Barry Corrigan

Barry Corrigan

I am a teacher in a rural primary school in Northern Ireland. I was fortunate to be inspired by a wonderful English Literature teacher and want to be able to inspire that love of learning in my own pupils. I firmly believe in embedding the use of technology in teaching and learning to engage and motivate pupils to enable them to achieve their potential. The learning is central to all of this – the technology enables that learning to take place in many different forms.

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One Friday afternoon in February 2010 I took a phone call from Tom Jackson to congratulate me on a winning entry to the Microsoft Innovative Educators competition. It was a last minute thing putting a spotlight on some of the work that I was doing with Home-School partnerships – the use of a VLE, etc. I didn’t think it was much – just a way of trying to boost engagement in school.

innovativeWhat I didn’t realise was that this was the start of a fantastic journey that has taken me around the world to meet and be inspired by wonderful educators and a network of enthusiastic supporters within the Microsoft family.… Visit the author's original post

#MIEEXPERT

One Friday afternoon in February 2010 I took a phone call from Tom Jackson to congratulate me on a winning entry to the Microsoft Innovative Educators competition. It was a last minute thing putting a spotlight on some of the work that I was doing with Home-School partnerships – the use of a VLE, etc. I didn’t think it was much – just a way of trying to boost engagement in school.

innovativeWhat I didn’t realise was that this was the start of a fantastic journey that has taken me around the world to meet and be inspired by wonderful educators and a network of enthusiastic supporters within the Microsoft family.… Visit the author's original post

#MIEEXPERT

One Friday afternoon in February 2010 I took a phone call from Tom Jackson to congratulate me on a winning entry to the Microsoft Innovative Educators competition. It was a last minute thing putting a spotlight on some of the work that I was doing with Home-School partnerships – the use of a VLE, etc. I didn’t think it was much – just a way of trying to boost engagement in school.

innovativeWhat I didn’t realise was that this was the start of a fantastic journey that has taken me around the world to meet and be inspired by wonderful educators and a network of enthusiastic supporters within the Microsoft family.… Visit the author's original post

#MSFTEduE2 – Final Day

And.. so it came… the final day and what a day it was.

Genius Hour, the inspiration of Angela Maiers – our closing Keynote speaker – gave me a lot to think about. I have consistently said that I don’t want to take the step into principalship. However, listening to Angela and the fellow attendees at E2, I can’t help but think that if I was given the rein to mould a school around this creativity – there could be something in that leadership role….… Visit the author's original post

#MSFTEduE2 – Final Day

And.. so it came… the final day and what a day it was.

Genius Hour, the inspiration of Angela Maiers – our closing Keynote speaker – gave me a lot to think about. I have consistently said that I don’t want to take the step into principalship. However, listening to Angela and the fellow attendees at E2, I can’t help but think that if I was given the rein to mould a school around this creativity – there could be something in that leadership role….… Visit the author's original post

#MSFTEduE2 Day 3

WP_20150430_001The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Bravery’ and what better way to demonstrate bravery than to hear the words Ziauddin Yousafzai – the father of Malala. Introducing him, Anthony Salcito played a clip of Malala addressing delegates after receiving the Noble Prize. This certainly had the desired effect of making each of realise the important part we play in children’s lives and, sometimes, how much we take our education and the education of our children for granted.

Indeed, a number of years ago during a ‘Snow Day’ for the children I engaged a number of them in online classes to show that there was no excuse for missing out on some level of education if technology made interaction possible.… Visit the author's original post

#MSFTEduE2 Day 3

WP_20150430_001The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Bravery’ and what better way to demonstrate bravery than to hear the words Ziauddin Yousafzai – the father of Malala. Introducing him, Anthony Salcito played a clip of Malala addressing delegates after receiving the Noble Prize. This certainly had the desired effect of making each of realise the important part we play in children’s lives and, sometimes, how much we take our education and the education of our children for granted.

