MIEE Spotlight – Simon Goodall

Today we’ll be highlighting the brilliant efforts of MIEE Simon Goodall who has done extensive work to accelerate student learning in his role as Assistant Head Teacher at Denbigh High School. Whilst encouraging students to utilise Surface Pro devices as part of their studies, Simon has seen students take a more organised approach to their…

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Accessibility guide for teachers

We’ve just issued the third edition of our accessibility guide for teachers, and it’s available as a download from our accessibility site. The site also includes a number of accessibility video case studies. The Accessibility: A Guide for Educators has been updated to include information on Windows 7 accessibility features, and current assistive technology product…

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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,…

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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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Harri, just the boy next door

Harri is 9 years old and spends most of his time playing football. I know this from the number of times he collects his ball from my garden. He has a digital world, but it is not what  you would perhaps expect. He doesn’t use a laptop; the laptop in his family is his sister’s…

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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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