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The Innovative Education Forum (IEF) is part of a worldwide program from Microsoft Partners in Learning. The program recognizes innovative educators and schools implementing 21-century skills in the classroom and the school community with the goal of improving teaching and learning. The Innovative Education Forum seeks to showcase creative and inspiring examples of how educators and schools are using technology.
The U.S. Innovative Education Forum will be hosted on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA July 28-29. The theme this year is Engaging students. Inspiring creativity. Preparing for the future. It focuses on how educators and schools engage students to solve difficult problems while inspiring creativity and, ultimately, preparing students for the future.
We would like to encourage educators to submit class projects as individuals or in collaboration with a colleague. School leaders are also encouraged to submit projects that highlight how technology is being used in innovative ways throughout the school community.
Deadline to apply is May 15, 2011. Early applicants will receive a fun Bing Classroom Pack for their application.
For more details on the event, to download the application and watch a short video of past IEF participants go to: www.microsoft.com/education/USIEF
We look forward to seeing you there!
I have a good bunch of links this week. Actually a wide variety of them. I hope you find some of use to you.
Microsoft’s January’s Tech Student of the Month – Den Delimarsky Great story of a student from Moldova who learned Visual Basic at age 7 and is not studying in the US.
The Coding4Fun Windows Phone Toolkit is out now and people are already finding it really useful in their projects. Check it out at http://coding4fun.codeplex.com/ Clint Rutkas, Windows Phone 7 competition captain in the Imagine Cup and the driving force behind the Windows Phone Toolkit talks about making awesome Windows Phone apps on the Imagine Cup blog.
A reminder that the Imagine Cup isn't ALL about programming and related development tools. High school students can create digital media entries as well! I know YOU know some creative kids
My Twitter friends at @Microsoft_EDU: send out a link to an interesting look at elementary students trying to identify technology from past 30 years: http://bit.ly/ff5lD8#REDU It’s in French with English subtitles. Very funny to see what these kids think of things like 8 track tapes. They also sent out a link to this Ted talk - Can gaming re-engage boys in the classroom? [Video POV from Ali Carr-Chellman]
Old guys with Morse code vs. kids with text messaging. Interesting video of two experienced Morse code senders racing some young texter on sending a message.
Dot Diva Launches New Web Site to Attract Girls to Computing
Ed & Ashley's 5 Minute Show with Gloria Townsend talking about Regional Grace Hopper Conference events! http://bit.ly/hsD4w4
VIDEO - a tip from @windowslive - Photo Gallery: Using face recognition
Slide show & story: Microsoft Employees Make 2010 Biggest Giving Year in History; $96 million http://bit.ly/fPwdUH
Registration now open for the Microsoft bliink Web Design Competition - for high schools students in the US
I get asked about what sort of games people create as part of the Microsoft Imagine Cup Game division. People look for ideas of what students are capable of doing. The answer is quite impressive.
Andrew Parsons is the game captain for the Imagine Cup Game Design events. He knows games. Recently he posted 14 articles showcasing the 137 games that were submitted into Round 2 of the Imagine Cup Game Design in last year’s (2010) worldwide competition.
Each post lists 10 games including the team and game names, the country they represented along with screenshots of each game. He is going to be adding additional information over time. But you can get some ideas from what is there now.