Why did the chickenman cross the road?

To collect another award of course….. Regular readers of our blog will know all about the Chickenman, aka Dan Roberts. He is one of our most proactive Innovative Teachers and award winners. But he’s not just all feathers and eggs; his work is highly motivating for his students bringing Dan a number of other accolades….

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Britain’s got the X Factor Idol

Where will the next Susan Boyle or Leona Lewis come from? Well, with another great application developed by Microsoft Research (the other being AutoCollage – available for free on the Innovative Teachers Network) it could be from any one of your future lessons! As a primary school teacher, I had to teach all national curriculum…

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A random act of genius.

Planning is probably the most disliked word in the teaching profession (apart from inspection, that is). From my experience it dominates your time as a teacher. You have a variety of planning to undertake: lesson, weekly, short, medium, long and individual, to name just a few. You have endless planning meetings — even meetings to plan…

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Create your own E-Learning

Many secondary schools I visit are busy creating comprehensive libraries of content to support their students’ learning. This content is often shared across a learning platform of some kind. It’s not really my field of expertise, being a primary school teacher, so I admit that am not fully aware of the processes and the tools that…

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Free DreamSpark software downloads for school students

This is one of those “Are you sure? Really sure?” blog posts. Where somebody tells you something, and you ask “Are you sure? Really sure?” We have announced that the DreamSpark programme is now open for school students. DreamSpark allows students to download, for free, a big pile of developer tools – which they can…

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A Secret confession

Alone in the office, with the lights low, I often succumb to a guilty pleasure! (It’s not what you think!)  I spend time looking at the Office Labs site. Now before you make any snap judgements, the Office Labs are not the ‘Geek-fest’ you might imagine. After all in her last post, Kristen describes the future…

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Award Winning Innovative Teacher – James Kent

James’ involvement with the Innovative Teachers Network is fairly recent. He joined a local network created by Alessio Bernardelli, a former Innovative Teachers Award winner himself. The goal of the network is to establish the Innovative Teachers community throughout comprehensive schools in Torfaen, South Wales. Like many teachers (myself included) who first engage with such…

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Raise your hand if you’re innovative

I think I enjoyed last Friday’s Innovative Teachers event at Microsoft just a much as Stuart did. The teachers we meet are always inspiring, and this group of 12 was quite special. Like Stuart and the teachers, I was also inspired by Guy Shearer’s keynote. I’ve borrowed the title of Guy’s talk in the title…

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The World is Flat – Taking IT Global

At our Innovative Teachers events around the world, we’re seeing more and more teachers guide their pupils on a journey that takes them beyond their classroom, school – even their country – by connecting them with another school somewhere else in the world. I’ve seen a school in Sweden connect with a school in Madagascar…

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The Imagine Cup

Do your students have the passion and creativity to use and develop technology innovations that can make a difference in the world? Of course they do, so why not encourage them to them to enter the Imagine Cup. The Imagine Cup is the world’s premier student technology competition, it is one way Microsoft is encouraging…

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