Last week I had the pleasure
of attending the Microsoft European Innovative Teachers Forum in Vienna, Austria.
More than 150 education policymakers and teachers from 40 countries across
Europe attended the Vienna event, hosted by Microsoft, to share ideas, experiences and best practices on
integrating technology and innovative teaching into the curriculum.
I had a fantastic week, I listened to some interesting presentations, I was enthused by some great people and won first prize for the Innovation in the Community Category.
This is a great achievement for the UK, particularly Scotland and East Lothian. I also hope that my contribution to the
forum last week will start to impact globally on the creative ways that teachers
should be using ICT to support learning and to build relationships with
My good friend Merlin John (make sure you subscribe to his website) was the first off the mark to get something published on-line and you can read his article here. There is also an official press release from Microsoft about the event here.
I was joined during the last
week by the three other winners of the UK Innovative Teachers Forum. Mandeep
Atwal (Mandeep also got a 3rd place in the Innovation in the
Community Category for her ‘Young Voices’ project), James
Henderson (Saltash.net). They were all fantastic company during the week.
The biggest problem is they all gave me so many ideas I don’t quite know where
The UK Contingent was also accompanied by Kristen Weatherby and Stuart Ball, who are responsible for the Innovative Teachers programme in the UK. They have already started to blog about the event – I don’t quite no how they found the time? We were also joined by Sarah Payton and Elizbeth Goodman (from Futurelab) Sarah ran an excellent workshop on the Enquiring Minds Project – I’ll write separately about that and the work we completed.
Finally we were joined by Dan Roberts also from Saltash.net community Collage who delivered an excellent keynote presentations.
In particular, I would like to tank all of the
other teachers who were involved in the initial Musselburgh Guitar Hero Transition
Project. You were all fully
credited within the virtual classroom tour. I would also like to thank the
Musselburgh Headteachers for agreeing to take the risk and East
Lothian for having the vision to support the scaling up of the
project to all 46 schools within the Authority. I can’t wait to be involved in
the next stage of the projects evolution!
If your not already a member its free to joint your countries own Innovative Teacher Network.