During the summer holidays I had the pleasure to attending the Microsoft Innovative Teacher Summer Camp in Reading. I joined ten other enthusiastic professionals from around the UK for a series of presentations and group tasks.
One of the tasks was to produce a series of InnoVids (short 3 – 6 minute videos) on how teachers can better use ICT in the classroom. Obviously the videos have a Microsoft focus – but why not - Microsoft were paying and I still feel Office remains one of the most under used applications in the classroom (considering most schools have paid a lot of money for it).
The first ten videos have now been released on the Innovative Teachers website. You can find out more about them on the Innovative Teacher Blog. Although each of the videos follows a standard format (with some awful music!) they are not meant to be Hollywood quality. Emphasis here is on useful tips for teachers created by teachers - which is just one of the reasons I really like the idea.
By watching the series I have been reminded about triggers in PowerPoint and also about surface charts in Excel. I don’t even pretend to understand the math’s addin for word but I’m sure it must have massive application in Higher and Advanced Higher (GCSE / A-Level) mathematics?
Overall I think this was a good idea and nice project to be involved in. You can submit ideas for future InnoVids here and I’ll blog a little more about the videos that I quickly created later in the week.
Finally - Can you identify my knees from the photograph at the start of this post?