have had a lot of questions, one in particular has been ‘Can we use Office 2010 in our videos?’. Not surprisingly, it…


Don’t forget – enter the Innovid competition and win 20 netbooks!

We know how busy things are for teachers this time of year, and if you’re anything like me the sunny weather is a further distraction. So we wanted to take this time to remind you that the deadline for the Innovid video competition is fast approaching! Don’t forget to get your entry in to the…


BETT 2010 – a New Years resolution you can keep

One of my new Year’s resolution is to get fit again; I suspect many of you have a similar resolution. Well, it’s not going to be workout videos for me. No, I’m going to endure the annual marathon that is the 2010 BETT show. If last year’s event is anything to go by, I should…


The 6th Annual UK Innovative Teachers Forum

Yesterday, Stuart and I and our teammates from Microsoft gathered with our colleagues from SSAT, Shireland Learning to welcome over 75 educators to Birmingham for our Innovative Teachers Forum. As Stuart has mentioned, this year’s Forum was our biggest and best yet. We received more VCTs from you for consideration in our awards, we had…


UK Innovative Teacher Award Winners

After receiving the highest number of entries ever for a Microsoft Innovative Teachers Forum, (I say that every year, but it’s true.) I am pleased to announce the  Virtual Classroom Tours that will be celebrated at the awards event at the Innovative Teachers Forum in Birmingham on Dec 1st (sign up HERE to attend the free conference)….