Microsoft Innovative Educator

I am excited to be a part of the Microsoft Educator Expert Team for 2016/17. Technology is woven through all my lessons, sometimes the feature, sometimes the support act. The Hands Held Out Project is the core of my MIE work. Through it I hope to build confidence in educators, set foundations for their growth and enable them to be ‘innovative’ in their teaching. I want to bring a focus to ‘thinking in learning’ and enhance the learning, when appropriate, with technology. I worry that some educators feel left behind in a world that is making technology the focus. When we leave a teacher behind – we leave the students behind too. Through this site, and my face-to-face activities, I hold my hand out to colleagues, sharing ideas and skills on how to enrich learning in their classroom. The great thing is, I always learn from others too!

Being a member of MIE2016/17 is also my opportunity to learn and grow. Microsoft are a ‘Hand Held Out’ for me. We are all learners.

Use this site to….

  • EXPLORE & IMAGINE:  Visit the Stories in Learning Blog for ideas on using technology to enhance learning and to see what I am learning and creating.
  • PLAN: Open the Tea Room  tab to investigate programming and planning in greater detail.
  • LEARN:  Visit the Hands Held Out Academy via the menu link to learn how to use programs and apps.
  • CHAT: Join Yammer and be part of the ‘Hands Held Out Project’ group.
  • CONTACT ME: For support  please email me at

I have shared this site with colleagues across the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese. The comment I get most often is that it is ‘real’. I hope you find it ‘real’ too!

In 2017 I will launch a more formalised approch to PD when I introduce the
Hands Held Out Academy.
Visit to learn more.


Current MIE Transformational Project – Voices in the Class

See Blog post.

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