Guy Shearer From Northamptonshire Is Named Microsofts Innovative Teacher Of The Month
Reading - UK - 5 January 2006 - Microsoft today announced Guy Shearer from Northamptonshire as January’s Innovative Teacher of the month, for his creative use of ICT in the classroom, and production of six creative demonstration lessons that will be incorporated into a Microsoft training pack for teachers.
Microsoft’s Innovative Teacher of the month is chosen for his/her creative work in helping to transform the learning process and create innovative and engaging lessons for children.
Guy’s training lessons include:
“Emotive Photos” an interactive lesson using a presentation which brings pictures to life by linking photographs to the emotion being expressed in the picture
Science experiments PowerPoint and a digital camera are used to capture key moments in the experiment and then replayed in the next lesson, helping to bridge gaps between lessons
Background on winner
Guy Shearer who is Head of the Learning Discovery Centre at Northamptonshire County Council’s Innovation Unit (working to make new applications of educational technology mainstream), has been a teacher for 18 years - working as a Science and ICT teacher and Deputy Head teacher in a range of schools in Britain and Spain. His particular area of interest is investigating new ways to use simple tools and low cost resources effectively on an everyday basis that help make lessons more engaging and personal for children.
In addition to his current role, Guy is the co-author of “Into the Creative Classroom” - a guide to using ICT to boost creativity from Network Educational Press.
Guy will be involved in the judging of the Office Winner of the Week competition/ITP Awards and will be talking about some of his work (or that of his team in Northamptonshire) at Microsoft’s stand at BETT.
Guy Shearer said: “Trying to really change the way you teach, day in and day out, means you need simple, reliable and reusable ideas which you can adapt for lots of situations. It is great to be given this title by Microsoft and I am looking forward to sharing more of my ideas with other teachers at the BETT show in January and through my work at Northamptonshire County Councils Innovative Unit.”
David Burrows, Director of Education, Microsoft said: “Guy is an example of a teacher who really understands the importance of using available technologies to create engaging and innovative lessons for all children, whatever their preferred learning style and needs. We are looking forward to working with him more in the future.”
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