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Featured on Daily Edventures for Broadclyst School’s Global Enterprise Challenge

Featured on Daily Edventures for Broadclyst School's Global Enterprise Challenge

Today I am featured on Anthony Salcito's Daily Edventures blog - what an honour! The article is in relation to the Global Enterprise Challenge run by my school, Broadclyst Community Primary School, and contains an interview taken from the recent E2 event in Seattle that I was lucky enough to attend.

Here is an extract:

... at the recent E2 Conference, we were lucky enough to talk to Broadclyst teacher, Anthony Lees, who’s seen the project’s global impact first-hand.

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Waiting for Windows 10…

Waiting for Windows 10...

Yesterday I was at Microsoft HQ UK for a preview event to publicise the approaching Windows 10 software update. Heralded as the last version of Windows there will be, it promises so much and I have to say I was won over enough to come home and straight away join the insider club and download pre-release beta version to get using.

Windows 10, jumps '9' in a bid to distance itself from the idea of being simply an update on 8.1.

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E2 in Seattle 2015

E2 in Seattle 2015

As one of this years Microsoft Innovative Educators, I was lucky enough to attend this year's E2 conference in Seattle. This recent trip warrants a much larger post than I can fit in currently. However my report on one of the keynotes, by Angela Maiers has appeared on the Microsoft Education UK blog,  - MIEE views from E2 - “How Big Is Your Brave?” by Anthony Lees

Here is an extract from the blog:

How Big Is Your Brave?

by Anthony Lees

Day three of E2 started with a Keynote by Angela Maiers, which I had been much looking forward to following her brief appearance earlier in the week.

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Dove-Tailing With 21CLD

Dove-Tailing With 21CLD

Last week I spent an excellent day in Dublin, finding out more about the 21st Century Learning Design, and getting out just as the city began to come to life for St Patrick's Day! Although a lucky (and close) escape from what was clearly shaping up to be a celbration of biblical proportions, the 21CLD workshop itself was a real eye opener, both clarifying and reinforcing many principles of teaching and learning that are often challenged by the logistics and assessment methods of modern schooling.

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Using OneNote For Travel

Using OneNote For Travel

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Through the development work that I am involved in this year my job suddenly requires occasional travel in a way I haven't needed to before. Suddenly I need to keep track of flights, hotels, car bookings, train journeys, parking, restaurant bookings, and as with anything new that is not an embedded routine, I have found myself needing a little help! Enter OneNote…

OneNote allows me to keep all this information in one place, and although there are many ways to do this, the power of OneNote is that it is so easy to collate from many sources and devices.

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Do I Need Scheduled Biography Checks?

Do I Need Scheduled Biography Checks?

twitterAn annual biography check is a habit most of us, myself included, are not in. In preparation for this article I have found myself gathering urls for the profile pages of various social networks and sites and scheduling calendar events to remind myself, because it is not part of my general thinking and not something I would think occasionally to go do. So why do it?

Most websites that take memberships now have a profile area for members to publish personal details.

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OneNote Tips for Teachers Twitter Project and Sway

OneNote Tips for Teachers Twitter Project and Sway

Following great feedback talking with other teachers and MIEEs at BETT2015 I began a twitter-based project offering short, useful tips for teachers about how to be more productive using OneNote. This is intended to support teachers to both improve their teaching and also learn how to use OneNote to enable, scaffold and empower children in their learning, as well as gather evidence and portfolio project-based-learning. The twitter tips can be found by either following me @anthonylees or searching the hashtag #OneNoteT4T 

These tips are now being collated weekly in to a Neverending OneNote Sway.

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OneNote Tips for Teachers Twitter Project and Sway

OneNote Tips for Teachers Twitter Project and Sway

Following great feedback talking with other teachers and MIEEs at BETT2015 I began a twitter-based project offering short, useful tips for teachers about how to be more productive using OneNote. This is intended to support teachers to both improve their teaching and also learn how to use OneNote to enable, scaffold and empower children in their learning, as well as gather evidence and portfolio project-based-learning. The twitter tips can be found by either following me @anthonylees or searching the hashtag #OneNoteT4T 

These tips are now being collated weekly in to a Neverending OneNote Sway.

