Peter FordPeter Ford: early bloggerNoTosh expands as international demand increases
One of the UK's brightest new outfits for creative learning, NoTosh, is expanding. It might only be by one person but for a relatively new organisation already working with schools across the country and the globe, that's 50 per cent growth – and the appointment of Peter Ford, one of the very first teacher bloggers, promises to extend the reach of NoTosh with an improved online presence.

NoTosh founder Ewan McIntosh, who was joined by another gifted educator, Tom Barrett, last year, welcomed his new colleague who is a former assistant head at the British School of Amsterdam this week: "Peter is one of my education heroes

'Oversold and underused' was a wake-up call in 2003. Bob Harrison asks Larry Cuban what has changed since then
Larry CubanLarry Cuban: more willingness to consider tough questionsLarry Cuban, professor emeritus at Stanford University, has spent many years researching, thinking, reflecting and writing about the relationship between digital technology, teaching and learning and classroom practice. His book Oversold and Underused - Computers in the Classroom was, in 2003, a critical contribution to the then emerging debate about the potential impact of digital technologies  on classroom practice.

For nearly three years Larry’s blog “School reform and classroom practice” has informed the debate and challenged some of the myths which surround this issue. And while he remains a trenchant critic, he feels more positive about technology's inroads into classrooms.

For schools anxious about blogging, David Mitchell is a beacon for trust and creativity, writes Tony Parkin

David MitchellDavid Mitchell: a radical whole-school approach”Hi, my name is Binyameen and I am an 11-year-old student attending Heathfield Community Primary School. In the next few minutes I am going to talk to you about how blogging has changed my life.”

This session opener from one of David Mitchell’s Bolton Year 6 pupils at the 2011 Bradford bMoble Conference wasn’t an exaggeratiion. Blogging has created a revolution in teaching and learning, as Binyameen continued to explain.

Gillian Penny
Innovation carries risk and fear of failure. Gillian Penny talks to Douglas Blane

At one point in our conversation Gillian Penny mentions the support she gets from her education authority despite her maverick style. It seems an unlikely word for the creative head of Gavinburn Primary, West Dunbartonshire, a school where new technology is firmly harnessed to pupil learning.

“I think some people see me that way,” she explains. “You have to bend rules sometimes. If you do things exactly the same as everybody else you're not going to innovate, are you?” Taking risks is essential, but they have to be calculated and well controlled, she says.

Niel McleanNiel Mclean: to TES BuyWireFormer executive director at axed government ICT agency Becta Niel Mclean has taken his expertise with ICT procurement over to the private sector (he ran Becta's Home Access programme to provide families with ICT and internet connections for learning). He has joined Times Supplements Ltd as director of its TES BuyWire online procurement service.

TES BuyWire is a recent TSL development. It describes itself as an online platform that helps schools work together to "gain huge savings on the purchase of supplies, from paper to laptops, pens to minibuses".