By Teachers, For Teachers

One of the most powerful tools in our own professional development is other teachers. Professional generosity – sharing ideas and feedback with our colleagues – helps us move forward in our own practice. It helps us tweak, refine and improve what we are doing in our classrooms. I know that sometimes I don’t have time…

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Thinking of starting a blog – Microsoft Live Writer, a simple workshop

With the increasing popularity of blogging in schools, Microsoft Live Writer is a tool that makes the whole process very simple and intuitive.  Microsoft Live Writer is part of the Windows Live Essentials free downloads and is just one of a family of very useful tools. It can be used to post to multiple blog…

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Subject Snacks–Ideas for teaching History

This weeks idea is similar to a snack that I often forget about, but when I remember, It’s delicious, but perhaps not appreciated as the gastronomic delight that it is. The snack in question is the Pot Noodle . This food technology marvel offers the best in convenience snacking, it is often maligned , once…

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Free Microsoft software for schools, from the Fun and Free Friday event

Over 100 schools attended our Fun, Free Friday event last week. It was a great day with an absolutely packed agenda. I wanted to share all of the links to the various downloads we mentioned during the day. Many of which we have covered here on this blog. If you need some ideas of how…

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Mouse Mischief for PowerPoint released

Last month I wrote a blog post about Mouse Mischief , unfortunately it appeared on the day they removed the beta version, Whoops! But, I am really pleased to announce that the full version is now available to download for free at www.microsoft.com/mousemischief If you haven’t read my last post and don’t know what Mouse…

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Tune in to Science TV

  The quality of the finished material is outstanding. Not only does process create fantastic learning opportunities. But, the completed video becomes a valuable teaching and learning resource in itself. Check out this example to see for yourself. Here students from Bristol, discuss the concept of genetically engineering a Woolly mammoth. If you are interested…

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It’s written in the stars – new resources for Worldwide Telescope

Do you believe in the idea that our futures and personalities are governed by Zodiac star signs. Here is an example, which one of these do you think describes myself and Kristen, are you able to identify our personality traits from just our blog posts? (or even from the occasions where you may have met…

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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…

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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…

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