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Become a Control Freak

Become a Control Freak

The Ctrl keys often become redundant tools on the keyboard of many teachers, and because of this are also overlooked in the teaching and learning of many classrooms. The primary use of the control key is for running keyboard shortcuts to often used commands, such as copying, printing, saving. These time saving combinations do more than just save valued seconds here and there, as a teacher I am keen my pupils learn some of them, as they help ensure continuity in the working and thinking process of each pupil.

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Starting A Family OneNote Notebook: Part One

Starting A Family OneNote Notebook: Part One

screengrab-family-notebookIn addition to the many education based uses of OneNote, it functions well in a domestic and family context also. One Notebook I have found particularly useful is a FAMILY notebook. This Notebook forms the basis for storing and sharing all school newsletters, trip letters, household correspondence (that is not relevant to our FINANCE notebook (that my wife and I share), as well as club letters for any of us and info for any family events, like day trips, holidays, etc. 

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Surface Pro 3: A First Look

Surface Pro 3: A First Look

2014-12-22 13.24.03Santa can take a break from filling my stocking this year, as Microsoft have stepped in and done his work for him. Following an excellent day of introduction to the 2015 Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert programme at Microsoft's Showcase Classroom in London, a brown package soon appeared on my desk sporting the logo 'Surface Pro 3', which were also sent to support each MIEE within the programme. Having worked with both the Surface and Surface 2 previously, I was keen to see what a '3' would bring.

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A SCRATCH Introduction – Mitch Resnick: Let’s teach kids to code

A SCRATCH Introduction - Mitch Resnick: Let's teach kids to code

Here is a great presentation I was first shown by a colleague on the TED site, by Mitch Resnick, one of the original SCRATCH creators. It makes a good introduction (and case for) SCRATCH as a first programming experience/'language' for pupils to engage with. I like the contextualisation he gives the tools, as well and for teachers this offers a good way into the programme. Scratch is available as a downloadable prgramme and also as a web/cloud based solution. Both are excellent, but i tend to use the cloud solution in class, as when pupils go home they can continue to work on their projects using the exact same UI.

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OneNote in The Classroom

OneNote in The Classroom

OneNote has been around the block long enough to have been forgotten by many, ditched in favour of cool kids like Evernote or skipped over. However the recent versions of OneNote have got better and better and now can't be ignored. OneNote is now feature packed, rock-solid stable, and available on most portable devices as well as on a desktop. In an education context it takes on a new life, blowing away such single-purpose challengers like SMART Notebook and Promethian, who didn't even notice they were in a race.

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Office365 for Education

Office365 for Education

In June as a school we moved over completely to Office365 away from our own in house hosting of email, Lync and document management servers (although docs are a little more involved...). If you read here often you will know I'm more about the value that can be measured in classroom impact than the technical joy of new setups (mostly) and so I hoped the change would prove more than just an easier to administrate user management. It did not disappoint.

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Uniform Your Folder Layout for Faster Navigation and Filing

Uniform Your Folder Layout for Faster Navigation and Filing

I admit it - sometimes just knowing where to save something, where to download an attachment or where to put an email is enough of a challenge to hop aboard the procrastination train. These are not good days...

folders-outlookTo avoid this, unifying your organisation in as many systems as possible I have found a good idea. Some apps and services are so good at search that folders become unnecessary, but just having places to move things to can still make a great deal of mental difference.

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DormantStories

DormantStories

'Writing ideas, waiting for waking'

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As a form of personal therapy I maintain a small fiction writing website called DormantStories. The idea came about from always having story ideas in my head, but never having the time to finish them, or anywhere to put them. DS satisfies both these points for me, as I can add them to the catalogue there, and hope that another wil pick them up and see them through.
I originally intended that my children would like them, but later this grew to an ambition that other teachers might use them in the teaching of fiction, and so I began categorising them by genre, and then also by perspective, tense and other grammatical criteria.

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