Indeed, a number of years ago during a ‘Snow Day’ for the children I engaged a number of them in online classes to show that there was no excuse for missing out on some level of education if technology made interaction possible.… Visit the author's original post

#MSFTEduE2 Day 2

WP_20150429_08_42_25_ProI’m usually pretty cynical about team building exercises, so when I see them on the agenda, my heart sinks…

Today, however, I have to eat my words! In what was an excellent drumming session led by the ‘Drumming Cafe’ troop, you could feel the atmosphere build in the room. A sense of community was built and we were one as we belted out our rhythms. To see the room move as one was an overwhelming experience – and I am cynical at the best of times.… Visit the author's original post

#MSFTEduE2 Day 2

WP_20150429_08_42_25_ProI’m usually pretty cynical about team building exercises, so when I see them on the agenda, my heart sinks…

Today, however, I have to eat my words! In what was an excellent drumming session led by the ‘Drumming Cafe’ troop, you could feel the atmosphere build in the room. A sense of community was built and we were one as we belted out our rhythms. To see the room move as one was an overwhelming experience – and I am cynical at the best of times.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Expert Educatore Conference #MSFTEDUE2

WP_20150428_18_55_53_ProI will try to add something to the site on each day to give you a flavour of what is going on in what is a global celebration of Education.

87 countries are being represented in the Seattle Conference, which gives me an overwhelming feeling of humility as I see the passion for education from educators who are able to deploy 1-1 solutions across thousands of students to those who have one device amongst dozens of students. However, we all share the same goal – to make the lives of our students better; to give them the best opportunity in life and change their futures.… Visit the author's original post

Microsoft Expert Educator Conference #MSFTEDUE2

WP_20150428_18_55_53_ProI will try to add something to the site on each day to give you a flavour of what is going on in what is a global celebration of Education.

87 countries are being represented in the Seattle Conference, which gives me an overwhelming feeling of humility as I see the passion for education from educators who are able to deploy 1-1 solutions across thousands of students to those who have one device amongst dozens of students. However, we all share the same goal – to make the lives of our students better; to give them the best opportunity in life and change their futures.… Visit the author's original post

Pro Plus

innedBeing a Microsoft Innovative Educator and more recently asked to be a ‘Fellow’ I have gained many insightful views to the direction that Microsoft have been taking in regards to education and their role in it.

What I have been most impressed about is the ‘light-touch’ of this vision in the way that It has been gradually unveiled to us within the Innovative Educator programme and through the Educator Network. The focus has always been based around seeing and celebrating the good practice that goes on in classrooms, worldwide, and how much they can learn from us as well as giving us the tools to help improve our practice.… Visit the author's original post

Pro Plus

innedBeing a Microsoft Innovative Educator and more recently asked to be a ‘Fellow’ I have gained many insightful views to the direction that Microsoft have been taking in regards to education and their role in it.

What I have been most impressed about is the ‘light-touch’ of this vision in the way that It has been gradually unveiled to us within the Innovative Educator programme and through the Educator Network. The focus has always been based around seeing and celebrating the good practice that goes on in classrooms, worldwide, and how much they can learn from us as well as giving us the tools to help improve our practice.… Visit the author's original post

Engaging Parents – and students – with OneNote – Barry Corrigan, Northern Ireland

When we first spoke with Barry Corrigan back in 2012, our discussion centered on what some students (and parents) may consider a dirty word: homework. But Corrigan is dedicated to making homework for his students anything but a chore. In … Continue reading Visit the author's original post

Match Attacked

For some people, they are a scourge in the playground – leading to fights and friendship strange. To others, mainly boys – big and small! (probably) they are a normal part of growing up.

Match Attax cards are the annual ‘in-thing’ in the playground – a combination of Football stickers and Top Trumps. They are the one thing that boys in my class collectively become obsessed about for the football season. They regularly carry their folder of precious card memorabilia around the playground – looking for fellow collectors to trade their ‘Doubles’ with.… Visit the author's original post

OneNote to Rule Them All! Part 1

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Really? A post dedicated to a piece of software such as OneNote? Despite the fact that I haven’t blogged in so long – I thought it might be worthwhile sharing some thoughts on my use of OneNote in my primary classroom – the difference it is making to me and the difference that I hope is then followed through on for the children.

I have been using OneNote on and off for a few years but, only now, am getting the chance to see how I can really put it to work.… Visit the author's original post