By Bob Harrison
Louise DuncanWhen Louise Duncan set off from Australia on a five-week tour of US and UK schools – part of the Lindsay Thompson Teaching Fellowship she won in 2009 for successfully embedding ICT into her school’s curriculum – the  Handheld Learning 2009 conference in London was one of the first stops on her schedule.

As one of the conference speakers it was her job to inspire her audience, a task made more difficult when her slot was at the end of a long day. But her story (video here) of how the Studywiz mobile learning platform and the iPod Touch helped revolutionise teaching and learning at Shepparton High School, in the Hume Region of Australia, won them over.

Steve MillsPersistent emails from an 11-year-old schoolboy earned his teacher a behind-the-scenes visit to Manchester City FC and congratulations on his teaching from former England player Mike Summerbee.

Year 6 pupil Ben Hankin, a Liverpool fan, emailed Man City after his teacher, Steve Mills (left), deputy head of  William Ransom Primary School, Hitchin, won the UK Award for Teacher of the Year in a Primary School (2009). A lifelong fan and season ticket holder at Man City, Steve will get the honours on Sunday (April 11).

By Gerald Haigh

Dan RiobertsZagreb, Croatia, 22 March 2008
A successful professional – a senior teacher no less – steps up to make a presentation to an international audience of his peers, all leading practitioners in their home countries. He immediately captures their attention, not only by his evident enthusiasm for his subject, but because this fully grown adult male is dressed from head to foot in a bright yellow chicken costume tastefully picked out with red accoutrements.

Yes, it’s Dan Roberts, celebrated chicken-related assistant head and head of science at Saltash.net Community School – in Cornwall, just across the Tamar from Plymouth.


Almost like any other resource? Dawn Hallybone hands out the Nintendos

By Maureen McTaggart
Dawn Hallybone’s eureka moment came during a subject leaders’ meeting while listening to a presentation from her borough’s then ICT consultant, Anthony Evans, about a classroom revolution happening in Scotland.

“As soon as I heard what they were doing, I thought, wow, I’d like to get my hands on some of those Nintendo DS consoles,” she says, sitting back with what can only be described as an elated grin, reliving the moment it hit her that games and gaming consoles could be powerful tools for learning in classrooms.

Leon Cych

By Pete Roythorne
You could say that Leon Cych is the innovator’s innovator. A truly independent ICT consultant, Leon travels the length and breadth of the UK – and beyond – iPhone and video camera in hand, capturing innovation in action and spreading the word, often streaming it straight to the internet.

“I visit teachers, thought leaders and people that are actually innovating in the classroom in their day-to day practice: I look at what they are doing and then try to disseminate that as widely as possible,” he explains. “By the same token, I look at technologies and see how we can best use them within the current education system.”