History Snacks–Your ideas

Here’s an idea from one of our Innovative Education Forum winners, Alessio Bernardelli who teaches in Cwmbran in South Wales. “I am not a Historian, but I have always had a fascination for timelines, as I think they are a great way to visualize events and link cause and effect. So, my idea to use…


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…


Microsoft Office 2010 – Planting the seeds of ideas

Kristen and I are quite excited about the launch of Office 2010 (I think we need to get out more!). We have gathered some resources from our colleague Ray Fleming who writes the UK Schools Blog; he and his team have been busy creating some entertaining videos with suggestions of how they think features of Office…


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…


The Geography collective – a unique teacher network.

I am always amazed at the various professional networks that teachers belong to. When I was teaching, my professional network revolved mainly around the teachers I met on local authority organised training (these don’t happen to the same extent any more ) and a professional subject network, such as the Association for Science Education ….


Free Tools for Teaching – from Microsoft

We were thrilled to see an email from our colleagues at Microsoft headquarters recently that contained a link to all sorts of free guides, videos, templates and other tools to help you use technology in your teaching. Just go to www.microsoft.com/teacherguides and you’ll find a wealth of resources on these topics: Digital Storytelling: New resources…


Tune in to Science TV

Those of you who are old enough may remember school science broadcasts, where you sat with the whole class, (often a number of classes) waiting patiently for the countdown to the programme start to tick away, whilst some very ‘cheesy’ music played as accompaniment. Not something that would really inspire you to take an interest…


Mouse Mischief – make your presentations even more interactive.

A while ago I blogged about PowerPoint and highlighted some of the great resources that are available, such as Plex for PowerPoint for example. That gives     teachers and students absolutely no excuse to create boring and dull presentations and not to avoid the ‘death by PowerPoint’ scenario. Here is something that I think will…


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…